Ronald Adler, MD, FAAFP

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Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA

Ronald Adler has practiced and taught Family Medicine at UMass Medical School for more than 20 years. His interests include women’s health, quality improvement, behavioral health integration, shared decision-making, and reduction of waste with an emphasis on avoiding overdiagnosis and overtreatment. His breadth of experience includes teaching in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and serving as Medical and Education Director of a Family Medicine residency training site. Residents have selected him as Teacher of the Year numerous times. Dr. Adler trained as an Improvement Advisor at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), in preparation for his role as Director for Primary Care Practice Improvement through the Center for the Advancement of Primary Care at UMass. He has created and led improvement initiatives that have focused on diabetes, hypertension and CAD; twenty practices and nearly 20,000 patients have participated in these programs. He has also led local and state-wide initiatives to transform practices into Patient-Centered Medical Homes. He currently leads recruitment and engagement activities for the Southern New England Practice Transformation Network, funded by CMS as part of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. Dr. Adler is co-founder of Care That Matters, a coalition of health care providers committed to facilitating the provision of health care that improves the lives of patients -- no more and no less.