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David C. Grabowski, PhD
David C. Grabowski, PhD, is a professor in the department of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on long-term care financing, organization, and delivery of services. He is a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and he was on the recent CMS Coronavirus Nursing Home Commission.
Chika Anekwe, MD, MPH
Chika Vera Anekwe, MD, MPH, is an obesity medicine physician at Mass General Brigham (MGB) and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She will be joining Newton Wellesley Hospital (NWH) as medical program director of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery in 2021.
Dr. Anekwe received her bachelor of arts in molecular biology from Princeton University, her MD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and her MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She completed her internship in pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, and went on to complete her residency in general preventive medicine and public health at SUNY Stony Brook University Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Anekwe served as assistant instructor at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine’s Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine. Before joining MGB/HMS in 2018 and NWH in 2021, Dr. Anekwe was a staff physician at Long Island Weight Loss Institute, the largest private obesity medicine practice in Long Island, NY.
Dr. Anekwe is certified by the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, and her professional interests are in the areas of clinical nutrition, obesity, nonsurgical weight management, pre- and post-operative bariatric weight management, health policy, and community health outreach, with a special interest in underserved communities.
Davis Kimaiyo, MD
Davis Kimaiyo, MD, is an Internal Medicine resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his medical degree at the University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.
Dr. Kimaiyo’s research interests include cardiovascular medicine, particularly preventative cardiology, heart failure, and clinical trials.
Amy C. Sherman, MD
Amy Sherman, MD, is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, associate physician in the division of infectious diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a clinician-scientist with the Precision Vaccines Program. Her research focuses on immune responses to vaccination, and she has been a co-investigator in Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trials for the Moderna and Janssen Biotech (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines.
Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH
Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH, is a board certified dermatologist and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she was chosen by the faculty and her peers for awards in Leadership, Outstanding Professionalism and Humanism as a physician.
Dr. Kourosh is committed to patient advocacy and solving public health problems for patients with skin disease. She developed the Skin Advocate iPhone App, a free iPhone application that connects patients with patient advocacy organizations for their skin conditions. She has published and been recognized in the news and many publications, and served as Editor-in-Chief of Dialogues in Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology’s official podcast and internationally subscribed educational program for physicians.
Dr. Kourosh serves as the Dermatology Department’s Director of Community Health, increasing access to dermatologic care for underserved communities in the Boston area. She is the founding director of the Clinic for Pigmentary Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the founder and director of Project Phoenix, MGH’s pro-bono tattoo removal program, assisting those seeking to escape gangs and human trafficking to be safe and reintegrate into society, which has won national awards for its impact. She also advocates for patients at the national level as the State Advocacy Leader for Massachusetts in the AAD’s delegation to Congress to protect medical research and affordable care for patients with skin disease.
Dr. Kourosh has won numerous awards including Massachusetts General Hospital’s Clinician-Teacher Award, Harvard Medical School’s Dean’s Community Service Award, and the Ernesto Gonzalez Award for outstanding service to the Latino Community. In 2020 she was named one of Medscape’s 25 Rising Stars in Medicine.
Shauna Rice, BS
Shauna Rice, BS, is a clinical research fellow in Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is also an MD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and will be graduating in 2022.
Carol Sullivan, MS, RD, CSO, LDN
Carol Sullivan, MS, RD, CSO, LDN is a senior dietitian at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She has more than 15 years of experience in the field, including more than a decade practicing as a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. At MGH she has been fortunate to work with many people and their loved ones undertaking the scary world of a cancer diagnosis, and treatment. Her pragmatic, evidenced based and individualized approach to nutrition has helped many thrive through the challenges of treatment and the often-confusing time after treatments are complete. She sees patients in survivorship through the MGH Cancer Center Oncology Lifestyle Medicine program to help people make positive nutrition and health behavior change. Carol is passionate about helping people see the good in food. At home she loves spending time in the kitchen and outside with her 2 young boys.
Joan Miller, MD
Joan Miller, MD, is the David Glendenning Cogan Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Chief of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she earned her MD from HMS and completed her ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal fellowship at Mass Eye and Ear. Her clinical research interests focus on retinal disorders, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Dr. Miller and her colleagues at Mass Eye and Ear/HMS pioneered the development of verteporfin photodynamic therapy (Visudyne®), the first pharmacologic therapy for AMD. The group also identified the key role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in ocular neovascularization, leading to the development of anti-VEGF therapies now administered to millions of people with sight-threatening retinal diseases annually around the world. Her current studies focus on the pathogenesis of AMD, including genomics, metabolomics, imaging, and functional measures; strategies for early intervention in AMD; and neuroprotective therapies for retinal diseases.
An internationally recognized expert in the field of retina, Dr. Miller has published over 280 original articles and more than 95 book chapters, reviews, and editorials. A member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, she has received numerous honors for her work. Among them, Dr. Miller delivered the 2012 Edward Jackson Lecture for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and was a co-recipient of the 2014 António Champalimaud Vision Award, the highest distinction in ophthalmology and visual science. In 2015, Dr. Miller became the first woman to receive the Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology from Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO); in 2018, she became the first woman awarded the Charles L. Schepens Award from AAO. Recently, Dr. Miller was awarded the 2018 Lucien Howe Medal from the American Ophthalmological Society and the 2018 Gertrude D. Pyron Award from the American Society of Retinal Specialists.
Bobbi Wegner, PsyD
Dr. Bobbi Wegner is a supervising clinical psychologist at Boston Behavioral Medicine and an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Wegner writes and speaks nationally on modern families, stress, and coping. She writes the Perfectly Imperfect Parenting column for Psychology Today, is a parenting expert on NBC News Learn, and is on the Today Show Parenting Team. She also writes and reviews medical content for Buoy Health, an AI-powered healthcare navigation program.
Richard F. Mollica, MD
Dr. Richard F. Mollica is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) at Massachusetts General Hospital. A pioneer in international research on refugee trauma, he is the author of Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World.
Thomas Hübl is a renowned teacher, and author of Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds. Since 2002, he has led dialogue and restoration processes around collective trauma with more than 100,000 people worldwide. He has been teaching workshops on trauma-informed approaches, resilience, and mindfulness at Harvard since 2019.
Dawn Sugarman, PhD
Dawn E. Sugarman, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a research psychologist at McLean Hospital in the division of alcohol, drugs, and addiction. Dr. Sugarman received her PhD from Syracuse University, and completed predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at Yale School of Medicine. Her research primarily focuses on the use of technology in increasing access to evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders, with an emphasis on special populations such as women and individuals with substance use and other co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Sugarman was the inaugural recipient of the Sarles Young Investigator Award for Research on Women and Addiction at McLean Hospital. She is the current recipient of a National Institute on Drug Abuse–funded career development award focused on increasing women’s engagement in medication treatment for opioid use disorder through digital intervention. Dr. Sugarman also serves as the communications editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry.
Shelly Greenfield, MD, MPH
Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the Kristine M. Trustey Endowed Chair of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, where she also serves as the chief academic officer. She is the chief of the division of women’s mental health, and the director of clinical and health services research and education in the alcohol, drug, and addiction treatment program at McLean Hospital. Dr. Greenfield is an addiction psychiatrist, clinician, and researcher. Dr. Greenfield has served as principal investigator and co-investigator on federally funded research focusing on treatment for substance use disorders, gender differences in substance disorders, and health services for substance disorders.
She received a National Institute on Drug Abuse–funded career award in substance use disorder patient-oriented research (2005–2016). Funded by grants from NIH/NIDA, she developed and tested a new manual-based group therapy for women with substance use disorders, the Women’s Recovery Group (WRG). The WRG is an evidence-based treatment, and the manual for dissemination was published in 2016, Treating Women with Substance Use Disorders: The Women’s Recovery Group Manual. She is immediate past president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and current member and past chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry. She is immediate past editor in chief of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, a position in which she served for 16 years (2002–2018).
Dr. Greenfield was a member of the advisory committee on services for women for the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2011–2017). She has been elected to the American College of Psychiatrists and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She received the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentoring from Harvard Medical School.
Valeria Chambers, EdM, CAS, CPS
Valeria Chambers is the founder and coordinator of Black Voices: Pathways 4 Recovery (formerly Blacks United in Recovery), where she provides leadership in all aspects of the development of program, and policy initiatives. She is a senior community researcher for the Health, Equity and Research Lab at Cambridge Health Alliance, and is active on the Massachusetts Mental Health Planning Council, having completed a five-year term as co-chair of the Department of Mental Health Multicultural Advisory Committee. Chambers holds a master’s degree and certificate of advanced studies in counseling and consulting psychology. She received the National Alliance on Mental Illness–Massachusetts 2007 Heroes in the Fight Award for the Peer Specialist Certification Training Team.
Pushpa Narayanaswami, MD, FAAN
Pushpa Narayanaswami is a neuromuscular neurologist. She is the vice chair of clinical operations in the department of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, and associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is a clinician-educator and researcher with special interest in myasthenia gravis, myopathies, and muscular dystrophies.
T. Salewa Oseni, MD
T. Salewa Oseni, MD, is a breast surgical oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. She specializes in breast oncoplastic surgery, and has an appointment as an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. Her research areas include management of high-risk DCIS and health care disparities.
Dr. Oseni received her undergraduate training at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University. Following this, she was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, and completed her general surgery training at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. She received her fellowship training in surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
Sue-Ellen Anderson-Haynes, MS, RDN, CDCES, LDN, NASM-CPT
Sue-Ellen Anderson-Haynes, MS, RDN, CDCES, LDN, NASM-CPT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and a Nutrition & Diabetes Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center. She is the founder & CEO of 360Girls&Women®LLC – a holistic wellness company for girls and women – and a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Women’s Fitness Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and the Boston Organization of Nutritionist and Dietitians of Color (BOND), a Board Advisor for the Boston Alliance for Diversity in Dietetics (BADD), and has coauthored articles in several scholarly medical publications. Sue-Ellen obtained her Bachelors of Science in Food Science & Human Nutrition, Specialization Dietetics, with a minor in Health Science Education from the University of Florida and her Masters of Science in Nutrition & Wellness from Andrews University, Summa Cum-Laude. She enjoys cooking, reading, and going on outdoor activities with her husband and two children.
Numa Perez, MD
Dr. Perez is a general surgery resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, and one of the 2018–20 Healthcare Innovation Research Fellows at the MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab. His research lies at the intersection of healthcare outcomes and disparities, and the use of mobile healthcare technology to improve patient experience while upholding equity. After completing his surgery residency, Dr. Perez hopes to pursue a career in pediatric surgery.
Peter T. Masiakos, MS, MD, FACS, FAAP
Dr. Masiakos is a pediatric surgeon, the director of pediatric trauma service at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and co-director of the MGH Center for Gun Violence Prevention, which he founded in June 2018. He is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and a visiting surgeon at MGH, where he has a clinical interest in pediatric trauma care and injury prevention.
Kristin Moffitt, MD
Dr. Kristin Moffitt is a pediatric infectious diseases doctor and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is involved in several studies of COVID-19 in children, and has been a regular contributor to local and national news affiliates for pediatric COVID-19 updates.
Adjoa Anyane-Yeboa, MD, MPH
Dr. Adjoa Anyane-Yeboa is a board-certified gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is also a member of the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit, a subdivision of the Mongan Institute at MGH. Her work focuses on health equity in gastroenterology, specifically in IBD and colorectal cancer. Follow her on Twitter @AdjoaGIMD and Instagram @dradjoa_gimd.
Christopher D. Anderson, MD, MSc
Victor A. Lopez-Carmen, MPH
Nicole Baumer, MD, MEd
Dr. Baumer received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She trained in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, and in neurodevelopmental disabilities at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Baumer has a master’s degree in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Baumer was a fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) program at Boston Children's Hospital.
Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Letter
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 Journal Watch, a summary medical information newsletter for physicians published by the Massachusetts Medical Society/New England Journal of Medicine.