Warren J. Ferguson, MD

Warren Ferguson
Director of Academic Programs, Health and Criminal Justice Program
Medical Director, Massachusetts Area Health Education Center (MassAHEC) Network
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMass Medical School
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dr. Warren Ferguson’s career spans more than three decades and has focused on improving health care outcomes for vulnerable populations who have experienced health disparities. A family physician by training, he has maintained an active practice in two Massachusetts Community Health Centers as a dimension of his academic career.

Dr. Ferguson has developed particular expertise and has written on practice issues with culturally diverse populations and on teaching methods aimed at improving cultural competency. In 2000, he was awarded a five-year Cooperative Agreement from HRSA to provide consultations to the National Center for Cultural Competence. He has helped to lead quality improvement collaboratives and implementation research focused on achieving health equity, particularly for patients with diabetes and limited English proficiency.

In addition, his work has focused on improving care of incarcerated persons, having implemented and studied community re-entry strategies for individuals released from jails and prisons. He currently leads the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health and the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. Extramural grants have included funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

Dr. Ferguson has received recognition and awards for his work in these capacities. Most recently, he received the Andy Nichols Award for Social Justice from the National AHEC Organization in 2014 and the inaugural Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity from UMass Medical School in 2010. He was named Massachusetts Family Physician of the Year in 1998 and in 1990 received the Director’s Award from the U.S. Public Health Service. The Worcester District Medical Society has named him the district's 2016 Community Clinician of the Year.

Learn more about Dr. Ferguson's academic work.