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Research is essential to the core mission of Family Medicine (FM) as a discipline, URMC and our department. Our broad mission is two fold: to improve the health and well-being of the individuals and communities we serve; and to inform, strengthen and realign clinical care, clinician education, health care organizations and health policy to promote these goals. The FM research group is among the best-known and most widely-respected in the nation, and continues to shape the landscape of research in the field.

Drs. Ron Epstein, Kevin Fiscella, and Steve Barnett have received major awards for their research conferred by the most important national primary care organizations, as well as recognition from specialty organizations such as:

  • The American Cancer Society
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • The American Academy of Family Physicians
  • The American Heart Association
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges

The small size of the URMC offers an environment of extraordinary collaboration, as reflected in our researchers' multiple secondary appointments and affiliations with faculty in:

  •  The Clinical & Transitional Science Institute (CTSI)
  • The Cancer Center
  • Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
  • Center for Community Health
  • School of Nursing
  • Office of Aging Research and Health Services (OARS)
  •  The Departments of Public Health Sciences, Psychiatry, and Medicine.

Our research team has developed pioneering research in three overlapping areas:

  • Patient-clinician communication
  • Racial and ethnic health disparities and health equity
  • Deaf health equity.

Mechelle Sanders, Ph.D., joined our research faculty team in 2019 with a focus on health literacy and the use of peers for addressing and preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD). (Dr. Ron Epstein) (Dr. Ron Epstein) (Dr. Ron Epstein) (Dr. Kevin Fiscella) (Dr. Ron Epstein & Dr. Kevin Fiscella) (Mechelle Sanders, Ph.D & Dr. Kevin Fiscella) (Dr. Steve Barnett)