RUMFORD — Family practitioner Dieter Kreckel, M.D., has been named Family Physician of the Year by the Maine Academy of Family Physicians.

The MAFP recognized Kreckel with the award at its recent annual meeting. During the presentation it was noted that he has volunteered hundreds of hours of service in leadership positions to both the MAFP and the Maine Medical Association. He is a past-president of the MAFP and represents the organization as Maine’s delegate to the American Academy of Family Practice Congress. A MMA board member for more than a decade, Kreckel is currently the organization’s president.

Kreckel practices family medicine at Swift River Family Medicine in Rumford, where he also teaches resident physicians as director of the Central Maine Medical Center Rural Track Residency Program. He holds active staff privileges at Rumford Hospital, where he has also served in a variety of leadership positions, including medical staff president.

He is active in his church and community and for several years has chaired the Rumford Finance Committee.

Dieter and his wife have two children and two grandchildren.

Kreckel is a graduate of Shippensburg State University in Shippensburg, Pa., and received a master’s degree in wildlife biology from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. He earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed residency training in family medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. In May he will begin the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute.


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