LeRoi S. Hicks, MD, MPH, has been appointed chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at UMass Memorial Health Care and associate professor of medicine at UMass Medical School. He will join UMMS and UMass Memorial on Sept.1.
Dr. Hicks will lead adult hospitalist services in the departments of medicine and family medicine & community health. The service was first introduced at UMass Memorial Medical Center and, over recent years, has expanded to include oversight of the care of inpatients at Clinton Hospital, Marlborough Hospital, Day Kimball Hospital and Heywood Hospital.
Hicks will join UMMS and UMass Memorial from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he is an associate professor of medicine and a lecturer in health care policy at the Harvard Medical School. During the past decade, he also served as an attending hospitalist physician in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he directed the hospitalist track of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program.
In addition to his clinical roles, Hicks is co-director of the Health Disparities Research Program and research faculty to the Community Health Innovation and Research (CHIRP) Programs for the Harvard Catalyst. His research has been related to the effects of patients’ racial and cultural background on disease treatment; clinical outcomes of chronic disease; and the development and assessment of interventions aimed at improving quality of medical care and the reduction of disparities in care. Hicks is also co-leader of the Harvard Catalyst Safety Net Infrastructure Project, an effort by CHIRP/Harvard Catalyst to work with safety-net organizations to further develop capacity for quality improvement and research within their organizations.
Hicks is a 1995 graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Mount Auburn Hospital, including a chief residency year, and a fellowship in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also earned a master’s in public health with a focus on clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is board certified in internal medicine and has a focus practice board certification in hospital medicine.