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profileSeth Aloisi Berkowitz, M.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Medicine
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
AddressMassachusetts General Hospital
Division of General Internal Medicine, 9th Floor
50 Staniford Street
Boston MA 02114
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I am an academic general internist and primary care doctor. My main research interests involve the impact of adverse social and economic circumstances on chronic disease management, particularly cardiometabolic disease such as diabetes, and developing interventions to manage social determinants of health as part of routine care.

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K23DK109200     (BERKOWITZ, SETH A)Aug 1, 2016 - May 31, 2021
Understanding & Overcoming Food Insecurity in Diabetes Patients
Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Berkowitz SA, Seligman HK, Rigdon J, Meigs JB, Basu S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation and Health Care Expenditures Among Low-Income Adults. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Sep 25. PMID: 28973507.
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  2. Rigdon J, Berkowitz SA, Seligman HK, Basu S. Re-evaluating associations between the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participation and body mass index in the context of unmeasured confounders. Soc Sci Med. 2017 Sep 21; 192:112-124. PMID: 28965002.
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  3. Basu S, Sussman JB, Berkowitz SA, Hayward RA, Yudkin JS. Development and validation of Risk Equations for Complications Of type 2 Diabetes (RECODe) using individual participant data from randomised trials. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2017 Oct; 5(10):788-798. PMID: 28803840.
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  4. Basu S, Berkowitz SA, Seligman H. The Monthly Cycle of Hypoglycemia: An Observational Claims-based Study of Emergency Room Visits, Hospital Admissions, and Costs in a Commercially Insured Population. Med Care. 2017 Jul; 55(7):639-645. PMID: 28481762.
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  5. Berkowitz SA, Basu S, Meigs JB, Seligman HK. Food Insecurity and Health Care Expenditures in the United States, 2011-2013. Health Serv Res. 2017 Jun 13. PMID: 28608473.
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  6. Berkowitz SA, Berkowitz TSZ, Meigs JB, Wexler DJ. Trends in food insecurity for adults with cardiometabolic disease in the United States: 2005-2012. PLoS One. 2017; 12(6):e0179172. PMID: 28591225.
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  7. Berkowitz SA, Hulberg AC, Standish S, Reznor G, Atlas SJ. Addressing Unmet Basic Resource Needs as Part of Chronic Cardiometabolic Disease Management. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Feb 01; 177(2):244-252. PMID: 27942709.
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  8. Kentoffio K, Berkowitz SA, Atlas SJ, Oo SA, Percac-Lima S. Use of maternal health services: comparing refugee, immigrant and US-born populations. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Dec; 20(12):2494-2501. PMID: 27447794.
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  9. Berkowitz SA, Fabreau GE, Raghavan S, Kentoffio K, Chang Y, He W, Atlas SJ, Percac-Lima S. Risk of Developing Diabetes Among Refugees and Immigrants: A Longitudinal Analysis. J Community Health. 2016 Dec; 41(6):1274-1281. PMID: 27363825.
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  10. Morales ME, Epstein MH, Marable DE, Oo SA, Berkowitz SA. Food Insecurity and Cardiovascular Health in Pregnant Women: Results From the Food for Families Program, Chelsea, Massachusetts, 2013-2015. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 11 03; 13:E152. PMID: 27809418.
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  11. Asch E, Shah SH, Berkowitz S, Mehta S, Eisenberg RL, Jayadevan R, Connolly C, Slanetz PJ. Resident Idea System: A Novel Tool to Engage Trainees in Quality Improvement at the Institutional Level. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 02; 14(2):256-261. PMID: 27815057.
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  12. Essien UR, Shahid NN, Berkowitz SA. Food Insecurity and Diabetes in Developed Societies. Curr Diab Rep. 2016 Sep; 16(9):79. PMID: 27421977.
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  13. Leong A, Berkowitz SA, Triant VA, Porneala B, He W, Atlas SJ, Wexler DJ, Meigs JB. Hypoglycemia in Diabetes Mellitus as a Coronary Artery Disease Risk Factor in Patients at Elevated Vascular Risk. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Feb; 101(2):659-68. PMID: 26672635; PMCID: PMC4880119 [Available on 02/01/17].
  14. Berkowitz SA, Hulberg AC, Hong C, Stowell BJ, Tirozzi KJ, Traore CY, Atlas SJ. Addressing basic resource needs to improve primary care quality: a community collaboration programme. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016 Mar; 25(3):164-72. PMID: 26621916.
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  15. Berkowitz SA, Fabreau GE. Food insecurity: What is the clinician's role? CMAJ. 2015 Oct 06; 187(14):1031-2. PMID: 26283725; PMCID: PMC4592289 [Available on 10/06/16].
  16. Cheung HC, Shen A, Oo S, Tilahun H, Cohen MJ, Berkowitz SA. Food Insecurity and Body Mass Index: A Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study, Chelsea, Massachusetts, 2009-2013. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 Aug 06; 12:E125. PMID: 26247425; PMCID: PMC4565511.
  17. Liu J, Park YM, Berkowitz SA, Hu Q, Han K, Ortaglia A, McKeown RE, Liese AD. Gender differences in the association between food insecurity and insulin resistance among U.S. adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005-2010. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Sep; 25(9):643-8. PMID: 26189664.
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  18. Berkowitz SA, Percac-Lima S, Ashburner JM, Chang Y, Zai AH, He W, Grant RW, Atlas SJ. Building Equity Improvement into Quality Improvement: Reducing Socioeconomic Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening as Part of Population Health Management. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jul; 30(7):942-9. PMID: 25678378; PMCID: PMC4471039 [Available on 07/01/16].
  19. Berkowitz SA, Meigs JB, DeWalt D, Seligman HK, Barnard LS, Bright OJ, Schow M, Atlas SJ, Wexler DJ. Material need insecurities, control of diabetes mellitus, and use of health care resources: results of the Measuring Economic Insecurity in Diabetes study. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Feb; 175(2):257-65. PMID: 25545780; PMCID: PMC4484589.
  20. Barnard LS, Wexler DJ, DeWalt D, Berkowitz SA. Material need support interventions for diabetes prevention and control: a systematic review. Curr Diab Rep. 2015 Feb; 15(2):574. PMID: 25620406.
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  21. Berkowitz SA, Krumme AA, Avorn J, Brennan T, Matlin OS, Spettell CM, Pezalla EJ, Brill G, Shrank WH, Choudhry NK. Initial choice of oral glucose-lowering medication for diabetes mellitus: a patient-centered comparative effectiveness study. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Dec; 174(12):1955-62. PMID: 25347323.
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  22. Berkowitz SA, Traore CY, Singer DE, Atlas SJ. Evaluating area-based socioeconomic status indicators for monitoring disparities within health care systems: results from a primary care network. Health Serv Res. 2015 Apr; 50(2):398-417. PMID: 25219917; PMCID: PMC4369215.
  23. Berkowitz SA, Gao X, Tucker KL. Food-insecure dietary patterns are associated with poor longitudinal glycemic control in diabetes: results from the Boston Puerto Rican Health study. Diabetes Care. 2014 Sep; 37(9):2587-92. PMID: 24969578; PMCID: PMC4140162.
  24. Berkowitz SA, Karter AJ, Lyles CR, Liu JY, Schillinger D, Adler NE, Moffet HH, Sarkar U. Low socioeconomic status is associated with increased risk for hypoglycemia in diabetes patients: the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 May; 25(2):478-90. PMID: 24858863; PMCID: PMC4034138.
  25. Berkowitz SA, Atlas SJ, Grant RW, Wexler DJ. Individualizing HbA1c targets for patients with diabetes: impact of an automated algorithm within a primary care network. Diabet Med. 2014 Jul; 31(7):839-46. PMID: 24606323; PMCID: PMC4425735.
  26. Berkowitz SA, Seligman HK, Choudhry NK. Treat or eat: food insecurity, cost-related medication underuse, and unmet needs. Am J Med. 2014 Apr; 127(4):303-310.e3. PMID: 24440543.
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  27. Berkowitz SA, Meigs JB, Wexler DJ. Age at type 2 diabetes onset and glycaemic control: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2010. Diabetologia. 2013 Dec; 56(12):2593-600. PMID: 23995472; PMCID: PMC3818392.
  28. Berkowitz SA, Baggett TP, Wexler DJ, Huskey KW, Wee CC. Food insecurity and metabolic control among U.S. adults with diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2013 Oct; 36(10):3093-9. PMID: 23757436; PMCID: PMC3781549.
  29. Baxi S, Lakin J, Lyles CR, Berkowitz S, Horton C, Sarkar U. Points for improvement: performance measurement for glycemic control in diabetes patients in a safety-net population. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2013 Mar; 39(3):109-13. PMID: 23516760.
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  30. Berkowitz SA, Aragon K, Hines J, Seligman H, Lee S, Sarkar U. Do clinical standards for diabetes care address excess risk for hypoglycemia in vulnerable patients? A systematic review. Health Serv Res. 2013 Aug; 48(4):1299-310. PMID: 23445498; PMCID: PMC3725526.
  31. Berkowitz SA, Johansen KL. Behavioral medicine trial design: time for a change-reply. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Sep 24; 172(17):1350-1. PMID: 23752560.
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  32. Feldman MD, Berkowitz SA. Role of behavioral medicine in primary care. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2012 Mar; 25(2):121-7. PMID: 22249080.
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  33. Berkowitz SA, Johansen KL. Does motivational interviewing improve outcomes? Arch Intern Med. 2012 Mar 26; 172(6):463-4. PMID: 22371877.
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  34. Berkowitz SA, Bell RA, Kravitz RL, Feldman MD. Vicarious experience affects patients' treatment preferences for depression. PLoS One. 2012; 7(2):e31269. PMID: 22363603; PMCID: PMC3283627.
  35. Berkowitz SA, Katz MH. Thinking our way to better treatments of chronic pain. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Jan 09; 172(1):10-1. PMID: 22082710.
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  36. Berkowitz SA, Redberg RF. Dramatic increases in carotid stenting despite nonconclusive data. Arch Intern Med. 2011 Nov 14; 171(20):1794-5. PMID: 22083569.
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  37. Grady D, Berkowitz SA. Why is a good clinical prediction rule so hard to find? Arch Intern Med. 2011 Oct 24; 171(19):1701-2. PMID: 22025427.
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  38. Berkowitz SA. Coffee consumption and depression risk: comment on "coffee, caffeine, and risk of depression among women". Arch Intern Med. 2011 Sep 26; 171(17):1578. PMID: 21949168.
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  39. Grady D, Berkowitz SA, Katz MH. Opioids for chronic pain. Arch Intern Med. 2011 Sep 12; 171(16):1426-7. PMID: 21670333.
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