Jeffrey F. Markuns, MD

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Jeffrey Markuns


Jeff is the Executive Director for the Boston University Family Medicine Global Health Collaborative. Jeff has been working with the Collaborative since 2007, providing teaching and consultation around the world with a special focus on education and training as well as primary care systems integration. He is the project leader for for the Vietnam Family Medicine Development Program and our current project sponsored by the Atlantic Philanthropies working with multiple Vietnamese universities and the Ministry of Health on national-level scale up of a Family Medicine-based primary care model for delivery of grassroots clinical services and integration with the existing hospital-based system. Jeff directed a similar program retraining physicians in Laos from remote district hospitals to provide general medical services and primary care, and co-leads an early-phase primary care system strengthening program in Cambodia. He has led numerous workshops around the world focused on medical education and primary care systems development, and he has developed and organized countless fellowships to Boston University for visiting professionals ranging from practicing specialist physicians to health system administrators to government policy-makers, including Ministers of Health.

With broad clinical skills in the full spectrum of Family Medicine clinical services, formal fellowship training in medical education, and almost a decade of experience as an assistant program director in postgraduate training in Family Medicine, Jeff has served as a consultant in various aspects of both general medical education and primary care in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Oman, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. He also sits on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Center for International Health Initiatives, and is Vice President of Family Medicine for GHETS (Global Health through Education Training and Service). He has authored several articles and textbook chapters in primary care and global health, and was lead author in the revision of the chapter on Education and Professional Development in the Wonca guidebook, The Contribution of Family Medicine to Improving Health Systems, 2nd Ed.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Medical Sciences & Education, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Active Staff Privileges, Family Medicine, Boston Medical Center


  • Saint Louis University, MD
  • Boston University, EdM
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, BS


  • Published on 5/2/2019

    Hoa NT, Tam NM, Derese A, Markuns JF, Peersman W. Patient experiences of primary care quality amongst different types of health care facilities in central Vietnam. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 May 02; 19(1):275. PMID: 31046750.

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  • Published on 1/11/2018

    Hoa NT, Tam NM, Peersman W, Derese A, Markuns JF. Development and validation of the Vietnamese primary care assessment tool. PLoS One. 2018; 13(1):e0191181. PMID: 29324851.

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  • Published on 12/16/2016

    Markuns J and Barkley S. Technical Series on Safer Primary Care. Education and Training. World Health Organization. Geneva. 2016.

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  • Published on 9/1/2016

    Thornblade LW, Henry EG, Minh Tam N, Markuns JF. A novel tool for assessing primary care quality at the point of care in Vietnam. Educ Prim Care. 2016 Sep; 27(5):416-420. PMID: 27583531.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Lara RF, Mogensen KM, Markuns JF. Support Line. effective feedback in the education of health professionals. 2016; 2(38):3-8.

  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Schirmer J and Markuns JF. Psychosomatic Medicine: An International Textbook for the Primary Care Setting. Chapter 16: Systems Development of Behavioral Health in Primary Care. Springer. 2014.

  • Published on 6/12/2013

    Sung NJ, Markuns JF, Park KH, Kim K, Lee H, Lee JH. Higher quality primary care is associated with good self-rated health status. Fam Pract. 2013 Oct; 30(5):568-75. PMID: 23759366.

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  • Published on 1/18/2013

    Khan OA, Guerrant R, Sanders J, Carpenter C, Spottswood M, Jones DS, O'Callahan C, Brewer TF, Markuns JF, Gillam S, O'Neill J, Nathanson N, Wright S. Global health education in U.S. medical schools. BMC Med Educ. 2013; 13:3. PMID: 23331630.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Jeffrey Markuns, Marcelo Marcos Piva Demarzo, Nandani de Silva, Ilse Hellemann-Geschwinder, Inderjit Singh Ludher, Roar Maagaard, Allyn Walsh. The Contribution of Family Medicine to Improving Health Systems. Michael Kidd, Editor. Chapter 4: Education and professional development. Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. London. 2013; 75-154.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Markuns JF, Montegut AJ. Understanding Global Health. William H. Markle, Melanie A. Fisher, Raymond A. Smego, Jr., Editors. Chapter 8: Primary Care in Global Health. McGraw Hill. 2013; 195-219.

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