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    James J Ledwith MD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
    Address275 Nichols Road
    Fitchburg MA 01420
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        Education

        BS, Chemistry, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
        MD,Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA
        Residency: The Toledo Hospital Family Practice Residency, Toledo, OH
        Chief Resident, 1985-1986


        Affiliations

        Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency
        HealthAlliance Hospital Medical Staff
        Comprehensive family medicine with maternity care
        AAFP National Research Network, Scientific Review Committee
        Research Evaluation Group, UMMS Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
        Rural Health Scholars Program Advisory Panel, UMMS

        Research

        Principle Investigator, Caring for Vulnerable Populations Project
        Primary Care Residency Training Grant, $780.000
        UMass Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency
        Sponsor: HRSA Title VII, 2010-2015

        Fellow, National Institute for Program Director Development, 2007-2008

        Current Projects:

        Residency Training in a Teaching Community Health Center

        Numerous presentations

        Opiate Dependence Therapy with Buprenorphine, Resident Training

        Resident Training in Geriatrics

        Biography

        Dr. Ledwith began his career in rural Tappahannock, Virginia where he devoted nineteen years to clinical practice, practice-based research, volunteer teaching of medical students, and community service. He founded and continues to support the Tappahannock Free Clinic and he was medical director for the Health Management Center, providing medically supervised lifestyle and weight management services.

        As an active member of the Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network and AAFP National Network, he participated in the design and conduct of three of the first studies of medical error in primary care practice settings and served on the Advisory Panel of the AAFP Patient Safety Center. He joined the Fitchburg residency faculty in 2005, when he moved to Massachusetts to assist aging parents. He is at home in the community health center practice and maintains a passion for community service and for thecare of patients with a focus on healthy lifestyle promotion, quality improvement and patient safety, implementation of electronic health records, weight management, and geriatric care.

        He assumed the duties of residency director in 2008 and led the program through approval of residency expansion and a valuable residency training grant. He leads the residency in providing comprehensive training focused on caring for underserved populations.

        Dr. Ledwithnow serves as the Medical Director of the Epworth Free Clinic in Worcester.

        Outside of the office, life is kept in balance by his wife and three children, two of whom are working and studying in New York.

        "When I made the move to UMass, I shopped for a residency that was community-oriented and expressed care for its members, patients and staff like family. I found what I was looking for in Fitchburg!"


        HONORS AND SPECIAL AWARDS

        • Best Session , STFM Annual Spring Conference 2010
        • Teacher of the Year, UMass Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency, 2008
        • Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, 2005
        • VCU/Reynolds Geriatric Scholar, 2005
        • Resident Teacher Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 1986
        • Family Practice Departmental Award, 1983
        • Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, 1982


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