Jessie M. Gaeta, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, where she has practiced Internal Medicine since 2002. She oversees the clinical practice of this unique community health center that serves 12,000 people annually across dozens of clinical sites including homeless shelters, the street, and one of the first medical respite programs in the country. Dually board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Gaeta graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine in 1998, trained in Internal Medicine at Boston University Medical Center, and served as Chief Resident in 2002. Her work with the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance to implement a statewide Housing First model was supported by the Physician Advocacy Fellowship of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from 2005-2007. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Gaeta has a long history of advocating for the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. She has been published and spoken widely on the intersection of homelessness and health and she directs BHCHP’s Institute for Research, Quality, and Policy in Homeless Health. She has led BHCHP’s efforts to respond to the opioid overdose crisis, which has been magnified among people experiencing homelessness in Boston. Her passions include ending homelessness and bending the curve on overdose deaths.