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Meet the Harvard Health Experts
Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Anthony Komaroff is the Steven P. Simcox/Patrick A. Clifford/James H. Higby Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Editor in Chief of the Harvard Health Letter. He was Director of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for 15 years and is the Founding Editor of NEJM Journal Watch General Medicine, a summary medical information newsletter for physicians published by the Massachusetts Medical Society/New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Komaroff was the Editor in Chief of Harvard Health Publications from 1999 to February 2015.
Dr. Komaroff practiced general internal medicine for 45 years. He teaches courses on clinical medicine and clinical research methods at Harvard Medical School. He has served as an advisory board member for the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of over 270 journal articles and book chapters and of two books. In recognition of his accomplishments, Dr. Komaroff has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Eric Rimm, ScD
Dr. Eric Rimm is a Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and also Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research group focuses on the study of diet and lifestyle characteristics in relation to cardiovascular disease. He also studies the impact of school nutrition policies on the diets of school children, and the impact of food stamps on dietary habits.
Dr. Rimm was a member of the scientific advisory committee for the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. He is an associate editor for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the American Journal of Epidemiology. He was awarded the 2012 American Society for Nutrition's General Mills Institute of Health and Nutrition Innovation Award.
Dr. Rimm earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his doctor of science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, and completed a nutrition and epidemiology fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. During his 20-plus years on the faculty at Harvard, he has published more than 450 peer reviewed publications.
Suzanne Olbricht, MD
Dr. Suzanne Olbricht is a dermatologist at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Olbricht graduated from Indiana University in 1973, earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas and completed her internship in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital in 1977. She received her residency training in dermatology at Boston City Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. She did a fellowship in Mohs' micrographic surgery and cutaneous oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Olbricht's special interest is Mohs' micrographic surgery for the removal of difficult skin cancers.
Ronald Schouten, JD, MD
Dr. Ronald Schouten is the Director of the Law and Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He practiced employment law in Chicago before attending medical school and has combined his legal and medical training to provide consultation and training to a wide variety of groups and individuals. Dr. Schouten has played key roles in developing innovations in the teaching of forensic mental health issues. These include a grand rounds program on mental health issues for Massachusetts' judges, a Harvard Medical School Continuing Education Program for legal professionals, the Harvard Medical School Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, and numerous teaching programs for the Law and Psychiatry Service and Harvard Medical School. He is a Knowles Scholar in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard College, where he teaches a freshman seminar entitled Responsibility, the Brain, and Behavior. Dr. Schouten is also co-author, with James Silver, JD, of Almost a Psychopath, one of the Almost Series books from Harvard Health Publications.
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.