José A. Caro, MD, FIDSA, appointed as Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor

The professorship is in recognition of Dr. Caro's role as a physician leader responsible for leading diversity initiatives and programs at TUSM.
Jose Caro, MD

Congratulations to Dr. José Antonio Caro Vásquez, MD, FIDSA on his appointment as the Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor.

Dr. Caro joined TUSM in 2010 as an assistant professor of medicine and as an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center. He was named the School of Medicine’s assistant dean for multicultural affairs in 2021.

Originally from Lima, Perú, Dr. Caro earned his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, then completed an internal medicine residency at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, followed by a fellowship in infectious diseases at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Caro is passionate about enhancing the educational experience of learners in their clinical environments by decreasing barriers related to bias and inequities. He fosters an atmosphere of belonging among students, infectious disease fellows, and internal medicine residents, and leads others to replicate those efforts across our school. As a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Dr. Caro has served on the Inclusion, Diversity, Access, and Equity Task Force. He is a member of Tufts University’s Cabinet on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the School of Medicine’s Anti-Racism Committee. He holds a leadership role in various pathway programs at TUSM, including our enrichment program for undergraduate students of UMass Boston who are considering health-care or biomedical science careers.

In addition to his focus on the medical student learning experience, Dr. Caro’s clinical and research interests include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), human papillomavirus, and sexually transmitted infections. An accomplished physician and educator, Dr. Caro has received Top Doctor recognition from Boston Magazine and continuous praise from our students, faculty, and staff, who know him as a trusted mentor, advisor, and friend.

The Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professorship was established through a gift from Gerard Gaughan, MD, M71, in memory of his wife, Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan. The Gaughans have long championed efforts to support diversity and underrepresented-in-medicine students at our school, particularly through the Tufts/UMass Boston Enrichment Program, an immersive, winter-break experience for URM undergraduates interested in learning about careers in medicine or biomedical science. The Gaughan Professorship is meant for a physician leader who is responsible for leading diversity initiatives and programs. In addition to the Gaughan Professorship, Dr. Gaughan’s gift also establishes the Gerard L. Gaughan, MD, M71, and Jane M. Gaughan, EdD, Student Success Fund, which funds diversity initiatives and programs at the medical school.