Research Team

Program for Climate and Health, Center for Climate Change Communication
George Mason University


Mona Sarfaty, MD MPH FAAFP, is the Director of the Program on Climate and Health in the Center for Climate Change Communication.  The Program collaborates with medical societies and research organizations to increase awareness, research, and preventive activity regarding the health effects of climate change.  As a family medicine professor and physician for over 30 years, Dr. Sarfaty has engaged in research and teaching focused on primary care, cancer screening, and public policy, including the health effects of climate change.  She has lectured at national and regional venues including medical societies, health plans, health departments, professional organizations, and government conferences.  Dr. Sarfaty is the author of widely circulated guides and articles on how to increase cancer screening rates in practice and on improving practice outcomes by using the features of the patient centered medical home.

Since 2003, Dr. Sarfaty has been on the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia as Associate Professor of Family Medicine.  She has engaged in research, teaching, and patient care.  She has held a joint appointment in the Jefferson School of Population Health.  From 1992-2003, she was on the faculty of the George Washington University (GWU) Medical Center with a joint appointment in the GWU School of Public Health and Health Services.  During her years at GWU, she was the Medical Director of the Montgomery County Cancer Crusade and the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, and the Founding Director of the Community Oriented Primary Care Track of the MPH Program.  From 1985-92, Dr. Sarfaty served as the Associate Director for Health Policy and Senior Health Policy Advisor for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources (the principal authorizing committee in the Senate for health programs).  She authored major pieces of legislation, planned hearings, and advised Senators on both sides of the aisle.

Dr. Sarfaty has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians since 1980. She is a long time member of American Public Health Association (APHA), where she has served as Chair and Governing Councilor of the Medical Care Section.  She also served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Prevention Teachers and Researchers (APTR), the professional arm of the American College of Preventive Medicine.  Dr. Sarfaty is an invited member of the distinguished National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.  She has received many awards for her work. Selected publications are listed below.

Selected Publications:

-Sarfaty M, Abouzaid S. The Physicians Response to Climate Change. Family Medicine: The Official Journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, May 2009;  41(5):358-363.

-Sarfaty M, Stello B, Johnson M, Sifri R, Borsky A, Myers R. Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Framework of the Medical Home Model: Findings From Focus Groups and Interviews. Am J of Med Qual; January 18, 2013: doi:10.1177/1062860612471424

-Sarfaty M, Doroshenk M, Hotz J, Brooks D, Hayashi S, Davis T, Joseph D, Stevens D, Weaver D, Potter M, Wender R. Strategies for Expanding Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community Health Centers. CA Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2013 May 16. doi: 10.1002/caac.21191.

-Sarfaty M, Myers R, Harris D, Borsky A, Sifri R, Cocroft J, Stello B, Johnson M. Variation in Colorectal Cancer Screening Steps in Primary Care: Basis for Practice Improvement. Am J  Med Quality. 2012 January 20.  Survey results from 20 primary care practices.

-Reitz JA, Sarfaty M, Diamond JJ, Salzman B, The Effects of a Group Visit Program on Outcomes of Diabetes Care in an Urban Family Practice. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine: Volume 89, Issue 4 (2012), Page 709-716.

-Sarfaty M, Yuen E.  Colorectal cancer is an ambulatory sensitive condition.  Cancer Epidemiology and Biomarkers in Prevention. October 2008, 17(10): 1-5.

-Sarfaty M, Myers R. The Effect of HEDIS Measurement of Colorectal Cancer Screening on Insurance Plans in Pennsylvania. Am Jl of Managed Care 2008: May;14(5):277-82.

-Sarfaty M, Wender R. How to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Practice. CA Cancer J Clin 2007; 57 Nov-Dec: 354-366.

-Sarfaty M, Turner CH, Damotta E.  Use of a Patient Assistant to Facilitate Medical Visits for Latino Patients with Low Health Literacy.  Journal of Community Health. August 2005. 30(4): 299-307.

Books, Reports, Special Publications

-Sarfaty M.  How to Increase Screening For Colorectal Cancer in Practice: A Primary Care Clinician’s Evidence-Based Toolbox and Guide. National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (American Cancer Society/Centers for Disease Control) 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010:142 pp;  This is an original 142 page instruction manual for primary care clinicians and others presenting evidence-based strategies for improving the delivery of preventive services.   It is the basis for 4 web-based teaching modules (developed in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Georgia, and Nevada), 4 state sponsored dissemination projects (New Jersey, New York, Montana, New Hampshire), and for 25 States and 4 tribes receiving CDC funding.  Versions specifically designed for community health centers, and a short version “Action Toolkit” are also published by the American Cancer Society and widely distributed.

-Bartle N, Mogul M, Sarfaty M, Maulana, S. Views of Women on Health and Pregnancy.  Report on Focus Groups with women of childbearing age in Philadelphia. Funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Services, September 30, 2011.

-Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Task Force. Colorectal Cancer Chapter,Maryland State Cancer Plan. August 2011. Contributing author and editor.  Supported by CDC Cooperative Agreement Number 5U58DPooo827-04.

-Meyers R, Sarfaty M.  A Study on Colorectal Cancer Screening for the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC). Reports Released: Health and Welfare: January 2007. 55 pp.  This is based on three surveys in Pennsylvania: 1.all state health insurers, 2.facilities that offer colonoscopy (hospitals and outpatient surgery centers), and 3. all primary care practitioners.  It reports on insurance coverage, capacity for, and cost of colorectal cancer screening across the state.