Harvard Medical School Faculty
Robert Birnbaum, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Vice President, Partners Professional Development & Implementation Science; Director, Healthcare Knowledge Translation & Engineering Laboratory, KT-Lab
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.
Elizabeth Frates, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Part-time, Harvard Medical School
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.
Susan Pories, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Chief of Breast Surgery and Medical Director of The Hoffman Breast Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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.
Kerry Reynolds, MD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
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.
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
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Michael S. Sinha, MD, JD, MPH, Fellow, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sinha graduated from Dartmouth College, followed by MD and JD degrees from Southern Illinois University in 2012 and an MPH degree in Law and Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2015. He trained in internal medicine in Connecticut and Boston prior to joining the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) at Brigham and Women's Hospital as a postdoctoral fellow in 2016. Since 2018, he has worked as a Research Fellow in Therapeutic Science at the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sinha is a nationally recognized speaker on gender equity in law and medicine and has published extensively in legal and medical journals. His most recent publications on gender equity with Dr. Julie Silver are in PM&R, EClinicalMedicine, and the Doximity blog. With Dr. Silver, he co-authored and shepherded the passage of comprehensive gender equity policy at the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS); they are currently working with the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) to pass similar gender equity policy across all state medical societies. He is a member of AMWA, the AMA Women Physicians Section, the MMS Women Physicians Section Task Force, and the HMS Joint Committee on the Status of Women. You can also find Dr. Sinha on Twitter supporting #SheLeadsHealthcare and #HeForShe #WomenInMedicine: @DrSinhaEsq
Valerie Stone, MD, MPH, Charles S. Davidson Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
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.
Jennifer Joe, MD, Physician, Boston VA Healthcare System; Founder and CEO, Vanguard.Health
Jennifer Joe, MD, is a Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital nephrology graduate turned physician entrepreneur. She was the CEO and Co-Founder of Medstro & MedTech Boston and is now Founder and CEO of Vanguard.Health. Founded in 2013, Medstro & MedTech Boston were acquired in 2018, at which time they had seven full-time and five part-time employees with major recurring contracts with the New England Journal of Medicine, American Medical Association, Boston Scientific, and Google, among others.
Dr. Joe is a leader in catalyzing the Boston and nationwide healthcare innovation ecosystem. She has led over 50 healthcare open innovation events in both the public and private sectors, for organizations including Google, Boston Scientific, Philips, the Brigham and Women’s Innovation Hub, the Massachusetts accelerator [email protected], Healthbox, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
Dr. Joe has been invited to speak, mentor, or judge at hundreds of local, national, and international events, including South by Southwest, Google, HIMSS, Partners HealthCare Innovation, the Massachusetts Medical Society, IN3 Medical Device 360, the International Society of Wearable Technology in Healthcare, MassTLC, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Market R&D Challenge, the Federation of State Medical Boards, Partners World Medical Innovation Forum, MATTER Chicago, and Health 2.0.
This is Dr. Joe’s third year teaching at the Harvard Medical School Women in Leadership Course. She is a practicing emergency room, urgent care, and hospitalist physician at three Boston hospitals where she also oversees students, residents, and fellows in training.
Elena Olson, JD, Executive Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Massachusetts General Hospital
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, Consultant Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the American College of Cardiology
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).
Sandra Sedacca, JD, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Chief Development Officer, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network/Partners Continuing Care
Ms. Sandra Sedacca joined Spaulding Rehabilitation Network/Partners Continuing Care (PCC) in 2016 with more than 30 years of advancement experience in non-profit institutions and academic centers, including national and global organizations committed to health access and equity. Working in partnership with Spaulding’s research faculty and care teams, trustees and volunteers, Ms. Sedacca oversees a multi-faceted development program to build philanthropic support among individuals, families, and institutions. Prior to joining Spaulding/PCC as SVP and CDO, Ms. Sedacca was Harvard Medical School’s Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Campaign, and earlier served as Vice President and CDO for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Vice President and CDO for the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and Dean of Development and External Relations at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sedacca was the National Director for Development at the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and Senior Director for Development at Save the Children/USA. Much of her work as a development leader and activist focuses on building and sustaining institution-wide support through major campaigns. Ms. Sedacca holds a J.D from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and earned a B.S. from American University’s School of Government and Public Affairs.
Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, Neurologist; Board of Directors, American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, a neurologist, is a board member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Eleven years ago, she assumed the role of medical adviser at Consumer Reports and from 2015 until 2018, she served as its medical director, leading healthcare strategy. A medical writer and editor, she launched the “In Practice” column for Neurology Today in 2001 and the “Proactive Patient” column for Consumer Reports in 2011. Over the past several years, she has co-directed the leadership course for women at the AAN annual meeting. Her additional interests include health policy and economics, physician leadership, and patient/consumer advocacy. She is the current editor-in-chief of Brain & Life, the AAN patient and caregiver publication, an associate editor for Neurology Today, and the former chair of the AAN medical economics and management committee.
Laurie Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE, Director of Healthcare Leadership Programs and Program Director of the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management, Creighton University
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.
Vanessa Britto, MD, MSc, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Executive Director of Health and Wellness, Brown University
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 lectures, workshops, and executive-education sessions in a range of settings including universities, government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations.
Her consulting work includes policy analysis and the development, administration, and implementation of programs. This work has been done for organizations including the World Health Organization, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the US Institute of Peace, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
At IRSS, Dr. Gutlove directs the Institute’s international program on conflict management, which advises and supports government and non-government organizations regarding negotiation, leadership, human security, and conflict management. Within that program, Dr. Gutlove founded and directs the international, award-winning project, Health Bridges for Peace. This project links health care with the prevention and resolution of inter-communal conflict, using a common interest in public health as an opportunity to bring people together for negotiation training, collaborative action, dialogue, and community reconciliation. Much of this work has been done in war-afflicted areas including the Balkans, the North Caucasus, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Dr. Gutlove was trained in social science (BS Psychology, Cornell University) and dental medicine (DMD, Boston University), and was a resident in oral surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She has held two post-doctoral fellowships in negotiation and conflict management – at the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and at the Peace Research Center at the Australian National University.
Wendy Gutterson, MS, Principal, Physician Management Resources
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.
Jennifer Hunt, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology; Professor, Department of Genetics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Dr. Hunt is a physician executive and has served in many institutional and national leadership roles, including her current role as Chair of Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is an executive leadership coach who works with current and emerging leaders, both in healthcare and in other industries. Through her coaching, she helps people harness and create their own energy and power to seize elusive stretch opportunities. One of Dr. Hunt’s passions is increasing the number of women in leadership roles in healthcare. She runs a popular and impactful leadership development program for women physicians to build self-confidence and control impostor syndrome called “Unlocking the Authentic Self.” Both in her training program and in her coaching practice, Dr. Hunt focuses on providing people practical tools, skills, and strategies to enhance self-empowerment and grow self-appreciation.
Shikha Jain, MD, FACP, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy; Physician Director of Media Relations, Rush University Cancer Center
Shikha Jain, MD, FACP is a board-certified hematology and oncology physician on faculty at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy and the Physician Director of Media Relations for the Rush University Cancer Center. Dr. Jain is a member of the Women's Leadership Council at Rush and is the founder and host of the podcast "The Rush Cast." She founded and co-chaired the "Women in Medicine Symposium" at Northwestern in 2018 focused on promoting the advancement of women physicians at Northwestern. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the "Women in Medicine Summit: An Evolution in Empowerment" in Chicago. This national CME conference focuses on gender equality and finding and implementing solutions to eliminate the gap. Dr. Jain has written for several organizations including Doximity, KevinMD, and ASCO Connection. She has several papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests include gender equity and career advancement for women and underrepresented minorities in medicine, the impact of social media on medicine, and GI oncology. Her clinical research focus includes precision oncology, immunotherapy, genomics and neuroendocrine tumors. She also speaks on these topics. Dr. Jain is the founder of the 2500+ facebook group Dual Physician Families, and she is on the leadership team for SoMeDocs (Doctors on Social Media).
W. Brad Johnson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law, United States Naval Academy; Faculty Associate, Graduate School of Education, Johns Hopkins University
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:
- The Elements of Mentoring (3rd ed., 2018), St. Martin’s
- Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women (2016), Routledge
- On Being a Mentor: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty (2nd ed., 2015), Routledge
- The Oxford Handbook of Education and Training in Professional Psychology (2014), Oxford University Press
Allison Larson, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine; Vice Chair for Education, Department of Dermatology, Boston University
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.
Tiffany Love, PhD, APRN, FACHE, GNP, ANP-BC, Chief Operating Officer, Humboldt General Hospital
Dr. Tiffany A. Love serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Humboldt General Hospital. She is an award-winning, board-certified healthcare executive, and a Fellow and Regent 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 Lowe, JD, Attorney, Goosmann Law Firm
Ms. Aimee Lowe is a Corporate Attorney with the Goosmann Law Firm. She has worked with businesses, c-suite executives, and physicians for years as executive adviser, general counsel, defender, litigator, and strategist. As Chief Legal Officer, Attorney Lowe serves as retained general counsel for businesses of all sizes and advises on routine and non-routine matters, including day-to-day operations, complex contract and commercial negotiations, finance and internal operations, intellectual property filings and disputes, employment law, and audits. She also represents professionals and medical groups in all matters, including contract negotiations, publishing, employment law, business advising, and entity formation, documentation, and shareholder disputes. As a strategic visionary, Attorney Lowe negotiates book deals, movie rights, and distribution shares for clients and works hand-in-hand with start-ups to successfully launch companies. Prior to her current role as corporate attorney, she served as a judicial clerk with the Nebraska Court of Appeals, held an equity partnership with a Midwest-based law firm, and served as in-house counsel where her primary responsibilities included ensuring statutory compliance with federal and state regulations, assisting with internal audits, and drafting policy and procedure. Ms. Lowe has also served as Adjunct Faculty with Creighton University School of Law. She is an honors graduate of the Creighton University School of Law, recipient of the Silver Quill Award and seven CALI Excellence for the Future Awards, and is a frequent speaker and writer on legal, leadership, corporate, and negotiation topics.
Amy Oxentenko, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, Residency Program Director and Associate Chair, Department of Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine; Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Dr. Amy Oxentenko completed her IM Residency, Chief Residency and GI Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester, being the 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. Dr. Oxentenko has served as Associate Chair for Education for GI, and is now the Associate Chair for Residency Programs for the Department of IM. She is past Chair of the American College of Gastroenterology’s (ACG) 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. In October of 2017, Dr. Oxentenko joined the ACG Board of Trustees. She is past Chair of the American Gastroenterological Association’s MOC Subcommittee, and was Associate Editor of AGA’s Board Review program, DDSEP 8. She is a current member of the Internal Medicine AGCME Review Committee. In 2013, she was the recipient of Mayo’s Department of IM Distinguished Contributions to Medical Education Award, and was named as one of the “top 100 alumni” by her undergraduate alma mater. In 2017, she was honored with the Mayo Clinic School of GME Program Director of the Year Award, and academically promoted to the rank of Professor of Medicine. In 2018, she was honored with the Minnesota ACP Laureate Award. In 2019, she started the role of Senior Associate Editor for the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Dr. Oxentenko was recently inducted into Mayo’s Academy of Educational Excellence at the highest “Legacy” level and was awarded the 2019 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator Award.
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.
Rusty Shelton, Publicist and social media expert, Zilker Media
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 Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE, Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Research, and Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Shillcutt also serves as the Director of Clinical Research. She underwent her residency in Anesthesiology at UNMC and completed an Executive Fellowship in Perioperative Echocardiography at the University of Utah Medical Center. She is a board-certified Anesthesiologist, and is a testamur in the Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAM) and certification in advanced perioperative echocardiography (Advanced PTEeXAM) through the National Board of Echocardiography. She is an NIH-funded researcher through the National Institute of Aging. She is a Board Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds national leadership positions in the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology and the American Society of Echocardiography. She also serves on the National Board of Echocardiography. Dr. Shillcutt is a wife, mother, physician, clinical scientist, national educator, writer, and speaker. In 2016, she was awarded the national American Medical Associations Women Physician’s Inspiring Physician Award by her peers. Dr. Shillcutt’s greatest passion is empowering and encouraging others to achieve personal greatness in their professional and personal lives. She speaks frequently to health care executives and physicians on the topics of professional burnout and resilience.
Christine Spadafor, JD, ScM, RN, Board of Directors Advisor & Management Consultant; CEO, SpadaforClay Group
Christine J. Spadafor, JD, ScM, RN is CEO of SpadaforClay Group, a Harvard Square management consulting firm. She has a demonstrated track record leading initiatives at the intersection of strategy, operations, finance, risk management/regulatory compliance and talent management in a broad spectrum of health-related companies – including a major academic medical center, hospitals, physician practice groups, biotechnology, medical equipment manufacturing, mental health and clinical social services sectors. She has worked extensively in the C-suite with Fortune 500 companies and as a trusted advisor to boards of directors.
Ms. Spadafor is also a co-founder and Managing Director of Coltala Holdings, a diversified holding company. She serves on the Board of Directors of a $3B NYSE-listed company, where she is Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Ms. Spadafore graduated from Harvard Law School and received a Master of Science degree in Physiology from Harvard School of Public Health, which included course work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, she co-authored Monitoring the Worker for Exposure and Disease: Scientific, Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Use of Biomarkers, published by Johns Hopkins University, with a professor in the Science and Technology core. In addition, 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/DirectWomen as one of the top 20 female attorneys in the country with outstanding business expertise.
In addition to her educational background in science and public health, 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 on the Visiting Executive faculty at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she lectures on Strategic Leadership. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars – lecturing on board governance, gender equity, adaptive leadership, and other topics central to the empowerment of women. Recent engagements include Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard School of Public Health, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, University of Nevada, Young Presidents’ Organization, and the annual meeting of the American Medical Group Association. Ms. Spadafor also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters degree – awarded in recognition of her professional accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to society.
Lisa Tener, MS, Book writing coach and author
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.