East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Appoints Dr. Julio Mazul as Interim Chief Medical Officer

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As the East Boston’s health center’s first-ever Latino physician in this role, Dr. Mazul will help increase access to high-quality care for Greater Boston’s immigrant communities

BOSTON, MA (May 21, 2024)East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) today announced the appointment of Julio Mazul, MD, as Vice President and Interim Chief Medical Officer. During his more than 17-year career at EBNHC, Dr. Mazul has served in several roles, including Medical Director of the Women’s Health Department and, most recently, Deputy Chief Medical Officer. A practicing OB/GYN, Dr. Mazul has directed numerous organizational-wide clinical quality and population health initiatives, including reducing barriers to care for underserved women and families, and advancing health equity for the LGBTQ community through staff education and training.  

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Dr. Julio Mazul (Photo courtesy of NeighborHealth)

“I believe Dr. Mazul’s medical experience, dynamic leadership, and lived experience will help to advance our high standards of culturally responsive, high-quality patient care,” said EBNHC President and CEO, Greg Wilmot. “Dr. Mazul has played a vital role in shaping the organization’s clinical quality priorities; his decades of work in women’s health reinforces our health system’s commitment to caring for women and families through all stages of life.”

EBNHC is the largest community-based primary care health system in Massachusetts and recently received recognition from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for its role as a national quality leader in community health care. In 2023, EBNHC received seven quality awards from HRSA, including National Quality Leader gold badge for excellence in Maternal and Child Health.

Dr. Mazul was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in history from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Mazul obtained his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency in OB/GYN at the Beth Israel Deaconess/Harvard Medical School program. 

“Serving as Interim Chief Medical Officer is a unique honor for me. While I am a doctor and a leader, I am also the son of Guatemalan immigrants; I understand what it means to be one of our patients and approach my work with that understanding every day,” said Dr. Mazul. “I am proud to be part of EBNHC’s talented team of providers and excited to be in a position to build a healthier future for everyone in our community.”

Dr. Mazul assumes the position following Dr. Jackie Fantes, MD, FAAFP, who served as the system’s Chief Medical Officer for almost a decade. EBNHC will provide additional updates on its long-term plans in the months ahead.

About East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, soon to be NeighborHealth as of June 1, 2024, is one of the nation’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and the largest community-based primary care health system in Massachusetts, serving over 120,000 people and recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a National Quality Leader. For more than 50 years, EBNHC has offered access to comprehensive primary care, specialty care and emergency care for patients in the Commonwealth. In a first-of-its-kind merger in 2020, EBNHC joined forces with the South End Community Health Center and expanded services to patients who live and work in Boston’s South End and Roxbury neighborhoods.

EBNHC champions innovative care models to actively bridge health equity gaps in our low-income and immigrant communities with services unique from other health care providers in our state. In addition to primary and specialty care, EBNHC operates Massachusetts’ only satellite Emergency Department, which is the fourth busiest ED in Boston and is co-located with advanced radiology, including CT scan services, same-day Behavioral Health Urgent Care and an integrated pharmacy. Today, EBNHC remains dedicated to promoting and sustaining healthy communities, families, and individuals both in and out of the exam room by providing accessible, person-centered, compassionate, and high-quality health care services. For more information, visit www.ebnhc.org