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Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D.

Outdoors-2014-aAnthony L. Komaroff, M.D., F.A.C.P.,  Simcox/Clifford/Higby Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff received his A.B. degree from Stanford University, and his medical degree from the University of Washington.  He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.  He then joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, where he practiced general internal medicine and became the Medical Director of an interdisciplinary research group consisting of computer scientists and physicians.  The group helped establish the use of clinical algorithms in medicine, the role of physician assistants in patient care, and the use of computers to guide personalized medical care for common symptoms and diseases.

In 1979, Dr. Komaroff joined the faculty of the recently-formed Division of General Medicine and Primary Care within the Department of Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.  In 1982, he became director of the Division, serving in that role until 1997.  The Division grew ten-fold in both number of faculty and revenue during that time, becoming one of the most highly regarded academic divisions of general medicine. A practicing general internist, since 1992 Dr. Komaroff has been Senior Physician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He also is a member of the Division of Medical Communications.

From 1982-1987, Dr. Komaroff was the Vice President for Management Systems of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, administratively responsible for the development of the clinical, administrative and financial computer systems of the Hospital.

Since the mid-1980’s, Dr. Komaroff has been one of the core faculty of the Program in Clinical Effectiveness, a training program in non-laboratory investigation (clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, etc.) which in recent years has trained approximately 300 fellows per year from institutions around the world.

Dr. Komaroff is the founding editor of NEJM Journal Watch General Medicine, a publication of the Massachusetts Medical Society/New England Journal of Medicine, which since 1987 has summarized the latest research from the top journals of medicine and biology. Dr. Komaroff’s responsibility has been to cover research published in the major biological research journals.

Between 1997 and 2015, Dr. Komaroff served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Health Publications Division of Harvard Medical School. The Division is responsible for all Harvard Medical School’s consumer health publishing—including books, newsletters, magazine and newspaper columns.  The Division has published 135 books and special health reports, publishes four monthly newsletters with about 300,000 subscribers, licenses content to many websites (approximately 200 million page-views per year), and creates information for doctors’ waiting rooms in 41,000 medical practices that collectively have 850 million patient-visits per year.

Dr. Komaroff writes a daily newspaper column that is syndicated by United Features Syndicate in 450 newspapers in North America.

Since 2006, Dr. Komaroff has been the Steven P. Simcox/Patrick A. Clifford/James H. Higby Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

Dr. Komaroff has published over 230 research articles and book chapters and 2 books covering:
• The development of algorithms to define medical practice strategies
• Computer systems in medical care
• Cost-effectiveness analysis of general internal medicine conditions
• The causes, diagnosis, and treatment of some of the most common problems in medicine: sore throat, urinary infections in women, community-acquired pneumonia, and fatigue.

In recognition of his contributions, Dr. Komaroff has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Physicians, and the Association for Health Services Research. He has served on advisory committees for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Surgeon General of the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and the U.S. Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences.

Ingrid T. Katz, M.D., M.H.S.

Dr. Ingrid Katz's photoIngrid T. Katz, M.D., M.H.S., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Ingrid Katz received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and French (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, her Master’s of Health Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her medical degree (AOA) from The University of California at San Francisco.  She completed internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts, and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.

She concurrently completed the Global Women’s Health Fellowship at BWH. During the period of medical training, she did research at the HIV Division at the World Health Organization, and was an Editorial Fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Katz’s research focuses on the social and behavioral determinants of health promotion in sub-Saharan Africa. She has been working in South Africa for the past six years, focusing on factors affecting treatment-related decision-making among people living with HIV. She has been the recipient of the Harvard Catalyst KL2 Medical Research Investigator Training (MeRIT) Award, the Harvard Global Health Institute Travel Award, the Eleanor and Miles Shore Award, the CROI Young Investigator Award, and the Center for AIDS Prevention Scholar Award. She is currently funded through a K23 Career Development Award.

She continues to practice clinically at BWH and is Boarded in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Katzholds leadership roles at Harvard-wide programs, and is the organizing founder of the Biannual Global Women’s Health Research Retreat. She has served as a Faculty of Epidemiology 208 through Harvard School of Public Health Program in Clinical Effectiveness, and is the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on the Status of Women at Harvard Medical School. As a joint faculty member of the Division of Women’s Health and Medical Communications, she continues to publish original research that has been widely cited (including in UN publications and Scientific American) and articles in the lay press, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Slate, and has provided commentary for National Public Radio on topics related to HIV and global health.

Gary C. Curhan, M.D., Sc.D.

Curhan Gary075Gary C. Curhan, M.D., ScD, FASN, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Gary Curhan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from Brown University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in Nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was recruited to the West Roxbury VAMC to become the Clinical Chief of Nephrology in 1992. During this time, he completed his doctorate in Epidemiology at HSPH. He was then recruited back to MGH and BWH in 1996. In 2012, he was promoted to Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Curhan is based at the BWH Channing Division of Network Medicine and his primary appointment is in the BWH Renal Division. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology. In 2011, he was selected to be the Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. He has served on the Advisory Council for the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has served on numerous NIH Study Sections. He has been continuously funded by NIH for over two decades.

Dr. Curhan’s research focuses on the prevention of common diseases by investigating scientifically and clinically important questions and exploring the role of modifiable factors. Areas of active investigation include nephrolithiasis, gout, hearing loss, tinnitus, primary hyperparathyroidism, osteoporosis, and hypertension. Mentoring is also a priority for Dr. Curhan, as evidenced by his receipt of a K24 award from NIH.