Brian Jack, MD

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Director, Center for Health System Design & Implementation

University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD
Brown University, MA
Clark University, BA
(617) 414-4465

Brian Jack, MD, is Director of the Center for Health System Design & Implementation, a center within the Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy. The Center for Health System Design & Implementation (CHSDI) conducts and supports research focused on health systems, their design and operation, and how change is introduced and implemented to optimize them.

In addition, Dr. Jack is a Professor at the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University (BU) School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Jack graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his residency training at the Brown University. He completed a fellowship at the Un iversity of Washington. Dr. Jack came to BU in 1997 as the founding Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. He has authored over 130 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters, reviewed papers for major medical journals, served on NICHHD, HRSA and AHRQ grant review panels. He is currently PI on grants from HRSA, NHLBI, PCORI, AHRQ, Kellogg and Kirby Foundations and NIMHD.

His research team has developed the “ReEngineered Discharge” (Project RED), adapted by the National Quality Forum as a national “Safe Practice”. RED is being used in all states and in over 10 countries. He completed projects with AHRQ funding including “Reengineering the Hospital Discharge for Patient Safety” which provided an in-depth analysis of the hospital discharge process. RED was then tested in Testing the Re-Engineered Hospital Discharge a RCT funded by AHRQ in the “Partners in Patient Safety” grants. Dissemination and implementation of RED was explored in an Action RFTO entitled Avoiding Readmissions in Hospitals Serving Diverse patients. Building on a RO1 from NHLBI with colleague Tim Bickmore of Northeastern University, he developed a health IT system to deliver RED at the bedside (the “Louise” system). Dr. Jack completed an AHRQ funded project entitled “Virtual Patient Advocates to Reduce Ambulatory Drug Events” that adapted Louise to be used by patients online when they went home from the hospital designed to monitor medication adverse events related to the transition from the hospital to the ambulatory environment. He recently completed a project to design a tool kit describing the RED processes and studied the barriers to RED implementation. New projects include a RCT of a mental health intervention to reduce rehospitalizations for those with depressive symptoms (AHRQ R01, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation) and an exploration of the causes of readmission from the patient perspective that focuses on mental health and the social determinants of care (PCORI).

Dr. Jack received the 2008 CDC “Partner in Public Health Improvement” award for his work as leader of the CDC’s Select Panel on the Content of Preconception Care. He has completed work to design a preconception care HIT system (Gabby) to assist in the provision of this care (AHRQ, Kellogg) and completed a RCT of its impact (HRSA MCHB, NIMHD R01) and is now adapting this system to men.

He received the 2013 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation, the “Patient Care Award for Excellence in Patent Education Innovation” award, the AHRQ “Patient Safety Investigator” award, and the “Best Research Paper of the Year” award of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He was selected to HealthLeaders magazines annual “People Who Make Healthcare Better” list and one of Boston’s “Best Doctors” in each of 2010-2015. His Annals of Internal Medicine article describing RED is listed in the book “50 Studies Every Physician Should Know”. In 2013 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

Dr. Jack has also been active in the worldwide development of family medicine. He is Director of the Lesotho Boston Health Alliance, a Kellogg Foundation funded program that aims to improve the quality of district health services in Lesotho. He is a founding member of the AAFP’s Center for International Initiatives. He spent a sabbatical year in Budapest, Hungary in 1995 where he received a special citation from the mayor of Budapest. He taught in Jordan and Pakistan and has worked on the development of family medicine in Lesotho, Albania, Jordan, Romania, and Vietnam.

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