About Kerri Palamara McGrath, MD

Kerri Palamara, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She completed her medical degree at New York Medical College and Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital, and now practices as a primary care general internist at MGH. Dr. Palamara leads the Center for Physician Well-being for the Department of Medicine at MGH. Her academic work focuses on physician coaching and physician well-being. Dr. Palamara leads the American College of Physicians “Physician Coach Training Program”, which focuses on training physicians to integrate coaching techniques into their quality improvement and well-being initiatives. For her work in these and other areas, Dr. Palamara has won teaching awards at MGH, Mass General Brigham, HMS, and the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Palamara created and directs the Physician Coaching Program at MGH. This program was designed in conjunction with the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School to improve physician awareness of their growth and development, reduce burnout, and enhance their resilience. This coaching program has been recognized by HMS for the Culture of Excellence in Mentoring Award, based on the organizational change inspired by this program, and was featured by the AAMC as a model program to reduce resident burnout. Dr. Palamara also directs faculty physician coaching programs at MGH and is currently involved in several randomized controlled trials locally and nationally on the impact of coaching for coachees and their coaches. The MGH Physician Coaching Program has expanded nationally to over 40 residency and fellowship programs and Dr. Palamara is actively involved in onboarding, evaluating and sustaining these programs. Dr. Palamara has developed and run faculty development workshops nationally on this topic and contributes to the dialogue on physician well-being nationally.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Palamara was a leader in several aspects of Massachusetts General Hospital’s response, including the hospital’s response for staff well-being and clinically as co-director of MGH’s first Respiratory Illness Clinic and co-medical director of the Boston Hope field hospital at the Boston Convention & Expo Center.

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Mass General Bulfinch Medical Group
50 Staniford St.
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-6610

Medical Education

  • MD, New York Medical College
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital*****

American Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

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      1. Palamara McGrath K, Aagaard E, Lo M, Knight C. Effective Teaching Models in the Ambulatory Setting.  Academic Internal Medicine Insight. Vol 11 No 2, June 2013.  
      2. Palamara K, Cosco D.  Resident Remediation and Coaching:  A Guide to Making it Happen at Your Institution.  Academic Internal Medicine Insight. Vol 11 No 3, September 2013
      3. Palamara K, Ray A. Resident-as-Teacher Workshop. MedEdPORTAL; 2014. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9673 (peer-reviewed curriculum).
      4. Palamara K, Kauffman C, Bazari H, Stone V, Donelan K.  Promoting success: A professional development coaching program for interns in medicine.  Journal of Graduate Medical Education.  2015; 7(4);630-7.
      5. Palamara K.  The role of EGD surveillance for patients with Barretts esophagus.  Medical Clinics of North America Quality Patient Care: Making Evidence-Based, High Value Choices.  2016.
      6. Ray A, Jones D, Palamara K, Overland M, Steinberg K.  Improving Ambulatory Training in Internal Medicine: X + Y (or Why Not?). Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2016; 31:1519.
      7. Palamara K, Aagaard E, Croker-Bode C.  Establishing a Mentorship Program for Your Residency.  The Toolkit Series: A Textbook for Medical Education Programs. Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine; 2017. 


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