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The Alumni Council promotes and supports activities that connect alumni to each other and the School, and connect students and alumni.

Alumni Council Roster

Lisa Petri-Henske

Elizabeth Petri Henske, MD ’85
Cambridge, MA
[Term on Council 2015-2019]

Michael Rosenblatt

Michael Rosenblatt, MD ’73
Newton Centre, MA
[Term on Council 2016-2020]

James O'Connell III

Immediate Past President
James J. O’Connell III, MD ’82
Charlestown, MA
[Term on Council 2014-2017]

Nancy Oriol

Vice President
Nancy Oriol, MD ’79

Cambridge, MA
[Term on Council 2016-2019]

Alfred Sommer

Councilor At Large
Alfred Sommer, MD ’67

Baltimore, MA
[Term on Council 2018-2021]

Jennifer Chen

Councilor At Large
Jennifer Y. Chen, AB ’03, MD ’09

Brookline, MA
[Term on Council 2016-2019]

Lakshmi Halasyamani

Councilor At Large
Lakshmi Halasyamani, MD ’93

Chicago, IL
[Term on Council 2017-2020]

Jacqueline Boehme

Councilor: First Pentad
Jacqueline Boehme, MD ’15
Boston, MA
[Term on Council 2017-2020]

Joanna "Mimi" Choi

Councilor: Second Pentad
Joanna "Mimi" Choi, MD ’09

Los Angeles, CA
[Term on Council 2018-2021]

Fidencio Saldaña

Councilor: Third Pentad
Fidencio Saldaña, MD ’01, MPH ’05

Roslindale, MA
[Term on Council 2016-2019]

Jennifer Mack

Councilor: Fourth Pentad
Jennifer Mack, MD ’98, MPH 05
Brookline, MA
[Term on Council 2017-2020]

Allison McDonough

Councilor: Fifth Pentad
Allison McDonough, MD ’97

Newton, MA
[Term on Council 2018-2021]

Wanda Barfield

Councilor: Sixth Pentad
Wanda Barfield, MD ’89, MPH ’90

Tucker, GA
[Term on Council 2016-2019]

Toren Finkel

Councilor: Seventh Pentad
Toren Finkel, MD ’83, PhD ’86
Bethesda, MD
[Term on Council 2017-2020]

Robert Barbieri

Councilor: Eighth Pentad
Robert Barbieri, 
MD ’77
Wellesley, MA
[Term on Council 2017-2020]

Ted Kohler

Councilor: Ninth Pentad
Ted Kohler,
MD ’76
Mercer Island, WA
[Term on Council 2018-2021]

Marshall Wolf

Councilor: Tenth and Beyond Pentads
Marshall Wolf, AB ’58, MD ’63

Chestnut Hill, MA
[Term on Council: 2016-2019]

In addition to the elected members of the Council, each representing a group of five HMS classes [a pentad], representatives to the Harvard Alumni Association and four Ex-Officio members sit at Council Meetings.

Ex-Officio Members (in alphabetical order)

Harold Burstein

Harold Burstein, AB ’86, MD ’90, AM ’94, PhD ’94
Director, Harvard Alumni Association, Representing Harvard Medical School.

Geroge Q. Daley

George Q. Daley, AB ’82, MD ’91, PhD
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Tamara Fountain

Tamara R. Fountain, MD ’88
Chair of the Alumni Fund

A.W. Karchmer

A.W. Karchmer, MD ’64
Chair of Alumni Relations

Larry Paul

Laurence E. Paul, AB ’86, MD ’90
Director, Harvard Alumni Association, Representing Harvard Medical School.

The Council welcomes comments and suggestions that can improve service to all alumni. Email



Alumni Council 2017-2018

The Council is composed of 15 members, representing alumni by pentads, elected to a three-year term and meeting three times annually. The Council serves a consultative and advisory role to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School by listening and responding to current issues. It also appoints, in consultation with the Dean, the Chair of Alumni Relations and the Chair of the Alumni Fund.

Constitution & Bylaws of the


The HMAA constitution was last ratified at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Medical Alumni Association on Friday, June 2, 2017. Download »

2019 Alumni Council


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

Harvard Medicine Magazine


Since 1927, Harvard Medicine, formerly known as the Harvard Medical Alumni Bulletin, has featured doctors’ voices on topics ranging from the healing power of music to the neurology of humor. The magazine seeks to capture the work of the Harvard Medicine community and its power to make contributions to human health.

Harvard Medicine magazine online »

For more information, please contact:
The Alumni Engagement team
(617) 384-8520