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Sandrine Motamed

(Switzerland) Senior Resident Division of Primary Care Medicine, University Hospitals, Geneva Chief Scientific Resident Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva

Harkness Project Title: 

1) National Policy and Communities: What do Health Leaders Think of Community Participation and of the Impact of Health Reform on Communities?

2) Organizing a Primary Health Care System to Bring Health for All: What we Can Learn from the Case of the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County?

Mentors: Anne Rossier Markus J.D., Ph.D., Bruce Siegel, M.D., and Carol Beasley (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) 

Placement: George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Sandrine Motamed, M.D., a 2009–10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, is chief resident in the division of primary care medicine, University Hospitals Geneva, working both in the field and to train family practitioners. She is also chief scientific resident at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Geneva, where her research and teaching revolves around community-centered health; her research focuses on combining internal medicine with public health. Motamed is currently leading a project that received $35 million in funding to implement a village model of primary care in a small town outside Geneva that combines health and social care and which integrates concepts of urban planning, mobility, and social links between generations. She is also developing new professional profiles for doctors and pharmacists to address the evolving need of the population. Motamed holds a medical doctorate, a specialist F.M.H. (Swiss Medical Association training) in internal medicine, a master's in advanced studies in public health, and a F.M.H. professional examination in prevention and public health.

Project: Motamed’s first project explored health leaders’ perception of the potential impact of the new policies on communities. She organized a one-day international Symposium with an international panel of policymakers, experts, community leaders and providers of safety-net services to discuss the process of community participation. Motamed’s second project, a case study, explored whether and how the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County meets various measures of high performance and community participation.

Career Activity since Fellowship

  • Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care, Geneva University Hospitals

Current positions: (updated 7/2017)

  • Senior Lecturer, Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva
  • Director, Geneva Association for Community Development 
  • Physician, Magellen Medical Center

Email: [email protected]

Harkness-Related Publications

Motamed S, Rifkin S. “Experiences of community participation and health policy: Comparisons, capacity building, contribution: A symposium held in Washington D.C., on April 16, 2010.” Published by Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IMSP). Geneva. 2011.