This is the faculty from the 2020 course. 2021 faculty list not yet available.
This is the faculty from the 2020 course. 2021 faculty list not yet available.
Robert J. Birnbaum, MD, PhD is the Vice President for Continuing Professional Development & Implementation Science at Partners HealthCare and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Birnbaum is a practicing and supervising psychopharmacologist affiliated with the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. His PhD research was in physiology/biochemistry studying intracellular signal transduction and his post-doctoral research was in molecular neurogenetics studying psychotropic drug induction of neural immediate early gene expression. Dr. Birnbaum serves as primary liaison for Partners HealthCare to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for the Multispecialty Portfolio Program and collaborates with the ABMS Education & Research Foundation. He served on the standing committee for continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School, the Foundation Board of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, and the Education Research Committee of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. He also serves on the Partners Educational Review Board and is on the faculty of the Harvard Macy Institute, leading workshops on healthcare education innovation. He has collaborated on education research projects with the MIT Integrative Learning Initiative (MITili), the Shanghai Mental Health Center (SHMHC), the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) at Peking University (PKU), and the Sydney West Australia Translational Cancer Research Center. He is Co-Chair of the Lunder Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine. Dr. Birnbaum's current research focuses on knowledge translation and implementation science in the health professions, particularly the application of cognitive psychology and basic neuroscience principles to instructional design and knowledge engineering.
Cheri Blauwet, MD is an Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She serves as Director of the Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute. Dr. Blauwet is also a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the United States' Team in three Paralypmic Games (Sydney '00, Athens '04, Beijing '08) and bringing home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons.
Translating her background as an athlete to the clinic setting, Dr. Blauwet now serves as a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) as well as numerous other leadership roles throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award and was named one Boston’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 2019 she was named by the Boston Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40” community leaders. She has become a global advocate for the use of sport and physical activity to promote healthy lifestyles for all individuals with disabilities. She was a guest at the White House as well as the keynote speaker at the Boston celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Dr. 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.
Lilit Garibyan MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and a Physician-Scientist at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Her research focuses on innovative biomedical translational discoveries aimed at identifying novel treatments for dermatologic diseases and beyond. She is an inventor on many patents, some of which have led to the development of startup companies. She is also the co-founder of the “Magic Wand Initiative” at MGH, which aims to promote and empower clinician-led research and innovation by teaching them the process of innovation. Dr. Garibyan has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed original publications. She has lectured at the national and international levels and has developed a reputation as an expert and leader in dermatology and biomedical innovation.
As a humanitarian, Dr. Garibyan has pioneered and established sustainable medical laser clinics in Armenia for effective treatments of scars and vascular anomalies. Her team has taken several lasers to Armenia and has trained Armenian physicians on the use of laser technology to treat life-altering skin diseases. Dr. Garibyan recently founded and serves as the president of a nonprofit organization called “Face of Angel” to continue the mission of this humanitarian work.
Dr. Garibyan received her BS summa cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles, her MD from Harvard Medical School and her PhD in Experimental Pathology/Immunology from Harvard University.
Ingrid Katz, MD, MHS is Associate Faculty Director at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI), Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Associate Physician in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Research Scientist at the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research over the past decade has focused on the social determinants of health-seeking behavior among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, with the goal of developing sustainable, socio-behavioral interventions aimed at improving care for the most underserved. She is trained in Infectious Diseases and received her MD from the University of California at San Francisco, trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As an HGHI Burke fellow in 2015, her research tested strategies to engage with treatment refusers about the benefits of early treatment, in order to achieve the goal of “Treatment as Prevention” in South Africa. She completed a fellowship in Global Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has been on staff there since 2009. She has been consistently funded as a Principal Investigator through the National Institutes of Health since 2012 and has served as an Editorial Fellow and a National Correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine.
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.
Dr. Kerry Reynolds is a physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She currently serves as the Director of the Severe Immunotherapy Complications Service, in addition to being the Clinical Director for the inpatient cancer services at Mass General Cancer Center.
Dr. Reynolds specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. Under her leadership, the Massachusetts General Cancer Center’s inpatient program evaluates and treats over 5,000 patients each year and serves as a core training experience for Harvard Medical School students, residents, and fellows each year.
Dr. Reynolds completed her residency and chief residency at Massachusetts General. Following fellowship training in Oncology at Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care, she joined the Harvard Medical School faculty in 2014. She is presently focused on efforts to uncover predictors for those patients who are at highest risk for adverse events associated with immunotherapy, to characterize the signs and symptoms of these events, and to understand the cellular and molecular blueprints that drive them—all with a goal of gaining knowledge that will allow the medical community to develop new therapeutics and improve the treatment of this unique patient population. She is the author of articles and textbook chapters on immunotherapy toxicity as well as the lead editor for "Facing Immunotherapy," a book for patients and care givers to guide them through their treatment journey.
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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
Dr. Valerie Stone is Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of the Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Dr. Stone is an academic general internist as well as an infectious disease specialist and is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and did her residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve - University Hospitals of Cleveland. She completed a health services research fellowship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and BWH, and an infectious disease fellowship in Boston University School of Medicine program.
Dr. Stone is a nationally recognized expert on HIV/AIDS and is the author of numerous publications on HIV/AIDS care and policy, including the book, HIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color. Her research focuses on disparities in HIV/AIDS care by race/ethnicity and gender, and strategies for optimizing the care of the diverse patients living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Stone’s scholarship has also examined current issues in healthcare leadership, diversity and inclusion in medicine and innovations in residency training. Prior to returning to the Brigham, Dr. Stone was the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital; previously, she spent more than a dozen years as a physician leader at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Stone has received many awards for her work, including the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Elnora Rhodes Award for exceptional contributions to patient care, education & research in primary care, the Massachusetts American College of Physicians Laureate Award, the Justice in Health Award from JRI Health, the Community Hero Award from Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), and she was on the Boston Business Journal’s list of the most influential health care leaders of color in 2017.
Ms. Elena Olson is the Executive Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Massachusetts General Hospital (“CDI”), where she has worked for the past 19 years. The goal of CDI is to help create a more diverse, inclusive and respectful environment at MGH, by helping advance the careers of physicians, researchers, and trainees who are underrepresented in medicine, and develop a culturally competent and engaged workforce at Mass General where all can experience a true sense of belonging.
Under her leadership the CDI has become a full-service central resource for students, trainees and faculty, and works with hospital and Harvard Medical School (HMS) leadership, graduate medical education, as well as clinical and research departments across Mass General. Ms. Olson serves on various MGH and HMS leadership committees, including the Advisory Councils for the Center for Faculty Development and Office for Women’s Careers, the Executive Committee on Community Health, the MGH Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the HMS Dean’s Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion, to name a few. She has also helped lead strategic planning and implementation efforts across the hospital focused on community health, race equity, social determinants of health and workforce diversity; and has contributed to designing and facilitating trainings in diversity, unconscious bias, and cross-cultural teamwork and communication for the entire MGH workforce. Before joining CDI, Ms. Olson practiced as a civil and commercial litigator for eight years, where she also worked on pro bono matters relating to immigration, civil rights and criminal justice. She received a BA in International Affairs with a minor in Biology from Goucher College, a JD degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, and a Certificate from the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. She was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is trilingual in English, Spanish and French. Ms. Olson is passionate about championing social justice and equity issues, especially in education and healthcare. Among her many activities outside the hospital, she served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA Boston and led a strategic planning effort to improve health and nutrition in the Brookline Public Schools.
Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH, is the inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the American College of Cardiology. From 2015 to 2019, Dr. Parekh was a Deputy Medical Director and the Director of Diversity and Health Equity for the American Psychiatric Association. While at APA, she was also the Director of the SAMHSA-funded Minority Fellowship Program for the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.
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 its second edition (Springer Publishers, 2019), 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).
Ms. 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.
Ms. Baedke 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. She has been certified by The Gallup Organization as a Strengths Performance Coach since 2006.
Ms. Baedke 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. Ms. Baedke is also active in civic leadership to her community, serving on the executive committee of the board of Omaha Bridges Out of Poverty.
Ms. Baedke'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.
Dr. Britto is a board certified Internal Medicine physician and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University where she serves as the Associate Vice President of Campus Life and Executive Director of Health and Wellness. She oversees the five departments that collectively comprise Health and Wellness for the University: Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Promotion, Emergency Medical Services, and Accessibility Services, totaling a staff of 200 people. The work of Health and Wellness supports and cares for 10,000 undergrads, graduate, and medical students. Prior to returning to Brown in 2018 to serve in her current role, Dr. Britto was the Director of Health Services at Wellesley College for 16 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Returning to the east coast to train at Brown, Dr. Britto completed her residency and a general medicine fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital. While in fellowship she also received a Master of Science in Community Health. Prior to establishing a career in college health, Dr. Britto practiced medicine in federally qualified health centers, helped to found a multidisciplinary women’s health practice, and also developed a hospital-based preventive cardiology program that she co-led while growing a private practice. She volunteers with a non-profit medical mission organization that travels to Cape Verde, W. Africa biennially and she is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. Dr. Britto lectures nationally and internationally on healthcare disparities, and adolescent and women’s health. Dr. Britto is passionate about population and community health and welcomes opportunities to mentor students.
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.
Ms. 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. Ms. Gutterson's financial and operational know-how springs from 20-plus years of practice leadership experience. Prior to launching Physician Management Resources, She worked in large and small physician practices, as well as academic departments at Tufts Medical Center, Lahey Clinic, Cambridge Health Alliance and Hebrew SeniorLife. Ms. Gutterson 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.
Dr. Hunt is a physician executive who has held leadership roles at the institutional and national level. After serving as Chair of Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for almost a decade, she was recently recruited to be the system Chair of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. At the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences she served as the first female Chief of Staff, Chair of Credentials Committee, and co-Chair of the Medical Staff Professionalism Committee. Dr. Hunt has been an elected board member and officer for multiple different national pathology organizations, including 6 years as a Governor for the College of American Pathologists and past roles as President of the Association for Molecular Pathology and the CAP Foundation. She is an internationally recognized expert in head and neck pathology and in molecular genetic pathology. She has published more than 150 scientific papers and numerous book chapters and books.
Outside of pathology, Dr. Hunt’s passion is mentoring, sponsoring and promoting the careers of women physicians and scientists. She is a certified executive leadership coach and works with physician leaders and future leaders across the country. Dr. Hunt created and facilitates a popular leadership development program, which helps women to build confidence, abandon self-doubt, overcome impostor tendencies, and live more powerful and intentional professional lives. She recently published an Amazon best-selling book about overcoming impostor syndrome, Unlocking Your Authentic Self. In all of her roles, from Chair, to physician leader, to executive coach, Dr. Hunt finds great joy in teaching people practical tools, skills, and strategies for personal empowerment and growth.
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).
Dr. 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:
Dr. Allison R. Larson is a dermatologist and award-winning medical educator at Boston University School of Medicine. She is the associate program director for the Boston University Dermatology residency program and previously served as an Assistant Dean for Medical Education at Boston University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completed her residency in dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and her dermatopathology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Larson is a gender equity expert with a specific research focus on debt and compensation.
Dr. Tiffany A. Love serves as a C-suite executive and healthcare consultant. She is an award-winning, board-certified healthcare executive, and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) with over 26 years of healthcare experience. 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 national Healthcare Diversity Council and serves as a national Keynote Speaker and faculty for many prestigious organizations. She serves as coordinator, nurse planner and guest faculty for the Harvard Medical School CME on Career Advancement Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare as well as faculty, judge, and pitch coach for the course Writing, Publishing, and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals.
Dr. Love also serves as a consultant providing executive consultation to many national organizations including the AcademyHealth 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.
Aimee L. Lowe is the founder of Lowe Legal Group, PC LLO, a boutique law firm that provides legal services for executives and physicians, businesses, and entrepreneurs. She has worked with businesses, professionals, and physicians for years as executive advisor, general counsel, defender, litigator, and strategist. She represents professionals and physicians in complex contract and compensation negotiations and disputes. She works with companies of all sizes to provide strategic legal counsel in intellectual property, employment law, and land and business mergers and acquisitions and sales. Before forming Lowe Legal Group, Lowe was a Partner with both a Nebraska-based and Iowa-based law firm, served as judicial clerk with the Nebraska Court of Appeals, and held a role as in-house counsel where she oversaw federal and state regulations, internal audits, and drafted policy. Aimee served for several years as an Adjunct Faculty member with Creighton University School of Law. She is an honors graduate of the Creighton University School of Law; recipient of the Silver Quill Award – the highest award given for legal writing; recipient of seven CALI Excellence Awards for achieving the highest score in a given class; winner of the Creighton Law School International Moot Court competition; and frequent speaker and writer on well-being, business, legal, leadership, faith, and debt-reduction topics.
Dr. Amy Oxentenko completed her IM Residency, Chief Residency and GI Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester, being recipient of the IM Residency’s Outstanding Achievement Award, GI Division’s Bargen Award, and Institutional Mayo Brothers’ Distinguished Fellowship Award. She served as both the Associate Program Director for the GI Fellowship Program and IM Residency Program before taking over as Program Director of the GI Fellowship and Advanced GI Fellowship Programs. In 2013, she transitioned to the role of IM Residency Program Director, a role she held for 7 years. She has served as Associate Chair for Education for GI, and Associate Chair for Residency Programs for the Department of IM. She is past Chair of the American College of Gastroenterology’s Women in GI Committee, chaired the ACG Educator Task Force, served on ACG’s Educational Affairs Committee, and currently serves on ACG’s Professionalism Committee and MOC Task Force. She has co-created and co-chaired the ACG Train-the-Trainer USA Program, and has been the Vice Chair for the World GI Organization Train-the-Trainer Program.
Dr. Oxentenko is one of three Senior Associate Editors for the American Journal of Gastroenterology. She has served on the ACG Board of Trustees, and just recently joined the ACG Executive Team the role of Secretary of the ACG, in line to become the 5th President of the ACG in 2024. She also serves as a current member of the Internal Medicine ACGME Review Committee. She has been the recipient of Mayo’s Department of IM Distinguished Contributions to Medical Education Award, Mayo Clinic School of GME Program Director of the Year Award, Minnesota’s ACP Laureate Award, and was awarded the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator Award. She was recently named the 2020 Woman Disruptor of the Year by Healio GI, nominated and selected by gastroenterologists from across the world.
Dr. 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. Dr. Saltman 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.
Mr. 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, Mr. Shelton’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 K. Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE is a Tenured Professor and the Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She is CEO & Founder of Brave Enough, as well as a well-published researcher in cardiac anesthesiology and gender equity, cardiac anesthesiologist, author, and international speaker. In 2016, Dr. Shillcutt was awarded the national American Medical Association's Women Physicians Section Inspiration Award by her peers. Her greatest passion is empowering and encouraging others to achieve wellbeing in their professional and personal lives. She speaks frequently to executives and leaders on the topics of professional resilience and gender equity. Her TEDx talk titled Resilience: The Art of Failing Forward has been viewed by thousands of people. Dr. Shillcutt's writing has been published in both the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. She leads conferences and retreats for professional women through her organization, Brave Enough. Her first book, Between Grit and Grace: How to be Feminine and Formidable, was released in February 2020.
Dr. Shillcutt 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, is a testamur in the Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAM) and has certification in advanced perioperative echocardiography (Advanced PTEeXAM) through the National Board of Echocardiography. She has been 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 serves on the National Board of Echocardiography.
Christine J. Spadafor is an experienced public and private company board director, and has a demonstrated track record leading successful large-scale transformational strategic planning, operations optimization, and risk management/regulatory compliance initiatives 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, as a trusted advisor to boards of directors and a lead in international engagements.
Ms. Spadafor is CEO of SpadaforClay Group, Inc., a management consulting firm. She serves on the Board of Directors of Boyd Gaming Corporation, a $3B NYSE-listed company, where she is the Chair of its Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of Kindred at Home, a private company that is the largest provider of home care and hospice services in the US, where she is the Chair of the Quality and Compliance Committee. Christine also serves on the Advisory Board of WBUR, one of the premier National Public Radio stations in the US.
Ms. Spadafor 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 of “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, Ms. Spadafor 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/Direct Women 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, Ms. Spadafor 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, Ms. Spadafor 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. She continues to be involved with a number of non-profit organizations as advisor or board trustee.
Ms Spadafor is a contributor to BBC World Service global radio business broadcasts, a lecturer on Strategic Leadership in the Visiting Executive Program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, a lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School and is a frequent speaker at seminars and meetings addressing “Women in Leadership” topics: she was a keynote speaker at international conferences sponsored by Harvard Medical School and at the annual meeting of the American Medical Group Association. She was a featured speaker at conferences sponsored by the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Harvard School of Public Health. She also holds two Doctor of Humane Letters degrees – awarded in recognition of her professional accomplishments and community contributions to vulnerable and at-risk populations.
Ms. Lisa Tener specializes in helping doctors, therapists and other healing professionals write and publish a compelling health, how-to or self-help book. Her 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 Ms. 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. Ms. Tener 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 Air, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, The Atlantic, and much more. Ms. Tener received her Bachelor of Science in Management Science from MIT, where she minored in writing and studied with such luminaries as Frank Conroy. Ms. Tener 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. Lisa is the author of the forthcoming book, The Joy of Writing Journal (Jan. 2021).