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William T. (Bill) Lester, MD

  • Phone: 617-726-2375
Primary Care
Department of Medicine
Clinical Interests
Primary Prevention
Diet and exercise
Medical informatics
Patient empowerment
Practice innovation
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Texas Medical School
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


My passion and work in both medicine and medical informatics is the net result of three discrete areas of myprofessional development: (1) my didactic electrical and biomedical engineeringeducation, (2) my training and expertise providing care to patients in internal medicine, and (3) mymedical informatics fellowship training and ongoing work and research at MGH's Laboratory of Computer Science. Theseexperiences provide me with a unique vantage point from which to bothinnovate and practice.

My primary area of interest is finding creative ways to increase the effectiveness of the clinical systems that we rely upon so heavily. For example, the FastTrack interventions, aunique approach to non-visit and population-based clinical care, are designed to help redefine traditional models of care delivery. As the locus of care continues to broaden, similar technologies will become essential tools for efficient high-quality care.

Ihave also led a team ofclinicians and developers towards the creation of a system that enables the MGH TransplantCenter to capture and report on clinical and process data on a per-graft basis to: (1) streamline clinical workflow, (2) simplify regulatory reporting and (3) improve clinical outcomes.

I serve as Assistant Director of MGH's biomedical informatics fellowshiptraining program where I take an active role in teaching and mentoring. Being closely involved with developing our nation's next generation of informatics leaders is wonderfully enriching.

Practicing medicine is fulfilling and essential to my MGH life. Over the years, my patient relationships have evolved, strengthened. We continue to grow together aspatient and doctor.

An important synergy exists between my medical practice and my efforts in informatics: My clinical work informs my ability to develop and improve ourclinical systems. These systems, in turn, help me to providepatients with the safest and highest quality care.

Internal Medicine Associates Team 1
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-726-2375
Fax: 617-724-2814