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James J Ledwith MD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
Address275 Nicholas Road
Fitchburg MA 01420
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health

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    College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, United StatesBSChemistry
    University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, United StatesMD
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    1982Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Virginia Commonwealth University
    2022Gold Humanism Society, UMass Chan Medical School
    2021Chair’s Award for Excellence in Service, UMass Chan Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    2017Community Clinician of the Year, Massachusetts Medical Society
    2015Champions of Excellence Award, UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital
    2014Chair’s Award for Excellence and Service, UMass Chan Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    2005Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians

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    Primary care family physician with focused practice in addictions and chronic painLearning Community MentorInstructor in family medicine clerkship and residency curriculaOpioid Management Consultant: UMass Memorial Health, Commonwealth Medicine, and Massachusetts Consultation Service for Treatment of Addiction and Pain (MCSTAP)Project: Artificial Intelligence for Retinopathy Screening
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    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


    Benedict Family Medicine Center

    Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency

    HealthAlliance Hospital Medical Staff

    UMass Memorial Medical Center Medical Staff



    Principle Berkmann Clinical Innovation Fund

    Principle Investigator, Artifical Intelligency for Retinopathy Screening in Primary Care.  Sponsor:  Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation, $800,000, 2020 - 2023

    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

    Current Projects:

    Opiate Dependence Therapy with Buprenorphine, Resident Training

    Consulting and System Policy on Opioid Safe Prescribing


    Dr. Ledwith serves as a Learning Community Mentor at UMass Chan Medical School and as a consultant in opioid management for its medical center and two state organizations.  He also volunteers in service as Faculty Advisor to the Worcester Free Care Collaborative and as the Medical Director of the Epworth Free Care Program in Worcester.  He previously served as Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency Director 2008 to 2016 and led the program through approval of residency expansion, a valuable residency training grant, and a transition to a new practice setting.

    He 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 Research 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 UMass and the Fitchburg residency faculty in 2005 when he moved to Massachusetts to assist aging parents. He maintains a passion for community service and for the care of patients of all ages with a focus on quality improvement and patient safety, and particularly access to treatment for chronic pain and opioid use disorders. 

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


    • Gold Humanism Honor Society, Faculty election, 2022
    • Chair's Award for Excellence in Service, Dept of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMass Chan Medical School, 2021
    • Community Clinician of the Year, Massachusetts Medical Society, 2017
    • Chair's Award for Excellence and Service, Dept of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMass Chan Medical School, 2014
    • Residency Service Award, UMass Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency, 2014
    • 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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    1. Baldor R, Savageau JA, Shokar N, Potts S, Gravel J, Eisenstock K, Ledwith J. Hospitalist involvement in family medicine residency training: A CERA study. Fam Med. 2014 Feb; 46(2):88-93. PMID: 24573514.
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