Robert Abraham GabbayMD, PhD, FACP
Robert A. Gabbay, MD, Ph.D., has 20 years of clinical and research experience and is Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Joslin Diabetes Center. His research focuses on improving primary care health care delivery to enhance diabetes outcomes and patients’ experiences.
Dr. Gabbay served as faculty chair of Pennsylvania’s statewide Chronic Care Model-focused Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) initiative (Chronic Care Initiative) involving more than 150 primary care practices with support from 17 payers. He has also worked as Principal Investigator on two AHRQ-funded PCMH projects before coming to the Joslin. The first studied the experience of 25 practices in the first regional rollout of the Pennsylvania initiative in Southeast Pennsylvania.
Under the R18, Dr. Gabbay is using a mixed methods approach to evaluate the clinical and proximal outcomes of the PCMH intervention, the effects of the intervention on resource utilization and costs, and patient and provider satisfaction and experience with the PCMH intervention. In the second study, Dr. Gabbay was selected by AHRQ to help develop state-level infrastructure for primary care transformation under AHRQ’s Infrastructure for Maintaining Primary Care Transformation (IMPaCT) program. Pennsylvania was one of four states selected for this initiative aimed at laying the foundation for a nationwide primary care extension service.