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Montgomery B. Douglas ’83

Montgomery B. Douglas ’83


Chair of Family Medicine

University of Connecticut School of Medicine and
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Montgomery B. Douglas grew up in Dominica, West Indies, where he was number 15 in a family of 16. He credits his start to life in America to the foundation he received at the University of Hartford, where he matriculated shortly after arriving in this country at age 19. He ultimately graduated summa cum laude with a BS in chemistry/biology, was president of
the Chemistry Club, and earned the Regents Honor Award and membership in the Alpha Chi Honors Society. He was admitted to medical school a year early, after spending only three years at the University.

He returned in 1983, toward the end of his first year in medical school, to formally graduate from the University of Hartford.

After graduating from Cornell University Medical College in 1986 and earning the Lemmon Company Family Practice Award, Douglas completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He has been in primary care practice for his entire career, beginning in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., continuing in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and East Harlem, and now at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn. While he has held a variety of administrative roles, he continued seeing his primary care patients, often following them wherever the care was needed—the office, clinic, home, hospital, emergency room, as well as labor and delivery.

Douglas served for nine years as chair of family and community medicine, and associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion at New York Medical College. In 2016, he assumed the position of chair of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He has received over a dozen awards, including the New York State Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Practice Educator of the Year Award in 1997, and being listed as an American Top Doctor by Castle Connolly each year from 1998 to 2008. He also founded a nonprofit organization, the NY Portsmouth Roman Catholic Church Rebuilding Initiative, to assist in rebuilding his former church in Dominica, which was destroyed by an earth- quake. Most recently, in 2015, he received an Outstanding Service Award from the Caribbean American Outreach Association. Douglas currently serves on the Executive Committee and as Member at Large of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine.