Brian W. Jack, MD

Professor, Family Medicine

Brian Jack
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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.

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 2/3/2021

    McGuire CM, Fatusin BB, Kodicherla H, Yakubu K, Ameh P, van Waes A, Rhoad E, Jack BW, Scott NA. Implementation of Online Research Training and Mentorship for Sub-Saharan African Family Physicians. Ann Glob Health. 2021 02 03; 87(1):13. PMID: 33598411.

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  • Published on 1/19/2021

    Gardiner P, Bickmore T, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L, Reichert M, Julce C, Sidduri N, Martin-Howard J, Woodhams E, Aryan J, Zhang Z, Fernandez J, Loafman M, Srinivasan J, Cabral H, Jack BW. Using Health Information Technology to Engage African American Women on Nutrition and Supplement Use During the Preconception Period. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2020; 11:571705. PMID: 33584534.

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  • Published on 10/19/2020

    McGuire CM, Riffenburg K, Malope S, Jack B, Borba CPC. Mixed-methods evaluation of family medicine research training and peer mentorship in Lesotho. Afr J Prim Health Care Fam Med. 2020 Oct 19; 12(1):e1-e17. PMID: 33181879.

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  • Published on 9/21/2020

    Walter AW, Julce C, Sidduri N, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L, Howard J, Reichert M, Bickmore T, Jack BW. Study protocol for the implementation of the Gabby Preconception Care System - an evidence-based, health information technology intervention for Black and African American women. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Sep 21; 20(1):889. PMID: 32958031.

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  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Jack BW, Bickmore T, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L, Reichert M, Julce C, Sidduri N, Martin-Howard J, Zhang Z, Woodhams E, Fernandez J, Loafman M, Cabral HJ. Improving the health of young African American women in the preconception period using health information technology: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet Digit Health. 2020 09; 2(9):e475-e485. PMID: 33328115.

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  • Published on 8/10/2020

    Bergmeier HJ, Vandall-Walker V, Skrybant M, Teede HJ, Bailey C, Baxter JB, Borges ALV, Boyle JA, Everitt A, Harrison CL, Herrera M, Hill B, Jack B, Jones S, Jorgensen L, Lim S, Montanaro C, Redman LM, Stephenson J, Sundseth H, Thangaratinam S, Thynne P, Walker R, Skouteris H. Global Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum Alliance: development of an international consumer and community involvement framework. Res Involv Engagem. 2020; 6:47. PMID: 32793390.

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  • Published on 8/1/2020

    Bickmore T, Zhang Z, Reichert M, Julce C, Jack B. Promotion of Preconception Care Among Adolescents and Young Adults by Conversational Agent. J Adolesc Health. 2020 Aug; 67(2S):S45-S51. PMID: 32718515.

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  • Published on 4/20/2020

    Walker R, Drakeley S, Julce C, Sidduri N, Bickmore T, Skouteris H, Jack B, Boyle J. Assessing the potential of a Virtual Patient Advocate to provide preconception care and health advice to women living in Australia. J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2020 Apr 20; 1-9. PMID: 32308183.

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  • Published on 3/18/2020

    Hill B, Skouteris H, Boyle JA, Bailey C, Walker R, Thangaratinam S, Sundseth H, Stephenson J, Steegers E, Redman LM, Montanaro C, Lim S, Jorgensen L, Jack B, Borges ALV, Bergmeier HJ, Baxter JB, Harrison CL, Teede HJ. Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum Global Alliance: International Network Pregnancy Priorities for the Prevention of Maternal Obesity and Related Pregnancy and Long-Term Complications. J Clin Med. 2020 Mar 18; 9(3). PMID: 32197374.

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  • Published on 12/2/2019

    Hill B, Skouteris H, Teede HJ, Bailey C, Baxter JB, Bergmeier HJ, Borges ALV, Harrison CL, Jack B, Jorgensen L, Lim S, Montanaro C, Redman L, Steegers E, Stephenson J, Sundseth H, Thangaratinam S, Walker R, Boyle JA. Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum Global Alliance: International Network Preconception Research Priorities for the Prevention of Maternal Obesity and Related Pregnancy and Long-Term Complications. J Clin Med. 2019 Dec 02; 8(12). PMID: 31810312.

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