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Rutgers Project ECHO is administered by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with generous support from NJ Department of Health, NJ Department Human Services, and other funders.
Dr. Kathy Dodsworth-Rugani, leads the Rutgers Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare
Outcomes) Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS)Telehealth Program. Project
ECHO is a collaborative model of medical education, training and care management that empowers frontline
providers to manage complex illnesses and enables people to receive more specialized treatment in
their local communities.
Prior to joining RWJMS, Dr. Dodsworth served as the Chief Operating Officer of Robert Wood Johnson
(RWJ) Partners, the Accountable Care Organization formed by Rutgers University and RWJ Barnabas
Health and led the development and operations of the system-wide ACO, creating a high-quality patientcentered
care delivery network of providers, hospitals, and community services. Prior to joining RWJ
Partners, Dr. Dodsworth held positions as: the Executive Director at Vanguard Medical Group,
responsible for operations and strategic growth programs; the Senior Partner of the IBM, Patient-
Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Consulting Practice responsible for national and international consulting
on patient-centered care; and the Vice President of Innovation at HealthTeamWorks, where she
consulted with healthcare systems on patient-centered care delivery redesign, process improvement and
engaging communities and healthcare systems in integration activities to advance population-based
Dr. Dodsworth holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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