Jeffrey F. Markuns, MD Hear my name
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Family Medicine

MD, Saint Louis University
EdM, Boston University
BS, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jeff is the Executive Director for the Global Health Collaborative in the Department of Family Medicine, as well as the founding Director of the Certificate and Masters programs in Health Professions Education in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine at Boston University. Jeff is currently the Interim Senior Medical Director for Community Health Centers at Harbor Health Services, Inc., which includes the Daniel Driscoll Neponset Community Health Center, Harbor Community Health Centers in Hyannis on Cape Cod and Plymouth, as well as Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, one of the first two community health centers in the United States.

Jeff's extensive international work began with the Collaborative in 2007, leading to a variety of roles providing teaching and consultation around the world with a special focus on education and training as well as primary care systems integration. Most recently, as the Executive Director of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI -, Jeff led the transition and conclusion of this partnership of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Global Fund (to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), Ariadne Labs, and Results For Development focused on better measurement of primary health care globally. Jeff was also the project leader for the Vietnam Family Medicine Development Program and its flagship project sponsored by the Atlantic Philanthropies working with multiple Vietnamese universities and the Ministry of Health on national-level scale up of a Family Medicine-based primary care model for delivery of grassroots clinical services and integration with the existing hospital-based system. Jeff continues to direct a similar program retraining physicians in Laos from remote district hospitals to provide general medical services and primary care, as well as a comprehensive Family Medicine workforce development program with the Myanmar Academy of Family Physicians.

Jeff also founded the Masters and Certificate program in Health Professions Education at Boston University, recognizing the critical need for these skills through his work both domestically and abroad. The program has been particularly successful in attracting and support students from traditionally under-represented groups in medicine and implemented additional support for students from low and middle income countries.

Jeff has led numerous workshops around the world focused on medical education and primary care systems development, and he has developed and organized countless fellowships to Boston University for visiting professionals ranging from practicing specialist physicians to health system administrators to government policy-makers, including Ministers of Health. With broad clinical skills in the full spectrum of Family Medicine clinical services, formal fellowship training in medical education, and almost a decade of experience as an assistant program director in postgraduate training in Family Medicine, Jeff has served as a consultant in various aspects of both general medical education and primary care in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Oman, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. Jeff is the Immediate Past President for the North America region of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), and chaired its global Organizational Equity Committee. Jeff previously chaired the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Center for Global Health Initiatives, and continues to lead its advocacy working group trying to increase support for comprehensive primary health care in U.S. global aid. He has authored several articles and textbook chapters in primary care and global health, and was lead author in the revision of the chapter on Education and Professional Development in the WONCA guidebook, The Contribution of Family Medicine to Improving Health Systems, 2nd Ed.

Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Medical Sciences & Education

Extending Improvements in the Primary Care System
01/01/2013 - 06/30/2030 (PI)
The Atlantic Philanthropies

Myanmar Medical Empowerment Project: Proposal for Health System Strengthening and Primary Care Development [2022]
08/05/2022 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
Shin Kong Life Foundation

Myanmar Medical Empowerment Project - Family Medicine Development in Myanmar
04/01/2019 - 12/31/2022 (PI)
Manan Trust

Strengthening Primary Care in Rural Laos Year 3
07/01/2021 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
J&K Wonderland Stiftung

Myanmar Medical Empowerment Project: Proposal for Health System Strengthening and Primary Care Development
04/01/2020 - 12/31/2021 (PI)
Shin Kong Life Foundation

Strengthening Primary Care in Rural Laos Program
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2021 (PI)
J&K Wonderland Stiftung

Myanmar Medical Empowerment Project (MMEP)
11/01/2016 - 06/30/2018 (Subcontract PI)
Global Health through Education, Training and Service Manan Trust

Taiwan-Myanmar Medical Empowerment Project: Phase 2
03/20/2016 - 06/30/2018 (Subcontract PI)
Global Health through Education, Training and Service Shin Kong Life Fdn

Strengthening Primary Care training in Cambodia through Development of Strategic Partnership
07/10/2015 - 07/31/2017 (PI)
Global Health through Education, Training and Service

Improving the Primary Health Care System at the Rural Commune Level Through Development of an Innova
03/01/2007 - 06/30/2015 (PI)
Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation

Vietnam Family Medicine Faculty Development
11/01/2007 - 04/30/2015 (PI)
China Medical Board of New York, Inc.

LAOS-Family Medicine Grant
01/01/2007 - 10/31/2014 (PI)
China Medical Board of New York, Inc.


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  1. Oh J, Lee HY, Khuong QL, Markuns JF, Bullen C, Barrios OEA, Hwang SS, Suh YS, McCool J, Kachur SP, Chan CC, Kwon S, Kondo N, Hoang VM, Moon JR, Rostila M, Norheim OF, You M, Withers M, Li M, Lee EJ, Benski C, Park S, Nam EW, Gottschalk K, Kavanagh MM, Tran TGH, Lee JK, Subramanian SV, McKee M, Gostin LO. Mobility restrictions were associated with reductions in COVID-19 incidence early in the pandemic: evidence from a real-time evaluation in 34 countries. Sci Rep. 2021 07 02; 11(1):13717. PMID: 34215764; PMCID: PMC8253807; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-92766-z;
  2. Hoa NT, Derese A, Peersman W, Markuns JF, Willems S, Tam NM. Primary care quality in Vietnam: Perceptions and opinions of primary care physicians in commune health centers - a mixed-methods study. PLoS One. 2020; 15(10):e0241311. PMID: 33119666; PMCID: PMC7595414; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0241311;
  3. Khim K, Goldman LN, Shaw K, Markuns JF, Saphonn V. Assessment of dual practice among physicians in Cambodia. Hum Resour Health. 2020 03 12; 18(1):18.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32164727; PMCID: PMC7068863; DOI: 10.1186/s12960-020-0461-6;
  4. Oh J, Lee JK, Schwarz D, Ratcliffe HL, Markuns JF, Hirschhorn LR. National Response to COVID-19 in the Republic of Korea and Lessons Learned for Other Countries. Health Syst Reform. 2020 01 01; 6(1):e1753464. PMID: 32347772
  5. Hoa NT, Derese A, Markuns JF, Tam NM, Peersman W. Development and validation of the Vietnamese Primary Care Assessment Tool - provider version - ERRATUM. Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2019 08 15; 20:e73. PMID: 31414650; PMCID: PMC6713882; DOI: 10.1017/S1463423619000562;
  6. Hoa NT, Derese A, Markuns JF, Tam NM, Peersman W. Development and validation of the Vietnamese Primary Care Assessment Tool - provider version. Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2019 07 01; 20:e86. PMID: 32800011; PMCID: PMC6609979; DOI: 10.1017/S1463423619000458;
  7. Hoa NT, Tam NM, Derese A, Markuns JF, Peersman W. Patient experiences of primary care quality amongst different types of health care facilities in central Vietnam. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 May 02; 19(1):275. PMID: 31046750; PMCID: PMC6498623; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-019-4089-y;
  8. Hoa NT, Tam NM, Peersman W, Derese A, Markuns JF. Development and validation of the Vietnamese primary care assessment tool. PLoS One. 2018; 13(1):e0191181. PMID: 29324851; PMCID: PMC5764365; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191181;
  9. Markuns J and Barkley S. Technical Series on Safer Primary Care. Education and Training. World Health Organization. Geneva. 2016. View Publication
  10. Thornblade LW, Henry EG, Minh Tam N, Markuns JF. A novel tool for assessing primary care quality at the point of care in Vietnam. Educ Prim Care. 2016 Sep; 27(5):416-420. PMID: 27583531
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2009 Boston University: Best Faculty Abstract, John McMahan Education Day
2007 International Honor Society in Education: Pi Lambda Theta
1999 Saint Louis University School of Medicine: Distinction in Community Service
1999 Saint Louis University School of Medicine: Distinction in Research
1997 Joslin Diabetes Center / National Institutes of Health: National Research Service Award

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