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2016 Plenary Speakers on Population Health Announced for Annual Meeting

 , April 08, 2016

Population health focuses on the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.  General internal medicine sits uniquely at the nexus of caring for individuals and populations, demanding us to achieve innovation and excellence in the education, research and patient care of populations, one patient at a time.

Members of the media are invited and welcome to attend the meeting.

Information about the speakers can be found below: click on the link for a Q&A about Population Health from Drs. Chin and Ferris.

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, 2015-2016 SGIM President and the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, will open the 2016 SGIM Annual Meeting with his presidential address titled “SGIM and the Developmental Life Course: Current Challenges and the Path Forward.”  

Dr. Chin is an international expert in improving the care of vulnerable patients with chronic disease and achieving health care equity. He is Associate Chief and Director of Research in the Section of General Internal Medicine, Director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. He has been director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change National Program Office and the RWJF Reducing Health Care Disparities Through Payment and Delivery System Reform Program Office.

The Friday Plenary Session Keynote Address and Malcolm L. Peterson Honor Lecture will be delivered by Timothy G. Ferris, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Population Health Management at MGH, MGPO, Partners HealthCare.  His presentation is titled “Progress in Improving Healthcare Delivery”.

Trained in both internal medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Ferris is a practicing primary care physician and Senior Vice President for Population Health at Mass General Hospital and Partners HealthCare in Boston. He is also an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and holds degrees from Middlebury College, Oxford University, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Former positions include Vice Chair of Pediatrics at Mass General and Medical Director of Mass General Physicians Organization. He was the principal investigator for a 6 year Medicare demonstration project involving an alternative payment method which showed both reduced costs and reduced mortality among high risk Medicare beneficiaries. He now leads the Partners Healthcare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and is responsible for design and implementation of system-wide care delivery changes that will improve patient health, improve patient experience of healthcare, and reduce the healthcare cost burden. 

Our presenters are doctors and other health care professionals responsible for teaching general internal medicine to the next generation of physicians. Most combine teaching with taking care of patients in clinical practices and/or research about medical treatment.  For more information on SGIM or for a schedule of the events, please visit  

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