Message From the Chair


Daniel Lasser, MD, MPH ChairmanThe University of Massachusetts Medical School was founded in 1962 to provide affordable, high-quality medical education to state residents and to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in underserved areas of the state. 

It is home to the state's first family medicine department, which has grown over the decades to include a broad array of clinical, teaching and research activities committed to the vision of Healthy people, families, and  communities - with equal access for all. 

In order to improve the health of patients, families and communities, we recognize that:

  • A health care system with a strong primary care base delivers the highest quality, the lowest cost, and the greatest equity;
  • Family Medicine is the largest, most geographically distributed, and most well developed primary care specialty, based on trusting, long-term doctor-patient relationships;
  • The principles of Community Health complement those of Family Medicine, providing an understanding of the communities in which our patients and their families reside, the impact of communities on health, and the importance of advocacy for those who are most at risk; and
  • The combined impact of Family Medicine, Community Health, and integrated Behavioral Health – the biopsychosocial approach – is a powerful model upon which to base the health system.

We support and are affiliated with an array of practices providing clinical services to vulnerable and complex populations. Our Family Physicians have expertise in a variety of clinical areas, including Hospital Medicine, Advanced Obstetrics, Sports Medicine, Geriatrics, Palliative Care, Student Health, health care to the homeless, care for patients with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and addiction medicine. The department is a national leader in the integration of behavioral health into primary care, and we partner with a community mental health center to integrate primary care into their mental health services setting.

Mindful of our mission to provide leadership in academic family medicine, we emphasize the relationship between clinical practice and community health with a particular focus on serving vulnerable populations.

Bringing several related disciplines together, we support a diverse, creative faculty with skills ranging from health policy to clinical care.  We support their professional development, and we are committed to the improvement of their work life.  We provide environments where they collaborate with each other, with learners, with teams, and with their patients, thinking outside traditional comfort zones and generating effective change.  We serve as a catalyst to find solutions to complicated problems as we advocate for our patients and their communities, for rational transformation of the health care system, and for equal access for all.

Our medical school is consistently ranked in the top tier of America's foremost medical schools for primary care physician education.  We seek the best and the brightest to join our academic and clinical teams as we move forward to confront the healthcare challenges of today and tomorrow.

Daniel Lasser, MD, MPH