Colleen T. Fogarty, M.D., M.Sc., FAAFP, has been selected as William Rocktaschel Professor and Chair of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine, pending approval by the Office of the Provost. As of July 1, Fogarty will be the first woman to chair the department, succeeding Thomas L. Campbell, M.D., who chose to step down after serving 16 years as chair.
Fogarty, currently associate professor of Family Medicine, has served as associate chair of Clinical Practice and Interprofessional Education, medical director at Highland Family Medicine, and during her tenure on the University of Rochester faculty has served as assistant residency director and as director of the Faculty Development Fellowship. Under her leadership the department was recognized nationally for linking health professions, education, and interprofessional practice to transform care delivery, improve health outcomes, and decrease costs. Fogarty also developed and runs the Finger Lakes Primary Care Practice Transformation Fellowship, a HRSA-funded mini-fellowship program to train community primary care clinicians in transforming their practices to prepare for value-based reimbursement systems.
“I am delighted that Colleen Fogarty has been appointed the next chair of Family Medicine,” said Campbell. “She is an outstanding leader who will bring new energy and innovative ideas to the department. I am very pleased to have her succeed me in this role.”
The department and its Family Medicine Residency program recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Key to the program’s success have been a longstanding focus on a biopsychosocial approach to health care, as well as the recent primary care practice transformation at Highland Family Medicine. This transformation includes training for team-based care for Family Medicine residents and other health and mental health professionals, and a research program that focuses on health disparities and physician-patient communication.
“Our Family Medicine program is one of the most highly regarded in the nation,” said Jeffrey Lyness, M.D., senior associate dean for Academic Affairs, who led the national search for Campbell’s successor. “Dr. Fogarty has outstanding leadership skills, has excelled in education, scholarship, and patient care, and possesses the keen vision to take us into the future.”
As chair, Fogarty will oversee all elements of the department, including the Highland Family Medicine practice, which serves more than 25,000 patients annually. The practice has achieved National Committee for Quality Assurance Level 3 Certification as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, recognizing it as a team-based health care delivery model to provide comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients with a goal to obtain maximal health outcomes.
“Dr. Fogarty’s career is a testament to her dedication to the highest quality patient care, to ensuring care for the underserved, and to working with physicians, residents and other health care professionals to successfully advance team-based care,” said Mark B. Taubman, M.D., CEO of URMC and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “She is a natural choice to continue Family Medicine’s commitment to improve the health of our communities, reduce health care disparities, address pressing community issues such as the opioid crisis, and open up more avenues for affordable health care. We are eager to champion her vision for enhancing Family Medicine’s research portfolio to place the department front and center as we work to develop ideal care management and population health management programs.”
Fogarty attained a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Cornell University, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her medical degree at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, then completed her family medicine residency and served as chief resident at the University of Rochester. Fogarty has additional training in Family Systems from the University of Rochester Family Therapy Training Program in Psychiatry and earned a master’s of science degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the Boston University School of Public Health.
“I am delighted for this opportunity to serve the University and the Medical Center, and further develop the mission of the Department of Family Medicine to provide excellent clinical care, education, research, and community service,” said Fogarty.
Fogarty was selected in 2018 by the Association of Departments of Family Medicine for a year-long fellowship program that provides academic leadership development for family physicians interested in becoming department chairs. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the recipient of numerous honors including several Impact Awards from the Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine. She is also Wingspread honoree for Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and the 2016 physician recipient of a Rochester Business Journal Health Care Achievement Award.
Fogarty’s publication record includes both empirical and creative work. Her scholarship includes work in primary care identification and management of mental health conditions, intimate partner violence, and clinical communication skills, including team-based care. She serves as assistant editor for the journal Family Medicine, and recently completed her service as co-editor of the journal Families, Systems, and Health.