MGH FELLOWSHIP DIRECTORS

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JENNIFER S. HAAS, MD, MSC

Fellowship Co-Program Director

Director of Research and Research Education, DGIM, MGH

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jennifer S. Haas, MD, MSc is Professor of Medicine at HMS and the Director of Research in the Division DGIM at MGH. She is the Peter L. Gross MD Chair in Primary Care. Dr. Haas’ research interests focus on promoting health equity, understanding socio-contextual mediators of health disparities, implementation research to improve the practice of primary care, and prevention with a particular focus on cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Haas has been continuously funded as a PI for over 30 years; she has received grants from AHRQ, NCI, NICHD, Department of Defense, the American Cancer Society, and the RWJ Foundation. She is currently the PI of a U01 from NCI to develop and evaluate a multilevel intervention trial to improve the follow-up of abnormal cancer screening test results. Dr. Haas is also a PI of one of a research centers funded as part of NCI’s Population-based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens (PROSPR) Consortium which offers trainees access to a large, detailed database focused on cancer screening and prevention. Dr. Haas directs a highly reviewed course on research methods in social and behavioral health that is part of the PCE. Dr. Haas is a former deputy editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM) and has served on several national scientific review committees.

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TRAVIS BAGGETT, MD, MPH

Fellowship Site Director

Physician Investigator, Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Director of Research, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Travis P. Baggett, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at HMS and the Director of Research at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) where he oversees the research portfolio for this innovative community health center. His research focuses on the health and health care needs of people experiencing homelessness. His studies have used a range of innovative methods to uncover and address the sources of health disparities experienced by this marginalized group of people, with particular attention to the burden, consequences, and management of tobacco use and other substance use disorders in this population. Current projects include an NIH/NCI R01 award supporting a randomized controlled trial of financial incentives for homeless smokers and an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant supporting a pragmatic trial of patient navigation to promote lung cancer screening at BHCHP. In 2015, he received the MGH Department of Medicine (DOM) Transformative Scholars Program award and in 2019 the prestigious Stephen M. Krane, MD, Lectureship Award from the MGH DOM. Dr. Baggett has an active and growing mentorship portfolio with particular relevance to this application’s thematic focus on ending the crisis of opioid addiction; he co-mentors a K12 recipient and is the primary mentor for Dr. Danielle Fine, a recent program graduate.

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FACULTY

Margarita Alegria, Ph.D.
Chief, Disparities Research Unit, Department of Medicine
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

  • Racial and ethnic disparities in health care

  • Acculturation, culture, and epidemiology for multicultural populations

  • Health services for ethnic/racial minorities and immigrant populations

  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)

Katrina A. Armstrong, M.D., M.S.C.E.
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Physician-in-Chief, MGH Department of Medicine

  • Breast cancer risk prediction

  • Personalized screening for breast cancer

  • Disparities in cancer outcomes

  • Medical decision making

Steven J. Atlas, M.D., M.P.H.*
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, MGH Primary Care Practice Based Research & Quality Improvement Network

  • Transform primary care delivery using health information technology systems to improve prevention services and chronic disease management

  • Comprehensive preventive cancer screening and follow-up using population-based, patient-centered systems to improve outcomes and decrease disparities

  • Engage patients and clinicians in shared decision making to foster informed choice and improve outcomes of care

Michael J. Barry, M.D.*
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • Health services research

  • Outcomes research

  • Benign and malignant prostate disease

  • Use of decision aids to facilitate patient participation in decision-making

Yuchiao Chang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • Statistical methodology for epidemiological studies

  • Analysis of clinical trial data

Kenneth A. Freedberg, M.D., M.Sc.*
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Medical Practice Evaluation Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Economic analysis in medicine and cost-effectiveness analysis

  • Simulation modeling and decision science

  • Focus on HIV disease, TB, and chronic non-communicable diseases

  • Clinical epidemiology, implementation science, and global health

Vicki Fung, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Mongan Institute Health Policy Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Mental health care financing and delivery

  • Health insurance policy for vulnerable populations

  • Modifiable barriers to medication adherence

Jessica Haberer, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • Adherence to antiretroviral medications for the prevention and treatment of HIV infection.

  • The use of technology (e.g., SMS, real-time adherence monitoring devices) in developing settings.

John Hsu, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.C.E.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Health Policy, Harvard Medical School
Director, Program for Clinical Economics and Policy Analysis, Mongan Institute Health Policy Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Innovations in health care financing and delivery

  • Population health approaches for improving care

  • Comparative effectiveness research

Lisa I. Iezzoni, M.D., M.Sc.
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Mongan Institute Health Policy Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Health care experiences and outcomes of persons with disabilities

  • Quality measurement methods

  • Risk adjustment methods

Gina Kruse, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.*
Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Using technology to improve cancer prevention services

  • Mobile health interventions for tobacco cessation

  • Tobacco cessation treatment for underserved populations

  • Tobacco cessation treatment in low- and middle-income countries

Douglas E. Levy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Faculty of the Mongan Institute Health Policy Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Studying how public health, health care finance, and health services policies affect prevention and population health

  • Reducing the harm of tobacco use

  • Designing/evaluating interventions to promote healthy eating

  • Examining resource use and cost-effectiveness in preventive medicine

James B. Meigs, M.D., M.P.H.*
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, MGH Division of Clinical Research Clinical Effectiveness Research Unit

  • Genetic epidemiology of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance

  • Etiology and prevention of type 2 diabetes

  • Disease management and clinical outcomes research in type 2 diabetes

Joshua P. Metlay, M.D., Ph.D.*
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Peter L. Gross, M.D., Chair, Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, MGH

  • Treatment and outcomes of antimicrobial drug resistant respiratory tract infections

  • Interventions to improve the quality of antibiotic prescribing in the management of patients with acute respiratory tract infections

  • Program evaluation and implementation science in healthcare systems

Elyse R. Park, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Director of Behavioral Sciences, MGH Tobacco Research & Treatment Center
Director of Behavioral Health Research for the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH

  • Design and evaluation of behavioral intervention trials

  • Cancer prevention and survivorship interventions

  • The role of culture and risk perceptions in cancer treatment decision-making

Sanja Percac-Lima, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • Develop and evaluate programs to improve equity in cancer care

  • Use of health care navigators to improve health outcomes

  • Health care for immigrants and refugees

Karen R. Sepucha, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, MGH Health Decision Sciences Center

  • Development of decision support tools, such as patient decision aids, to support shared decision making

  • Development and evaluation of decision quality instruments to measure the quality of decisions

  • Implementation of shared decision making in primary and specialty care settings

Anne N. Thorndike, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • Behavioral interventions to prevent obesity using insights from behavioral economics

  • Psychological and genetic factors in lifestyle behaviors

  • Social determinants of health and community interventions

Virginia Triant, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Medicine (DGIM and ID)

  • Chronic disease complications of HIV infection

  • Cardiovascular risk prediction in populations with non-traditional risk factors

  • Intersection between inflammation and cardiovascular disease

  • Population-based/outcomes research using electronic health record (EHR) data

* Denotes faculty who have graduated from the Fellowship Program