Warren J. Ferguson, MD attended the Boston University School of Medicine where he was a National Health Service Corps scholar. Subsequently, he completed his residency in family medicine at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency. For twenty-seven years, he has provided patient care in two Massachusetts community health centers, where he has served diverse populations in Lawrence and Worcester. He was Medical Director of the Greater Lawrence Family health Center from 1985 to 1989. In 1989, he became Medical Director of the Family Health and Social Service Center in Worcester and was subsequently named Vice President of Medical Services in 1991. Although he still cares for patients at this health center, he now serves as Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and as the medical director of the MassAHEC Network.
He has taught medical students and family practice resident physicians for 21 years, focusing on curriculum development regarding service to underserved populations. He has developed particular expertise and written on practice issues with culturally diverse populations and on teaching methods aimed at improving students' cultural competency. He has led the development of a cultural competence curriculum for the University of Massachusetts Medical School including student and resident curricula, as well as faculty development which was published in Academic Medicine. In 2000, he has been awarded a five-year Cooperative Agreement from HRSA to provide consultations to the National Center for Cultural Competence. He has presented several invited presentations in the area of culturally effective communication to faculty from several disciplines.
His research has focused on solutions to health disparities experienced by underrepresented minorities and persons with limited English proficiency. Additionally, he has researched and written on primary care workforce issues faced by community health centers and on the role of teaching health centers for recruitment and retention of primary care providers in these settings.
Dr. Ferguson has received recognition and awards for his work in these capacities. He was named Medical Director of the Year by the New England Community Health Center Association in 1990 and Outstanding Physician of the Year by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers in 1993. He has received the Director's Award from the U.S. Public Health Service. He was named Massachusetts Family Physician of the Year in 1998 and also received a Special Recognition Award for Teaching by the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1998 and an Educational Achievement Award in 2006.