Kurt C. Stange, MD, PhD

Director
Center for Community Health Integration
School of Medicine
Distinguished University Professor
Dorothy Jones Weatherhead Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Professor
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
School of Medicine
Professor
Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
School of Medicine
Member
Cancer Prevention
Control & Population Research Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Stange is a family and public health physician, practicing at Neighborhood Family Practice, a federally-qualified community health center in Cleveland, Ohio.  For more than two decades he’s been learning and applying complexity science principles to try make sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to fit neatly into little boxes and straight paths.  He uses complexity science to guide and interpret mixed qualitative and quantitative research, and more recently he has been working on participatory methods to advance community health and to develop computer simulation models of primary health care and patient-centered and population health outcomes.  He serves as editor for the Annals of Family Medicine, and is an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor.  At The Institute for Integrative Health, he is a Scholar.  He is working on Promoting Health Across Boundaries, and is active in practice-based, multimethod, participatory research and development that aims to understand and improve primary health care and community health.  He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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Kurt C. Stange, MD, PhD is a family and public health physician who serves as Director of the Center for Community Health Integration (CHI).  In that role, he is working to quietly nurture research and development for community health and for integrated, personalized care, and to develop the capacity for shared learning for collective impact.

At Case Western Reserve University he is a Distinguished University Professor and is the Dorothy Jones Weatherhead Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Family Medicine & Community Health, Population & Quantitative Health Sciences, Oncology, Sociology, and General Medical Sciences.  For the Cleveland Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative he serves as a co-leader of the Community & Collaboration Shared Resource, and for the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center he is co-director of the Multimethod Cancer Outcomes Shared Resource.

With Rebecca Etz, PhD at Virginia Commonwealth University, he serves as co-director of the Larry A. Green Center for the Advancement of Primary Health Care for the Public Good.  The Green Center is working to measure what matters in family medicine and primary care. He is an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, editor for the Annals of Family Medicine and serves as chair-elect for the Board of OCHIN a not-for-profit health information and innovation network.  At The Institute for Integrative Health, he is a Scholar.  He practices at Neighborhood Family Practice a federally-qualified community health center in Cleveland, Ohio.  

He is working on Promoting Health Across Boundaries and is active in multimethod, participatory research and development that aims to understand and improve primary health care and community health. Recently he has been working to develop system science models that allow the complexity of primary health care and community health to be understood and acted upon. He has conducted many mixed methods quality improvement trials in health care, and research and demonstration projects at the interface between health care and community health.  His research and development work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Health Care Research & Quality, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, and others. He is a member of the Academy of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Research Information

Research Interests

  • The generalist function
  • Primary health care
  • Practice-based research
  • Community health
  • Integrated quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Complex systems modeling
  • Narrative inquiry

External Appointments

Community Hospital Medical Staff
Lutheran Hospital, Cleveland Clinic

Publications

Residencies, Internships and Fellowships

Fellow in Preventive Medicine Residency
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1988