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Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
General Medicine
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Research Location: One Brigham Circle

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Research Narrative:

My research currently focuses on primary care delivery reform and innovation, especially surrounding the implementation and evaluation of the patient centered medical home model of primary care. I also study improving primary health care systems globally.

In addition to my appointments at the Division of General Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, I am the Director for Primary Health Care at Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I also serve as a Senior Advisor to the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. This national multi-payer initiative launched in 2012 combines payment reform and practice redesign to transform 500 primary care practices in 7 states over 4 years with the overarching goal of improving quality of care, patient experience, and reducing costs. 

I practice primary care medicine and am the Assistant Medical Director at the Brigham and Women’s Advanced Primary Care Associates, South Huntington, a new patient centered medical home practice in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Harvard School of Public Health, 2010
University of California, 2004, MD

2011 Milton Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award, Society of General Internal Medicine

Courses Taught:
2009-present, HMS, HC750: Introduction to Health Care Policy

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Macarayan EK, Ratcliffe HL, Otupiri E, Hirschhorn LR, Miller K, Lipsitz SR, Gawande AA, Bitton A. Facility management associated with improved primary health care outcomes in Ghana. PLoS One. 2019; 14(7):e0218662.

2. Schwarz D, Kim JH, Ratcliffe H, Bell G, Awoonor-Williams JK, Nimako B, Otupiri E, Lipsitz S, Hirschhorn L, Bitton A. The status of Ghanaian community health workers' supervision and service delivery: descriptive analyses from the 2017 Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 survey. Gates Open Res. 2019; 3:1468.

3. Schwarz D, Hirschhorn LR, Kim JH, Ratcliffe HL, Bitton A. Continuity in primary care: a critical but neglected component for achieving high-quality universal health coverage. BMJ Glob Health. 2019; 4(3):e001435.

4. Gerbasi ME, Gilman SE, Bitton A, Becker AE. Social Norms and Smoking Risk in iTaukei Fijian Adolescent Women. Health Behav Policy Rev. 2019 May; 6(3):242-255.

5. Basu S, Berkowitz SA, Phillips RL, Bitton A, Landon BE, Phillips RS. Association of Primary Care Physician Supply With Population Mortality in the United States, 2005-2015. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Apr 01; 179(4):506-514.

6. Baum A, Song Z, Landon BE, Phillips RS, Bitton A, Basu S. Health Care Spending Slowed After Rhode Island Applied Affordability Standards To Commercial Insurers. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 Feb; 38(2):237-245.

7. Zak A, Corrigan C, Yu Z, Bitton A, Fraenkel L, Harrold L, Smolen JS, Solomon DH. Barriers to treatment adjustment within a treat to target strategy in rheumatoid arthritis: a secondary analysis of the TRACTION trial. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2018 11 01; 57(11):1933-1937.

8. Bitton A, Veillard JH, Basu L, Ratcliffe HL, Schwarz D, Hirschhorn LR. The 5S-5M-5C schematic: transforming primary care inputs to outcomes in low-income and middle-income countries. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3(Suppl 3):e001020.

9. Barnett ML, Song Z, Bitton A, Rose S, Landon BE. Gatekeeping and patterns of outpatient care post healthcare reform. Am J Manag Care. 2018 10 01; 24(10):e312-e318.

10. Solomon DH, Yu Z, Katz JN, Bitton A, Corrigan C, Fraenkel L, Harrold LR, Smolen JS, Losina E, Lu B. Adverse Events and Resource Use Before and After Treat-to-Target in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Post Hoc Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018 Sep 17.