Health Experts

Wynne Armand, MD

Wynne Armand, MD

Contributor

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

Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH

Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Contributing Editor; Health Dialog Reviewer

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.

Susan Block, MD

Susan Block, MD

Health Dialog Reviewer

Dr. Susan D. Block is a professor of psychiatry and medicine at Harvard Medical School. A national leader in the development of palliative medicine in the United States, Dr. Block has led major innovative educational and quality improvement projects in a variety of areas. She is known internationally as an expert in medical education, faculty development, communication, and health system change. She has contributed to research in medical education, palliative care, psycho-oncology, communication, and health system change. 

Through the Open Society Institute’s Project on Death in America, she created national programs designed to train and support faculty to develop as early leaders in the field.  Over nearly twenty years, as its founding chair, she built the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her efforts grew this interdisciplinary program into one of the largest palliative care programs in the country. 

With her husband, Andy Billings, Dr. Block founded and Co-Directed the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, a National Center of Excellence in Palliative Care Education, training thousands of clinicians from around the world. In 2011, with Atul Gawande, she started the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health care innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Block received her BA from Stanford University and her MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  She completed residencies in internal medicine and psychiatry at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA, and is board-certified in both fields. She is the author of over 200 publications and has won numerous awards in palliative care and psychiatry, for education, research, and leadership.

Christopher Bono, MD

Christopher Bono, MD

Health Dialog Reviewer

Dr. Christopher M. Bono is chief of the Orthopedic Spine Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and co-director of the Brigham and Women’s Comprehensive Spine Center. A professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Bono is the incoming editor in chief of The Spine Journal. He has served in the past as a deputy editor for this journal and for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Bono is board certified in orthopedic surgery. He earned his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn (Downstate Medical School) and completed his residency at New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers).

In addition to writing more than 100 book chapters, Dr. Bono has over 160 peer-reviewed publications cited on PubMed. He has also co-edited a number of textbooks, including the latest edition of Rothman-Simeone: The Spine, considered the most complete and authoritative text for spinal care.

James Cartreine, PhD

James Cartreine, PhD

Contributor

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.

 

Andrew Chan, MD, MPH

Andrew Chan, MD, MPH

Health Dialog Reviewer

Dr. Andrew Chan is a orofessor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), chief of the clinical and translational epidemiology unit in the department of medicine, and the program director for fellowship training in the division of gastroenterology. Dr. Chan is a leading investigator in the epidemiology of colorectal cancer and other digestive diseases, with a focus on chemoprevention with aspirin and the gut microbiome.

Dr. Chan earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and masters in public health at Harvard School of Public Health, followed by internal medicine and gastroenterology training at MGH. As a clinical gastroenterologist, Dr. Chan specializes in familial gastrointestinal cancer syndromes and cancer prevention.

Amy Comander, MD

Amy Comander, MD

Health Dialog Reviewer

Dr. Amy H. Comander is a breast oncologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where she is medical director of the Auerbach Breast Center, and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and treatment for women with breast cancer. She received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). She also completed fellowship training in hematology and oncology at BIDMC. Her areas of interest include counseling women at increased risk for breast cancer, treatment of breast cancer, and helping patients who have been treated for breast cancer achieve the best possible outcome afterward. She is particularly interested in cancer survivorship, and in helping her patients achieve the best quality of life after a breast cancer diagnosis. Dr. Comander is actively involved in clinical trials, and interested in investigating novel agents for treatment of breast cancer.

Julie Corliss

Julie Corliss

Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter; Contributor

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.

Gregory D. Curfman, MD

Gregory D. Curfman, MD

Former, 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.

Nancy Ferrari

Nancy Ferrari

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

Marc Garnick, MD

Editor in Chief, Annual Report on Prostate Diseases; Health Dialog Reviewer; Contributor

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

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.

Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, FACE

Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, FACE

Health Dialog Reviewer

Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, FACE is a senior endocrinologist, clinical investigator, and medical director of the Obesity Clinical Program, director of the Inpatient Diabetes Program at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Hamdy was a co-investigator in two landmark studies, the Diabetes Prevention Program and the Look AHEAD Study. Dr. Hamdy founded the Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment-Why WAIT? program at the Joslin Diabetes Center in 2005, which is currently implemented nationally and internationally. He is also the co-author of the Haravard Health Publishing book The Diabetes Breakthrough, which outlines his strategy for long-term diabetes weight management. Dr. Hamdy also developed an Advanced Quality Improvement model for inpatient diabetes service that reduced 30-day readmission rates by 30%, and also developed the EVADE program for ED management of diabetic ketacidosis that reduced ICU admission for DKA by 25%. Dr. Hamdy chaired the task force that developed the Joslin Nutrition Guidelines, and currently co-chairs the global task force that developed the Transcultural Diabetes Nutrition Alogrithm (tDNA), an effort to improve global health by implementing an effective transcultural lifestyle intervention.

Dr. Hamdy won the prestigious 2015 Michaela Modan Award of the American Diabetes Association for his research on long-term diabetes weight management in real-world clinical practice, and was honored with the Compassionate Caregiver Award from the Schwartz Center. Dr. Hamdy has more than 150 peer-reviewed original articles, reviews, and book chapters. He is on the editorial board of several medical journals, including US Endocrinology, Journal of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy, and two-time section editor of the Current Diabetes Report. He is a member of the editorial review board of many scentific medical journals, including JAMA, Diabetes, Diabetes Care, British Medical Journal, and The Lancet.

Zacharia Isaac, MD

Zacharia Isaac, MD

Health Dialog Reviewer

Dr. Zac Isaac is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (physiatrist) who specializes in spine care and pain management. An assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Isaac serves as the division chief for the Pain and Spine Care Division at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Associate Chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

Dr. Isaac  is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain management. He received his medical degree at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, then completed a 5-year combined residency in internal medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Temple University Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in interventional spine care at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.  

Currently, Dr. Isaac works at several Harvard Medical School teaching institutions, including Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. His practice focus is conservative nonsurgical options for spine care while teaching residents, fellows, and medical students. Additionally, Dr. Isaac publishes extensively in the medical literature and lectures at a regional, national, and international level.

Robert N. Jamison, PhD

Robert N. Jamison, PhD

Health Dialog Reviewer

Robert N. Jamison, PhD, is a professor at Harvard Medical School in the departments of anesthesia, psychiatry, and physical medicine and rehabilitation, and has over 35 years of experience working with persons with chronic pain. Dr. Jamison is the chief psychologist at the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, where he directs a structured pain management program. Dr. Jamison has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, and has authored two books and over 250 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in the area of behavioral medicine and chronic pain. He has a long history of mentoring students, fellows, and junior faculty members. He is active in many national and international organizations, has been on the board of directors for the American Pain Society, and is past president of the New England Pain Association. Dr. Jamison has been a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and has served as principal investigator in many government and industry-sponsored research studies. He also serves on the editorial boards of five different journals, is a frequent ad hoc reviewer for other established medical journals, has served as a member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine and NIDA Study Sections, and has been the invited speaker at many national and international conferences.

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Letter; Health Dialog Reviewer

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

William Kormos, MD

Former 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

Howard LeWine, MD

Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing; Editor in Chief, Harvard Men's Health Watch

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

Paul G. Mathew, MD, FAAN, FAHS

Contributor

Dr. Mathew 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.

Beverly Merz

Beverly Merz

Former Executive Editor; Harvard Women's Health Watch

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

Michael Craig Miller, MD

Former Editor in Chief, Harvard Mental Health Letter, Health Dialog Reviewer

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.

Ann Partridge, MD, MPH

Ann Partridge, MD, MPH

Health Dialog Reviewer

Dr. Ann Partridge is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and vice chair of medical oncology and director of the Adult Survivorship Program at Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a medical oncologist and clinical and health services researcher, she has sought to improve the care and outcomes of patients with cancer by conducting research, and by developing innovative clinical programming. Her diverse and interrelated research projects have focused on communications with cancer survivors, risk perceptions, decision-making and quality of life, behavioral aspects of cancer care including adherence to anti-cancer therapy, age and race disparities in breast cancer outcomes, understanding and intervening to improve survivorship care, long-term effects of cancer and cancer treatment, and the unique issues facing young women with breast cancer.

She has conducted a number of studies leading and/or collaborating with multidisciplinary teams and successfully enrolling scores of patients on multicenter cohorts and clinical trials. She has mentored a number of trainees and junior faculty members toward successful clinical research careers. Her main research in recent years focuses on younger women with breast cancer, in light of the fact that they are more likely to suffer both physically and psychosocially after a diagnosis of breast cancer, and she co-founded and directs the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer. This novel program, which has both clinical and research components, aims to improve care and health outcomes in young women with breast cancer at Dana-Farber, throughout New England, and beyond. In light of this highly successful program, Dr. Partridge was selected to lead the Adult Survivorship Program to enhance care and programming for the growing population of cancer survivors.

Dr. Partridge has conducted a number of clinical and health service research studies. She established and serves as principal investigator for the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Study (YWS), a multi-institutional cohort of young women with breast cancer. The study enrolled over 1,300 women age 40 and younger at diagnosis, and she and her team have received peer-reviewed funding and published a number of papers based on this work and the many other studies she has led or to which she has contributed. Dr. Partridge also serves in numerous leadership roles nationally and internationally. She is co-chair of the Breast Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, chair of the scientific program committee for American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018, co-chair of the biennial Breast Cancer in Young Women Conference, and served as Chair of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women from 2010 to 2017. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a Champions of Change award from the White House, an ASCO Improving Cancer Care Grant, and the Edward J. Benz Jr. Award for Advancing the Careers of Women Faculty.

After graduating from Georgetown University, Dr. Partridge received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, pursued an internal medicine residency at the Hospital for the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a medical oncology and hematology fellowship at Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare. She earned a master of public health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Hope Ricciotti, MD

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.

Shoshana Rosenberg, ScD, MPH

Shoshana Rosenberg, ScD, MPH

Health Dialog Reviewer

Dr. Shoshana Rosenberg is a cancer epidemiologist and health services researcher whose research focuses on survivorship, quality of life, and treatment decision-making in young women with breast cancer. 

Dr. Rosenberg received a Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University. She completed a Master of Public Health degree at New York University and a Doctor of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Following a National Cancer Institute post-doctoral fellowship in Cancer Prevention, which is a joint program of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, she was appointed to her current position as an Instructor at Dana-Farber and Harvard Medical School.

Suzanne Salamon, MD

Suzanne Salamon, MD

Health Dialog Reviewer

Dr. Suzanne Salamon is the clinical chief of gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an assistant professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. She teaches Harvard medical students as well as residents and fellows in geriatric medicine. She is an active board member of the Brookline Senior Center and has written a column called “Ask a Geriatrician” in their monthly newsletter since 2010. Dr. Salamon has served on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine on the Quality Physician Safety Committee. She is on the board of trustees at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She has a BA from Case Western Reserve University, an MA from Columbia University, and MD from Tufts Medical School.

Charlie Schmidt

Charlie Schmidt

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

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing; Health Dialog Reviewer

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 30 years.

Harvey B. Simon, MD

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.

Matthew Solan

Matthew Solan

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

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. 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

Marlynn Wei, MD, JD

Contributor

Dr. Marlynn Wei 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.

John Winkelman, MD, PhD

John Winkelman, MD, PhD

Health Dialog Reviewer

Dr. John W. Winkelman is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Sleep Disorders Clinical Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

His research primarily focuses on the epidemiology, physiology, and cardiovascular consequences and treatment of restless legs syndrome, and the neurobiology and treatment of insomnia. He has lectured and directed post-graduate medical education courses in sleep disorders nationally and internationally.