“Because of diversity we will excel. Through inclusion we will respect. Focused on equity we will serve, heal, educate and innovate.”

Every day, we are guided by these important directives as outlined in our MGH Diversity and Inclusion Statement. For the past year, we have conducted a nationwide search to seek out a strong, committed, forward-thinking leader to continue to strengthen, shape and expand our diversity efforts and programs. We are pleased to announce that Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, has been selected to fill this key role as the hospital’s first Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, effective May 15, 2019.

Throughout his tenure at the MGH, Joe has strived to improve quality, address disparities and achieve equity here and in health care organizations throughout the nation. He currently serves as director of the MGH Disparities Solutions Center – which he founded in 2005 – and as director of Multicultural Education. In addition, Joe is primary care physician at MGH Internal Medicine Associates, a senior scientist at the Mongan Institute and associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. For nearly 20 years, he has served on the Center for Diversity and Inclusion leadership team, focusing on minority recruitment and retention of physicians and scientists, and he is a member of the MGH Diversity Committee.

Born in New York City and raised there and in Puerto Rico, Joe grew up in a bilingual, bicultural home with a family committed to equity and social justice. Joe has resided in Cambridge since 2001. He earned his medical degree at New Jersey Medical School in 1994 and his Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health in 1998, where he also completed the Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. Joe is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health care disparities, diversity and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees on these topics, including those that produced the landmark reports “Unequal Treatment” and “In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce.” A 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow, he served on the Boston Board of Health from 2009-18.

Please join in us congratulating Joe on this exciting new leadership role. We are fortunate that he will continue to share his passion and expertise to advance this important work in the future.

O’Neil Britton, MD
Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Medical Officer

Debbie Burke, RN, DNP
Senior Vice President for Patient Care and Chief Nurse