Dr. Fairfield is an internist and health services researcher at CORE. 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 work includes leading the IMPROVE project, which focuses on analyses of large claims and health behavior datasets to understand patterns of health care and the relationships between health care delivery and underlying population health. She also studies and teaches shared decision making models of care. Dr. Fairfield currently collaborates on health care quality initiatives through CORE’s partnership with the Center for Performance Improvement at MaineHealth, and 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.
In addition to her research activities, Dr. Fairfield sees patients and supervises residents in the International and Travel Clinics at MMC. Dr. Fairfield is board certified in Internal Medicine. She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Healthwise), and volunteers as Medical Director for the Portland Community Free Clinic and serves as Chair, Academy Executive Committee.