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Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey


Dr. Tallia is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick. He received his B.S. in biological sciences from Fordham University, his M.D. from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and his M.P.H. in healthcare organization and administration from Rutgers. He completed family medicine residency and fellowships at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.  A university Master Educator, he serves in many university leadership roles, and is a Fellow in the Rutgers Center for Organizational Development and Leadership.

Earlier in his career, in addition to managing a university affiliated primary care corporation, he served as vice chair and associate director of research, during which time he fostered the growth of the Family Medicine department’s health system change and quality of care oriented research, which ranks among the top schools in external funding. The author of a popular medical review textbook in its 8th edition, and more than 100 published abstracts, book chapters, and scientific publications, he has been principal or co- principal investigator of multiple broadly funded grants focused on health system quality of care, organization, and function. While leading the medical school's flagship New Brunswick based residency, recognized for providing innovative community based training for family physicians, he won the STFM national Research Award for the landmark study (Academic Medicine 1994) that demonstrated family medicine residencies reduce patient care costs for hospitals and the healthcare system.

In 2010 he conceptualized and initiated development of Robert Wood Johnson Partners which serves to bring the research, educational, and clinical resources of Rutgers University and the Robert Wood Johnson Health System to solve contemporary problems in health care delivery for patients across the socioeconomic spectrum. During his time as the founding executive director, this clinically integrated system grew to serve more than 35,000 Medicare and commercially insured lives in seven counties of central New Jersey, included a network of more than 200 primary care and 700 specialty care physicians, five hospitals, and multiple post-acute facilities, and met quality and financial targets to achieve shared savings.  RWJ Partners was recognized in October 2015 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of ‘100 ACOs to Know.’

Nationally, he is a respected member of the executive board (board of directors) of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the organization responsible for development and oversight of competency assessments for physicians in the United States. In addition, he chairs the Composite Committee governing the United States Medical Licensing Examination program, the common licensure assessment pathway for all foreign and domestic medical school graduates. He also has served on the executive committee of the Washington based Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, the coalition of Fortune 500 payers, providers, and consumers advancing healthcare reform, and on the boards of Horizon (Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey) Health Innovations, and the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System. He continues to serve on boards of numerous other public and private health-related organizations.

Undergraduate School and Area of Concentration:

  • Fordham University, Biological Sciences, Bachelor of Science

Graduate Schools and fields of study:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Doctor of Medicine
  • Rutgers/UMDNJ, Master of Public Health


  • Thomas Jefferson University, Family Medicine


  • Thomas Jefferson University, Faculty Development

Board Certification:

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

Key Publications:

  • Tallia AF, Swee DE, Winter RO, Lichtig LK, Knabe FM, Knauf RA. Family Practice Graduate Medical Education and Hospital Patient Care Costs in New Jersey. Academic Medicine Vol. 69, No. 9, Sept. 1994.
  • Tallia AF, Stange KR, McDaniel R, Aita V, Miller WL, Crabtree BF. Understanding Organizational Designs of Primary Care Practices. Journal of Healthcare Management Vol. 48, No. 1:43-58, Jan-Feb 2003.
  • Cohen DJ, McDaniels R, Crabtree BF, Ruhe MC, Meyer SM, Tallia AF, Miller WL, Goodwin MA, Nutting P, Solberg LI, Zyzanski SJ, Jaen CR, Gilchrist V, Stange KC. A Practice Change Model for Quality Improvement in Primary Care Practice. Journal of Healthcare Management Vol. 49, No. 3: 155-168, May-Jun 2004.
  • Cohen DJ, Tallia AF, Crabtree BF, Young D. Implementing Health Behavior Change in Primary Care: Lessons from Prescription for Health. Annals of Family Medicine July/Aug 2005 (3); S12-19.
  • Scott J, Tallia AF, Crosson JC, Orzano AJ, Stroebel C, DiCicco-Bloom B, O’Malley D, Shaw E, Crabtree BF. Social Network Analysis as an analytic tool for interaction patterns in primary care practice. Annals of Family Medicine 2005 3:443-448.
  • Crabtree BF, Miller WL, Tallia AF, Cohen D, DiCicco-Bloom B, McIlvain HE, Aita VA, Scott JG, Gregory P, Stange K, McDaniel R. Delivery of Preventive Services in Family Medicine Offices. Annals of Family Medicine 2005 3:430-435.
  • Tallia AF, Lanham HJ, McDaniel R, Crabtree BF. Seven Characteristics of Successful Work Relationships in Primary Care Practices. Family Practice Management Vol. 13, No. 1:47-57 January 2006.
  • Orzano AJ, Tallia AF, Scott J, Nutting PA, Crabtree BF. Are Attributes of Organizational Performance in Large Healthcare Organizations Relevant in Primary Care Practices? Health Care Management Review Vol. 31, No. 1:2-10, March 2006.
  • Hung DY, Rundall TG, Crabtree BF, Tallia AF, Cohen D. Influence of Practice and Provider Attributes on Preventive Service Delivery. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2006 May; 30(5):413-22.
  • Hung DY, Rundall TG, Cohen D, Tallia AF, Crabtree F. Productivity and Staff Turnover in Primary Care Practices: the Role of Staff Participation in Decision Making. Medical Care Vol. 44 No. 10:946-951, October 2006.
  • Hung DY, Rundall TG, Tallia AF, Cohen D, Halpin HA, Crabtree BF. Rethinking Prevention in Primary Care: Using the Chronic Care Model to Improve Health Risk Behaviors. Millbank Quarterly 2007;85(1):69-91.
  • Orzano AJ, Tallia AF, McInerney CR, McDaniel Jr., RR, Crabtree BF. Enhancing Practice Performance by Stepping-Up to Knowledge Management. Family Practice Management 2007 Apr. 14(4):32-4.

Honors, Awards, Community Service:

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha
  • University Master Educator
  • STFM Research Paper Award 1995
  • Member, National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Member, AAFP Center for Research in Family Medicine and Primary Care
  • Member, Cancer Institute of New Jersey
  • Editor-in-chief, Swanson’s Family Practice Review
  • Editorial Board: Drugs in Context
  • Reviewer: American Family Physician, Annals of Family Medicine, JAMA, Journal Family Practice, Pediatrics