Ben Kruskal

physician executive in Boston, MA

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Ben Kruskal is a physician executive, pediatrician and infectious disease specialist. He is currently a medical director at the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), a large physician network comprised of both community and academic practices affiliated with Tufts Medical Center. His duties broadly include helping NEQCA practices achieve the IHI Quadruple Aim: lowering cost, improving quality and safety, improving the patient experience, and reducing provider stresses associated with the delivery of care. Initiatives Ben has been involved with at NEQCA include a Medicaid ACO and devising a population health management approach for high needs, high utilization patients.

Ben practiced pediatrics and infectious disease for twenty years, and served for more than 5 years as Chief of Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Atrius Health, a multi-site, multi-specialty group practice/health system in the greater Boston area.

Dr Kruskal is passionately interested in improving how health care is delivered, to make it safer, more effective, more comfortable and comforting for patients, more satisfying for providers, and less expensive. He served in a variety of formal and informal quality improvement roles at Harvard Vanguard/Atrius Health from 1998 to 2018.

Kruskal went to college at the University of Pennsylvania. He attended medical school at New York University, graduating with both an MD and a PhD in cell biology. He did his pediatric residency and pediatric infectious disease fellowship at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center).

Dr Kruskal was on the faculty at Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, doing laboratory research as well as attending in pediatric infectious diseases. His research was supported by the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He collaborated with researchers at Harvard Medical School's Department of Population Medicine and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, focused on the use of electronic systems for surveillance and quality improvement.

Dr. Kruskal has authored more than twenty peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter. He has particular interests in vaccines and travel medicine, as well as the intersection of behavioral health and primary care. He has worked closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, serving on several committees related to vaccines and emergency preparedness.