Dr. Barry M. Manuel has been Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education since 1980 and Professor of Surgery since 1982. Dr. Manuel has served as Executive Director of the School of Medicine Alumni Association for more than 35 years and has served as Faculty Councilor to the Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Honor Medical Society for 23 years. He has served as chairman and/or a member of many medical school committees and currently serves on the Executive Committee and the Dean’s Committee.
Dr. Manuel has had a long-standing interest in Health Care Policy, Professional Liability and Patient Safety and has served in a leadership role in many organizations having an impact on the practice of medicine. He was one of the founders and President of The Bay State Health Care Foundation, one of the first HMOs in Massachusetts, which was acquired by Massachusetts Blue Cross/ Blue Shield. He also was a founder and Board Member of the Massachusetts Professional Standard Review Organization (PSRO). He served as a member of the United States Congress Office of Technology Assessment.
Dr. Manuel served for 12 years as Chair of Coverys (formerly ProMutual Medical Professional Insurance Company), one of the largest medical malpractice carriers in the U.S. and upon retirement there was honored with the title of Chairman Emeritus. He founded and served for seven years as Chairman of the Professional Liability Foundation, Ltd., an organization composed of all healthcare providers in Massachusetts dedicated to reform of our tort system. Upon retirement, he was honored with the title of Chairman Emeritus. He has served as President of Massachusetts Medical Society and President of the Massachusetts Division of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Manuel has also served a maximum term of six years as a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and as Chairman of the Board of Governors Committee on Professional Liability as well as Chairman of the Regents Committee on Patient Safety. He has spoken extensively in this country and abroad on reform of our system of dealing with medical errors. He has published many articles on the subject in peer reviewed literature and conducted many post graduate courses on Professional Liability and Patient Safety for the American College of Surgeons. He has published editorials on Health Policy, Professional Liability and Patient Safety in the leading U.S. newspapers. He has written book chapters and co-edited a book on Patient Safety.
Dr. Manuel has been the recipient of many honors during his career including the highest award given by the American College of Surgeons, The Distinguished Service Award. He was honored with the highest award given by the Massachusetts Medical Society, The Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award by Boston University School of Medicine.