Pablo Buitron de la Vega, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
MSc, Boston University School of Public Health

Pronouns: he/him/his

I am a general internist and preventive medicine physician with a longstanding interest in health care education and the impact of patients’ attitudes, health beliefs and social determinants of health (SDOH). I provide clinical care to a majority of Hispanic patients, an underserved population in healthcare.I am also Program Director of the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) Preventative Medicine Residency and an Assistant Professor of Medicine. I am the clinical lead for Boston Medical Center THRIVE, a program that systematically screen patients for SDOH and refers them to resources when requested. Additionally, I am passionate about the use of emerging educational technologies, including virtual worlds, virtual reality, and mind mapping, to develop interdisciplinary experiences to teach about health equity and SDOH.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

General Preventative Medicine Maternal Health Program
07/01/2021 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
Bureau of Health Workforce/HRSA/DHHS


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  1. Buitron de la Vega P, Dimitri N, Araujo Brinkerhoff C, Stern A, Damus K, Miselis H, Garg PS, Sarfaty S, Sprague Martinez L. Virtual Reality Simulated Learning Environments: A Strategy To Teach Interprofessional Students About Social Determinants Of Health. Acad Med. 2022 Jun 14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35703204
  2. McCuistian C, Kimball SL, Buitron de la Vega P, Godfrey LB, Fortuna LR, Valentine SE. Consideration of racism experiences in the implementation of trauma-focused therapy in primary care. Health Serv Res. 2022 May 06.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35521941
  3. Lasser KE, Buitron de la Vega P, Ashe EM, Xuan Z, Alva S, Battisti L, Losi S, Sieber C, Richards C, Sullivan P, Triscari L, Brody L, Roth MT, LeBlanc A, Silverstein M. A pharmacy liaison-patient navigation intervention to reduce inpatient and emergency department utilization among primary care patients in a Medicaid accountable care organization: A pragmatic trial protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 07; 94:106046.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32485325; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2020.106046;
  4. Giraldo P, Hsu HE, Ashe EM, Buitron de la Vega PA, Losi S, Silverstein M, Lasser KE. Provision of Utility Shut-off Protection Letters at an Urban Safety-Net Hospital, 2009-2018. J Ambul Care Manage. 2020 Apr/Jun; 43(2):179-182.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32073502
  5. Buitron de la Vega P, Losi S, Sprague Martinez L, Bovell-Ammon A, Garg A, James T, Ewen AM, Stack M, DeCarvalho H, Sandel M, Mishuris RG, Deych S, Pelletier P, Kressin NR. Implementing an EHR-based Screening and Referral System to Address Social Determinants of Health in Primary Care. Med Care. 2019 06; 57 Suppl 6 Suppl 2:S133-S139.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31095052
  6. Buitron de la Vega P, Coe C, Paasche-Orlow MK, Clark JA, Waite K, Sanchez MJ, Armstrong E, Bokhour BG. "It's like a mirror image of my illness": Exploring Patient Perceptions About Illness Using Health Mind Mapping-a Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 10; 33(10):1692-1699.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29992428; PMCID: PMC6153235; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4557-9;
  7. Quintiliani LM, Murphy JE, Buitron de la Vega P, Waite KR, Armstrong SE, Henault L, Volandes AE, Paasche-Orlow MK. Feasibility and Patient Perceptions of Video Declarations Regarding End-of-Life Decisions by Hospitalized Patients. J Palliat Med. 2018 06; 21(6):766-772.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29649398; PMCID: PMC5995264; DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0351;
  8. Buitron de la Vega P, Paasche-Orlow MK, Clark JA, Bokhour BG. Using Health Mind Maps to Capture Patient's Explanatory Models of Illness. Boston. 2017.
  9. Hadeel Zainah, Aarthee Karthikeyan, Pablo Buitron, Douglas Jennings, Suzan L Davis, George Alangaden, Daniela Moreno, FadiSamaan, Sarah Al Helou, Ghattas Alkoury, Wassim Stephane, Salim Daikh and Mayur Ramesh. The Efficacy of Acticoat-Silver Dressing in Preventing Left-Ventricle-Assisted Device Infections. Immunochemistry & Immunopathology. 2016; 2:122. View Publication
  10. Buitron de la Vega P, Tandon P, Qureshi W, Nasr Y, Jayaprakash R, Arshad S, Moreno D, Jacobsen G, Ananthasubramaniam K, Ramesh M, Zervos M. Simplified risk stratification criteria for identification of patients with MRSA bacteremia at low risk of infective endocarditis: implications for avoiding routine transesophageal echocardiography in MRSA bacteremia. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2016 Feb; 35(2):261-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26676855; PMCID: PMC4724372; DOI: 10.1007/s10096-015-2539-y;

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2020 Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine: Lorraine Stanfield Student Teaching Award
2018 Boston Medical Center: Be Exceptional Award
2014 Henry Ford Hospital: Dr. Jan Rival Excellence in Medical Education Resident Award
2012 Michigan State Medical Society Foundation : 2nd Place Clinical Medicine and Vignettes
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