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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—Faculty Affairs, 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, MD, Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs

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 Mass General, Dr. Tarbell also directed the Center for Faculty Development and the Office for Women’s Careers.

Dr. Tarbell is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric oncology and, in particular, pediatric brain tumors. Consistently listed in The Best Doctors of America (Woodward and White), Dr. Tarbell serves on the national Children’s Oncology Group Brain Tumor Committee. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2002 and has authored more than 300 original publications and book chapters. Dr. Tarbell is co-editor of Pediatric Radiation Oncology, now in its 5th edition.

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. She recently led the HMS-wide Task Force on Faculty Development and Diversity, which has defined and prioritized faculty development and diversity enhancements within the HMS community, providing a foundation for the creation of new opportunities for HMS faculty and trainees.

As Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs, Dr. Tarbell oversees the Office for Faculty Affairs, the Office for Faculty and Research Integrity, the Office for Diversity and Community Partnership, and several HMS-wide centers and divisions. In addition, her office is responsible for conducting clinical department reviews and has oversight of affiliation agreements.



Gretchen A. Brodnicki, JD, 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, MD, 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, MD, MS, MPH, MBA, 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.