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Michael Barry, MD, became president of the nonprofit Informed Medical Decisions Foundation in 2009. In 2014, the Foundation became a division of Healthwise, another mission-driven nonprofit. Dr. Barry remains president of the Foundation and adds the title of Chief Science Officer at Healthwise. Healthwise's mission is to help people make better health decisions. He is a past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) and the Society of General Internal Medicine in the United States. He was the inaugural winner of the Alfred Kranes Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Barry practices primary care and serves as medical director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at Mass General. He is also a clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Master of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Barry's research interests have included defining the outcomes of different strategies for the evaluation and treatment of prostate diseases, decision analysis, health status measurement, clinical quality improvement, and the use of decision aids to facilitate patients' participation in decision making. Michael has published more than 250 original articles, chapters, reviews, and editorials and led many prominent research studies including the Patient Outcome Research Team for Prostatic Diseases.
Long-term administration of the dietary supplement saw palmetto, even at three times the usual dose, did not reduce symptoms of prostate enlargement significantly better than placebo in a large group of middle-aged men.
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