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Dr. William Boyle

Chair of the Partners for Community Wellness

boylewilliam1Dr. William Boyle (Dartmouth 1959, Tufts Medical School 1963) is a pediatrician who retired from D-H and CHaD in 2011 after 41 years in practice. Most of his career was devoted to treating children with chronic conditions like cystic fibrosis, cancer and diabetes. In addition, he found time to serve as school physician for the Hanover schools and health officer for the Town of Hanover for 24 years. He was a Director of the Hanover Water company and the new water filtration plant is named in his honor.

In his early years, Bill helped establish and maintain well child clinics in and around Dartmouth in the towns of Canaan, Enfield, Lyme and Orford. In 1998 the Community Pediatrics Program was created and named for him. It strives to get medical learners out into the community where they can see firsthand the strengths and challenges of families who have children with chronic conditions. The program also fosters Patient/Family Centered Care and led to the creation of the Family Advisory Board at CHaD and the Family Center (Molly’s Place).

Dr. Boyle was a role model for others in his ongoing tireless efforts to talk about, educate and inform the public and colleagues on the many issues of childhood injury prevention. His efforts, along with others, helped to organize the legislation to bring to pass the 1st child passenger seat belt law in NH. In 1986 he was appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention and was its Chairman from 1991to1995. In 2002 he was voted Pediatrician of the Year by the NH Pediatric Society and the following year Public Citizen of the Year.

Since retirement Bill has continued to teach students at Geisel and serve on the Board of three non-profit social service agencies in the Upper Valley. He and his wife, Susan, have four children and ten grand children.