Mary Ellen Keough, MPH
Director of Educational Programs, Meyers Primary Care Institute
Contact Information

Meyers Primary Care Institute
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605


Tel. 508-791-7392
Fax: 508-595-2200





1970    BA        American University

1980    MPH     Boston University School of Public Health


Mary Ellen Keough's papers on Pubmed

Research and Teaching Interests

Ms. Keough serves as Director of Educational Programs for the Meyers Primary Care Institute and Project Director for the DW Reynolds Foundation's Comprehensive Program to Strengthen Physicians' Training in Geriatrics. She coordinates the efforts of multidisciplinary faculty to develop and implement innovative educational curricula to augment traditional medical training. She is an Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she also serves as faculty advisor to the Health Professionals for Human Rights student interest group.

Ms. Keough previously worked internationally on public health and human rights projects in post- war Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, under the auspices of Physicians for Human Rights. Prior to that she served as Director for Education and Research at the East Boston Community Health Center, where she managed the planning and implementation of numerous community-based studies. Ms. Keough holds a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University School of Public Health.


health professions training and human rights, geriatrics education, interdisciplinary training

Selected Publications

Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Grant Program. Changing Prescriber Behavior: The Meyers Primary Care Experience” HMO Research Network National Conference Minneapolis, MN April, 2008 (Fischer M, Keough ME, Baril J, McLaughlin T, Briesacher B, Tutty M, Donovan JL, Quirk M, Field TS, Mazor KM, Gurwitz JH)


Sirkin S, Facci Cali S, Keough ME. The roles of health professionals in post conflict situations. In Levy B, Sidel V, (eds.) War and Public Health. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.


Keough ME, Simmons T, Samuels M. Missing Persons in Post Conflict Settings: Best Practices for Integrating Psychosocial and Scientific Approaches, JRSH 2004:124 (6):271-275.


Keough ME, Field TS, Gurwitz JH. A model of community-based interdisciplinary team training in the care of the frail elderly. Acad Med. 2002 Sep;77(9):936. Review. PubMed PMID: 12228109.

5.Fischer MA, Keough ME, Baril JL, Saccoccio L, Mazor KM, Ladd E, Von Worley A, Gurwitz JH. Prescribers and pharmaceutical representatives: why are we still meeting? J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Jul;24(7):795-801. Epub 2009 May 8. PubMed PMID: 19424764; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2695530.

“It is important to teach physicians that they can promote health by protecting human rights.”

Mailing Address
Meyers Primary Care Institute
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605

425 North Lake Ave
Worcester, MA 01605
Tel: 508-791-7392
Fax: 508-595-2200