Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD, Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
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Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Elizabeth Frates, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, part-time, Harvard Medical School
Elizabeth P. Frates is trained as a physiatrist and a health and wellness coach. Her expertise is in lifestyle medicine, and she works to empower patients to reach their optimal level of wellness by adopting healthy habits. Recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Frates is helping to shape the scope of this new specialty. She is an award-winning teacher at Harvard Medical School and developed and taught a college lifestyle medicine curriculum at the Harvard Extension School, which is one of the most popular courses offered at the school. As the Director of Wellness Programming at the Stroke Institute for Research and Recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Frates has created and implemented a twelve-month wellness program for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Co Author of the book, Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering Your Health and Preventing Another Stroke, and co-author of three chapters on behavior change in different medical textbooks, Dr. Frates is currently writing her next book. She is passionate about developing programs focused on lifestyle medicine and wellness.
Hermioni Lokko, MD, MPP, Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Dr. Hermioni Lokko is currently the Associate Training Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a staff physician in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Purdue University with a BSc in Biology, Harvard Medical School (HMS) for her MD and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for her Master’s in Public Policy (MPP).
Dr. Lokko pursued her clinical training in adult psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital where she served as the Administrative Chief Resident. She is also a graduate of the psychosomatic medicine/psycho-oncology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition to being a clinician educator, her research interests include developing innovative and practical psychological interventions for cancer patients and their caregivers. Dr. Lokko’s work has resulted in several local and national awards including the HMS Dupont Warren and Livingston Research Awards, the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry’s William Webb Award, and the American College of Psychiatrist’s Laughlin Award. Her scholarly work has been acknowledged in over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and presentations.
Luana Marques, PhD, Director and founder of Community Psychiatry PRIDE, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Recognized as a national and international expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs), Dr. Marques’ major clinical and research interests include the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices. Her research centers primarily on reducing the disproportionate mental health burden among underserved populations in resource-constricted community clinics across Massachusetts. Dr. Marques’s book Almost Anxious: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Worry or Distress a Problem? serves to educate the public about how worry and anxiety can interfere with happiness and productivity in their lives. Almost Anxious makes evidence-based tools accessible to a lay audience, so that people with sub-clinical anxiety can use this book to practice CBT at home. The wide public reach of the book is highlighted by the national media coverage it has received (Publishers Weekly, Boston.gov) and its recent recognition as a recommended self-help book by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. In her private practice, Dr. Marques focuses on teaching individuals how to utilize such cognitive behavioral strategies and goal-oriented thinking to improve their professional relationships and leadership capabilities.
Sareh Parangi, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Parangi is a busy endocrine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, with a particular interest and expertise in thyroid and parathyroid tumors. She focuses her clinical efforts on endocrine surgery and applies her basic science knowledge and expertise to tumor progression in thyroid cancer. She has been one of the Boston surgeons named in Best Doctor and her excellent in both research and her clinical expertise have earned her a national reputation. She has been a council member for The Association of Women Surgeons and the most prestigious organization of endocrine surgeons in the US, The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, and a member of the American Thyroid Association. She has won numerous awards nationally and at Harvard Medical School for her NIH-funded research in the role of BRAF oncoprotein in thyroid cancer invasion. Her active research focuses on understanding why some patients with thyroid cancer do worse than others and how to help them. She is one of a handful of thyroid surgeons with expertise in molecular biology and has over 90 publications, many on thyroid cancer therapeutics, in premier journals. She is president elect of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) and is active in AWS because she feels there is still a large need in promoting women to leadership positions in academia and surgical organizations.
Susan Pories, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Mount Auburn Hospital