Jeffrey Borkan has research interests in qualitative research and mixed qualitative-quantitative studies; doctor-patient communication and narratives; low-back pain in primary care; public participation in health policy decisions, such as rationing; and medical education.

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Dr. Borkan joined the Department of Family Medicine at Brown Medical School as Professor (Research) and Chair in 2001. He is a family physician researcher, educator, clinician, and advocate whose career has bridged two fields (family medicine and medical anthropology), both in the US and abroad (Israel & Tonga). Since medical school, he has been active in family medicine research, as well as being a practicing family physician and resident/student educator. For six years, he was the Coordinator of a national practice based research network and served as the Director of Research in a family medicine department for a decade. Concurrently, he managed the medical services of an isolated desert region in southern Israel, later joining a model teaching practice in the Galilee. He came to Brown after having been the Vice Chair of Behavioral Science at Tel Aviv University, coordinating a major humanistic curriculum reform there. Though most of his research utilizes qualitative methods, he is active in mixed methods research, and has also published quantitative, epidemiologic, and even health-related entomological studies. Most investigations have focused on low back pain, medical education, health policy, and common problems in primary care. At Brown, Dr. Borkan has spearheaded the growth of the Department of Family Medicine, has been active in Rhode Island health policy, and has been President of national Association of Departments of Family Medicine (2009-10). He has been active in education at the Medical School, leading the first committee charged with designing the Doctoring Program, and currently Chairs the MD Curriculum Committee and the Sub-Committee on Scholarly Concentrations.

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