PORTSMOUTH - Appledore Medical Group recently announced that P. Travis Harker, MD, has been selected as its Chief Medical Officer effective March 19.
In this CMO role with Appledore Medical Group, Dr. Harker will also work closely with the Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Parkland Medical Center medical staff, as well as serve patients on the Seacoast at Appledore Family Medicine.
"As Appledore CMO, Dr. Harker will help to establish and support a robust physician governance platform, working collaboratively with Appledore providers, healthcare professionals, and administration. These initiatives will advance quality and optimize efficiencies and consistency across the market, while keeping the patient at the center of high quality care," stated Richard DiLalla, New Hampshire Market Manager, Appledore Medical Group.
Dr. Harker was most recently CMO of Granite Health, a collaboration of six New Hampshire health systems. In his role at Granite Health, Dr. Harker helped to launch the first-of-its-kind health plan in New Hampshire - a joint venture between five independent health systems and Tufts Health Plan. His role was to facilitate the partnership to help enhance care coordination and quality of care.
Dr. Harker has worked very closely with an opioid initiative called Zero Left across five health systems in New Hampshire. Zero Left helped to increase awareness of the risks of opioid use among the public and made it easier to safely dispose of excess opioids. He also helped to train more than 200 New Hampshire providers in safe prescribing practices.
Dr. Harker received his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences, as well as his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. He holds a master's degree in Public Health from Dartmouth Medical School Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences.
Dr. Harker was President of the New Hampshire Medical Society from 2013-2014 and worked with physicians from across New Hampshire to address mental health, reduce smoking, and expand Medicaid. He holds memberships in the following associations: the New Hampshire Medical Society; the American Academy of Family Physicians; the American College of Preventive Medicine; the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.