Robert Gabbay

Robert Gabbay, MD, PhD, FACP

Faculty Affiliate

Robert A. Gabbay, MD, PhD, FACP is Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Joslin Diabetes Center, and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. His research concentrates on improving health care delivery models to enhance diabetes outcomes and patients’ experiences. This has included implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) in primary care, where he served as faculty chair leading one of the first large medical home pilots across 150 practices and 80,000 patients with diabetes. Since then, Dr. Gabbay has received funding from The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as well as the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid innovation (CMS) for his work around PCMH and primary care to improve diabetes care delivery. He also founded the state-level infrastructure for primary care transformation under AHRQ’s Infrastructure for Maintaining Primary Care Transformation (IMPaCT) program, where Pennsylvania was one of four states selected a to be in the development of nationwide Primary Care Extension Program (PCEP). He is dedicated to creating a model for the Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood for diabetes to ensure patient centered coordinated care between the team of health professionals that are required to meet the patient’s needs. To improve quality Dr. Gabbay has traversed many arenas including better patient communication tools and care management, behavior change using motivational interviewing, self-management support, decision support, and leveraging technology. He is committed to providing the best quality possible to diabetes patients while fostering innovation in digital health using patient registries, information systems, glucose monitoring  technology and digital therapeutics to support outcomes, within the walls of Joslin and disseminating these approaches regionally, nationally, and internationally to ultimately to improve the lives of those with diabetes.