Fiscella Appointed to Dean’s Professorship

Dec. 14, 2015
Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H.

Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H., has been appointed to a Dean’s Professorship in the Department of Family Medicine, announced by Mark Taubman, M.D., URMC CEO and Dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

A Dean’s Professorship is the highest honor directly bestowed by the Dean to a faculty member. They are awarded to a select few distinguished faculty members who have made major research contributions and are accompanied by financial support to enhance their research activities.

A tenured professor of Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Community Health, Fiscella’s research career is focused on addressing disparities in health care, including patient-physician communication. He serves as associate director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and co-director for the Greater Rochester Practice-Based Research Network. He is also a member of the University of Rochester Population Health Interest Group, the Patient and Family Centered Care Committee, and serves on committees for the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System and New York State DSRIP.

“Kevin’s prolific body of research grows increasingly significant in efforts to ensure that racial and socioeconomic disparities are addressed in the redesign of our health care system,” Taubman said. “Whether serving as a researcher, clinician or educator, Kevin is a role model whose contributions will have a lasting influence on the shape of patient-physician communication and the vital role it plays in caring for the diverse needs of our population.”

Fiscella’s research centers on practical approaches for addressing health care disparities including system redesign. His work, aimed at implementing strategies and interventions to improve care and empower patients across socioeconomic lines, has earned major funding from organizations such as the AHRQ, American Cancer Society, CDC, National Cancer Institute, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition, Fiscella’s research is documented in more than 200 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

“I feel genuinely humbled to receive this Dean’s Professorship and am deeply appreciative of Dr. Taubman’s and Dr. Campbell’s support,” Fiscella said. “My research would not be possible if not for the intellectually rich and exceptionally collaborative environment that exists at University of Rochester Medical Center.” Thomas L. Campbell, M.D., is William Rocktaschel Chair in Family Medicine.

Fiscella has served on numerous national committees related to health care disparities, including two with the Institute of Medicine, a standing NIH study section, and the PCORI Disparities Advisory Committee. He has co-chaired an NQF expert panel on Risk Adjustment for Socioeconomic Status and serves on the NQF Disparities Standing Committee.

His achievements have earned him accolades, including the Curtis Hames Award for Life Time Research in Family Medicine and Faculty Diversity Award for Mentoring minority investigators.

Fiscella received his bachelor’s in psychology from Antioch College, his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, and his master’s in public health at the University of Rochester. He completed a faculty development fellowship through the UR Department of Family Medicine, training in family therapy through the Department of Psychiatry. He joined the faculty in 1996.