Speaker Biography
Edward B. Noffsinger, PhD
Vice President of Shared Medical Appointments and Group-Based Disease Management
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates/Atrius Health

Considered a pioneer in the area of group medical visits, Dr. Noffsinger is the originator of the Drop-in Group Medical Appointment (DIGMA) and the Physicals Shared Medical Appointment (PSMA) models. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the area of group visits—and an advisor to medical groups and health care organizations around the country and worldwide. His book (Running Group Visits In Your Practice), which is due to be published by Springer in May-June 2009, is intended to be not only a definitive work on group visits, but also a self-contained toolkit with an accompanying DVD that includes both training videos and examples of all the forms and promotional materials needed to launch a shared medical appointment program.

Dr. Noffsinger is currently the V.P. of Shared Medical Appointments and Group Based Disease Management at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates/Atrius Health, where he and his team will have launched over 50 DIGMAs and PSMAs in his first 2 years. He was previously at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Santa Clara and San Jose for over 26 years, where he developed the DIGMA model, was Director of Oncology Counseling and Chronic Illness Services, and was Manager of the Affective Disorders Team. He was subsequently Director of Clinical Access Improvement for 3 years at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where he developed the PSMA model, established their Shared Medical Appointment Department, and launched 18 new DIGMAs and PSMAs per year. He is also a frequent speaker at such large medical conferences such as IHI, AMGA, AAFP, ACP-ACIM, AANP, etc.

His work in the area of group visits has been featured in numerous medical journals, and he is widely published in the field. Dr. Noffsinger has given well over a thousand invited presentations in the private, public, and governmental healthcare sectors—both nationally and internationally. He has also been featured in Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, CNN, CNN Headline News, PBS Healthweek, several television stations, newspapers around the country, and in public radio broadcasts both locally and nationally.