Julie Silver, MD
Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Harvard Medical School
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
Massachusetts General Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital
As a social entrepreneur committed to improving healthcare for underserved populations, Dr. Silver founded a start-up company and developed a best practices model for cancer rehabilitation care that hundreds of U.S. hospitals adopted, and this was featured on the Discovery Channel’s TV show Innovations. Recently, Dr. Silver’s work has focused on the mission and values of healthcare leaders, physician burnout and improving disparities in the medical workforce. Her work is focused on high-impact strategic initiatives aimed at supporting rapid healthcare change, and teaching other healthcare professionals to lead them as well. Dr. Silver has been published in many high impact journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA network publications. She has written and edited numerous books and is formerly the Chief Editor of Books for Harvard Health Publications—the official publishing division for Harvard Medical School. Dr. Silver has received many awards, including the Boston Globe’s Top Innovator in Medicine, and has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including The New York Times, The London Times, and NPR. Dr. Silver is currently affiliated with Spaulding Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General, and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.
Harvard Medical School Faculty
Cheri Blauwet, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Cheri Blauwet, MD is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and interim Chief Medical Officer for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She also serves as Founding Director of the Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute. Dr. Blauwet is 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.
Yelena Bodien, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology
Dr. Bodien is the Associate Director of the Laboratory for Neuroimaging of Coma and Consciousness and a Research Scientist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital as well as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bodien has devoted her career to improving the lives of patients who have sustained a severe brain injury. She uses novel neuroimaging techniques and standardized neurobehavioral assessment to advance diagnostic precision and functional outcomes in acute and chronic stages of recovery. In her role as a core member of the James S. McDonnell Coma and Consciousness Consortium as well as the Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in TBI initiative, Dr. Bodien works towards this goal with collaborators in the United States and internationally. An active member of the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Bodien co-chairs the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group and recently led the effort to publish a case definition for the Post-traumatic Confusional State. Dr. Bodien is especially passionate about mentoring, and enjoys sharing her research interests with students, residents and post-docs.
Narjust Duma, MD, Associate Director, Cancer Care Equity Program, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center; Member of the Faculty, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Narjust Duma is originally from Venezuela, born of a Colombian mother and Dominican father. She completed her internal medicine residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she was the chief fellow from 2018 -2019. She is currently the Associate Director of the Cancer Care Equity Program, a thoracic medical oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center and a Member of the Faculty at Harvard Medical School. In 2022, Dr. Duma also became the first Latina to hold an Associate Editor position in oncology as the new Associate Editor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the JAMA Oncology Journal. Dr. Duma's clinical interests include targeted therapy for lung cancer and the care of women with lung cancer, including their unique aspects of cancer survivorship. She is the principal investigator of the Sexual Health Assessment in Women with Lung Cancer (SHAWL) Study, the largest study to date evaluating sexual dysfunction in women with lung cancer.
Apart from her clinical interests in lung cancer, she is also a leading and productive researcher in cancer health disparities and gender and racial discrimination in medical education and medicine. Dr. Duma is one of the co-founders of the Twitter community #LatinasInMedicine, now composed of over 8,000 members globally. She received many awards, including the 2018 Resident of the Year Award by the National Hispanic Medical Association, the 2019 Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship award, the 2020 Rising Star award by the LEAD national conference for women in hematology and oncology, and the 2021 International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) North America Cancer Care Team Award for outstanding clinical care. In addition, Dr. Duma founded the Duma Lab in 2019. The laboratory focuses on lung cancer, social justice issues in medicine, and medical education. The laboratory's long-term goals are to create a welcoming environment for medical trainees from historically underrepresented groups in medicine while improving the care of vulnerable populations. Members of the Duma Lab are agents of change. Since its foundation, the Duma laboratory has received research funding from several national agencies, published over 25 studies and editorials, and presented research findings at national and international conferences, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting and the World Conference of Lung Cancer. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nature, Cancer Cell, JAMA Oncology, Lancet Oncology, and Journal of the National Cancer Institute amongst many others, and featured in various media outlets including The New York Times, STAT News, Healio, Onclive, Vox, Business Insider, ASCO Post, and Doximity.
Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Dr. Lilit Garibyan MD, PhD is a physician-scientist and board-certified dermatologist with appointments as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and a Physician-Scientist at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Garibyan received her bachelors’ degree from University of California Los Angeles. She received her medical training and MD degree from Harvard Medical School, and her PhD degree from Harvard University in Experimental Pathology/Immunology. Dr. Garibyan is a Department of Defense-funded investigator. She has authored over 45 peer-reviewed publications and is listed as an inventor on 15 pending and granted patents in the fields of medical devices, immunology, dermatology, cardiology, and medical innovation. Her research focuses on innovative biomedical translational discoveries aimed at identifying unmet medical needs and working with multidisciplinary teams to develop novel treatments. She used this same approach to pioneer injectable cooling devices for aesthetic and medical application since 2012. Several of her inventions have been licensed and led to venture-backed startup companies. She is the co-founder of two startup biotech companies which have resulted from her research discoveries. She has lectured at national and international level and has developed a reputation as an expert and leader in dermatology and biomedical innovation.
She is the co-founder and the Director of the “Magic Wand Initiative” and the Virtual Magic Wand programs, which aim to promote and empower clinician-led research and innovation by teaching the process of innovation. These programs empower, engage, and teach clinicians how to identify unmet clinical needs and collaborate with research faculty and industry in finding solutions to these problems. Due to the measurable success that these programs have achieved, they have now become nationally and internationally recognized initiatives. 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.
Grace Huang, ND, Dean for Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Medicine
Grace C. Huang is Dean for Faculty Affairs and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Huang is a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess and an educator with expertise in faculty development and educational scholarship. She was previously vice chair for Career Development and Mentorship in the Department of Medicine, and director of Academic Careers and Faculty Development, both at Beth Israel Deaconess. She also directs the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, a yearlong intensive program founded in 1996 that has been responsible for training educational leaders across HMS. She serves as editor-in-chief of MedEdPORTAL, a journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and is on the editorial board of Academic Medicine.
Adaira Landry, MD, MEd, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Adaira Landry, MD MEd is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. She is the Assistant Residency Director for the Harvard Emergency Medicine Residency Program and an Academic Society Associate Director and Advisor for the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Landry is the Co-Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee within the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice. She is the Co-Director of a national mentoring program, Diversity Mentoring Initiative, hosted by national organizations Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA) and Academic College of Emergency Physicians. She is an advisor for Academic Life in Emergency Medicine, a leading medical education online resource.
Dr. Landry was born in Rialto, California and in 2002 attended University of California, Berkeley to study Molecular Cell Biology and African American Studies. She completed her medical school training at David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles in 2011, her Emergency Medicine Residency at New York University as Chief Resident in 2015, and a combined fellowship in Ultrasound at the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a master’s degree in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education program in 2017. Her academic interests focus on mentorship of underrepresented students and trainees. In 2020 she published in Harvard Business Review on mentorship. She was awarded the Massachusetts General Brigham Outstanding Mentor Award and the EMRA Mentor of the Year Award for her dedication to mentorship. In addition, she speaks nationally on strategies to optimize mentor-mentee relationships and has recently spoken at the Student National Medical Association as well as the American Women’s Medical Association. She has completed the Women’s Leadership Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has published in NEJM, Academic Medicine, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Women's Health Magazine. She is also a wife and a mother to 3 children. She hopes to raise her 3 children to understand and value the importance of supporting others in need.
Ali Raja, MD, MBA, MPH, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology
Dr. Raja is the Deputy Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a former Major in the United States Air Force Reserve and a leader with both business and healthcare experience, he has learned lessons in team development from a variety of sources. He is excited to share some of the most valuable lessons he has learned over the years with everyone at the conference.
Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr. Rexrode is the Chief of the Division of Women’s Health in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) where she leads state-of the-art women’s health clinical programs as well as driving research, education and advocacy to improve the health of women. Dr. Rexrode is also a research scientist with over 250 publications, and multiple NIH grants focused on women’s health and sex differences. As Director of the Office of Women’s Careers in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at BWH, Dr. Rexrode leads initiatives to advance gender equity including programs to support female professionals and their academic advancement, to address issues of diversity and inclusion, and to reduce the impact of unconscious bias. She also directs the Women’s Leadership Program for junior faculty at BWH and has lectured widely on leadership skills for women in academic medicine. Across her career, from mentorship to clinical practice, from research to teaching, Dr. Rexrode pursues her goal of helping women become healthier, happier, and more successful.
Julie Silver, MD, Associate 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 top of page for biographical details
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FAMWA, FTOS, Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr. Stanford is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics who practices and teaches at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/ Harvard Medical School (HMS) as one of the first fellowship-trained obesity medicine physicians in the world. Dr. Stanford received her BS and MPH from Emory University as an MLK Scholar; her MD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine as a Stoney Scholar; her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman Fellow in the Harvard Center for Public Leadership; and her executive MBA as a merit-based scholarship recipient from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. She completed her Obesity Medicine & Nutrition Fellowship at MGH/HMS after completing her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of South Carolina. She has served as a health communications fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as a behavioral sciences intern at the American Cancer Society. Upon completion of her MPH, she received the Gold Congressional Award, the highest honor that Congress bestows upon America’s youth. Dr. Stanford has completed a medicine and media internship at the Discovery Channel. An American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award recipient in 2005, she received an AMA Paul Ambrose Award for national leadership among resident physicians in 2009, and was selected for the AMA Inspirational Physician Award in 2015. The American College of Physicians (ACP) selected her as the 2013 recipient of the Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award and the Massachusetts ACP selected her for the Young Leadership Award in 2015. She is the 2017 recipient of the HMS Amos Diversity Award and Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Award for Women’s Health. In 2019, she was selected as the Suffolk District Community Clinician of the Year and for the Reducing Health Disparities Award for MMS. She was selected for The Obesity Society Clinician of the Year in 2020. In 2021, she was awarded the MMS Grant Rodkey Award for her dedication to medical students and the AMA Dr. Edmond and Rima Cabbabe Dedication to the Profession Award, which recognizes a physician who demonstrates active and productive improvement to the profession of medicine through community service, advocacy, leadership, teaching, or philanthropy. She is the 2021 Recipient of the Emory Rollins School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award.
Laurie Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE, Director of Healthcare Leadership Programs and Program Director of the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management, Creighton University
Ms. Laurie K. Baedke is a faculty member, Director of Healthcare Leadership Programs, and Assistant Dean of Physician Leadership Education at Creighton University. 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. Her 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.
Scarlett Bellamy, ScD, Professor of Biostatistics, Drexel University
Scarlett L. Bellamy, ScD is a Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Graduate Programs in Biostatistics, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University. She also serves as the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health. She is also Co-Director of the Biostatistics and Informatics Core (BIC) and serve as a senior biostatistician for the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center. Prior to her current position at Drexel, she was a Professor of Biostatistics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests are in the design, analysis and implementation of cohort and longitudinal studies, particularly group/cluster randomized trials. She has published in numerous clinical and public health disciplines including statistical methods; behavioral economics; HIV risk reduction; clinical investigations of HIV, cancer, cardiovascular health, obesity and physical activity, adult lung injury and lung transplantation; and critical care. Additionally, she served as Director or Co-Director of Data Coordinating Centers for several large, multisite trials as well as served as a member of numerous Data Safety and Monitoring Committees, including service as Chair. She has been an active member of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society in several capacities including President (2017), past Co-Chair of the Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics Workshop on numerous occasions, and she was the PI of an R13 grant supporting this effort in the past. She is also an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (2016) and was appointed to serve as the current Vice President of the American Statistical Association. She is serving in her final year as a member of the Biostatistical Methods Research and Design (BMRD) study section for NIH.
Vanessa Britto, MD, MSc, FACP, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University; Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Executive Director of Health and Wellness, Brown University
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 establish 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. Since early 2020, Dr. Britto has been deeply immersed in Brown University’s response plan for COVID-19. This year, she was awarded the “2020 Woman Physician of the Year Award” by the RI American College of Physicians. Dr. Britto is passionate about population and community health and welcomes opportunities to mentor students.
Laura Desveaux, PhD, PT, Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Dr. Desveaux is the Scientific Director of the Institute for Better Health at Trillium Health Partners and the Lead for the Learning Health System Portfolio. She is also the founder and Executive Director of Women Who Lead, an organization dedicated to supporting the career advancement and leadership development of women in the health sector. Her career focuses on closing the gap between current performance and what science and experience tell us is possible. She realizes this passion through her noted roles and as a career coach, where she helps scientists, clinicians, and professionals use data to identify and unlock their potential.
Dr. Desveaux’s work in behavioral science tackles healthcare’s most persistent problems by examining what drives behaviors, how and why things work, and identifying how context influences success (and failure). This approach provides insights into how to effect change at both individual and system levels. She is also the founding partner of E2I Consulting, where she collaborates with health and social care organizations to bridge the evidence-to-practice gap by helping them apply the principles of implementation science and behavior change to their work.
Sarah Diekman, MD, JD, Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health
Dr. Diekman is an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health, where she teaches data analysis in the MPH program. She also practices clinical occupational and environmental medicine. Prior to July 2022, she was the Chief Resident at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the specialty of occupational and environmental medicine in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, and concurrently an MPH candidate in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in biostatistics and epidemiology (graduation expected June 2022). Dr. Diekman is passionate about the health of healthcare workers, addiction treatment, public health, epidemiology, bioethics, civil rights, and workplace determinates of health. Immediately prior to residency at Johns Hopkins she graduated magna cum laude from Florida A&M College of Law (May 2020). Her work has been recognized at the national level with the I Stand with Her Award (Honorable Mention) awarded at the 2019 Inaugural Women in Medicine Summit, and the Young Leader Poster Award (1st place) at the 61st Annual Conference of the American College of Legal Medicine (2021).
Monica Verduzco Gutierrez, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, is an accomplished academic Physiatrist, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at UT Health in San Antonio, TX. She previously was the Medical Director of the Brain Injury and Stroke Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, a top-two US News and World Report Best Hospital for Rehabilitation. She is currently the Clinical Chief of PM&R at the University Hospital System, and the Medical Director of Critical Illness Recovery and Neurorehabilitation at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospitals in San Antonio, Texas. Her area of clinical expertise is the care of patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke rehabilitation, and interventional spasticity management. She is currently directing two COVID-19 Recovery Clinics, the first in South Texas, which aligns with her mission to increase access to interdisciplinary care, optimize function, and improve quality of life for survivors with Long COVID.
Dr. Gutierrez is a passionate advocate for physiatry and for underrepresented groups in medicine via social media channels. She is the Social Media Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. In 2019, she received the Top 25 Women in Healthcare Award from the National Diversity Council and Healthcare Diversity Council, which recognizes the top women leaders in the city of Houston
Paula Gutlove, DMD, 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 graduate courses, lectures, workshops, and executive-education sessions in a range of settings including universities, government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations. She teaches in Boston-area universities and colleges including Harvard, Hult, Simmons, Tufts, and Bentley. 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, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Physician Management Resources
Wendy Gutterson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer 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 is a much sought-after speaker and was recently featured in Starting Up Smarter: Why Founders Over 50 Build Better Companies by Mary J Cronin. Ms. Gutterson earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a graduate degree in health care administration from Simmons University, Boston, where she is an honorary trustee.
Jennifer Hunt, MD, Chair of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
Jennifer Hunt, MD is a physician executive and dedicated leader whose personal mission is to lift up a next generation of women healthcare leaders. In 2020, she joined the University of Florida in Gainesville as the Chair of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine after serving as Chair of Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for almost a decade. At the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences she was the first female Chief of Staff, Chair of Credentials Committee, and co-Chair of the Medical Staff Professionalism Committee. Dr. Hunt has also held elected board level positions for a number of national pathology organizations, two terms 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 finds many ways to invest in mentoring, sponsoring, and promoting the careers of women physicians and scientists. She is a certified executive leadership coach and works with emerging, aspiring and current physician leaders across the country. Dr. Hunt created and facilitates a popular leadership development program, which helps women to build confidence, abandon self-doubt, overcome imposter tendencies, and live more powerful and intentional professional lives. She published an Amazon best-selling book about overcoming imposter 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, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy; Physician Director of Media Relations, Rush University Cancer Center
Dr. Shikha Jain is a board-certified hematology and oncology physician. She is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Director of Communications Strategies in Medicine and the Associate Director of Oncology Communication and Digital Innovation for the University of Illinois Cancer Center. Dr. Jain is Founder, CEO and President of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Women in Medicine®, and Founder and Chair of the Women in Medicine Summit as well as the CEO and Co-Founder of the action, advocacy and amplification organization IMPACT. She was named one of Medscapes 25 Rising Stars in Medicine in 2020, a Modern Healthcare Top 25 Emerging Leaders of 2019, and was awarded the Rising Star award by the LEAD Oncology Conference in 2019. She was appointed the 2021 and 2022 Lead of the American Society for Clinical Oncology Women's Networking Center taskforce, is a member of the ASCO Diversity and Inclusion taskforce, and appointed to the Illinois State Medical Society’s Council on Communications and Membership Advocacy as well as the COVID-19 taskforce. She is on the editorial board of Healio HemOnc Today and is the consulting medical editor for Healio Women in Oncology and host of the podcast Oncology Overdrive. Dr. Jain’s mentorship and sponsorship have resulted in the advancement of numerous young women and men in medicine across the country. She works tirelessly to promote the dissemination of evidence-based scientific information through numerous mediums including social media, and has been recognized as a thought leader by Doximity and the OpEd Project.
Dr. Jain gave a TEDx talk on the gender moonshot and is a nationally renowned keynote speaker. She is a regular contributor to FOX32 and has been a guest on many national news outlets including ABC, CBS, and Yahoo. She has been featured, interviewed, and published in CNN, Time magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, US News and World Report, the Hill, Newsweek, and the Chicago Tribune. She is also a well-respected academician who has published in many peer review journals, including Nature, NEJM and PNAS.
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
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 14 books, many on the topic of mentoring. His most recent mentoring-related titles include:
• Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace (2020), Harvard Business Review Press
• The Elements of Mentoring (3rd ed., 2018), St. Martin’s
• Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women (2016), Harvard Business Review Press
• 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
Allison Larson, MD, MS, Professor and Chair of Dermatology, Georgetown University School of Medicine and MedStar Health
Allison R. Larson, MD, MS is Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Health since 2021. Prior to this time, she was the Vice Chair for Education for the Boston University Department of Dermatology and Program Director for the Boston University Dermatology residency program. She 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
Tiffany Love, PhD, APRN, FACHE, GNP, ANP-BC, CHC, Associate Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, University of Vermont Health Network Porter Medical Center
Dr. Tiffany Love, founder of the Love Leadership Foundation, is an award-winning keynote speaker and C-suite executive with more than 30 years of healthcare experience. She is a Fellow and former Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, as well as a certified Public Leader through the Harvard Kennedy School. She also serves as nurse planner and guest faculty member for Harvard Medical School’s CME course, "Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare" and as an Advisory Council member for the Harvard Business Review. Additionally, Dr. Love is an Advisory Board Member for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society’s Center for Excellence in Nursing Education and an advisor for their Nurse Leadership Academy for Practice. She is currently Associate Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at the University of Vermont Health Network Porter Medical Center, after previously serving eight years in various roles at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Aimee Lowe, JD, Founder, Lowe Legal Group, PC LLO
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. Ms. Lowe 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.
Amy Oxentenko, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, Professor and Chair of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Arizona
Dr. Amy Oxentenko is a Professor of Medicine and serves as Chair of Medicine for Mayo Clinic in Arizona as well as Vice Chair of Mayo Clinic’s Clinical Practice Committee. She completed her IM Residency, Chief Residency and GI Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester, receiving the IM Residency’s Outstanding Achievement Award, GI Division’s Bargen Award, and Institutional Mayo Brothers’ Distinguished Fellowship Award. After joining the faculty at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, she served as Program Director of Mayo’s GI Fellowship and Advanced GI Fellowship Programs, later transitioning to the role of IM Residency Program Director and serving 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, and has served on ACG’s Training, Educational Affairs, Professionalism, Credentialing and Finance Committees. She has co-created and co-chaired the ACG Train-the-Trainer USA Program and is past Vice Chair for the World GI Organization Train-the-Trainer Program. Dr. Oxentenko has served as a Senior Associate Editor for the American Journal of Gastroenterology. She has been a member of the ACG Board of Trustees since 2017 and is now a member of the ACG Executive Team, serving as Treasurer, with ACG Presidency planned in 2024. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Internal Medicine ACGME Review Committee, serving as Vice Chair in 2022. 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 named the 2020 Woman Disruptor of the Year by Healio GI and has been named as one of the “top 100 alumni” by her undergraduate alma mater.
Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH joined MD Anderson as the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer in May 2022. Previous to her current role, she served in a variety of DEI roles including the American College of Cardiology and the American Psychiatric Association, where she was also Deputy Medical Director and Director of the Minority Fellowship Program. Dr. Parekh is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Prior to 2015, she practiced at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and McLean Hospital/ Harvard Medical School and was the inaugural Director of the MGH Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Diversity. 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 Cultural Sensitivity in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MGH Academy Press, 2016), Stigma and Prejudice: Touchstones in Understanding Diversity ( Springer Publishers, 2016), and Cultural Psychiatry with Children, Adolescents and Families (American Psychiatric Press, 2021).
Dr. Parekh has led trainings and lectured locally, nationally and internationally on topics including diversity, health care disparities, microaggressions, cultural psychiatry, facilitative mediation, collaborative negotiations, child and adolescent psychiatry, addictions, and psychopharmacology. She has lived, studied, and worked around the world including Japan, France, Poland, New Zealand and Australia. Dr. Parekh is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH), 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). Dr. Parekh holds or has held academic appointments at the Massachusetts General Hospital, George Washington University Medical School and Morehouse School of Medicine.
Deborah Saltman, AM, MD, PhD, Chair, Independent Scientific Advisory Committee, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, United Kingdom
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. She currently works as a physician in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sasha Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE, Professor and the Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE is a Tenured Professor and the Vice Chair of Strategy 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. She is the author of Between Grit and Grace: How to be Feminine and Formidable. Her second book, Brave Boundaries, will be released in September of 2022.
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, holds national leadership positions in the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology, and serves on the National Board of Echocardiography.
Christine Spadafor, JD, ScM, RN, Board of Directors Advisor & Management Consultant; CEO, SpadaforClay Group
Christine J. Spadafor is an experienced public and private company board director with deep expertise in risk management, regulatory compliance, DEI and ESG. She has a demonstrated track record leading successful large-scale transformational initiatives at the intersection of strategy, operations, finance and change management initiatives in a broad spectrum of domestic and international health-related companies—including a major academic medical center, hospitals, physician practice groups, biotechnology, medical equipment manufacturing, and mental health and clinical social services sectors. She has worked extensively as an advisor to Fortune 500 C-suite executives. Ms. Spadafor is CEO of SpadaforClay Group, a management consulting firm. She serves as an Independent Director on the boards of public and private companies: Intus Care, a healthcare software company; 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; and until its recent acquisition, Kindred at Home, the largest provider of home care and hospice services in the US, where she served as the Chair of the Quality and Compliance Committee. Ms. Spadafor also serves on the Advisory Board of WBUR, one of the premier National Public Radio stations in the US, is a commentator on the BBC World Service “Business Matters” global radio broadcast and podcast and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Mercyhurst University. 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 (MIT). 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, Ms. Spadafor was a partner in three premier global management consulting firms (The Boston Consulting Group, CSC Index, 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 expertise for corporate board service. 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, health and environmental scientist at the US Department of Labor and the Environmental Protection Agency, 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. Ms. Spadafor continues to be involved with several non-profit organizations as advisor or board trustee. She is a lecturer on Strategic Leadership in the Visiting Executive Program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and is a frequent speaker/keynote at seminars, meetings and podcasts addressing gender equity, women in leadership and board governance topics, including Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, the American Medical Group Association and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She also holds two Doctor of Humane Letters degrees, awarded in recognition of her professional accomplishments and lifelong contributions to vulnerable and at-risk populations.