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Joseph LeMaster, MD, MPH

MD: University of Kansas
Master of Public Health: University of Washington

Publications: Joseph LeMaster

Dr. LeMaster completed his MD at the University of Kansas in 1985. After completing a Family Medicine residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth, TX he spent a decade in Nepal (1990-2000) participating in international primary and preventive health care projects.

After completing a Master of Public Health degree in 2002 at the University of Washington, he was a faculty member at the University of Missouri Columbia from 2002-2011. While there, he completed a number of clinical trials and practice-based studies that aimed to improve diabetic self-management behavior and prevent diabetic complications, especially foot ulcers and amputations. He returned to the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2011, at which time he re-focused his research and clinical efforts on the provision of primary care to a panel of refugees and others with limited English proficiency.

Since then, he has conducted a number of studies funded by local foundations and the National Institutes of Health to improve health and healthcare outcomes for people with limited English proficiency. Most notably, he helped co-lead a series of 3 "Pipeline" projects funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which led to an additional PCORI Eugene Washington engagement award (2019-2020) in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network, for which he serves as a Senior Scientist, entitled Building PCOR Capacity with Newcomer Patients in Practice-based Research Networks.

He currently also serves as the Health Advisor/Local Health Officer for the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. He is a member of the Board of NAPCRG (the premiere research organization for primary care research globally) and the Chair of the "Committee for the Advancement of the Science of Family Medicine."

He also advises the 'Bulldoc Clinic', which is conducted weekly in an urban high school in Kansas City, Kansas, in collaboration with a student board of directors that governs the clinic.

He was the 2015-2016 recipient of the Rainbow Award, awarded each year by the University of Kansas Medical Student Assembly in conjunction with the Dean of the School of Medicine to honor a KUMC physician who displays outstanding professionalism and excellence in medicine, and imparts these characteristics to their students, and is the Chair of the Research Committee for the KUMC School of Medicine Academy of Medical Educators.

Research Foci:

  1. Improving primary care for patients with limited English proficiency
  2. Participatory Health Research
  3. Primary Care Research Methodology
Last modified: Jul 07, 2020


Joseph LeMaster, MD, MPH