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Gregory D. Curfman, MD Featured Expert:

Gregory D. Curfman, MD

Dr. Gregory Curfman is the Editor in Chief of Harvard Health Publications. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the affiliated faculty of Harvard Law School. Before joining Harvard Health Publications, Dr. Curfman was the Executive Editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, which has the highest impact factor of any medical journal. While at the Journal, he founded Perspective, the journal's lead section, which focuses on the intersection between medicine and society, including health policy and health-care reform.

Dr. Curfman is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and trained in internal medicine and cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He directed the Coronary Care Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Cardiovascular Health Center, a heart disease prevention program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In addition to writing scores of editorials and Perspective articles for The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Curfman has given testimony to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He has also contributed amicus briefs in Supreme Court health law cases.

Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH

Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH

Dr. Paula A. Johnson is the executive director of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology and Chief of the Division of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. An internationally recognized cardiologist, Johnson brings a broad range of experience as a physician, researcher, and expert in public health and health policy to bear in the effort to transform the health of women in the United States and around the world.

Over the last 15 years, Dr. Johnson has led initiatives to improve the health of the City of Boston, including leading the development of a roadmap to improve access to and the quality of primary care in Boston that included stakeholders from all sectors of healthcare. She recently co-chaired the Public Health and Healthcare Transition Team for the City of Boston, as the first new administration in 20 years assumed office.

Dr. Johnson attended Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and trained in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she lives in the Boston area with her husband and two children.

Peter J. Zimetbaum, MD

Peter J. Zimetbaum, MD

Dr. Peter J. Zimetbaum is Director of Clinical Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a nationally recognized physician in the field of cardiology, specializing in heart-rhythm disorders. His research focuses on the clinical management of atrial fibrillation and the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the electrocardiogram. Dr. Zimetbaum is a Director of Forest Laboratories Inc.

Dr. Zimetbaum received his M.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1990 and did his internship, residency, and fellowships in cardiology and electrophysiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is board certified in both cardiovascular medicine and cardiovascular electrophysiology.

Suzanne E. Salamon, MD

Suzanne E. Salamon, MD

Dr. Suzanne Salamon is the Associate Chief for Clinical Programs in Geriatrics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, a master's degree in special education at Columbia University in New York, and her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Faulkner Hospital in Boston and did her fellowship in geriatric medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Salamon is board-certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative care.

She served as the Director of Geriatrics at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts for 19 years before moving to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Thomas H. Lee Jr, MD

Thomas H. Lee Jr, MD

Dr. Thomas Lee is an internist and cardiologist. After a long clinical career at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Lee was Network President for Partners Healthcare System, the integrated delivery system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is now the Chief Medical Officer for Press Ganey Associates in Boston. Dr. Lee is currently on leave from his roles as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

He is a graduate of Harvard College, Cornell University Medical College, and Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Lee is the founding editor of the Harvard Heart Letter, and is on the Editorial Board of The New England Journal of Medicine. With James J. Mongan, MD, he is the author of Chaos and Organization in Health Care (MIT Press, 2009) and Eugene Braunwald and the Rise of Modern Medicine (Harvard University Press, 2013).

He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Geisinger Health System, the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College, the Special Medical Advisory Committee (SMAC) of the Veterans Administration, and the Panel of Health Advisors of the Congressional Budget Office.