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