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Warren J Ferguson MD

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health

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    University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, United StatesBSBiochemistry
    Boston University, Boston, MA, United StatesMD
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    2006Principal Investigator. Award: $60,000 over twenty months, Speaking Together, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    2006Co-Principal Investigator. Award:$286,558 over two years., Using Community Health Workers to Improve Outcome Disparities in Diabetes. Robert Wood Johnson
    2008Principal Investigator. Award: $25K for 8 months. Supplemental funding in 2009-2010 totaling $20K, Regional Medicine Public Health Education Centers- Graduate Medical Ed. Grant #5U36CD319276CDFA
    2009Principal Investigator. Award: $25,000 for one year., GLBT Partnership Fund. Greater Worcester Community Foundation
    2010Principal Investigator, Award: $40,000, renewable for three years.Grant # 1R123DA030822-01, National Institute of Health, Academic and Health Policy Conf. on Correctional Health

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    1981 - 1984 Maine-Dartmouth Family Residency, Augusta, Maine
    - Resident Physician in Family Practice
    - Received award for teaching skills

    1977 - 1981 Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
    - Doctor of Medicine
    - Alpha Omega Alpha,(1981; National Health Service Corps Scholar)

    1973 - 1977 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
    - Bachelor of Science
    - Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Alumni Scholar


    • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
    • American Academy of Family Physicians
    • Society of Correctional Physicians


    Warren J. Ferguson, MD attended the Boston University School of Medicine where he was a National Health Service Corps scholar. Subsequently, he completed his residency in family medicine at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency. For twenty-seven years, he has provided patient care in two Massachusetts community health centers, where he has served diverse populations in Lawrence and Worcester. He was Medical Director of the Greater Lawrence Family health Center from 1985 to 1989. In 1989, he became Medical Director of the Family Health and Social Service Center in Worcester and was subsequently named Vice President of Medical Services in 1991. Although he still cares for patients at this health center, he now serves as Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and as the medical director of the MassAHEC Network.

    He has taught medical students and family practice resident physicians for 21 years, focusing on curriculum development regarding service to underserved populations. He has developed particular expertise and written on practice issues with culturally diverse populations and on teaching methods aimed at improving students’ cultural competency. He has led the development of a cultural competence curriculum for the University of Massachusetts Medical School including student and resident curricula, as well as faculty development which was published in Academic Medicine. In 2000, he has been awarded a five-year Cooperative Agreement from HRSA to provide consultations to the National Center for Cultural Competence. He has presented several invited presentations in the area of culturally effective communication to faculty from several disciplines.

    His research has focused on solutions to health disparities experienced by underrepresented minorities and persons with limited English proficiency. Additionally, he has researched and written on primary care workforce issues faced by community health centers and on the role of teaching health centers for recruitment and retention of primary care providers in these settings.

    Dr. Ferguson has received recognition and awards for his work in these capacities. He was named Medical Director of the Year by the New England Community Health Center Association in 1990 and Outstanding Physician of the Year by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers in 1993. He has received the Director’s Award from the U.S. Public Health Service. He was named Massachusetts Family Physician of the Year in 1998 and also received a Special Recognition Award for Teaching by the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1998 and an Educational Achievement Award in 2006.

    Selected Presentations:

    Language Services and Cultural Competence

    • Lindholm M and Ferguson WJ. Can we create a medical home for limited English proficiency patients? 44th Annual STFM Conference, New Orleans, LA, April, 2011.
    • University of Massachusetts Medical School, Keynote Speaker at Conference on Language and Diversity, 2010.
    • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. UMass Memorial Health Care. Keynote Presentation: Crossing the Language Divide. Providing Language Services for Spanish Speaking Patients
    • Ferguson W, Godkin M, Haley HL and Philbin M. Evaluating the impact of a multicultural interclerkship on student knowledge, skills and awareness. 42nd Annual STFM Conference, Denver, CO, April 2009.
    • Lindholm, M and Ferguson WJ. The Utilization Trends of Professional Interpretation for the Inpatient, and Their Effects on Post Discharge Health Care Visits. 41st STFM Annual Spring Conference, Baltimore, MD, May, 2008.
    • Barrett SV, Gentile GM, Zanetti ML, Ferguson W, Godkin M, Jonassen JA and Pugnaire MP. 2007 AAMC Annual Meeting; Research in Medical Education (RIME) Abstract Poster Session
    • Hickman T, Ferguson W, et al. Knowledge, Attitudes and Skills: Creating a Curriculum Thread in Cultural Competency. GEA/GSA Mini-Workshop. AAMC Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 11, 2003.
    • Ferguson W, Keller D and Quirk M. Getting Buy In: Developing Culturally Competent Faculty.
      STFM Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. September, 2003.
    • Ferguson W and Candib L. Culture, Language and the Doctor-Patient Relationship: Is their a connection to outcome disparities? STFM Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. May, 2002.
    • Ferguson W, Keller D and Quirk M. Getting Buy-In: Developing Culturally Competent Faculty. STFM Annual Predoctoral Conference, Tampa, FL, February, 2002.

    Correctional Health

    • Kirby P, Ferguson WJ and Lauthers A. Post-release Use of MassHealth Services. 4th Annual Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, Boston, MA, March, 2011.
    • Ferguson WJ et al. Collaborating to Create a Model Correctional Health Curriculum for Medical Schools and Residency Programs" 43rd Annual STFM Spring Conference, Vancouver, BC, April, 2010.
    • Ferguson WJ. Growing Your Own: Correctional Health Fellowships" 3rd Annual Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, Fort Lauderdale, FL, February, 2010.
    • Ferguson WJ. Building a unique curriculum for a unique setting: Correctional health professional education. Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, Boston, MA, March, 2008.

    Community Health

    • Ferguson WJ et al. Regional Medicine-Public Health Education Centers: Improving Population Health Education through the Continuum and Across Specialties" Boston , MA . AAMC Annual Meeting, November, 2010
    • Ferguson WJ et al. Everything that you wanted to know about teaching community health centers. 43rd Annual STFM Conference, Vancouver, BC, April, 2010.
    • Pernice J, Bailey L and Ferguson WJ. Developing Physician Workforce Initiatives. National Association of Community Health Centers Community Health Institute, New Orleans, LA, September, 2008.
    • Pernice J and Ferguson WJ. Improving Health Outcomes in Primary Care: The Role of Health Coaching and Lay Health Workers. National Association of Community Health Centers Community Health Institute, New Orleans, LA, September, 2008.
    • Cashman S, Ferguson W, Savageau J and Lasser D. Impact of training site on future career choice in serving underserved populations. AAMC Workforce Conference, Washington, DC, May, 2007.
    • Ferguson W, Savageau J, Cahsman S and Lasser D. Thirty Years of Family Medicine Residency Training: Characteristics Associated with Practice in a Health Professions Shortage Area. STFM Annual Spring Conference, Chicago, IL. April, 2007.
    • Ferguson W, Lasser D and Baldor R. Commonwealth Medicine, Family medicine and Massachusetts. Partnerships that improve public sector care to vulnerable populations. STFM Annual Spring Conference, San Francisco, CA. April 27, 2006.

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    1. Michener PS, Evans EA, Ferguson WJ, Friedmann PD. Diffusion of medications for opioid use disorder treatment in jail settings: a convergent mixed methods study of jail staff perspectives. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2024 Feb 12; 19(1):10. PMID: 38347634.
    2. Evans EA, Pivovarova E, Senthilkumar R, Rottapel RE, Stopka TJ, Santelices C, Ferguson WJ, Friedmann PD. Diversion of medications to treat opioid use disorder: Qualitative findings from formerly incarcerated adults in Massachusetts. Int J Drug Policy. 2023 Dec; 122:104252. PMID: 37980776.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Friedmann PD, Dunn D, Michener P, Bernson D, Stopka TJ, Pivovarova E, Ferguson WJ, Rottapel R, Hoskinson R, Wilson D, Evans EA. COVID-19 impact on opioid overdose after jail release in Massachusetts. Drug Alcohol Depend Rep. 2023 Mar; 6:100141. PMID: 36879616.
    4. Matsumoto A, Santelices C, Evans EA, Pivovarova E, Stopka TJ, Ferguson WJ, Friedmann PD. Jail-based reentry programming to support continued treatment with medications for opioid use disorder: Qualitative perspectives and experiences among jail staff in Massachusetts. Int J Drug Policy. 2022 11; 109:103823. PMID: 35994938.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Stopka TJ, Rottapel RE, Ferguson WJ, Pivovarova E, Toro-Mejias LD, Friedmann PD, Evans EA. Medication for opioid use disorder treatment continuity post-release from jail: A qualitative study with community-based treatment providers. Int J Drug Policy. 2022 Dec; 110:103803. PMID: 35965159.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Pivovarova E, Evans EA, Stopka TJ, Santelices C, Ferguson WJ, Friedmann PD. Legislatively mandated implementation of medications for opioid use disorders in jails: A qualitative study of clinical, correctional, and jail administrator perspectives. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 05 01; 234:109394. PMID: 35349918.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Evans EA, Pivovarova E, Stopka TJ, Santelices C, Ferguson WJ, Friedmann PD. Uncommon and preventable: Perceptions of diversion of medication for opioid use disorder in jail. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2022 07; 138:108746. PMID: 35249789.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Evans EA, Stopka TJ, Pivovarova E, Murphy SM, Taxman FS, Ferguson WJ, Bernson D, Santelices C, McCollister KE, Hoskinson R, Lincoln T, Friedmann PD. Massachusetts Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (MassJCOIN). J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 09; 128:108275. PMID: 33483222.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    9. Edgoose J, Brown Speights J, White-Davis T, Guh J, Bullock K, Roberson K, De Leon J, Ferguson W, Saba GW. Teaching About Racism in Medical Education: A Mixed-Method Analysis of a Train-the-Trainer Faculty Development Workshop. Fam Med. 2021 Jan; 53(1):23-31. PMID: 33471919.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Ferguson WJ, Johnston J, Clarke JG, Koutoujian PJ, Maurer K, Gallagher C, White J, Nickl D, Taxman FS. Advancing the implementation and sustainment of medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders in prisons and jails. Health Justice. 2019 Dec 12; 7(1):19. PMID: 31832801.
    11. Adler RN, Ferguson WJ, Antar H, Steinkrauss M, Bjoern B, Konar V, Flanagan J, Polakoff DF. Transformation Support Provided Remotely to a National Cohort of Optometry Practices. Ann Fam Med. 2019 08 12; 17(Suppl 1):S33-S39. PMID: 31405874.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Diamond L, Toro Bejarano M, Chung S, Ferguson W, Gonzalez J, Genoff Garzon M, Mujawar I, Gany F. Factors Associated With Accuracy of Self-Assessment Compared With Tested Non-English Language Proficiency Among Primary Care Providers. Med Care. 2019 05; 57(5):385-390. PMID: 30844905.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Bedell PS, So M, Morse DS, Kinner SA, Ferguson WJ, Spaulding AC. Corrections for Academic Medicine: The Importance of Using Person-First Language for Individuals Who Have Experienced Incarceration. Acad Med. 2019 02; 94(2):172-175. PMID: 30699100.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Hargraves JL, Bonollo D, Person SD, Ferguson WJ. A randomized controlled trial of community health workers using patient stories to support hypertension management: Study protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 06; 69:76-82. PMID: 29654929.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    15. Gershon R, Morris L, Ferguson W. Including Language Access into Medicaid ACO Design. J Law Med Ethics. 2016 09; 44(3):492-502. PMID: 27587453.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Ferguson WJ, Cloud D, Spaulding AC, Shelton D, Trestman RL, Altice FL, Champion-Lippmann C, Thomas D, Taxman FS. A Call to Action: A Blueprint for Academic Health Sciences in the Era of Mass Incarceration. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016; 27(2A):5-17. PMID: 27133508.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Savageau JA, Cragin L, Ferguson WJ, Sefton L, Pernice J. Recruitment and Retention of Community Health Center Primary Care Physicians post MA Health Care Reform: 2008 vs. 2013 Physician Surveys. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016; 27(3):1011-32. PMID: 27524748.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Trestman RL, Ferguson W, Dickert J. Behind bars: the compelling case for academic health centers partnering with correctional facilities. Acad Med. 2015 Jan; 90(1):16-9. PMID: 25054416.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Wang EA, Aminawung JA, Ferguson W, Trestman R, Wagner EH, Bova C. A tool for tracking and assessing chronic illness care in prison (ACIC-P). J Correct Health Care. 2014 Oct; 20(4):313-33. PMID: 25117427.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Diamond L, Chung S, Ferguson W, Gonzalez J, Jacobs EA, Gany F. Relationship between self-assessed and tested non-English-language proficiency among primary care providers. Med Care. 2014 May; 52(5):435-8. PMID: 24556893.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Zanetti ML, Dinh A, Hunter L, Godkin MA, Ferguson W. A longitudinal study of multicultural curriculum in medical education. Int J Med Educ. 2014 Feb 22; 5:37-44. PMID: 25341210.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Spaulding AS, Kim AY, Harzke AJ, Sullivan JC, Linas BP, Brewer A, Dickert J, McGovern BH, Strick LB, Trestman R, Ferguson WJ. Impact of new therapeutics for hepatitis C virus infection in incarcerated populations. Top Antivir Med. 2013 Feb-Mar; 21(1):27-35. PMID: 23596276.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    23. Lemay CA, Ferguson WJ, Hargraves JL. Community health worker encounter forms: a tool to guide and document patient visits and worker performance. Am J Public Health. 2012 Jul; 102(7):e70-5. PMID: 22594753.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Lindholm M, Hargraves JL, Ferguson WJ, Reed G. Professional language interpretation and inpatient length of stay and readmission rates. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Oct; 27(10):1294-9. PMID: 22528618.
      Citations: 71     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Hargraves JL, Ferguson WJ, Lemay CA, Pernice J. Community health workers assisting patients with diabetes in self-management. J Ambul Care Manage. 2012 Jan-Mar; 35(1):15-26. PMID: 22156952.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Sullivan MF, Ferguson W, Haley HL, Philbin M, Kedian T, Sullivan K, Quirk M. Expert communication training for providers in community health centers. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Nov; 22(4):1358-68. PMID: 22080715.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Potts SE, Deligiannidis KE, Cashman SB, Caggiano ME, Carter LH, Haley HL, Ferguson WJ. Weaving public health education into the fabric of a family medicine residency. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Oct; 41(4 Suppl 3):S256-63. PMID: 21961673.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    28. Savageau JA, Ferguson WJ, Bohlke JL, Cragin LJ, O'Connell E. Recruitment and retention of primary care physicians at community health centers: a survey of Massachusetts physicians. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Aug; 22(3):817-35. PMID: 21841281.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Cachia D, Swearer J, Ferguson W, Moonis M. Selective cognitive patterns resulting from bilateral hippocampal ischemia. Arch Med Sci. 2011 Feb; 7(1):168-72. PMID: 22291752.
    30. Lemay CA, Beagan BM, Ferguson WJ, Hargraves JL. Lessons learned from a collaborative to improve care for patients with diabetes in 17 community health centers, Massachusetts, 2006. Prev Chronic Dis. 2010 Jul; 7(4):A83. PMID: 20550841.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Haley HL, Ferguson W, Brewer A, Hale J. Correctional health curriculum enhancement through focus groups. Teach Learn Med. 2009 Oct; 21(4):310-7. PMID: 20183358.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Ferguson WJ, Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Lasser DH. Family medicine residency characteristics associated with practice in a health professions shortage area. Fam Med. 2009 Jun; 41(6):405-10. PMID: 19492187.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Ferguson W, Lasser D. Community dimensions and HPSA practice location: 30 years of family medicine training. Fam Med. 2009 Apr; 41(4):255-61. PMID: 19343555.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Starr S, Haley HL, Mazor KM, Ferguson W, Philbin M, Quirk M. Initial testing of an instrument to measure teacher identity in physicians. Teach Learn Med. 2006; 18(2):117-25. PMID: 16626269.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Cashman SB, Savageau JA, Lemay CA, Ferguson W. Patient health status and appointment keeping in an urban community health center. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2004 Aug; 15(3):474-88. PMID: 15453182.
      Citations: 38     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Ferguson WJ, Keller DM, Haley HL, Quirk M. Developing culturally competent community faculty: a model program. Acad Med. 2003 Dec; 78(12):1221-8. PMID: 14660421.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Starr S, Ferguson WJ, Haley HL, Quirk M. Community preceptors' views of their identities as teachers. Acad Med. 2003 Aug; 78(8):820-5. PMID: 12915377.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. Stone S, Mazor K, Devaney-O'Neil S, Starr S, Ferguson W, Wellman S, Jacobson E, Hatem DS, Quirk M. Development and implementation of an objective structured teaching exercise (OSTE) to evaluate improvement in feedback skills following a faculty development workshop. Teach Learn Med. 2003; 15(1):7-13. PMID: 12632702.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. Godkin M, Ferguson W, Diop D. A required interclerkship on multiculturalism for third-year medical students. Acad Med. 2002 May; 77(5):469. PMID: 12010731.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Ferguson WJ, Candib LM. Culture, language, and the doctor-patient relationship. Fam Med. 2002 May; 34(5):353-61. PMID: 12038717.
      Citations: 121     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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