Dr. Ben Gerber
Dr. Ben Gerber is a professor of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he serves as associate chief for education and scholarly activities. He is also a Fellow of the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy, and a core research investigator with the VA Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare. Dr. Gerber’s research interests include chronic disease self-management and health behavior promotion through technology and health services delivery redesign. His research focuses on low-income minority populations and those with limited access to health services. He is currently the principal investigator of an NIH-funded study to evaluate community health workers and pharmacists in providing diabetes team management. His intervention research includes the use of iPads for multimedia education and mobile phones for text messaging. Dr. Gerber developed mytapp, a simple, 2-way text messaging application designed for chronic disease management support and the promotion of healthy behaviors.