Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Family Medicine

MD, Yale University School of Medicine

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett is the Vice Chair of Primary Care Innovation and Transformation and the Program Director in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Katherine joined BMC in 2009 after completing her residency and chief residency there. Prior to BMC, Dr. Gergen Barnett attended Yale University School of Medicine, worked at NIH, and completed a fellowship studying a model of group prenatal care for underserved women. Her primary interests are behavioral health integration, preventive medicine, nutrition, mindfulness-based stress reduction, women’s health, and group care. Dr. Gergen Barnett's research career has been primarily focused on innovative models of care to address chronic medical conditions, physician burnout, and engaging community partners in creating feasible solutions to increase health and wellness in urban communities.

2017-2018 Boston University Medical School: Family Medicine Medical School Educator of the Year

Family Medicine Residency Program Addiction-Focused Track
07/01/2019 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers


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  1. Prom MC, Canelos V, Fernandez PJ, Gergen Barnett K, Gordon CM, Pace CA, Ng LC. Implementation of Integrated Behavioral Health Care in a Large Medical Center: Benefits, Challenges, and Recommendations. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2021 Jul; 48(3):346-362.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33241465; PMCID: PMC8144234; DOI: 10.1007/s11414-020-09742-0;
  2. Middleton A, Fitzgerald GK, Delitto A, Saper RB, Gergen Barnett K, Stevans J. Implementing stratified care for acute low back pain in primary care using the STarT Back instrument: a process evaluation within the context of a large pragmatic cluster randomized trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2020 Nov 25; 21(1):776.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33238964; PMCID: PMC7689997; DOI: 10.1186/s12891-020-03800-6;
  3. Sprague Martinez LS, Tang Yan C, Augsberger A, Ndulue UJ, Libsch EA, Pierre JS, Freeman E, Gergen Barnett K. Changing The Face Of Health Care Delivery: The Importance Of Youth Participation. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 10; 39(10):1776-1782. PMID: 33017230
  4. Gergen Barnett K, Berchuck CM, Berg E. Curbing Health Care Costs by Aligning Incentives for Health and Social Systems. Popul Health Manag. 2020 04; 23(2):105-106. PMID: 31453736
  5. Gardiner P, Lestoquoy AS, Negash NL, Luo M, Gergen-Barnett K, Saper R, Penti B, White LF, Liebschutz JM. Lessons Learned and Strategies for Recruitment of Diverse, Low-income Patients into an Integrative Medical Group Visit Clinical Trial. Explore (NY). 2019 May - Jun; 15(3):215-221.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31056423
  6. Pace CA, Gergen-Barnett K, Veidis A, D'Afflitti J, Worcester J, Fernandez P, Lasser KE. Warm Handoffs and Attendance at Initial Integrated Behavioral Health Appointments. Ann Fam Med. 2018 07; 16(4):346-348.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29987084; PMCID: PMC6037516; DOI: 10.1370/afm.2263;
  7. Lestoquoy AS, Laird LD, Mitchell S, Gergen-Barnett K, Negash NL, McCue K, Enad R, Gardiner P. Living with chronic pain: Evaluating patient experiences with a medical group visit focused on mindfulness and non-pharmacological strategies. Complement Ther Med. 2017 Dec; 35:33-38.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29154064
  8. Gergen Barnett KA. In Pursuit of the Fourth Aim in Health Care: The Joy of Practice. Med Clin North Am. 2017 Sep; 101(5):1031-1040. PMID: 28802466
  9. Saper RB, Lemaster C, Delitto A, Sherman KJ, Herman PM, Sadikova E, Stevans J, Keosaian JE, Cerrada CJ, Femia AL, Roseen EJ, Gardiner P, Gergen Barnett K, Faulkner C, Weinberg J. Yoga, Physical Therapy, or Education for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Noninferiority Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Jul 18; 167(2):85-94.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28631003; PMCID: PMC6392183; DOI: 10.7326/M16-2579;
  10. Gardiner P, Lestoquoy AS, Gergen-Barnett K, Penti B, White LF, Saper R, Fredman L, Stillman S, Lily Negash N, Adelstein P, Brackup I, Farrell-Riley C, Kabbara K, Laird L, Mitchell S, Bickmore T, Shamekhi A, Liebschutz JM. Design of the integrative medical group visits randomized control trial for underserved patients with chronic pain and depression. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Mar; 54:25-35.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27979754; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.12.013;
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Dr. Gergen Barnett has mentored both junior faculty and peers for many years, with special interests in work-life balance, innovation, women in leadership, narrative writing, and community engagement.

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