BWH GENERAL MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP DIRECTORS

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LIPIKA SAMAL, MD, MPH

Fellowship Site Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Medical director for Research, Primary Care Center of Excellence

Lipika Samal, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at HMS, an Associate Physician in the DGIM at BWH, and a general internist. She is Board-certified in Clinical Informatics and holds certifications from Epic for Clarity Ambulatory Data Model and Research Informatics Innovator. She has completed multiple studies examining technology-based approaches to improving healthcare access including: 1) a survey of women visiting the Baltimore city sexually transmitted infections clinic exploring internet and text message use, 2) a survey of HIV patients exploring internet use, 3) a survey of diabetes patients exploring willingness to use the internet for healthcare, and 4) a federally funded systematic review of the literature about consumer health informatics. Currently, the majority of her time is devoted to research on primary care clinical decision support in the area of chronic kidney disease. Her research has been funded by the NIDDK through a K23 award and an R01. She has authored a suite of papers related to telehealth and the digital divide.​

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HEATHER BAER, SCD

Fellowship Site Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Heather J. Baer, ScD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at HMS, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at HSPH, and an Associate Epidemiologist at BWH.  Her research initially focused on examining early life risk factors for breast cancer and other chronic diseases. Her current research focuses on strategies for addressing lifestyle factors in the primary care setting, with a particular emphasis on interventions using health information technology and telehealth. She had a Mentored Research Scientist Career Development award from AHRQ to develop and evaluate tools within electronic health records to help primary care clinicians with the assessment and management of overweight and obesity. More recently, she led a cluster-randomized trial funded by PCORI to evaluate the effectiveness of an online weight management program combined with population health management for primary care patients with overweight or obesity and type 2 diabetes or hypertension. In addition she is the Course Director for HSPH’s Program in Clinical Effectiveness’s Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and she is the Director of the MPH in Clinical Effectiveness.​

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FACULTY

David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc. *
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

  • Clinical decision-making and affecting physician behavior, particularly using computerized interventions

  • Quality of care and cost-effectiveness in medical practice

  • Technology assessment, particularly for new and expensive technologies

Isaac Chua, M.D., M.P.H.

Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Associate faculty, Ariadne Labs

  • Quality of palliative care and hospice delivery

  • Telemedicine implementation and evaluation

  • Management of opioid use disorder among patients with advanced cancer

Cheryl R. Clark, M.D., Sc.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Health Equity Research & Intervention, Center for Community Health and Health Equity, and Hospitalist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

  • Healthy aging and social determinants of cardiometabolic health

  • Social and structural determinants of cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention

  • Community based participatory research

Anuj K Dalal, M.D

Associate Director, Informatics & Innovation, Harvard-Brigham Research Fellowship in Hospital Medicine

Director Patient Safety Learning Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

  • Design, development, implementation of EHR-integrated interventions to improve quality and safety in hospital and transitions setting

  • Digital health innovation to engage patients, improve test result management, facilitate patient-centered communication, mitigate risk due to hospital acquired harms, and promote diagnostic and therapeutic safety

Patricia C. Dykes PhD, MA, RN

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Program Director of Research, Center for Patient Safety, Research and Practice, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

  • Patient Safety Informatics, Patient-centered Care

  • Interventions to improve care team decision making (including patients and family)

Ishani Ganguli, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Value of ambulatory care and how health care policies and payment/delivery models shape patient and clinician behavior.

  • Primary care payment and delivery

  • The use and impact of Medicare Annual Wellness Visits, high cost high need patients, and cascades following low value care.

William Gordon, MD, MBI

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Medical Director, Health Innovation Platform, MassGeneral Brigham

  • Clinical data interoperability and application programming interfaces

  • Digital health implementation and product development

David M Levine, MD, MPH, MA *

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Medical Director, Brigham Health Home Hospital

Associate Faculty, Ariadne Labs

  • Novel health care sites and interaction spaces, particularly in the home

  • Health services research, particularly quality and experience of outpatient care

  • Digital health evaluation, particularly in the home

Stephanie Mueller, M.D., M.P.H. *

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Associate Director, Havard-Brigham Research Fellowship in Hospital Medicine

Associate Director of Clinical Research, Hospital Medicine Unit, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Director of Mentorship and Promotion, Hospital Medicine Unit, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Faculty Development Director of Programs, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

  • Hospital-based care transitions focusing on inter-hospital transfer and patient handoffs

  • Interventions to enhance communication and improve patient safety during hospital-based care transitions

Larissa Nekhyudov, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine

Clinical Director, Internal Medicine for Cancer Survivors at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

  • Identifying and mitigating late effects of cancer treatment

  • Education of and care coordination between primary and oncology care providers

  • Improving health care and quality of life of cancer survivors.

E. John Orav, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine (Biostatistics), Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Statistical methods for the design of studies and for data analysis

Jorge A. Rodriguez, M.D.

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • Equity in patient-facing health technology tools, including patient portals, mobile apps, and patient portals

  • Health disparities experienced by limited English proficient patients

  • Data science methods to explore health disparities

Hojjat Salmasian, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Medical Director of Data Science and Analytics, Brigham Health

  • Impact of health information technology on quality and safety of healthcare

  • Interventions to enhance the safety and appropriateness of prescribing in the hospital setting

  • Quantifying and improving healthcare quality, safety, experience and value

Jeffrey L. Schnipper, M.D., M.P.H. *
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Measuring and improving quality of care and patient safety in the hospital and after hospital discharge

Improving medication use among hospitalized patients and during transitions of care

Improving communication among providers and between providers and patients

Designing, implementing, and evaluating health information technology for hospitalized patients

Niraj Sharma, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Director, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program

Director, BWH DGM Med-Peds Unit

  • Care of adolescents and young adults as they transition from pediatric to adult-centered medical care.

Li Zhou, PhD, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Director/Principal Investigator of the MTERMS Lab: http://mterms.bwh.harvard.edu/

  • Natural language processing and machine learning using electronic health record (EHR) data and other free-text data sources

  • Informatics technology to improve clinical documentation, knowledge representation and computerized decision support

* Denotes faculty who have graduated from the Fellowship Program