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Tufts University School of Medicine

Dean Harris A. Berman

Harris A. Berman, MD, FACP
Dean, Tufts University School of Medicine

Dean Harris Berman
Harris Berman, MD Dean
Harris A. Berman, MD is Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine. Prior to that, he was Vice Dean of the Medical School, and Dean of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs and Chair of the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine. Before coming to Tufts University he was a pioneer in the development of managed care in New England, and for 17 years, the CEO of the Tufts Health Plan.

Prior to joining Tufts Health Plan, Dr. Berman co-founded the Matthew Thornton Health Plan in Nashua, NH in 1971, one of the first HMOs in New England.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Tufts Medical Center, and its parent company, Wellforce, and until recently, of Tufts Health Plan.

I think that exposing our students to global health, and having them get experience in the developing world, gives them insight into some of the issues we have in our own nation. When you see how other countries handle them, you realize that there are other ways of dealing with public health issues that we just don’t do very effectively here.

Dr. Berman has international experience as a Peace Corps Physician in India and a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development in several international projects. At Tufts, he has spearheaded the expansion of the Global Health Program, and has helped grow the affiliation between Tufts and Christian Medical College in Vellore, South India, into many new areas of cooperation. As Dean of the medical school, he has been forging relationships for Tufts with institutions and funders in Taiwan, Singapore, Macau and China.

A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Berman served as a resident on the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital and at Tufts Medical Center, and an Infectious Disease fellowship at Tufts Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.