Kurt C. Stange, MD, PhD


Home Institution: Case Western Reserve University

Field: Family Medicine and Community Health 

Current Positions:  

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    Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University
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    Dorothy Jones Weatherhead Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University 
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    Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Oncology, and Sociology, Case Western Reserve University
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    Clinical Research Professor, American Cancer Society
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    Editor, Annals of Family Medicine

How can the core values of family medicine and community health can be re-invented in a new era of information
and technology?

Scholar Project


Dr. Stange is examining the integration of relationship-centered care at the crossroads between person and population. His work fosters a dialogue between numbers and narrative, between quantitative and qualitative, between statistic and story.

By iterating between on-the-ground research and development projects, and narrative and scientific writing, Dr. Stange is working to discover how the fundamental primary health care tenets can be carried forward and re-invented by a new generation in the information age.

The research and development work encompasses diverse initiatives at the health care-community/public health interface. The writing involves scientific articles, theory development, policy analysis, narrative non-fiction, and a novel. This work includes mentoring a new generation that is trying to balance individual responsibility with evenhanded opportunity to advance the collective good over individual and group avarice.



Kurt C. Stange, MD, PhD, is a family and public health physician, practicing at Neighborhood Family Practice, a federally-qualified community health center in Cleveland, Ohio.

At Case Western Reserve University he is a Distinguished University Professor, and is the Gertrude Donnelly Hess, MD Professor of Oncology Research, and Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Oncology and Sociology.

He is an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, and serves as editor for the Annals of Family Medicine (www.AnnFamMed.org). He is working on Promoting Health Across Boundaries (www.PHAB.us). He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences.

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Dr. Stange serves and has served in numerous leadership and educational roles. His research uses participatory, multimethod, systems science-informed approaches that aim to understand and improve primary health care and community health. This includes basic science investigation to reveal how health care can be integrated, personalized, prioritized and linked with public health, to foster healthy individuals, families and communities. His highly collaborative lines of investigation are advancing understanding of cancer prevention and control, how care can be improved for people with multiple chronic conditions, how patient strengths can be effectively brought into health care, and how multiple sectors can work together to improve the health of their community.

Education & Training

Certificate, Physician Executive Institute, Health Systems Management Center, Weatherhead School of  Management, Case Western Reserve University

PhD, University of North Carolina School of Public Health

MD, Albany Medical College

AB, Dartmouth College


Selected Honors

Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University, 2014

Max Cheplove Award, New York State
Academy of Family Physicians, 2013

Family Medicine Mentorship Award, CWRU School of Medicine, 2013

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Family Medicine Education Consortium's Champion of Family Medicine Award, 2012

Curtis G. Hames Research Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2012

American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship, 2007-2017

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Award for best peer-reviewed research paper, 2011

American Cancer Society Cuyahoga County Unit Cancer Hall of Fame Award in Research, 2006

Maurice Saltzman Award, Mount Sinai Health Care Foundation, 2005

Charles Kent Smith Faculty Award, 2004

Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, 1999

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar, 1994-1998          

Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine, 1991

Kenneth G. Reeb, MD Award for Excellence in Teaching, CWRU/University Hospitals Family Practice Residency Program, 1990

Commendation from the Medical Assistants at the University Hospital Family Practice Center, 1989

Certificate of Merit from the (US) Secretary of Health & Human Services “For a Proposal for an Innovative Approach to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,” 1988

William J. “Terry” Kane, MD Award for Excellence in Clinical Family Medicine, Duke-Watts Family Medicine Program, 1986          

Chief Resident, Duke-Watts Family Medicine Program, 1985-1986

The Anna Perkins Award in Family Medicine, Albany Medical College, 1983

Alpha Omega Alpha, Albany Medical College, 1982

Highest Distinction in Biology, Dartmouth College, 1979


Selected Publications 

A Participatory Model of the Paradox of
Primary Care, Annals of Family Medicine,

Understanding care integration from the
ground up: five organizing constructs that
shape integrated practices. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 2015. 

Learning Evaluation: blending quality improvement and implementation
research methods to study healthcare innovations
, Implementation Science, 2015. 

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