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Project Investigator Biography

Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H. Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H.

University of Rochester Medical Center
1381 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
phone: (585) 506-9484
fax: (585) 473-2245

Dr. Kevin Fiscella is a tenured Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community & Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester School Medicine and Associate Director of the Rochester Center to Improve Communication in Health Care. Most of his research has focused on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health and health care. He is currently directing major projects sponsored by the Agency for Health Research Quality (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH/NICHD), and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) related to racial/ethnic disparities in health care or health. He is a strong proponent for the development and implementation of quality measures to assess health care for vulnerable populations and the use of quality improvement to address these disparities.

He was a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that developed the National Healthcare Disparities Report, and serves on advisory groups for the American Medical Association (AMA), RWJF, Aetna, National Committee for Quality Assurance, National Council on Interpretation in Health Care, the Minority Health Institute. Dr. Fiscella is a standing member of the Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Review study section for AHRQ. He has prepared commissioned reports on disparities in health care and use of quality measures for AHRQ, National Quality Forum, RWJF, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Harvard Civil Rights Project.

Dr. Fiscella obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Antioch College in 1976 and his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1980. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine through the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1983. He worked for 8 years as Medical Director for a federally qualified health center (FQHC), and continues to work part-time at a FQHC, where he developed and administered state-sponsored programs in prenatal care, women's health, school health, hypertension, and HIV primary care. Dr. Fiscella completed a 3-year fellowship in Health Services Research and earned his M.P.H. in 1996.

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Updated: 07/22/09