Christopher Manasseh Named Interim Chair/Chief of Family Medicine

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Christopher Manasseh, MBBS, will serve as interim Chair of Family Medicine at BUSM and interim Chief of Family Medicine at BMC.

Dr. Manasseh joined BUSM in 2011. In 2012, he was named as Vice Chair for Inpatient and Hospital Services in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Manasseh also is the liaison to the Boston HealthNet, serving as the assistant medical director – and coordinates the department’s relationship with the Community Care Alliance.

As Director of the Family Medicine/Boston HealthNet Inpatient Service, Dr. Manasseh implemented a variety of initiatives to improve the care of patients and throughput within the hospital, including implementing the AHRQ-supported TEAM STEPPS training program for all clinicians and staff, initiating three times a day “board rounds” where all staff members can speak up about the care plans for individual patients, and pioneering the 2×10 initiative, which discharges two patients each day by 10 a.m.

Dr. Manasseh also participates in a variety of initiatives on the Medical Campus. As a member of the eMERGE Leadership Group, Dr. Manasseh worked to streamline and improve the Epic EMR. He has led initiatives to reduce catheter-associated infections, implement a best practice initiative on input, output and weight, and test strategies to reduce heart failure readmissions and improve communications in transitions of care from the hospital to community setting. He currently is organizing a clinical fellowship for the care of “high complexity patients,” which will provide fellows the skills to work with these patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. This model is being recognized across the country.

His teaching excellence has been recognized throughout his career. While working at a tertiary care hospital in North Carolina, he received “Teacher of the Year” three times. Since coming to BU/BMC he received the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Family Medicine Residency program six times over the last 15 years. He also directs the family medicine sub-internship and teaches in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course.

Dr. Manasseh received a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Kilpauk Medical College, University of Madras, India, and completed a family medicine residency at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. Previously, he was Associate Director of the family medicine residency program in Fayetteville, N.C., where he coordinated the family medicine medical student clerkship for University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.