Assistant Dean for Primary Care-Population Health, Professor of Family Medicine, Professor of Medical Science


Dr. Borkan joined the Department of Family Medicine at Brown Medical School as Professor (Research) and Chair in 2001. He is a primary care educator, researcher, clinician, and advocate whose career has bridged two fields (family medicine and medical anthropology), both in the US and abroad.  He joined the Department of Family Medicine at Brown University as Professor and Chair in 2001, after having been the Vice-Chair of Behavioral Science at Tel Aviv University, and the coordinator of a national Family Medicine Practice Based Research Network. Dr. Borkan received his BA from the University of Michigan and his MD and PhD at Case Western Reserve University.  He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Washington and was a fellow in Social Medicine at Harvard.  At Brown, Dr. Borkan has worked with a broad coalition to spearhead the growth and development of the Department of Family Medicine, the sole family medicine department in the State (and the site of training for two-thirds of the family physicians in Rhode Island). His research interests include medical education, health policy, cultural humility, and primary care -- using qualitative and mixed methods techniques.  He has been active in Rhode Island and national healthcare policy, including chairing the Rhode Island Primary Care Physician Advisory Board, serving as president and chair of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, and the Council of Academic Family Medicine (the national coordinating body for all academic Family Medicine). Dr. Borkan has taken several leadership roles in medical education innovation and has chaired the Brown MD Curriculum Committee since 2006.  Dr. Borkan was appointed as Assistant Dean in charge of planning for the Primary Care- Population Medicine program starting in the 2013 academic year.   


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