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Family and Social Medicine

Research and Clinical Trials

For the Department of Family and Social Medicine, research plays an integral role in identifying the needs of the patients and communities we serve. Studies and clinical trials help Montefiore Medical Center determine the most effective ways to address those needs.

Research in Palliative Care

Palliative care is a unique field of medicine that focuses on relieving the physical and emotional symptoms of patients who are suffering from serious, and often incurable, illnesses. The Montefiore Palliative Care (PCARE) service coordinates a number of research and grant programs to develop, implement and analyze an array of treatments for chronic pain and other illnesses.

Learn more about our research in palliative care.

Research Mission

The mission of the Research Division of the Department of Family and Social Medicine is to improve the health of underserved communities and populations by:

  • Defining a research agenda that addresses important clinical, epidemiologic, educational, health services, and health policy questions relevant to the patient populations and communities we serve;
  • Conducting research in these areas that communicates the unique contribution of Family Medicine in understanding and responding to the health and health care needs of urban underserved populations.

We accomplish this mission by promoting collaboration between academic and clinical departments and among community-based health, education, social service and other institutions to generate new knowledge.

Multidisciplinary Faculty

The Research Division is co-directed by Arthur E. Blank Ph.D., and M. Diane McKee, MD, MSc. The division has 10 faculty members, Drs. Karen Bonuck, Diana Carvajal, Earle Chambers, Jason Fletcher, Alison Karasz, Sean Lucan, Susan Rubin, Clyde Schechter, Peter Selwyn and Hal Strelnick, who are predominately supported with National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.

This multidisciplinary faculty works in partnership with each other?as well as researchers in other divisions and institutions?to improve the quality of care and access to health care for poor, urban, minority patient populations. Faculty interests address such topics as infant and adolescent health, community and population health, health disparities, obesity, palliative care, primary care and the medical home, reproductive health, the social determinants of health, and wellness.

Faculty is also involved in teaching the Master's in Public Health program and the Master's program in Clinical Research at Albert Einstein School of Medicine.