Dr. James Colbert is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Division of Medical Communications at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Colbert practices general internal medicine as a hospitalist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts.
Dr. Colbert received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he served as an editorial fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2014 he served as a scholar for the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in the Health Professions, and since 2014 he has served as a workgroup leader and researcher for the Brookings Institution’s ACO Learning Network.
Dr. Colbert is currently the Web Editor for JAMA Internal Medicine. He is also a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, serving on the society’s ethics committee; and he is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine. His academic interests focus on innovation in medical education and health delivery, especially with regards to use of novel technologies in health care. His scholarly work has been presented at national conferences and has been published in numerous journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and the American Journal of Accountable Care.
Current scholarly projects include the following: an exploration of the ethical issues surrounding online sharing of health information and patient-physician online communication; development and assessment of novel team-learning strategies for teaching medical students and residents; and an analysis of the role of advanced primary care in building and sustaining successful ACOs.