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Director Medical Education, Wellness, and Population Health

Berkshire Health Systems

Associate Dean Medical Education

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Mark C. Pettus M.D., FACP, ABHM
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dr. Pettus on ABC's Good Morning America

Dr. Mark Pettus is a board certified Internist and Nephrologist practicing for over 25 years.  He received his A.B. from Boston University and his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  His postdoctoral training was at Harvard Medical School.  He completed his renal fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  Dr. Pettus is also an alumnus of The Advanced Program for Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and Mediation at The Harvard School of Public Health and is also board certified in Holistic Medicine. 

Dr. Pettus currently serves as the Medical Director of Education and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems in western Massachusetts. In addition he serves as The Associate Dean of Medical Education at The University of Massachusetts Medical School where he graduated 30 years ago.  In that capacity he oversees undergraduate and graduate medical education at Berkshire Health Systems, a major affiliate of the medical school.  He is former Chief of Medicine at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY.  He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  He is the former the Medical Director of The Kripalu Institute for Integrated Healing.  He is the author of two books, The Savvy Patient: The Ultimate Advocate For Quality Health Care and It’s All in Your Head: Change Your Mind, Change Your Health.
Dr. Pettus speaks nationally and has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, The 700 Club. Good Day NY, Geraldo Rivera, PBS and is a regular guest on WAMC’s Northeast Public Radio.

Dr. Pettus is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Integrative-Holistic Medicine

A.B., magna cum laude, Boston University

M.D. University of Massachusetts Medical School

Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine
Mount Auburn Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Clinical and Research Fellowship
Renal Division
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Alumnus of The Advanced Program in Health
Care, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Harvard School of Public Health

Former Moderator (lay leader) and Deacon South Congregational Church

Board Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine

Board Certification, ABIM, Subspecialty in Nephrology

Board Certification, ABIHM in Holistic Medicine

Licensed by The New England Society for Clinical Hypnosis

Massachusetts Medical Society Community Clinician of the Year

Recognized for teaching excellence by residents in Internal Medicine

Consumer Health Research Council’s America’s Top Physicians in Internal Medicine and Nephrology

Recognized by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center for Compassionate Caregiving in 2003

Area Health Education Council (AHEC) Clinician of the Year 2005

Fellow, American College of Physicians