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Symposia are a key part of your Reunion experience.

Historically, our alumni, faculty, and other experts in the world of health care have delivered amazing talks, and 2014 was no exception. Learn more about the speakers and topics below.

Faculty Symposium
Immunity and Inflammation in Disease and Therapy

Thurday, May 29
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Carl W. Walter Amphitheater, Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC)


Arlene Sharpe, AB ’75, AM ’76, PhD ’81, MD ’82
George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology and Co-Director of the Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases, Harvard Medical School


  • Inflammatory Aspects of Obesity
    Diane Mathis, PhD  
    Morton Grove-Rasmussen Professor of Immunohematology and Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Unraveling the Mystery
    Ramnik Xavier, MD, PhD
    Kurt J. Isselbacher Professor of Medicine in the field of Gastroenterology, Harvard Medical School;
    Chief of Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital;
    Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
  • Cancer Immunotherapy Comes of Age
    Gordon J. Freeman, AB ’73, PhD ’79
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Unexpected Targets and Triggers of Tissue Inflammation
    Vijay K. Kuchroo, PhD
    Samuel L. Wasserstrom Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School;
    Co-Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

HMS Alumni Day Symposium
Up in Smoke: 50 Years of Policy, Perception, and the Public’s Health

Friday, May 30
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center Amphitheater, New Research Building (NRB)


  • We've Come a Long Way, Baby: Tobacco Use From 1964 to 2014
    Steve Schroeder, MD ’64
    Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, University of California, San Francisco;
    Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
  • What's a Doctor to do? Physicians' Evolving Response to Tobacco
    Nancy Rigotti, MD ’78
    Director of the Tobacco Research and Treatment Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Business and Public Health: Tobacco in Pharmacies
    Andrew Sussman, MD '91
    President, MinuteClinic and Senior Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark 

HSDM Alumni Day Symposium
Stories from Beyond the Mouth

Friday, May 30
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Auditorium, HSDM Research and Education Building


  • Dental Diagnostic Codes: Why, When, Where, How, and Who
    Elsbeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Chief of Quality, Harvard Dental Center 
  • Joint Development as a Roadmap for New Osteoarthritis Therapies
    Vicki Rosen, PhD, Chair and Professor of Developmental Biology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Discovering the Functional Significance of the Extraordinary Narwhal Tusk
    Martin Nweeia, DMD, DDS, Clinical Instructor, Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterial Sciences, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Scientist, National Science Foundation; Research Associate, Department of Mammalogy, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Marine Mammal Program, Smithsonian Institution

25th Reunion Symposium
Doc of All Ages

Thursday, May 29
Morning Session
9:30 – 12 p.m.
Cannon Room, Building C

PANEL 1: Public Health in the 21st Century


Glenn Chertow, MD ’89, MPH '95
Norman S. Coplon/Satellite Healthcare Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Nephrology at Stanford University School of Medicine


  • At the Intersection of Public Health and Clinical Care: A New Pathway
    Wanda Barfield, MD ’89, MPH ’90
    Director of the Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Integrative Medicine and Healing 
    Gloria Bachelder Oberbeck, MD ’89 
    Physician, Integrative Care Practice 
  • Bringing Psychiatric Care to the Community
    Barbara Yates, MD ’89 
    Psychiatrist, Senior Mental Health Services 

PANEL 2: Modern-Day Challenges in Health Care Delivery


Joanne Wolfe, MD '89, MPH '98
Director of the Pediatric Palliative Care, Boston Children's Hospital;
Division Chief, Pediatric Palliative Care Service, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 


  • Promoting Quality and Value in Patient-Centered Health Care
    Mark McClellan, MD ’89, MPA ’91
    Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution 
  • Payment Policies and Changing Practice: the US End-stage Renal Disease Program
    Glenn Chertow, MD ’89, MPH '95
    Healthcare Management Consultant 
  • Improving Health Care for American Indians and Alaska Natives
    Yvette Roubideaux, AB ’85, MD ’89, MPH ’97
    Acting Director of the Indian Health Service

Doc of All Ages

Thursday, May 29
Afternoon Session
1:30 – 4 p.m.
Carl W. Walter Amphitheater, Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC)

PANEL 3: Making Innovative Therapies Available Across the Globe


Dom Zambuto, MD ’89
Medical Director of the Vein Clinics of America


  • The Genetics Revolution: Enhancing our Ability to Develop New Treatments for Disease
    Pablo Lapuerta, AB ’85, MD ’89
    Executive Vice President of Clinical Development and Chief Medical Officer, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals
  • The Biopharmaceutical Ecosystem and the Evolution of the Relationships between Pharma, Academia, and Biotech
    Dan Bloomfield, MD ’89
    Vice President, Cardiovascular Global Clinical Development, Merck Research Laboratories
  • Medical Device Innovation from Bedside to Bedside: The Pavilion Model
    Lishan Aklog, AB ’85, MD ’89
    Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Pavilion Holding Group
  • Clinical Trials in the Cycle of Clinical Therapeutics
    Bob Giugliano, MD ’89, SM ’97
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Advanced Therapy for Advanced Heart Failure: Mechanical Bridge to Transplant
    Michael Givertz, MD ’89
    Medical Director, Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Brigham and Women’s Hospital;
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School



Immunity and Inflammation in Disease and Therapy


This year’s Faculty Symposium focused on immunity and inflammation in disease and therapy, featuring a panel of experts who enlightened the audience on its role in obesity, bowel disease, and cancer while exploring the unexpected targets and triggers of tissue inflammation.

  • Watch Part I »
    Inflammatory Aspects of Obesity, Diane Mathis, PhD
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Unraveling the Mystery, Ramnik Xavier, MD, PhD
  • Watch Part II »
    Cancer Immunotherapy Comes of Age, Gordon J. Freeman, AB ’73, PhD ’79
    Unexpected Targets and Triggers of Tissue Inflammation, Vijay K. Kuchroo, PhD

Alumni Day


Up in Smoke: 50 Years of Policy, Perception, and the Public’s Health


The Alumni Day Symposium celebrated the impact of the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health issued 50 years ago.

Watch it here »

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