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Benjamin Graeme Fincke, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentHealth Policy & Management
Address200 Spring Rd
Bedford MA 01730
Phone(781) 687-2901
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-3167-2929
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TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
DivisionGeneral Internal Medicine

InstitutionBedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Fincke is an associate professor of health services at Boston University School of Public Health. His main research interests are related to the care of patients with diabetes, organization of medical care and health outcomes--including risk-adjusted mortality as an indicator of quality of care, pharmaco-epidemiology, medication adherence, adverse drug reactions, and inappropriate medication use. In the past, he has conducted studies on the effect of race on medical care, the use of patient self-reporting instruments to measure functional status and disease severity, and prescribing patterns as an indicator of prescription drug abuse. He is the founder and past chief of the General Internal Medicine Section of the Boston VA Health Care System. He attended Harvard College and received an MD from Yale Medical School, followed by a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

 Publications
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  1. Wiener RS, Gould MK, Slatore CG, Fincke BG, Schwartz LM, Woloshin S. Resource use and guideline concordance in evaluation of pulmonary nodules for cancer: too much and too little care. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Jun 1; 174(6):871-80.
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  2. Vimalananda VG, Miller DR, Christiansen CL, Wang W, Tremblay P, Fincke BG. Cardiovascular disease risk factors among women veterans at VA medical facilities. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Jul; 28 Suppl 2:S517-23.
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  3. Selim AJ, Fincke BG, Rogers WH, Qian S, Selim BJ, Kazis LE. Guideline-recommended medications: variation across Medicare Advantage plans and associated mortality. J Manag Care Pharm. 2013 Mar; 19(2):132-8.
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  4. Pentakota SR, Rajan M, Fincke BG, Tseng CL, Miller DR, Christiansen CL, Kerr EA, Pogach LM. Does diabetes care differ by type of chronic comorbidity?: An evaluation of the Piette and Kerr framework. Diabetes Care. 2012 Jun; 35(6):1285-92.
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  5. Fasoli DR, Fincke BG, Haddock KS. Going beyond patient classification systems to create an evidence-based staffing methodology. J Nurs Adm. 2011 Oct; 41(10):434-9.
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  6. Vimalananda VG, Miller DR, Palnati M, Christiansen CL, Fincke BG. Gender disparities in lipid-lowering therapy among veterans with diabetes. Womens Health Issues. 2011 Jul-Aug; 21(4 Suppl):S176-81.
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  7. Prentice JC, Fincke BG, Miller DR, Pizer SD. Outpatient wait time and diabetes care quality improvement. Am J Manag Care. 2011 Feb; 17(2):e43-54.
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  8. Williams LH, Miller DR, Fincke G, Lafrance JP, Etzioni R, Maynard C, Raugi GJ, Reiber GE. Depression and incident lower limb amputations in veterans with diabetes. J Diabetes Complications. 2011 May-Jun; 25(3):175-82.
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  9. Fincke BG, Miller DR, Christiansen CL, Turpin RS. Variation in antibiotic treatment for diabetic patients with serious foot infections: a retrospective observational study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2010; 10:193.
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  10. Fincke BG, Miller DR, Turpin R. A classification of diabetic foot infections using ICD-9-CM codes: application to a large computerized medical database. BMC Health Serv Res. 2010; 10:192.
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  11. Selim AJ, Berlowitz D, Kazis LE, Rogers W, Wright SM, Qian SX, Rothendler JA, Spiro A, Miller D, Selim BJ, Fincke BG. Comparison of health outcomes for male seniors in the Veterans Health Administration and Medicare Advantage plans. Health Serv Res. 2010 Apr; 45(2):376-96.
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  12. Selim AJ, Kazis LE, Qian S, Rothendler JA, Spiro A, Rogers W, Haffer SC, Wright SM, Miller D, Selim BJ, Fincke BG. Differences in risk-adjusted mortality between medicaid-eligible patients enrolled in medicare advantage plans and those enrolled in the veterans health administration. J Ambul Care Manage. 2009 Jul-Sep; 32(3):232-40.
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  13. Selim AJ, Rogers W, Fleishman JA, Qian SX, Fincke BG, Rothendler JA, Kazis LE. Updated U.S. population standard for the Veterans RAND 12-item Health Survey (VR-12). Qual Life Res. 2009 Feb; 18(1):43-52.
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  14. Miller DR, Oliveria SA, Berlowitz DR, Fincke BG, Stang P, Lillienfeld DE. Angioedema incidence in US veterans initiating angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors. Hypertension. 2008 Jun; 51(6):1624-30.
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  15. Pugh MJ, Rosen AK, Montez-Rath M, Amuan ME, Fincke BG, Burk M, Bierman A, Cunningham F, Mortensen EM, Berlowitz DR. Potentially inappropriate prescribing for the elderly: effects of geriatric care at the patient and health care system level. Med Care. 2008 Feb; 46(2):167-73.
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  16. Bierman AS, Pugh MJ, Dhalla I, Amuan M, Fincke BG, Rosen A, Berlowitz DR. Sex differences in inappropriate prescribing among elderly veterans. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother. 2007 Jun; 5(2):147-61.
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  17. Selim AJ, Kazis LE, Rogers W, Qian SX, Rothendler JA, Spiro A, Ren XS, Miller D, Selim BJ, Fincke BG. Change in health status and mortality as indicators of outcomes: comparison between the Medicare Advantage Program and the Veterans Health Administration. Qual Life Res. 2007 Sep; 16(7):1179-91.
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  18. Miller DR, Gardner JA, Hendricks AM, Zhang Q, Fincke BG. Health care resource utilization and expenditures associated with the use of insulin glargine. Clin Ther. 2007 Mar; 29(3):478-87.
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  19. Ren XS, Selim AJ, Fincke BG, Linzer M, Kazis LE. A Patient-based severity measure of chronic lung disease: evaluating functional health and predicting health services use. J Ambul Care Manage. 2006 Oct-Dec; 29(4):320-31.
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  20. Kazis LE, Miller DR, Skinner KM, Lee A, Ren XS, Clark JA, Rogers WH, Iii AS, Selim A, Linzer M, Payne SM, Mansell D, Fincke BG. Applications of methodologies of the Veterans Health Study in the VA healthcare system: conclusions and summary. J Ambul Care Manage. 2006 Apr-Jun; 29(2):182-8.
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  21. Selim AJ, Kazis LE, Rogers W, Qian S, Rothendler JA, Lee A, Ren XS, Haffer SC, Mardon R, Miller D, Spiro A, Selim BJ, Fincke BG. Risk-adjusted mortality as an indicator of outcomes: comparison of the Medicare Advantage Program with the Veterans' Health Administration. Med Care. 2006 Apr; 44(4):359-65.
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  22. Concato J, Wells CK, Horwitz RI, Penson D, Fincke G, Berlowitz DR, Froehlich G, Blake D, Vickers MA, Gehr GA, Raheb NH, Sullivan G, Peduzzi P. The effectiveness of screening for prostate cancer: a nested case-control study. Arch Intern Med. 2006 Jan 9; 166(1):38-43.
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  23. Selim AJ, Berlowitz D, Fincke G, Rogers W, Qian S, Lee A, Cong Z, Selim BJ, Ren XS, Rosen AK, Kazis LE. Use of risk-adjusted change in health status to assess the performance of integrated service networks in the Veterans Health Administration. Int J Qual Health Care. 2006 Feb; 18(1):43-50.
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  24. Pugh MJ, Fincke BG, Bierman AS, Chang BH, Rosen AK, Cunningham FE, Amuan ME, Burk ML, Berlowitz DR. Potentially inappropriate prescribing in elderly veterans: are we using the wrong drug, wrong dose, or wrong duration? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Aug; 53(8):1282-9.
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  25. Fincke BG, Clark JA, Linzer M, Spiro A, Miller DR, Lee A, Kazis LE. Assessment of long-term complications due to type 2 diabetes using patient self-report: the diabetes complications index. J Ambul Care Manage. 2005 Jul-Sep; 28(3):262-73.
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  26. Clark JA, Spiro A, Miller DR, Fincke BG, Skinner KM, Kazis LE. Patient-based measures of illness severity in the Veterans Health Study. J Ambul Care Manage. 2005 Jul-Sep; 28(3):274-85.
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  27. Selim AJ, Fincke G, Berlowitz DR, Miller DR, Qian SX, Lee A, Cong Z, Rogers W, Selim BJ, Ren XS, Spiro A, Kazis LE. Comprehensive health status assessment of centenarians: results from the 1999 large health survey of veteran enrollees. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2005 Apr; 60(4):515-9.
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  28. Fincke BG, Snyder K, Cantillon C, Gaehde S, Standring P, Fiore L, Brophy M, Gagnon DR. Three complementary definitions of polypharmacy: methods, application and comparison of findings in a large prescription database. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2005 Feb; 14(2):121-8.
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  29. Selim AJ, Berlowitz DR, Fincke G, Cong Z, Rogers W, Haffer SC, Ren XS, Lee A, Qian SX, Miller DR, Spiro A, Selim BJ, Kazis LE. The health status of elderly veteran enrollees in the Veterans Health Administration. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2004 Aug; 52(8):1271-6.
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  30. Selim AJ, Fincke G, Ren XS, Lee A, Rogers WH, Miller DR, Skinner KM, Linzer M, Kazis LE. Comorbidity assessments based on patient report: results from the Veterans Health Study. J Ambul Care Manage. 2004 Jul-Sep; 27(3):281-95.
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  31. Rogers WH, Kazis LE, Miller DR, Skinner KM, Clark JA, Spiro A, Fincke RG. Comparing the health status of VA and non-VA ambulatory patients: the veterans' health and medical outcomes studies. J Ambul Care Manage. 2004 Jul-Sep; 27(3):249-62.
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  32. Selim AJ, Fincke G, Berlowitz DR, Cong Z, Miller DR, Ren XS, Qian S, Rogers W, Lee A, Rosen AK, Selim BJ, Kazis LE. No racial differences in mortality found among Veterans Health Administration out-patients. J Clin Epidemiol. 2004 May; 57(5):539-42.
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  33. Kazis LE, Miller DR, Skinner KM, Lee A, Ren XS, Clark JA, Rogers WH, Spiro A, Selim A, Linzer M, Payne SM, Mansell D, Fincke RG. Patient-reported measures of health: The Veterans Health Study. J Ambul Care Manage. 2004 Jan-Mar; 27(1):70-83.
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  34. Orlander JD, Fincke BG. Morbidity and mortality conference: a survey of academic internal medicine departments. J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Aug; 18(8):656-8.
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  35. Orlander JD, Fincke BG, Hermanns D, Johnson GA. Medical residents' first clearly remembered experiences of giving bad news. J Gen Intern Med. 2002 Nov; 17(11):825-31.
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  36. Orlander JD, Barber TW, Fincke BG. The morbidity and mortality conference: the delicate nature of learning from error. Acad Med. 2002 Oct; 77(10):1001-6.
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  37. Selim AJ, Berlowitz DR, Fincke G, Rosen AK, Ren XS, Christiansen CL, Cong Z, Lee A, Kazis L. Risk-adjusted mortality rates as a potential outcome indicator for outpatient quality assessments. Med Care. 2002 Mar; 40(3):237-45.
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  38. Deykin EY, Keane TM, Kaloupek D, Fincke G, Rothendler J, Siegfried M, Creamer K. Posttraumatic stress disorder and the use of health services. Psychosom Med. 2001 Sep-Oct; 63(5):835-41.
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  39. Selim AJ, Fincke G, Ren XS, Deyo RA, Lee A, Skinner K, Kazis L. Racial differences in the use of lumbar spine radiographs: results from the Veterans Health Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2001 Jun 15; 26(12):1364-9.
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  40. Selim AJ, Fincke G, Ren XS, Deyo RA, Lee A, Skinner K, Kazis L. Patient characteristics and patterns of use for lumbar spine radiographs: results from the Veterans Health Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2000 Oct 1; 25(19):2440-4.
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  41. Orlander JD, Gupta M, Fincke BG, Manning ME, Hershman W. Co-teaching: a faculty development strategy. Med Educ. 2000 Apr; 34(4):257-65.
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  42. Ren XS, Selim AJ, Fincke G, Deyo RA, Linzer M, Lee A, Kazis L. Assessment of functional status, low back disability, and use of diagnostic imaging in patients with low back pain and radiating leg pain. J Clin Epidemiol. 1999 Nov; 52(11):1063-71.
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  43. Clark JA, Spiro A, Fincke G, Miller DR, Kazis LE. Symptom severity of osteoarthritis of the knee: a patient-based measure developed in the veterans health study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 1998 Sep; 53(5):M351-60.
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  44. Kazis LE, Miller DR, Clark J, Skinner K, Lee A, Rogers W, Spiro A, Payne S, Fincke G, Selim A, Linzer M. Health-related quality of life in patients served by the Department of Veterans Affairs: results from the Veterans Health Study. Arch Intern Med. 1998 Mar 23; 158(6):626-32.
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  45. Fincke BG, Miller DR, Spiro A. The interaction of patient perception of overmedication with drug compliance and side effects. J Gen Intern Med. 1998 Mar; 13(3):182-5.
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  46. Selim AJ, Ren XS, Fincke G, Deyo RA, Rogers W, Miller D, Linzer M, Kazis L. The importance of radiating leg pain in assessing health outcomes among patients with low back pain. Results from the Veterans Health Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1998 Feb 15; 23(4):470-4.
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  47. Selim AJ, Ren XS, Fincke G, Rogers W, Lee A, Kazis L. A symptom-based measure of the severity of chronic lung disease: results from the Veterans Health Study. Chest. 1997 Jun; 111(6):1607-14.
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  48. Sostek MB, Jackson S, Linevsky JK, Schimmel EM, Fincke BG. High prevalence of chronic gastrointestinal symptoms in a National Guard Unit of Persian Gulf veterans. Am J Gastroenterol. 1996 Dec; 91(12):2494-7.
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  49. Orlander JD, Fincke BG. Soliciting feedback: on becoming an effective clinical teacher. J Gen Intern Med. 1994 Jun; 9(6):334-5.
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  50. Fincke BG, Gaehde SA, Rubins HB. The medical day hospital. A new concept in ambulatory medical education. Arch Intern Med. 1990 Mar; 150(3):533-6.
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  51. Fincke BG, Friedland G. Prevention and management of infection in the catheterized patient. Urol Clin North Am. 1976 Jun; 3(2):313-21.
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