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Office for Academic and Clinical Affairs

The Office for Academic and Clinical Affairs promotes, coordinates and supports the academic and clinical activities of HMS faculty with an emphasis on faculty development and diversity. Specifically, the Office:

In addition, the dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs oversees three vital offices— Office for Faculty Affairs, Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, and Office for Academic and Research Integrity . These offices provide a variety of services for faculty, ranging from conflict of interest consultations to career counseling and awards and recognition programs.

Nancy J. Tarbell, M.D., Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs

Nancy J. Tarbell, MD

Nancy J. Tarbell, MD, is Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs and the C.C. Wang Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School. Previously, she led pediatric radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston. At Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Tarbell was the founding director of the Office for Women’s Careers and the Center for Faculty Development.

Dr. Tarbell is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric oncology and, in particular, pediatric brain tumors. Consistently listed in The Best Doctors in America (Woodward/White), Dr. Tarbell serves on the national Children’s Oncology Group Brain Tumor Committee and she was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2002. More recently, Dr. Tarbell was selected as the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Gold Medalist in 2014 and was chosen as the 2017 winner of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award by the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR). She is co-editor of Pediatric Radiation Oncology, now in its 6th edition and she has authored more than 300 original publications and book chapters.

Dr. Tarbell is a longstanding advocate for faculty development initiatives including mentoring programs for junior faculty and numerous efforts on behalf of women and minorities. In 2009, Dr. Tarbell led the HMS-wide Task Force on Faculty Development and Diversity and she continues to prioritize these issues.

As Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs, Dr. Tarbell oversees the Office for Faculty Affairs, the Office for Academic and Research Integrity, the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, and several HMS-wide centers and divisions. In addition, her office is responsible for HMS Foundation Funds, conducting clinical department reviews, and has oversight of affiliation agreements with all of Harvard Medical School’s associated hospitals and research institutes. 

Elazer Edelman, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, HMS Foundation Funds CommitteeElazer Edelman, MD

As Chairman, Dr. Edelman oversees the nomination process for HMS/HSDM faculty and postdocs for funding opportunities from private foundations that require candidates to be nominated by either Harvard Medical School or Harvard University.

Sara J. Kiarsis, Associate Director

Sara J. Kiarsis

As Associate Director of the Office for Academic and Clinical Affairs (ACA), reporting to Dr. Nancy Tarbell, Sara is responsible for the overall management of the clinical department external reviews, management of affiliation agreements between Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals, and works closely with the Dean for ACA in the research, design, implementation, maintenance and follow up of projects and activities related to the office.

Galit Lahav, Ph.D., ACA Quad Faculty Liaison for Development and Diversity

Galit Lahav, Ph.D.

Galit Lahav, PhD, is a Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and also serves as an advocate and liaison for faculty development at HMS.  She provides key input for the development and implementation of management workshops, leadership and career training for faculty at HMS.   She identifies new areas for Faculty development based on their needs and provides regular updates to the Dean's Office on topics of interest to HMS faculty, including challenges faced by junior faculty. She also has a role in efforts to address prioritized problems. 


Gretchen A. Brodnicki, J.D., Dean for Faculty and Research Integrity 

As Dean for Faculty and Research Integrity, Gretchen Brodnicki is responsible for overseeing a coordinated approach to research policy setting, implementation, and compliance, including responsibility for the Office of Academic and Research Integrity on issues of conflict of interest, research misconduct, student misconduct, and authorship disputes.

Maureen T. Connelly, M.D. Maureen T. Connelly, M.D., MPH, Dean for Faculty Affairs

As Dean for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Connelly’s responsibilities include managing junior and senior faculty promotions and appointments at Harvard Medical School, representing the Dean’s office on search committees for senior faculty appointments, providing advice regarding CV preparation and career goals to faculty, and participating in the development of policies related to academic advancement.

Joan Y. Reede, M.D. Joan Y. Reede, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., M.B.A., Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Partnership

As Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Partnership, Dr. Reede is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of under-represented minority faculty at Harvard Medical School (HMS). This charge includes oversight of all diversity activities at HMS as they relate to faculty, trainees, students, and staff.