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Amy Devlin, MD, a board-certified rheumatologist, has joined the Hallmark Health Medical Associates. She will practice at Hallmark Health Medical Center, 30 New Crossing Road, in Reading.

Dr. Devlin helps diagnose and treat a wide variety of inflammatory and autoimmune musculoskeletal diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, Lyme disease, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus and others.

She received her medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and completed her internal medicine residency training and rheumatology fellowship training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  

Dr. Devlin has published several studies and book chapters on rheumatologic diseases and is an active member in the American College of Rheumatology.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 781-620-4892.

Laurence Brinckerhoff, M.D., chief of thoracic surgery at Tufts Medical Center, has joined the clinical team at Hallmark Health Cancer Center in Stoneham, Mass.

Dr. Brinckerhoff’s clinical interests include advanced treatment modalities for lung cancer, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, clinical trials and tumor immunology.

He received his medical degree from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. He completed his surgical residency at University of Virginia Health System, as well as a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Colorado.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Brinckerhoff to our cancer center,” said Joseph Pennacchio, MD, medical oncologist and director of the Hallmark Health Cancer Center. “He is one of the leading thoracic surgeons in the Boston area and he brings tremendous expertise in the surgical treatment of lung and other thoracic cancers. Our collaboration with Tufts Medical Center physicians, through our Wellforce relationship, allows our patients to receive expert specialty care close to home.”

Dr. Brinckerhoff has published and presented nationally on a range of topics related to lung cancer, minimally invasive thoracic surgery and other cancers. He is an associate professor of surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he has received the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

In January 2017 Hallmark Health became a founding member of Wellforce, along with Tufts Medical Center and Circle Health/Lowell General Hospital. As a member of Wellforce, Hallmark Health is able to provide greater access to services and academic medicine and support the full continuum of care in the most appropriate setting for patients.

For more information or to make an appointment at his office at 41 Montvale Ave., in Stoneham, please call 781-224-5875.

Hallmark Health has named Michael Connelly chief financial officer and executive vice president. In this role, he oversees all aspects of Hallmark Health System’s financial performance, leading the strategy, operations and financial functions of the $300 million dollar organization.

Connelly has been interim chief financial officer since August 2016, and was instrumental in helping Hallmark Health successfully navigate the Wellforce affiliation and budget strategy.

Connelly brings extensive health care financial and leadership experience. As a health care consultant, he has provided financial, operational and strategy services to health care clients locally and nationally. He served as president and chief executive officer of Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, NH, from 2012 to 2015, following roles of executive vice president and chief operating officer and interim chief financial officer.  He has also served as an administrative director at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and chief financial officer at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

Connelly holds a master of business administration degree from Bentley College. He is a certified public accountant and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Nicole Bloor, MD, a well-known board-certified, primary care physician, has joined Hallmark Health Medical Associates.

Dr. Bloor spent the past 20 years in private practice in Melrose.  She received her medical degree from Tufts Medical School, and completed her residency training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

In 2015, Dr. Bloor’s practice earned National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

Dr. Bloor has been active on numerous Hallmark Health physician boards and committees including serving as president of the Hallmark Health System Medical Staff, medical director of the Hallmark Health PHO and a member of the Hallmark Health Medical Executive Committee.

Dr. Bloor practices at 727 Main St., Melrose. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 781-662-2204.

Michael Newman, MD, FACP, CPE, has been named president of Hallmark Health Medical Associates (HHMA) and system vice president of Hallmark Health System. Dr. Newman has been successfully serving as interim president of HHMA, Hallmark Health’s employed provider organization, since September.

Dr. Newman is a board-certified gastroenterologist who has practiced on the North Shore for nearly 25 years. He has served as chief medical officer of HHMA and as director of gastroenterology for Hallmark Health System and HHMA.

He received his medical degree from New York University Medical School. Dr. Newman completed his residency training at the University of Michigan Medical Center and a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Newman is the author of numerous abstracts and medical articles.

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