On Tuesday, February 25th Dr. Barbara J Turner of Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California presented on:
“Hepatitis C and Alcohol”
Dr Barbara J Turner is a practicing general internist-investigator in health disparities and health services research. Her research has primarily addressed preventive care, substance use, and chronic disease management. She completed her MD, residency, and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), receiving a Masters in Science of Education. After training, she served on the faculty of Jefferson Medical College where she conducted research on HIV quality and outcomes of care and became a tenured professor of medicine. She returned to Penn in 2000 to lead the Primary Care Physician-Scientist Fellowship Program and serve part-time as associate editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine. While at Penn, her research addressed effects of substance use – primarily alcohol and opioid analgesics – on quality and outcomes of mainstream medical care. She then established the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) at the University of Texas Health San Antonio in 2010 where she conducted multiple federal- and state-funded studies addressing the health of the South Texas community. Her research on hepatitis C virus (HCV) developed and implemented an evidence-based infrastructure in safety net primary care practices to screen baby boomers for HCV and treat uninsured patients with chronic HCV onsite. That research has combined her research interests in chronic disease prevention and substance use. In 2018, she joined the faculty at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and the Gehr Center for Health Systems Science and Innovation, focusing on mentoring junior investigators. She has over 180 peer-reviewed publications and editorials resulting from research.