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Harvard Medical School

  • Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD, Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School

    Assistant Course Director—see sidebar for biographical details

  • Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD is the Faculty Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Assistant Director of the Office of Recruitment & Multicultural Affairs at Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She trained in internal medicine and endocrinology at MGH and has been a grant-funded investigator in the field of endocrinology. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing programs to eliminate bias toward underrepresented and LGBT physicians and patients. She has been recognized for her work in this area with the HMS Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award and the Office for Diversity & Community Partnership Fellowship. 

  • Jessica C. Dudley, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief Medical Officer, Brigham and Women's Physicians Organization; Vice President, Care Redesign, Brigham Health

    Jessica Dudley, Chief Medical Officer for the Brigham and Women’s Physician’s Organization (BWPO), is responsible for the strategic development and oversight of physician-led efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical care. Dr. Dudley oversees the BWPO’s performance in risk contracts across commercial payers and as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization with Medicare. As Vice President for Care Redesign for Brigham Health, Dr. Dudley is responsible for coordinating institutional and physician-led efforts to develop population health management and care redesign programs that support the delivery of high-value patient care with a focus on reducing overall medical trend and improving quality performance.

    Dr. Dudley received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship and residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, where she was a practicing primary care physician for 10 years. Dr. Dudley is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

  • Elizabeth Frates, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, part-time, Harvard Medical School

    Elizabeth P. Frates is trained as a physiatrist and a health and wellness coach. Her expertise is in lifestyle medicine, and she works to empower patients to reach their optimal level of wellness by adopting healthy habits. Recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Frates is helping to shape the scope of this new specialty. She is an award-winning teacher at Harvard Medical School and developed and taught a college lifestyle medicine curriculum at the Harvard Extension School, which is one of the most popular courses offered at the school. As the Director of Wellness Programming at the Stroke Institute for Research and Recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Frates has created and implemented a twelve-month wellness program for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Co Author of the book, Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering Your Health and Preventing Another Stroke, and co-author of three chapters on behavior change in different medical textbooks, Dr. Frates is currently writing her next book. She is passionate about developing programs focused on lifestyle medicine and wellness. 

  • Susan Pories, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Mount Auburn Hospital

    Susan Pories, MD, FACS is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Chief of Breast Surgery and Medical Director of the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the Chair of the American College of Surgeons Women in Surgery Committee and a Past President of the Association of Women Surgeons. Dr. Pories is also the Vice-President for Mount Auburn Hospital Medical Staff and the Associate Co-Director of the Arts & Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pories went to medical school and completed her surgical residency at the University of Vermont. She completed a surgical oncology research fellowship at the New England Deaconess Hospital and a Medical Education Fellowship at Mount Auburn Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She specializes in the management of complex breast cancers.

  • Helen Riess, MD, Director, Empathy and Relational Science Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Dr. Riess is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Empathy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She has devoted her career to teaching and research in the art and science of the patient-doctor relationship. 

    Dr. Riess has served on Scientific Advisory Panel of the National Academy of Medicine, Scientific Advisory Council of the Harvard Institute of Coaching, and serves on the Advisory Board of the International Society for Emotional Intelligence.

    Dr. Riess’s empathy research received the Partners HealthCare Med Ed Research Award, the Harvard Coaching Institute Research Award, and the Research Community Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine. Her new book, The Empathy Effect, written for a broad audience including  healthcare, education, leadership and parenting, was just published in November 2018. Her TEDx talk on “The Power of Empathy,” has been viewed by 400,000 viewers. She is Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Empathetics Inc., a company that provides web-based empathy training and workshops for implementation in healthcare institutions.

  • Julie Silver, MD, Assistant Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Course Director—see sidebar for biographical details

  • Michael S. Sinha, MD, JD, MPH, Fellow, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science, Harvard Medical School

    Dr. Sinha graduated from Dartmouth College, followed by MD and JD degrees from Southern Illinois University in 2012 and an MPH degree in Law and Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2015. He trained in internal medicine in Connecticut and Boston prior to joining the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) at Brigham and Women's Hospital as a postdoctoral fellow in 2016. Since 2018, he has worked as a Research Fellow in Therapeutic Science at the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sinha is a nationally recognized speaker on gender equity in law and medicine and has published extensively in legal and medical journals. His most recent publications on gender equity with Dr. Julie Silver are in PM&R, EClinicalMedicine, and the Doximity blog. With Dr. Silver, he co-authored and shepherded the passage of comprehensive gender equity policy at the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS); they are currently working with the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) to pass similar gender equity policy across all state medical societies. He is a member of AMWA, the AMA Women Physicians Section, the MMS Women Physicians Section Task Force, and the HMS Joint Committee on the Status of Women. You can also find Dr. Sinha on Twitter supporting #SheLeadsHealthcare and #HeForShe #WomenInMedicine: @DrSinhaEsq

Harvard-Affiliated Faculty

  • Andrea Ferreira, MPH, Director, Foundation Relations & Research Advancement, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network/Partners Healthcare at Home

    Andrea V. Ferreira, MPH, is currently Director of Foundation Relations and Research Advancement for Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Partners HealthCare at Home. Joining the Spaulding Development team in 2014, she raises grant funding for programs, research, and capital projects. Prior to Spaulding, Andrea served at Lifespan in Providence, RI for nearly a decade in several roles, including Director of Foundations & Grants, as interim Chief Development Officer for Bradley Hospital, a Lifespan affiliate, and finally as Sr. Director of Development for corporate services. Prior to joining Lifespan, Andrea was a consultant to the non-profit sector in Southeastern New England for more than 14 years. 

    She a seasoned professional with a demonstrated track record of program management, fundraising, grants management, and training in a range of healthcare, human service, and education institutions and organizations ranging from state agencies to small grassroots organizations. Andrea has helped the non-profit organizations with which she has worked to develop, fund, manage, and evaluate the impact of their projects and programs. Her deep experience in community and end-user engagement, program development and implementation, and skills in program evaluation demonstrate her leadership and commitment to collaboration. She holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    While she thoroughly enjoys her work at Spaulding, she absolutely loves traveling and spending time with her husband, 4 kids, and 2 grandkids, all of whom have given her decades of management experience.

  • Jennifer Joe, MD, Physician, Boston VA Healthcare System; Co-Founder, Medstro.com; Editor-in-Chief, MedTechBoston.com

    Jennifer Joe, MD, is an expert and leader in social media and leveraging it to engage and build an audience. Dr. Joe and her company manage over 10 different handles on 4 different widely used social media platforms. Additionally, her company has custom built over 20 digital communities currently used by the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Medical Association, Google, Boston Scientific, and many others. Dr. Joe has been invited to speak, mentor, or judge at hundreds of local, national, and international events, including South by Southwest Interactive, Partners World Medical Innovation Forum, and HIMSS. Because she believes that patient care is the most important aspect of healthcare, she works part-time as an emergency room physician and hospitalist at the Boston VA Healthcare System.

  • Elena Olson, JD, Executive Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Sandra Sedacca, JD, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Chief Development Officer, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network/Partners Continuing Care

    Sandra Sedacca joined Spaulding Rehabilitation Network/Partners Continuing Care (PCC) in 2016 with more than 30 years of advancement experience in non-profit institutions and academic centers, including national and global organizations committed to health access and equity. Working in partnership with Spaulding’s research faculty and care teams, trustees and volunteers, Ms. Sedacca oversees a multi-faceted development program to build philanthropic support among individuals, families, and institutions. Prior to joining Spaulding/PCC as SVP and CDO, Ms. Sedacca was Harvard Medical School’s Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Campaign, and earlier served as Vice President and CDO for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Vice President and CDO for the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and Dean of Development and External Relations at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sedacca was the National Director for Development at the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and Senior Director for Development at Save the Children/USA. Much of her work as a development leader and activist focuses on building and sustaining institution-wide support through major campaigns. Ms. Sedacca holds a J.D from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and earned a B.S. from American University’s School of Government and Public Affairs.

  • Gillien Todd, MEd, JD, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

    Gillien consults to organizations on team development, enhancing collaboration, and improving communication. She has worked with executive teams, corporate pairs, and individual leaders. As an executive coach, she helps leaders navigate their hardest conversations and understand how their own leadership profile impacts their teams.

    Gillien is a Lecturer at Harvard Law School, where she has taught the Negotiation Workshop since 2001, and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she has taught since 2016.  As a consultant with Triad Consulting, she has led workshops on negotiation, difficult conversations, and feedback for executives in a variety of industries, including accounting, biotech, computer software, financial services, retail and pharmaceuticals, as well as at top teaching hospitals in Boston and as part of Harvard University’s internal leadership development programs.  As a facilitator, Gillien has mediated contract negotiations for school districts and symphony orchestras; facilitated strategic relationship management among alliance partners; and led a multi-year, multi-stakeholder collaboration in the public sector.

    Gillien received her B.A. from Yale University, her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Guest Faculty

  • Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, Neurologist; Board of Directors, American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

    Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA is a neurologist in part-time practice and was recently named to the slate of officers as incoming president-elect of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Ten years ago, she assumed the role of medical adviser at Consumer Reports and for the past three years until 2018, she served as its medical director, leading healthcare strategy. A medical writer and editor, she launched the “In Practice” column for Neurology Today in 2001 and the “Proactive Patient” column for Consumer Reports in 2011. Over the past several years, she has co-directed the leadership course for women at the AAN annual meeting. Her additional interests include health policy and economics, physician leadership, and patient/consumer advocacy. She is the current editor-in-chief of Brain & Life, the AAN patient and caregiver publication, an associate editor for Neurology Today, and the outgoing chair of the AAN medical economics and management committee. 

  • Laurie Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE, Director of Healthcare Leadership Programs and Program Director of the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management, Creighton University

    Laurie K. Baedke is a faculty member, Director of Healthcare Leadership Programs, and Program Director of the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a published author, a frequent speaker at national conferences and healthcare leadership courses, and has specific expertise in physician practice management, leadership development, executive coaching, emotional intelligence, and strengths-based leadership.

    Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and business administration and a master’s degree in healthcare administration. At age 26, she became the youngest individual to achieve board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and is also a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Laurie has been certified by The Gallup Organization as a Strengths Performance Coach since 2006.

    Laurie is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nebraska ACHE Regent’s Early Career Excellence Award (2001), the Region 5 ACHE Regent’s Award to Healthcare Excellence (2006), and the ACHE Exemplary Service Award (2018). Professionally, she has served on four national committees for ACHE: the Early Careerist Committee, Products, Programming, and Services Committee, the Chapter Committee, and the Examination Committee. She is also a current member of the ACHE Nebraska Regent’s Advisory Council and a board member for the ACHE of Nebraska and Western Iowa Chapter. Laurie is also active in civic leadership to her community, serving on the executive committee of the board of Omaha Bridges Out of Poverty.

    Laurie’s first book, titled The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide, was published by ACHE’s Health Administration Press in 2015, with a second edition published in March, 2018. She also contributed a chapter, "Entrepreneurship Basics for Practitioners," to the book Handbook of Private Practice, published by Oxford Press in 2017.

  • Jane Edmonds, Vice President for Programming and Community Outreach, Babson College

    Jane C. Edmonds is the Vice President for Programming and Community Outreach at Babson College. Her career spans over 30 years of business experience. She has successfully led and managed small and large business and government organizations, including her own business that she founded in 1981. In her work, she helped organizations such as GE Capital Corporation, Fidelity, Bureau of the Census, United Technologies, International Paper, Bath Iron Works and Camp Dresser & McKee (now called CDM Smith) expand the contributions of their diverse human resources through leadership development, coaching, team building and dispute resolution. She has served as a member of Governor Mitt Romney’s cabinet and as head of the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development. Following graduation from law school, she was also appointed by Governor Michael S. Dukakis as Chair of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), the civil rights law enforcement agency for the Commonwealth.

    Jane serves on a variety of for-profit, state, and non-profit boards, among them Lahey Health & Medical Center, Goodwill Morgan Memorial, the Group Insurance Commission, the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and Facing History & Ourselves. She is the recipient of several awards for small business achievement and her work in the diversity leadership field. She was a Senior Fellow at Northeastern University where she taught graduate level courses in higher education and leadership, and was a visiting teaching fellow and lead faculty member in the College’s Global Leadership Program at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

    Ms. Edmonds holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.

  • Paula Gutlove, DMD, Professor of Practice, Simmons College School of Management; International Consultant on Negotiation and Leadership; Deputy Director, Institute for Resource and Security Studies

    Dr. Paula Gutlove is a teacher, trainer, and international consultant on conflict management, negotiation, and leadership, with a special interest in the role of women in these contexts. 

    Dr. Gutlove is Deputy Director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies (IRSS), is an Associate of the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School, and was the founding board chair of the International Alliance for Peacebuilding. She works with a wide range of academic, business, government, and non-government organizations. 

    Her teaching and training work is done through lectures, workshops, and executive-education sessions in a range of settings including universities, government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

    Her consulting work includes policy analysis and the development, administration, and implementation of programs.  This work has been done for organizations including the World Health Organization, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the US Institute of Peace, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. 

    At IRSS, Dr. Gutlove directs the Institute’s international program on conflict management, which advises and supports government and non-government organizations regarding negotiation, leadership, human security, and conflict management. Within that program, Dr. Gutlove founded and directs the international, award-winning project, Health Bridges for Peace.  This project links health care with the prevention and resolution of inter-communal conflict, using a common interest in public health as an opportunity to bring people together for negotiation training, collaborative action, dialogue, and community reconciliation. Much of this work has been done in war-afflicted areas including the Balkans, the North Caucasus, the Middle East, and Central Asia. 

    Dr. Gutlove was trained in social science (BS Psychology, Cornell University) and dental medicine (DMD, Boston University), and was a resident in oral surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She has held two post-doctoral fellowships in negotiation and conflict management – at the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and at the Peace Research Center at the Australian National University.

  • Wendy Gutterson, MS, Principal, Physician Management Resources

    Wendy Gutterson is the founder and president of Physician Management Resources, a healthcare consulting company focusing on helping medical practices and healthcare organizations achieve greater success by boosting strategic, operational and financial performance. Wendy’s financial and operational know-how springs from 20-plus years of practice leadership experience. Prior to launching Physician Management Resources, Wendy worked in large and small physician practices, as well as academic departments at Tufts Medical Center, Lahey Clinic, Cambridge Health Alliance and Hebrew SeniorLife. Wendy earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a graduate degree in health care administration from Simmons College, Boston, where she is an honorary trustee.

  • Jennifer Hunt, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology; Professor, Department of Genetics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

    Dr. Hunt is a physician executive and has served in many institutional and national leadership roles, including her current role as Chair of Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is an executive leadership coach who works with current and emerging leaders, both in healthcare and in other industries. Through her coaching, she helps people harness and create their own energy and power to seize elusive stretch opportunities. One of Dr. Hunt’s passions is increasing the number of women in leadership roles in healthcare. She runs a popular and impactful leadership development program for women physicians to build self-confidence and control impostor syndrome called “Unlocking the Authentic Self.”  Both in her training program and in her coaching practice, Dr. Hunt focuses on providing people practical tools, skills, and strategies to enhance self-empowerment and grow self-appreciation.  

  • Shikha Jain, MD, FACP, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy; Physician Director of Media Relations, Rush University Cancer Center

    Shikha Jain, MD, FACP is a board-certified hematology and oncology physician on faculty at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy and the Physician Director of Media Relations for the Rush University Cancer Center. Dr. Jain  is a member of the Women's Leadership Council at Rush and is the founder and host of the podcast "The Rush Cast." She founded and co-chaired the "Women in Medicine Symposium" at Northwestern in 2018 focused on promoting the advancement of women physicians at Northwestern. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the "Women in Medicine Summit: An Evolution in Empowerment" in Chicago. This national CME conference focuses on gender equality and finding and implementing solutions to eliminate the gap. Dr. Jain has written for several organizations including Doximity, KevinMD, and ASCO Connection. She has several papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests include gender equity and career advancement for women and underrepresented minorities in medicine, the impact of social media on medicine, and GI oncology. Her clinical research focus includes precision oncology, immunotherapy, genomics and neuroendocrine tumors. She also speaks on these topics. Dr. Jain is the founder of the 2500+ facebook group Dual Physician Families, and she is on the leadership team for SoMeDocs (Doctors on Social Media). 

  • W. Brad Johnson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law, United States Naval Academy; Faculty Associate, Graduate School of Education, Johns Hopkins University

    Brad Johnson is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist and former Lieutenant Commander in the Navy's Medical Service Corps. He is an award-winning mentor with mentor awards from the National Institutes of Health and the American Psychological Association. He is also a recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Teaching Excellence Award. He is the author of more than 130 journal articles and book chapters, and 13 books, many on the topic of mentoring. His most recent mentoring-related titles include:

    • The Elements of Mentoring (3rd ed., 2018), St. Martin’s
    • Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women (2016), Routledge
    • On Being a Mentor: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty (2nd ed., 2015), Routledge
    • The Oxford Handbook of Education and Training in Professional Psychology (2014), Oxford University Press
  • Tiffany Love, PhD, FACHE, GNP, ANP-BC, CCA, CRLC, Regional Chief Nursing Officer of Coastal Healthcare Alliance

    Tiffany A. Love, PhD, FACHE, GNP, ANP-BC, CCA, CRLC was named Regional Chief Nursing Officer of Coastal Healthcare Alliance in May 2018. Dr. Love, a board-certified healthcare executive, previously served as Deputy Associate Director of Patient Care Services for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, from 2013-2018. Dr. Love served in her first leadership role with the agency in 2010.

    ​Love is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) with over 26 years of healthcare experience, serving as faculty for various ACHE continuing education opportunities as well as an appointed member of the ACHE Management Series Editorial Board. Love also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Nursing Research and Practices.

    Dr. Love is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the advancement of women and diverse healthcare executives. She is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Diversity Council, and is both an Executive Director and Executive Director of Communications for the Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton (FPB) Alumni Association. She serves as a national keynote speaker and faculty for many prestigious organizations, including the Harvard Medical School CME courses on Career Advancement amd Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare, and Writing, Publishing, and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals; American College of Healthcare Executives; the Healthcare Diversity Council; and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare Summit. She has provided executive consultation to many national organizations including the Academy Health Delivery System Science Fellowship Advisory Committee, the National Institute of Health Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science, and the Executive Diversity Career Navigator. With a passion for creating inclusive environments for healthcare researchers, executives, and the healthcare workforce, Dr. Love has truly dedicated her career to promote, protect and advance health equity and an inclusive environment for all.

  • Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Diversity and Health Equity, American Psychiatric Association; Director, APA/APA Foundation and Minority Fellowship Programs

    Ranna Parekh joined the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as Director of the Division of Diversity and Health Equity in January, 2015. In this role, she also stewards APA’s 9 fellowships, medical student grants and the Minority Fellowship Program. Understanding the importance of workforce diversity, cultural competency principles and eliminating mental health disparities is one of APA’s four major strategic initiatives.

    Previous to the APA, Dr. Parekh worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School as a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and has also worked internationally in Rotorua, New Zealand and Cairns, Australia. During her tenure at MGH, she worked on diversity initiatives leading to the creation of a Diversity Center within the department of psychiatry.  Dr. Parekh is co-author of the e-book  Overcoming Prejudice in the Workplace (Harvard Health Publishers, 2012). She is also editor of the Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity (Springer Publishers, 2013), and co-editor of the textbooks Cultural Sensitivity in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MGH Academy Press, 2016), and Stigma and Prejudice: Touchstones in Understanding Diversity (Springer Publishers, 2016).

    Dr. Parekh has led trainings and lectured locally and nationally on topics including diversity, cultural psychiatry, mediation, negotiation, child and adolescent psychiatry, substance use, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Parekh has lived, studied, and worked around the world including Japan, France, Poland, New Zealand and Australia. She is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH, international health), the adult psychiatry and child fellowship residency trainings programs at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and also holds degrees from Wayne State University (MD, BSc in Biology, BA in Chemistry and co-major in Black Studies).

  • Deborah Saltman, AM, MD, PhD, Chair, Independent Scientific Advisory Committee, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, United Kingdom

    Deborah Saltman is the Chair, Independent Scientific Advisory Committee, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (UK). She holds positions as Honorary Professor at Imperial College, London and the University of Sydney and is Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. Previously, she was a clinical and scientific director. Deborah is member of the Order of Australia, a recipient of the Rose Hunt Medal (UK) and a Notable Australian Doctor. She has a doctorate in general practice, Fellowships of several family practice and public health boards and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has run leadership workshops for physicians worldwide. She is returning this year to run again her highly rated workshop on "Seven Principles of Effective Leadership" and a new session on "Predicting Your Leadership Success: A Checklist to Inventory Your Skills and Readiness."

  • Rusty Shelton, Publicist and social media expert, Zilker Media

    Rusty Shelton first spoke at Harvard on the changing world of PR and marketing at the age of 23. He is the Founder & CEO of Zilker Media, the country’s premier PR & marketing agency for authors, thought leaders and brands, and co-author of Mastering the New Media Landscape: Embrace the Micromedia Mindset (Berrett-Koehler, 2016). An active keynote speaker, Rusty’s commentary on the changing world of PR and marketing has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Wharton, Huff Post and many other top media outlets.

  • Sasha Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE, Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Research, and Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Shillcutt also serves as the Director of Clinical Research. She underwent her residency in Anesthesiology at UNMC and completed an Executive Fellowship in Perioperative Echocardiography at the University of Utah Medical Center. She is a board-certified Anesthesiologist, and is a testamur in the Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAM) and certification in advanced perioperative echocardiography (Advanced PTEeXAM) through the National Board of Echocardiography. She is an NIH-funded researcher through the National Institute of Aging. She is a Board Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds national leadership positions in the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology and the American Society of Echocardiography. She also serves on the National Board of Echocardiography. Sasha is a wife, mother, physician, clinical scientist, national educator, writer, and speaker. In 2016, Sasha was awarded the national American Medical Associations Women Physician’s Inspiring Physician Award by her peers. Sasha’s greatest passion is empowering and encouraging others to achieve personal greatness in their professional and personal lives. She speaks frequently to health care executives and physicians on the topics of professional burnout and resilience. 

  • Christine Spadafor, JD, ScM, RN, Board of Directors Advisor & Management Consultant; CEO, SpadaforClay Group

    Christine J. Spadafor, JD, ScM, RN is CEO of SpadaforClay Group, a Harvard Square management consulting firm. She has a demonstrated track record leading initiatives at the intersection of strategy, operations, finance, risk management/regulatory compliance and talent management in a broad spectrum of health-related companies –  including a major academic medical center, hospitals, physician practice groups, biotechnology, medical equipment manufacturing, mental health and clinical social services sectors. She has worked extensively in the C-suite with Fortune 500 companies and as a trusted advisor to boards of directors.

    Christine is also a co-founder and Managing Director of Coltala Holdings, a diversified holding company. She serves on the Board of Directors of a $3B NYSE-listed company, where she is Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

    Christine graduated from Harvard Law School and received a Master of Science degree in Physiology from Harvard School of Public Health, which included course work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  At MIT, she co-authored  Monitoring the Worker for Exposure and Disease: Scientific, Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Use of Biomarkers, published by Johns Hopkins University, with a professor in the Science and Technology core. In addition, Christine was a partner in three premier global management consulting firms (CSC Index, The Boston Consulting Group, AlixPartners), was an editor of The Harvard Environmental Law Review, and was selected by the Business Section of the American Bar Association/DirectWomen as one of the top 20 female attorneys in the country with outstanding business expertise.

    In addition to her educational background in science and public health, Christine worked as an ICU nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, General Counsel at a pediatric hospital, and served as an advisor to the United Nations in China on public health and sustainable environmental issues in third world countries.

    For nearly 10 years, Christine dedicated her extensive experience in financial, operational and organizational management to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children – a nonprofit that serves abused, abandoned and homeless children. As CEO, she inherited a nearly bankrupt organization – and against all odds, set the ambitious growth strategy, restructured the corporation and corporate governance, and led the execution of a plan that resulted in an innovative turnaround that received national acclaim. Christine continues to be involved with a number of non-profit organizations as advisor or board trustee.

    Christine is on the Visiting Executive faculty at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she lectures on Strategic Leadership. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars – lecturing on board governance, gender equity, adaptive leadership, and other topics central to the empowerment of women. Recent engagements include Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard School of Public Health, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, University of Nevada, Young Presidents’ Organization, and the annual meeting of the American Medical Group Association. Christine also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters degree – awarded in recognition of her professional accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to society.

  • Lisa Tener, MS, Book writing coach and author

    Lisa Tener specializes in helping doctors, therapists and other healing professionals write and publish a compelling health, how-to or self-help book. Lisa's unique, Stevie Award-winning process includes book and book proposal writing and the "platform building" necessary for successful publication. She is also passionate about helping experts develop a business plan so that the book is a sustainable project with a respectable return on investment. Many of Lisa Tener's clients have landed 5-and 6-figure book deals with major publishers including Random House, HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Yale University Press, Johns Hopkins, New World Library, New Harbinger, Praeger, HCI, Beyond Words and many more. Lisa has guided clients to blog successfully for Psychology Today, the Huffington Post and other top media outlets, and many of her clients have been featured by national media including the New York Times, NPR's Fresh AirGood Morning America, CBS Early Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today ShowThe Atlantic, and much more. Lisa Tener received her Bachelor of Science in Management Science from MIT, where she minored in writing and studied with such luminaries as Frank Conroy. Lisa received her Master's degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management where she concentrated in marketing. She blogs on books and publishing for the Huffington Post and received the Silver Stevie Award for Coach/Mentor of the Year 2014—the first coach in the writing and publishing field to do so.