Marshall Chin,MD- Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Marshall Chin, MD, Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. This prestigious honor reflects his extraordinary contributions towards improving the care and outcomes for vulnerable patients with chronic disease and reducing health disparities. Dr. Chin joins five faculty from the Department of Medicine, Graeme Bell, PhD, Robert Gibbons, PhD, David Meltzer, MD, PhD, Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, and Kenneth Polonsky, MD, as elected members of NAM.


Dr. Chin received his MD from the University of California at San Francisco in 1989, followed by his primary care residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He completed his general internal medicine faculty development and fellowship training also at Brigham and Women’s Hospital concurrent with a health service research fellowship from Harvard School of Public Health where he was granted his MPH in 1994. That same year he joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine as an Assistant Professor. In 2009, Marshall was promoted to Professor with tenure, and in 2012, in recognition of his achievements, was named as the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics.


Dr. Chin currently serves as the Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Finding Answers: Solving Disparities Through Payment and Delivery System Reform Program Office; Director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research; Associate Chief and Director of Research in the Section of General Internal Medicine; and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.  He is a national thought leader in health disparities, and he co-chairs the National Quality Forum Disparities Standing Committee.


Dr. Chin is a recognized leader in designing and carrying out intervention studies to identify strategies that are applicable and can be successful in diverse clinical settings. He performed many of the key studies informing how to improve diabetes care and outcomes in federally-qualified health centers serving vulnerable populations with limited resources.  He analyzed clinical, economic, and organizational outcomes, influencing the implementation of national initiatives and policies to improve chronic care management in health centers.  His work over the past decade leading RWJF’s Finding Answers program led to the creation of the Roadmap to Reduce Disparities, cited in the National Academy of Medicine’s recent report System Practices for the Care of Socially At-Risk Populations and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “The CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare”.


Currently Dr. Chin and colleague Monica Peek, MD, are improving diabetes care and outcomes on the South Side of Chicago through health care system and community interventions that have been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Merck Foundation.  He is also leading the evaluation of a Commonwealth Fund project that is implementing the patient-centered medical home in 65 safety net clinics across five states, examining the impact of the intervention on diabetes and other outcomes.  Dr. Chin is also leading an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded research project to improve shared decision making among clinicians and LGBTQ racial/ethnic minority patients.


Dr. Chin serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Preventive Services Task Force, and is a former President of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). He is the recipient of mentoring awards from SGIM, the Biological Sciences Division and the Department of Medicine.


The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as adviser to the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors. The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies and other divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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