HHP Blog Contributing Editor
Dr. Wynne Armand is an Associate Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital where she provides primary care, and an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Armand is also involved in teaching internal medicine residents in training. She is a faculty editor for MGH Primary Care Office InSite (PCOI), a website that provides patient information as well as guidelines for practicing physicians and healthcare staff. She is a medical director at ConsumerMedical, a company dedicated to educate and empower individuals in their healthcare decisions. Dr. Armand earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where she also completed her internal medicine residency in a program dedicated to training physicians to become leaders in the care of the underserved.
Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH
Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter
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.
James Cartreine, PhD
HHP Blog Contributing Editor
Dr. James Cartreine is an instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and teaches cognitive behavioral therapy to psychiatry residents. Dr. Cartreine is affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Boston VA Medical Center, and is a co-founder of The EverMind Group, LLC.
Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
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 coauthor, 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.
Gregory D. Curfman, MD
Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Publishing
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.
Managing Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
Nancy Ferrari is a managing editor at Harvard Health Publishing and 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 a conference proceedings on energy and the environment.
Marc Garnick, MD
Editor in Chief, Annual Report on Prostate Diseases
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.
Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter
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 L. Komaroff, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
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, MD
Editor in Chief, Harvard Men’s Health Watch
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, MD
Chief Editor for Internet Publishing, Harvard Health Publishing
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.
Paul G. Mathew, MD, FAAN, FAHS
HHP Blog Contributing Editor
Paul G. Mathew, MD, FAAN FAHS is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and holds clinical positions at three HMS affiliated institutions. He serves as the Director of Continuing Medical Education at the Brigham & Women's Hospital, Department of Neurology, John R. Graham Headache Center. He is also a staff neurologist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates/Atrius Health and the Cambridge Health Alliance. He completed his neurology residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and then completed a fellowship in headache medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is board certified in neurology and headache medicine. In addition to conventional headache treatments, Dr. Mathew performs Botox injections, trigger point injections, and nerve blocks.
In terms of his academic responsibilities, he has been involved in the training of neurology, psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine, and dental residents, as well as two headache medicine fellows per year. Regarding medical student education, he is the founder and clerkship director of the Harvard Medical School Advanced Neurology Clerkship. He also serves on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School Cambridge Integrated Clerkship.
Dr. Mathew also applies his passion and expertise to the role of advocate for both patients and fellow physicians. He has participated in multiple successful lobbying efforts in Washington, DC headed by the American Academy of Neurology to improve patients’ access to healthcare. In March, 2015, Dr. Mathew was appointed as the neurology representative on the advisory board of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons. The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (www.NBPAS.org) is an organization committed to providing board re-certification that ensures physician compliance with national standards and lifelong learning after completing initial board certification with an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Board.
Executive Editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch, Harvard Health Publishing
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 Medicine, Good Housekeeping, and the Chicago Tribune. She is a graduate of The University of Colorado.
Michael Craig Miller, MD
Editor in Chief, Harvard Mental Health Letter
Michael Craig Miller, M.D. was Editor in Chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter from August 2000 to March 2012. Published monthly, this newsletter 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 on the medical staff at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Hope Ricciotti, MD
Editor in Chief, Harvard Women’s Health Watch
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.
Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Disease, Blog Contributing Editor
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.
Robert H. Shmerling, MD
Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
Dr. Robert Shmerling is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Chief of Rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston MA where he is an active teacher in the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Program Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship. He has been a practicing rheumatologist for over 25 years.
Harvey B. Simon, MD
Founding Editor, Harvard Men’s Health Watch
Dr. Harvey Simon founded Harvard Men’s Health Watch in August 1996 and was its editor in chief until retiring in May 2012. Dr. Simon is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Health Sciences Technology Faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Simon completed his post-graduate training at the National Institutes of Health and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he provided primary medical care to patients for more than 30 years. Dr. Simon was a founding member of the Harvard Cardiovascular Health Center. He also served on the Massachusetts Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports, and was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians.
As author of more than 100 scientific articles and medical textbook chapters, including many on diet and exercise, Dr. Simon has been an active contributor to medical research. He is also committed to medical education, and he was honored to receive the London Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard and MIT.
As the author of many consumer health publications, Dr. Simon is dedicated to informing people about health and medicine. He has written scores of articles for newspapers and magazines ranging from the Boston Globe and Washington Post to Scientific American and Newsweek. He has also authored six health books, including The Harvard Medical School Guide to Men’s Health, Staying Well, Conquering Heart Disease, and The No Sweat Exercise Plan. Dr. Simon has received many national awards for his consumer health writing.
Executive Editor, Harvard Men’s Health watch
Matthew Solan is the executive editor of the Harvard Men's Health Watch. He previously served as executive editor for UCLA Health's Healthy Years and as a contributor to Duke Medicine's Health News and Weill Cornell Medical College's Women Nutrition Connection and Women's Health Advisor. Matthew's articles on medicine, exercise science, and nutrition, have appeared in Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Runner's World, and Yoga Journal. He earned a master of fine arts in writing from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida.
Monique Tello, MD, MPH
HHP Blog Contributing Editor
Monique Tello is a physician and writer. She is originally from the Boston area, and graduated from Brown University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency training program at Yale/New Haven Hospital, where she was very lucky to work with renowned medical writers Richard Selzer, Sherwin Nuland and Abraham Verghese, among others. After residency, she earned a Master's in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital; her research and clinical focus while at Hopkins was HIV Women's Health. Throughout training and beyond, Monique has been active in international health, volunteering at and supporting clinics in Central and South America, as well as participating in several disaster missions. While living in Baltimore, she met her husband, local sports broadcaster Bob Socci, and they relocated to Milton, Massachusetts almost a decade ago. They have two young children, one with autism. She practices part-time internal medicine at Women's Health Associates, a small MGH-based primary care practice with all female providers that serves predominantly female patients. She is half Latina, speaks Spanish, and maintains a close relationship with her extended family in Guatemala. She writes a popular blog, www.generallymedicine.com, about her life as a doctor and a mother.
Marlynn Wei, MD, JD
HHP Blog Contributing Editor
Marlynn Wei, MD, JD is a board-certified psychiatrist, certified yoga teacher, and co-author of the upcoming Harvard Health book, Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga. She writes for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She shares the healing power of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness in her work and specializes in treating anxiety, self-esteem, relationship, and career issues.
Dr. Wei is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean psychiatry program and recipient of the Anne Alonso Award for excellence in psychotherapy from Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her M.D. from the Yale School of Medicine and J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as senior editor for the Yale Law Journal and editor of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.