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Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
MPH, University of Washington School of Public Health
BA, Stanford University

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Alison A. Galbraith, MD, MPH is the Director of the Division of Health Services Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. She is a primary care pediatrician and health services researcher whose work focuses on the impact of health insurance design on health care access and affordability for families with children. With funding from NICHD, AHRQ, and PCORI, she has done foundational work on the effects of novel insurance designs such as high-deductible health plans and Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans on health care utilization and costs for children and families. She has expertise partnering with health systems stakeholders to conduct rigorous evaluations of health plan policies and programs and is the Director of Research in Population Health Services at Boston Medical Center Health System. Her mentorship activities have included leadership roles in the General Academic Pediatric and Health Services Research Fellowships.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Expanding the range of voices and perspectives in research and medicine is a goal that informs my work. As Director of the Division of Health Services Research, I am working to promote research topics, methods, and perspectives that address inequities in the health care system and to grow the pipeline of diverse faculty and staff conducting research. Before joining Boston Medical Center and Boston University in March of 2023, I was a member of the Harvard Medical School Diversity Council and the leader of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. With input and engagement of faculty and staff, we made steady incremental progress in creating a DEI strategic plan, convening departmental trainings on addressing implicit bias, partnering with community groups for mentoring events, creating more inclusive job descriptions, and expanding the reach of our recruitment efforts. The majority of trainees and junior faculty I have mentored are women or people of color, and I have participated as a mentor in programs for URiM pediatrics residents and Native American college students.

Optimizing Choice of Health Insurance for Diabetes (OrCHID)
08/03/2023 - 05/31/2028 (PI)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care / HPHC Agency for Healthcar

The Impact of Including Pregnancy as a Qualifying Life Event for Marketplace Special Enrollment on Child and Maternal Health
09/06/2023 - 04/30/2028 (PI)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care / HPHC National Institute o

Underdiagnosis of primary immunodeficiency disorders among racial and ethnic minorities: Recognize and Educate
09/19/2022 - 05/31/2024 (PI)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care / HPHC National Institute o


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  1. Park ER, Kirchhoff AC, Donelan K, Perez GK, McDonald A, Bliss CC, Foor A, van Thiel Berghuijs KM, Waters AR, Durieux N, Leisenring W, Armstrong GT, Ponzani C, Lopez A, Vaca Lopez PL, Battaglia T, Galbraith AA, Kuhlthau KA. Health Insurance Navigation Tools Intervention: A Pilot Trial Within the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. JCO Oncol Pract. 2024 Mar 12; OP2300680.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38471048
  2. Oke I, Slopen N, Galbraith AA, Hunter DG, Wu AC. Gaps in the Vision Screening Pathway for School-Aged US Children. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2024 Mar 01; 142(3):268-270. PMID: 38270959; PMCID: PMC10811585; DOI: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2023.6316;
  3. Wharam JF, LeCates RF, Thomas A, Zhang F, Argetsinger S, Garabedian LF, Galbraith AA. Trends in High-Acuity Cardiovascular Events During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Health Forum. 2024 Jan 05; 5(1):e234572.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38180767; PMCID: PMC10770765; DOI: 10.1001/jamahealthforum.2023.4572;
  4. Faugno E, Gilkey MB, Cripps LA, Sinaiko A, Peltz A, Kingsdale J, Galbraith AA. "Pick a Plan and Roll the Dice": A qualitative study of consumer experiences selecting a health plan in the non-group market. Health Policy Open. 2023 Dec 15; 5:100112. PMID: 38170067; PMCID: PMC10758861; DOI: 10.1016/j.hpopen.2023.100112;
  5. Kennedy KL, Kong WY, Heisler-MacKinnon J, Medlin R, Loughlin CE, Lawler CN, Hernandez ML, Galbraith AA, Gilkey MB. Using Cost Conversations to Address Financial Toxicity in Pediatric Asthma Care: Findings From a Survey of Caregivers. J Pediatr Health Care. 2024; 38(3):374-381. PMID: 38043046
  6. Galbraith AA, Faugno E, Cripps LA, Przywara KM, Wright DR, Gilkey MB. "You Have to Rob Peter to Pay Paul So Your Kid Can Breathe": Using Qualitative Methods to Characterize Trade-Offs and Economic Impact of Asthma Care Costs. Med Care. 2023 Dec 01; 61(12 Suppl 2):S95-S103. PMID: 37963027; PMCID: PMC10635333; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001914;
  7. Abraham C, Garabedian LF, LeCates RF, Galbraith AA. Vaccine Mandates and Influenza Vaccination During the Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2023 Nov 01; 152(5). PMID: 37814817; PMCID: PMC10691407; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2023-061545;
  8. Ong MS, Rider NL, Stein S, Maglione PJ, Galbraith A, DiGiacomo DV, Farmer JR. Racial and ethnic disparities in early mortality among patients with inborn errors of immunity. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2024 Jan; 153(1):335-340.e1.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37802474; PMCID: PMC10872997; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2023.09.036;
  9. Galbraith AA, Price J, Abraham C, Giardino AP. Principles of Child Health Care Financing. Pediatrics. 2023 Sep 01; 152(3). PMID: 37635688
  10. Oke I, Lutz SM, Hunter DG, Galbraith AA. Vision Screening Among Children With Private Insurance: 2010-2019. Pediatrics. 2023 Sep 01; 152(3). PMID: 37605872
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2020 Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute: Gordon Moore Excellence in Mentoring Award
2017 Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute: Robert H. Ebert Career Development Award
2017 AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar
2015 Harvard Medical School: Excellence in Mentoring Award Nominee
2014 Harvard Medical School: Leadership Development Course
2012 Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Program for Scholars in Medicine: Robert H. Ebert Fellowship
2010 Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute: Thomas O. Pyle Fellowship Award
2004 Seattle Children’s Hospital: Fellows Research Day Award

I currently serve as the Chief of the Division of Health Services Research in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship, providing mentorship to fellows and junior faculty. Throughout my career, I have provided formal and informal mentorship to researchers across a range of levels and disciplines, from college students to junior faculty, the majority of whom have been women or underrepresented in medicine. I was honored to have received the Gordon Moore Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Career Mentor
  • Diversity Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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