Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director at Meyers Primary Care Institute
Expertise: Epidemiology, Health Services Research
Terry Field, D.Sc. is an epidemiologist and health services researcher who serves as the Associate Director of the Meyers Primary Care Institute and an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her research focuses on provision of care to disabled and elderly patients in the ambulatory and long-term care settings. She has participated as a principal investigator or co-investigator on a series of grants from NIA and AHRQ related to patient safety and health information technology. Her research interests also include provision of care to cancer patients with a special interest in survival deficits for patients at risk of receiving less than optimum care, including elderly patients and members of minority groups. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the NCI-funded HMO Research Network’s Cancer Research Network and co-leads the Scientific and Data Resources Core. In this role, Dr. Field participated in the process of constructing a virtual data warehouse that established data structures for converting the legacy data at 14 integrated healthcare delivery systems into parallel databases constructed identically and permitting easy merging of patient-level data on healthcare utilization. Dr. Field is responsible for the required full year intermediate epidemiology course in the Clinical and Population Health Research doctoral program. She has led a series of seminars on evidence based medicine for medical students, residents, and community physicians. She also mentors physicians on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School who are initiating health services research careers.