DGIM Research Faculty Biographies

Katrina Armstrong, M.D., MSCE

Chair of the Department of Medicine, Physician-in-Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital
Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, is the Jackson Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of Yale University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She was a resident and chief resident in Medicine at Johns Hopkins and completed a research fellowship and Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, she joined the faculty at Penn where she led a research program in cancer control. Over her time at Penn, she took on multiple leadership roles including serving as the Associate Director of the Abramson Cancer Center, Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine. In April of 2013, she was appointed as Chief of the Mass General Department of Medicine. Dr. Armstrong is an internationally recognized investigator in the areas of health disparities, medical decision making, and cancer prevention and outcomes.  For her work, she received the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation of Medical Research, the Alice Hersh Award from Academy Health, and election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the National Academy of Medicine. In addition to her career in health policy and disparities research, Dr. Armstrong is a dedicated practicing internist with a longitudinal primary care practice and rotations as the Bigelow visit on the inpatient general medicine services. Over her career, Dr. Armstrong has prioritized her role in medical education, including developing and leading courses on clinical decision making at Penn and at MGH and founding multiple innovative educational programs including the Master’s program in Health Policy Research at Penn and the Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship at the Mass General. Diversity and inclusion are central to Dr. Armstrong’s leadership, including her award-winning roles in the advancement of women, her commitment to programs to support diversity across faculty and trainees at the MGH, and her research leadership in health disparities and community based research.

Jeffrey Michael Ashburner, Ph.D., MPH

Research Staff, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Steven J. Atlas, M.D., MPH

Director, Practice Based Research, Division of General Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Atlas received his MD degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and completed a fellowship in general medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Atlas is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at MGH where he is a practicing primary care physician. He is the Director of the primary care practice-based research and quality network and the Medical Director implementing population health management within primary care practices at MGH. He is a medical editor for Healthwise, a non-profit company with a mission to help people make better health decisions, and with UpToDate, a comprehensive evidence-based electronic clinical information resource for clinicians.

Travis p. baggett, m.d., mph

Physician Investigator, Division of General Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director of Research, Boston Health Care for Homeless Program

Dr. Baggett is a physician-investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of Research at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. His research focuses on the health of people experiencing homelessness, with an emphasis on tobacco use and other addictive disorders. His work has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the American Cancer Society, and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was named an inaugural recipient of the Department of Medicine Transformative Scholars Program award for junior faculty investigators with exceptional vision and promise. He is board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine. His clinical work focuses on providing primary care to homeless people with serious mental illness.

Michael J. Barry, M.D.

Director, Informed Medical Decisions Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Michael Barry, MD, became president of the nonprofit Informed Medical Decisions Foundation in 2009. In 2014, the Foundation became a division of Healthwise, another mission-driven nonprofit. Dr. Barry remains president of the Foundation and adds the title of Chief Science Officer at Healthwise. Healthwise's mission is to help people make better health decisions. He is a past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) and the Society of General Internal Medicine in the United States. He was the inaugural winner of the Alfred Kranes Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Barry practices primary care and serves as medical director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at Mass General. He is also a clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Master of the American College of Physicians.

Benjamin Bearnot, M.D., MPH

Assistant in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 
Associate Faculty, Ariadne Labs, Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Benjamin Bearnot is a Massachusetts General Hospital-trained physician-investigator looking for opportunities in health system innovation and implementation science. He enjoys employing existing methods, and developing new ones, to improve the health of communities through adaptive execution of evidence-based interventions. He is particularly passionate about transforming care for patients with opioid addiction and other substance use disorders, who suffer similar stigma to HIV-infected populations he worked with in New York City and Durban, South Africa previously. He now practices internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital Charlestown community health center, attends on the addiction consult service at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is participating in innovation and community health leadership fellowships.

Joseph Betancourt, M.D., MPH

Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, MGH
Founder, Senior Advisor, and Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center, MGH
Senior Scientist, The Mongan Institute Health Policy Research Center
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, is the Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the founder, senior advisor and faculty of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) at MGH, Faculty at the Mongan Institute, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internal Medicine physician.
Dr. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health policy, health care disparities and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees, including the one that produced the landmark report, Unequal Treatment. Dr. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and advises private industry, government, and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He sits on the Boston Board of Health; the Board of Trinity Health, a large national health system; and sat on the Board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow.
Dr. Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and received his Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Jocelyn Carter, M.D., MPH

Manager of Trainee Affairs, Internal Medicine Hospitalist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Jocelyn Carter, MD, is a Chicago native clinically prepared in internal medicine and leadership/ preventive medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, New Hampshire) and received a Masters in Public Health from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (Lebanon, New Hampshire).
She was delighted to join the Academic Hospitalist Service at Massachusetts General Hospital in June 2011. Her clinical duties include attending and teaching as an internist on the Academic Hospitalist Service as well as the Ellison Team 1 and Bigelow Services.
Jocelyn is committed to teaching, clinical service and clinical research as it relates to process and systems based improvement. The focus of her non-clinical work is centered on creating value by re-designing healthcare microsystems and she is currently involved with State Action on Avoidable Readmissions (STAAR) project to prevent readmissions as a part of a national initiative commissioned by the Institute Healthcare Improvement and the Commonwealth Fund.

Jocelyn is also the recipient of the Mass General 2012 Clinician Teacher Development Award, a four year mentored grant focused on preventing hospital readmissions. Primary aims of this project include (1) validating an analytic tool to identify patients with increased risk for 30 day readmission; (2) examining patterns of patient and provider perceptions around discharge and post-hospital care; and (3) characterizing the effect of interventions on readmission patterns for patients at increased risk for readmissions. The results of this work are expected to contribute to protocols that may be provide critical insights and improved strategies of reducing hospital readmissions locally and nationally.
Additional duties consist of collaborating with the Mass General Center for Quality and Safety as well as supporting Department of Medicine initiatives that include residency recruitment and house staff mentoring.

YUCHIAO CHANG, PH.D.

Biostatistician, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Chang is a statistician based in the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of General Internal Medicine. As part of this role, Dr. Chang provides biostatistical support for a number of TRTC projects. Additionally, she has collaborated on various grants with investigators from many different specialties. Dr. Chang also supports the research efforts in the Mongan Institute and is involved in many hospital operations improvement projects.
Dr. Chang participated in the Mass General Clinical Research Program from 1997 to 2001. Through this activity, she provided statistical consultation to the entire Mass General community. Over the years, Dr. Chang has provided extensive formal and informal teaching to her clinical colleagues to improve their understanding of statistical science. A great extent of her effort involves educating fellows about design and analysis issues in their research projects.

MARYA J. COHEN, M.D., MPH

Physician-Researcher, John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation
Faculty Director, Crimson Care Collaborative

Marya J. Cohen, MD, MPH joined the Stoeckle Center in 2011 and is focused on education, research, and innovation in community health centers, as well as improving patient education/self-management programs. Her projects include directing the Chelsea Partnership/Crimson Care Collaborative at MGH Chelsea, an innovative, multidisciplinary clinic serving post-incarceration and urgent-care, high-utilizing populations. She is also doing ongoing work on improving patient self-management initiatives at the local/national levels. Dr. Cohen received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard College in Romance Languages and Literatures and later attended Tufts University School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the MGH Internal Medicine/Primary Care program and recently completed her General Medicine Fellowship at MGH, where she authored several publications and received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.

SUSAN EDGMAN-LEVITAN, PA

Executive Director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital
Lecturer on Medicine and Associate in Health Policy, Harvard Medical School

Susan Edgman-Levitan, PA, is Executive Director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to coming to MGH, she was the founding President of the Picker Institute. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate in Health Policy, Harvard Medical School. A constant advocate of understanding the patient's perspective on healthcare, Susan has been the co-principal investigator on the Harvard Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (CAHPS) study from 1995 to the present and she is the IHI Fellow for Patient and Family-Centered Care. She is an editor of Through the Patient's Eyes, a book on creating and sustaining patient centered care, The CAHPS Improvement Guide, and has authored many papers and other publications on patient-centered care. She is a co-author of the Institute of Medicine 2006 report, The Future of Drug Safety: Promoting and Protecting the Health of the Public.
Ms. Edgman-Levitan serves on several boards and national advisory committees, including the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the National Health Services Corps Advisory Council, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, and is a member of the Lucian Leape Institute. Ms. Edgman-Levitan is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Duke University Physician Assistant program where she received the Distinguished Alumni award from the Duke Physician Assistant Program and was inducted into the Duke University Medical Center Hall of Fame in 2004. Ms. Edgman-Levitan was awarded the 2007 Leadership and Innovation award from the Center for Information Therapy. She lives in Chestnut Hill, MA with her husband, Richard, and daughter, Amelia.

KENNETH A. FREEDBERG, M.D., MSC

Director, Medical Practice Evaluation Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Kenneth A. Freedberg, MD, is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and Director of the Program in Epidemiology and Outcomes Research at the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). He also directs the Medical Practice Evaluation Center within the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Jennifer S. Haas, M.d., m.s.c.

Director of Research and Research Education, Division of General Internal Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 
Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Jennifer S. Haas is a Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, a Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a practicing general internist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Massachusetts General Hospital. She also serves as Director of the Health Disparities Research Program of the Harvard Catalyst, and Senior Fellow for the Cannon Society at Harvard Medical School. Her primary research interests focus on improving the practice of primary care with a focus on cancer control, population health management and elucidating and eliminating disparities in health care and health status by insurance status, socioeconomic status, and race/ ethnicity, and the use of health information technology to promote risk assessment and prevention. She is also interested in how the social and physical environment may influence disparities in the dissemination of information, treatments, and health status. Dr. Haas is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

JESSICA HABERER, M.D., MS

Director of Research, MGH Center for Global Health
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jessica Haberer, MD, MS, is an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. She has been working in global health and studying adherence to antiretroviral medications for the treatment and prevention of HIV infection since the early 2000s. Her research focuses on real-time adherence monitoring and intervention. Current projects are based in Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa.

SARA KALKHORAN, M.D., MAS

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital Gastroenterology Unit

Dr. Kalkhoran is a clinician investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kalkhoran’s primary research interests are in reducing the health risks associated with the use of tobacco products, including emerging products such as electronic cigarettes. She is interested in these issues both on an individual level through the promotion of behavior change and cessation, and on a population level through public health interventions and policy implementation. Dr. Kalkhoran has published peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from secondhand smoke exposure among young adults and the health effects of comprehensive smoking laws to the electronic cigarette use in different populations.
Prior to joining Mass General, Dr. Kalkhoran completed internal medicine residency and primary care research fellowship at the University of California San Francisco, where she also obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Research.

GINA KRUSE, M.D., MPH

Assistant in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital Division of General Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Faculty Research Adviser, Crimson Care Collaborative

Dr. Kruse is a clinician investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She trained in internal medicine and primary care at Mass General and sees patients at the Mass General Revere HealthCare Center. She completed a Harvard Medical School General Internal Medicine research fellowship, earned her MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cancer Prevention from the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Kruse’s research examines technology-based interventions to improve the delivery of tobacco cessation treatment for patients engaged in healthcare. She focuses on underserved populations at risk for tobacco-related illness in settings ranging from the community health center where she works to India. Dr. Kruse has received grant funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, American Cancer Society and Mass General Executive Committee on Research. She also serves as a research consultant and online course director on the mixed methods and qualitative research methods with the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.

AARON LEONG, M.D., MSC

Instructor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Aaron Leong is an Instructor in Medicine and Assistant in Medicine in the Endocrine Unit, Diabetes Unit, Division of Endocrinology, and the Division of General Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is a practicing endocrinologist and an early career investigator with a research focus on the application of complex trait genetics, specifically, type 2 diabetes, diabetes-related quantitative traits and hemoglobin A1c, to public health, health disparities, pharmacogenetics, and clinical practice.

JULIE LEVISON, M.D., M.PHIL.

Assistant Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Julie Levison, MD, MPhil, MPH, FACP, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. Her clinical interests are in general infectious diseases, HIV medicine, and immigrant health with a focus on a team-based, patient-centered approach to delivering infectious disease specialty care in the community setting.

Her research focuses on understanding and addressing disparities in HIV outcomes in minority populations with specific attention to immigrant populations. She is principle investigator of a K23 career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop and evaluate a community health worker intervention to improve engagement in HIV care in Latino immigrants in the greater Boston area. She has developed novel tools to leverage the electronic medical record for HIV outcomes research with immigrant populations. Working in partnership with community-based organizations and health care providers, Dr. Levison focuses on developing effective interventions to improve HIV care and treatment in Latino immigrants.

She is an active member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American College of Physicians, where she is a Fellow. She is also a Research Scientist in the National Hispanic Science Network. Dr. Levison was named to El Planeta’s Powermeter 100, a list of Massachusetts’ 2017 Most Influential People for Latinos. Dr. Levison is the recipient of the Arnold Gold Foundation Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from Harvard Medical School and has spoken nationally and internationally on physician responsibility in the care of survivors of torture. 

MELISSA L. MATTISON, M.D.

Chief of Hospital Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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JAMES MEIGS, M.D.

Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Co-Director of the MGH Clinical Research Program’s Clinical Effectiveness Research Group
Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

James B. Meigs MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Co-Director of the MGH Clinical Research Program’s Clinical Effectiveness Research Group.
For over 25 years Dr. Meigs has been a practicing primary care general internist in the MGH Internal Medicine Associates.
Dr. Meigs' research interest for over 20 years has been the cause and prevention of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers (Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher 2014), supported by multiple NIH and foundation research grants, currently including 2R01 DK078616: Common Genetic Variation and Diabetes Quantitative Traits (PI), U01 DK085526: Multiethnic Study of Type 2 Diabetes Genetics (Co-PI) and K24 DK080140: Epidemiology of Precursors to Type 2 Diabetes (PI). He is a senior scientific leader of several large international type 2 diabetes-related genetic consortia, including MAGIC (Meta Analysis of Glucose and Insulin Consortium), AAGILE (African American Glucose and Insulin genetic Epidemiology) and CHARGE (Cohorts for Heart and Aging Genetic Epidemiology).
Dr. Meigs has mentored over 50 junior clinical research investigators, supported in part by the NIDDK K24 award. In 2009, he was awarded the American Diabetes Association’s Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Epidemiology.

JOSHUA P. METLAY, M.D., PH.D.

Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Joshua P. Metlay, MD, PhD, is Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine 
Dr. Metlay received his bachelor's degree from Yale University, his PhD in Immunology from Rockefeller University, and his MD from Cornell University Medical College.  He completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in general internal medicine and epidemiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  He also received a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. 
Dr. Metlay's research spans two major areas, the epidemiology of drug resistance among common bacterial respiratory pathogens, particularly S. pneumoniae and the development and evaluation of interventions to improve the quality of treatment decisions for respiratory tract infections.  This research has led to numerous federal grants from NIAID, CDC, and AHRQ and roles on national advisory committees in the area of infectious diseases epidemiology.
Dr. Metlay is dedicated to education and mentorship.  He has been recognized with a number of honors including the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2008 (Pen's highest teaching honor), the Mid-Career Research and Mentorship Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine in 2010, and the Arthur Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentorship Award from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

KRISTIAN R. OLSON, M.D.

Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Global Health
Chief Innovation Officer - Medicine Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital 
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Kristian Olson is the Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) based at Mass General Global Health and is also a member of the Core Educator Faculty in the Department of Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is both a Pediatrician and Internist and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and has worked in Thailand, Darfur, Indonesia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, and India. He is a serial innovator and one of the architects of the CAMTech Innovation platform that champions "co-creation" and open innovation. [Example: https://goo.gl/JcLTzI ]
He completed an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of British Columbia, medical school at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his residency training in the Harvard Combined Medicine and Pediatrics Program. He trained in the Masters of Public Health program at the University of Sydney as a US Fulbright Scholar and completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003 as MGH's first Durant Fellow in Refugee Medicine.
In 2009, he was named to the Scientific American Top 10 Honor Roll as an individual who has demonstrated leadership in applying new technologies and biomedical discoveries for the benefit of humanity.

SANJA PERCAC-LIMA, M.D., PH.D., MPH

Senior Scientist, Health Policy Research Center at the Mongan Institute
Chair, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Task Force
Clinical Health Psychologist, MGH Behavioral Medicine Service MGH Cancer Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Sanja Percac-Lima, MD, is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a primary care physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea Community HealthCare Center, serving predominantly low income, Latino and immigrant population. In 2006 she received the Clinical Innovation Award to design patient navigation program for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening at MGH Chelsea. The program eliminated disparities in CRC screening at the health center and the National Cancer Institute selected it as one of only ten evidence based program to improve CRC screening in United States. For this program in 2011, Dr. Percac-Lima received the Prevent Cancer Prevention Foundation Laurel for Innovative Programs.
Dr. Percac-Lima is actively involved in efforts to expand navigator programs across cancer centers affiliated with Harvard Medical School and the Partners Healthcare System. In 2009, she designed a breast cancer screening patient navigation program for women refugees from Somalia, the Middle East and Bosnia. In 2012 she developed the TopCare patient navigator program as a part of population management system. In collaboration with the Mass General Cancer Center in 2014 she received a grant to expand patient navigation and further improve equity in cancer care. She also received the Cancer Control Career Development Award for Primary Care Physicians from American Cancer Society to develop patient navigation to improve prevention and early detection of lung cancer.
Dr. Percac-Lima received her medical degree and PhD from University of Zagreb School of Medicine in Croatia. Her education in the United States includes: fellowship in medical education at Harvard Medical School, residency in internal medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton MA, and fellowship in geriatric medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

SUE REGAN, PH.D. 

Investigator, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Regan provides expertise in research methods, statistical analysis and data management. Her ongoing projects include data management and statistical analysis of data from several multi-center randomized controlled trials of smoking cessation interventions.
Dr. Regan's interests include applying natural language processing, data mining and machine learning techniques to develop methods for longitudinal medical record data in observational studies. Her research involves developing algorithms for classifying patients on uncoded or inadequately coded characteristics such as smoking status, over the counter medication use and foreign born status.

NANCY RIGOTTI, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Tobacco Research and Treatment Center; Associate Chief for Academic Advancement; Director, Office of Women’s Careers, Massachusetts General Hospital

Nancy Rigotti, MD, is an academic general internist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at Mass General and research training in a general medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School. At Mass General, she serves as Associate Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine.  As a national leader in general internal medicine and primary care, Dr. Rigotti is Past President of the Society of General Internal Medicine.   

Within general medicine, Dr. Rigotti's special interest is in preventive medicine with a focus on reducing tobacco use, the leading preventable cause of death worldwide. Throughout her career, she has advocated to have health care systems be more active in addressing their patients' tobacco use.  She founded and directs Mass General's Tobacco Research and Treatment Center, which combines a clinical program offering state-of-the-art tobacco dependence treatment with a research group that develops and tests smoking treatment interventions in health care settings that include hospitalizations, adult and pediatric primary care and specialty care. She has also evaluated tobacco control public policies.  She is a Past President of the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco and has contributed to and edited U.S. Surgeon Generals Reports on Tobacco.  She chaired the Tobacco Task Force (quality improvement team) of Partners HealthCare and served as Course Director of the Preventive Medicine and Nutrition course at Harvard Medical School for many years.

A second focus for Dr. Rigotti is women's health and women's careers in medicine. She is a founding member of MGH Women's Health Associates and serves as Director of Mass General's Office of Women's Careers.

CHANA SACKS, M.D.

Internist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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KAREN SEPUCHA, PH.D.

Director, Health Decision Sciences Center, Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Sepucha is the director of the Health Decision Sciences Center in the General Medicine Division at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Her research and clinical interests involve developing and implementing tools and methods to improve the quality of significant medical decisions made by patients and clinicians. Dr. Sepucha was the medical editor for a series of five breast cancer patient decision aids (PtDAs) developed by the not-for-profit Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making.
The PtDAs have won seven media awards, and Dr. Sepucha has led the dissemination of these programs to dozens of academic and community cancer centers across the country.
She is also responsible for efforts to implement shared decision making tools into primary and specialty care at Partners HealthCare. Her recent research has focused on the development of instruments to measure the quality of decisions.
The decision quality instruments have been used in a national survey of medical decisions, and a subset of the items is being evaluated for use in CAHPS as part of the primary care medical home certification.
Dr. Sepucha has been active in local, national and international efforts to improve decision quality, including the International Patient Decision Aids Standards collaboration.
She has her PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research at Stanford University, with a focus in decision sciences.

LEIGH SIMMONS, M.D.

Clinical Director, Shared Decision Making Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Physician, General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 

Leigh Simmons, MD, is a native of Tennessee. She is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she served as a chief resident in 2007-08. Dr. Simmons is a medical student educator and directs the internal medicine clerkship for Harvard Medical School students at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her clinical practice is with the Internal Medicine Associates, where she actively engages medical students in practicing primary care. 

Her research interests include patient engagement in care and shared decision making. Dr. Simmons is the medical director of the MGH Health Decision Sciences Center (http://www.massgeneral.org/decisionsciences/) where she studies the use of decision aids to help patients and clinicians in the shared decision making process.

ARABELLA SIMPKIN, M.D., MMSC

Associate Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship
Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Leader of Innovation Strategy, Harvard Macy Institute

Arabella Simpkin, MD, MMSc is the Associate Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship. Dr. Simpkin joined the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2016 to help develop and grow CEIS, which aims to promote medical education research for faculty.
She has formal training in cognitive and behavioral psychology, instructional design, and faculty development and is committed to designing and researching innovative approaches to the teaching of medicine particularly in diagnostic reasoning, medical decision-making, resilience, and embracing uncertainty. With this focus, Dr. Simpkin hopes to reduce burnout, increase engagement and satisfaction, and increase patient safety especially looking to reduce diagnostic errors.
Dr. Simpkin is a graduate of the University of Oxford where she studied medicine. She trained in adult medicine and pediatrics in the UK, and holds Membership to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Dr. Simpkin has a Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education from Harvard Medical School, graduating in 2016 from the inaugural class. She was the Co-founder of a new curriculum for medical students at Imperial College, London - the Integrated Clinical Apprenticeship - and directed this program from pilot through to implementation.

DANIEL SINGER, M.D.

Associate Chief for Research, General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital.
Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health
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Daniel E. Singer, MD, is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Associate Chief for Research in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Singer has applied epidemiologic methods, including both observational studies and randomized trials, to common medical conditions. He is most widely recognized for his contributions to stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. He has, as well, worked with Dr. Nancy Rigotti for more than 25 years on studies of smoking cessation. Dr. Singer’s research work has been recognized by several awards, including the Society of General Internal Medicine’s highest research award, the John Eisenberg Award, and his training of mentees by Harvard Medical School’s William Silen Award for lifetime achievements in mentoring.

ANNE N. THORNDIKE, M.D., MPH

Director of Metabolic Syndrome Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Thorndike’s research focus is on individual and population-level behavioral interventions to prevent cardiometabolic disease. Dr. Thorndike’s research has focused on smoking cessation and more recently on interventions to promote exercise and nutrition in worksite and community settings. As an expert in behavioral interventions, Dr. Thorndike is a vital resource for the TRTC team.
Dr. Thorndike’s research on tobacco includes important findings on the treatment of tobacco by physicians. This work was influential in increasing physicians involvement in treating tobacco use and was cited in the USPHS Clinical Practice Guidelines for Tobacco Treatment. Dr. Thorndike contributed a chapter on smoking cessation for patients with cardiovascular disease to the 2010 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General. Additionally, Dr. Thorndike was involved in studies examining the safety and efficacy of bupropion for smoking cessation, as well as the impact that switching the transdermal nicotine patch from prescription to nonprescription status had on ease of access to tobacco treatment and on population smoking cessation rates. She collaborated with Dr. Eden Evins, from the Mass General Center for Addiction Medicine, to analyze the change in weight and cardiovascular risk among smokers with serious mental illness who quit smoking.
Dr. Thorndike’s non-tobacco research has tested novel interventions to promote healthy food choices. Much of this work has utilized behavioral economics strategies, such as choice architecture, social norms, and financial incentives. Building on the success of strategies to promote healthy eating behaviors in the worksite setting, Dr. Thorndike has conducted pilot studies in the community setting to test similar types of interventions in corner stores and supermarkets to address disparities in obesity and healthy eating in low-income and minority populations. Her ongoing work will evaluate personalized feedback and incentives to promote employee health and supermarket interventions to increase fruit and vegetable purchases in a low-income community.

MATTHEW TOBEY, M.D., MPH

Instructor in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Program Director of the Rural Health Leadership Fellowship

Dr. Tobey works as a clinician, researcher and innovator in interdisciplinary clinical partnerships. In 2015, he founded the Massachusetts General Hospital Fellowship Program in Rural Health Leadership, a unique program that offers post-residency training to physicians who seek ongoing training in rural health, health systems, practice transformation, medical education and clinical care. Through that project, he has cultivated one of the strongest academic-tribal and academic-Indian Health Service partnerships in the region and increasingly in the nation. In the Boston area, he is involved in a HRSA-funded nursing program, investigating the community impact of criminal justice system involvement, and working with patients with substance use disorder care. He teaches as an adjunct faculty in the Physician Assistant Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH-IHP) as well as teaching preclinical and clinical students from Harvard Medical School and the MGH-IHP.

VIRGINIA A. TRIANT, M.D., MPH

Associate Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Virginia Triant, MD, MPH is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Physician in Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Triant joined the MPEC in 2012. Her research focuses on the intersection of HIV and chronic disease complications, with a focus on cardiovascular disease. She has developed a Partners HealthCare System-based HIV longitudinal clinical care cohort to investigate cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes, risk factors, prevention, risk prediction, and management, as well as other HIV epidemiology questions. Dr. Triant earned her MD from Yale School of Medicine.

ANGELO E. VOLANDES, M.D., MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Angelo Volandes is a practicing internal medicine physician in the MGH Department of Medicine and a junior faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He is a Harvard College and Yale Medical School graduate.

Angelo continues his work of exploring the role of visual media in medical decision making, and is lending his expertise to efforts surrounding Advance Care Planning (ACP), the process by which patients plan for future medical care under circumstances of impaired decision-making. One of his research questions is determining whether, as part of the ACP process, patients can realistically imagine future health states which include difficult and uncomfortable hypothetical scenarios. 

His recent ACP research was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine on April 23 in an article titled, "Using Video Images of Dementia in Advance Care Planning." His study compared the preferences of patients after seeing a video depiction of a patient with advanced stage dementia, to those who received a verbal description of that health state. Results show that the use of video engages and allows patients to envision future health states in a manner not captured with verbal communication.

Angelo comes to us most recently from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he simultaneously completed research fellowships in Medical Ethics. He recently completed his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness. He is an active member of the Ethics Committee in the Partners Health Care system.

SARAH E. WAKEMAN, M.D.

Medical Director, Substance Use Disorders Initiative
Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Sarah Wakeman, MD, is an addiction medicine specialist at Mass General and a national thought leader in treatment for substance use disorders. As the medical director for the hospital's Substance Use Disorders Initiative, she is committed to changing how addiction is understood by the public and how it is treated at Mass General.

In addition to serving as the medical director of the Substance Use Disorders Initiative at Mass General, Sarah Wakeman, MD, leads the Addiction Consult Team, co-chairs the Opioid Task Force and is clinical lead for the Partners Healthcare Substance Use Disorder Initiative. She is also an assistant professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Wakeman’s clinical interest and expertise is in the care of patients with addiction within general medical settings. Clinically, she provides primary care and office-based addiction care, as well as inpatient specialty consultation for addiction. She teaches locally, regionally and nationally about addiction and has led workshops and delivered symposia at national conferences. She was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on his opioid addiction working group and is secretary for the Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine and chair of the group’s policy committee.

She also conducts research devoted to physician preparedness and attitudes related to addiction and evaluating the impact of the addiction consultation on addiction severity, health care costs and utilization.

 

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