- Richard Schwartzstein, MD - Director of the Academy
- Edward Hundert, MD - Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
- David Roberts, MD - Associate Director of the Academy
- Amy Sullivan, EdD - Associate Director of Education Research
- Lisa Frontado, EdM MS - Manager of Academy Programs
- Alexis Estrella - Program Coordinator
- Gilianne Jawahir- Staff Assistant
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.
Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Edward M. Hundert is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and is also Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. He directs the Medical Ethics and Professionalism curriculum for students and the Academy Fellowship in Medical Education for faculty. A 1984 HMS graduate, he has served as President of Case Western Reserve University, Dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Harvard Medical School, and has held professorial appointments in psychiatry, medical ethics, cognitive science, and medical humanities.
Dr. Hundert earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and the history of science and medicine, summa cum laude, from Yale University, where he received Yale’s Chittenden Prize “to the graduating senior with highest standing in mathematics or the natural sciences.” He attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, receiving the Batterbee Prize from Hertford College for “highest first class honours in philosophy, politics and economics.” Four years later he earned the M.D. from Harvard Medical School, receiving the Sanger Prize for “excellence in psychiatric research.” He completed his psychiatric residency at McLean Hospital, where he served as chief resident. He has received numerous teaching, mentoring, and diversity awards, and for six consecutive years he was voted the “faculty member who did the most for the class” by Harvard Medical School graduates.
Dr. Hundert is a member of the board of TIAA-CREF. He has previously served on the boards of the Association of American Universities, the American Association of Medical Colleges, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He co-chaired the Institute of Medicine’s National Summit on Health Professions Education. Dr. Hundert has written dozens of articles and chapters on a variety of topics in psychiatry, philosophy, medical ethics, and medical education, as well as two books: Philosophy, Psychiatry and Neuroscience: Three Approaches to the Mind (Oxford University Press, 1989), and Lessons from an Optical Illusion: On Nature and Nurture, Knowledge and Values (Harvard University Press, 1995).
Associate Director of the Academy
Dr. David H. Roberts is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and he is the Director of Faculty Development for the Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Division at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). His clinical practice as a pulmonologist is focused on patients with dyspnea and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Roberts is a graduate of both the Harvard-Macy program and the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education at BIDMC.
Dr. Roberts is the Associate Director of the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at BIDMC. Dr. Roberts has won several major teaching awards including the "Teacher of the Year" award in the Combined Harvard Program in Pulmonary Medicine (2005), the HMS Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2006), and the BIDMC's S. Robert Stone Award (2007).
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.
Manager of Academy Programs
Lisa Frontado is the Manager of Academy Programs. Lisa manages the development, implementation and evaluation of all Academy Faculty Development Programs, Academy Interest Groups, and Academy Membership. Lisa joined the Academy after having spent nine years at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero, a think tank which seeks to understand and enhance learning and thinking in the humanistic and scientific disciplines at both the individual and organizational levels. She conducted background research on issues related to thinking, learning and understanding. While at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Lisa was also part of the Learning Innovation Laboratory, a consortium of researchers and practitioners who together considered the challenges of human learning and innovation in organizations focused on scientific development, engineering, national defense, and aviation. Lisa’s interests lie in the development of critical thinking skills, reasoning attitudes, problem solving and decision-making in complex environments. Lisa is bilingual in English and Spanish. She holds a BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, an MS in Mass Communications from Boston University’s College of Communication and an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Alexis Estrella is the Program Coordinator at the Academy. She facilitates and manages logistics for all Academy professional development programs, including Medical Education Day, the Symposium on Science and Learning, and other various symposia and workshops. Alexis also manages the design and production of Academy publications and media, such as the Academy Annual Report and the Academy website. In addition, she coordinates the logistics of the Academy Fellowship programs. Alexis joined the Academy in March 2013 from KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Charter Public Schools in Massachusetts, where she worked in the Development and External Relations department coordinating events, print media production, and local community and government advocacy programs. Before joining KIPP, Alexis served as a secondary-level U.S. History teacher and taught high school students in rural and urban areas of Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in History and Studio Art from Smith College, and is currently finishing a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Staff Assistant III
Gilianne Jawahir is the Staff Assistant at the Academy. She works closely with: The New Tutor Orientation Programming, The Tutor Recognition Program, IRB submissions, and Academy Interest Group Meeting coordination. Gilianne started at the Academy after graduating from Smith College, class of ‘13. She graduated with a B.A in neuroscience and minor in anthropology. While attending college she worked as an assistant teacher in Harlem, New York where she taught reading and mathematics skills to elementary level students. She also held positions in NYU’s Bobst Library and Smith College’s Neilson Library. Gilianne’ interests lies in both medicine and public health-management. She hopes to get her master’s in public health with a focus in hospital administration.
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