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James J. O’Connell III, MD ’82
President, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. O’Connell earned an AB from the University of Notre Dame in 1970 and an MA in theology from Cambridge University in 1972. After teaching high school for two years in Hawaii, he briefly studied political philosophy and ethics with Hannah Arendt at the New School in New York City until her death in 1975. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1982 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1985 and is now an Assistant Professor of Medicine at HMS. In 1985, Dr. O'Connell began fulltime clinical work with homeless individuals as the founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, one of 19 projects nationwide funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. O’Connell is President of the program, which has grown to serve over 12,000 homeless persons each year in two hospital clinics (Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center) and over 70 shelters and soup kitchens throughout greater Boston.
In 1985, BHCHP started the nation’s first medical respite care unit for homeless persons with 25 beds in a local shelter. In response to the growing demand, Dr. O’Connell moved the program to a former nursing home in Jamaica Plain in 1993, and moved again in 2008 to the former Mallory Institute of Pathology on the grounds of the former Boston City Hospital. The Barbara McInnis House is now a 104-bed freestanding medical respite program that provides acute and sub-acute, pre- and post-operative, rehabilitative and recuperative, and palliative and end-of-life care for homeless men and women who would otherwise require costly hospitalizations. Working with the MGH Laboratory of Computer Science, Dr. O’Connell designed and implemented the nation’s first computerized medical record for a homeless program in 1995. Dr. O’Connell maintains a busy clinical practice working in an integrated medical and psychiatric team that cares for persons living on the streets of Boston, and continues to work closely with BHCHP’s staff and board of directors in strategic planning and with community and government relations.
From 1989 until 1996, Dr. O'Connell served as the National Program Director of the Homeless Families Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dr. O’Connell is the editor of The Health Care of Homeless Persons: A Manual of Communicable Diseases and Common Problems in Shelters and on the Streets, and an editor of A Practical Approach to Pulmonary Medicine. His articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, the Journal of Clinical Ethics, and several other medical journals. He was featured on ABC’s Nightline and is the subject of a full-length documentary entitled "Give Me a Shot of Anything." He has received numerous awards during his career, including the Trustees' Medal at MGH's bicentennial celebration in 2011 and the Humanitarian Award from the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in 2012.
I am as surprised as deeply honored to be nominated as a candidate for President of the HMS Alumni Council. So many of you have become friends and colleagues since our first classes at HMS in 1978, and I still cherish those remarkable teachers who became our mentors, role models and ardent supporters. While our careers have diverged in ways splendid and unforeseen, the bond we shared during our time at HMS remains very special and the bedrock of my own professional life.
I am a clinician more hours a week than I like to admit, and still trying to find time to teach and sneak in a little research. I have found great joy in being a doctor, although the path I have taken has been a radical departure from my dreams of oncology. My practice focuses on those feisty, independent, and often exasperating individuals who live on Boston’s streets, often for decades. For myriad reasons, they eschew shelters and institutions and risk the extremes of weather to survive outside. The work is Sisyphean and progress often glacial as we struggle to cope with the sea changes in health care. While these rough sleepers are only a tiny fraction of our society, the attempt to care for them often gives us an early glimpse of the weaknesses in our mainstream health system. They have taught us that integrating medical care with psychiatry and addictions care is essential and our dependence on the remarkable specialists and care provided within our academic teaching hospitals cannot be understated.
The career path for caring for underserved and vulnerable populations has been precarious within medicine. Yet we have been blessed by many visionaries at HMS and our remarkable hospitals who have nurtured the careers of so many of us and shown us the vital dependence of clinical, education and research that enriches all of us as well as the individuals and populations we seek to serve. I look forward to keeping alive this conversation as the world around us continues to change and we seek to prepare new students to embrace our chosen profession.
Andrea E. Reid, MD ’88, MPH ’01
Silver Spring, MD
Physician, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Section;
Program Director, Gastroenterology Training, Washington, DC, VA Medical Center
Andrea Reid is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Brown University in 1984, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Psychology. She attended Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1988, and then trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Reid completed her clinical and research training at MGH in 1996 and joined the faculty.
During her tenure at MGH, Dr. Reid co-chaired the Internship Selection Committee for the Department of Medicine (1996-2001), was associate director of the Multicultural Affairs Office (1996-2009), co-chair of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) 2015 task force for Partners HealthCare, and was the program director for Gastroenterology (2004-2009). She was Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, and served as GI pathophysiology lecturer and mentor to many medical students. She earned a Master's in Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health in 2000, and performed clinical research in hepatitis C and racial disparities in liver transplantation, resulting in several publications. In addition, Dr. Reid contributed many hours to the greater Boston community, speaking in public schools, churches, and at community events, where she encouraged students to stay in school, pursue their dreams, consider careers in STEM and Medicine, and "lift as they climb." Dr. Reid was honored with several awards in recognition of her commitment to teaching and mentorship at HMS, MGH and in the community.
In 2009, Dr. Reid relocated to Washington, DC. She is the program director for gastroenterology at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center, where she oversees the VA-based GI training for medical residents and GI fellows from Georgetown, George Washington, and Washington Hospital Center. She is acting associate chief of GI and serves on the Research and Development Committee. Dr. Reid’s clinical and research interests are hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, especially in African Americans, racial disparities in liver disease and liver transplantation, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and medical education. She continues to teach in the GI pathophysiology block at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Reid served for five years as member and chair of the GI Training Examination (GTE) for the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). She has also been a member of the Manpower and Training, Public Policy and Advocacy, and Nominating Committees of the AGA, and chaired the AGA Task Force on Under-represented Minorities. She served on the Education and Clinical Research Committees of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). Dr. Reid is an executive committee member of the ACGME Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee (RRC), and is a member of the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation, which evaluates the accreditation standards for foreign countries that seek to provide medical education to American students. She is a frequent lecturer at local, regional and national GI meetings and postgraduate courses.
Dr. Reid is married to Dr. Karl Reid, Senior Vice President for Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and is the proud mother of three children.
I am honored to be nominated to serve as Secretary of the HMS Alumni Council. Although I graduated from HMS 25 years ago, I remained tightly connected as I continued my training and career at Massachusetts General Hospital. One benefit of my long tenure at MGH was my relationship with HMS students and young alumni whom I taught and/or mentored. They have tremendous options because of the resources HMS has always provided its students: talented classmates, outstanding medical training, abundant research opportunities, and extraordinary mentors and advisors.
The medical establishment that welcomes young alumni today is significantly different from the one I entered so enthusiastically in 1988. Vast restructuring of training paradigms, health care delivery systems, payment structures, and research funding, are underway, and most HMS alumni feel the impact. Many of our young alumni approach their careers in clinical practice, research, administration, or policy with a mix of exhilaration and trepidation, for the health care climate is challenging, their mentors are discouraged, and the only thing certain is monumental change. Working in Washington, DC, where the defaming of our profession is often deafening, I understand their concerns and sometimes share them.
The seismic transformation of health care demands outstanding physician leadership at every level, as well as better education of and advocacy for practicing physicians. Our alumni base is unparalleled in its depth and breadth, and includes leaders in all facets of health care. If elected to the Council, I will advocate for increased connection between the young and more seasoned alumni, to share expertise and wisdom, and to encourage collaboration. Our young alumni should be change agents who guide the factious dialogue about medicine in the right direction, and more experienced alumni can be valuable mentors and champions for them. Our combined experience is powerful and should be utilized to inspire young students and alumni, educate ourselves, and advocate for changes that benefit our patients.
Carolyn Olson Walsh, MD ’09
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
Carolyn Walsh is a practicing pediatrician at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, where she cares for the children and adolescents of the largely immigrant communities of East Boston, Chelsea, and Revere.
She grew up in the Greater Boston area, then attended Barnard College in New York and graduated summa cum laude in 2005 with majors in Dance and in Neuroscience and Behavior. She returned to Boston to attend Harvard Medical School, from which she graduated magna cum laude. She completed her pediatrics training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center’s Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, in the Urban Health and Advocacy track.
Her two major areas of interest are obesity and primary care redesign.
After her third year of medical school, Dr. Walsh participated in the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, working with David Ludwig at Boston Children’s Hospital on a clinical trial examining the post-prandial metabolic effects of different diet compositions during weight loss maintenance. She also designed and published a study regarding the effects of changes in the HMS nutrition curriculum on the nutrition-related attitudes and knowledge of the students. She continued pursuing this interest during residency by serving as team leader for a quality improvement project regarding obesity care in the Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center. She also received residency research funds to use national databases to examine patterns in diagnosis and referrals for obesity and related comorbidities.
As her interest in primary care developed during medical school, Dr. Walsh became active in the Primary Care Student Interest Group. Together with several medical school colleagues after they transitioned into residency, she developed the Primary Care Progress Resident Collaborative, a forum for residents in various fields throughout the Harvard system to learn from each other and from national experts in the field of primary care redesign. At the end of residency, she was awarded the Boston Medical Center award in Community Pediatrics. She is excited to be at the beginning of a career in primary care at a time of great change in the field.
She lives in Boston with her husband, a research engineer for the US Army. They are expecting their first child in April.
As a recent HMS graduate, I hope to bring fresh ideas to the Alumni Council regarding how it can serve HMS students and the wider HMS community.
This community comprises an unparalleled group of potential mentors for medical students. The accomplishments of HMS affiliates are so tremendous that it can at times be overwhelming for students trying to imagine how to get from "here" to "there." One way to bridge the gap is through mentorship between students and members of the HMS community who are current or recent trainees. I have mentored several medical students as they contemplate career choices and navigate the changing demands of medical school, and would encourage the development of such relationships on a wider scale throughout the HMS student body. As much of the mentorship I received during medical school and training came from faculty and alumni who remained within the HMS system, I would also encourage students to develop relationships with alumni who work in a variety of settings.
My interest in primary care developed during a time of significant changes in the field, both at the school and on a national level. The development of the Center for Primary Care has dramatically expanded opportunities for students and faculty to learn about the changes that have occurred, and that will continue to occur, as health care reform develops on the national level. I am committed to helping students feel supported in choosing a career in primary care, whether it be academically- or community-based.
Lastly, I feel an important role for the Council is the support of the practical needs of graduating students and young alumni, particularly regarding debt reduction, loan forgiveness, and financial education.
I appreciate your consideration, and would be happy to serve the HMS community as a member of the Alumni Council.
Emily Oken, MD ’95, MPH ’03
Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
Dr. Oken is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She practices as a Primary Care Physician at the Gretchen and Edward Fish Center for Women's Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Oken attended Princeton University where she majored in Classics, and spent her summers digging in the Agora in Athens and the Minoan Bronze Age site of Akrotiri on Santorini. She graduated in 1991 magna cum laude but (ironically) decided that the life of a grant-funded archaeologist was too uncertain, and so opted to pursue her longtime interest in medicine. While at HMS she discovered a passion for public health and epidemiology research during research electives with the Indian Health Service in South Dakota and in Harare, Zimbabwe. She graduated cum laude from HMS in 1996 and completed her residency in the Harvard Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program. She then completed her fellowship in general internal medicine at Harvard Medicine School and obtained her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health.
Since completing her training Dr. Oken has remained at HMS as a clinician investigator. Dr. Oken’s research focuses on the influence of nutrition, environmental toxicants, and other modifiable factors during pregnancy and early childhood on long-term maternal and child health, especially cardiometabolic health and cognitive development. Her work on the toxicant risks and nutrient benefits of prenatal fish consumption has influenced national guidelines for fish consumption during pregnancy, helping to shift the previous focus of risk-only or benefit-only studies to a broader emphasis on the overall health effects of fish consumption for mother and baby. In support of this work she has led longitudinal cohort studies commencing in the peripartum period and following mothers and children throughout childhood. In 2009 Dr. Oken was awarded the Rising Star award by the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology Research (SPER). Her research informs and is enriched by her clinical practice in primary care women’s health, where she focuses on the importance of preventive health throughout the lifecourse.
Dr. Oken’s commitment to mentorship has been recognized with a mid-career development grant from NICHD and an HMS Young Mentor Award. Within the Department of Population Medicine, she is Director of Faculty Development and site director for the Harvard General Medicine fellowship. At Harvard Medical School she is a Peabody Society Research Fellow. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) she is core faculty member for the Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS) Program, which provides research opportunities for underrepresented minority students considering future careers in the biomedical sciences.
Her husband Chinwe Ukomadu is a hepatologist who recently left Brigham and Women’s after 20+ years on staff to try out a different approach to stamping out liver disease at the New Indications Discovery Unit of Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. They live in Chestnut Hill with their son Obi (age 10) and daughter Amara (age 8).
More than anything else, the New Pathway taught me how to ask questions. In tutorials, we learned how to frame our questions and to seek answers from a wide range of resources, not only journals and textbooks (and then websites) but also peers and patients. In this era of increasingly constrained resources, the questions that we pose as doctors and as researchers are now more important than ever – What is the best way to prevent this condition or its complications? How can we ensure that our colleagues provide the best treatments? How can we educate our patients about optimal lifestyle and therapies, and then help them actually follow through?
HMS now requires that all students complete a Scholarly Project as a graduation requirement. Working with the students over the past 3 years as Peabody Society Research Fellow has helped me articulate why these skills matter for all biomedical career paths, whether in basic science, primary care, or hospital administration. Moreover, it has reinforced for me the importance of mentorship – which we no longer see as a dyadic relationship, but as a network. There are so many challenges to a career in medicine – the high cost of medical education, the workload, the piles of clinical paperwork, the shrinking pool of NIH funding. These burdens can seem insurmountable without encouragement from peers, support from mentors, and infusions of enthusiasm from trainees.
It is a great honor to be considered as a member of the Alumni Council. If elected, I would look forward to working with colleagues and Dean Flier to ensure that the community of HMS Alumni serves as a network of mentors to support our colleagues and students throughout the lifecourse of their careers.
Richard Payne, MD ’77
Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity, Duke University
John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics, the Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City, Missouri
Dr. Payne is a graduate of Yale College (’73, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry). He did his postgraduate medical training in internal medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and in neurology at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York. He did post residency research fellowship training in neuro-oncology, pharmacology and pain management at Cornell University Medical College and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His career path has been marked by a consistent and logical evolution in academic interests starting from basic science with the development of an animal model to study opioid pharmacokinetics, moving to clinical studies to determine efficacy of opioid analgesics in clinical pain states, (especially sickle cell anemia and cancer) finally evolving to creating interdisciplinary programs in pain management and palliative care, medicine and theology-related concerns of patients and providers engaged in serious illness and end of life care.
Prior to his appointment at Duke in 2004, Dr. Payne was Assistant Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering (1984-1987); Chief of the Department of Neurology, Cincinnati VA Hospital and Vice-Chair, Department of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (1987-1992), and Chief, Pain and Symptom Management Section, Department of Neurology, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX (1992-1998). He returned to New York from 1998-2004 as Chief, Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Anne Burnett Tandy Chair in Neurology as well as Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology at S. Weill Medical College at Cornell University. In 2013, he joined the Center for Practice Bioethics as part time senior staff, writing and doing research on bioethics issues related to pain management, palliative and end of life care.
Dr. Payne has served on numerous federal panels, including the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the NIH and the Institute of Medicine. He has given testimony before Congressional committees and the President’s Cancer Panel, and has appeared on numerous national media. He is a past president of the American Pain Society (2003). He is widely published in the areas of pain research and management, palliative medicine and ethics. He has served or is serving on scientific and medical advisory boards of several pharmaceutical companies and federal government agencies. He has co-edited four books in pain management, palliative and end of life care, and in spiritual care at the end of life.
Dr. Payne has received numerous research awards and funding, including research grants from the NIH, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Payne has served on the board of directors of The National Hospice and Palliative Care Association (palliative care representative), and The Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (past board chair). He is past board chair of the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Hastings (Bioethics) Center, and the board of trustees of the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, which "exists to improve the art of medicine and surgery (practice) for patients who are near or at the end of their lives."
My education at Harvard Medical School was excellent preparation for postgraduate training in internal medicine and neurology and provided superb grounding for me to assume academic leadership in the emerging fields of pain and palliative medicine. We are witnessing a transformation from our current system of disease detection and monitoring to one which will hopefully be truly engaged with enabling health and delivering efficient and cost-effective care to individuals and to populations of people. Doctors, patients and health care institutions and systems must develop and grow the capacity to continuously learn and feedback new information to improve health and the efficiency and quality of health delivery services.
Harvard Medical School should continue to create the best educational opportunities for students and alumni to learn about state-of-the-art science and health policy advances, while also enabling critical thinking to critique and reconcile scientific reductionist approaches to curing illness with holistic integrative approaches informed by moral and humanistic concerns of doctors, patients and their families facing acute and chronic progressive illness. This will require attention to the exploration and teaching of the moral and ethical foundations of medicine and attention to re-claiming and sustaining the big picture goals of the profession in contemporary society: advancing science, attending to the care of individuals, and proper stewardship of precious societal resources to sustain health and high quality health care for the entire population. The Association must be creative in seeking ways to facilitate and enable ways for students and alumni to assimilate new information efficiently by utilizing, for example, on line technologies, and encourage the importance of learning opportunities that provide ways to reflect on, critique and improve individual and institutional practices of health and medical care.
S. Jean H. Emans, AB ’66, MD ’70
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine
Co-Director, Center for Young Women’s Health
Director, Office of Faculty Development, Boston Children's Hospital
S. Jean Herriot Emans, MD, is currently Chief of the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine and Robert Masland Jr. Chair in Adolescent Medicine and Director of the Office of Faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Emans earned her BA in East Asian History graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Radcliffe College in 1966. She then crossed the Charles River to Harvard Medical School, marrying classmate John Emans at the end of first year. After she received her MD AOA in 1970, she completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine also at Children’s, under Dr. Bob Masland. Working with surgical gynecologists, Dr. Emans brought her pediatric expertise to the creation of an internationally known program in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Children’s. To disseminate lessons learned, she co-authored the textbook Emans, Laufer, Goldstein’s Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (6th edition, 2012). Since 1992 she has been PI of one of the seven Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB/HRSA) Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Training Programs in the US. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Adolescent Medicine and as President of the North American Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Gynecology. She was one of eight members of the first SubBoard of Adolescent Medicine (American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Internal Medicine), and is currently one of two Adolescent Medicine representatives on the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS). Dr. Emans directs two Harvard CME courses: Adolescent Medicine, and Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology – and an online course. She has been named one of the Best Doctors in America; is the co-director of the websites, www.pedicases.org and the Center for Young Women’s Health popular site www.youngwomenshealth.org; and has authored more than 190 articles, chapters, and texts that have focused on medical education, reproductive endocrinology, sexual abuse, gynecology, mentoring, and faculty development. In 2001, she was asked to serve as the first Director of the Office of Faculty Development at Children’s; she has developed seminars, fellowships, publications, and mentoring resources and has provided career counseling to countless faculty. She is a founder and co-director of the Leadership Development Course for Physicians and Scientists for HMS junior faculty and a course for Faculty Mentors. She has lectured extensively on pediatric and adolescent gynecology and adolescent medicine nationally and internationally including keynote addresses in Melbourne Australia, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. She was honored with the 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Adele Dellenbaugh Hofmann Adolescent Health Award, the 2009 HMS William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award, the 2012 Children's Hospital Alumni Award, and the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine Award from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), the highest honor in Adolescent Medicine.
Her husband, John Emans (Harvard ’66, HMS’70), is a pediatric orthopedist, also at Children’s, and they have two married children and 3 lively grandchildren (under 3 years old).
I would be incredibly honored to serve as your representative to the Alumni Council and contribute to alumni spirit and communication among students, HMS leadership, and alumni. I have had the pleasure of working next door to the HMS quadrangle and interacting with students, post docs, and faculty; so daily I know the successes and the challenges that abound. I hope alumni can contribute important perspectives to the dialogue on topics such as financial aid, curriculum reform, and faculty development, mentoring and support. Back in 1966, I was one of twelve women; now the class is balanced, but both men and women students as well as junior faculty have to juggle career/family/life commitments, debts, and aspirations. I have been gratified to see how funding of projects (e.g. Shore fellowships) for early career faculty challenged with family responsibilities and other obstacles can make a difference in career trajectories. Having co-chaired the recent HMS Subcommittee on Mentoring, I am pleased to see implementation of our recommendations including the first ever (believe or not) orientations in Gordon Hall (aka Building A) for new HMS faculty, annual career conferences, and mentoring. I am pleased that some gentle activism has resulted in HMS broadening the opportunities for alumni to give donations to new areas of interest. Student financial aid will remain a priority if we are to continue to support the best and brightest and lessen future debt burden. At the same time I am an advocate for giving back in all aspects of HMS life – whether medical education, primary care, global health, career development for faculty, or Countway’s Women’s Archives! I hope we will all reflect on areas that we feel passionate about from our life at HMS as students, faculty, patients (current and future), parents, and/or colleagues. I look forward to hearing from fellow alumni about other important topics for HMS and how we can contribute to the HMS mission.
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Those elected would "take office" for a three year term and are expected to attend three, all-day meetings in Boston each year and possess a willingness to listen to fellow alumni and bring their interests and concerns to the Alumni Council. If you would like to recommend an HMS alumna or alumnus (including yourself), please send your nomination via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.