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Leading Change in Primary Care
MAKING PRIMARY CARE STRONGER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE

Several CHA physicians are integral members of the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School, which is developing programs to train leaders in primary care, influence policy, and contribute to innovation in primary care delivery in the US and globally.

Barbara Ogur, MD

Dr. Barbara Ogur is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Associate Director for Innovation in Medical Education at the Harvard Center for Primary Care. For the last 27 years she has been a primary care physician at our Windsor Street Health Center where she has been committed to caring for underserved patients.
 
Most recently, Dr. Ogur has been actively involved in medical education, medical education reform, and in the dissemination of information about longitudinal integrated learning. She helped to develop community-based curricular experiences for first year Harvard Medical School students in the year-long Patient-Doctor course on medical interviewing and the patient-doctor relationship. Her goal is that these real-life connections to patients in need will inspire the next generation of doctors to seek careers in providing academically-rigorous, community-based, and culturally-appropriate care.

In 2004 she co-created and, until 2010, co-directed the Cambridge Integrated Clerkship, an innovative year-long course, based upon grounding students’ clinical education in the longitudinal care of patients over time. Inspired by the moving stories of students’ caring and educationally-motivating connections with their patients, she is presently involved in the creation of an innovative reform of the Cambridge Primary Care Internal Medicine residency program in conjunction with transformation to a patient-centered medical home under the auspices of the Harvard Center for Primary Care’s Academic Innovations Collaborative.


Soma Stout, MD

Dr. Somava Stout is currently the VP of Patient Centered Medical Home Development at Cambridge Health Alliance, and is on the core faculty at the the Harvard Center for Primary Care. She is also Co-Director for the Primary Care Innovation Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, where she is engaging the next generation of primary care physicians to be part of health system innovation.

Her work involves helping redesign the health system so that it works better for underserved patients. A primary care physician deeply committed to improving the health of underserved communities, Dr. Stout helped to create a community health center that has achieved NCQA Level 3 recognition and has been highlighted as a national “best practice” for patient-centered medical home transformation. 

Stout received her Bachelor’s from Harvard-Radcliffe and her MD from the University of California Berkeley-San Francisco Joint Medical Program, where she also completed a master’s on sustainable development of health in underserved communities in Guyana.  Stout has been invited to share her experience of developing the patient-centered medical neighborhood model of care throughout the country. In her free time, Stout volunteers as the Founder and Director of the Raising Peacemakers program, which helps to empower children to make a difference in the world.