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  Division of General Internal Medicine

Division of General Internal Medicine Newsletter

  • GIM News
  • Donna L. Bishop, Editor
  • Next issue:
    October 2017
  • Submission deadline:
    September 29th, 2017
  • E-mail: Donna Bishop

Dr. Jane Liebschutz appointed Division Chief, General Internal Medicine

On September 1, 2017, Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH, FACP, will be appointed to the position of Division Chief, General Internal Medicine. Dr. Liebschutz is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and of Social and Behavioral Medicine at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Her appointment concludes an exhaustive search and thorough review of a deep and talented pool of internal and external candidates by the Search Committee, of which Dr. Wishwa Kapoor was an integral member. Dr. Kapoor’s legacy in building one of the most respected General Internal Medicine Divisions in the U.S. is without question, and Dr. Liebschutz will have the ideal platform and support structure to lead the Division into emerging areas of opportunity, including her own research passion to develop interventions to combat the current crisis in opioid use disorders.

More broadly Dr. Liebschutz’s research focuses on substance use, violence, and mental health within the practice of general medical care. Earlier in her career, she studied violence and its health impacts—knowledge that she uses in her current work on substance abuse disorders. Dr. Liebschutz has conducted numerous observation and intervention studies, including research on opioid prescribing for chronic pain in primary care. She has also directed randomized trials to study the treatment of opioid and injection drug use disorders in hospitalized patients. Dr. Liebschutz has a sustained history of funding, including current R01 funding to study “Implementing opioid risk reduction strategies into primary care practice.”

Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research. She has been a frequent speaker at national and international conferences held by, among others, the Society of General Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians, the College on Problems of Drug Dependency, and the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network. Her topics have ranged from intimate partner violence and chronic pain management to work-life integration.

Dr. Liebschutz also currently serves as PI on a T32 training award for post-doctoral training of primary care physicians, and has an impressive track record of mentoring undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows, many of whom have received faculty appointments at Boston University School of Medicine and at other academic medical centers across the nation. Her skills and accomplishments in career development will be well-served in a Division that prides itself on clinical research and education training.

Dr. Liebschutz earned her Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School in 1991 and subsequently trained in internal medicine during her residency at Boston City Hospital. From 1995 to 1998, she undertook a preventive medicine residency and a general medicine fellowship, both at Boston University Medical Center. Upon completion of those programs, Boston University School of Medicine appointed her as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.

Also in 1998, Dr. Liebschutz earned an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Boston University School of Public Health, which named her an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2005. Two years later, both the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health promoted Dr. Liebschutz to her current positions of Associate Professor in both schools.

Dr. Liebschutz holds key administrative positions within the Boston University School of Medicine as well as Boston Medical Center. Among them are Associate Chief, Section of General Internal Medicine; Director, Combined Family Medicine/General Internal Medicine/General Pediatrics Academic Fellowship Program; and Director, General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program. She also served as the Wellness Director for the Medical-Dental staff from 2011 to 2016 and as Chair, Faculty Development and Diversity Committee in the Department of Medicine from 2011 to 2015.

Dr. Liebschutz has articulated a vision of leadership that encompasses four core values: interdisciplinary collaboration, a culture of innovation, support for the wellbeing of the faculty, and leadership transparency and accountability. The breadth of her research, education, and leadership skills will be key to the continued growth and development of the Department of Medicine’s largest Division.