Massachusetts Medical Society: James F.X. Kenealy, M.D. is honored by Massachusetts Medical Society with its Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service

James F.X. Kenealy, M.D. is honored by Massachusetts Medical Society with its Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service


Waltham, Mass. – March 6th – James F.X. Kenealy, M.D. has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2017 recipient of the Society’s Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service, an award recognizing a physician who has made a distinguished demonstration of compassion and dedication to the medical needs of his or her patients and the general public. He will receive the honor, one of the most prestigious presented by the organization to one of its members, at the Society’s annual meeting in Boston on April 27.  

In nominating him for the award, his colleagues cited Dr. Kenealy’s “compelling and lasting contributions to both the practice of medicine and service to fellow physicians, patients, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over the course of his lifetime in the areas of health care delivery, patient care, education, and administration.”    

Dr. Kenealy is an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon with Reliant Medical Group in Worcester, a group he joined in November of 2016 after more than 25 years of private practice in Framingham and Milford.  He has medical staff appointments at St. Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Hospital.  

A member of the Massachusetts Medical Society since 1991, Dr. Kenealy has served the state organization in a variety of capacities. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees, chair of the Committee on Legislation, a member of the Committees on Strategic Planning and Finance, a participant on a number of task forces and working groups, and a member of the Board of Directors of the MMS & Alliance Charitable Foundation. He is currently a member of the MMS House of Delegates, the Executive Committee of the Organized Medical Staff Section, and Executive Committee of the Middlesex West District Medical Society. He is also a delegate to Organized Medical Staff Section of the American Medical Association. 

A cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College with distinction in biology, Dr. Kenealy received his M.D. from the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.  He completed both his surgical internship and residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Kenealy is a Diplomat of both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Medical Examiners and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

A resident of Hopkinton, Dr. Kenealy was the host from 2010-2012 of To Your Health, a patient education program produced by Hopkinton Community Access Television, HCAM-TV that brought health information to town residents on a variety of health topics.  He also served as a host for Physician Focus, the Massachusetts Medical Society’s patient education program. 

Dr. Kenealy was previously honored by the medical society as the 2014 Community Clinician of the Year from the Middlesex West District Medical Society and as a recipient of a Committee Chair Service Award, recognizing his nine years of service on the MMS Committee on Legislation, including four years as chair.  

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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