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Michael Dunkerley, MD, named 2016 community clinician of the year

April 08, 2016
Michael Dunkerly

Baystate Franklin Medical Center physician Michael D. Dunkerley, MD, has been honored by his physician peers of the Franklin District Medical Society as the district society’s 2016 Community Clinician of the Year, an honor recognizing his professionalism and contributions as a physician.

The Community Clinician of the Year Award was established in 1998 by the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) to recognize a physician from each of the Society’s 20 district medical societies who has made significant contributions to his or her patients and the community.

Board certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Dunkerley has been an emergency physician at Baystate Franklin Medical Center since 2006. He earned his bachelor of science in biophysics, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and his residency in emergency medicine at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. From 2013-2015, Dr. Dunkerley served as the school physician for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton.

The Community Clinician of the Year Award is the latest honor accorded to Dr. Dunkerley. He has previously received the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Award and the Medical Staff Leadership Award from Baystate Franklin Medical Center. He is also a member of the National Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Dunkerley resides in Northampton.

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