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Hugh M. Blumenfeld, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Academic Office Location:
Family Medicine
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 860-714-7527

I started med school in 2003 when I was 44 years old. At that point I'd been an English Professor and had spent a decade as a singer-songwriter, touring internationally and recording CDs. I have tried to incorporate my belief that medicine is both an art and a science into both my teaching and my clinical practice. I love family medicine because it takes an inherently holistic approach to patients and their families, stresses patient autonomy and self-care as the foundations of longterm health, and finds beauty in all stages of the human experience, from birth up to and including death. Being a physician is never having to say "There's nothing more we can do."

B.S.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBiology, Humanities
M.A.University of ChicagoEnglish Language & Literature
Ph.D.New York UniversityPoetics
M.D.University of Connecticut School of MedicineFamily Medicine

Post-Graduate Training
ResidencyUniversity of ConnecticutFamily Medicine Resident

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Director of Behavioral Medicine at Asylum Hill Family Medicine CenterAHFM
STFM Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship: One of 16 educators chosen to participate in this year-long fellowship mentored by nationally-recognized leaders in the field of teaching and practicing behavioral health in primary careSociety of Teachers of Family Medicine
Saint Francis Hospital Teaching FellowSaint Francis Hospital / Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation
PCM Physician Teaching Award: Annual award given by first and second year medical students to a physician preceptor in the Principles of Clinical Medicine course.UConn School of Medicine

Behavioral health, palliative medicine, obstetrics, health literacy.

I am Co-Director of Behavioral Health at UConn's Family Medicine Residency Program, helping to develop and teach the year-long Psychosocial curriculum for second-year residents. I supervise residents on the Family Medicine Inpatient Service at St. Francis Hospital and precept them during their outpatient office hours. I have taught Principles of Clinical Medicine to both first and second year medical students. In the third year Family Medicine clerkship, I helped develop and teach the case-based didactic sessions, created paired seminar sessions in Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and supervise students in the clinical setting. I am also a member of the Core Faculty of the Urban Service Track, an interdisciplinary curriculum administered by AHEC; in this role I have helped design cases for and facilitated learning retreats as well as supervising students at community health events.

Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Asylum Hill Family Medicine Informatics Committee: work with faculty, residents and in-house Medical Informatics expert to help customize outpatient Epic EMR for use at our practice.OtherLocal20102016

I have done research in the effects of music on patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries and on premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit; the latter was published in Clinical Pediatrics (2006).

Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Use of Narrative Medicine in Training Family Medicine ResidentsPosterSTFM2016Minneapolis, MN
Music and the Healing ArtsPlenary LectureNew England Region American Music Therapy Association2014CT
Tikkun Olam: Music as a Healing ArtOtherPi Lambda Phi Society of West Virginia University2013West Virginia University, WV