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Robert C. Like, MD, MS
Professor and Director
Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Email: like@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Robert C. Like, M.D., M.S. is Professor and Director of the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Like received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School in 1979, and completed his residency and MS degree fellowship training in family medicine from Case Western Reserve University in 1984. He is a practicing family physician with a background in medical anthropology, and has carried out fieldwork in the Azores Islands, Portugal; Beersheva, Israel; Zuni, New Mexico; and the Kingdom of Tonga in Western Polynesia.

 

Dr. Like has served as a member of the DHHS Office of Minority Health's CLAS Standards National Project Advisory Committee, co-chair of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine's Group on Multicultural Health Care and Education, Medical Society of New Jersey representative to the AMA/NMA/NHMA Commission to End Health Care Disparities, and on numerous national expert panels, committees, and task forces. He is also a member of the AHA Equity of Care National Advisory Committee and the OMH Regional Health Equity Council for Region II, and currently serves as Chair of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence.

 

Dr. Like was the principal investigator of an Aetna Foundation-funded study entitled, "Assessing the Impact of Cultural Competency Training Using Participatory Quality Improvement Methods.” He previously served as director of the HRSA-funded NRSA Primary Care-Health Services Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Department of Family Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has also consulted to the European Union's Migrant-Friendly Hospitals initiative and is a member of the WHO Health Promoting Hospital’s Task Force on Migrant Friendly Culturally Competent Health Care.

 

Dr. Like is nationally known for his work in the area of cultural competency and health professions education. He has received a variety of awards including the 2004 Distinguished Service in the Health Field Award from the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, and is a 2004 and 2007 Pfizer-American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Visiting Professor in Family Medicine. He is actively involved in developing undergraduate, residency, and continuing medical education programs, and provides training and technical assistance relating to the delivery of patient-centered, culturally responsive care to diverse populations.

 

Undergraduate School and Area of Concentration:

  • Dartmouth College, Anthropology Bachelor of Arts

Graduate Schools and Fields of Study:

  • Harvard Medical School, Doctor of Medicine
  • Case Western Reserve University, Master of Science in Family Medicine

Residency:

  • University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western University, Family Medicine

Fellowship:

  • Case Western Reserve University, Family Medicine

Board Certification:

  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Board of Family Medicine

Key Publications (selected):

  • Like RC, Ellison J. Sleeping Blood, Tremor and Paralysis: A Transcultural Approach to an Unusual Conversion Reaction, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 1981; 5:49‑63.
  • Like RC, Reeb KG. Clinical Hypothesis Testing in Family Practice:  A Biopsychosocial Perspective. The Journal of Family Practice 1984; 19:517‑523.
  • Like RC, Steiner RP, Medical Anthropology and the Family Physician. Family Medicine 1986; 18:87‑92.
  • Like RC, Zyzanski SJ. Patient Requests in Family Practice:  A Focal Point for Clinical Negotiations. Family Practice:  An International Journal 1986; 3:216‑228.
  • Like RC, Zyzanski SJ: Patient Satisfaction with the Clinical Encounter: Social Psychological Determinants. Social Science and Medicine 1987; 24:351-357.
  • Like RC, Rogers J, McGoldrick M. Reading and Interpreting Genograms: A Systematic Approach, Journal of Family Practice 1988; 26:407‑412.
  • Like RC. Invited Editorial. Culturally Sensitive Health Care:  Recommendations for Family Practice Training. Family Medicine 1991; 23:180-181.
  • Like RC, Breckenridge MB, Swee DE, Lieberman, JAIII. Family Health Science and the New Generalist Practitioner, Family Systems Medicine 1993; 11:149-161.
  • Like RC, Steiner RP, Rubel AJ. Recommended Core Curriculum Guidelines on Culturally Sensitive and Competent Health Care. Family Medicine 1996; 28:291-297. 
  • Culhane-Pera KA, Like RC, Lebensohn-Chialvo P, and Loewe R. Multicultural Curricula in Family Practice Residencies. Family Medicine 2000; 32(3):167-173.
  • Kobylarz FA, Heath JM, Like RC. The ETHNIC(S) Mnemonic: A Clinical Tool for Ethnogeriatric Education. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2002; 50:1582-1589.
  • Like RC. Invited Editorial. Culturally Competent Family Medicine: Transforming Clinical Practice and Ourselves. American Family Physician 2005; 72(11):2189-2190.
  • Kairys JA, Like RC. Caring for Diverse Populations: Do Academic Family Medicine Practices Have CLAS? Family Medicine 2006; 38(3):196-205.
  • Graves DL, Like RC, Kelly N, Hohensee A. Legislation as Intervention: A Survey of Cultural Competence Policy in Health Care.  Journal of Health Care Law and Policy 2007; 10:339-361.
  • Overstreet KM, Moore DE, Kristofco RE, Like RC. Addressing Disparities in Diagnosing and Treating Depression: A Promising Role for Continuing Medical Education. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions 2007; 27(S1):S5-S8.
  • Moore DE, Overstreet KM, Like RC, Kristofco RE. Improving Depression Care for Ethnic and Racial Minorities: A Concept for an Intervention that Integrates CME Planning with Improvement Strategies. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions 2007; 27(S1):S65-S74.
  • Gibbs H, Like RC, South-Paul, JE. Forum on Emerging Issues: Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities in Academic Health Centers. Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2008.
  • Like RC, Barrett TJ, Moon J. Educating Physicians to Provide Culturally Competent, Patient-Centered Care. Perspectives: A View of Family Medicine in New Jersey 2008; 7(2):10-20.
  • South-Paul JE, Like RC. Cultural Competence for the Health Workforce, in DE Holmes, ed.  From Education to Regulation:  Dynamic Challenges for the Health Workforce, Association of Academic Health Centers, Washington, DC, 2008, pages 123-152.
  • Levy R, Like RC, Shabsin H. Origins and Strategies for Addressing Ethnic and Racial Disparities in Pharmaceutical Therapy: The Health-Care System, the Provider, and the Patient. National Minority Quality Forum, Washington, DC, 2009.
  • Alarcón RD, Becker AE, Lewis-Fernández R, Like RC, et al. of the Cultural Psychiatry Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. Editorial. Issues for DSM-V: The Role of Culture in Psychiatric Diagnosis. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2009; 197(8):559-560.
  • Like RC. Educating Clinicians About Cultural Competence and Disparities in Health and Health Care. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions 2011; 31(3):196-206.
  • Like RC, Goode TD. Promoting Cultural and Linguistic Competence in the American Health System: Levers of Change, in Inequalities in Health Care for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities, COST Series on Health and Diversity Volume II, eds. D Ingleby, A Chiarenza, I Kotsioni, and W Devillé. Antwerp-Apeldoorn: Garant, 2012, pages 29-48.
  • Goode TD, Like RC. Advancing and sustaining cultural and linguistic competence in the American health system: challenges, strategies, and lessons learned, in Inequalities in Health Care for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities, COST Series on Health and Diversity Volume II, eds. D Ingleby, A Chiarenza, I Kotsioni,and W Devillé. Antwerp-Apeldoorn: Garant, 2012, page 49-65.

Honors, Awards, Community Service (selected):

  • Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Excellence in Teaching Award  
  • University Excellence Award for Service and Outreach to the External Community, UMDNJ
  • Pfizer/American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Visiting Professor in Family Medicine          
  • Distinguished Service in the Health Field Award, National Association of Medical Minority Educators
  • Member, Inaugural Class of Senior Cobb Fellows in Health Disparities, W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute
  • Member, DHHS Office of Minority Health's CLAS Standards National Project Advisory Committee
  • Member, Office of Minority Health Regional Health Equity Council for Region II, and Co-Chair, Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee
  • Former Co-Chair, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine's Group on Multicultural Health Care
  • Former Member, AMA/NMA/NHMA National Commission to End Healthcare Disparities (Medical Society of NJ Representative), and Chair, Health Professional Awareness, Education, and Training Committee
  • Member, American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care National Advisory Committee
  • Member, Cultural Psychiatry Group, American Psychiatric Association’s Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry
  • Founding member, National Advisory Committee for the American College of Cardiology’s CREDO initiative       
  • Member, Expert Panel for UCLA Operationalizing Culture for Health Behavior and Social Science Research project (NIH-funded)
  • Former Physician Editor-in-Chief of MDNG: Focus on Multicultural Healthcare
  • Chair, New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence
  • Member, Mainstreaming Medical Care Advisory Committee, ARC of New Jersey
  • Member, Religious Diversity in Health Care Program Advisory Council, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding