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

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Academic Office Location:
Family Medicine Center at Asylum Hill
99 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: 860-714-1414
Fax: 860-714-8079

Before becoming a physician, I'd already been an English Professor and then a touring folk musician. I love family medicine because it embraces the art of medicine as much as the science. 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 family doctor is never having to say "There's nothing more we can do" to a patient or to those they love.


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
FellowshipSTFM: Society for Teachers of Family MedicineBehavioral Health and Family Systems Educator Fellowship: 1 year program including intensive workshops at 3 national conferences, monthly phone conferences with mentors, completion of a research project and poster presentation at STFM conference in Minneapolis, MN May 2016.

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
2023 STFM Writing Award - Essay Category. For "The Collar"Soc for Teachers of Family Medicine
Urban Service Track Faculty Teaching AwardUST/AHEC
Primary Care Leadership AwardConnecticut Center for Primary Care
Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP). Recognizes excellence through achievements and service in the field of family medicine.American Academy of Family Physicians
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. "Recognizes graduating students and faculty members who demonstrate both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who show respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues."Gold Humanism Society
Jay Healey Memorial Speaker (faculty keynote), UConn SOM Convocation 2017UConn SOM
Academic Merit Evaluation: Superior Performance in Teaching.
STFM Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellow: Completed year-long national fellowship in the teaching and practicing of behavioral health in primary care. One of sixteen educators chosen annually.Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Saint Francis Hospital Faculty 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
Jay Healey Memorial Speaker (faculty keynote), UConn SOM Convocation 2012UConn SOM

Behavioral health: I provide a weekly primary care psychiatry clinic at our office. 
Palliative care: I am a Medical Director for a hospice program.
Obstetrics: We deliver babies. 
Narrative Medicine: I use storytelling (in essays, poems, songs and art) to promote healing for both patients and care providers.

As Director of Behavioral Medicine at UConn's Family Medicine Residency Program, I teach community medicine, primary care psychiatry, and the ethical use of evidence based medicine and narrative medicine. I also supervise residents during their clinical work, both in our Hartford office and at Saint Francis Hospital, including obstetrics. My work with medical students starts with courses in basic clinical medicine skills for first and second year students, moving on to advanced subjects and clinical experiences for third year students during their Family Medicine clerkship and fourth year students doing sub-internship.

I am also a core faculty member in the Urban Service Track program (UST), an interprofessional education program administered by AHEC, which includes learning retreats focusing on the care of at-risk populations as well as hands-on community service activities from free migrant farm worker clinics to blood pressure screening events.

Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Bioethics and Medical Humanities Interest Group, Faculty Advisor, 2021 -OtherFaculty AdvisorUConn HealthUniversity2021
Gold Humanism Society. Help plan and participate in events promoting humanistic values in medical training and patient care.Professional/Scientific OrganizationmemberUConn HealthNational2017
Reviewer for Family Medicine (Journal): Review research articles and personal essays for submission.Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational2017
Reviewer for Familes, Systems and Health (Journal): Review research articles and personal essays for submission.Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational2017
Anastomoses, UCHC Literary Magazine.OtherFaculty AdvisorUConn HealthUniversity20172021
Editorial Board, Echos (Saint Francis Hospital literary magazine). Help to solicit, choose and edit contributions for this annual publication that promotes community and humanistic patient care.Editorial BoardCo-EditorExternalLocal2016
Connecticut Reach Out and Read, Board of Trustees. Assisted with event planning, fundraising and medical provider outreach for this non-profit organization that promotes early literacy as a fundamental part of lifelong health by distributing books to children during their Well Child Visits.Community Serviceboard memberExternalState20142015
Urban Service Track Core Faculty: in addition to teaching and curriculum design activities noted elsewhere, faculty meets twice annually to review curriculum, student evaluations and program goals.Education CommitteememberUConn HealthUniversity2010
Connecticut Association of Family Physicians (CAFP)Professional/Scientific OrganizationmemberExternalState2010
American Academy of Family PhysiciansProfessional/Scientific OrganizationmemberExternalNational2010
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)Professional/Scientific OrganizationmemberExternalNational2010

I have done clinical research in the effects of music on patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries and on premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. I have presented at national conferences on several topics concerning medical education from traditional storytelling to the use of hand-held technology.

I have served as faculty advisor and primary investigator for medical students doing research in the area of health care access.



  • The Yoke
    Hugh Blumenfeld Echos (Saint Francis Hospital literary journal, published annually) 2016 Mar;2



  • Hugh Blumenfeld MD, David Nathan MD Op Ed/CT Viewpoints: "Physician Perspective: Advance public health through the legalization and regulation of cannabis 2021 May;1
  • "Corporis Humani Ossa"
    Imagining Vesalius: An Ekphrastic, Scholarly and Literary Celebration of the 1543 De Humani Corporis Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius. Ed. Richard Ratzan. Univ of California Medical Humanities Press. 2020. 2020 Aug;85
  • Op-Ed: "Hartford Physician: Connecticut should legalize marijuana"
    Blumenfeld, Hugh Hartford Courant 2019 May;
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Ethics Based Medicine: A modest proposal regarding publishing standards for clinical evidenceLectureUniversity of Wisconsin SOM2023Milwaukee, WI
Empathy, Ethics and Aesthetics: What if empathy is not what you think it is? Providence RI, 10/15/23LectureFamily Medicine Education Consortium/Annual Conference2023Providence, RI
Ethics Based Medicine: A modest proposal regarding publishing standards for clinical evidence, Milwaukee WI 9/7/23LectureUniv of Wisconsin SOM, Forum on Behavioral Science in Family Medicine2023Milwaukee, WI
"Narrative Medicine: creating a monthly writer's group in an interprofessional hospital setting" (co-presented with Tracy Fox, RM)TalkForum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine2020Virtual/online
"Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics": From Evidence to EthicsTalk41st Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine2020Virtual / Online
"The Dementias: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"LectureMasonicare Home Health and Hospice2020East Hartford CT
"Leaning into Suffering: Personal growth and wellness through empathy."LectureForum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine, Annual Conference2019Chicago, IL
"The rise of primary care psychiatry and the fall of the DSM-5"PosterCollaborative Family Healthcare Association2019Denver, CO
"Medical Marijuana: Legal use of Cannabis for select medical conditions"Panel DiscussionMiddlesex Medical Society2019Middlesex Hospital, Middletown CT
"Art and Medicine" (with Richard Ratzan MD and Alfred Herzog MD)Panel DiscussionGold Humanism Society2017UCHC
"Improving documentation and safety of long-term anticoagulation therapy: A Quality Improvement Project" One of several authors of this clinical team project.PosterConnecticut Academy of Family Physicians2017CAFP Annual Scientific Symposium, Southington, CT
Use of Narrative Medicine in Training Family Medicine ResidentsPosterSTFM/Annual Conference2016Minneapolis, MN
Music and the Healing Arts (Keynote speaker)Plenary LectureNew England Region American Music Therapy Association annual conference2014New England Region American Music Therapy Association annual conference, CT
Tikkun Olam: Music as a Healing ArtOtherPi Lambda Phi Society of West Virginia University2013West Virginia University, WV
Diagnosing and Treating Anxiety: What Are You Afraid Of?TalkForum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine2012Chicago
“Cross-Disciplinary Training of a Family Medicine Resident and a Family Therapy Intern” (Co-Presenter with Alison Wong, PhD.)LectureCollaborative Family Health Care Association/Annual Conference2011Philadelphia PA