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Dr. Karen Back is committed to providing the highest quality of medical services to her patients being aware of each individual's strengths and needs. She has spent 30 years caring for children in Wayland and in many cases has cared for families through the generations. Dr. Back specializes in behavioral and/or emotional issues for children of all ages. Her outstanding skill as a diagnostician was recognized in 2003 with the Children's Hospital Community Physicians Award, and the Metro West Massachusetts Medical Society Community Physician Award for 2008. Not only is Dr. Back an award winning Pediatrician, she also loves her patients, and they love her.

Dr. Back received her MD from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, followed by a Pediatric Internship and Residency at Babies Hospital (now the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital). Dr. Back is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

She and her Radiologist husband moved their family to Wayland in 1978 where she established a solo practice in pediatrics. For many years Dr. Back was the School Physician for the Wayland Public Schools and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Parmenter VNA and Community Care.

Dr. Ellen Mahoney grew up locally and has strong family ties to the community. She is committed to providing exceptional primary care to the children or Wayland and surrounding towns. She truly enjoys the time she spends with patients of all ages and loves the privilege of getting to know families as they grow and change.

Dr. Mahoney is a board certified pediatrician. She received her medical degree at the University of Massachusetts and did her pediatric training at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island through Brown University. She is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Mahoney has spent the past four years in a local practice where she has become familiar with the Boston area medical system and resources.

Dr. Mahoney lives with her husband and daughters in Needham and spends her free time hiking, running or skiing. She is excited to be a part of Wayland Pediatrics and is happily accepting pediatric and adolescent patients.


"Dr. Back was my pediatrician as a child and now has been our family Pediatrician for many years. She has nurtured and cared for my children through many illnesses including a serious infection for my daughter requiring hospitalization. She always seems to have plenty of time and she always listens to all my concerns. The kids have felt comfortable letting Dr. Back know what is up. We consider Dr. Back one the family." -Beth, Mother of 4.

To our patients:

We are thrilled to announce that Nancy Crowley, MSN cPNP, a pediatric nurse practitioner with 23 years of experience has joined us. She began in April and has been a perfect addition to our clinical staff. Please join us in making her feel welcome!