Monica Bharel, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine Section

MD, Boston University School of Medicine



Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, is the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, appointed in February of 2015. As Commissioner, she is responsible for spearheading the state's response to the opioid crisis, implementation of health care cost containment legislation, reducing health disparities, finding public health solutions for health care reform, finding innovative solutions using data and evidence-based practices, and other health care quality improvement initiatives.

Prior to Dr. Bharel’s appointment, she served as the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, the largest nonprofit health care organization for homeless individuals in the country. The nonprofit program is devoted to providing medical care to one of the city's most vulnerable populations and under her leadership, the organization provided health care to over 12,500 homeless men, women and children in the greater Boston area at over 70 different sites.

In the public service sector, Dr. Bharel was a gubernatorial appointment to the Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration Task Force under the Massachusetts health care payment reform initiative. She has also participated on the Massachusetts Medicaid payment reform policy committee and Primary Care Payment Reform Initiative operations committee. Additionally, she served on the National Quality Forum expert panel on Risk Adjustment for Socioeconomic Status.

Dr. Bharel has served on the faculty of Boston University Medical School, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. She was previously at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center. She has practiced general internal medicine for 20 years in neighborhood health centers, city hospitals, the Veterans Administration, university hospitals and nonprofit organizations. She received her Master of Public Health degree through the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, with a concentration in health care policy and management in 2012. She received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1994 and in 1998 completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center.

Her areas of interest include preventive health care and chronic disease management for underserved populations through system- based improvements. Her areas of research have included cervical cancer screening in homeless women, treatment of alcohol use among homeless women, and hepatitis C in vulnerable populations.

Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Public Health


Boston Medical Center


Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Mitchell MS, León CLK, Byrne TH, Lin WC, Bharel M. Cost of health care utilization among homeless frequent emergency department users. Psychol Serv. 2017 May; 14(2):193-202. PMID: 28481604.
  2. Antman KH, Berman HA, Flotte TR, Flier J, Dimitri DM, Bharel M. Developing Core Competencies for the Prevention and Management of Prescription Drug Misuse: A Medical Education Collaboration in Massachusetts. Acad Med. 2016 Oct; 91(10):1348-1351.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27532868.
  3. Wittenberg E, Bharel M, Bridges JF, Ward Z, Weinreb L. Using Best-Worst Scaling to Understand Patient Priorities: A Case Example of Papanicolaou Tests for Homeless Women. Ann Fam Med. 2016 Jul; 14(4):359-64. PMID: 27401425; PMCID: PMC4940467; DOI: 10.1370/afm.1937;.
  4. Bharel M. Emergency Care for Homeless Patients: A Window Into the Health Needs of Vulnerable Populations. Am J Public Health. 2016 May; 106(5):784-5. PMID: 27049413; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303161;.
  5. Lin WC, Clark RE, Zhang J, O'Connell E, Bharel M. Lin et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2016 Mar; 106(3):571-2. PMID: 26885967; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.303055;.
  6. Lin WC, Bharel M, Zhang J, O'Connell E, Clark RE. Frequent Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations Among Homeless People With Medicaid: Implications for Medicaid Expansion. Am J Public Health. 2015 Nov; 105 Suppl 5:S716-22. PMID: 26447915; PMCID: PMC4627525; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302693;.
  7. Koh KA, Bharel M, Henderson DC. Nutrition for homeless populations: shelters and soup kitchens as opportunities for intervention. Public Health Nutr. 2016 May; 19(7):1312-4.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26434381; DOI: 10.1017/S1368980015002682;.
  8. Wittenberg E, Bharel M, Saada A, Santiago E, Bridges JF, Weinreb L. Measuring the Preferences of Homeless Women for Cervical Cancer Screening Interventions: Development of a Best-Worst Scaling Survey. Patient. 2015 Oct; 8(5):455-67. PMID: 25586646; PMCID: PMC4501895; DOI: 10.1007/s40271-014-0110-z;.
  9. Baggett TP, Chang Y, Porneala BC, Bharel M, Singer DE, Rigotti NA. Disparities in Cancer Incidence, Stage, and Mortality at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Nov; 49(5):694-702. PMID: 26143955; PMCID: PMC4615271; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.03.038;.
  10. Cimino T, Steinman MA, Mitchell SL, Miao Y, Bharel M, Barnhart CE, Brown RT. The Course of Functional Impairment in Older Homeless Adults: Disabled on the Street. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jul; 175(7):1237-9. PMID: 26011591; PMCID: PMC4494897; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.1562;.
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