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Robert L. Ferrer, M.D., MPH

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Dr. Robert L. Ferrer is John M. Smith, Jr. Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. 

Dr. Ferrer is a practicing family physician with research interests at the interface of primary care and public health, including primary care transformation and quality improvement, social determinants of health, and applications of complexity science to health and health care. He has been principal investigator on grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, as well as other state and local funders. 

Currently, he also serves as Director of Community Engagement for UTHSCSA’s Clinical Translational Science Award. Since 2009, he has been an associate editor for the Annals of Family Medicine. In 2002, he received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar award. From 2007-09 he served on the AHRQ Innovations Exchange initial Expert Panel. 

Dr. Ferrer is active in community health initiatives, serving as chair of the leadership team for San Antonio’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant from the CDC and also as a member of the core group for the Bexar County Health Collaborative’s Community Health Improvement Plan.

Research Interests:

Primary care practice improvement, primary prevention of chronic disease, social determinants of health, and applications of complexity science to health and health care.

Selected Publications:

Becho J, Burge S, Ferrer RL, Wood R, Katerndahl DA. Serendipitous intervention among women experiencing intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Violence. In Press.

Katerndahl DA, Burge SK, Becho J, Wood R, Ferrer RLDifferences in social network structure and support among women in violent relationships. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. In press.

Katerndahl DA, Burge SK, Ferrer RL, Becho, J, Wood, R. Understanding intimate partner violence dynamics using mixed methods. Families, Systems & Health 2012 Jun;30(2):141-153.

Patel NK, Newstead AH, Ferrer RLThe Effects of yoga on physical functioning and health related quality of life in older adults - A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Alternative Complementary Med. 2012 August 21 epub ahead of print.

Professor & Vice Chair for Research
Family & Community Medicine


MPH, Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, 1991

M.D., Medicine, Hahnemann University School of Medicine, 1986

B.A., Biology, The Johns Hopkins University, 1982



Phone: (210) 358-3930

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