Asaf Bitton
Secondary Faculty

Asaf Bitton

Associate Professor of Health Care Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management

Health Policy and Management

Other Positions

Associate Professor of Medicine

Medicine-Brigham and Women's Hospital

Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Health Care Policy

Health Care Policy

Harvard Medical School


Asaf Bitton, M.D., M.P.H., is the executive director of Ariadne Labs, a health systems innovation center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at both Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A globally-recognized leader in health systems innovation, he leads Ariadne Labs’ efforts to design, test, and spread scalable systems-level solutions that improve health care processes, enhance purposeful interactions between patients and their providers, and impact populations at scale.

As a practicing primary care physician and expert in primary health care policy, financing, and delivery, he has served as a senior advisor for primary care policy at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation since 2012. He has helped design and test three major comprehensive primary care payment and delivery initiatives, representing the largest tests of combined primary care payment and clinical practice transformation work in the United States. He currently serves on the Center for Strategic and International Studies Bipartisan Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security, the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the U.S., and is an elected member of the International Academy of Quality and Safety.

He previously served as director of Ariadne Labs’ Primary Health Care Program, leading primary care measurement and improvement initiatives in Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe along with previous work at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care directing regional primary care practice learning collaboratives in Massachusetts. He is a core founder and vice chair of the steering committee for the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a partnership that includes more than 20 countries and the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The Global Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others, dedicated to improving the global provision of primary health care. Dr. Bitton practices primary care at Brigham and Women’s South Huntington clinic, a team-based community primary care practice in Boston that he helped found in 2011.

David Meyers Research Award for Outstanding Paper (member of research team)2023
Primary Care Collaborative

Barbara Starfield Award for Excellence in Advancing Primary Care and Person-Focused Care2023
Primary Care Collaborative

Elected Member, International Academy of Quality and Safety2020
International Society for Quality in Health Care

Sandler Scholar in General Medicine 2019
Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard Medical School Certificate of Excellence in Tutoring2015
Harvard Medical School

SGIM Annual Quality and Practice Innovation Award for BWH South Huntington2014
Society of General Internal Medicine

Harvard Medical School Certificate of Excellence in Tutoring2013
Harvard Medical School

Milton Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award2011
Society of General Internal Medicine

Innovation Fellow, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care2011-2012
Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care

Fellow, American College of Physicians2010
American College of Physicians

CIMIT Young Clinician Research Award2010
Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology

Mack Lipkin Sr. Associate Award2010
Society of General Internal Medicine

James W. Winshall Award for Ambulatory Teaching2008
Brigham and Women's Hospital



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