Brian Jack, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University 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 University of Washington. Dr. Jack came to BU and Boston Medical Center in 1997 as the founding Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. He has authored over 140 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters, reviewed papers for major medical journals, served on NICHHD, HRSA and AHRQ grant review panels. He is PI on grants from HRSA, NHLBI, PCORI, AHRQ, NIMHD, Global Fund, PEPFAR, EU and the Kellogg, Izumi, OSISA, and BC/BS Foundations, and others.
His research team has developed the “ReEngineered Discharge” (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. He completed a project to design a tool kit describing the RED process 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 and an exploration of the causes of readmission from the patient perspective that focuses on mental health and the social determinants of care (Projecct ACHIEVE).
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 HIT system (Gabby) to assist in the provision of this care (AHRQ, HRSA MCHB, Kellogg) and is beginning a RCT to study its impact (NIMHD).
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 2010-2017. His Annals of Internal Medicine article describing RED is listed in the book “50 Studies Every Physician Should Know” and was the recipient of the Journal for Healthcare Quality Impact Article of the Year for the article, “How Hospitals Reengineer Their Discharge Processes to Reduce Readmissions.” In 2013 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
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, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and has worked on development of family medicine in Lesotho, Albania, Jordan, Romania, and Vietnam.
- Chair, Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
- Active Staff Privileges, Family Medicine, Boston Medical Center
- University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD
- Brown University, MA
- Clark University, BA
- Published on 3/26/2019
Skouteris H, Teede HJ, Thangaratinam S, Bailey C, Baxter JA, Bergmeier HJ, Harrison C, Hill B, Jack B, Jorgensen L, Lim S, Matsaseng T, Montanaro C, Steegers E, Stephenson J, Sundseth H, Vilela Borges AL, Walker R, Redman L, Boyle J. Commentary: Obesity and Weight Gain in Pregnancy and Postpartum: an Evidence Review of Lifestyle Interventions to Inform Maternal and Child Health Policies. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2019; 10:163. PMID: 30972021.
- Published on 3/25/2019
Bernstein J, Lee-Parritz A, Quinn E, Ameli O, Craig M, Heeren T, Iverson R, Jack B, McCloskey L. After Gestational Diabetes: Impact of Pregnancy Interval on Recurrence and Type 2 Diabetes. Biores Open Access. 2019; 8(1):59-64. PMID: 30923644.
- Published on 10/18/2018
Roberts S, Moore LC, Jack B. Improving discharge planning using the re-engineered discharge programme. J Nurs Manag. 2019 Apr; 27(3):609-615. PMID: 30223308.
- Published on 9/1/2018
Cancino RS, Jack BW. Family Medicine Hospitalists Three Years Out of Residency: Career Flexibility or a Threat to Office-Based Family Medicine? J Am Board Fam Med. 2018 Sep-Oct; 31(5):677-679. PMID: 30201662.
- Published on 5/8/2018
Bernstein J, Quinn E, Ameli O, Craig M, Heeren T, Iverson R, Jack B, Lee-Parritz A, Mccloskey L. Onset of T2DM after gestational diabetes: What the prevention paradox tells us about risk. Prev Med. 2018 08; 113:1-6. PMID: 29746972.
- Published on 5/1/2018
Mitchell SE, Laurens V, Weigel GM, Hirschman KB, Scott AM, Nguyen HQ, Howard JM, Laird L, Levine C, Davis TC, Gass B, Shaid E, Li J, Williams MV, Jack BW. Care Transitions From Patient and Caregiver Perspectives. Ann Fam Med. 2018 05; 16(3):225-231. PMID: 29760026.
- Published on 9/8/2017
Pino EC, Damus K, Jack B, Henderson D, Milanovic S, Kalesan B. Adolescent socioeconomic status and depressive symptoms in later life: Evidence from structural equation models. J Affect Disord. 2018 Jan 01; 225:702-708. PMID: 28917197.
- Published on 9/7/2017
Bernstein JA, Quinn E, Ameli O, Craig M, Heeren T, Lee-Parritz A, Iverson R, Jack B, McCloskey L. Follow-up after gestational diabetes: a fixable gap in women's preventive healthcare. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2017; 5(1):e000445. PMID: 28948028.
- Published on 8/22/2017
Ismaili M'hamdi H, de Beaufort I, Jack B, Steegers EAP. Responsibility in the age of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) and epigenetics. J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2018 02; 9(1):58-62. PMID: 28829006.
- Published on 7/1/2017
Cancino RS, Jack BW, Jarvis J, Cummings AK, Cooper E, Cremieux PY, Burgess JF. Health Services Utilization Among Fee-for-Service Medicare and Medicaid Patients Under Age 65 with Behavioral Health Illness at an Urban Safety Net Hospital. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2017 Jul; 23(7):781-788. PMID: 28650248.
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