University of Miami Family of Physicians Sets $3
Coral Gables, Fla., Aug. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Several generations of the Chen family graduated from the University of Miami and the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. And like the Miller School, the Chens have a lifelong passion for reducing health disparities and improving the lives of residents in the most medically underserved communities.
The Chen Family Foundation seeks to expand this shared mission even further by donating $3 million to establish the Chen Family Endowed Chair to Advance Primary Care and Health Equity Research.
“The foresight, leadership, and dedication of Dr. Chris Chen and his family will propel the University forward in our pursuit of health equity,” said University of Miami President Julio Frenk. . “We greatly appreciate their generosity and partnership.”
The Chen Family Endowed Chair in Advancing Research in Primary Care and Health Equity will enable the Miller School’s Department of Medicine to recruit a leader with extensive primary health care and population experience, enabling to the University to become the leader in primary care and medicine among academic institutions. Once on board, this expert will be tasked with researching and improving how primary care is delivered and health equity is advanced throughout South Florida.
“We are fortunate to have the expertise of Dr. Chris Chen as a partner and we are excited about the creation of this new chair, which will improve the way we think about primary care and how we can make it accessible to all members of our community, developing new models of compassionate administration,” said Roy E. Weiss, MD, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Medicine, Rabbi Morris I. Esformes Endowed Chair in Medicine and Endocrinology, Kathleen and Stanley Glaser Distinguished Chair and Chief Medical Officer of Ambulatory Services for UHealth. “We are proud to partner with such an important health initiative that will ultimately benefit residents of our community and beyond. »
In a way, the Miller School is like an extension of the Chen family. In addition to his father, Jen-ling Chen, Ph.D., MD ’81, and his younger brother, Gordon Chen MD ’05, Chris Chen, MD ’00, has other relatives who are alumni of the Miller School: Uncle Peter Chang, MD ’79; uncle Kenneth Lo, MD ’82; sister-in-law (wife of Gordon) Jessica Lane Chen, MD ’06; and Jason Lane, MD ’01, her former roommate and brother-in-law of Dr. Gordon Chen.
The Chen family’s mission to reduce health disparities is based on the imperatives of their Christian faith to serve and help others. This mission was intensified in 2003 after their struggle with the health system. Dr. Jen-ling Chen has been diagnosed with cancer and has only two months to live. At a cancer center in another state, the family said, they experienced what it was like to receive fragmented and unsympathetic health care, where the multiple specialists involved did not collaborate, appointments had to be booked weeks in advance, and compassion seemed lacking.
Chen’s father recovered and soon embarked on a new mission: to develop a method of delivering medical services that provides a superior level of care and positively impacts the lives of patients, especially in underserved communities. served.
“When we started developing ChenMed, we were very aware of what the delivery system looked like on the other side of the glass,” said Dr. Chris Chen, CEO of Chen Med. “That drives many of our decisions: what would we want if we were in the patient’s shoes? Our goal was to deliver superior patient outcomes and a positive patient experience to a generally underserved population during the most most vulnerable in their lives.”
The result is ChenMed, a concierge-style healthcare practice that strives to be the leading primary care provider in the United States, transforming care for populations most in need. It operates more than 100 primary care physician practices in 15 states and, with a focus on preventive care, the organization’s hospital admission rate is 30-50% lower than the national average.
“That’s why we’re investing in the University of Miami,” Dr. Chen said. “The unique UHealth, Miller School, and Jackson partnership that serves one of the most racially and socioeconomically diverse populations in the United States is the perfect place to build the beachhead of this movement in academia.”
The Chen endowment aligns with the Miller School’s commitment to health equity and medical education. As home to one of the most diverse populations in the country, the school is committed to treating patients with respect across distinct cultures and ethnicities and pursuing its mission of improving health equity.
Innovative community programs, many run by medical student volunteers, provide thousands of South Florida residents with access to comprehensive care and services. The Miller School’s innovative NextGenMD program trains today’s physicians to go beyond traditional medical care and become specialists in preventive care, precision medicine, and personalized healthcare focused on understanding the social determinants of health.
“We have prioritized creating an optimal learning environment for students from all backgrounds because we believe diversity in the classroom produces physicians better equipped to serve patients in need,” said Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, Dean and Academic Director. Miller School officer. “Health equity is one of the pillars of the education we teach at the Miller School, and the creation of this chair will help achieve that goal.”
Dr. Chen credits this community orientation with preparing him for his career. As a medical student, he and his classmates gained valuable training in serving a much more heterogeneous demographic than they would encounter at other schools.
“Doctors coming out of programs with a strong urban presence, like UM, do a great job of making people better people,” Dr. Chen said. “They found that 85% of health care is about what lies outside the clinic – a person’s genetic code, where they live, their lifestyle, and their behaviors. Pills, procedures, specialists, and tests .