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Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, has been appointed vice president and chief equity and inclusion officer of Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the founder, senior advisor and faculty of the Disparities Solutions Center at MGH, faculty at the Mongan Institute, an associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internal Medicine physician. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health policy, health care disparities and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine committees, including the one that produced the landmark report, Unequal Treatment. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and advises private industry, government and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He sits on the Boston Board of Health; the Board of Trinity Health, a large national health system; and sat on the board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow.

Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and received his Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Born in New York City and raised there and in Puerto Rico, Joe grew up in a bilingual, bicultural home with a family committed to equity and social justice. Joe has resided in Cambridge since 2001.

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