Brian W. Jack, MD
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Family Medicine

MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
MA, Brown University

Brian Jack, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Jack graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his residency training at the Brown University. He completed a fellowship at the University of Washington. Dr. Jack came to BU and Boston Medical Center in 1997 as the founding Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. He has authored over 140 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters, reviewed papers for major medical journals, served on NICHHD, HRSA and AHRQ grant review panels. He is PI on grants from HRSA, NHLBI, PCORI, AHRQ, NIMHD, Global Fund, PEPFAR, EU and the Kellogg, Izumi, OSISA, and BC/BS Foundations, and others.

His research team has developed the "ReEngineered Discharge" (RED), adapted by the National Quality Forum as a national "Safe Practice". RED is being used in all states and in over 10 countries. He completed projects with AHRQ funding including “Reengineering the Hospital Discharge for Patient Safety” which provided an in-depth analysis of the hospital discharge process. RED was then tested in Testing the Re-Engineered Hospital Discharge a RCT funded by AHRQ in the “Partners in Patient Safety” grants. Dissemination and implementation of RED was explored in an Action RFTO entitled Avoiding Readmissions in Hospitals Serving Diverse patients. Building on a RO1 from NHLBI with colleague Tim Bickmore of Northeastern University, he developed a health IT system to deliver RED at the bedside (the “Louise” system). Dr. Jack completed an AHRQ funded project entitled “Virtual Patient Advocates to Reduce Ambulatory Drug Events” that adapted Louise to be used by patients online when they went home from the hospital. He completed a project to design a tool kit describing the RED process and studied the barriers to RED implementation. New projects include a RCT of a mental health intervention to reduce rehospitalizations for those with depressive symptoms and an exploration of the causes of readmission from the patient perspective that focuses on mental health and the social determinants of care (Projecct ACHIEVE).

Dr. Jack received the 2008 CDC "Partner in Public Health Improvement” award for his work as leader of the CDC’s Select Panel on the Content of Preconception Care. He has completed work to design a preconception HIT system (Gabby) to assist in the provision of this care (AHRQ, HRSA MCHB, Kellogg) and is beginning a RCT to study its impact (NIMHD).

He received the 2013 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation, the “Patient Care Award for Excellence in Patent Education Innovation” award, the AHRQ “Patient Safety Investigator” award, and the “Best Research Paper of the Year” award of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He was selected to HealthLeaders magazines annual "People Who Make Healthcare Better" list and one of Boston’s “Best Doctors” in each of 2010-2017. His Annals of Internal Medicine article describing RED is listed in the book "50 Studies Every Physician Should Know" and was the recipient of the Journal for Healthcare Quality Impact Article of the Year for the article, “How Hospitals Reengineer Their Discharge Processes to Reduce Readmissions.” In 2013 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Jack has also been active in the worldwide development of family medicine. He is Director of the Lesotho Boston Health Alliance, a Kellogg Foundation funded program that aims to improve the quality of district health services in Lesotho. He is a founding member of the AAFP's Center for International Initiatives. He spent a sabbatical year in Budapest, Hungary in 1995 where he received a special citation from the mayor of Budapest. He taught in Jordan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and has worked on development of family medicine in Lesotho, Albania, Jordan, Romania, and Vietnam.

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2015 Mattapan Community Health Center: Community Health Pinnacle Award
2013 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation
2008 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Partner in Public Health Improvement Award
2007 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine: Patient Care Award for Excellence in Patient Education Innovation
1990 Brown University: Teacher of the Year - Department of Family Medicine

National Dissemination of Problem Solving for Better Health (PSBH) in Lesotho
04/01/2018 - 03/31/2019 (PI)
Dreyfus Health Foundation

The online Gabe System: Promoting Health in Young Black Men
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The Gabby Preconception Care System
01/01/2014 - 12/31/2016 (PI)
Kellogg Foundation

Preparing for Primary Care Practice of the Future: Comprehensive Care of the Medically Underserved
09/30/2015 - 09/29/2016 (PI)
HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration

Boston University's Gabby Preconception Care System: Health IT to disseminate sexuality education
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2016 (PI)
F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc.

Preparing for Primary Care Practice/ Academic Administrative units in Primary Care
09/30/2011 - 09/29/2015 (PI)
HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Lauren Babich
10/01/2012 - 09/14/2015 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Babich, Lauren
08/01/2009 - 06/30/2012 (PI)
Department of Veterans Affairs

RFTO Avoiding Readmissions in Hosptitals Serving Diverse Patients
08/01/2009 - 06/30/2012 (PI)
HHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Minority Faculty Fellowship Program
07/01/1999 - 06/30/2003 (PI)
HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration
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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2018 Implementation and Dissemination of 'Gabby,' a Health Information Technology (HIT) System for Young Women, into Community-Based Clinical Sites 5R18HS025131-02
2017 Implementation and Dissemination of 'Gabby,' a Health Information Technology (HIT) System for Young Women, into Community-Based Clinical Sites 1R18HS025131-01
2017 Training in Health Services Research for Vulnerable Populations 5T32HS022242-05
2016 Training in Health Services Research for Vulnerable Populations 5T32HS022242-04
2016 Using Innovative Communication Technology to Improve the Health of Young African 4R01MD006213-05
2016 Using Innovative Communication Technology to Improve the Health of Young African 3R01MD006213-05S1
2016 Reducing Hospital Readmission Among Medical Patients with Depressive Symptoms 5R01HS019700-05
2015 Using Innovative Communication Technology to Improve the Health of Young African 5R01MD006213-04
2014 Training in Health Services Research for Vulnerable Populations 5T32HS022242-02
2014 Using Innovative Communication Technology to Improve the Health of Young African 5R01MD006213-03
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  1. Cancino RS, Jack BW. Family Medicine Hospitalists Three Years Out of Residency: Career Flexibility or a Threat to Office-Based Family Medicine? J Am Board Fam Med. 2018 Sep-Oct; 31(5):677-679. PMID: 30201662.
  2. Bernstein J, Quinn E, Ameli O, Craig M, Heeren T, Iverson R, Jack B, Lee-Parritz A, Mccloskey L. Onset of T2DM after gestational diabetes: What the prevention paradox tells us about risk. Prev Med. 2018 Aug; 113:1-6.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29746972.
  3. Mitchell SE, Laurens V, Weigel GM, Hirschman KB, Scott AM, Nguyen HQ, Howard JM, Laird L, Levine C, Davis TC, Gass B, Shaid E, Li J, Williams MV, Jack BW. Care Transitions From Patient and Caregiver Perspectives. Ann Fam Med. 2018 05; 16(3):225-231.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29760026.
  4. Pino EC, Damus K, Jack B, Henderson D, Milanovic S, Kalesan B. Adolescent socioeconomic status and depressive symptoms in later life: Evidence from structural equation models. J Affect Disord. 2018 Jan 01; 225:702-708.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28917197.
  5. Bernstein JA, Quinn E, Ameli O, Craig M, Heeren T, Lee-Parritz A, Iverson R, Jack B, McCloskey L. Follow-up after gestational diabetes: a fixable gap in women's preventive healthcare. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2017; 5(1):e000445.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28948028.
  6. Ismaili M'hamdi H, de Beaufort I, Jack B, Steegers EAP. Responsibility in the age of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) and epigenetics. J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2018 Feb; 9(1):58-62. PMID: 28829006.
  7. Cancino RS, Jack BW, Jarvis J, Cummings AK, Cooper E, Cremieux PY, Burgess JF. Health Services Utilization Among Fee-for-Service Medicare and Medicaid Patients Under Age 65 with Behavioral Health Illness at an Urban Safety Net Hospital. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2017 Jul; 23(7):781-788.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28650248.
  8. Cancino RS, Manasseh C, Kwong L, Mitchell SE, Martin J, Jack BW. Project RED Impacts Patient Experience. J Patient Exp. 2017 Dec; 4(4):185-190.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29276765.
  9. Gardiner PM, McCue KD, Negash LM, Cheng T, White LF, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L, Jack BW, Bickmore TW. Engaging women with an embodied conversational agent to deliver mindfulness and lifestyle recommendations: A feasibility randomized control trial. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Sep; 100(9):1720-1729.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28495391.
  10. Mitchell SE, Weigel GM, Laurens V, Martin J, Jack BW. Implementation and adaptation of the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) in five California hospitals: a qualitative research study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Apr 19; 17(1):291.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28424074; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-017-2242-z;.
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