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

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:

Asaf Bitton, M.D., M.P.H., is the executive director of Ariadne Labs, a health systems innovation center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at both Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A globally-recognized leader in health systems innovation, he leads Ariadne Labs’ efforts to design, test, and spread scalable systems-level solutions that improve health care processes, enhance purposeful interactions between patients and their providers, and impact populations at scale. As a practicing primary care physician and expert in primary health care policy, financing, and delivery, he has served as a senior advisor for primary care policy at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation since 2012. He has helped design and test three major comprehensive primary care payment and delivery initiatives, representing the largest tests of combined primary care payment and clinical practice transformation work in the United States. He currently serves on the Center for Strategic and International Studies Bipartisan Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security, the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the U.S., and is an elected member of the International Academy of Quality and Safety. He previously served as director of Ariadne Labs’ Primary Health Care Program, leading primary care measurement and improvement initiatives in Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe along with previous work at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care directing regional primary care practice learning collaboratives in Massachusetts. He is a core founder and steering committee member of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a partnership that includes more than 20 countries and the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The Global Fund, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation dedicated to improving the global provision of primary health care. Dr. Bitton practices primary care at Brigham and Women’s South Huntington clinic, a team-based community primary care practice in Boston that he helped found in 2011.

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

2011 Milton Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award, Society of General Internal Medicine
2019 Elected member, International Academy of Quality and Safety

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.