Multicultural Affairs Office

Program Director of Multicultural Education, Multicultural Affairs Office

Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH
Director, The Disparities Solution Center

Senior Scientist, Mongan Institute of Health Policy

Program Director of Multicultural Education, Multicultural Affairs Office
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Betancourt is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and directs the Disparities Solutions Center, which works with healthcare organizations to improve quality of care, address racial and ethnic disparities, and achieve equity. He is Director of Multicultural Education for The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Multicultural Affairs Office, and an expert in cross-cultural care and communication. He practices Internal Medicine at the MGH Internal Medicine Associates.

Dr. Betancourt served on several Institute of Medicine committees, including those that produced Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, Guidance for a National Health Care Disparities Report and In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce. He has also advised federal, state and local government, foundations, health plans, hospitals, health centers, professional societies, trade organizations, pharma, and private industry on strategies to improve quality of care and eliminate disparities. He has received grants from foundations and the federal government, and published extensively in these areas. He is a practicing internist, co-chairs the MGH Committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities, and sits on the Boston Board of Health as well as Health Equity Committee, and the Massachusetts Disparities Council.