Masahito Jimbo, M.D., M.P.H.

Masahito Jimbo, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Family Medicine and Urology
Service Director, University Family Medicine
Director, Faculty Development
Areas of Research
Cancer screening and prevention; Culture and health behavior; Information technology in primary care; Patient/physician communication


Department of Family Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
1018 Fuller St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1213

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Dr. Jimbo is a professor at the University of Michigan Departments of Family Medicine and Urology and Chief of University Family Medicine Inpatient Service. He is also a practicing physician at Domino’s Farms Family Medicine. He is a NIH-funded researcher with an interest in patient/physician communication, particularly shared decision making, and cultural determinants of health behavior in cancer prevention and screening. He is also involved in guidelines creation through Michigan Medicine (hypertension and chronic kidney disease) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (bladder and penile cancers). He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of American Board of Family Medicine, Scientific Reports/Nature Research Journal, and Medical Decision Making/Medical Decision Making Policy and Practice.

Areas of Interest

Research Interests
Clinical Interests
  • Health promotion
  • Disease prevention
  • Cancer screening
  • Ultrasound
  • Urology
  • Inpatient medicine


Medical School
  • M.D., Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, 1985
  • Rotating Internship, Okinawa Chubu Hospital, Okinawa, Japan, 1986
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Okinawa Chuba Hospital, Okinawa, Japan, 1987
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Keio University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, 1989
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Family Medicine, Philadelphia, Penn., 1996
Advanced Degrees
  • Ph.D., Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, 1994
  • M.P.H., University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, N.C., 2000
  • Nephrology Fellowship, Keio University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, 1993
Professional Organizations
  • Fellow of Japanese Society of Internal Medicine
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Michigan Academy of Family Physicians
  • North American Primary Care Research Group
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Society of Medical Decision Making
Board Certification
  • Family Medicine


Current Research
  • Decision Aid to Technologically Enhance Shared Decision Making (DATES), NIH/NCI, Principal Investigator

Published Articles or Reviews

Key Publications
  1. Jimbo M, Shultz CG, Nease DE, Fetters MD, Power D, Ruffin MT. Perceived barriers and facilitators of using a web-based interactive decision aid for colorectal cancer screening in community practice settings: findings from focus groups with primary care clinicians and medical office staff. J Med Internet Res, 2013;15(12):e286.
  2. Jimbo M, Kelly-Blake K, Sen A, Hawley ST, Ruffin MT. Decision Aid to technologically enhance shared decision making (DATES): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 2013;14:381.
  3. Jimbo M, Rana GK, Hawley S, Holmes-Rovner M, Kelly-Blake K, Nease DE Jr, Ruffin MT 4th. What is lacking in current decision aids on cancer screening? CA Cancer J Clin, 2013;63(3):193-214.
  4. Feldman-Stewart D, O’Brien MA, Clayman ML, Davison BJ, Jimbo M, Labrecque M, Martin RM, Shepherd H. Providing information about options in patient decision aids. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak, 2013;13 Suppl 2:S4.
  5. Jimbo M, Sen A, Plegue MA, Hawley ST, Kelly-Blake K, Rapai M, Zhang M, Zhang Y, Ruffin MT. Correlates of patient intent and preference on colorectal cancer screening. Am J Prev Med 2017;52(4):443-450.
  6. Jimbo M, Sen A, Plegue MA, Hawley ST, Kelly-Blake K, Rapai M, Zhang M, Zhang Y, Xie X, Ruffin MT. Interactivity in a decision aid: Findings from a Decision Aid to Technologically Enhance Shared Decision Making RCT. Am J Prev Med 2019;57(1): 77–86.

Published Articles via PubMed

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Create an interactive tool to train patients and physicians communicate better with each other. Devise ways for practices to keep sacrosanct the patient/physician relationship. Provide irrefutable evidence that having a personal physician and maintaining continuity of care leads to better health and satisfaction for patients at lower cost.