Faculty and Advisory Board
Stewart L. Adelson, MD
Dr. Adelson is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons Dept. of Psychiatry in the Divisions of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Gender, Sexuality & Health, where he is an investigator in the LGBT Health Initiative, Chair of its Advisory Council, and a member of its Steering and Organizing Committees, as well as an Adjunct Clinical Professor and Weill Cornell Medical College. He is the principal author of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP’s) Practice Parameter on Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Sexual Orientation, Gender-Nonconformity, and Gender Discordance in Children and Adolescents. Practice Parameters are clinical practice guidelines developed by AACAP to encourage best practices in child and adolescent mental health. He is also a longstanding member of AACAP’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Committee, and the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry’s Human Sexuality Committee. He is the primary author of several peer-reviewed publications about the psychiatric assessment of sexuality, sexual and gender development, and psychodynamics in psychiatrically ill, sexually abused, and normally developing children and adolescents. Dr. Adelson teaches and supervises medical students, residents and fellows at Columbia and Cornell in Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in general, and sexual development and LGBT mental health in particular. He has also taught regularly at national and international conferences on topics including sexual development, sexual orientation, and mental health in youth and adults. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the international LGBT program of Human Rights Watch. He has been a recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Presidential Scholar Award, the Dennis Anderson award of the Lesbian and Gay Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association of which he is a Past President, and the Yale University Saybrook College Master’s Prize.
Jon Appelbaum, MD
Dr. Appelbaum is an internist, geriatrician, a hospice/palliative care physician and an HIV expert. He has been involved locally and nationally with the American College of Physicians and the American Academy HIV Medicine, where is on the national board. He serves on the national steering committee for the Group on Diversity and Inclusion of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is on the board of directors of HealthHIV. He has spoken on or been member of panels on topics such as health issues in the older LGBT patient, HIV and Aging and LGBT curriculum in undergraduate medical education. He has presented at PriMed, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, Association of American Medical Colleges and American Geriatrics Society meetings.
Kevin Ard, MD
Dr. Ard earned his medical degree from Washington University in Saint Louis and his Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency in internal medicine, primary care, and global health equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Ard is currently a fellow in infectious diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. His interests include medical education, HIV, intimate partner violence in the LGBT community, and improving health care for LGBT individuals in the US and abroad.
Lem Arnold, MD
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After one year of private practice and 7 years in a staff model HMO, Dr. Arnold started working as a physician in The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente Georgia, where he had opportunities as an openly gay physician to become involved in medical group leadership and eventually became a member of Kaiser Permanente’s National Diversity Council. There he found his second calling – education on culturally competent care, specifically for the LGBT population. In 1999 he led a group of clinicians and others over a year to create Kaiser Permanente’s “Provider’s Handbook on Culturally Competent Care: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Population.” That led to many opportunities to lecture on that topic to many different audiences including medical students, physicians, associate practitioners and others. He continues to enjoy a fulltime primary care pediatric practice that cares for patients from birth to 21 years old.
Al Ballesteros, MBA
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Al Ballesteros is the President & Chief Executive Officer of JWCH Institute, Inc. a Los Angeles based non-profit, Federally Qualified Community Health Center. Al Ballesteros is also a Commissioner and past Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV, appointed by the LA County Board of Supervisors. Other current community work includes: Member of the Board of Directors, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission; Member of the Board of Directors, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County; Founder and Publisher of Adelante Magazine, a Latino Gay and Lesbian Monthly Publication produced and distributed in California.
Kari Bichell, MD, MPH
Dr Bichell brings strong experience in medical education, having completed a primary care faculty development fellowship, and having served as faculty at the University of Maryland Department of Family and Community Medicine where she headed a HRSA funded Chronic Care Improvement residency training initiative. She also has extensive experience providing primary care to LGBT patients, and currently serve as a site clinical Director at Chase Brexton Health Services, a federally qualified health Center whose 30 year history has always been closely tied to the Baltimore LGBT population.
Walter Bockting, PhD, LP
A graduate from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Dr. Bockting completed a post-doctoral fellowship in sexual health at the University of Minnesota in 1990. Since 1991, he has directed the University’s Transgender Health Services, leading a multidisciplinary team in research, education, clinical service, and public policy to advance our understanding of sex and gender identity development and to improve the quality of life for transgender and transsexual individuals and their families. He is also a co-founder of the University’s Leo Fung Center for CAH and Disorders of Sex Development.
Dr. Bockting’s research interests include gender and sexual development, transgender health, sexuality and the Internet, and HIV prevention. His work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Minnesota Department of Health. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the NICHD R01 study All Gender Health, which includes a randomized controlled trial of a transgender-specific health promotion intervention.
Dr. Bockting is the author of many scientific articles and editor of five books, including Transgender Health and HIV Prevention (Haworth Press, 2005). He is also Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Transgenderism, and serves on the editorial board of the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Journal of Homosexuality, Psychology and Sexuality, and the International Journal of Sexual Health. Dr. Bockting is past-president and fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the immediate Past President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. He recently served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and opportunities.
Judy Bradford, PhD
Judith Bradford, Ph.D. is director of the Center for Population Research in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health at The Fenway Institute (TFI), and co-chairs TFI with Kenneth Mayer, MD. Dr. Bradford has participated in LGBT health research since 1984, working with public health programs and community-based organizations to conduct studies on LGBT people and racial minority communities and to translate results into programs to reduce health disparities. She was a member of the recent Institute of Medicine Committee on LGBT Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities.
Sean Cahill, Ph.D.
Sean Cahill, Ph.D., is Director of Health Policy Research at the Fenway Institute, where he works on LGBT health policy, HIV policy, elder policy, and youth issues. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at New York University, where he teaches LGBT public policy, and serves on the Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Youth. Cahill is coauthor, with Jason Cianciotto, of LGBT Youth in America’s Schools (2012, University of Michigan Press). He also authored two books on LGBT family policy and nearly 30 articles and chapters on LGBT and HIV issues. Cahill’s most recent publication, with Robert Valadez, is “Growing older with HIV: New public health challenges,” the American Journal of Public Health (January 2013). He formerly held leadership positions at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute and Gay Men’s Health Crisis.
Merle Cunningham, MD, MPH
Dr. Cunningham is a family physician with over 35 years of experience in various aspects of health care management in safety net organizations. Most recently, he served as Network Medical Director of the Sunset Park/Lutheran Family Health Centers in Brooklyn NY for almost 20 years where he had overall responsibility for the clinical management of one of nation’s largest and most comprehensive community health center networks. Prior to joining Sunset Park/Lutheran Family Health Centers, he held senior positions with the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the US Department of HHS Bureau of Primary Health Care, and Plan de Salud del Valle, a network of migrant and community health centers serving rural areas of Colorado.
Dr. Cunningham has played leadership roles in the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the Community Health Association of New York State (CHCANYS). He was an early volunteer in 1983, founding director and served continuously for 24 years on the Board of Directors of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Manhattan, dedicated to serving the LGBT community of the Greater Metropolitan NYC area. Dr. Cunningham earned a medical degree with distinction in research on community health centers from the University of Rochester (NY), completed his Family Practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx NY) and earned a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. He has recently joined the faculty of the GWU School of Public Health and Health Services as a Visiting Associate Professor, following a period of serving as the 2010 Distinguished Visitor in the Geiger-Gibson Program in Community Health Policy & Leadership in the Department of Health Policy.
Emilia Dunham is the Study Coordinator at The Fenway Institute for the LifeSkills study, a multi-site NIMH-funded randomized control trial testing the efficacy of an HIV risk reduction intervention with transgender woman. Her prior work at The Fenway Institute included work in HIV prevention clinical trials and with The Network for LGBT Health Equity. She currently serves as the Recommendations Committee Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. Additionally she serves the Policy Committee Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Emilia received a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Sociology where she was involved in several advocacy projects including a successful gender neutral housing program.
Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH
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Dr. Garofalo is an associate professor of Pediatrics and Preventative Medicine at Northwestern University Fienberg School of Medicine. He is also an attending physician at Children’s Memorial Hospital where he directs the Adolescent/Young Adult HIV Program. Dr. Garofalo is a national authority on LGBT health issues, adolescent sexuality, and HIV clinical care and prevention. He has been the principal investigator on five National Institute of Medicine (NIH) and two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded research grants and serves as a co-investigator on three additional NIH-funded projects. He is the former past-President of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. In 2010, Dr. Garofalo served as a committee member for the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities.
Marcy Gelman, NP
As a primary care provider, Ms. Gelman has cared for HIV/AIDS patients since 1991 both in Africa and in the United States. At Fenway Health, she was the first provider caring for transgender identified individuals and for five years served as the Director of the Transgender Clinical Care Committee. As Fenway’s Associate Director of Clinical Research, Ms. Gelman has focused her clinical and professional experience in training clinical research staff in the area of biomedical HIV Prevention modalities.
Alex Gonzalez, MD
Dr. Alex Gonzalez is the Medical Director at Fenway Health, where he oversees a staff of over 50 physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, and clerical staff in the delivery of medical care to Fenway’s approximately 17,000 patients. Programs within the Medical Department include outpatient primary care; specialty clinics in alternative insemination, nutrition, diabetes, HIV, pulmonology, podiatry, general infectious disease, transgender health, women’s health, and male and female colposcopy; complementary therapy services in massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture; nursing programs such as team-based nursing, the weekly hepatitis immunization and STD clinic, and the patient triage line; and community-based programs such as the biannual mammogram van. Alex obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tulane University and a combined medical and public health degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is currently an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and he has worked at Fenway since 2005.
Christopher E. Harris, MD
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Dr. Harris is Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, he was an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory, and Associate Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center, all at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, Dr. Harris has been involved in community education on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health in the Southeast. He is a Board Member and former President of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and is the GLMA representative to the Coalition to End Health Disparities.
Ruben Hopwood, PhD
Ruben Hopwood works part-time as the Coordinator of the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health, a multidisciplinary program that oversees the care of transgender persons receiving behavioral health services and medical care. He has a PhD in Counseling Psychology and Religion from Boston University and has an extensive history working in mental health and social services in several states. He has been working at Fenway with the Transgender Health Program since September 2005 as part of the clinical treatment team. In his work, he provides mental health evaluations, co-leads a clinical care team, and presents clinical competency trainings, workshops, guest lectures, panel discussions, and consultations on transgender health care at multiple mental health agencies, medical facilities, medical schools, and universities.
JoAnne Keatley, MSW
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JoAnne Keatley received a Master of Social Welfare degree from the University of California, Berkeley. At UCSF since 1999, she directs the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, a capacity building and technical assistance center. JoAnne is the Co-Investigator on the new HRSA SPNS-Transgender Evaluation and Technical Assistance (TETAC) Project. During the last decade she has directed multiple federally funded research and HIV prevention projects and has consulted on transgender health at the NIH, CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA and at the White House. JoAnne has received numerous awards and recognition including the first staff recipient of the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for LGBT Leadership and in 2009 the UCSF Martin Luther King Jr. Staff Award for advancing cultural diversity and social justice on campus. In 2011, she was honored by Kaiser Permanente with the National HIV/AIDS Diversity Award.
Scott Leibowitz, MD
Scott Leibowitz, MD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Since graduating from child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship there in 2010, he has developed a consultative psychosocial assessment and treatment clinic for gender nonconforming and discordant children and adolescents the outpatient Dept of Psychiatry. Dr. Leibowitz also serves as the staff psychiatrist for the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult medicine where he is active in teaching and curriculum development on LGBT issues in a primary care setting. He has published manuscripts on topics including the development of his clinic, assessment/treatment issues in gender nonconforming youth, and innovative medical education practices pertaining to all LGBT youth. He serves as the early career psychiatrist member on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Committee (SOGIIC), where he is also liaison to the Family committee, and was appointed in 2012 to the American Academy of Medical College’s (AAMC) LGBT and DSD Patient Care Advisory Committee. Dr. Leibowitz has spoken at several national and international conferences on various subjects relevant to the mental health treatment of LGBT youth, including suicide prevention, enhancing clinical competencies among medical trainees, understanding the developmental approach to gender nonconformity, and family dynamic issues.
Originally from Long Island, Dr. Leibowitz completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University before pursuing his medical degree in Tel Aviv, Israel at the Sackler School of Medicine/New York State American program. He completed his general psychiatry residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens,NY, where he served as chief resident before moving to Boston in 2008 for his child psychiatry training.
Harvey J. Makadon, MD
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Harvey J. Makadon, MD is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute, a division of Fenway Health, Boston. He is a member of the Division of General Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he has had a primary care practice and served as Vice President of Medical Affairs. He is currently the LGBT Advisor in Harvard Medical School’s Office for Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs.
Dr. Makadon is the lead editor of The Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, published by the American College of Physicians in 2008. In addition to writing numerous articles and chapters related to LGBT health, he served on the Committee on LGBT Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding in March, 2011.
Dr. Makadon was the recipient of the Community Service Award (2000) and the Harold Amos Diversity Award (2008) at Harvard Medical School; an Achievement Award from the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association; and the Michael Tye Leadership Award (2004) from Fenway Health.
Gal Mayer, MD
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Dr. Gal Mayer is the former Medical Director of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a New York City health center with a mission to meet the healthcare needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. He is a board-certified internist and AAHIVM-certified HIV Specialist. Dr. Mayer has been providing medical care at Callen-Lorde since 1997 and was appointed as Medical Director in 2005. He has authored published research, abstracts, and textbook chapters, as well as lectured internationally on his areas of interest: LGBT health, transgender care, HIV care, and anal cancer screening and prevention. He also serves on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) and co-chairs the GLBT Advisory Committee of the American Medical Association (AMA).
Dr. Mayer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Albany, a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a Medical Doctorate from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his residency at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital – where he also served as a Chief Resident in 2000.
Kenneth Mayer, MD
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Dr. Mayer is a Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and Attending Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and Director of HIV Prevention Research there. He is the founder, Co-Chair and Medical Research Director of The Fenway Institute, the research, training and health policy division of Fenway Health, the largest ambulatory facility caring for HIV-infected patients in New England. He previously was a Professor of Medicine and Community Health at Brown University, and Director of its AIDS Program. Dr. Mayer has served on the national boards of the HIV Medicine Association, the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. He is a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society, and Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Global Health Policy of the Infectious Disease Society of America.
Since 1994, he has been the Principal Investigator of the only NIH-funded HIV Prevention Research Clinical Trials Unit in New England focusing on bio-behavioral prevention and chemoprophylaxis and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Harvard HIV/AIDS Vaccine Unit, conducting trials in the NIH-funded HIVNET, HPTN, HVTN and MTN networks. He was the Co-Chair of an NIAID-funded protocol evaluating a community-based prevention intervention for African-American Men who have Sex with Men in 6 U.S. cities (HPTN 061) and is Co-Chair of a multicenter protocol evaluating the safety, tolerability and adherence with Maraviroc-based chemoprophylaxis regimens. He is the co-author of more than 500 peer-reviewed publications. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Clinical Infectious Diseases, the editor of three texts related to the impact of AIDS on diverse disciplines, as well as “The Social Ecology of Infectious Diseases” (Academic Press) and is Associate Editor of The Fenway Guide to LGBT Health (ACP Press).
He continues to teach and mentor medical students, residents, and fellows. He has provided care to people living with HIV since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.
Kathy McNamara, RN
Ms. McNamara has been with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for 19 years and is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Clinical Affairs. She is particularly focused on the design and implementation of culturally and linguistically appropriate care that is patient centered and value added from the patient’s perspective.
Leandro Mena, MD, MPH
Dr. Leandro Mena is a physician with specialty training in infectious diseases. He has more than 10 years of experience in clinical and epidemiological research in the area of sexually transmitted infections (including HIV), with special interest in the dynamics of transmission and the role that social determinants of health play in perpetuating these epidemics in gender and ethnic minority populations. Dr. Mena currently supervises a research team with 10 members dedicated to clinical and epidemiologic research, and serves as the medical director of the Crossroads Clinic (STD/HIV clinic in Jackson, Mississippi), the only publicly funded exclusive STD/HIV clinic in the state, and Open Arms Health Care Center, a community based clinic that offers primary care services with an emphasis in the health care needs LGBTI populations.
Dr. Mena is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and his MPH from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jenny Potter, MD
Dr. Potter has extensive teaching experience with both lay and professional audiences. She has over 20 years experience teaching medical students, residents, nursing and social work students in one-on-one and large group contexts. She has designed several curricula for health professionals, focused on women’s health, sexual health, LGBT health, and care for people with disabilities, and was one of the editors of a seminal textbook on LGBT health (The Fenway Guide to LGBT Health). She is currently co-director of a Behavioral Health Curriculum for medical residents at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and is the Site Director for a HRSA-funded Primary Care HIV Track at Fenway Health Center. As Associate Course Director for the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Continuing Medical Education (CME) course Primary Care Internal Medicine (PCIM), she oversees creation of course content, selects each year’s presenters, and engages in robust course evaluation efforts. She is a regular presenter herself at this course and in many other CME venues across the country annually. Due to her experience, she was appointed to the HMS CME Committee, which oversees all Harvard Medical School CME ventures.
Sari Reisner, ScD, MA
Sari Reisner, ScD, MA is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, focused in social and psychiatric epidemiology, quantitative methods, and human development. He is a Research Scientist at the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health where he is currently Co-Investigator on a multi-site R01 (Boston and Chicago) testing the efficacy of an HIV risk reduction intervention with transgender youth. His primary research interests include: (1) developmental and social determinants of mental health; (2) implications of mental health risk and resilience for physical health outcomes, particularly HIV/AIDS and cancer; (3) application of new methodologies to study the health of marginalized populations; (4) national and global transgender health. He is a member of the Growing Up Today Study (GUTS) sexual orientation and gender identity and expression working group at Children’s Hospital in Boston. He has co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented his research nationally and internationally at scientific conferences. Reisner earned a ScD from the Harvard School of Public Health, a Master’s degree from Brandeis University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz, PhD, MPHE, MCHES
Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz holds a master degree in public health education, a doctoral degree in public health majoring in community health promotion and health education, and completed a post-doctoral program in HIV and global health research. Carlos is an assistant professor at the School of Public Health at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico where he is the Program Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Public Health with a specialty in social determinants of health and principal investigator in several projects addressing sexual health promotion, HIV and health equity. Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz is also the founding director of the Latin American Center for Sexual Health Promotion.
Over the course of the last 10 years he has been working among multiple disenfranchised populations in Vietnam, United States, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region, including incarcerated populations, transgender groups, gay men, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Most of his research activities have been framed within community-based and participatory approaches. His early work in advancing community health education and LGBT health, and more recently in public health research, contributed to his selection for the 2010 Jay S. Drotman Award from the American Public Health Association which recognizes the work of a promising young public health professionals.
Jason Schneider, MD
Dr. Schneider is an Assistant Professor at Emory University’s School of Medicine. He works in the Division of General Medicine based at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta, a large public-hospital serving a mostly indigent urban population. He serves as the associate medical director of the Primary Care Center, precepting residents in their continuity clinic and caring for his own panel of patients. His clinical and academic interests include sexual health and sexuality, the interaction of psychiatry and general medicine, and primary care for LGBT patients. Dr. Schneider has served as president of the Board of Directors of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and was appointed by the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association to serve as Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee on GLBT Concerns.
Mark Schuster, MD, PhD
Dr. Schuster, MD is the William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Chief of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health Policy in the Department of Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston. He has a long history of conducting influential research on child, adolescent, and family health policy issues. An important focus of Dr. Schuster’s research interests is LGBT health. He was a core member of the team that wrote RAND’s report for the Clinton administration that demonstrated that gay men and lesbians could be successfully integrated into the military; and he recently served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities.
Mark Simone-Skidmore, MD
Dr Simone-Skidmore is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and recipient of the Geriatric Academic Career Award. His academic and clinical areas of expertise focus on the care of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults, as well as the care of older adults with HIV. He was a member of the “HIV and Aging Consensus Project,” an expert panel convened by the American Geriatrics Society and the American Academy of HIV Medicine to develop guidelines for the care of older adults with HIV. He sees patients for geriatric primary care and consultation at the Center for Older Adult Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Faulkner Hospital. He completed his geriatric fellowship training at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and his internal medicine residency training at Yale Medical School/Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is the associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Hector Vargas, JD
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Hector Vargas, JD, is Executive Director of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, the world’s oldest and largest association of LGBT health care professionals working for equality in health care for LGBT people and LGBT health professionals. GLMA leverages the expertise of its professional membership though policy, advocacy and education programs to achieve its mission of LGBT health care equality. Vargas was previously the Deputy Director of the Education and Public Affairs Department for Lambda Legal, the national LGBT civil rights legal organization and key leadership roles in Lambda Legal’s education and communication strategies.
Carmen Milagros Vélez Vega, PhD., MSW
Dr. Vélez Vega completed a PhD. in Social Policy Research and Analysis, Graduate School of Social Work, at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus, and a MSW, and BSW from Florida State University School of Social Work. She is Chair of the Social Sciences Department at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, School of Public Health, and is a tenured Associate Professor. She has ample experience in community engagement activities and teaches in this area in the Schools MPH and Doctorate programs. She is part of the Faculty of the new Doctorate in Public Health in Social Determinants of Health program, and founding member of the Latin American Center for Sexual Health Promotion. She designs and teaches course in sexual health of LGBTT people for Public Health and other Health professionals.
Ralph Vetters, MD, MPH
Dr. Vetters is the Medical Director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, a program of Fenway Health. He is from Texas and Missouri and graduated from Harvard College in 1985. His first career was as a union organizer in New England for workers in higher education and the public sector. In 1998 he went back to school and graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 2003 after also getting his masters in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health in maternal and child health. He graduated from the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center in 2006 and has been working as a pediatrician at the Sidney Borum Health Center since that time. Dr. Vetters focuses on providing care to high risk adolescents and young adults, specifically developing programs that support the needs of homeless youth and inner city LGBT youth.