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Allison Bryant, MD, MPH named Senior Medical Director for Health Equity

Allison Bryant, MD, MPH will join the Mass General Brigham Department of Quality and Patient Experience (QPE) as Senior Medical Director for Health Equity on June 1. In this role, Dr. Bryant will lead clinical health equity efforts across the system with an overarching goal of eliminating structural racism in medicine. She will oversee the implementation and coordination of enterprise-wide programs aimed at measuring inequity and racism, improving access to digital health care and multilingual health care, addressing social determinants of health and primary care quality and advocating for payer contracting and health policies that promote anti-racism.

Reporting to the Mass General Brigham Chief Community Health Equity Officer, Elsie Taveras, MD, an essential component of Dr. Bryant’s role will be convening clinical, quality and administrative leaders from across the system to develop strategies to improve health equity. Dr. Bryant will also collaborate closely with leaders from across QPE as well as Digital Health and Population Health Management.

Dr. Bryant is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Harvard Medical School and is the Frederic D. Frigoletto, MD Endowed Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mass General Hospital. She currently serves as Vice Chair for Quality, Equity and Safety in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received degrees in biology, public health and medicine from Harvard University, where she also completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowships in Maternal/Fetal Medicine and the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

Dr. Bryant’s influence extends regionally and nationally, serving as a member of many women’s health and equity improvement efforts such as Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee, Massachusetts Maternal Mortality and Racial Inequity Legislative Commission, Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine’s Board of Directors and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committees on Obstetric Practice and its COVID-19 workgroup. 

She was the lead author on the revision of ACOG’s Committee Opinion on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a co-author on the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health’s Reducing Peripartum Disparities Safety Bundle and worked to add an assessment of the contributions of racism, bias and discrimination to maternal deaths as part of a CDC effort. Her research, quality improvement and policy work has explored inequities in obstetric care and outcomes for Black women, including those in unintended pregnancy, interconception care, birth spacing, cesarean delivery and maternal morbidity and mortality, among others. Throughout her esteemed career, Dr. Bryant has brought an equity lens to all aspects of patient care including quality and safety, patient outcomes and the patient experience.