James Dom Dera, MD, FAAFP, PCMH CCE

Advanced Primary Care Medical Director, NewHealth Collaborative, Akron, Ohio; Family physician/Co-owner, Ohio Family Practice Centers, Inc., Fairlawn, Ohio

A diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), Dr. Dom Dera earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, Columbus, in 1998 and completed his residency at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. Immediately after graduation, he joined a small private practice, eventually becoming its ​co-owner. He has been a pioneer in practice transformation, and his practice was the first in its area to achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition. This experience sparked his interest in advanced primary care (APC) and the power of a team-based approach to improve the lives of patients. Since then, he has assisted more than 50 practices with their transformation efforts, leading a team of transformation specialists and engaged practice leaders. Dr. Dom Dera is also active in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS)-led national APC medical home model that aims to strengthen primary care through regionally based multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation. His CPC+ efforts have included participating in statewide CPC+ collaboratives​, leading nationwide CPC+ webinars on topics such as risk stratification​​, and sitting on a moderated panel discussion at the first CPC+ national meeting​ in 2018. In addition, he has helped design and implement two-step risk stratification and behavioral health integration for his own practice and other practices in the area.