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Steven J. Atlas, MD, MPH

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 724-4736
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Steven J. Atlas, MD, MPH

Massachusetts General Hospital

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Associate Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Physician, Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

I received my MD degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and an M.P.H. at Harvard School of Public Health. I completed training in internal medicine at MGH, and completed a fellowship in general medicine at HMS. My research focuses on quality improvement efforts to understand patterns of care for patients seen in primary care networks and to create new ways to manage these patients. At MGH, I have been actively involved in translating findings from clinical research to improved quality and efficiency of care. I am the Director of MGH Primary Care Practice-Based Research & Quality Improvement Network responsible for quality measurement, reporting and improvement activities in the hospital’s outpatient primary care practices. Prior work has involved developing a methodology to connect patients to physicians and practices within primary care networks. Ongoing research focuses on using population-based methods to link patients and providers with new systems of care to deliver preventive services. As part of these efforts, I have focused on the delivery of preventive care services, specifically cancer prevention testing, within primary care systems. I was the co-principal investigator on an NCI funded (NCI R21 CA121908-01) randomized controlled study to evaluate the value of an IT system that provides decision support to efficiently leverage the unique knowledge clinicians have about their patients to enhance preventive breast cancer screening. I am currently principal investigator of a study examining health information technology to improve comprehensive preventive cancer screening (AHRQ R18 HS018161).

Publications

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  • Berkowitz SA, Percac-Lima S, Ashburner JM, Chang Y, Zai AH, He W, Grant RW, Atlas SJ. Building Equity Improvement into Quality Improvement: Reducing Socioeconomic Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening as Part of Population Health Management. J Gen Intern Med 2015. PubMed
  • Percac-Lima S, Ashburner JM, McCarthy AM, Piawah S, Atlas SJ. Patient navigation to improve follow-up of abnormal mammograms among disadvantaged women. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2015; 24:138-43. PubMed
  • Percac-Lima S, López L, Ashburner JM, Green AR, Atlas SJ. The longitudinal impact of patient navigation on equity in colorectal cancer screening in a large primary care network. Cancer 2014. PubMed
  • Zai AH, Kim S, Kamis A, Hung K, Ronquillo JG, Chueh HC, Atlas SJ. Applying operations research to optimize a novel population management system for cancer screening. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2014; 21:e129-35. PubMed
  • Percac-Lima S, Ashburner JM, Bond B, Oo SA, Atlas SJ. Decreasing disparities in breast cancer screening in refugee women using culturally tailored patient navigation. J Gen Intern Med 2013; 28:1463-8. PubMed
  • Atlas SJ, Ashburner JM, Chang Y, Lester WT, Barry MJ, Grant RW. Population-based breast cancer screening in a primary care network. Am J Manag Care 2013; 18:821-9. PubMed
  • Atlas SJ, Grant RW, Lester WT, Ashburner JM, Chang Y, Barry MJ, Chueh HC. A Cluster-Randomized Trial of a Primary Care Informatics-Based System for Breast Cancer Screening. J Gen Intern Med 2010. PubMed
  • Atlas SJ, Zai AH, Ashburner JM, Chang Y, Percac-Lima S, Levy DE, Chueh HC, Grant RW. Non-visit-based cancer screening using a novel population management system. J Am Board Fam Med 2014; 27:474-85. PubMed