40 Under Forty: David Gilchrist, MD, MBA, 38


Medical director
Hahnemann Family Health Center, Worcester

Lives: Holden

Birthplace: Melrose

Colleges: Gordon College, UMass Medical School, UMass School of Business

Gilchrist became medical director of a large practice within just three years of graduating residency. He's turned Hahnemann Family Health Center around from a struggling clinic to a model clinic for UMass Memorial Health Care. The year before Gilchrist took over as medical director, the clinic was 10 percent behind budget in revenue and volume. At the end of his first year as medical director, the clinic was 10 percent ahead of budget for revenue and volume. The clinic serves the most vulnerable populations in the area, as the clientele are socially and economically diverse. In addition to his work at Hahnemann and UMass Memorial, Gilchrist has led efforts to help combat the opioid crisis, a topic on which he speaks regionally and nationally. He's previously done work at detox facilities with Adcare Hospital and Community HealthLink, caring for adults and adolescents struggling with addiction. Gilchrist was elected as president to the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians, becoming just the first person younger than 40 to hold that title. In that role, he advocates for patients and physicians.

From 40 Under Forty judge Milka Njoroge: “As a physician, David provides direct patient care while also impacting the community through his leadership at Hahnemann Family Health Center.”

What will the title and tagline be of the movie about you? “Maximizing Efficiency: How to squeeze more stuff into an already busy day.” It will probably be more of a documentary than a drama.

If you could go back in time, when would you go back to? I would not choose to go back in time. I am always thinking about the future and how innovations will shape that future.

Who is most responsible for your achievements? My mother. She instilled a sense of hard work and overcoming challenges at a very young age. 
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.