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  • The Physician-In-Chief: Bringing Hospital and Community Together

  • Michael Fine, MD

    Family practice physician Michael Fine, MD, is physician-in-chief of the family and community medicine department at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital.

    Fine notes that Rhode Island has lagged behind the national average in the number of family practice physicians but is catching up. As a result, the department of family and community medicine focuses on helping to develop family practices in communities that need them, and improving relationships between the community, the physicians and the hospital.

    More about Fine:

    • Fine, a 2005 Medicine as a Profession/Soros Advocacy Fellow, is past president of the Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians.
    • He is board chair of the Occupational and Environmental Health Center of Rhode Island.
    • Fine also serves on the National Advisory Council to the National Health Service Corps and the Primary Care Physician's Advisory Committee to the Rhode Island Department of Health.

    Fine believes the specialty of family practice means working with the community as a whole to best serve patients' needs, with a focus on access.

    For more information about the department of family and community medicine call  401-444-4007 (Rhode Island Hospital) or 401-793-7444 (The Miriam Hospital), or visit the department online.