Renée Betancourt, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Community Health


Course Director: HQS 6080: Using Quality Improvement to Achieve Health Equity

Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Director of the Health Equity Curriculum, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Assistant Medical Director, Penn Family Care, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Associate Professor

Description of Expertise

I am thrilled to join the CHIPS program and collaborate with Ms. Tyneshia Harris Howzell, MSHS, LSSGB to Co-Direct the Health Equity Quality Improvement course. In my current role as the Faculty Director of Health Equity Curriculum and my past experience directing the Perelman School of Medicine’s Doctoring Course, I have had the privilege of collaborating to develop and implement medical education content that focuses on Health Equity in Medicine. My research interests include academic-community partnerships to increase access to care for patients,  health equity in medical education, and experiences of trainees and faculty who are underrepresented in medicine. I am a Family Medicine physician and my clinical care spans the lifespan with a focus on sexual and reproductive health. I provide clinical care across 3 settings: at Penn Family Care, where I am a primary care doctor who performs gender affirming medical care, outpatient procedures, family planning, prenatal care, care of pregnant patients with opioid use disorder in the PFC Perinatal Resources for Opioid Use Disorder (PFC PROUD) clinic, and full spectrum family medicine outpatient primary care; on the Family Medicine Obstetrics service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania including acute Labor and Delivery, Triage evaluations, and Well-Baby care; in the Women’s Health Department at Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc Woodland Avenue Health Center. My goal is to provide medical care in a way that is inclusive, equitable, affirming, and humble. I serve as the Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, through which I provide leadership, collaboration, and planning to support our Department’s impact across its mission areas with a focus on DEI values, actions, and impact.