Michael Barry has returned full time to MGH to direct the Informed Medical Decisions Program (IMDP). Dr. Barry is a champion of shared decision making. As a physician-researcher, Michael has spent his career studying various aspects of shared decision making and putting into practice the knowledge that he’s gained. He has dedicated his career to informing and amplifying the patient’s voice in health care decisions. His research interests include defining the outcomes of different strategies for the evaluation and treatment of prostate diseases; decision analysis; health status measurement; clinical quality improvement; and the use of decision aids to facilitate patients’ participation in decision making. He has led prominent research studies, including the Patient Outcome Research Team for Prostatic Diseases, and has participated as a leader in many other clinical trials and patient outcome studies
Dr. Barry is a past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He served as Chief Science Officer at Healthwise and was president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians. He previously served as chief of the General Medicine Unit at MGH. As a teacher, he served as Director of the MGH Primary Care Residency in Internal Medicine, and he won the inaugural MGH Medical Services’ Alfred Kranes Teaching Award. Dr. Barry continues to practice adult primary care at MGH. Dr. Barry has also recently been selected as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. He continues to practice primary care at Internal Medicine Associates.
Michael holds an MD from the University of Connecticut Health Center and completed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital and his fellowship at Harvard Medical School.