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Steven Julius (Steve) Atlas, MD

Director, Primary Care Research & Quality Improvement Network

I practice general adult primary care internal medicine in Internal Medicine Associates. I have practiced in this group since I came to MGH as a medicine intern in 1987, and I continue to follow patients I first met during my training.

  • Phone: 617-724-6200
Primary Care
Department of Medicine
Clinical Interests
Low back pain
Diabetes management
AIDS and HIV infection
Heart disease
Hypertension management
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Not Accepting New Patients

BiographyDr. Atlas received his MD degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and completed a fellowship in general medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Atlas is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at MGH where he is a practicing primary care physician. He is the Director of the primary care practice-based research and quality network and the Medical Director implementing population health management within primary care practices at MGH. He is a medical editor for Healthwise, a non-profit company with a mission to help people make better health decisions, and with UpToDate, a comprehensive evidence-based electronic clinical information resource for clinicians.

Dr. Atlas has received research support from the National Institutes of Health and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is a health services researcher with content expertise in spine disorders, cancer prevention, chronic disease management and population health. His research addresses how health information technology can foster population-based, patient-centered cancer prevention and chronic disease services. He has also developed shared decision making programs for patients with spine conditions in his role as medical editor for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, now part of Healthwise

Patient-Physician "Connectedness" Affects Quality of Care

A new study finds that patients who are connected to a specific primary care physician are more likely to receive guideline-consistent care than those who are connected to a practice but not a physician.

Workers' Compensation Patients Get Less Benefit from Back Surgery

Surgery provides better results than nonsurgical treatment for most patients with back pain related to a herniated disk - but not for those receiving workers' compensation for work-related injuries, according to a study in the journal Spine.

What makes patients complex? Ask their primary care physicians

Being able to define and measure patient complexity has important implications for how care is organized, how physicians and health care systems are paid, and how resources are allocated. A study by MGH researchers finds that primary care physicians define patient complexity using more factors than are used in common approaches.

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