Peter J. Ellis, MD, provides primary care to adult patients, including preventive care and management of acute and chronic illnesses. “I am inspired by my patients who have serious medical issues that they bravely address,” says Dr. Ellis. “As privileged witness to their life stories, I try to share their valuable perspectives and lessons they have learned with other patients facing similar challenges.”
Dr. Ellis specializes in managing complex medical problems, including psychosocial needs, for his patients. He is president of the board of directors for Project Access New Haven, a nonprofit organization that offers free medical care to uninsured residents with urgent medical needs. The program, which Dr. Ellis helped create in New Haven after launching Project Access in Waterbury in 2004, brings together more than 300 physician volunteers and hooks patients up with navigators who can help identify and remove barriers to care.
“At Yale we have lots of medical resources and specialists at our disposal. My job is both to provide direct care and to guide and coordinate care provided by specialists,” Dr. Ellis says. “I am excited by the prospect of developing a patient-centered medical home that encourages patients to communicate more often and engage in healthy behaviors outside the traditional annual office visit.”