Category Archives: Personnel

Subha Ramani, M.B.B.S., M.M.Ed., M.P.H.

Subha Ramani, M.B.B.S, M.M.Ed, M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Subha Ramani received her medical degree from Stanley Medical College, University of Madras, India. She completed Internal Medicine residencies at PGIMER (Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research), Chandigarh, India as well as East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. Dr. Ramani next completed her fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), with a Masters in Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health in 1998.

Dr. Ramani was recruited to Boston Medical Center (BMC), Boston University School of Medicine in July 1998. She held a variety of educational leadership roles at BUSM & BMC (1998 to 2012) including: Assistant Program Director, General Internal Medicine Master Educator fellowship, BUSM, Director of Faculty Development in Teaching skills, Department of Medicine, BMC and Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, BMC. At the time of her departure from BUSM in 2012, she held the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine.

In May 2012, Dr. Ramani moved to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) to be an Associate Physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care and has been a member of the Division of Medical Communications since 2014. Both Divisions are in the Department of Medicine at BWH. She is the currently the Director of Evaluation for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at BWH, Site Director for the HMS Patient Doctor II course at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and Course Director of the Research Methods in Medical Education for the HMS Masters in Medical Sciences in Medical Education. She has been a member of the Steering Committee and Core Faculty for the Harvard Macy Program for Educators in the Health Professions for over 5 years.

Dr. Ramani is a highly trained medical educator who has completed the Stanford Faculty Development Program in clinical teaching, Discovery courses in Medical Education at the University of Dundee and the Harvard Macy Programs- Program for Educators in Health Professions, A Systems Approach to Assessment in Health Professions Education and Leading Innovations in Healthcare & Education. In 2004, she also completed a Masters in Medical Education at the University of Dundee in Scotland. This training has provided her with a solid foundation in the science of medical education allowing her to explore new methods to enhance teaching and learning using a scholarly approach.

.Dr. Ramani is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and serves as the Meeting Chair for the New England regional SGIM in 2014-2015. She has been a member of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) since 2003 and a core member of the association’s Postgraduate education committee. She is the lead author of the AMEE guide titled, “Teaching in the clinical environment”, which is published as an independent educator’s booklet as well as a paper in the Medical Teacher.

Dr. Ramani’s primary educational interests focus on an innovative approach to assessment of clinical trainees, faculty development in clinical teaching, assessment and feedback and qualitative research methods in medical education.

Eugene Braunwald, M.D.

Eugene_BraunwaldEugene Braunwald, M.D. is the Distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the founding Chairman of the TIMI Study Group at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Braunwald received his medical training at New York University and completed his Medical Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He served as the first Chief of the Cardiology Branch and as Clinical Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, founding Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. From 1972 to 1996 he was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was a founding trustee and Chief Academic Officer of Partners HealthCare System.

Dr. Braunwald’s first major paper was published in Circulation Research in July 1954, and he has been a major force in cardiology in the past half century. His early work focused on the control of ventricular function and he was the first to measure both left ventricular ejection fraction and left ventricular dp/dt in patients. His group showed the first neurohumoral defect in human heart failure, defined the pathophysiology of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and demonstrated salvage of ischemic myocardium following coronary occlusion. They defined myocardial stunning and ventricular modeling following myocardial infarction. For the past 30 years, as Chairman of the TIMI Study Group, he and his colleagues demonstrated improved patient survival with a patent coronary artery which led to the widely accepted “open artery hypotheses.” They were the first to show the benefit of preventing adverse remodeling of the infarcted ventricle with ACE inhibition. In the PROVE-IT TIMI 22 Trial, in 2004, they demonstrated the benefit of more intensive reduction of LDL in high risk coronary artery patients, which has changed practice guidelines and will favorably affect the lives of millions.

Dr. Braunwald has been an editor of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine for 12 editions, and the founding editor of Heart Disease, now in its 10th Edition, the most influential textbooks in their fields.

Science Watch listed Dr. Braunwald as the most frequently cited author in Cardiology; he has an H index of 177. Based on his contributions, Dr. Braunwald has received numerous honors and awards including the Distinguished Scientist and Lifetime Achievement Awards of the American College of Cardiology, Research Achievement, and Herrick Awards of the American Heart Association, the Gold Medal of the European Society of Cardiology and is the recipient of twenty two honorary degrees from distinguished universities throughout the world. Dr. Braunwald was the first cardiologist elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. The living Nobel Prize winners in medicine voted Dr. Braunwald as “the person who has contributed the most to cardiology in recent years”.

Daniel D. Federman, M.D.

Daniel D. Federman, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Federman is the Carl W. Walter Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he was a Senior Dean of Clinical Teaching at HMS. An endocrinologist by training, Dr. Federman has had clinical practices at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University Health Services.

He served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1960 to 1972, and was simultaneously on the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital. From 1972 to 1977 he was chairman of the Department of Medicine at Stanford Medical School. He then returned to Harvard Medical School as Dean for students and Alumni and professor of medicine. In 1989 he was appointed Dean for Medical Education and in 1992 he was named the Carl W. Walter Professor of Medicine and Medical Education.

Dr. Federman has served as Chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine and President of the American College of Physicians and is a member of the Institute of Medicine. He was one of the founding editors of Scientific American Medicine. Additionally, he has received from the American College of Physicians both the Massachusetts Physician of the Year and the Distinguished Teacher awards, as well as the Endocrine Society’s Distinguished Educator award. In 2001, the Association of American Medical Colleges honored Dr. Federman with their Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education.

Dr. Federman has been teaching at Harvard Medical School for 60 years. His emphasis is on the consideration of each person as an individual because he believes this is the best counter to the risks of “group think.”

Anne C. Travis, M.D.

Anne C. Travis, M.D., F.A.C.G., A.G.A.F., Clinical Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Anne_TravisDr. Anne Travis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL and her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Travis also completed her fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. After completing her gastroenterology fellowship in 2006, she joined the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Between 2008 and 2009 Dr. Travis served as the Associate Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at Brigham in Women’s Hospital. In 2009, Dr. Travis jointed the editorial staff at UpToDate in Waltham, MA as a Deputy Editor in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. UpToDate is an online clinical resource to healthcare providers, trainees, and patients that provides the up-to-date and clinically relevant information. While working as a Deputy Editor, she also continues to be clinically active at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, focusing on video capsule endoscopy and routine endoscopic procedures. In 2010 she joined the Division of Medical Communications in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In 2014, Dr. Travis assumed the role of Co-director of Editorial Quality at UpToDate. In that role she is responsible for improving the quality of all topics in UpToDate through ongoing education of the Deputy Editor group.

Dr. Travis’s research is clinically based, with a focus on outcomes. She received her Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2006. She has examined treatment outcomes following endoscopic treatment for upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) and identified predictors of mortality in patients with UGIB.

Dr. Travis is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). She has been active on a number of national committees. She was Chair of the ACG Women in Gastroenterology Committee from 2008 to 2011 and served on the ACG Patient Care Committee from 2008 to 2014. While Chair of the women’s committee, she co-founded a mentoring program for fellows. She has given presentations aimed at fellows and junior faculty on negotiation skills, based on coursework she completed at Stanford University. Additionally, she served on the Graduate Training Exam subcommittee of the AGA from 2008 to 2010, overseeing the section of the examination dealing with the small bowel.

Jennifer A. Inra, M.D.

Jennifer A. Inra, M.D., Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jennifer A. Inra received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts and her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Inra then completed her fellowship in Gastroenterology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She then transitioned to become a faculty member of the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine, as well as a member of the Division of Medical Communications, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Inra has received several awards during her training. She graduated medical school with Alpha Omega Alpha honors, and received the Coryell Prize in Medicine, an award given to the top ranking medical student in the third year Internal Medicine clerkship. She was also awarded the Fellowship Teaching Award as a first year gastroenterology fellow in 2011-2012 for outstanding teaching as voted upon by Brigham and Women’s Internal Medicine Housestaff.

Dr. Inra has been involved in teaching since medical school. She served as an anatomy teaching assistant for first year medical students during her fourth year of medical school. She was a preceptor in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course for Harvard Medical School Health Sciences and Technology (HST) students during her third year of fellowship. She is currently the director of the “Fellows Lecture Series,” a monthly lecture series that focuses on physiology and pathophysiology of common gastrointestinal diseases for Brigham and Women’s Gastroenterology fellows.

Dr. Inra is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association Academy of Educators.

Dr. Inra’s current teaching interest focuses on developing and expanding her innovative “Fellows Lecture Series” curriculum for Brigham and Women’s Gastroenterology fellows. Each session includes a combination of multiple choice questions, an interactive lecture and color handouts for personal review.

Peter Libby, M.D.

Peter_LibbyPeter Libby, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC, Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Peter Libby is a cardiovascular specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and holds the Mallinckrodt Professorship of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He served as Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at BWH from 1998 – 2014. His areas of clinical expertise include general and preventive cardiology. His current major research focus is the role of inflammation in vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. Dr. Libby has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research accomplishments, including the Gold Medal of the European Society of Cardiology (2011), the Basic Research Prize of the American Heart Association (2011), the Anitschkow Prize in Atherosclerosis Research of the European Atherosclerosis Society (2013), and the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (2014).

Dr. Libby’s professional memberships include the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and elected honorary memberships in the British Atherosclerosis Society, the Japan Circulation Society, and the Japanese College of Cardiology. He has served as the President of the Association of University Cardiologists. He also has served in many roles as a volunteer for the American Heart Association, including chairman of several research committees and member of the executive committees of the Councils on Arteriosclerosis, Circulation, and Basic Science. He presided the American College of Cardiology’s Research Allocations Peer Review Committee for two terms. He has frequently consulted for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, including a 5-year term on the Board of Scientific Councilors. He directed the DW Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center and two cycles of Leducq Foundation Awards, and has received continuous funding from the NHLBI for several decades.

An author and lecturer on cardiovascular medicine and atherosclerosis, Dr. Libby has published extensively in medical journals including Circulation, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature. He is an Editor of Braunwald’s Heart Disease. Dr. Libby also contributed chapters on the pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of atherosclerosis to many editions of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. He has held numerous visiting professorships and delivered more than 80 major named or keynote lectures throughout the world.

Dr. Libby earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego, and completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s Hospital). He also holds an honorary MA degree from Harvard University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Lille, France

Thomas H. Lee, M.D., M.Sc.

Tom_LeeThomas H. Lee, MD, M.Sc. As Chief Medical Officer for Press Ganey Associates, Inc., Dr. Lee is responsible for developing clinical and operational strategies to improve the patient experience for health care providers across the nation.

Dr. Lee is an internist and cardiologist, and practices primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Prior to assuming his role at Press Ganey, he was Network President for Partners Healthcare System, the integrated delivery system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Cornell University Medical College, and Harvard School of Public Health. He is on leave from his roles as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Lee is a member of the Boards of Directors of Geisinger Health System, the Special Medical Advisory Committee (SMAC) of the Veterans Administration and the Panel of Health Advisors of the Congressional Budget Office, and the Editorial Board of The New England Journal of Medicine. With James J. Mongan, MD, he is the author of Chaos and Organization in Health Care (MIT Press, 2009) and Eugene Braunwald and the Rise of Modern Medicine (Harvard University Press, 2013).

Diana Post, M.D.

Diana Post MD Assistant Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School Dr. Diana Post received her A.B. degree from Radcliffe College of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and her medical degree from New York University School of Medical. She completed her internship and first year residency in internal medicine at the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She was a Senior Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston Massachusetts. Dr. Post completed her fellowship in Rheumatology at the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She was recruited to be the Rheumatologist at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge Massachusetts where she worked from 1977 to 1993. She also served as staff rheumatologist at the Robert Brigham Hospital from 1977 through 1980, and Consulting Rheumatologist for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Post then switched her clinical focus to primary care, working at Harvard University Health Services from 1993 through 1996. From 1995 through 2004 she was also the Director of the Spine Unit at Harvard Community Health Plan in Boston. In 1996 she joined the Primary Care faculty at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she remains at present. She was promoted to Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 2001. During her time at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she has been an attending on the teaching service of the hospital and a preceptor in the outpatient clinical center. She prepared and presented clinical cases at Medical Grand Rounds at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and served as Mentor for the BWH Housestaff Mentoring Program of the Department of Medicine.. She was awarded the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine Faculty Mentoring Award in January, 2004. She also participated in BWH-sponsored and HMS-sponsored CME courses. In addition, during the years 1996 through 2012 Dr Post conducted clinical research with the Osher Center for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School. The work there related to the efficacy and safety of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with low back pain and involved the design and implementation of a large NIH-funded acute low back pain study. After that study, she participated in the design and implementation of an academic center-based Integrative Medical Clinic starting with a pilot study of subacute low back pain using the model of the integrative clinic. Dr Post also worked with Harvard Publishing, writing articles and blogs for their online medical content every week. She also helped write CME booklets for Harvard Publishing on such topics as diabetes, coronary artery disease, and menopause. She worked with the Division of Medical Communications to develop a new curriculum on “Giving Bad News” in 2013, and present it to the MICU faculty and to the ITU house staff and faculty as well.

David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc.

Harvard Medical School 11-06-16David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc.
Chief Innovation Officer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Bates is an internationally renowned expert in using information technology to improve clinical decision-making, patient safety, quality-of-care, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes assessment in medical practice.  A practicing general internist, Dr. Bates is Chief Quality Officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he is also Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine.  He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness. He also serves as Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partners HealthCare.

Dr. Bates is a graduate of Stanford University, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He began his fellowship in general internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1988, and he received an M.Sc. in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1990.  He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics, and is past chairman of the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association. He serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety.  He is the president of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).  He is the editor of the Journal of Patient Safety.  Dr. Bates’ special research interests include clinical decision-making and affecting physician-decision-making, particularly using computerized interventions; quality of care and cost-effectiveness and medical practice; and outcome assessment.  He has published over 700 peer-reviewed papers.

Richard S. Blumberg, M.D.

Richard S. Blumberg, MDDr. Richard S. Blumberg trained in internal medicine (The New York Hospital, 1982), infectious diseases (Massachusetts General Hospital, 1986) and gastroenterology and hepatology (Brigham and Women’s Hospital 1989). He is currently Senior Physician in Medicine and Gastroenterology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) where he holds the position of Division Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, co-Director of the Harvard Digestive Diseases Center and Chair of the Brigham Research Institute. In addition, Dr. Blumberg serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Department of Medicine and has served as a member of the Immunology Sciences Study Section of the NIAID, a member on the National Commission of Digestive Diseases of the NIDDK, scientific consultant to the Human Microbiome Project (NHGRI), a member of the Vaccine Branch External Advisory Board (NCI), Chair of the External Scientific Consultants for the Intestinal Stem Cell Consortium Initiative (NIDDK), and a member of the Board of Scientific of Scientific Councilors (NIAID). Dr. Blumberg has served as the Chair of the National Scientific Advisory Committee of the Crohn’s and Colitis of America (2002-2005) and was former President of the Society for Mucosal Immunology (2007-2009). Dr. Blumberg is an elected member of the American Association of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and the recipient of a MERIT award from the NIH (2005), the William Beaumont Prize from the American Gastroenterological Association (2012), the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (2012) and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Mucosal Immunology (2015). He has been an NIH funded investigator since 1989 whose research program focuses on mucosal immunology. He was the Scientific Founder of Syntonix Pharmaceuticals that developed long acting therapeutic agents recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of hemophilia and has long standing research interests that focus on mucosal immunology which are specifically directed at studying the roles of CD1d-NKT cells, the unfolded protein response, CEACAM1 and FcRn.