Harris Berman was appointed Dean of the School of Medicine in October 2011, after serving as interim dean since December 2009. He previously was Dean of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs and had served as Chair of the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine from 2003 to 2008. Before coming to Tufts University, he was a pioneer in the development of managed care in New England, and for 17 years, served as the chief executive officer of the Tufts Health Plan. During that tenure, Tufts Health Plan grew from 60,000 to over a million members. Before joining Tufts Health Plan, he co-founded the Matthew Thornton Health Plan in Nashua, NH, one of the first HMOs in New England. He has served as chairman of the board of the Massachusetts Association of HMOs, and of the Celebrity Series of Boston. He has also been a director of the American Association of Health Plans and of Tufts Medical Center. He is currently a Commissioner for the Group Insurance Commission and a member of the Board of Directors of Tufts Medical Center, Tufts Health Care Institute, New England Healthcare Institute, The Wolfson Foundation, and Tufts Health Plan.Dr. Berman embodies the University’s values of active citizenship and internationalism through his experience as a Peace Corps physician in India and a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development on several projects. He has effectively used that experience to promote a global health agenda for the Medical School.A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Berman served as a resident on the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital and at Tufts-New England Medical Center, and completed an infectious disease fellowship at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Title: Dean of the School of Medicine
Academic Credentials: A.B., Cum laude, Harvard College (1960); M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1964)
Tufts Affiliations Dean, Tufts University School of Medicine; Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
Former Positions & Professorships Interim Dean, School of Medicine; Vice Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs, Tufts University School of Medicine (2008-09);?Dean of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs, TUSM (2004-2008); Chair, Department of Public Health and Family Medicine, TUSM (2003-2008); Clinical Professor of Medicine, TUSM (1986-2008); Chief Executive Officer, Tufts Health Plan (1986-2003); Executive Director and Co-founder, Matthew Thornton Health Plan (1971-1986)
Notable Honors Fellow, American College of Physicians (1971-present); Member, Governor’s Blue Ribbon Health Care Task Force, Massachusetts (2000-2002)