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William T. Lester, M.D.


1986 - 1987
Chimes Honorary
1987 - 1989
Eta Kappa Nu
1997 - 1997
Alpha Omega Alpha
2004 - 2004
Award Winner MGH Clinical Research Day: FastTrack to Improved Hyperlipidemia Management: Closing the

My work in medical informatics is the product of my clinical experience in internal medicine with my engineering and medical informatics training. My research focuses on increasing the effectiveness of clinical information systems as it relates to improving evidence based care. By examining physician workflow and identifying and overcoming barriers to effective disease management in primary and specialty care, my health services research activities have focused on improving hyperlipidemia disease management, increasing preventative cancer screening rates and improving timely evidence-based HIV care. I have taken advantage of my expertise in system design and engineering to develop and test hypotheses regarding improved information delivery and medical decision making at the point of care. My work also investigates novel ways to improve care with non-visit and population-based quality improvement interventions. By collaborating with others, I have worked to more completely understand physician decision making in order to lay the groundwork for designing interventions to improve diabetes management in primary and specialty care.

As an instructor, I have focused my efforts on medical student and residency training in primary care internal medicine, urgent care and in medical informatics. I have mentored students for both research and clinically related endeavors. In my role as assistant fellowship director in medical informatics, I advise Biomedical Informatics research fellows for research and thesis projects on an individual basis and I run formal academic meetings for our laboratory. I also serve as preceptor for residents in internal medicine completing their primary care rotations as well as for medical students on core medicine clerkships.

As a primary care clinician, from the beginning of my medical training, I have placed high value on the quality longitudinal relationship that develops between physician and patient. In addition to maintaining a wonderfully rewarding primary care panel and to maintain a broad clinical exposure I see my own inpatients on the wards and continue practicing weekly in The Internal Medicine Associates Urgent Care Clinic.

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.