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As Executive Director, Dr. Bitton has led efforts globally and nationally to transform primary health care delivery systems and create high quality, integrated care models. His blog on “This is Not a Snow Day” helped spark a national discussion on ways of physical and social distancing to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Bitton’s clinical area of expertise and innovation is in the area of team-based primary care for patients with complex psychosocial and clinical needs. The opportunity to serve these patients by creating a new, team-based primary care practice built from the ground up in 2010 has deeply informed his work on a local, national, and global level.
He practices adult general internal medicine and serves as the assistant medical director at the Brigham and Women’s Advanced Primary Care Associates, South Huntington, an innovative, patient-centered medical home in Jamaica Plain, Mass. Formerly the director of the Ariadne Labs Primary Health Care Program, Bitton is a leader of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, launched in 2015 at the United Nations. He has served as a senior advisor to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation since 2012. The author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, Bitton has led research on both disease-specific public health research efforts, as well as primary care measurement and improvement.
Areas of expertise:
Community mitigation, including social distancing
The future of primary health care
Health care systems
Dr. Bitton in the News
Dr. Asaf Bitton quoted in the Advisory Board's latest on staying safe at outdoor gatherings.
Dr. Asaf Bitton's social distancing guidance is highlighted by babycenter.
Dr. Asaf Bitton on tips to stay safe when traveling for the 4th of July holiday.
Dr. Asaf Bitton spoke this spring with Madeline Drexler, editor of Harvard Public Health Magazine.
Dr. Asaf Bitton discusses the risks of socializing indoors, the problem of public bathrooms, and why doctors have changed the way they think about masks.
Dr. Asaf Bitton is quoted in MedPage Today on why primary care practices need new ways of being paid if they are going to survive and thrive in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Asaf Bitton and Scott McClelland of H-E-B Food/Drug Stores on the Center for Houston's Future webcast.
Press Release: New Report Detailing How South Korea is Protecting Health Care Workers During COVID-19
Country’s low health care worker infection rate offers valuable lessons for leaders; Research draws on interviews with front-line workers and health care system leaders in South Korea and a review of the...
Patrick J. McGovern Foundation: Dr. Asaf Bitton on social distancing, connection, resilience and courage during COVID-19
Dr. Asaf Bitton on the large-scale effort at Ariadne Labs, supported by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, to provide protocols to all levels of the health care system.
Asaf Bitton speaks with USA Today about how to stay safe while outside.
Dr. Bitton's social distancing counsel from "Not a Snow Day" included in this article on Thrive Global.
Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, speaks with Oprah Magazine about how to properly practice social distancing.
The New York Times reporter interviewed Dr. Bitton, who provided more clarity to the concept of "social distancing" in one comment.
Dr. Asaf Bitton discusses the importance of a comprehensive approach to address the disproportionate effects that safety measures have on those who may be more vulnerable and isolated.
Advisory Board: ‘Any half-measure approach won’t work’: The urgent, painful need for social distancing
A Q&A with Dr. Bitton and Steven Berkow, Advisory Board Vice President of Provider Research, about social distancing and how health care leaders should respond.
A New York Times article on the genesis of Dr. Bitton's original social distancing post and tips for staying safe.
In this video interview, Dr. Bitton talks with Jim Braude of WGBH about social distancing.
Dr. Bitton speaks with PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff about the importance of social distancing to flatten the curve.