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Sunil Sabharwal, MD

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Sunil Sabharwal is Program Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship at HMS and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is the Chief of spinal cord injury at the VA Boston Health Care System.  In addition to clinical leadership and research in spinal cord injury and rehabilitation, Dr. Sabharwal has a substantial interest and involvement in medical education.  He was a Curtis Prout Academy Fellow in Medical Education at HMS in 2009-2010. He is involved in teaching residents, fellows, and medical students at HMS and holds educational leadership positions in several national professional organizations including the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  He has a special interest in the integrated teaching of different biomedical and psychosocial aspects that influence patient care.

Fidencio Saldana, MD

Instructor in Medicine

Dr. Saldaña is a non-invasive cardiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). serving patients and the Faulkner Hospital, Brookside Community Health Center, and Southern Jamaica Plain Health Centers. He has a special interest in heart disease within the Latino populations. He serves as  Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is on the advisory group of the Office of Multicultural Careers.

At the Medical School he is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In this position he is dedicated to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in Medicine. Dr. Saldañais the co-director of the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology in the second year, Course director of Patient Doctor 2, and co-director of the Patient Doctor 2 site at BWH. His teaching endeavors in the Principle Clinical Experience at the Brigham have been recognized with the 2012 Charles McCabe Excellence in Teaching Award.

 Dr. Saldaña completed his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 2001. He earned his Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005. He completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency, and cardiology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Thomas Sandora, MD MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sandora, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist, graduated from Duke University, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He trained in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Sandora is an Associate Program Director for the Boston Combined Residency in Pediatrics. He teaches in the pediatrics core clerkship and is also a tutor and lecturer in the 1st year Immunology, Microbiology and Pathology course, where he has received the HMS Excellence in Tutoring Award three times. In 2009 he received the Medical Student Teaching Award at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Sandora has published several educational research studies assessing procedural skills training for residents; he is also studying how trainees learn about clinical research methods during pediatrics residency.

Lidia Schapira, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Schapira is a medical oncologist at the Gillette Center for Breast Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and trained at the Beth Israel Hospital in Internal Medicine and the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Schapira's interests are in doctor-patient communication, improving access to clinical trials for underserved patients and the psychosocial care of cancer patients. She participates in educational endeavors at a local, national and international level. At the MGH Cancer Center, Dr. Schapira serves as Physician Leader for the Schwartz Center Rounds, a monthly multidisciplinary forum for discussion of difficult and challenging cases and topics. For the past years she has been part of the Education Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and has championed innovative programs that focus on communication, ethics and the practice of medicine.


Richard Schwartzstein, MD

Director of the Academy

Dr. Richard Schwartzstein is the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Professor of Medicine and Medical Education. Since joining the HMS faculty in 1986, Dr. Schwartzstein has been a member of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and now, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). In addition to his clinical work and research on the physiology of dyspnea, Dr. Schwartzstein has devoted a substantial portion of his career to medical education. He is course director for Integrated Human Physiology, one of the core courses in the first year curriculum and has served on multiple committees with oversight of the HMS program of studies. In 2004, he was named the vice president for education at BIDMC, where he created the first hospital-based Center for Education in the Harvard system. Dr. Schwartzstein is also the executive director of the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The Institute supports the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, sponsors national conferences on key educational topics biannually, provides a range of professional development activities for physicians, and oversees the Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center. Dr. Schwartzstein has a particular interest in the cognitive processes underlying analytical reasoning and the strategies for teaching and assessing critical thinking.


Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD

Instructor in Pediatrics

Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD is an academic primary care pediatrician at the MGH Pediatric Group Practice.  She studied at Harvard College and SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed her pediatrics residency and chief residency at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, after which she stayed on as a clinician educator.  She has been the Pediatrics Residency Director at MGH since 2009, having served as the Associate Program Director prior to that.  As the Program Director, she oversees the day-to-day operations and educational design and curriculum for the 3-year pediatrics categorical training program for 47 residents, in addition to 2 preliminary pediatrics residents, as well as the pediatrics portion of training for 16 internal medicine-pediatrics residents.  She was a Macy Scholar in 2007, focusing at that time on a resident as educator project.  Her current projects include faculty tele-teaching for residents and students at night via Skype and standardized, longitudinal simulation training for residents.  She has an ongoing interest in reflective writing.  Dr. Scott-Vernaglia is active in the HMS community as a faculty mentor to the Holmes Society, and she recently served as the co-chair of the HMS Center for Primary Care's GME education sub-committee.  She is the founding Medical Director of the Partners-wide pediatrics clinical care hub, "CARMA: Child and Adolescent Resources Materials" website. 

Jo Shapiro, MD

Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology

Dr. Shapiro serves as Chief, Division of Otolaryngology in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is an associate professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School. In October 2008, she became the director of the new Center for Professionalism and Peer Support at BWH. She has had multiple educational leadership roles including: Senior Associate Director of Graduate Medical Education for Partners HealthCare, Founding Scholar of the Academy at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Otolaryngology Clerkship for HMS, and President-Elect of the Society of University Otolaryngologists as well as Chair of their Committee on Faculty Development. She is on the faculty of the Harvard Leadership Development for Physicians and Scientists. She was one of the first woman division chiefs at Brigham and Woman's Hospital, and she is on the Senior Advisory Board for the Office of Women's Careers at BWH. She has an active surgical practice treating adults with oropharyngeal dysphagia as well as general pediatric otolaryngology.


Niraj Sharma, MD MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics

Dr. Sharma is currently the Program Director of the combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds) Residency Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Children's Hospital Boston. He oversees the training of 16 residents who pursue this specialty. His curricular development has included work to assess if peer-feedback at a combined Med-Peds noon conferences improves a resident's ability to teach.

Dr. Sharma has also conducted work on the transition of pediatric patients with chronic illnesses to adult-centered care. He has several on-going projects related to this. The one with the most relevance is the development of a curriculum to teach residents in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medicine-Pediatrics about this population. This will be accomplished using video-taped interviews with patients and their families and small group discussions.

John Sharp, MD

Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry

Dr John Sharp is a psychiatrist on staff at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he is Site Director for Psychiatry 700MJ – Psychopathology and Introduction to Clinical Psychiatry and teaches psychopharmacology in the Clinical Clerkship. He has served in various capacities including Associate Director of Inpatient Services and Associate Director of Medical Student Education. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr Sharp is recipient of the Nancy C.A. Roeske award from the American Psychiatric Association for Excellence in Medical Student Education. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Sharp’s first book The Emotional Calendar: Understanding Seasonal Influences and Milestones to Become Happier, More Fulfilled, and in Control of Your Life was published last year by Times Books, an imprint of Henry Holt & Co and Griffin Press, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press and has been translated into French, Spanish, Turkish, and Chinese. He is a sought after physician in the media, providing medical/psychiatric perspective on human behavior and current affairs. He has appeared on NPR and radio networks nationwide and has made numerous TV appearances including The CBS Morning Show, The Today Show, E! News, MSNBC and many other national outlets. Dr. Sharp is a regular contributor on Dr Drew HLN, and Justice with Judge Jeannine on Fox. Dr. Sharp has been quoted in major print media and blogs for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.

Helen Shields, MD

Associate Professor

Helen M. Shields received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences from Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and her medical degree from Tufts University Medical School. She did her internship and first-year residency in medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was a senior resident and subsequently chief resident in medicine at New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center, in New York City. Dr. Shields did her fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Shields was on the faculty in the division of gastroenterology at Washington University and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis as an instructor and then assistant professor of medicine before coming to Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she is an associate professor of medicine. She began her academic career as a clinician-researcher, but changed to the teacher-clinician track in 1994, when she was asked to be director of the gastrointestinal pathophysiology course for second-year medical students, a position she still holds. In 2001, Dr. Shields was appointed associate master of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society, an advising and mentoring position in one of the five Harvard Medical School societies.


Amy Ship, MD

Assistant Professor

Amy N. Ship, MD is an internist and educator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received a BA with Honors in English Literature from Swarthmore College, an MA in Art History from Columbia University, and her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Before becoming a doctor, she did curatorial work at two major art museums and was a reporter for a national newspaper. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and served as Chief Resident in Primary Care. She has completed two fellowships in Medical Education at the Shapiro Institute for Medical Education at BIDMC.

For more than a decade, she has co-directed the BIDMC site for Harvard Medical School's introduction to clinical skills course, called "Patient-Doctor II." In addition, she teaches annually in "Principle Clinical Experience," and she serves as a tutor for the 3rd year course, "Patient-Doctor III." Dr. Ship supervises the work of four medicine residents annually in weekly clinic sessions and teaches in the ambulatory medicine curriculum at BIDMC. She facilitates the "Literature and Medicine" program sponsored by the Massachusetts Council for the Humanities at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Ship has received numerous awards for teaching, mentoring, and humanism, and was the recipient of the Kenneth Schwartz Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award in 2009.


Mark Simone, MD

Instructor of Medicine

Mark Simone, MD is Associate Program Director-Primary Care for the Mount Auburn Internal Medicine Residency Program, where he leads the Primary Care Pathway and oversees the ambulatory training for all IM residents in the program.  He is also a geriatrician in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He has also been an instructor in the PCC and PD HMS courses, and is co-course director of the 4th year geriatrics elective at HMS. 

His academic and scholarly projects outside of education include the topics of HIV in older adults as well as the care of older adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). 

He completed his geriatric fellowship training at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and his internal medicine residency training at Yale Medical School/Yale-New Haven Hospital.  He also participated in the Fellowship in Medical Education sponsored by Harvard Medical School and Mount Auburn Hospital.



Priscilla Slanetz, MD MPH

Associate Professor

Priscilla J. Slanetz has been an active clinical educator and researcher since graduating from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health in 1991. She is currently Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and serves as an Associate Program Director for the residency in diagnostic radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Dr. Slanetz oversees the residency curriculum and is in charge of the required rotation in quality improvement. She is a practicing radiologist specializing in all aspects of breast imaging where she is Director of Clinical Breast MRI and Director of Breast Imaging Research. Her main research focus is in evaluating new imaging technologies for the detection and diagnosis of breast disease, having published over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She lectures regionally and nationally on all aspects of breast imaging and currently serves on the Education Committee of the Association of University Radiologists. Dr. Slanetz also teaches in HST-010 Human Functional Anatomy where she has developed case-based innovative teaching method using whole imaging datasets as well as serving as a Clinical Preceptor for HST-220 The Anatomy of A Clinical Encounter. In addition, she teaches evidence-based imaging in the core clerkship for third year students rotating at BIDMC. She recently was awarded the 2010 Joseph E. and Nancy O. Whitley Award by the Association of University Radiologists for her innovative curriculum in evidence-based imaging that she designed and implemented at Boston University School of Medicine while she was Director of Undergraduate Medical Education. Her educational interests are in curricular development and assessment.

Douglas Smink, MD MPH


Dr. Smink is a minimally invasive general surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He serves as the Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency and as the Associate Medical Director of the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation. His research interests include surgical simulation and decision-making.


C. Christopher Smith, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Christopher Smith is a general internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medial Center and an Associate Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University and his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. After serving as Chief Medical Resident, Dr. Smith completed the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education and Research through Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is the Associate Director of the Medical Residency Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Associate Chief of the Blumgart Medical Firm, Co-Director of the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, and Director of the Medical Education Track at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has won numerous teaching awards including the Herrman L. Blumgart Faculty Award, the Society of General Internal Medicine National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education, and the S. Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard Medical School.


James Stankiewicz, MD


James Stankiewicz M.D. is an associate neurologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In his role as Director of Education at the Partners Multiple Sclerosis center he is responsible for disseminating information to the MS patient community. He also serves at Associate Clerkship Director for Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a position that allows him to do more "hands on" medical training.


Robert Stanton, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Stanton is the Chief of the Nephrology Section at Joslin Clinic, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and he is a Principal Investigator in the Section on Vascular Cell Biology at the Joslin Diabetes Center. He received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his residency training at the Oregon Health Sciences University, where he also was Chief Resident in Internal Medicine. He completed his fellowship in Nephrology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital and postdoctoral training in Physiology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Stanton's research has been focused on an essential enzyme that plays a major role in regulating multiple cellular functions, glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase. His research has determined that this enzyme is essential for cell survival. Work from his lab has shown that changes in this enzyme likely plays a central role in the development of diabetes and its complications. Dr. Stanton also is very involved with teaching at all levels (student, resident, fellow, and faculty) at local, national, and international levels. And he has worked with national and international medical faculty to educate them on how to organize medical courses and how to use various educational methods. He serves on many Harvard Medical School Committees and is co-director of the Human Systems Pathophysiology Course for second-year medical students at Harvard Medical School. He also Chairs the Harvard Medical School Fundamentals of Medicine Year 2 Harvard Committee. Dr. Stanton is an author of many original articles and chapters, and serves both in reviewer and in editorial positions for academic journals.


Amy Sullivan, EdD

Associate Director of Education Research

Amy M. Sullivan, Ed.D., is Associate Director of Education Research at the Academy. Dr. Sullivan is a research psychologist with expertise in research in medical education and psychosocial oncology and palliative care. She joined the Academy in October 2010 from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Department of Social and Behavioral Health, where she taught qualitative and quantitative research methods and conducted research in patient-clinician communication related to care at the end of life. Before she joined the VCU faculty, Dr. Sullivan was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Psychiatry, and has served as Co-Chair of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center IRB panel for social and behavioral studies. She obtained her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.




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