Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD Hear my name
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Family Medicine

MD, Yale University School of Medicine
BA, Yale University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett is the Vice Chair of Primary Care Innovation and Transformation in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC), an Associate Professor at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, an Affiliate at Harvard’s Center for Primary Care, and a Health Innovators Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a highly fellowship that catalyzes leaders to improve US health care. Prior to joining BMC in 2009, Dr. Gergen Barnett attended Yale University School of Medicine, worked at the National Institutes of Health, and completed a fellowship studying a model of group prenatal care for women in low-income communities. At BMC, she has served in multiple leadership roles including as Residency Program Director, Medical Director, and co-founder of the joint Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency. Dr. Gergen Barnett is a national expert in health care policy and delivery, medical training and community engagement. She has served as a PI and co-PI on multiple grants, including a MassHealth grant to create and evaluate addiction training for family medicine residents, a Pfizer grant to study the efficacy of Paxlovid in high risk children, a CTSI grant to evaluate best practices for hospital based youth advisory boards, a PCORI grant to create and evaluate integrative medicine group visits for chronic pain, and an NIH grant to study the efficacy of restorative justice and storytelling on healing medical mistrust. She directed the BU School of Medicine Healers’ Art Course and regularly supervises medical students in her clinical practice. Her primary clinical interests are behavioral health, trauma informed care, gender affirming care, women's and reproductive health, and holistic medicine. Finally, Dr. Gergen Barnett is involved in local and state health policy addressing health inequities, national policy addressing primary care delivery, and is a regular contributor to The Boston Globe, Boston Public Radio, and multiple television outlets.

04/05/2022 - 04/05/2025 (PI)
Pfizer, Inc

Family Medicine Residency Program Addiction-Focused Track
07/01/2019 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers


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  1. Peterkin AF, Baldwin M, Demers L, Gergen Barnett K. Evaluating a Video-Based Addiction Curriculum at a Safety Net Academic Medical Center. Subst Abus. 2023 Jul; 44(3):241-248.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37728099
  2. Roseen EJ, Smith CN, Essien UR, Cozier YC, Joyce C, Morone NE, Phillips RS, Gergen Barnett K, Patterson CG, Wegener ST, Brennan GP, Delitto A, Saper RB, Beneciuk JM, Stevans JM. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Incidence of High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Primary Care Patients with Acute Low Back Pain: A Cohort Study. Pain Med. 2023 Jun 01; 24(6):633-643.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36534910; PMCID: PMC10233486; DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnac193;
  3. Augsberger A, Toraif N, Young A, Dimitri NC, Bautista R, Pierre J, Le C, Idahor O, Jusme C, Gergen Barnett KA. COVID-19 shines a light on health inequities in communities of color: A youth-driven photovoice inquiry. J Community Psychol. 2022 Sep; 50(8):3700-3715.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35441704; PMCID: PMC9088309; DOI: 10.1002/jcop.22866;
  4. Gergen Barnett K, Mishuris RG, Williams CT, Bragg A, Semenya AM, Baldwin M, Howard J, Wilson SA, Srinivasan J. Telehealth's Double-Edged Sword: Bridging or Perpetuating Health Inequities? J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Aug; 37(11):2845-2848.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35352272; PMCID: PMC8963395; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-022-07481-w;
  5. Sharma S, Gergen Barnett K, Maypole JJ, Grochow Mishuris R. Evaluation of mHealth Apps for Diverse, Low-Income Patient Populations: Framework Development and Application Study. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Feb 11; 6(2):e29922. PMID: 35147502; PMCID: PMC8881782; DOI: 10.2196/29922;
  6. Sullivan EE, Dwiel K, Hunt LS, Conroy K, Gergen Barnett K. Moving the needle on primary care burnout: Using a driver diagram to accelerate impact. Healthc (Amst). 2021 Dec; 9(4):100595. PMID: 34800785; PMCID: PMC8595316; DOI: 10.1016/j.hjdsi.2021.100595;
  7. 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 07; 48(3):346-362.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33241465; PMCID: PMC8144234; DOI: 10.1007/s11414-020-09742-0;
  8. 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;
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33017230
  10. 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
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The Boston Herald 12/4/2018

2021-2022 Boston: Boston Magazine "Best Doctors of Boston"
2020-2023 Castle Connolly Award: Top Doctor, Family Medicine
2017-2018 Boston University Medical School: Family Medicine Medical School Educator of the Year
2008 North American Primary Care Research Group: Excellence in Family Medicine Award
2007 AAFP: American Academy of Family Physicians/Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical
2005 Family Medicine CT: Connecticut Family Physicians Award of Excellence
2004 Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT: Norman Bailey Bernicke Prize

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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