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CHA Researchers Find Medicaid Coverage Improves Access to Care
Medicaid coverage improves access to health care and chronic disease control: AJPH study States that do not expand Medicaid miss an important opportunity to improve their population’s health, say Harvard Medical School researchers. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Low-income Americans with Medicaid insurance have more awareness and better treatment of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, than their uninsured counterparts, a group of Harvard Medical School researchers said today. People with Medicaid are als...
Cambridge Health Alliance Names David Bor, MD as First Chief Academic Officer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has named David Bor, MD as its first ever Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Bor previously served as CHA’s chief of medicine for 21 years during which time he trained, mentored, and recruited hundreds of providers and current leaders. This inaugural position will be vital as CHA strengthens its teaching and research programs. Since joining ...
CHA Names New Chief of Emergency Medicine
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has named Benjamin Milligan, MD, FACEP, as its chief of emergency medicine, placing him in charge of the emergency departments at CHA’s Cambridge Hospital, Somerville Hospital, and Whidden Hospital in Everett. Dr. Milligan joined CHA in 2008 as an attending physician at CHA Cambridge Hospital. He became the associate site chief of emergency medicine for Cambridge and Somerville Hospitals in 2012 and then was promoted to site chief for both sites last ye...
CHA Physicians Receive Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School
Cambridge, Mass. – C ambridge Health Alliance (CHA) physicians Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH, and Danny McCormick, MD, MPH, have been named recipients of the 2013-2014 A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award presented by the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Gaufberg, an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at HMS, and Dr. McCormick, an associate professor of medicine at HMS, were recently honored at the annual Excellence in Me...
CHA Collaborates with MIT Media Lab to Address Global Health Issues
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has teamed with the MIT Media Lab , a world-renowned research lab that focuses on design and technologies that address social causes, to help solve clinical problems across the world. Earlier this year, Ugwuji Maduekwe, MD, Jim Patalano, MD, and Ellen Weinberg, MD, from CHA’s  Department of Surgery traveled to Mumbai, India, with engineers from the Media Lab to serve as physician-mentors for a group of the best and brightest engineering students from across India. Th...
Indianapolis Firefighters Participate in Harvard Heart Study Led by CHA's Stefanos Kales, MD, MPH
INDIANAPOLIS — Firefighters have one of the nation’s most dangerous jobs. But the leading cause of death among firefighters has nothing to do with flame. Instead, it has everything to do with their hearts. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death among on-duty firefighters, and it strikes sooner for firefighters than for others.  The United States Fire Administration reports that nearly half of firefighter fatalities are due to heart attacks (48.1 percent) — nearly eight times more than t...
CHA Named to 2013 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Physician Group Honor Roll
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's metro-north region, has been named to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s 12 th annual Physician Group Honor Roll. The 2013 Honor Roll highlights 61 physician groups in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire that have achieved exceptional results in their approach to disease prevention and the treatment of acute and chronic illness for both adult and pediatric pat...
Assaad Sayah, MD, Named Chief Medical Officer of Cambridge Health Alliance
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has named Assaad Sayah, MD, as its chief medical officer. Dr. Sayah, CHA’s senior vice president of primary and emergency care, will succeed Gerald Steinberg, MD, who announced his retirement last month. Since joining CHA in 2006 as the chief of emergency medicine, Dr. Sayah has led tremendous advancements in the emergency departments...
CHA Chief Resident Nominated for Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award
Rachael Bedard, MD, a chief resident in CHA's Internal Medicine residency, is one of five finalists selected for the prestigious Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award presented by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare . The award was established in 1999 to honor healthcare professionals who demonstrate extraordinary compassion in caring for patients and families. CHA’s Haitian Mental Health Team won the award in 2010. "Rachael stands out among physicians for her kindness to ...
Cambridge Health Alliance Researchers Receive Grant to Examine Health Care Reform in Massachusetts
Study will focus on impact on uninsured and under-insured
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A group of researchers at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated community healthcare system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, recently received a grant from the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) to research uninsurance and under-insurance within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The JSI Training and Research Institute and the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Health Policy and Research also receive...
CHA Physician Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Cambridge, Mass. – The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), an international medical society, has honored Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) physician Stefanos N. Kales, MD, MPH, with ACOEM’s 2013 Kehoe Award for Excellence in Education and Research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  Dr. Kales was recognized for his leadership in and contributions to the field of OEM by ACOEM’s President, Karl Auerbach, MD, on behalf of the Board of Directors. Dr. Kales is Div...
Partners HealthCare Honors CHA Pediatrician Jill Kasper, MD, for Teaching and Mentoring
Somerville, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) pediatrician Jill Kasper, MD, has won the 2013 Primary Care Award for Teaching and Mentoring presented by Partners HealthCare. The award recognizes those committed to mentoring the next generation of primary care clinicians, particularly younger clinicians as they progress along their career paths. “Dr. Kasper is a thoughtful, patient-centered provider who, in a relatively short but already distinguished career, has set the standard for primary care pr...
Cambridge Health Alliance Physician Wins Harvard Teaching Award
Cambridge , Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) physician Marie-Louise Jean-Baptiste, MD, has been awarded the Harvard Medical School (HMS) 2013 Charles McCabe Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Since 1982, this honor has been bestowed on HMS’s most outstanding teachers, a highly select group of the School's leading medical educators. Dr. Jean-Baptiste received the prize in recognition of her outstanding teaching, both in CHA’s primary care clerkship and its HMS-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship...
Cambridge Health Alliance VP Wins Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Award
Cambridge, Mass. – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that Somava Stout, MD, of Cambridge Health Alliance is one of 10 winners of its first-ever RWJF Young Leader Award. The award recognizes leaders from across the U.S. who are ages 40 or under for their exceptional contributions to improving the health of the nation. The awards also signal the winners’ strong potential for future leadership. Dr. Somava Stout is a primary care physician who is committed to improving the health of ...
Three Cambridge Health Alliance Physicians Appointed to Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care Faculty
Cambridge, MA… Three physicians from Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a leading provider of primary care in the Boston area, have been appointed to the Center for Primary Care, created in 2010 by Harvard Medical School (HMS) to address the current crisis in primary care with innovative solutions. “We are growing in leaps and bounds, underscoring the urgency of the Center’s work and the need for innovation and change in primary care,” said Russell Phillips, MD, Director of the Center for P...