Gemmae M. Fix, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
MA, State University of New York at Buffalo
BA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Gemmae M. Fix, PhD is an applied medical anthropologist with postdoctoral training in health services research. She is also an Investigator at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation, based at the Boston and Bedford VA Medical Centers. Dr. Fix’s research uses ethnographic, qualitative methods to advance the delivery of patient-centered care, particularly for marginalized or populations stigmatized for their behaviors, such as people living with HIV or patients who are at risk for lung cancer. She has led AHRQ, VA and DoD funded studies examining patients’ experiences of care, patient-centered HIV care, and the use of co-design methods to engage patients in the research process.

Additionally, Dr. Fix is interested in the professional development of social scientists. She has written extensively about the careers of anthropologists, including a guest edited volume of Practicing Anthropology, which profiled the work of anthropologists working in a variety of health-related settings. She led the formation of the Medical Anthropologists and Social Scientists in Health (MASSH) interest group which brings together anthropologists and allied social scientists working in applied health settings (hospitals, health departments, companies, community-based organizations, and universities) to promote professional development, research collaboration, and educational opportunities. Further, she has developed and taught qualitative methods courses for health professionals, and is an Associate Editor for Journal for General Internal Medicine where she adjudicates manuscripts, with a focus on studies that use qualitative methods. Dr. Fix is a Fellow of the Academy of Communication in Healthcare as well as the Society for Applied Anthropology. She was elected to the Board of the Society for Applied Anthropology, and currently serves as Secretary. In these roles, she advocates for the use of social science approaches to address healthcare research questions and the professional development of applied anthropologists.

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  1. Nevedal AL, Widerquist MAO, Reardon CM, Arasim M, Jackson GL, White B, Burns M, Fix GM, DeLaughter K, Cutrona SL, Gifford AL, Jasuja GK, Hogan TP, King HA, Henderson B, Damschroder LJ. Understanding pathways from implementation to sustainment: a longitudinal, mixed methods analysis of promising practices implemented in the Veterans Health Administration. Implement Sci. 2024 May 07; 19(1):34. PMID: 38715094; PMCID: PMC11075255; DOI: 10.1186/s13012-024-01361-z;
  2. Foster M, Fix GM, Hyde J, Dunlap S, Byrne TH, Sugie NF, Kuhn R, Gabrielian S, Roncarati JS, Zhao S, McInnes DK. Capturing the Dynamics of Homelessness Through Ethnography and Mobile Technology: Protocol for the Development and Testing of a Smartphone Technology-Supported Intervention. JMIR Res Protoc. 2024 Apr 22; 13:e53022.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38648101; DOI: 10.2196/53022;
  3. Kaitz J, Vimalananda VG, Charns MP, Fix GM. Multidisciplinary providers' perceptions of care delivery for sleep disorders: A qualitative case study. Sleep Health. 2024 Mar 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38519364
  4. Jackson GL, Fix GM, White BS, Cutrona SL, Reardon CM, Damschroder LJ, Burns M, DeLaughter K, Opra Widerquist MA, Arasim M, Lindquist J, Gifford AL, King HA, Kaitz J, Jasuja GK, Hogan TP, Lopez JCF, Henderson B, Fitzgerald BA, Goetschius A, Hagan D, McCoy C, Seelig A, Nevedal A. Diffusion of excellence: evaluating a system to identify, replicate, and spread promising innovative practices across the Veterans health administration. Front Health Serv. 2023; 3:1223277.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38420338; PMCID: PMC10900518; DOI: 10.3389/frhs.2023.1223277;
  5. Faro EZ, Taber P, Seaman AT, Rubinstein EB, Fix GM, Healy H, Reisinger HS. Implicit and explicit: a scoping review exploring the contribution of anthropological practice in implementation science. Implement Sci. 2024 Feb 12; 19(1):12. PMID: 38347574; PMCID: PMC10863116; DOI: 10.1186/s13012-024-01344-0;
  6. Zogas A, Sitter KE, Barker AM, Fix GM, Khanna A, Herbst AN, Vimalananda VG. Strategies for engaging patients in co-design of an intervention. Patient Educ Couns. 2024 Jun; 123:108191.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38367306
  7. Cogan AM, Haltom TM, Shimada SL, Davila JA, McGinn BP, Fix GM. Understanding patients' experiences during transitions from one electronic health record to another: A scoping review. PEC Innov. 2024 Dec; 4:100258.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38327990; PMCID: PMC10847675; DOI: 10.1016/j.pecinn.2024.100258;
  8. Wolfe HL, Fix GM, Hughto JMW, Hughes LD, Operario D, Hadland SE, Siegel J, Drainoni ML. Understanding how primary care providers report discussing substance use with transgender and gender diverse patients. Patient Educ Couns. 2024 Mar; 120:108101.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38103396; PMCID: PMC10842839; DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2023.108101;
  9. Herbst AN, McCullough MB, Wiener RS, Barker AM, Maguire EM, Fix GM. Proactively tailoring implementation: the case of shared decision-making for lung cancer screening across the VA New England Healthcare Network. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Nov 22; 23(1):1282.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37993840; PMCID: PMC10664378; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-023-10245-9;
  10. Cordasco KM, Gable AR, Ganz DA, Brunner JW, Smith AJ, Hertz B, Post EP, Fix GM. Cerner Millennium's Care Pathways for Specialty Care Referrals: Provider and Nurse Experiences, Perceptions, and Recommendations for Improvements. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 Oct; 38(Suppl 4):1007-1014. PMID: 37798582; PMCID: PMC10593700; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-023-08285-2;
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2022 Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH): Fellow
2022-2025 Society for Applied Anthropology: Secretary to the Board
2021-2022 Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA): Board of Directors
2018 Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA): Fellow
2016-2021 US Department of Veteran Affairs: Career Development Award
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Chronic illness
Patient-Centered Care
Qualitative methods

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