Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD holds the Dr. John Meyers Professorship in Primary Care
Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he is Chief of the
Division of Geriatric Medicine. He serves as the Executive Director of the Meyers Primary
Care Institute, a joint initiative of Fallon Community Health Plan, Reliant Medical
Group, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, which has a mission to improve
the health of populations and communities through novel research and educational
endeavors. The Meyers Primary Care Institute is a member of the HMO Research Network and
Dr. Gurwitz serves on the Governing Board and Executive Committee of the Network. Dr.
Gurwitz has been the PI of several grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality focused on improving medication safety. He also serves as co-director of the
NHLBI-funded HMO Cardiovascular Research Network, a national initiative that leverages
the collective cardiovascular expertise, diverse community-based study populations, and
rich electronic data systems within health plans in the HMO Research Network to better
study the epidemiology, prevention, management and outcomes of cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Gurwitz has published numerous original articles, reviews, commentaries, and book
chapters on the optimal use of drug therapy in elderly patients. He has been the
recipient of the William B. Abrams Award in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology from the
American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the George F. Archambault
Award from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and the John M. Eisenberg
Patient Safety and Quality Award for Research from the National Safety Foundation. Dr.
Gurwitz has mentored over 25 trainees, many of whom have gone on to be NIH, AHRQ, or
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded clinical and health services researchers. Dr.
Gurwitz currently co-leads a major educational initiative at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School focused on improving the competency of physicians to care
for the growing population of older Americans, which is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds
Foundation. 

Selected Articles

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Exclusion of older adults and women from recent trials of acute coronary syndromes (with Katherine S. Dodd, Jane S. Saczynski, Yanfang Zhao, and Robert J. Goldberg), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2011)
 

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Randomized Trial of a Warfarin Communication Protocol for Nursing Homes: an SBAR-based Approach. (with Terry S. Field, Jennifer Tjia, Kathleen M. Mazor, Jennifer L. Donovan, Abir O. Kanaan, Leslie R. Harrold, George W. Reed, Peter Doherty, and Ann Spenard), The American journal of medicine (2011)
 

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Comparative effectiveness of different beta-adrenergic antagonists on mortality among adults with heart failure in clinical practice. (with Alan S. Go, Jingrong Yang, John Hsu, Kimberly Lane, and Richard Platt), Archives of internal medicine (2008)
 

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The safety of warfarin therapy in the nursing home setting. (with Terry S. Field, Martha J. Radford, Leslie R. Harrold, Richard C. Becker, George W. Reed, Kristin R. DeBellis, Jason A. Moldoff, and Nancy Verzier), The American journal of medicine (2007)
 

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Statin therapy and risks for death and hospitalization in chronic heart failure. (with Alan S. Go, Wendy Y. Lee, Jingrong Yang, and Joan C. Lo), JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association (2006)
 

Articles

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Knowledge of and perceived need for evidence-based education about antipsychotic medications among nursing home leadership and staff (with Celeste A. Lemay, Kathleen M. Mazor, Terry S. Field, Jennifer L. Donovan, Abir O. Kanaan, Becky A. Briesacher, Sarah Foy, Leslie R. Harrold, and Jennifer Tjia), Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (2013)
 

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Adverse drug events after hospital discharge in older adults: types, severity, and involvement of Beers Criteria Medications (with Abir O. Kanaan, Jennifer L. Donovan, Nerissa P. Duchin, Terry S. Field, Jennifer Tjia, Sarah L. Cutrona, Shawn J. Gagne, Lawrence D. Garber, Peggy Preusse, and Leslie R. Harrold), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2013)
 

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Cognitive impairment and self-care in heart failure (with Alexandra M. Hajduk, Stephenie C. Lemon, David D. McManus, Darleen M. Lessard, Frederick A. Spencer, Robert J. Goldberg, and Jane S. Saczynski), Clinical Epidemiology (2013)
 

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A critical review of methods to evaluate the impact of FDA regulatory actions (with Becky A. Briesacher, Stephen B. Soumerai, Fang Zhang, Sengwee Toh, Susan E. Andrade, Joann L. Wagner, and Azadeh Shoaibi), Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety (2013)
 

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Chronic kidney disease and outcomes in heart failure with preserved versus reduced ejection fraction: the Cardiovascular Research Network PRESERVE Study (with David H. Smith, Micah L. Thorp, David D. McManus, Robert J. Goldberg, Larry A. Allen, Grace Hsu, Sue Hee Sung, David J. Magid, and Alan S. Go), Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes (2013)
 

Contributions to Books

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Using Home Visits to Understand Medication Errors in Children (with Kathleen E. Walsh, Christopher J. Stille, and Kathleen M. Mazor), Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches (2008)
 

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The HMO Research Network (with K. Arnold Chan, Robert L. Davis, Margaret J. Gunter, Lisa J. Herrinton, Winnie W. Nelson, Marsha A. Raebel, Douglas W. Roblin, David H. Smith, and Richard Platt), Pharmacoepidemiology (2005)
 

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Principles of Pharmacology (with Jerry Avorn and Paula A. Rochon), Geriatric Medicine: An Evidence Based Approach (2003)
 

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Geriatric Pharmacology (with Robert E. Vestal), Melmon and Morrelli's Clinical Pharmacology: Basic Principles in Therapeutics (2000)
 

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Pharmacoepidemiology and the Elderly (with Susan E. Andrade), Drugs and the Older Population (2000)
 

Posters and Presentations

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Adverse Drug Events Post-Hospital Discharge in Older Patients: Types, Severity, and Involvement of Beers Criteria Medications (with Abir O. Kanaan, Jennifer L. Donovan, Nerissa P. Duchin, Terry S. Field, Jennifer Tjia, Sarah L. Cutrona, Shawn J. Gagne, Lawrence D. Garber, Peggy Preusse, and Leslie R. Harrold), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Dissemination of Evidence-based Atypical Antipsychotic Information to Nursing Homes (with Celeste A. Lemay, Jennifer Tjia, Kathleen M. Mazor, Terry S. Field, Abir O. Kanaan, and Jennifer L. Donovan), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Intervention to Reduce Adverse Outcomes among Older Adults Discharged from Skilled Nursing Facilities to Home (with Terry S. Field, Jessica Ogarek, Abir O. Kanaan, Jennifer L. Donovan, Peggy Preusse, Devi Sundaresan, Shawn J. Gagne, Lawrence D. Garber, Jennifer Tjia, and Sarah L. Cutrona), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Reducing Rehospitalizations through Automated Alerts to Primary Care Providers and Staff When Older Patients are Discharged from the Hospital: A Randomized Trial (with Terry S. Field, Jessica Ogarek, Jennifer Tjia, Sarah L. Cutrona, Leslie R. Harrold, Jennifer L. Donovan, Abir O. Kanaan, Shawn J. Gagne, Peggy Preusse, and Lawrence D. Garber), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Understanding Antipsychotic Drug Use in the Nursing Home Setting (with Celeste A. Lemay, Alice F. Bonner, Christina Compher, Terry S. Field, Jonathan Freedlander, Susan Joslin, Kathleen M. Mazor, and Jennifer Tjia), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)