Marshall Chin, MD, MPH

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH

Richard Parrillo Family Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine Associate Chief and Director, General Internal Medicine Research
Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics

Director, Finding Answers: Solving Disparities Through Payment and Delivery System Reform

Co-Director, Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, is a general internist with extensive experience improving the care of vulnerable patients with chronic disease. He has worked to advance diabetes care and outcomes on the South Side through health care system and community interventions. He also leads initiatives to improve health strategies at a national level as director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)'s Finding Answers: Solving Disparities Through Payment and Delivery System Reform Program Office and Co-Director of the Merck Foundation's Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care National Program Office.

Dr. Chin performed many of the key research studies informing how to improve diabetes care and outcomes in federally-qualified health centers serving vulnerable populations with limited resources.  His work over the past decade leading RWJF’s Finding Answers program led to the creation of the Roadmap to Reduce Disparities. Current projects include improving diabetes outcomes in real-world settings, reducing health disparities by transforming the way care is organized and paid for, enhancing care by facilitating partnerships between the health care system and other sectors such as food and housing, and improving shared decision making among clinicians and LGBTQ people of color.

In addition to his clinical and research roles, Dr. Chin is a teacher and award-winning mentor, committed to providing opportunities for trainees. As co-director of the Summer Program in Outcomes Research Training (SPORT), Dr. Chin educates faculty, fellows and students about outcomes research methods — to better understand and improve quality of care. 

An expert in health care disparities in medicine, Dr. Chin frequently is invited to present his work at national conferences and serve on policy committees. He serves on the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities National Advisory Council and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Preventive Services Task Force. He co-chairs the National Quality Forum (NQF) Disparities Standing Committee and is a former President of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). Dr. Chin was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017.

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American College of Physicians
  • Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Society for Medical Decision Making
  • American Public Health Association
  • AcademyHealth
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators

Practicing Since

  • 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine


  • Brigham and Women's Hospital


  • Brigham and Women's Hospital


  • Brigham and Women's Hospital

Other Grad Education

  • Harvard University,MPH

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