Harvard Health Experts and Contributors

List of Experts

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Emily Reiff, MD

Contributor

Dr. Emily Reiff is a maternal fetal medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), specializing in high-risk obstetrics, and a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Reiff completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at BWH and Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Duke University. She currently sees pregnant patients in the maternal fetal medicine offices at BWH in Boston and Foxboro, and performs consultations in the Center for Fetal Medicine. Academically, she is interested in care redesign through quality improvement initiatives. She lives in Wellesley with her husband and daughter.
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William Renthal, MD, PhD

Contributor

William Renthal, MD, PhD, is the director of molecular genetics at the John R. Graham Headache Center. Dr. Renthal completed his MD, PhD and neurology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and joined Brigham and Women’s Hospital for his final year of residency and postgraduate training in headache medicine.   He is board certified in neurology and provides patients with comprehensive headache care including advanced diagnostics and personalized treatment plans, which may include behavioral/complementary therapy, medication and/or procedures (e.g. nerve blocks, Botox).   In addition to clinical care, Dr. Renthal conducts neuroscience and genetics research at Harvard Medical School where he is interested in the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying migraine. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on his research.  
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Jenette Restivo

Health Writer; Assistant Director for Digital Content Creation and Engagement, Harvard Health Publishing

Jenette Restivo is a Health Content Writer at Harvard Health Publishing. Jenette is a media professional with a 20-year-career creating strategic content for broadcast, nonprofits, and websites. Jenette started her career in health editing at About.com. She reported for the medical unit of ABC News, and then became a producer/writer of health, science and other documentaries for television channels such as PBS, the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. Jenette has also led communications efforts for a healthcare nonprofit called Primary Care Progress, as well as headed up content strategy for the Children and Nature Network.
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Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH

Contributor

Dr. Kathryn Rexrode is the Chief of the Division of Women’s Health in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rexrode has broad and deep research experience in women’s health, with particular expertise in cardiovascular disease in women. She leads multiple grants from the National institute of Health and is the author of more than 250 research publications. Dr. Rexrode also leads the Office of Women’s Careers in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at BWH where she works to advance gender equity, diversity and inclusion. Dr. Rexrode practices as primary care physician at the Gretchen and Edward Fish Center for Women’s Health at BWH. 
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Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH

Contributor

Dr. Kathryn Rexrode is the Chief of the Division of Women’s Health in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rexrode has broad and deep research experience in women’s health, with particular expertise in cardiovascular disease in women. She leads multiple grants from the National institute of Health and is the author of more than 250 research publications. Dr. Rexrode also leads the Office of Women’s Careers in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at BWH where she works to advance gender equity, diversity and inclusion. Dr. Rexrode practices as primary care physician at the Gretchen and Edward Fish Center for Women’s Health at BWH. 
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Hope Ricciotti, MD

Editor at Large, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Dr. Hope A. Ricciotti is Editor at Large of Harvard Women’s Health Watch. She is an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, and leads the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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Shauna Rice, BS

Contributor

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.
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James Richter, MD

Contributor

James Michael Richter, MD, is a Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and Medical and Masters Degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and later a clinical and research fellowship in gastroenterology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Richter practices consultative and endoscopic gastroenterology. Dr. Richter has an established interest in healthcare systems development and quality management, infectious, and inflammatory enteric diseases. He served as a Trustee of the Partners Community Healthcare; the community network that is a part of the Partners HealthCare System and Trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Physicians Corporation and its successor, the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization between 1992 and 2002. There he chaired the Managed Care, Medical Management, Medical Policy Committees and Clinical Performance Management Task Force. He was Chief Medical Officer of the Caritas Christi Health Care System from 2002 through 2004. Dr. Richter served as a member of the Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners and the Massachusetts Medical Society Information Technology and Quality of Care Committees. He is recently the chair of the Society for General Internal Medicine National Clinical Practice Committee which is responsible for quality of care, practice management, and applications of clinical information technology. He currently serves on the advisory committee to CMS developing the criteria for episodes of care for MIPS and MACRA. He continues to have an active leadership role in medical management, safety and quality of care improvement at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His research interests include the effectiveness of care of the adult patient with digestive disease, screening for colorectal cancer, quality management in healthcare and healthcare systems development and improvement. He has contributed over 180 original papers and chapters to the medical literature.
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Eric Rimm, ScD

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing

Eric Rimm, ScD, is professor of epidemiology and nutrition, director of the program in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He is internationally recognized for his extensive work in the study of the health effects of moderate alcohol consumption, whole grains, micronutrients, and polyphenols. He also studies the impact of local and national nutrition policy as it relates to the improvement of diets of school children, the one in eight Americans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other federal nutrition assistance programs. He served on the National Academy of Sciences’ food policy advisory committee for the USDA’s Economic Research Service, and previously served on the scientific advisory committee for the 2010 US Dietary Guidelines for Americans. He is also a nutritional advisor to the Boston Red Sox and the Liverpool Football Club in the English Premier League. He has published more than 800 peer-reviewed publications during his 28 years on the faculty at Harvard. Eric has received several awards for his work, including the American Society for Nutrition Innovation Award.
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Eve Rittenberg, MD

Contributor

Eve Rittenberg, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a primary care internist at the Fish Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her interests include women’s health, trauma-informed care, and health equity. She is a 2018–2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars fellow, working with an interdisciplinary team on trauma-informed care. She is the past medical director of primary care at the Fish Center, and is actively engaged in medical student education in women’s health.
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Paul Rizzoli, MD

Contributor; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Paul Rizzoli is board-certified in internal medicine, neurology, and headache medicine. He is the clinical director of the Graham Headache Center at Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospital in Boston. Begun in 1999 and affiliated with Harvard Medical School, it is one of the largest UCNS-accredited training programs in headache medicine in the United States. This academic headache center, located on the Faulkner Hospital campus, has as its mission to re-establish the Faulkner’s longstanding reputation for excellence in headache care, and to carry on the legacy of Dr. John Graham, an early headache pioneer. The center is known for excellence in headache management, research, and for clinical training in headache medicine.
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Celeste Robb-Nicholson, MD

Contributor

Celeste Robb-Nicholson, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Physician and Associate Chief of the General Internal Medicine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and founding Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Women's Health Watch. She also serves as the Medical Director of Primary Care Office InSite, a web site for general internists and their patients. In this role, she is responsible for the development of guidelines for primary care clinicians and health information for their patients. Dr. Robb-Nicholson received her undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College, her medical degree from Duke University, and her master's in public health in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. She maintains an active medical practice as a Primary Care Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. 
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Laura K. Rock, MD

Contributor

Dr. Laura K. Rock is a pulmonologist and critical care physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She is also faculty for the Center for Medical Simulation, and a VitalTalk instructor. She runs communication training programs and conducts research on debriefing as it relates to teamwork and patient safety. These include programs for effective and empathic communication between clinicians and patients or family members; work culture and how it affects teamwork, the patient experience, and clinician well-being; managing conflict at the bedside; and providing feedback that improves performance.
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Dennis Rosen, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Dennis Rosen, M.D. is a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep specialist at at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he is the associate medical director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders. He is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rosen is author of Successful Sleep Strategies for Kids (Harvard Medical School Guide) and Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients
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John Ross, MD, FIDSA

Contributor; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. John Ross is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, and practices hospital medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough: Diagnosing the Medical Groans and Last Gasps of Ten Great Writers, and is one of the editors of the textbook Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine.
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Natalia S. Rost, MD, MPH, FAAN, FAHA

Contributor

Natalia S. Rost, MD, MPH, FAAN, FAHA, is chief of the stroke division at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) department of neurology, and professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. A cum laude graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, she also holds a master of public health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Rost trained in neurology and vascular neurology at MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital residency and fellowship programs. Dr. Rost is internationally recognized for her expertise in vascular neurology, neuroimaging of cerebrovascular disease, and big-data science applications to personalized clinical outcome prediction in acute stroke. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and is coauthor of the Harvard Medical School Special Health Report Stroke: Strategies to prevent, treat, and recover from a "brain attack" and the MGH Handbook of Neurology. Dr. Rost is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and American Heart Association, former president of the Boston board of the American Heart Association (2014–2016), scientific chair of the 2022 NINDS Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias Summit, and she serves as associate editor of the journal Stroke.
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Christian Ruff, MD, MPH

Contributor

Christian Thomas Ruff, MD, MPH, Director, Genetics Core Laboratory; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts Christian T. Ruff, MD, MPH is the Director of General Cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Neurobiology and earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr Ruff is an investigator in the Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) Study Group and serves as the Director of the Genetics Core Laboratory and as Co-Director of the Clinical Events Committee. He has specific expertise in atrial fibrillation, risk stratification and implementation of antithrombotic therapy for stroke prevention, as well as the treatment and prevention of venous thromboembolism.
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Emily S. Ruiz, MD, MPH

Contributor; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing

Emily Ruiz, MD, MPH, is an associate physician at the Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center; an instructor in dermatology at Harvard Medical School; and director of the High-Risk Skin Cancer Clinic at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Ruiz received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, and master of public health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed an internship in internal medicine at New York University School of Medicine, dermatology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and fellowship in micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
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Elisabeth J. Ryan, JD, MPH

Guest Contributor

Elisabeth Ryan, JD, MPH, is the Legal Fellow at the Northeastern University School of Law Center for Health Policy and Law. She has formerly practiced as a public defender and as deputy general counsel for the Massachusetts public safety executive office. She currently heads Public Health Law Watch and her work focuses on the intersection of criminal justice and public health.
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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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Suzanne Salamon, MD

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Suzanne Salamon is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a geriatrician and practices primary care geriatrics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she is the associate chief for clinical geriatrics. She is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. She is the geriatrics editor of the Harvard Health Letter, and has been the medical editor for Harvard Health Publishing Special Health Reports including Better Balance and Aging in Place. She is active in community public health, serving on the board of the Brookline Senior Center and writing a monthly column for their newsletter called “Ask a Geriatrician,” and she belongs to the Medical Reserve Corps. (Her mother, who just turned 100, lives with her and her family.)
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Danielle L. Sarno, MD

Contributor; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Danielle Sarno is the director of interventional pain management in the department of neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an instructor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. She is the founding co-director of the Harvard Interventional Pain Simulation Center, where she is developing and studying an interventional spine simulation–based education curriculum for physicians specializing in pain medicine. She has written widely on pain care and the spine, and presented her research nationally and internationally. Dr. Sarno received a Pillars of Excellence Award for integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion from Mass General Brigham, and a “20 Under 40” award from the North American Spine Society. She co-directs a virtual integrative program (www.finerprogram.org) for people with chronic pain, which aligns with her mission to broadly increase access to pain management resources and improve quality of life. Instagram: Danielle Sarno, MD
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Ameet Sarpatwari, JD, PhD

Contributing Editor

Ameet Sarpatwari is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital based in the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. His research draws upon his interdisciplinary training as an epidemiologist and lawyer and focuses on the effects of laws and regulations on therapeutic development, approval, use, and related public health outcomes. Among other projects, he is currently examining the public health implications of variation in state drug product selection laws, the risk of re-identification under HIPAA pathways for data sharing for post-approval drug research, and the comparative safety and effectiveness of biosimilars.
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David Scales, MPhil, MD, PhD

Contributor

David Scales, MPhil, MD, PhD is a physician, sociologist and faculty member at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School. David received his BA in Chemistry and American History from the University of Pennsylvania, received a scholarship to study History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Cambridge University then completed his MD and PhD degrees at Yale University, where his dissertation focused on the World Health Organization’s efforts to track and manage the spread of diseases across international borders. His post-doctoral work at HealthMap.org included working on BioMosaic, a Centers for Disease Control project mapping the intersection of demography, migration and infectious diseases and volunteering for SyriaTracker, a non-profit tracking human rights abuses in Syria. David completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, where he currently works as a Hospitalist. David’s clinical interests focus on providing care to the medically underserved both in the US and in the Middle East. Focusing on migrants and refugees, he works with local NGOs Questscope and the Lajee Center, in Jordan and Palestine respectively, advising them as they address structural determinants of health by promoting agency and minimizing health inequalities. With a certificate in medical interpreting in Levantine Arabic, David’s writing centers on medical communication – between healthcare providers, in the doctor-patient relationship and to the general public. He has written for Aeon, MedPage Today and is a contributor to WBUR’s CommonHealth.
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Charlie Schmidt

Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Diseases

Charlie Schmidt is an award-winning freelance science writer based in Portland, Maine. In addition to writing for Harvard Health Publishing, Charlie has written for Science magazine, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Environmental Health Perspectives, Nature Biotechnology, and The Washington Post.
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