Co-Director of The Academy

Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health & Community Medicine| Tufts University School of Medicine

Associate Chair for Research & Quality, Department of Medicine

Dr. Fairfield is an internist, medical educator, and health services researcher.  She completed an M.D. at Boston University School of Medicine, followed by internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.  She then completed the Harvard Medical School fellowship in General Medicine, earning an M.P.H. in Clinical Effectiveness, followed by a Dr.P.H. in Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.  After serving on the faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Fairfield joined MMC in 2002.

Dr. Fairfield’s education work includes leading the Certificate in Healthcare Improvement, which trains inter-professional teams and medical students in the Maine Track about improvement science, health care safety, population health, and leadership.  She also co-developed a research course for residents and fellows that has been completed by more than 500 trainees at Maine Medical Center.  Dr. Fairfield also studies and teaches shared decision making models of care and health services research methods.  Dr. Fairfield serves as Associate Chief of Medicine for Research and Quality Improvement at MMC.  She has received research support from the Maine Cancer Foundation, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, American Cancer Society, and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Dr. Fairfield sees patients and supervises residents in the International and Travel Clinics at MMC and is board certified in Internal Medicine.  She also serves as Medical Director for the Portland Community Free Clinic.