• Clinical Professor, Global Health
  • Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
  • Senior Advisor, Global to Local
  • Senior Program Officer, Washington Global Health Alliance

Seattle, WA
United States

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Jonathan R. Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H. is CEO of Global to Local, a Seattle-based nonprofit whose mission is to advance health equity and improve health in U.S. communities through application of best practices from around the world.

Prior to his service at Global to Local, he served for nearly two decades as President and CEO of Qualis Health, a Seattle-based non-profit recognized as a national leader in population health. He has authored over 90 papers and book chapters on topics such as diabetes mellitus, health problems of American Indians and quality of care among Medicare beneficiaries. He has served as a leader in a number of professional organizations, including as President of the American Health Quality Association, President of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality, and as a member of Executive Committee of the American Medical Association–convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.

Dr. Sugarman is a graduate of Harvard College, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

  • MD (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
  • MPH (University of Washington)
  • Arts Bachelor (Harvard University)
Country Affiliations 
Health Topics 
  • Chronic Disease (incl. Cardiovascular, Diabetes)
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community-Based Primary Health Care
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Bearden T, Ratcliffe HL, Sugarman JR et al. Empanelment: A foundational component of primary health care. Gates Open Research. 2019; 3:1654 (https://doi.org/10.12688/gatesopenres.13059.1

Sugarman JR, Smith-Jones K, Franzen M, Bearden T. Primary Care in the United States: Lessons to Inform Global Efforts to Improve Primary Care. Seattle: Qualis Health, 2017.

Sugarman JR, Phillips KE, Wagner EH, Coleman K, Abrams MK. The Safety Net Medical Home Initiative: Transforming Care for Vulnerable Populations. Medical Care. 2014 Nov; 52(11 Suppl 4): S1-S10.