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Jeffrey Ecker, MD

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is a maternal-fetal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital where he leads his department’s efforts in quality and safety and is a professor at Harvard Medical School. He is the current chair of the Committee on Obstetric Practice for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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Robert R. Edwards, Ph.D.

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Dr. Edwards is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Pain Management Center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, completing a Ph.D. in Medical Psychology and a Master’s in Public Health. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Pain Psychology at Johns Hopkins, before joining the faculty in Psychiatry there. He moved to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in 2008. Dr. Edwards functions in a clinical capacity as a psychologist at the BWH Pain Management Center, where his responsibilities include assessment and treatment of chronic pain patients referred to the Pain Center. He screens for candidacy for opioid therapy and implantable devices and offers behavioral medicine services such as biofeedback for pain management. He mentors junior faculty members in several Departments and institutions, he has published numerous scientific articles, reviews, and book chapters on pain, and he serves on the editorial boards of several pain and psychology journals. Dr. Edwards’ research focuses on biobehavioral aspects of acute and chronic pain. Specifically, he studies individual differences in pain responses, and the neurobiological mechanisms by which psychosocial processes shape those individual differences. Some of his current NIH-funded work focuses on the impact of pain-related catastrophizing on neuroendocrine and inflammatory responses to pain, as well as individual differences in central nervous system pain processing, and their implications for long-term pain-related outcomes. He is involved in several studies that use functional neuroimaging techniques to assess the neurobiology of pain-related thoughts and emotions. In addition, his research group is working in the area of predicting and preventing misuse of opioids by patients with persistent pain.
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David J. Einstein, MD

Contributor

Dr. David J. Einstein is a genitourinary medical oncologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition to patient care, he leads clinical/translational research in immunotherapy and targeted approaches to prostate, kidney, and bladder cancers. He is a medical advisor to the Boston Prostate Cancer Support Group and the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition.
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Todd Ellerin, MD

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Dr. Todd Ellerin has been director of infectious diseases and vice chairman of the department of medicine at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA for 17 years. He is an associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, he serves as medical director of the Weymouth Department of Public Health, and was the medical technical specialist for SARS, H1NI, Ebola, and now 2019-nCoronavirus at South Shore Health.
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Lauren Elson, MD

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Lauren Elson, MD is board certified in sports medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. She attended Tufts University School of Medicine and did her residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia/Cornell. She then completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Stanford University. Besides her experience with Division I athletes, she has covered multiple endurance races and marathons, including the Racing the Planet series in Chile and Egypt, the World’s Strongest Man Competition, and United Football League Games. She is currently the team physician for Lasell College. As a former professional dancer, she has a passion for taking care of dancers and performing artists. She is the chair of the Freelance Dancer Committee on the Dance USA Taskforce on Dance Health and is a member of Performing Arts Medical Association. She has spoken at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science meetings and gives lectures on dance health and injury prevention to dancers and professional organizations. She has served as a volunteer physician at dance medicine clinics and organizes injury prevention screening exams. With more than 35 years of experience as a dancer including training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, African dance, modern, salsa, lindy hop, pilates and yoga, Dr. Elson understands the goals and challenges of the physically active population. Dr. Elson is interested in developing dance health and education programs in the Boston area as well uniting the dance medicine community to provide dancers better access to specialized care.
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Lawrence Epstein, MD

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Lawrence Epstein, MD is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the Assistant Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Service and Program Director for the sleep medicine fellowship program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Medical Editor of the Harvard Medical School Special Health Report: Improving Sleep.
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Christopher Estiverne, MD

Contributor

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Christopher Estiverne is currently a staff nephrologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he specializes in care of patients with chronic kidney disease. He completed his medical degree and Internal Medicine training at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and is a recent graduate from the combined Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital nephrology fellowship program. His other interests include studying health care inequities and medical education.
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