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Robert J. Fortuna, M.D., M.P.H.

Robert J. Fortuna, M.D., M.P.H.

Medicine, Primary Care, Pediatrics

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Dr. Fortuna received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and his masters in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Brigham and Women's Hospital, MGH, and Children's Hospital Boston and subsequently c...
Dr. Fortuna received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and his masters in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Brigham and Women's Hospital, MGH, and Children's Hospital Boston and subsequently completed a general medicine fellowship at the Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Fortuna enjoys caring for families and people of all ages. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Dr. Fortuna is accepting pediatric patients only.

Faculty Appointments

Professor - Department of Medicine, Primary Care Physicians (SMD)

Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD) - Joint

Credentials

Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Internal Medicine, Harvard University. 2006 - 2008

Residency, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Harvard University. 2003 - 2006

Internship, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Harvard University. 2002 - 2003

Education

MD | Dartmouth Medical School. 2002

Awards

United Hero - Patient Satisfaction. 2022

Excellence in Quality Improvement, UR Department of Medicine 2020. 2020

Outstanding Quality of Care -- Comprehensive Approach to Opioid Management in Primary Care. 2020

UR Department of Medicine Excellence in QI - 2019. 2019

ICARE Bronze Star 2019 - 5 or more Strong Stars. 2019 - 2019

ICARE Bronze Star 2018 - 5 or more Strong Stars. 2018

Harvard Med-Peds Visiting Professorship in Population Medicine. 2017 - 2017

Recognition for Leading High Performing Team | 4th Annual Institute for Innovative Education Team Based Care Summit. 2017

Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards. 2016

Community Impact Award. 2012

Lawrence A. Kohn Senior Teaching Fellow. 2011 - 2012

Class of 2011 Med-Peds Teaching Award. 2011

Finalist, National Milton W. Hamolsky Awards Junior Faculty Award. 2010

Lawrence A. Kohn Senior Teaching Fellow. 2010 - 2011

Nominee, Harvard Medical School Prize for Excellence in Teaching. 2007

Good Physician Award. 2002

MD with Honors. 2002

Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. 2002

Ohiyesa Fellowship. 2001

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. 1997

Engineering Scholarship, National Starch and Chemical Company. 1996

Research

Dr. Fortuna is a health services researcher focused on the intersection between general internal medicine, education, and research. His scholarly pursuits have spanned many areas of primary care, population health, and quality improvement.

Publications

Journal Articles

Longitudinal Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Utilization of Hemoglobin A1c Testing in Outpatients

Zha, L; MacLeod, S; Love, T; Fortuna, RJ; Victoria Zhang YV.

Clin Chim Acta

Continuity and Health Outcomes in Resident Clinics: A Scoping Review of the Literature

Margaret J. Connolly MJ, Weppner WG, Fortuna RJ, Snyder ED.

Cureus. 2022; .

The Presence 5 for Racial Justice Framework for anti-racist communication with Black patients

Brown-Johnson C, Cox J, Shankar M,Baratta J, De Leon G, Garcia R, Hollis T, Verano M, Henderson K, Upchurch M, Safaeinili N ,Shaw JG, Fortuna RJ, Beverly C, Walsh M, Somerville CS, Haverfield M, Israni ST, Verghese A, Zulman DM.

Health Services Research. 2022; .

Perspectives of internal medicine residency clinics: A national survey of US medical directors

Fortuna RJ, Tobin DG, Sobel HG, Barrette EP, Noroha C, Laufman L, Huang X, Staggers KA, Nadkarni M, Lu LB.

Educ Health. 2022 May-Aug;35(2):58-66. 36647933. 2022; .

Perspectives of internal medicine residency clinics: A national survey of US medical directors.

Fortuna RJ, Tobin DG, Sobel HG, Barrette EP, Noroha C, Laufman L, Huang X, Staggers KA, Nadkarni M, Lu LB

Education for health : change in training & practice.. 2022 35 (2):58-66. Epub 1900 01 01.

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica): An Unusual Case of Galactorrhea.

Easton L, Vaid S, Nagel AK, Venci JV, Fortuna RJ.

Am J Case Rep. 2021; 8(22).

A mixed-methods analysis of younger adults' perceptions of asthma, self-management, and preventive care: "This isn't helping me none".

Mammen JR, Turgeon K, Philibert A, Schoonmaker JD, Java J, Halterman J, Berliant MN, Crowley A, Reznik M, Feldman JM, Fortuna RJ, Arcoleo K

Clinical and experimental allergy : journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology.. 2020 October 2 Epub 10/02/2020.

Association Between Physician Risk Assessment, Hierarchical Condition Categories, and Utilization of Medical Services.

Fortuna RJ, Clark JS, Johnson WE, Bajorska A, Solan LG, Pesis-Katz I, Stetzer A, Judge SR

Population health management.. 2020 May 18 Epub 05/18/2020.

Going mobile with primary care: smartphone-telemedicine for asthma management in young urban adults (TEAMS).

Mammen JR, Schoonmaker JD, Java J, Halterman J, Berliant MN, Crowley A, Reznik M, Feldman JM, Fortuna RJ, Frey SM, Turgeon K, Philibert A, Arcoleo K.

J Asthma. PMID: 33064038. 2020; .

Differences in Rates of High-Value and Low-Value Care Between Community Health Centers and Private Practices.

Oronce CIA, Fortuna RJ

Journal of general internal medicine.. 2019 November 19 Epub 11/19/2019.

Addressing Medication Costs During Primary Care Visits: A Before-After Study of Team-Based Training.

Carroll JK, Farah S, Fortuna RJ, Lanigan AM, Sanders M, Venci JV, Fiscella K

Annals of internal medicine.. 2019 May 7170 (9_Supplement):S46-S53. Epub 1900 01 01.

A community-wide quality improvement initiative to improve hypertension control and reduce disparities.

Fortuna RJ, Rocco TA, Freeman J, Devine M, Bisognano J, Williams GC, Nagel A, Beckman H

The journal of clinical hypertension.. 2019 February 21 (2):196-203. Epub 01/04/2019.

Ambulatory Training Program to Expand Procedural Skills in Primary Care.

Robbins BW, Nead K, Scofield S, Caiola E, Bingemann T, Pulcino TL, Wagoner G, Messing S, Marston B, Fortuna RJ

Journal of medical education and curricular development.. 2019 6 :2382120519859298. Epub 07/01/2019.

Health conditions, functional status and health care utilization in adults with cerebral palsy.

Fortuna RJ, Holub A, Turk MA, Meccarello J, Davidson PW

Family practice.. 2018 April 27 Epub 04/27/2018.

Patient Experience With Care and Its Association With Adherence to Hypertension Medications.

Fortuna RJ, Nagel AK, Rocco TA, Legette-Sobers S, Quigley DD

American journal of hypertension.. 2018 February 931 (3):340-345. Epub 1900 01 01.

Patient Experience with Care and its Association with Adherence to Hypertension Medications

Fortuna RJ, Nagel AK, Rocco TA, Legette-Sobers S, Quigley D.

American Journal of Hypertension. 2017; 31(3): 340-345.

Factors Associated with the Accurate Diagnosis of Obesity.

Miller EO, Stanistreet B, Ruckdeschel E, Nead K, Fortuna RJ

Journal of community health.. 2016 December 41 (6):1257-1263. Epub 1900 01 01.

Factors Associated With Resident Continuity in Ambulatory Training Practices.

Fortuna RJ, Garfunkel L, Mendoza MD, Ditty M, West J, Nead K, Robbins BW

Journal of graduate medical education.. 2016 October 8 (4):532-540. Epub 1900 01 01.

Health Conditions and Functional Status in Adults with Autism: A Cross-Sectional Evaluation.

Fortuna RJ, Robinson L, Smith TH, Meccarello J, Bullen B, Nobis K, Davidson PW

Journal of general internal medicine.. 2016 January 31 (1):77-84. Epub 09/11/2015.

Factors Associated with Resident Continuity in Ambulatory Training Practices

Fortuna RJ; Garfunkel L; Mendoza MD; Ditty M; West J; Nead K; Robbins BW.

Journal of Graduate Medical Education (GME). 2016; .

Factors Associated with Resident Continuity in Ambulatory Training Practices

Fortuna RJ; Garfunkel L, Mendoza MD, Ditty M, West J, Nead K, Robbins BW.

Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2016; .

Effectiveness of a multidisciplinary intervention to improve hypertension control in an urban underserved practice.

Fortuna RJ, Nagel AK, Rose E, McCann R, Teeters JC, Quigley DD, Bisognano JD, Legette-Sobers S, Liu C, Rocco TA

Journal of the American Society of Hypertension : JASH.. 2015 December 9 (12):966-74. Epub 10/26/2015.

Do clinicians recommend aspirin to patients for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease?

Fiscella K, Winters PC, Mendoza M, Noronha GJ, Swanger CM, Bisognano JD, Fortuna RJ

Journal of general internal medicine.. 2015 February 30 (2):155-60. Epub 1900 01 01.

Get screened: a randomized trial of the incremental benefits of reminders, recall, and outreach on cancer screening.

Fortuna RJ, Idris A, Winters P, Humiston SG, Scofield S, Hendren S, Ford P, Li SX, Fiscella K

Journal of general internal medicine.. 2014 January 29 (1):90-7. Epub 1900 01 01.

The impact of neighborhood socioeconomic status and race on the prescribing of opioids in emergency departments throughout the United States.

Joynt M, Train MK, Robbins BW, Halterman JS, Caiola E, Fortuna RJ

Journal of general internal medicine.. 2013 December 28 (12):1604-10. Epub 1900 01 01.

Internet Access and Patient Portal Readiness Among Patients in a Group of Inner City Safety-Net Practices

Sanders MR, Winters P, Fortuna RJ, MD, Mendoza M, Berliant M, Clark L, Fiscella K.

The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. 2013; .

Internet access and patient portal readiness among patients in a group of inner-city safety-net practices.

Sanders MR, Winters P, Fortuna RJ, Mendoza M, Berliant M, Clark L, Fiscella K

The Journal of ambulatory care management.. 2013 36 (3):251-9. Epub 1900 01 01.

Health outcomes in adults with Prader-Willi syndrome

L Robinson, J Zarcone, R Fortuna, K Nobis, J Meccarello, PW Davidson.

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2012; 56(7).

Delayed transition of care: a national study of visits to pediatricians by young adults.

Fortuna RJ, Halterman JS, Pulcino T, Robbins BW

Academic pediatrics.. 2012 12 (5):405-11. Epub 06/17/2012.

The influence of social networks on patients' attitudes toward type II diabetes.

Mani N, Caiola E, Fortuna RJ

Journal of community health.. 2011 October 36 (5):728-32. Epub 1900 01 01.

Prescribing of controlled medications to adolescents and young adults in the United States.

Fortuna RJ, Robbins BW, Caiola E, Joynt M, Halterman JS

Pediatrics.. 2010 December 126 (6):1108-16. Epub 11/29/2010.

Dependence on emergency care among young adults in the United States.

Fortuna RJ, Robbins BW, Mani N, Halterman JS

Journal of general internal medicine.. 2010 July 25 (7):663-9. Epub 03/20/2010.

Dependence on emergency care among young adults in the United States.

Fortuna RJ; Robbins BW; Mani N; Halterman JS.

J Gen Intern Med. 2010; 25(7): 663-9.

Rochester Community-Wide Practice Guidelines

Ambulatory care among young adults in the United States.

Fortuna RJ, Robbins BW, Halterman JS

Annals of internal medicine.. 2009 September 15151 (6):379-85. Epub 1900 01 01.

Reducing the prescribing of heavily marketed medications: a randomized controlled trial.

Fortuna RJ, Zhang F, Ross-Degnan D, Campion FX, Finkelstein JA, Kotch JB, Feldstein AC, Smith DH, Simon SR

Journal of general internal medicine.. 2009 August 24 (8):897-903. Epub 05/28/2009.

Characteristics of medicine-pediatrics practices: results from the national ambulatory medical care survey.

Fortuna RJ, Ting DY, Kaelber DC, Simon SR

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.. 2009 March 84 (3):396-401. Epub 1900 01 01.

Paediatric experiences with work-hour limitations.

Fortuna RJ, Palfrey JS, Shelov SP, Samuels RC

Journal of evaluation in clinical practice.. 2009 February 15 (1):116-20. Epub 1900 01 01.

Ambulatory care among young adults in the United States

Fortuna RJ; Robbins BW; Halterman JS.

Ann Intern Med. 2009; 151(6): 379-85.

Reducing the Prescribing of Heavily Marketed Medications: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Fortuna RJ; Zhang F; Ross-Degnan D; Campion FX; Finkelstein JA; Kotch JB; Feldstein AC; Smith DH; Simon SR.

J Gen Intern Med. 2009; 8(8): 897-903.

Office Visits to Medicine-Pediatrics Physicians: Results from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

Fortuna RJ; Ting DY; Kaelber DC; Simon SR.

Acad Med. 2009; 84(3)(84(3)): 396-401.

Pediatric Experiences with Work-Hour Limitations

Fortuna RJ; Palfrey JS; Shelov SP; Samuels RC.

J Eval Clin Pract. 2009; 15(1)(15(1)): 116-20.

Clinician attitudes towards prescribing and implications for interventions in a multi-specialty group practice.

Fortuna RJ, Ross-Degnan D, Finkelstein J, Zhang F, Campion FX, Simon SR

Journal of evaluation in clinical practice.. 2008 December 14 (6):969-73. Epub 05/02/2008.

Clinician Attitudes towards Prescribing and Implications for Interventions in a Multispecialty Group Practice

Fortuna RJ; Ross-Degnan D; Finkelstein J; Zhang F; Campion FX; Simon SR.

J Eval Clin Pract. 2008; 14(6)(14(6)): 969-73.

In vitro Activation of Human Monocytes by Silicones

Naim JO; van Oss CJ; Ippolito KML; Zhang JW; Jin LP; Fortuna R; Buehner NA.

Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 1998; 11: 78-86.

Rochester Community-Wide Practice Guidelines – 2014 Pediatric Preventive Care Guidelines. Monroe County Medical Society. Guideline Committee: Thomas McInerny MD, Robert Fortuna MD, MPH, David Sullo MD, Edward Lewis MD, Michael Jordan MD, Sandford Mayer MD. | May 2014

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Rochester Community-Wide Practice Guidelines - 2014 Adult Preventive Care Guidelines. Monroe County Medical Society. Guideline Committee: Clint Koenig MD, Robert Fortuna MD, MPH, David Gandell, Nancy Bennett, Paul Frame, Dolores Tereault, Kevin Fiscella, John McIntyre MD, Diane Cunningham MD, Thomas Arnone, MD. | 2014

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Books

Leading an Academic Medical Practice (2018)

Chapter: Population Health Management for Residents

Authors: Robert J. Fortuna, Halle Sobel

Publisher: Springer 2018

Population Health Management for Residents (2018)

Chapter: Maximizing Continuity in Continuity Clinic

Authors: William Weppner, Reena Gupta, and Robert J Fortuna

Publisher: Springer 2018

Physical Health of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (2018)

Chapter: Cerebral Palsy

Authors: Margaret Turk, MD Robert J. Fortuna MD, MPH

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell 2018

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