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Published on June 18, 2018

Billings Clinic physician named Montana Family Physician of the Year 

 Billings, MT— Lawrence A. Hemmer Jr., M.D., a Billings Clinic family medicine physician and chairman of the Billings Clinic Department of Family Medicine, has been chosen as the Montana Academy of Family Physicians’ (MAFP) 2018 Montana Family Physician of the Year. 

This annual award honors a physician who exemplifies a compassionate commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of people and communities throughout Montana, and who provides comprehensive, compassionate services on a continuing basis to the community while possessing personal qualities that make him or her a role model to their professional colleagues. 

Dr. Hemmer has been practicing since 1986 and joined Billings Clinic in 1990. He received nomination letters of support for this year’s Montana Family Physician of the Year award from colleagues across the state. 

“He has quietly and firmly been a strong voice for the importance of family medicine in the care delivery system,” said Heidi Duncan, M.D., a family medicine physician at Billings Clinic and MAFP member who supported Dr. Hemmer’s nomination. “He can deliver a pointed message with good humor and humility, and leads by example.” 

Dr. Hemmer was nominated for his consistency, professionalism, passion for education and relationship with patients. 

He earned his medical degree from the University of Washington and finished his residency at the University of North Dakota. He is also a Federal Aviation Administration Flight Examiner, and a member of the Montana Academy of Family Physicians and the Montana Medical Association. 

Dr. Hemmer received the award on June 15, 2018, at the 2018 MAFP Primary Care Conference, held at Chico Hot Springs.  

The MAFP is the Montana chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide, and is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. 

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty. 

About Billings Clinic 

Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,200 employees, including more than 440 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. More information can be found at

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