2010 Public Service Awardee

Professor Lucy M. Candib

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Lucy M. Candib, M.D.

Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester

Professor CandibDr. Candib's devotion to family medicine and long-term commitment to her community can be felt every day by learners, patients, and clinicians in Worcester. For almost four decades, Dr. Candib has served generations of families from many cultures at the Family Health Center of Worcester.

She developed unique community collaborations for open access to exercise for low-income youth and adults. Widely published on family medicine, health and safety of women and children, and patient empowerment, Dr. Candib advocates for patients to take charge in both health and sickness.

Professor Candib's Biography:

Dr. Candib is a family physician educator who has taught and practiced family medicine, including obstetrics, at the Family Health Center of Worcester since 1976. This health center is a residency training site within the UMass Family Practice Residency Program. 

  In the course of treating patients with chronic illness, Dr. Candib was one of the first practitioners in Worcester to introduce group medical visits in chronic care management and has conducted group visits for English- and Spanish-speaking patients with diabetes since 2001.  She has written and lectured on the subtleties of cross-cultural health care across the lifespan and, as part of this area of interest, received a Fulbright grant to teach family medicine in Ecuador in 1995. She has developed innovative exercise programs for health center patients at the YWCA and YMCA of Worcester, and continues working in community activities around the issues of obesity and exercise for low income and Latino families. 

She has also focused attention on the concerns of women trainees and practitioners in her work with family practice residents.

She has written and lectured widely on the topics of sexual abuse and violence against women.   The author of numerous articles in referred journals, Dr. Candib introduced a feminist critique of medical theory in her book, Medicine and the Family: A Feminist Perspective (Basic Books, 1995).  Within her long term interest in women's health, Dr. Candib has recently co-authored, with Dr. Sara Shields, of a new text on Woman-Centered Care of Pregnancy and Birth (Radcliffe Medical Press, 2010). In 1995 she . She works 3 days a week at the health center and spends 2 days on other academic pursuits. She lives with her life partner, Richard Schmitt, with whom she has raised her now adult children Addie and Eli.

"I have been teaching family practice residents for 33 years," she said. "Many are now teachers, program directors, and faculty themselves. Many practice in undeserved settings as they learned to do in training. I feel part of a long stream of committed family physicians."

Areas of interest: Women's health including maternity care, violence against women, the doctor-patient relationship, a feminist view of medicine, women physicians, medical interviewing, continuity of Care.

Public Service Awards 2010

Public Service Awards 2009