Elizabeth Toll, MD

Position: Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Pronouns: she/her

Dr. Toll became our first Medicine-Pediatrics emerita attending in July 2021. She is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Clinician Educator at Brown. She arrived in Providence in 1996 and since then has helped to build Brown’s Med-Peds residency program, particularly the outpatient residency clinic, which opened in February 1998, and where she practiced and taught multigenerational primary care. Over her tenure with our program, she served at different times in a variety of roles, including Medical Director of the clinic, Director of Refugee Health, and leader of the Integration of Behavioral Health Initiative as part of Rhode Island’s Care Transformation Collaborative.  She is an instructor in the first-year Doctoring course at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Since 2016 she has served as Planning Chair for an interdisciplinary group of American and international scholars who have been looking at the impact of the EHR and other health information technology on the relationship between patients and practitioners, including a conference in Providence in 2017 and a five-part virtual series in 2020-2021.  She is on the national advisory committee for the Gold Humanism Honor Society of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine.

Betsy completed her MD and residency in Med-Peds at the University of Rochester and a fellowship in psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute.  Her professional interests, research, and writing include the integration of mental health and primary care, refugee health, at-risk urban youth, medical humanities (particularly reflective writing), the interface of medicine and creativity, and the impact of the electronic health record and other health information technology on the relationship between patients and clinicians.  As the wife of an academic pediatrician and the mother of three children, now 29, 27, and 25, and one rescue dog (3), she has an abiding professional and personal interest in the challenges of maintaining work-life balance. Outside of work, Betsy enjoys spending time with family and friends, being in nature, and dabbling in the arts.