Asaf Bitton

Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH

Asaf Bitton

Executive Director

Asaf Bitton, M.D., M.P.H., is the executive director of Ariadne Labs, a health systems innovation center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at both Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

A globally-recognized leader in health systems innovation, he leads Ariadne Labs’ efforts to design, test, and spread scalable systems-level solutions that improve health care processes, enhance purposeful interactions between patients and their providers, and impact populations at scale.  

As a practicing primary care physician and expert in primary health care policy, financing, and delivery, he has served as a senior advisor for primary care policy at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation since 2012.  He has helped design and test three major comprehensive primary care payment and delivery initiatives, representing the largest tests of combined primary care payment and clinical practice transformation work in the United States. He currently serves on the Center for Strategic and International Studies Bipartisan Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security, the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the U.S., and is an elected member of the International Academy of Quality and Safety. 

He previously served as director of Ariadne Labs’ Primary Health Care Program, leading primary care measurement and improvement initiatives in Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe along with previous work at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care directing regional primary care practice learning collaboratives in Massachusetts. He is a core founder and steering committee member of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a partnership that includes more than 20 countries and the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The Global Fund, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation dedicated to improving the global provision of primary health care. Dr. Bitton practices primary care at Brigham and Women’s South Huntington clinic, a team-based community primary care practice in Boston that he helped found in 2011.  

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Bloomberg: How to Avoid Getting Covid in a Mostly Mask-Free World

Dr. Asaf Bitton quoted in Bloomberg on gauging risk around when and where to don masks.

Apr 22 2022
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Boston Globe: Primary care is on life support

Dr. Asaf Bitton quoted in this Boston Globe Opinion by Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett

Apr 21 2022
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The Commonwealth Fund – The Dose: The Case for Investing in Primary Care

Dr. Asaf Bitton joins The Dose podcast from the Commonwealth Fund with host Shanoor Seervai to discuss what it will take to rebuild the nation’s broken primary care system.

Mar 11 2022
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New York Times: Should You Still Wear a Mask?

Dr. Asaf Bitton in the New York Times on where, and when, you can safely take off your mask.

Mar 3 2022
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Boston Globe: Hospitals prepare for Omicron-fueled surge as Mass. approaches 1 million COVID cases since pandemic began

Dr. Asaf Bitton in the Boston Globe on the Omicron-fueled surge hospitals are facing in Massachusetts.

Dec 27 2021