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About Jerry H. Gurwitz

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.

Positions

Present Executive Director, Meyers Primary Care Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Present Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Present Dr. John Meyers Professor of Primary Care Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Honors and Awards

  • John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Research, National Safety Foundation (2006)
  • George F. Archambault Award, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (2004)
  • William B. Abrams Award in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology, American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2001)


Contact Information

Meyers Primary Care Institute
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Tel. 508-791-7392

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