Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff received his A.B. degree from Stanford University, and his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. He then joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, where he practiced general internal medicine and became the Medical Director of an interdisciplinary research group consisting of computer scientists and physicians. The group helped establish the use of clinical algorithms in medicine, the role of physician assistants in patient care, and the use of computers to guide personalized medical care for common symptoms and diseases.
In 1979, Dr. Komaroff joined the faculty of the recently-formed Division of General Medicine and Primary Care within the Department of Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. In 1982, he became director of the Division, serving in that role until 1997. The Division grew ten-fold in both number of faculty and revenue during that time, becoming one of the most highly regarded academic divisions of general medicine. A practicing general internist, since 1992 Dr. Komaroff has been Senior Physician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He also is a member of the Division of Medical Communications.
From 1982-1987, Dr. Komaroff was the Vice President for Management Systems of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, administratively responsible for the development of the clinical, administrative and financial computer systems of the Hospital.
Since the mid-1980’s, Dr. Komaroff has been one of the core faculty of the Program in Clinical Effectiveness, a training program in non-laboratory investigation (clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, etc.) which in recent years has trained approximately 300 fellows per year from institutions around the world.
Dr. Komaroff is the founding editor of NEJM Journal Watch General Medicine, a publication of the Massachusetts Medical Society/New England Journal of Medicine, which since 1987 has summarized the latest research from the top journals of medicine and biology. Dr. Komaroff’s responsibility has been to cover research published in the major biological research journals.
Between 1997 and 2015, Dr. Komaroff served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Health Publications Division of Harvard Medical School. The Division is responsible for all Harvard Medical School’s consumer health publishing—including books, newsletters, magazine and newspaper columns. The Division has published 135 books and special health reports, publishes four monthly newsletters with about 300,000 subscribers, licenses content to many websites (approximately 200 million page-views per year), and creates information for doctors’ waiting rooms in 41,000 medical practices that collectively have 850 million patient-visits per year.
Dr. Komaroff writes a daily newspaper column that is syndicated by United Features Syndicate in 450 newspapers in North America.
Since 2006, Dr. Komaroff has been the Steven P. Simcox/Patrick A. Clifford/James H. Higby Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).
Dr. Komaroff has published over 230 research articles and book chapters and 2 books covering:
• The development of algorithms to define medical practice strategies
• Computer systems in medical care
• Cost-effectiveness analysis of general internal medicine conditions
• The causes, diagnosis, and treatment of some of the most common problems in medicine: sore throat, urinary infections in women, community-acquired pneumonia, and fatigue.
In recognition of his contributions, Dr. Komaroff has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Physicians, and the Association for Health Services Research. He has served on advisory committees for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Surgeon General of the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and the U.S. Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences.