Course Director

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 TimesThe London Times, and NPR. Dr. Silver is currently affiliated with Spaulding Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General, and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.


Harvard Medical School Faculty

  • Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, Jackson Professor of Medicine

    Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, is the Jackson Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of Yale University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She was a resident and chief resident in Medicine at Johns Hopkins and completed a general internal medicine fellowship and Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, she joined the faculty at Penn and became Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine in 2008. At Penn, she also served as Associate Director of the Abramson Cancer Center and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. In April of 2013, she was appointed as physician-in-chief of the Mass General Department of Medicine.

    Dr. Armstrong is an internationally recognized investigator in the areas of medical decision-making, quality of care, and cancer prevention and outcomes. For her work, she received the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation of Medical Research, the Alice Hersh Award from Academy Health, and election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians and National Academy of Medicine. In addition to her career in health policy and disparities research, Dr. Armstrong is a dedicated practicing internist with a longitudinal primary care practice. Over her career, Dr. Armstrong has prioritized her role in medical education, including developing and leading courses on clinical decision-making at Penn and at Mass General and founding multiple innovative educational programs including the Master of Science program in Health Policy Research at Penn and the Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship at Mass General. Diversity and inclusion are central to Dr. Armstrong’s leadership, including her award-winning roles in the advancement of women, her commitment to programs to support diversity across faculty and trainees at MGH, and her research leadership in health disparities and community-based research. Dr. Armstrong oversees a Department of more than 1,100 faculty members who span ten clinical divisions and six research units, as well as the Department’s educational program in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

  • Cheri Blauwet, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Cheri Blauwet, MD is an Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She serves as Director of the Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute. Dr. Blauwet is also a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralypmic Games (Sydney '00, Athens '04, Beijing '08) and bringing home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons. Translating her background as an athlete to the clinic setting, Dr. Blauwet now serves as a Member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) as well as numerous other leadership roles throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. 

  • Yelena Bodien, PhD, Instructor in 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 Instructor 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 participates in 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.

  • Irene Davis, PhD, PT, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Dr. Irene Davis is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School. She is also the founding Director of the Spaulding National Running Center, an integrated clinical and research center. Along with remaining clinically active, Dr. Davis conducts research which is aimed at understanding the relationship between lower extremity mechanics and overuse injuries. Her research also focuses on interventions, such as footwear and gait retraining, to address these faulty mechanics. She has received funding from the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health to support her research.  She has given over 350 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored 160 publications related to her research. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including being named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running.

  • Nuha El Sayed, MD, MMSc, Instructor in Medicine

    Dr. El Sayed is the Vice President of Healthcare Improvement at the American Diabetes Association, an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an endocrinologist at Joslin Diabetes Center. Dr. El Sayed received her MD/MBBCh from Alexandria University, Egypt in 2001. She completed both her Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Boston University’s Roger Williams Medical Center and a Clinical/Research Fellowship in Obesity and Diabetes at the Joslin Diabetes Center in 2007. She then completed her clinical training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and was honored as a Friedman Fellow at Tufts Medical Center, Tufts Medical School in August 2009. Dr. El Sayed completed a certificate in Clinical Investigation at the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University in 2011, a Master in the Science of Medical Education from Harvard Medical School in 2019 and a number of certifications and course work in medical education, educational technology, medical education leadership and system level assessment/evaluation at the Harvard Macy Institute and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently completing a PhD degree in Health Education Science at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH-IHP) with a focus on guideline implementation, complexity science, multimodal interventions that result in behavior change in health professions, and educational leadership/policy.

    At the American Diabetes Association, Dr. El Sayed oversees the clinical practice guidelines development and dissemination, professional education, and quality improvement. She has over a decade of experience in combined diabetes and quality improvement professional education and training programs nationally and internationally. Her programs include training of healthcare workforces, professionals, trainees and students across the US and the globe. Her research interests include lifestyle medicine, guideline implementation, educational technology, system level assessments, complexity science, equity in academia, and social determinants of health. She is a content expert with the World Health Organization, and the Chairwoman of DEFA (Diabetes Education For All), a nonprofit organization that aims to create a learning network and community for people with diabetes and diabetes health professionals in low income and humanitarian settings.

  • Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology

    Dr. Lilit Garibyan MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and a Physician-Scientist at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Her research focuses on innovative biomedical translational discoveries aimed at identifying novel treatments for dermatologic diseases and beyond. Her scientific expertise specializes in areas of injectable tissue cooling technology for treatment of pain and for removal of unwanted fat tissue. She is an inventor on many patents, some of which has led to the development of startup companies. She is also 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 them the process of innovation. These programs empower 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.

    Dr. Garibyan has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed original publications. She has lectured at the national and international levels and has developed a reputation as an expert and leader in dermatology and biomedical innovation. As a humanitarian, Dr. Garibyan has pioneered and established sustainable, medical laser clinics in Armenia for effective treatments of scars and vascular anomalies. Her team has taken several lasers to Armenia and has trained Armenian physicians on the use of laser technology to treat life-altering skin diseases.  Dr. Garibyan recently founded and serves as the President of a nonprofit organization called “Face of Angel” to continue the mission of this humanitarian work. Dr. Garibyan received her BS summa cum laude from University of California, Los Angeles, her MD from Harvard Medical School and her PhD from Harvard University in Experimental Pathology/Immunology.

  • 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 Massachusetts General Brigham Outstanding Mentor Award and 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 Student National Medical Association as well as American Women’s Medical Association. She has completed the Women’s Leadership Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also a wife and a mother to 2 children, with a 3rd expected soon. She hopes to raise her 3 children to understand and value the importance of supporting others in need. 

  • Alden Landry, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

    Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Dean for the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, Associate Director and Advisor for William B. Castle Society, and Director of Health Equity Education at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as Senior Faculty at the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and is the founder and co-director of the non-profit organization Tour for Diversity. He strives to lead efforts for the Department of Emergency Medicine, the hospital and the medical school that will address health disparities and improve quality of care for the most disenfranchised. In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Landry is involved in research on Emergency Department utilization trends, disparities in care and quality of care. He also co-instructs a course at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and teaches health equity to residents and physicians. Dr. Landry promotes careers in the health professions to under-represented minorities and mentors scores of pre-medical students, medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. Dr. Landry also leads the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, an effort to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine, dentistry, and other biomedical careers. 

    Dr. Landry has been recognized by his peers and colleagues as a leader in health equity and social justice. He has received numerous awards for his public health work and efforts to promote healthcare workforce diversity. He was recently awarded the Outstanding Academician Award by the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and the Albert Frechette Award from the Massachusetts Public Health Association. Dr. Landry received his Bachelor of Science degree from Prairie View A&M University in 2002 and his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in 2006. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2009. In 2010, he earned a Master in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and completed the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University. He received the Disparities Solutions Center/Aetna Fellow in Health Disparities award in 2010-2011.

  • Sareh Parangi, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital; Chair of Surgery, Newton-Wellesley Hospital

    Dr. Parangi is a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston and a busy endocrine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She currently serves as Chair of Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She has interest and expertise in thyroid and parathyroid tumors. She focuses her clinical efforts on endocrine surgery and applies her basic science knowledge and expertise to tumor progression in thyroid cancer. She has repeatedly been one of the Boston surgeons named in "Best of Boston" in Boston Magazine and her excellence in both research and her clinical expertise have earned her a national reputation. Dr. Parangi graduated from Barnard College and earned her medical degree from Columbia University. She completed her residency at UCSF during which time she completed a Fellowship in Molecular Medicine. She is one of a handful of thyroid surgeons with expertise in molecular biology and has over 100 publications, many on thyroid cancer therapeutics in premier journals. She serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the MGH Department of Surgery.

    Dr. Parangi is currently Past President of The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) and has in the past served as Treasurer of the most prestigious organization of endocrine surgeons in the US, The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES). She is also Secretary of the International Thyroid Oncology Group and a member of both the American Thyroid Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. She has won numerous awards nationally and at Harvard Medical School for her NIH funded research in the role of BRAF oncoprotein in thyroid cancer invasion. Her active research focuses on understanding why some patients with thyroid cancer do worse than others and how to help them. She is active in many organizations that promote gender equity and diversity in surgery and medicine because she feels there is still a large need in promoting women to leadership positions in academia and in surgical organizations. She believes that although promotion of women in surgical subspecialties has been slow (which is obvious to her, given her personal story on becoming the 2nd -ever female Professor of Surgery at MGH), now is the time to institute bigger systematic changes that will ensure that the best and the brightest get attracted to and succeed in surgery.

  • 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, a Governor of the American College of Surgeons, and a Past President of the Association of Women Surgeons. Dr. Pories is also the Immediate Past President of the 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.

  • Ali Raja, MD, MBA, MPH, Professor, Interim Chair, and Executive Vice Chair Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

    Dr. Raja is the Interim Chair and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has written over 200 articles and mentored dozens of medical students, residents, and faculty as they have learned to write their first scholarly publications. Over the years, he has developed many strategies to streamline the process of publication and increase the odds of journal acceptance, and he is excited to share them 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, Assistant Professor Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    Dr. Stanford 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, and her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman Fellow in the Harvard Center for Public Leadership. 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, and recipient of the AMA Paul Ambrose Award for national leadership among resident physicians in 2009, she 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 as The Obesity Society's Clinician of the Year in 2020. In 2021, she will be awarded 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.

  • Valerie Stone, MD, MPH, 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 the 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 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 assuming her current role at 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. She 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. She was on the Boston Business Journal’s list of the most influential health care leaders of color in 2017. In the past year (2020-2021) she received the W. Lester Henry Award from the American College of Physicians (ACP) for advancing diversity in medicine and access to care, the Brigham and Women's Physician Organization's Pillar Award for Outstanding Achievements in Faculty Development and Diversity, and the Harold Amos Award for Enhancing Diversity from Harvard Medical School.

  • Louisa Grandin Sylvia, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology

    Dr. Louisa Sylvia is a staff psychologist and associate director at Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital, director of the Office of Women’s Careers at Massachusetts General, and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sylvia’s major research interests are developing resilience and wellness programs for individuals with mood disorders. She has received funding to develop in-person, therapist-administered lifestyle and sleep interventions for individuals with serious mental illness as well as online, self-directed programs to increase physical activity and overall wellness. Dr. Sylvia has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts in her area of specialization, co-authored a workbook for Bipolar II Disorder, and authored the Complete Wellness Workbook for Bipolar Disorder as well as presented her work at numerous local, national and international conferences. She assisted in creating MoodNetwork, a patient-powered research network funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative. MoodNetwork (www.moodnetwork.org) brings together thousands of individuals with mood disorders to improve their overall wellness.

    Dr. Sylvia is also a clinician who treats patients with mood and anxiety disorders as well as a prominent educator and mentor in her field. She has spoken nationally on the importance of role models and mentors for female faculty and currently oversees faculty development for women at Massachusetts General Hospital.She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and completed her psychology internship at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Dr. Sylvia is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society of Research and Psychopathology, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

Harvard-Affiliated Faculty

  • Julie Battilana, PhD, Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Organizational Behavior unit, Harvard Business School; Alan L. Gleitsman Professor of Social Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

    Julie Battilana is the Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior unit at Harvard Business School and the Alan L. Gleitsman Professor of Social Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, where she is also the founder and faculty chair of the Social Innovation and Change Initiative. Professor Battilana's research examines the politics of change in organizations and in society. She is the author of two books: The Working Manifesto: Democratize, Decommodify, Remediate, co-authored by Isabelle Ferreras and Dominique Méda (2020. Paris: Le Seuil), published originally in French in October 2020, as well as her forthcoming book titled Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It Is Everyone’s Business (2021. New York. Simon & Schuster), expected to be released Summer 2021.

  • 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. Before 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); Stigma and Prejudice: Touchstones in Understanding Diversity (Springer Publishers, 2016); and  Cultural Psychiatry with Children, Adolescents, and Families (APA Press, Jan 2021).

    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 training 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).

Guest Faculty

  • 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. 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.

  • 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.

  • Eliza Chin, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California in San Francisco

    Dr. Eliza Lo Chin is the Executive Director of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), Assistant Professor (Voluntary) at the University of California, San Francisco, and Medical Director of Watermark by the Bay. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her MPH from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. She is the editor of This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine and was featured in the National Library of Medicine Exhibition, "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians."

    Dr. Chin has served as co-chair/co-director of national/international meetings, executive producer of the short film At Home and Over There: American Women Physicians in WWI, and member of several advisory/editorial boards. She has been a visiting scholar with the Women’s Leadership Institute of Mills College, and California delegate to Vision 2020. A recipient of several awards, she is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of AMWA. She is a leader within the Medical Women’s International Association and an AMWA Representative to the United Nations Department of Global Communications. Her interests include women’s leadership and mentoring, women’s health, geriatrics, medical humanities, and history of women in medicine.

  • Josh Fessel, MD, PhD, Medical Officer/Program Director – Vascular Biology & Pulmonary Hypertension, Division of Lung Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

    Josh Fessel, MD, PhD is a Medical Officer/Program Director in the Division of Lung Diseases at NHLBI, working in the area of pulmonary vascular disease (e.g., pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary embolism, other lung vascular diseases) as well as working on multiple COVID-19 response efforts. His clinical background is in adult pulmonary and critical care medicine. His scientific background is in free radical biochemistry, redox biology, molecular metabolism, and mitochondrial biology and their roles in complex disease phenotypes. Prior to coming to NIH about three years ago, he was a tenure-track faculty member at an academic medical center, dividing his time between patient care, running a basic and translational research lab, and teaching and mentoring early career colleagues.

  • Laura Flores, MD/PhD candidate, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Laura Flores is an MD-PhD Scholar at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy with an emphasis on bioethics at New Mexico State University. Her doctoral research is focused on bone loss prevention following bariatric surgery, whereby she leads a pilot clinical trial on the efficacy of bisphosponates for patients undergoing sleeve gastrectomy surgery.

    Ms. Flores is interested in science communication through data visualization and graphic design. She has collaborated on many publications through the creation of graphs, tables, and figures, and has studied effective strategies in science communication under the guidance of a marketing and advertising professional based in Nebraska. In addition to her training in graphic design, Ms. Flores has diverse research interests and has published in revered journals including JAMA Network Open. Her research has been featured in NBC, Axios, STAT, and AP News. Ms. Flores has been endorsed locally and nationally for her research and community outreach efforts. Her passion for increasing diversity in the medical workforce has been recognized by the Walls Do Talk Award and she was named as one of only 40 scholars selected for the 2019 Yale Ciencia Academy Fellows. Nationally, Ms. Flores serves on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism committee of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry.

  • Walter Frontera, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

    Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD, is Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine (PM&R) and Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). During the last 35 years he has served as Professor and Inaugural Chair of PM&R at Harvard Medical School, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and the UPR as well as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the UPR. His main research interest is geriatric rehabilitation and in particular the study of the mechanisms underlying age-related muscle atrophy and weakness and the potential benefits of exercise in older adults. He has more than 300 scientific publications including 114 peer-reviewed articles and 12 edited books. His books have been translated into Chinese, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Persian, and Spanish. Currently, Dr. Frontera serves as Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of PM&R. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the US National Academies and fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physiological Society. He was appointed honorary professor at the Nanjing Medical University in China in 2018. Dr. Frontera has presented more than 400 invited lectures in 59 countries. 

    Dr. Frontera has been a member of the NIH Geriatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences, and Function and Rehabilitation Sciences scientific review panels. He also served on the Blue-Ribbon Panel appointed by the Director of the NIH to assess the status of rehabilitation research across NIH. He has the recipient of several awards including the Association of Academic Physiatrist’s Distinguished Academician Award, the Best Scientific Research Paper (3 times) presented by the American Academy of PM&R, the Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award of the Gerontological Society of America and the Distinguished Member Award of the American Academy of PM&R. He is an honorary member of national societies of PM&R in Belgium, Chile, Dominican Republic, Italy, Mexico, and Japan.  

  • 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 Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. She was previously the Medical Director of the Brain Injury and Stroke Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, a top-three US News and World Report Best Hospital for Rehabilitation. Dr. Gutierrez grew up in South Texas, then moved to Houston where she earned her undergraduate degree at Rice University, her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed her PM&R residency training at the Baylor College of Medicine-UT Houston Rehabilitation Alliance. She excitedly moved to San Antonio to lead the distinguished Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2020. Her area of clinical expertise is the care of patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke rehabilitation, and interventional spasticity management.

    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. Inspired by her upbringing in the Rio Grande Valley, she is dedicated to giving back to her community by mentoring students, trainees and young faculty from diverse backgrounds, and providing top-level clinical care for all.

  • 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, Principal, Physician Management Resources

    Ms. Wendy Gutterson is 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 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, Chair of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville

    Dr. Hunt is a physician executive who has held leadership roles at the institutional and national level. After serving as Chair of Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for almost a decade, she was recently recruited to be the system Chair of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. At the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences she served as the first female Chief of Staff, Chair of Credentials Committee, and co-Chair of the Medical Staff Professionalism Committee. Dr. Hunt has been an elected board member and officer for multiple different national pathology organizations, including having served 6 years as a Governor for the College of American Pathologists and past roles as President of the Association for Molecular Pathology and the CAP Foundation. She is an internationally recognized expert in head and neck pathology and in molecular genetic pathology. She has published more than 150 scientific papers and numerous book chapters and books.

    Outside of pathology, Dr. Hunt’s passion is mentoring, sponsoring, and promoting the careers of women physicians and scientists. She is a certified executive leadership coach and works with 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 impostor tendencies, and live more powerful and intentional professional lives. She recently published an Amazon best-selling book about overcoming impostor syndrome, Unlocking Your Authentic Self.  In all of her roles, from Chair, to physician leader, to executive coach, Dr. Hunt finds great joy in teaching people practical tools, skills, and strategies for personal empowerment and growth. 

  • Shikha Jain, MD, FACP, 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. She is the 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 the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of the action, advocacy and amplification organization IMPACT and Founder and Chair of the Women in Medicine Summit. Dr. Jain was named one of Medscape's 25 Rising Stars in Medicine in 2020, one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Emerging Leaders in 2019, and was also awarded the Rising Star award by the LEAD Oncology Conference in 2019. She was selected as a ResearcHERS ambassador by the American Cancer Society and was honored by 500 Women in Medicine. She has been appointed as the 2021 Lead of the American Society for Clinical Oncology Women's Networking Center taskforce, is a member of the 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. She is also the 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. She lectures nationally on the importance of social media and communication strategies in healthcare. She is also the founder of the social media group Dual Physician Families.

    Dr. Jain gave a TEDx talk in 2019 on the gender moonshot and the importance of gender parity in healthcare. She is a nationally renowned speaker and writes for several national publications including USA Today, Scientific American, The Hill, US News & World Report, Physician's Weekly, Doximity, KevinMD, and ASCO Connection. She is a regular contributor to FOX 32 and has also been a guest on ABC7 and WGN. In her clinical practice as an oncologist she tries to incorporate patient education and outreach as often as possible. With the proper tools and guidance, she works with her patients as a team to treat the disease and helps them move through an often difficult process together with as little stress as possible. She believes in personalized and individualized care and feels the more knowledge a patient has about their own disease, the more informed a decision they can make.

  • 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, Chair of Dermatology, Georgetown University School of Medicine; Physician Executive Director for Dermatology, MedStar Health

    Dr. Allison R. Larson is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and joined Georgetown University and MedStar Health as Department Chair in 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. 

  • Howard Liu, MD, MBA, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Howard Liu, MD, MBA, is a nationally recognized psychiatrist, educator, workforce expert, social media innovator, and health care leader at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He serves as the Chair of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry, a Professor with Tenure in the UNMC College of Medicine, and as the President of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP).  Previous roles include state workforce director, psychiatry clerkship director and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development. Dr. Liu graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University, completed medical school and adult psychiatry residency at the University of Michigan, and graduated with a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship from the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital. He also completed an Executive MBA in Health Administration at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. As chair of psychiatry, Dr. Liu was instrumental in the creation of a new UNMC adult psychiatry residency program which was approved by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2019. He also secured funding for a new addiction medicine fellowship and addiction medicine executive fellowship to expand the substance use workforce. He led the creation of the first Adult Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) in Nebraska which opened in 2020. Under his leadership as Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), the center became nationally regarded as a best practice in workforce development. During Dr. Liu’s tenure, the state’s licensed behavioral health workforce increased by over 10% in less than a decade and extramural funding more than doubled. BHECN received national workforce awards from the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Annapolis Coalition for the Behavioral Health Workforce. Dr. Liu is a frequent consultant on healthcare workforce and serves as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Clinical Scholars Program and previously served on the Consortium for the HRSA/SAMHSA funded Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center. He co-edited a white paper on the national psychiatrist shortage with the Medical Directors Institute for the National Council for Behavioral Health. 

    Dr. Liu is an innovative teacher and an expert on social media, medical education and professional development.  Nationally and internationally, Dr. Liu has presented 87 peer-reviewed abstracts and is a frequent keynote speaker. He is a co-founder of the Clinical Simulation Initiative for the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP), a national peer-reviewed curriculum which has been viewed more than 500,000 times in 122 countries. During his tenure as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development, he co-founded the Interprofessional Academy of Educators at UNMC and helped launch an E-Learning and a Faculty Coaching Program. As a social media expert, he is the founding chair of the Social Media Committee for the American Academy of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry (AACDP) and a member of the Council on Communications for the American Psychiatric Association (APA).  Dr. Liu previously served in educational leadership roles at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Faculty Affairs. He is a recipient of numerous educational awards, including the Outstanding Teacher Award from the UNMC Faculty Senate, and the Creativity in Psychiatric Education Award from the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP).

  • Tiffany Love, PhD, APRN, FACHE, GNP, ANP-BC, CHC, C-suite Executive and Healthcare Consultant

    Dr. Tiffany A. Love currently serves as Associate Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for the University of Vermont Health Network Porter Medical Center. She is an award-winning, board-certified healthcare executive, and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) with over 30 years of healthcare experience. Dr. Love is an internationally recognized 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 Keynote Speaker and faculty for many prestigious organizations. She serves as coordinator, nurse planner and guest faculty for the Harvard Medical School CME, Career Advancement Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare.

  • 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.

  • Edward Mariano, MD, MAS, FASA, Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

    Dr. Mariano is a Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Chief of the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. He has developed techniques and patient care pathways to improve postoperative pain control, patient safety, and other surgical outcomes and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He has held leadership positions in the California Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of Anaesthesia and Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He is a recipient of the Veterans Health Administration’s John D. Chase Award for Physician Executives Excellence and has worked on key national healthcare initiatives including the accreditation of regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowships, revision of hospital-based standards on pain assessment and management, development of quality and cost measures in perioperative care, and the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. Dr. Mariano is available to connect on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram.

  • Amy Oxentenko, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, Chair of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Arizona Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science; Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic

    Dr. Amy Oxentenko is a Professor of Medicine and current Chair of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She completed her IM Residency, Chief Residency and GI Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester, and received the IM Residency’s Outstanding Achievement Award, GI Division’s Bargen Award, and Institutional Mayo Brothers’ Distinguished Fellowship Award. She served as both the Associate Program Director for the GI Fellowship Program and IM Residency Program before taking over as Program Director of the GI Fellowship and Advanced GI Fellowship Programs. In 2013, she transitioned to the role of IM Residency Program Director, a role she held for 7 years. She has served as Associate Chair for Education for GI, and Associate Chair for Residency Programs for the Department of IM. She is past Chair of the American College of Gastroenterology’s Women in GI Committee, chaired the ACG Educator Task Force, and has served on ACG’s Training, Educational Affairs, Professionalism and Credentialing Committees. She has co-created and co-chaired the ACG Train-the-Trainer USA Program, and has been the Vice Chair for the World GI Organization Train-the-Trainer Program.

    Dr. Oxentenko has served as one of three Senior Associate Editors 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, in line to be the 5th woman President of the ACG in 2024. She also serves as a current member of the Internal Medicine ACGME Review Committee. She has been the recipient of Mayo’s Department of IM Distinguished Contributions to Medical Education Award, Mayo Clinic School of GME Program Director of the Year Award, Minnesota’s ACP Laureate Award, and was awarded the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator Award. She was named the 2020 Woman Disruptor of the Year by Healio GI, selected by gastroenterologists from across the world.

  • Kristin Sainani, PhD, MS, Associate Professor (Teaching), Epidemiology and Population Health, Stanford University

    Kristin Sainani (née Cobb) is an associate professor at Stanford University. She teaches statistics and writing; works on statistical projects in sports medicine; and writes about health, science, and statistics for a range of audiences. She authored the health column "Body News" for Allure magazine for a decade. She is also the statistical editor for the journal Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and she authors a statistics column, "Statistically Speaking," for this journal. She was the recipient of the 2018 Biosciences Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching at Stanford University. Dr. Sainani offers an online medical statistics certificate program through the Stanford Center for Professional Development and teaches the popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) "Writing in the Sciences" on Coursera. 

  • 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 and Innovation in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She is CEO & Founder of Brave Enough, as well as a well-published researcher in cardiac anesthesiology and gender equity, cardiac anesthesiologist, author, and international speaker. In 2016, Dr. Shillcutt was awarded the national American Medical Association's Women Physicians Section Inspiration Award by her peers. Her greatest passion is empowering and encouraging others to achieve wellbeing in their professional and personal lives. She speaks frequently to executives and leaders on the topics of professional resilience and gender equity. Her TEDx talk titled Resilience: The Art of Failing Forward has been viewed by thousands of people. Dr. Shillcutt's writing has been published in both the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. She leads conferences and retreats for professional women through her organization, Brave Enough. Her first book, Between Grit and GraceHow to be Feminine and Formidable, was released in February 2020.

    Dr. Shillcutt underwent her residency in Anesthesiology at UNMC and completed an Executive Fellowship in Perioperative Echocardiography at the University of Utah Medical Center. She is a board certified Anesthesiologist, is a testamur in the Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAM) and has certification in advanced perioperative echocardiography (Advanced PTEeXAM) through the National Board of Echocardiography. She has been an NIH-funded researcher through the National Institute of Aging. She is a Board Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds national leadership positions in the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology and serves on the National Board of Echocardiography.

  • Christine 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 and quality, 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 highly regulated companies: Kindred at Home, a private company that is the largest provider of home care and hospice services in the US, where she is the Chair of the Quality and Compliance Committee; and 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. Ms. Spadafor also serves on the Advisory Board of WBUR, one of the premier National Public Radio stations in the US, and is a commentator on the BBC World Service “Business Matters” global radio broadcast and podcast. 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 a number of non-profit organizations as advisor or board trustee. Ms. Spadafor is a lecturer on Strategic Leadership in the Visiting Executive Program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, a lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School, and is a frequent speaker at seminars and meetings addressing “Women in Leadership” topics: she was a keynote speaker at international conferences sponsored by Harvard Medical School and at the annual meeting of the American Medical Group Association. Ms. Spadafor has been a featured speaker at conferences sponsored by the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Harvard School of Public Health. She also holds two Doctor of Humane Letters degrees, awarded in recognition of her professional accomplishments and lifelong contributions to vulnerable and at-risk populations.

  • Nancy Spector, MD, Vice Dean for Faculty; Professor of Pediatrics; Executive Director, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), Drexel University College of Medicine

    Dr. Nancy Spector is a Professor of Pediatrics and serves in dual roles at the Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM): as Executive Director of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program, a part-time, year-long, national leadership fellowship program for women in academic medicine, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy, and as Vice Dean for Faculty. Known for her leadership abilities and her facilitation skills, Dr. Spector is sought after as a speaker and a visiting professor. Her contributions to graduate medical education and academic medicine are in leadership skills development, professional development, gender equity, mentoring and sponsorship, and curriculum development and implementation. She is a member of PROWD (Promoting and Respecting Our Women Doctors). In addition to her roles at DUCOM, she has been the educational leader of the I-PASS Handoff Study Group and serves as the Chair of the I-PASS Executive Council and is a co-founder of the I-PASS Safety Institute.

    Dr. Spector was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and is member of the American Pediatric Society. She has received numerous awards for teaching, mentoring and innovation, including the Robert S. Holm Award for her extraordinary contribution in pediatric program director leadership and mentorship from the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, the Elias Abrutyn Mentoring Award from Drexel University College of Medicine, the Miller Sarkin Mentoring Award from the Academic Pediatric Association, the Elizabeth Bingham Award from the Association for Women in Science, Philadelphia chapter, the Women in Medicine Summit She for She Award, the American Medical Association Inspiration Award, and the Association of American Medical Colleges GWIMS Leadership Award for an Individual. The I-PASS Study group that she leads was a HBS/HMS health acceleration challenge finalist and received the Cox Award, and the I-PASS Handoff Program received the John M. Eisenberg National Patient Safety and Quality Award, Joint Commission and National Quality Forum. In the past year, she has been invited to join a number of leadership efforts at organizations including the American Women’s Medical Association (AMWA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Center for Women in Academic Medicine and Science (CWAMS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership (WEL) project (partner organizations are American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Physicians (ACP), American Hospital Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA), American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), American Psychiatric Association (APA), National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), and National Medical Association (NMA)), the Society of Hospital Medicine, the American College of Physicians, and MAVEN.

  • Abby Spencer, MD, MS, FACP, Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine; Director, Academy of Educators, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

    Dr. Abby Spencer currently serves as Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine and as Director of the Academy of Educators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She previously served as Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Vice Chair for Education for the Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Spencer graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Tulane University, and received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical Center and subsequently completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine with a concentration in Women’s Health and earned a Master’s Degree in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Dr. Spencer is an innovative and enthusiastic educator. She is exceptional at finding the strengths and potential in others and cultivating their strengths to help them achieve their highest potential. She has dedicated her career to innovating, developing curriculum, building teams, and developing others in medical education. In her role as Director of the Internal Medicine residency program at Cleveland Clinic from 2014-2020, Dr. Spencer led curriculum development, program innovation, teaching, mentoring, leadership development and faculty development. She has delivered over 150 faculty development/educational courses and workshops locally, regionally and nationally. She has won numerous national awards for her teaching, educational scholarship, mentorship, and leadership including the 2016 Society of General Internal Medicine and Association of Chiefs and Leaders in GIM National Brancati Leadership and Mentorship Award, the 2017 SGIM National Scholarship in Education Award, and the 2020 ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. She was awarded the Cleveland Clinic Women’s Professional Staff Women’s Champion Award in 2020, which recognizes contribution to the advancement, development and wellbeing of the women professional staff at Cleveland Clinic. She is currently a 2020/2021 ELAM fellow. Dr. Spencer has held leadership positions in many national organizations across academic internal medicine.

  • Marjorie Stiegler, MD, Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Marjorie Stiegler MD is an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her medical degree from Emory University, completed residency in anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and began her career on faculty at UCLA, where she also completed a fellowship in medical education. Dr. Stiegler serves on the Board of Directors for two national nonprofit organizations and has served on numerous national committees. She is also an examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiologists. 

    Passionate about women's professional advancement, she is the creator of The Career Rx podcast, the Rx Series of professional development courses for physicians, and the TransforMD retreats for women physicians. Additionally, she has been the coach for the Association of Women Surgeons’ Signature Speaker Series, which is designed to support the promotion of accomplished women surgeons by increasing the visibility of their work by improving their public speaking skills and opportunities. Dr. Stiegler is also the US lead for the Women’s Leadership Initiative at GlaxoSmithKline, where she is a Senior Medical Director.

  • Nicole Stout, CLT-LANA, FAPTA, Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Hematology/Oncology, West Virginia University Cancer Institute

    Dr. Nicole L. Stout is a renowned health care researcher, consultant, educator, and advocate. She is research assistant professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Hematology/Oncology at West Virginia University Cancer Institute and the Associate Director of the Survivorship Program.  Dr. Stout is an internationally recognized expert and leader in the field of cancer rehabilitation and survivorship care. She has given over 300 lectures nationally and internationally, authored and co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed and invited publications, several book chapters, and is the co-author of the book 100 Questions and Answers about Lymphedema. Her research publications have been foundational in developing the Prospective Surveillance Model for cancer rehabilitation.

    Dr. Stout is the recipient of numerous research and publication awards. She has received service awards from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the Navy Surgeon General, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Cancer Special Interest Group, and the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. She holds appointments on the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Cancer Rehabilitation Research and Outcomes Taskforce, the WHO Technical Workgroup for the development of Cancer Rehabilitation guidelines, and the American College of Sports Medicine Moving Through Cancer steering committee. Dr. Stout is a past member of the American Physical Therapy Association Board of Directors. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1994, a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Chatham University in 1998 and a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2013. She has a postgraduate certificate in Health Policy from the George Washington University School of Public Health.