Who We Are


Strong primary care leads to better health, improved patient outcomes, and lower-cost care. However, U.S. healthcare is more expensive than in any other industrialized country, even though our quality and safety rankings are often mediocre or worse. One of the best ways to reduce costs and improve quality is to increase the primacy of primary care.

The Crisis

The primary care shortage will reach 45,000 in the next decade. Learn more about the crisis. 

Primary care in the U.S. is in crisis. We invest less proportionally in primary care than any other developed nation. Primary care providers are underpaid and overworked compared to most other medical specialties. Many providers are disillusioned and few students are going into primary care.

Primary Care at Harvard 

In October 2009, Jeffrey Flier, Dean of Harvard Medical School, established a primary care advisory group that solicited input throughout the Harvard community, reviewed literature, and spoke with experts from the U.S. and abroad. The advisory group recommended the creation of a center of excellence in primary care at Harvard Medical School.

Establishment of the Center

"This new center will more effectively position HMS to develop programs and train leaders in primary care and health systems research, education, and policy. The center will also contribute to innovation in primary care delivery, which we expect to have transformative, global impact," HMS Dean, Jeffrey Flier

On Oct. 28, 2010, Dean Flier announced the launch of the new Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care. The formation of the center was made possible by a $30 million anonymous gift.

The Center serves students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff throughout the Harvard-affiliated primary care community.

Learn more about the Center today and its diverse programs