Call us now for more information


Leadership Team


Dr. James D. Tollman, CEO
Dr. Tollman is the Founder, President, and CEO of Essex Inpatient Physicians (EIP). He founded the group in 2007 with the goal of providing quality hospitalist medical care to the broader North Shore, Massachusetts community. In addition to its core competency in traditional inpatient hospitalist medicine, EIP has also provided long-term acute care hospitalist coverage. Dr. Tollman later contracted EIP to be the sole provider of medical coverage at the first psychiatric hospital to be established in Massachusetts in over 70 years. As a part of this effort, Dr. Tollman directed 24/7 on-site coverage and collaborated with hospital administration to create all medical protocols de-novo.

More recently, Dr. Tollman and EIP have broadened its focus to include post-acute care. The group now also provides medical coverage at 13 local SNFs in the North Shore area and specialty rehabilitation hospitals serving the northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire communities.

Dr. Tollman has been an acute care hospitalist for nearly ten years. Prior to founding EIP, he was the founding hospitalist of the Lawrence General Hospital group, and it’s first Medical Director. He then became the managing partner of Arbor Inpatient Physicians, a single specialty group which provided hospitalist coverage for six hospitals in MA and CT, covering 980 total beds with 28 physicians.

Dr. Tollman is also a fund manager directing the development of private equity with Tollman Capital Management, and venture capital with Tollman Capital Partners as a Managing Partner with both groups. His experience with early stage business development extends from investment to implementation.  Dr. Tollman was also a foundry partner in EyeFormatics, Inc., a successful ophthalmology specific electronic medical records company. He also has a special interest in clinical documentation and was a Physician Clinical Advisor for DocuComp, a company whose primary mission is to improve clinical documentation in the in-patient clinical record.

Prior to his work as a hospitalist, Dr. Tollman was a primary care physician with Lahey Clinic. He attended the Tufts University Family Practice Residency program and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate BA in biology from Carleton College in MN, and served as an active duty Infantry officer in the US Army for 5 years.

Catherine Boyd, PA-C, Director of Clinical Operations

Catherine Boyd, PA-C, brings her expertise and experience to the patients of Essex Inpatient Physicians working alongside Dr. Tollman. She is a seasoned clinician with over ten-years experience working as a hospitalist and intensivist in various clinical settings.

Prior to her role as Clinical Operations Officer at Essex, Catherine worked as a PA in many of the large hospitals in and around the Boston area including Lahey Medical Center in Burlington as a Pulmonary/Critical Care PA treating the critically ill, as well as serving as team leader on the Medical Emergency Team there, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. While with Partners Healthcare, Catherine was part of the PACE Internal Medical Department where she pioneered with a team of clinicians. Catherine worked with PACE clinicians and conducted a study on the positive impact of patient care with the physician assistant/hospitalist model in medical centers.

Prior to becoming a PA-C, Catherine was a respiratory therapist working in the Emergency rooms and ICUs of two local facilities.  Catherine completed her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She obtained her Bachelor of Science, Cardiopulmonary Sciences in Respiratory Therapy at Northeastern University.  Catherine is a member of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants.