Barbara Starfield

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Barbara Starfield (2010)

Barbara Starfield (Brooklyn - New York City, December 18, 1932 / Menlo Park - California, June 10, 2011) was an American pediatrician. She was an advocate for primary health care worldwide. Her academic and professional life was almost fully dedicated to the Johns Hopkins University.


Starfield studied medicine between 1954 and 1959 at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and graduated magna cum laude. She specialized in pediatrics between 1959 and 1962 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She obtained her Masters in Public Health in 1963 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

She was placed in charge of the Department of Health Policy and Management of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore in 1994.[1]

Her books have been translated into several languages. She was a member of many scientific societies, and an adviser for many official healthcare institutions around the world. She was a member of the editorial board and a reviewer for several internationally renowned medical journals.[2][3][4][5]

She led projects to develop important methodological tools, including the Primary Care Assessment Tool, the CHIP tools (to assess adolescent and child health status), and the Johns Hopkins Adjusted Clinical Groups (ACGs) for assessment of diagnosed morbidity burdens reflecting degrees of co-morbidity.[6] Starfield was the co-founder and first president of the International Society for Equity in Health, a scientific organization devoted to the dissemination of knowledge about the determinants of inequity in health and finding ways to eliminate them. Her work thus focuses on quality of care, health status assessment, primary care evaluation, and equity in health.[7]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1990: Research Award, Ambulatory Pediatric Association
  • 2000: Honorary Fellow, Royal College of General Practitioners (UK).
  • 2000: Maurice Wood Lifetime Achievement Award, North American Primary Care Research Group
  • 2002: Lifetime Achievement Award, Ambulatory Pediatric Association.
  • 2002: Morehouse School of Medicine Excellence in Primary Care Award.
  • 2004: Baxter International Foundation Prize for Health Services Research.
  • 2005: John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • 2005: Doctora honoris causa por la University of Montreal
  • 2006: Avedis Donabedian Award for Leadership in Quality of Care, Avedis Donabedian Foundation.
  • 2007: Fifth Annual Award for Excellence and Innovation and Value Purchasing. National Business Group on Health, Washington DC.
  • 2007: Avedis Donabedian Award for Quality Improvement. American Public Health Association (Medical Care Section), Washington DC.



Scientific articles[edit]


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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Barbara Starfield. Official curriculum vitae.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Perancho I. El médico de familia debería cobrar más que el cardiólogo. El Mundo. 10/03/2007; (701 Supl Salud).
  3. ^ Marcille J. An evidence base for Primary Care: a conversation with Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH. Managed Care. June 2008.
  4. ^ Arvantes J. Barbara Starfield, M.D., Focuses on Primary Care and Health Care Reform. AAFP News Now. 9/2/2009. Archived March 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Roberts R. President, 2010-2013 World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca). 12 June 2011. Archived March 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Barbara Starfiel biography. 16th Nordic Conference on General Practice. Copenhagen, Denmark; May 13-16, 2009.
  7. ^ Furler J, Harris E, Baum F, Dixon J, Lawless A, Maceira D, Nolen LB, Starfield B. An International Society and Journal for Equity in Health: 10 years on. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2011; 10:11. doi:10.1186/1475-9276-10-11


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