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Fellowship Site Director

Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Emily Oken, MD, MPH, is a physician epidemiologist trained in internal medicine and pediatrics and a Professor of Population Medicine at HMS as well as in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH. She is internationally recognized for investigations related to health promotion, prevention, and population health.  In particular, she focuses on health effects of nutritional and environmental exposures on mothers and children, with a particular focus on the peripartum period. She has been PI of multiple R01 grants, many based in Project Viva, a pre-birth cohort of mothers and children of which she is PI, as well as a UG3/UH3. She also leads an observational study of environmental factors predicting weight change and metabolic risk in the DPP study. She serves on committees to develop maternal nutrition guidelines both nationally and internationally. Her mentorship has been recognized with the Barger Award for Excellence in Mentoring from HMS, a K24 mid-career development grant from NICHD, and the 2019 mentoring award from the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Research.  She serves on diversity, equity, and inclusion committees locally and nationally, and was recognized with an HMS Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award.

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Fellowship Site Director

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Frank Wharam, MBBCh, BAO, MPH, is the Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Associate Professor of Population Medicine at DPM, Director of the Division of Health Policy and Insurance Research at DPM, and a general internist. His research examines how health policies and system interventions affect healthcare quality and outcomes, especially among disadvantaged and chronically ill populations. He has leading expertise on the effects of commercial health insurance designs such as high-deductible and value-based health plans. He co-led Harvard’s CDC/NIDDK-funded Natural Experiments for Translation in Diabetes (NEXT-D, 1U58DP02719-01) and NEXT-D2 studies (5U18DP006122) and was PI of an NIDDK project examining high-deductible insurance and chronic diabetes complications (1R01DK1003​04). He currently leads DPM’s NEXT-D3 project (1U18DP006527). He has also led national studies focusing on cancer patients (1R01CA172639, 118261-RSGI-10-075-01) and people with serious mental illness (IHS-1408-20393). Dr. Wharam has served as a mentor on career development awards and trained over 20 graduate students, fellows, and junior faculty.


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