New Chief Research Officer Dr. Peter Friedmann is planning to grow a program of clinical, translational and health services research at Baystate Health, saying that it is "essential to the delivery of high-quality health care and training."
Dr. Friedmann, who will be joining Baystate in October 2015, thinks research should be "part and parcel of what we do every day at Baystate. For example, every patient at a Baystate affiliate who is potentially eligible and appropriate to enter a clinical trial should be offered the opportunity to do so."
Focus On Health Concerns of the Community
Dr. Friedmann's vision is to strengthen Baystate's research efforts to reduce disparities and improve the health of the people living in western Massachusetts.
"We should engage local and regional partners to help us develop and perform research that is relevant and useful to our patients and communities," Dr. Friedmann said.
He noted Baystate has many building blocks in place—high-quality care, integrated health system, unified electronic medical record, and outstanding investigators.
"I believe we can make considerable progress toward these goals over the next half decade," Dr. Friedmann said.
About Dr. Friedmann
In his role as Chief Research Officer, Dr. Friedmann will be responsible for research administration, programs and planning within the Office of Academic Affairs.
He is currently Professor of Medicine and Health Services, Policy & Practice at the Warren Alpert Medical School and School of Public Health of Brown University.