Dr. Alfred Tallia, MD, MPH, serves as Senior Medical Advisor for Care Navigator Inc. Dr. Tallia is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick. He received his B.S. in biological sciences from Fordham University, his M.D. from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and his M.P.H. in healthcare organization and administration from Rutgers. He completed family medicine residency and fellowships at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. A university Master Educator, he serves in many university leadership roles, and is a Fellow in the Rutgers Center for Organizational Development and Leadership.
Earlier in his career, in addition to managing a university affiliated primary care corporation, he served as vice chair and associate director of research, during which time he fostered the growth of the Family Medicine department’s health system change and quality of care oriented research, which ranks among the top schools in external funding. The author of a popular medical review textbook in its 8th edition, and more than 100 published abstracts, book chapters, and scientific publications, he has been principal or co- principal investigator of multiple broadly funded grants focused on health system quality of care, organization, and function. While leading the medical school's flagship New Brunswick based residency, recognized for providing innovative community based training for family physicians, he won the STFM national Research Award for the landmark study (Academic Medicine 1994) that demonstrated family medicine residencies reduce patient care costs for hospitals and the healthcare system.
In 2010 he conceptualized and initiated development of Robert Wood Johnson Partners which serves to bring the research, educational, and clinical resources of Rutgers University and the Robert Wood Johnson Health System to solve contemporary problems in health care delivery for patients across the socioeconomic spectrum. During his time as the founding executive director, this clinically integrated system grew to serve more than 35,000 Medicare and commercially insured lives in seven counties of central New Jersey, included a network of more than 200 primary care and 700 specialty care physicians, five hospitals, and multiple post-acute facilities, and met quality and financial targets to achieve shared savings. RWJ Partners was recognized in October 2015 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of ‘100 ACOs to Know.’
Nationally, he is a respected member of the executive board (board of directors) of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the organization responsible for development and oversight of competency assessments for physicians in the United States. In addition, he chairs the Composite Committee governing the United States Medical Licensing Examination program, the common licensure assessment pathway for all foreign and domestic medical school graduates. He also has served on the executive committee of the Washington-based Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, the coalition of Fortune 500 payers, providers, and consumers advancing healthcare reform, and on the boards of Horizon (Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey) Health Innovations, and the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System. He continues to serve on boards of numerous other public and private health-related organizations.