Massachusetts Medical Society: Concord resident Dr. Francis X. Van Houten is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Lifetime Achievement Award

Concord resident Dr. Francis X. Van Houten is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Lifetime Achievement Award


Waltham, Mass. – March 9th – Concord resident Francis X. Van Houten, M.D. has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2017 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, the Society’s most prestigious honor.  The award is given to a member of the Society who has made lasting contributions to the practice of medicine over a lifetime in health care delivery, patient care, education, and administration and who has made significant contributions to the goals of the Society. He will receive the award at the organization’s annual meeting in Boston on April 28. 

In nominating him for the award, his colleagues noted that Dr. Van Houten had a “profound impact on the Massachusetts Medical Society and the profession,” that his leadership at the Society was “marked by intelligence, effectiveness, and humility,” that he “lived a career of selfless service to his profession, patients, and his community at large,” and that he “earned the admiration of scores of leaders of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Medical Association.” Five former society presidents were among the eight physicians nominating him for the honor. 

Since joining the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1968, Dr. Van Houten has served the state organization in a number of capacities.  He was President of the Society from 1994-1995, following successive terms as President-Elect and Vice President, and he has been a long-time member of its Board of Trustees and House of Delegates.  He has chaired the Committees on Finance, Health System Reform, and Long-Range Planning, and served as a member of the Committees on Nominations, Administration, Legislation, and Publications.  From 1982-1984, he was President of the Middlesex Central District Medical Society. 

He has been a member of the Executive Committee on the Massachusetts Radiologic Society since 1990 and a member of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates since 1995. 

Dr. Van Houten was also a board member of both the American Medical Association Charitable Foundation and the MMS and Alliance Charitable Foundation for nearly a decade. 

From 1974-2003, Dr. Van Houten was on the active staff of Emerson Hospital and served as Chief of Radiology, President of the Medical Staff, and a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He served as President and member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Medical Provider Organization from 1985-1987 and was a Partner and President of Concord Radiologic Associates from 1986-2003. From 2004-2006, he was Medical Director for Radiology at UMass Memorial Medical Center. 

In the early 1980’s he was a founding member of the Western Suburban Imaging Center, which brought MRI services to the western suburbs of Boston and eventually bringing a physician-owned and operated MRI unit to the campus of Emerson Hospital in Concord.

In 1995 he was a founding board member of ProMutual Group (renamed Coverys in 2011), a physician-led and leading provider of professional liability insurance nationally.

Dr. Van Houten received his B.S. cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross and his M.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Medical School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology, a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society.   

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with some 25,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society, under the auspices of NEJM Group, publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education providing accredited and certified activities across the globe for physicians and other health care professionals.  Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country. For more information please visit,, or  

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