James Richter, MD

James Michael Richter, MD, is a Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and Medical and Masters Degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and later a clinical and research fellowship in gastroenterology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Richter practices consultative and endoscopic gastroenterology. Dr. Richter has an established interest in healthcare systems development and quality management, infectious, and inflammatory enteric diseases. He served as a Trustee of the Partners Community Healthcare; the community network that is a part of the Partners HealthCare System and Trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Physicians Corporation and its successor, the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization between 1992 and 2002. There he chaired the Managed Care, Medical Management, Medical Policy Committees and Clinical Performance Management Task Force. He was Chief Medical Officer of the Caritas Christi Health Care System from 2002 through 2004.

Dr. Richter served as a member of the Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners and the Massachusetts Medical Society Information Technology and Quality of Care Committees. He is recently the chair of the Society for General Internal Medicine National Clinical Practice Committee which is responsible for quality of care, practice management, and applications of clinical information technology. He currently serves on the advisory committee to CMS developing the criteria for episodes of care for MIPS and MACRA.

He continues to have an active leadership role in medical management, safety and quality of care improvement at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His research interests include the effectiveness of care of the adult patient with digestive disease, screening for colorectal cancer, quality management in healthcare and healthcare systems development and improvement. He has contributed over 180 original papers and chapters to the medical literature.


Posts by James Richter, MD

Just do it… yourself: At-home colorectal cancer screening

Colonoscopy remains the best way to detect colorectal cancer, but there are at-home screening tests that do not involve the pre-test bowel clearing that many find uncomfortable.