Brian W. Jack, MD

Professor, Family Medicine

Brian Jack
(617) 414-4465

Biography

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.

Other Positions

  • Chair, Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Active Staff Privileges, Family Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Education

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD
  • Brown University, MA
  • Clark University, BA

Publications

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 2017 Aug 22; 1-5. PMID: 28829006.

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  • 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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  • Published on 4/26/2017

    Gardiner PM, McCue KD, Negash LM, Cheng T, White LF, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L, Jack BW, Bickmore TW. Engaging women with an embodied conversational agent to deliver mindfulness and lifestyle recommendations: A feasibility randomized control trial. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Sep; 100(9):1720-1729. PMID: 28495391.

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  • Published on 4/19/2017

    Mitchell SE, Weigel GM, Laurens V, Martin J, Jack BW. Implementation and adaptation of the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) in five California hospitals: a qualitative research study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Apr 19; 17(1):291. PMID: 28424074.

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  • Published on 4/3/2017

    Naylor MD, Shaid EC, Carpenter D, Gass B, Levine C, Li J, Malley A, McCauley K, Nguyen HQ, Watson H, Brock J, Mittman B, Jack B, Mitchell S, Callicoatte B, Schall J, Williams MV. Components of Comprehensive and Effective Transitional Care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jun; 65(6):1119-1125. PMID: 28369722.

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  • Published on 8/1/2016

    Li J, Brock J, Jack B, Mittman B, Naylor M, Sorra J, Mays G, Williams MV. Erratum to: Project ACHIEVE - using implementation research to guide the evaluation of transitional care effectiveness. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Aug 01; 16(1):326. PMID: 27480756.

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  • Published on 7/19/2016

    St Fleur M, Damus K, Jack B. The future of preconception care in the United States: multigenerational impact on reproductive outcomes. Ups J Med Sci. 2016 Jul 19; 1-5. PMID: 27434227.

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  • Published on 3/1/2016

    Mitchell SE, Martin J, Holmes S, van Deusen Lukas C, Cancino R, Paasche-Orlow M, Brach C, Jack B. How Hospitals Reengineer Their Discharge Processes to Reduce Readmissions. J Healthc Qual. 2016 Mar-Apr; 38(2):116-26. PMID: 26042743.

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