Published on May 23, 2019

Dr. McDonald receives Maine's Family Physician of the Year Award

The Maine Academy of Family Physicians awarded Julia McDonald, DO, MPH, Maine’s 2019 Family Physician of the Year. As a faculty member at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency who sees patients at the Family Medicine Institute (FMI), Dr. McDonald’s practice includes primary care for all ages, obstetrics, hospital medicine, addiction treatment and reproductive health care.

Dr. McDonald’s nomination specifically notes her perseverance, depth, passion and dedication. “She meets patients in the moment and develops a plan that works for them while meeting their traditional medical needs. She engages their spirit, joy and hope. And, as a practicing osteopath with endless energy and enthusiasm, she works to provide comprehensive, practical and cost-effective care to her patients."

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award,” Dr. McDonald said. “I love working in family medicine and taking care of patients of all ages and genders at different stages of life. I appreciate the breadth of my practice and I value patient relationships over time and across generations. Every day I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of so many lives. I extend thanks to my colleagues and teammates at FMI, without whom we couldn’t provide excellent, patient-centered care.”

Dr. McDonald received her master’s degree in public health and her doctorate in osteopathy from the University of New England before completing her training at the Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency (MA), where she served as chief resident.