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Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH

Chief Executive Officer Emeritus

Jonathan R. Sugarman, MD, MPH, is the Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of Qualis Health, a nationally recognized leader in improving population health. Dr. Sugarman founded the company's practice transformation program in 2007, during his tenure as President & CEO.

Dr. Sugarman was the Principal Investigator of The Commonwealth Fund’s landmark Safety Net Medical Home Initiative and is a nationally recognized expert on practice transformation. Dr. Sugarman provided strategic leadership for Qualis Health’s support of the Harvard Medical School Academic Innovations Collaborative and CMS’ Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration, among others.

As a leader in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Sugarman has served as President of the American Health Quality Association, Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality, and Executive Committee member of the American Medical Association-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement. He was named a member of the World Health Organization’s Network of Innovators.

Dr. Sugarman is a frequent speaker and advisor on topics related to healthcare quality and accelerating healthcare transformation through implementation of models such as the patient-centered medical home. He has authored more than 85 papers and book chapters on population health management, primary care practice transformation, health problems of vulnerable populations, and quality of care among Medicare beneficiaries.

Dr. Sugarman is a graduate of Harvard College, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He serves as Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and as Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Select Projects & Publications


  1. Daniel DM, Wagner EH, Coleman K, Schaefer JK, Austin BT, Abrams MK, Phillips KE, Sugarman JR. Assessing progress toward becoming a patient-centered medical home: An assessment tool for practice transformation. Health Serv Res. 2013 Dec; 48(6 Pt.1):1879-97.
  2. Bitton A, Ellner A, Pabo E, Stout S, Sugarman JR, Sevin C, Goodell K, Bassett JS, Phillips RS. The Harvard Medical School Academic Innovations Collaborative: Transforming primary care practice and education. Academic Medicine. 2014; 89:1239-1244.
  3. Sugarman JR, Phillips KE, Wagner EH, Coleman K, Abrams MK. The Safety Net Medical Home Initiative: Transforming Care for Vulnerable Populations. Medical Care. 2014 Nov; 52(11 Suppl 4):S1-S10.