Harvard Health Blog Experts

Deepak Bhatt, M.D.

Deepak Bhatt, MD

Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt is executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart & Vascular Center and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also a senior physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a senior investigator in the TIMI Study Group. Dr. Bhatt’s research interests include heart attack and other acute coronary syndromes, preventive cardiology, and advanced techniques in cardiac, cerebral, and peripheral intervention. He is the author or coauthor of more than 1,000 publications. Dr. Bhatt earned his medical degree from Cornell University and a master’s of public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and was a fellow in interventional cardiology and cerebral and peripheral vascular intervention at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Bhatt has been listed in Best Doctors in America since 2005. He was selected by Brigham and Women’s Hospital as the 2014 Eugene Braunwald Scholar.
Julie Corliss

Julie Corliss

Julie Corliss is executive editor of the Harvard Heart Letter. Before working at Harvard, she was a medical writer and editor at HealthNews, a consumer health newsletter affiliated with The New England Journal of Medicine. She is co-author, with Dr. George Blackburn, of Break Through Your Set Point: How to Finally Lose the Weight You Want and Keep it Off. Julie earned a BA in biology from Oberlin College and a master’s certificate in science communication from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Hope Ricciotti, MD

Dr. Hope Ricciotti, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, is an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, she is the department chair. She leads a program to improve the culture of academic medicine, and implemented one of the first academic department open workspace designs in order to foster innovation, collaboration, and civility. She is a member of the Harvard Medical School Curriculum Committee and faculty council. She is co-director of the Resident-as-Teacher Interest Group for the Harvard Medical School Academy.

Dr. Ricciotti was the vice chair, vice chair for Education, Residency Program director, and Medical Student Clerkship director in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was a key leader in incorporating reproductive health into the Harvard Medical School New Pathway curriculum, teaching in the physiology course, third year core clerkship in obstetrics and gynecology, and creating several advanced electives. She developed a Resident-as-Teacher objective structured teaching exercise to train and evaluate residents as teachers that has been nationally implemented through the AAMC MedEd Portal.

Dr. Ricciotti is a board member for the Society of Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology eLearning Committee. She was a board member for the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and a member of the Faculty Development Milestone Task Force for the Council on Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Ricciotti earned her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School and completed her residency at Beth Israel Hospital. She completed a fellowship in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program.  Her interests include leadership and culture change in academic medicine and resident-as-teacher curriculum development.

Nancy Ferrari

Nancy Ferrari

Nancy Ferrari is managing director and executive editor at Harvard Health Publishing, former executive editor for the Harvard Health Blog, and a former editor of the Harvard Heart Letter. Before joining Harvard Health, Nancy was a writer and editor in the Clinical Publications Program at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She began her work there as a women’s health writer creating patient education materials and then became the manager of the program. Nancy’s writing and editing experience includes work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she worked at the Journal of Science, Technology, and Human Values and served as editor of conference proceedings on energy and the environment.
Marc Garnick, M.D.

Marc Garnick, MD

Dr. Marc B. Garnick is an internationally renowned expert in medical oncology and urologic cancer. A clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, he also maintains an active clinical practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has dedicated his career to the development of new therapies for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Dr. Garnick is the editor in chief of HarvardProstateKnowledge.org and Harvard Medical School’s Annual Report on Prostate Diseases, both of which emerged from his keen interest in explaining issues of medical importance to patients and their families to help them make appropriate treatment choices.

Heidi Godman

Heidi Godman

Heidi Godman is the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter. Before coming to the Health Letter, she was an award-winning television news anchor and medical reporter for 25 years. Heidi is a journalism fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and has been honored by the Associated Press, the American Heart Association, the Wellness Community, and other organizations for outstanding medical reporting. She is most proud of a government proclamation for her efforts to secure health insurance for less fortunate children. Heidi holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism from West Virginia University.
Anthony Komaroff, M.D.

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD

Dr. Anthony Komaroff is the Steven P. Simcox/Patrick A. Clifford/James H. Higby distinguished 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 newsletter that keeps physicians informed of the latest research, published by the New England Journal of Medicine. For six years he authored a daily syndicated newspaper column on health, carried in over 400 newspapers in North America. Dr. Komaroff was the editor in chief of Harvard Health Publishing 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 spends most of his time currently on research, and 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.

William Kormos, M.D.

William Kormos, MD

Dr. William Kormos is a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kormos is the director of education at MGH’s John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care, where his current projects include implementing novel methods for patient education and developing education programs for primary care physicians. Dr. Kormos has served as the associate director for the hospital’s internal medicine residency program. He has received the Alfred Kranes Award, the Primary Care Program Teaching Award, the Bigelow Attending Teaching Award, and the Ambulatory Teaching Award from the MGH house staff. He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship at MGH.
Howard LeWine, M.D.

Howard LeWine, MD

Dr. Howard LeWine is Chief Editor for Internet Publishing at Harvard Health Publishing. He is recognized as an outstanding clinician and teacher and is a recipient of the Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year award at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. After practicing primary care for more than 20 years, Dr. LeWine is now a hospitalist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Claire McCarthy, MD

Dr. Claire McCarthy is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy writes about health and parenting for Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston.com, and the Huffington Post.
Beverly Merz

Beverly Merz

Beverly Merz, former executive editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch, helped start this newsletter in 1993. She has also served as an associate editor of JAMA, managing editor with the Union of Concerned Scientists, and held editorial positions at Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book Encyclopedia. She was also a founding editor of Cardio, a newsmagazine for cardiologists, and SusanLoveMD.org. Beverly has contributed to a variety of general and health publications including The New England Journal of MedicineGood Housekeeping, and the Chicago Tribune. She is a graduate of The University of Colorado.
Michael Craig Miller, M.D.

Michael Craig Miller, MD

Dr. Michael Craig Miller is the senior editor for Mental Health Publishing at Harvard Health Publishing. He was editor in chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter from August 2000 to March 2012. Published monthly, the Harvard Mental Health Letter was read widely by professionals and non-professionals alike. Dr. Miller’s writing on mental health topics has appeared in Newsweek, the Boston Globe and in syndicated articles that appear in newspapers nationwide. He has appeared as a commentator on the Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, ABC News, CNN, and NPR and for media outlets in the Boston area. In practice for more than 30 years, Dr Miller is a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School and on the medical staff at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Urmila Parlikar

Urmila Parlikar

Urmila Parlikar is associate director of Digital Health Products at Harvard Health Publishing. She first joined Harvard as a staff writer in 1998. She wrote articles for the Harvard Health newsletters, revised and updated Special Health Reports including Stroke and The Aging Eye, and served as the editor of the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide Online. More recently, Urmila has worked closely with Dr. Anthony Komaroff on the Ask Doctor K newspaper column. She also develops patient education materials for other HHP projects. She was also Managing Editor at HealthGate Data Corporation where she supervised the creation and updating of online patient education resources. Urmila began her career in the Office of Public Affairs at The Rockefeller University in New York City after earning a master’s degree in science journalism at Boston University.
Daniel Pendick

Daniel Pendick

Daniel Pendick is the executive editor of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch. He has previously served as editor and chief writer for the Cleveland Clinic Men’s Health Advisor and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine’s Focus On Healthy Aging. Dan earned a master of art’s degree in the history of science and medicine from the University of Wisconsin in 1992, and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 1998-99. He is also a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he teaches the next generation of physicians and biomedical researchers how to communicate more effectively with each other and the general public.
Robert Shmerling, M.D.

Robert Shmerling, MD

Dr. Robert Shmerling is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Chief of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston MA where he is an active teacher in the Internal Medicine Residency Program and former program director of the Rheumatology Fellowship.  He has been a practicing rheumatologist for over 30 years.
Gregory Curfman

Gregory D. Curfman, MD

Dr. Gregory Curfman is the former editor in chief of Harvard Health Publishing. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the affiliated faculty of Harvard Law School. Dr. Curfman was the executive editor of The New England Journal of Medicine. 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 US Senate and House of Representatives. He has also contributed amicus briefs in Supreme Court health law cases.