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Joseph R. Betancourt, MD

Senior Vice President, Equity and Community Health / Founder/Senior Advisor/Faculty / Faculty / Associate Professor, Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital / The Disparities Solutions Center / The Mongan Institute / Harvard Medical School

Joseph Betancourt is senior vice president, equity and community health, of Massachusetts General Hospital, 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. He has also served on the leadership team of the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health policy, healthcare disparities, diversity and cross-cultural medicine. He has served on several Institute of Medicine committees, including those that produced the landmark reports Unequal Treatment and Increasing Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce.

Dr. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 60 peer-reviewed publications. He also advises private industry, government and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. He sits on the board of Trinity Health, a large national health system, and sat on the Boston Board of Health and the Board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow. Currently, he is chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association and sits on its board of trustees. He is also a member of the city of Boston’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee.

Dr. Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University and received his master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Hot Topic: An Evidence-Based Approach to Addressing Healthcare’s Inequities

Presented by Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, David Williams, PhD at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, April 12th.

David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system—and offers hopeful…