Kurt C. Stange, MD, PhD

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Home Institution: Case Western Reserve University

Field: Family Medicine and Community Health 

Current Positions:

My Driving Question

How can the core values of family medicine and community health can be re-invented in a new era of information and technology?

Scholar Project 


Dr. Stange is examining the integration of relationship-centered care at the crossroads between person and population. His work fosters a dialogue between numbers and narrative, between quantitative and qualitative, between statistic and story.

By iterating between on-the-ground research and development projects, and narrative and scientific writing, Dr. Stange is working to discover how the fundamental primary health care tenets can be carried forward and re-invented by a new generation in the information age.

The research and development work encompasses diverse initiatives at the health care-community/public health interface. The writing involves scientific articles, theory development, policy analysis, narrative non-fiction, and a novel. This work includes mentoring a new generation that is trying to balance individual responsibility with evenhanded opportunity to advance the collective good over individual and group avarice.


Kurt C. Stange, MD, PhD, is a family and public health physician, practicing at Neighborhood Family Practice, a federally-qualified community health center in Cleveland, Ohio. 

At Case Western Reserve University he is a Distinguished University Professor, and is the Gertrude Donnelly Hess, MD Professor of Oncology Research, and Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Oncology and Sociology.

He is an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, and serves as editor for the Annals of Family Medicine (www.AnnFamMed.org). He is working on Promoting Health Across Boundaries (www.PHAB.us). He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Stange serves and has served in numerous leadership and educational roles. His research uses participatory, multimethod, systems science-informed approaches that aim to understand and improve primary health care and community health. This includes basic science investigation to reveal how health care can be integrated, personalized, prioritized and linked with public health, to foster healthy individuals, families and communities. His highly collaborative lines of investigation are advancing understanding of cancer prevention and control, how care can be improved for people with multiple chronic conditions, how patient strengths can be effectively brought into health care, and how multiple sectors can work together to improve the health of their community.

Education and Training
  • Certificate, Physician Executive Institute, Health Systems Management Center, Weatherhead School of  Management, Case Western Reserve University
  • PhD, University of North Carolina School of Public Health
  • MD, Albany Medical College
  • AB, Dartmouth College
Selected Honors
  • Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University, 2014 
  • Max Cheplove Award, New York State Academy of Family Physicians, 2013
  • Family Medicine Mentorship Award, CWRU School of Medicine, 2013
  • Family Medicine Education Consortium’s Champion of Family Medicine Award, 2012
  • Curtis G. Hames Research Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2012
  • American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship, 2007-2017
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Award for best peer-reviewed research paper, 2011
  • American Cancer Society Cuyahoga County Unit Cancer Hall of Fame Award in Research, 2006
  • Maurice Saltzman Award, Mount Sinai Health Care Foundation, 2005
  • Charles Kent Smith Faculty Award, 2004
  • Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, 1999
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar, 1994-1998
  • Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine, 1991
  • Kenneth G. Reeb, MD Award for Excellence in Teaching, CWRU/University Hospitals Family Practice Residency Program, 1990
  • Commendation from the Medical Assistants at the University Hospital Family Practice Center, 1989
  • Certificate of Merit from the (US) Secretary of Health & Human Services “For a Proposal for an Innovative Approach to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,” 1988
  • William J. “Terry” Kane, MD Award for Excellence in Clinical Family Medicine, Duke-Watts Family Medicine Program, 1986
  • Chief Resident, Duke-Watts Family Medicine Program, 1985-1986
  • The Anna Perkins Award in Family Medicine, Albany Medical College, 1983
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Albany Medical College, 1982
  • Highest Distinction in Biology, Dartmouth College, 1979
Selected Publications