Bob Master

Senior Fellow

In his role as a Senior Fellow with the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, Bob Master, M.D., founder and former president and chief executive officer of the Commonwealth Care Alliance, serves as a strategic advisor and thought leader to the Center, focused on the goal of improving care for those who are most vulnerable.

Master has a long affiliation with Community Catalyst where, as a 2003 Soros/Open Society Institute Fellow, he incubated the plan for the Commonwealth Care Alliance, a Boston-based non-profit health plan and delivery system focused on providing patient‐centered, team-oriented care to individuals with socially and medically complex needs. Launched in 2003, the Commonwealth Care Alliance is now a nationally recognized model for providing high-quality, low-cost care to “dually eligible” individuals who have both Medicare and Medicaid. 

Master is a practicing physician at Boston Medical Center. Prior to starting the Commonwealth Care Alliance, he founded the Urban Medical Group, which introduced new approaches to nursing home and medical care using nurse practitioners. He served as the first physician and medical director of the Uphams Corner Health Center, a leading community health center in Boston. Master is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health, where he previously served as Chair of the Health Services Department.

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