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JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH
Dr. JoAnn E. Manson is chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine and co-director of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Manson's research has focused on several important areas: women's health, randomized clinical trials in cardiovascular disease prevention, biomarker studies, and translational research. She is the principal investigator on several grants from the National Institutes of Health, including the Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VITAL), the Women's Health Initiative Vanguard Clinical Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Women's Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Trial, and the Biochemical and Genetic Risk Factors for CVD in Women, among others. She is also leading the largest research trial to date to investigate the heart health benefits of cocoa flavanols by administering the concentrated nutrients in capsule form.
Dr. Manson has received numerous awards and honors, including the Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women's Association, the Population Research Prize and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association, and has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. She was also one of the physicians featured in the National Library of Medicine's exhibition, "History of American Women Physicians" in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a Past President of the North American Menopause Society.
Heidi Godman is the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter. Before coming to the Health Letter, she was an award-winning television news anchor and medical reporter for 25 years. Heidi is a journalism fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and has been honored by the Associated Press, the American Heart Association, the Wellness Community, and other organizations for outstanding medical reporting. She is most proud of a government proclamation for her efforts to secure health insurance for less fortunate children. Heidi holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism from West Virginia University.
William Kormos, MD
Dr. William Kormos is a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kormos is the Director of Education at MGH’s John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care, where his current projects include implementing novel methods for patient education and developing education programs for primary care physicians. Dr. Kormos has served as the associate director for the hospital’s internal medicine residency program. He has received the Alfred Kranes Award, the Primary Care Program Teaching Award, the Bigelow Attending Teaching Award, and the Ambulatory Teaching Award from the MGH house staff. He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship at MGH.
Howard LeWine, MD
Dr. Howard LeWine is Chief Editor of Internet Publishing at Harvard Health Publications. He is recognized as an outstanding clinician and teacher and is a recipient of the Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year award at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. After practicing primary care for more than 20 years, Dr. LeWine is now a hospitalist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Beverly Merz is Executive Editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch, a publication she helped start in 1993. Before coming to Harvard she was an Associate Editor of JAMA, Managing Editor with the Union of Concerned Scientists, and held editorial positions at Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book Encyclopedia. She was also a founding editor of Cardio, a newsmagazine for cardiologists and SusanLoveMD.org. Beverly has contributed to a variety of general and health publications including The New England Journal of Medicine, Good Housekeeping, and The Chicago Tribune. She is a graduate of The University of Colorado.
Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter
William Kormos, MD
Editor in Chief, Harvard Men’s Health Watch
Howard LeWine, MD
Chief Editor for Internet Publishing, Harvard Health Publications
Executive Editor of Women’s Health Watch, Harvard Health Publications