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Isabelle Chase, DDS, FRCD(C)

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Dr. Isabelle Chase is a board-certified pediatric dentist, and an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She completed her dental degree at Dalhousie School of Dentistry in 2000, and pediatric dental specialty at the University of Rochester and Eastman Dental Center in 2002. Dr. Chase joined the faculty of Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2006, and the majority of her time has been spent providing direct clinical supervision and didactic teaching of pediatric dental residents as director of the residency program. In the past 15 years she has taught over 70 pediatric dental residents and over 450 dental students. Dr. Chase also provides direct patient care, either in the clinical setting or the operating room, with a focus on the management of early childhood tooth decay; the treatment of young, anxious patients; and patients with special health care needs, with a particular focus on children with autism. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children.
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Christy N. Taylor, MD, MPH

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Dr. Christy Taylor is an internal medicine resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies, in biology and public health respectively, at the University of Miami. She subsequently completed her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 
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Hanna Gaggin, MD, MPH

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Hanna Gaggin, MD, MPH, is a general cardiologist, educator, and clinical investigator at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the cardiovascular medicine section leadership council and the cardiovascular continuing medical education oversight committee at MGH. She is the subspecialty core educator for the internal medicine residency at MGH, and is active in peer education through her role as editor and course director for the MGH Cardiology Board Review Book and on-demand cardiology education with Harvard Medical School Graduate Medical Education.  
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Stephen Goldfinger, MD

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Barbara Okun, PhD

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Barbara Okun, PhD, is a professor of counseling psychology at Northeastern University, a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, and a clinical psychologist and family therapist.
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Annie Brewster, MD

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Annie Brewster is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She is also a patient, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001. She has been collecting and sharing patient stories since 2010. In 2013 she founded Health Story Collaborative, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering patients and their loved ones, building community, strengthening patient-provider connections, and ultimately transforming healthcare through storytelling. Dr. Brewster is the author of The Healing Power of Storytelling: Using Personal Narrative to Navigate Illness, Trauma, and Loss. Twitter: @HealthStoryCo Instagram: @healthstorycollaborative Facebook: Health Story Collaborative
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Daniel Amponsah, MD

Guest Contributor

Daniel Amponsah, MD, is an internal medicine resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Amponsah has clinical interests in the impact of health disparities on management and outcomes in cardiology. After completing his internal medicine residency, Dr. Amponsah hopes to pursue a career in cardiology. Follow Dr. Amponsah on Twitter @DanAmponsahMD
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Julia Frueh, MD

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Julia Frueh, MD, is a fifth-year child neurology resident at Boston Children's Hospital. She has a special interest in autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as transitions from pediatric to adult care.
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Katsiaryna Bykov, PharmD, ScD

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Katsiaryna Bykov, PharmD, ScD, is a pharmacoepidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Originally trained as a pharmacist, she completed her research doctorate in epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and has been conducting research on medication use, safety, and effectiveness for more than a decade.
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Rachel A. Blake, MD

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Dr. Rachel A. Blake is an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. She also spends time each year working at Princess Marina Hospital in Gabarone, Botswana. She attended the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and serves on the Brown Medical Alumni Association board of directors.
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Heather Potts, PhD

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Heather Potts, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate in school psychology at Syracuse University. She completed her internship at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine's department of pediatrics and at Springfield Public Schools, and her postdoctoral fellowship at SIU. Prior to her graduate studies, she earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from The George Washington University, and provided counseling and transition services to high school students with disabilities. She joined the outpatient psychiatry services team at Boston Children's Hospital in January 2020 to deliver clinical psychological services and specialty care for children and adolescents with ADHD.
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Payal Patel, MD

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Dr. Payal Patel is a dermatology research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include autoimmune disease and procedural dermatology. She is part of the Cutaneous Biology Research Center, where she investigates medical applications of laser technology.
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Eric Zhou, PhD

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Eric Zhou, PhD, is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on how we can better understand and treat sleep disorders in both pediatric and adult populations, including those with chronic illnesses. Dr. Zhou's work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, private foundations, and the pharmaceutical industry. He has published more than 60 manuscripts and chapters in the field of health psychology and behavioral medicine, and serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Behavioral Medicine and the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
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Jill M. Goldstein, PhD

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Jill M. Goldstein, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and medicine at Harvard Medical School, founder and executive director of the Innovation Center on Sex Differences in Medicine (ICON) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Helen T. Moerschner Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair in Women’s Health. She is a clinical neuroscientist and expert in understanding sex differences in disorders of the brain and their co-occurrence with general medicine, such as cardiovascular disease. Her program of research (funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 30 years), called Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory of Sex Differences in the Brain, consists of an interdisciplinary clinical investigative team integrating brain imaging, physiology, neuroendocrinology, genetics, immunology, and collaborations with basic scientists. She has received numerous awards to support this work, served on scientific advisory boards, and participated in strategic planning for the National Institute of Mental Health, the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), and the Institute of Medicine. She has spent her career at Harvard training the next generation in women’s health and sex differences in medicine, including leading an ORWH/Harvard-wide junior faculty training program on building interdisciplinary careers in women’s health. In 2018, she launched ICON at MGH (a collaboration of psychiatry, neurology, cardiology, OB/GYN, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), whose mission is to enhance discoveries about sex differences in medicine and incorporate them into developing novel therapies and prevention strategies that are sex-selective.
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Christopher D. Vélez, MD

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Dr. Christopher Vélez is an attending gastroenterologist in the Center for Neurointestinal Health of Massachusetts General Hospital's division of gastroenterology and the MGH department of medicine. He focuses on neurogastroenterology and motility disorders of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, and rectum.
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Niyoti Reddy, MD

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Dr. Niyoti Reddy is currently an advanced fellow of obesity medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is a board-certified internist and has completed a fellowship in endocrinology and diabetes. She is also pursuing a fellowship in contemplative medicine, an innovative 12-month program to cultivate leaders committed to addressing challenges in the healthcare system. The core training is based on the teachings of the historical Buddha. Dr. Reddy has been practicing yoga and meditation for several years, and has chosen to be an obesity medicine specialist because it is the most impactful way for her to help people.
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Neelam V. Desai, MD

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Dr. Neelam Desai is a breast medical oncologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is also a member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, and is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests are in cancer genetics and HER2-positive breast cancer.
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Marissa Hauptman, MD, MPH

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Dr. Marissa Hauptman is a board-certified pediatrician and associate director of the Pediatric Environmental Health Center; associate director of the Boston Children's Hospital Pediatric and Reproductive Environmental Health Fellowship Program and the Region 1 New England pediatric environmental health specialty unit at Boston Children’s Hospital, where each week she provides multidisciplinary care for children with lead exposure; and an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hauptman’s research focuses on using spatial analysis techniques to research and improve environmental and social health disparities in children with chronic diseases. She earned her MD from New York University School of Medicine, and also holds a masters' in public health from Brown University.
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Ryan Brewster, MD

Guest Contributor

Dr. Ryan Brewster is a first-year pediatrics resident in the combined residency program at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center as part of the Urban Health and Advocacy Track and Global Health Pathway. His work focuses on building and scaling low-cost technologies to address health inequities. Dr. Brewster earned his MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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Erica H. Lee, PhD

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Erica H. Lee, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and associate training director of the psychology internship program at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. She specializes in evidence-based and culturally responsive care for youth with depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior, and traumatic stress. Dr. Lee also teaches on these topics nationally and internationally, and engages in research on increasing access to mental health care.
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Maureen Salamon

Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Maureen Salamon is executive editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later covered health and medicine for a wide variety of websites, magazines, and hospitals. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, CNN.com, WebMD, Medscape and HealthDay, among other major outlets. Maureen earned a BA in print journalism from Penn State University.
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Tamara Fong, MD, PhD

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Dr. Tamara Fong is an assistant scientist in the Aging Brain Center at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, and associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. She directs the cognitive clinic within the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center COVID-19 Survivorship Program.
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Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc

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Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and is based at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Iezzoni studies health care experiences of persons with disability. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the author of Making Their Days Happen: Paid Personal Assistance Supporting People with Disabilities Living in Their Homes and Communities.
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Nicole Stern, MD

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Dr. Nicole Stern is currently a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in minority health policy at Harvard University. She is completing a master of public health degree in health management. Dr. Stern is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine, and is a past president of the Association of American Indian Physicians. A critical focus for Dr. Stern's work is to increase the number of American Indian and Alaska Native health care professionals who can best reverse health care disparity trends common in American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities.
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Steven Chen, MD, MPH

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Dr. Steven Chen is a board-certified internist and dermatologist. He is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chen earned his MD and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University. He then pursued residency training at Harvard, where he completed an internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and a dermatology residency in the Harvard dermatology program. Dr. Chen attends on both the dermatology and internal medicine services with a clinical and research interest in oncodermatology. He co-directs the comprehensive cutaneous lymphoma program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and serves as an associate program director for the Harvard dermatology residency program.
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