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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 (B.S. Fordham, M.D. RWJMS, M.P.H. Rutgers) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick. He completed his residency and fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. He is Board certified in Family Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. A university designated 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 research. Under his leadership as Chair, the Department has emerged as a national center for the study of health system change and innovation. The research division has ranked in the top 10 nationally in NIH funding, and is known for the application of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in the study of health system quality, particularly at the primary care practice level. The primary author and editor of Swanson’s Family Medicine Review, a popular 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 developing and 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 the healthcare system.

Dr. Tallia expanded the role of the Department in the community, with the creation of a division of community health which serves as the academic home for this ‘fourth’ mission of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He created a sports medicine division which provides healthcare services to Rutgers Athletics’ Big Ten NCAA Division One intercollegiate programs, and developed the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group Home Visit Service that provides medical and nursing services to home bound patients in five counties. He developed a hospital medicine division which runs the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group Hospitalist Service, which together with the teaching services in the Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine, care for a large percent of the adult admissions to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He also has fostered multiple ongoing collaborative programs with the Departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, University Behavioral Healthcare, and many other units of the university. 

In 2010, he conceptualized and initiated development of the Robert Wood Johnson Partners, LLC, the integrated de livery system which serves to bring the research, educational, and clinical resources of Rutgers University and the Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health System to efforts in solving contemporary problems in health care delivery for patients across the socioeconomic spectrum. During his time as the founding executive director, this clinically integrated system, jointly owned by the university and health system, grew within two years 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, multiple post-acute facilities, and met quality metrics at the CMS 96th percentile and financial targets to achieve $3.6M in savings. RWJ Partners was recognized in 2015 and 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of ‘100 ACOs to Know’ out of more than 1500 operational in the U.S.  His statewide leadership in advancing the health of the public was recognized in 2017 by a joint resolution of the New Jersey Legislature, and by the Edward J. Ill Foundation for Excellence in Medicine.

Nationally, he is treasurer and a member of the executive board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the non-profit responsible for developing competency assessments of physicians and other health professionals around the world. 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, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and the Robert Wood Johnson Health System. He continues to serve on boards of numerous other public and private health-related organizations.

Recent Publications:

Analysis and Recommendations for Medicaid High Utilizers in New Jersey
Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences Work Group, Joel Cantor, ScD, Alfred Tallia, MD, MPH, Co-chairs, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, 2016.

Greater New Brunswick Hotspotting Report
Community Health Division, Maria Pellerano, MA, MPH, Eric Jahn, MD, Alfred Tallia, MD, MPH, Co-authors, Family Medicine and Community Health, 2017.