Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, is executive director of Ariadne Labs and a global expert on primary care policy and delivery. He previously served as director of Ariadne Labs’ Primary Health Care Program. He is a core founder of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a partnership that includes the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation dedicated to transforming the global state of primary health care.
In his research, Dr. Bitton has examined the rapid rise of chronic diseases throughout Polynesia, implemented global public health treaties to reduce the burden of tobacco use, and improved the measurement and delivery of primary care in Ghana, Costa Rica, and Estonia. A nationally recognized expert on U.S. health policy, he also serves as a senior advisor for primary care policy at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In this role since 2012, he has helped design and test three major comprehensive primary care payment and delivery initiatives, now active in 26 states and 3,000 practices that serve more than three million Medicare beneficiaries.
Dr. Bitton practices primary care at Brigham and Women’s South Huntington clinic, a team-based primary care practice in Boston that he helped found nearly 10 years ago. He is an assistant professor of medicine and health care policy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency and chief residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has a master’s in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.