Faculty and Advisory Board

 

Faculty and Advisory Board

Stewart L. Adelson, MD

Faculty

Stewart Adelson is an adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist, an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. His career includes a focus on sexual and gender development and includes clinical, scholarly, educational, and administrative roles related to the wellbeing and care of LGBTQ youth. He is the principal author of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s practice guidelines on care for LGBT youth, and the lead author on several peer-reviewed papers and chapters on sexual and gender development, including the chapter on LGB youth in Nelson Pediatrics. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Presidential Scholar Award and of the Dennis Anderson award of the Lesbian and Gay Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association.  He was a 2014-15 Clinical Research Scholar in and Commendation recipient of the Global Health Division at Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program. He is also a member of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry’s LGBT committee, and of the Advisory Committee of the global LGBT program of Human Rights Watch. He serves as a reviewer for peer reviewed journals including the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, and Oxford University Press, is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Transgenderism and Psychodynamic Psychiatry, and was Lead Guest Editor for the December 2016 volume of Pediatric Clinics of North America on LGBT Youth.

Al Ballesteros, MBA

Faculty • Advisory Board

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.

Sean Cahill, Ph.D.

Faculty

Sean Cahill, PhD is Director of Health Policy Research at the Fenway Institute, Affiliate Associate Clinical Professor of Health Sciences at Northeastern University, and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Practice in Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University School of Public Health. Cahill serves on the Massachusetts Special Legislative Commission on LGBT Aging, and is Associate Editor at LGBT Health.

Timothy Cavanaugh, MD

Faculty

Dr. Tim Cavanaugh has been the Medical Director for the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health since November of 2012.  Prior to joining the team at Fenway Health, Dr. Cavanaugh that worked 18 years as medical director and staff physician at Family Health Services/Comprehensive Community Action Program in Cranston, Rhode Island where we began formal outreach to transgender patients in coordination with the local transgender support organization. He has been working with transgender patients for seven years.  Dr. Cavanaugh attended Dartmouth Medical School, and completed his Family Practice Residency at the University of Virginia Hospital.

Jeffrey S. Crowley

Advisory Board • Faculty

Jeffrey S. Crowley is a Distinguished Scholar and Program Director of Infectious Disease Initiatives at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law.  He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law.  Mr. Crowley is a leading expert on HIV and disability policy.  From 2009 to 2011, he served as the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy.  As President Obama’s chief HIV/AIDS advisor, Mr. Crowley led the development of the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States.  During his tenure at the White House, Mr. Crowley also represented the Domestic Policy Council on the White House Health Team prior to enactment and during the early implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  In addition to health issues, he was actively engaged in policy development related to Social Security, disability civil rights, LGBT civil rights, Alzheimer’s disease, teen pregnancy prevention, and numerous other issues.  His current work focuses on national HIV and Hepatitis policy issues.

Tri Do, MD, MPH, FACP

Faculty

Tri Do, MD, MPH, FACP, AAHIVS is a Medical Director at HealthRIGHT 360 and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Do served on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) for over a decade and is a former president. At UCSF, his research focuses on the social epidemiology of health disparities in LGBTQ populations in the US and globally. At HealthRIGHT 360, he oversees the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic and Lyon Martin Health Services, providing care to LGBTQ and low-income persons. Globally, he has provided medical support for HIV clinic scale-up for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through clinical planning, mentoring and supervision. He has developed and delivered LGBTQ including transgender-sensitivity training for medical providers internationally and has been a contributor to HIV treatment and prevention in developing countries.

Emilia Dunham, MPP, MBA

Faculty

Emilia Dunham is the Manager of Special Projects at the Office of Behavioral Health at MassHealth (the Massachusetts Office of Medicaid), where she leads efforts to support services and care coordination for homeless and justice-involved populations. Emilia Dunham was formerly the Project Manager 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 led policy recommendations for the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, and the Project VOICE trans health needs assessment.

Ms. Dunham earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Sociology where she was involved in LGBTQ initiatives including a successful gender-neutral housing program.

Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH

Faculty • Advisory Board

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

Faculty

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.

Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH

Faculty

Tonia Poteat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, core faculty in the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights, and a Physician Assistant in the John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her research, teaching, and clinical practice focus on HIV and LGBTQ health with particular attention to the role of stigma in driving health disparities. Certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, she is a global leader in HIV research and care with transgender persons. As a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, she authored the HIV section of the 2016 Guidelines for the Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People. She currently serves on the Sexual and Gender Minority Working Group for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office as well as the Transgender Training Sub-committee for the Division of AIDS Curriculum Development Committee at NIH. She has published numerous articles on HIV among transgender adults and served as a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of the International AIDS Society on HIV among transgender populations. She is the Vice President of Education for GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality and serves as an Associate Editor for the journal, LGBT Health. In 2018, she was elected to serve on the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents.

 

 

Richard E. Greene, MD

Faculty

Dr. Greene is an Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine, where he serves as the Director of Health Disparities Education through the Office of Diversity Affairs.  He is responsible for directing and implementing education and training courses related to gender and health and beyond, including the Gender and Health Selective and comprehensive LGBTQ+ health training for all first year medical students.  An active and passionate medical educator, Dr. Greene is also an Associate Program Director of the Primary Care Residency Program and presents extensively on many Primary Care topics including the musculoskeletal physical exam, foundations of primary care medicine and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender healthcare disparities. In 2011, Dr. Greene was named Outpatient Teacher of the Year for the combined primary care and categorical residency programs at NYU School of Medicine and also received the Arnold Grossman Outstanding Faculty Service to the LGBTQ Community Award for his work with the medical student LGBT student group at the NYU Moving Up Day Awards.  In 2016, Dr. Greene was named Bellevue Hospital’s Physician of the Year, and received the Leonard J. Tow Award for Humanism in Medicine, selected by the graduating class of medical students.

 

Clinically, Dr. Greene is an Attending Physician in the Adult Primary Care Center at Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Greene started the first LGBT health clinic at a Health and Hospitals facility at Gouverneur Healthcare Services in 2008, which he ran for 2 years.  Dr. Greene serves as the Medical Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) through NYU’s Global Institute of Public Health.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality.

Cyhthia Gomez, MD

Faculty

Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez was recently conferred as Professor Emerita in Health Education, and leaves her legacy as founding director of the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University. She previously served as co-director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California at San Francisco and has been a leading scientist in HIV prevention research for over 25 years. Her work has focused primarily on gender, culture and sexual health, on the development of prevention interventions, and on the translation of science to community practice. Dr. Gómez has served as faculty and student mentor to individuals in multiple institutions across the U.S., particularly among underrepresented minorities.

Dr. Gómez, a native of California and of Mexican descent, grew-up in Ecuador and Puerto Rico. She earned a master’s degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. Prior to her work in HIV, Dr. Gómez spent 12 years working in community health settings, including five years as director of a child and family mental health center in Boston.

Dr. Gómez has been a health policy advisor for over 20 years. She was an appointed member to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under both WJ Clinton and GW Bush administrations. In 2007 she was appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the first California Public Health Advisory Council and in 2013 was appointed to the first CA Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee. Over the years she has served on national advisory committees including the Centers for Disease Control’s HIV and STD Advisory Council; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Services; and the Institute of Medicine’s Committees on Prisoners and Research, and on Lesbian Health. She has also served on several national boards including Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research, the Guttmacher Institute, and was elected to the American Psychological Association’s Board of Professional Affairs. Most recently she was selected to serve as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Health’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030, is a member of the board of directors of ETR Associates, and is the chair of the board of trustees for Planned Parenthood, Northern California.

 

Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD

Faculty

Dr. Eckstrand is a fellow in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She holds her M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, and is internationally recognized for her leadership supporting the health of LGBT communities. She is the founding chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development, co-editing and -authoring the ground-breaking text Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD.  Dr. Eckstrand is also the founder and former director of the Vanderbilt Program for LGBT Health, chair of the World Psychiatric Associations’ LGBT Education Mental Health workgroup, and former vice president for education of GLMA. She has published two additional clinical textbooks on LGBT healthcare: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patient Health: A Clinical Guide to Preventative, Primary, and Specialist Care and Trauma, Resilience, and Health Promotion in LGBT Patients: What Every Healthcare Provider Should Know. Her clinical work and neuroimaging research focuses on the neuropsychiatric underpinnings of trauma and resilience in children and adolescents, with an emphasis on minority communities and vulnerable populations. Dr. Eckstrand has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, co-directs the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s LGBT Health elective, and speaks nationally on the importance of diversity and identity in mental health and neuroscience. Her research has been recognized by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association. Her commitment to diversity has been recognized through awards from the American Medical Association, American Medical Student Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, World Psychiatric Association, and the Tennessee Medical Association.

Darrell Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW

Faculty

Darrell P. Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW is dean of the School of Social Welfare and Vice President for Public Engagement at the University at Albany SUNY.  From 2016-17 he served as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (University at Albany SUNY).  Previously he was Dean School of Social Work Loyola University Chicago. Wheeler has also held academic positions at Hunter College, Columbia University, and the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.

He is an educator and researcher on HIV prevention and intervention in the African-American gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.  His work has been funded by key health organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Recent research studies include HPTN073 protocol chair; co-chair for HPTN061 (NIH sponsored) and Principal Investigator for B-ME (CDC sponsored).  His work has demonstrated a deep understanding of social work practice methods and the social work community. Wheeler has used research to advance the use of data and evidence in developing innovative programs and policy initiatives.

He served as Vice Chair of the US Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (2016-17) and was the President of the US Board of the National Association of Social Workers 2014-2017.  He has also served on the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.  In 2015, he was named among the 30 most influential social workers alive today.

Wheeler earned his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, a master’s degree in public health at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990, a master in social work from Howard University in 1988, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Cornell College in 1981.

Rita Lee, MD

Faculty

Rita Lee, MD is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her medical degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed Internal Medicine Residency training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She hold several roles including:

  • Co-Director of the Leadership in Education Administration Program (LEAP), a faculty development program
  • Associate Director for the School of Medicine’s Mentored Scholarly Activity (for Public Health, Community Health, and Epidemiology)
  • Co-Director, Culture, Health, Equity, and Society Thread at the School of Medicine
  • Faculty for the LEADS (Leadership and Advocacy) Track

She has a passion for medical education, leadership development, and advocacy.  Her advocacy work has been primarily around lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health equity. She is certified in several leadership development instruments, including the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI), Emotional Intelligence (EQi2.0, EQ360, TESI), and Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO-B/FIRO-Business).

John Davis, PhD, MD

Faculty

John A. Davis, PhD MD, is the Associate Dean for Curriculum, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, both at the University of California, San Francisco. He graduated from Harvard College with an AB in Chemistry, and from Boston College with a PhD in Bioinorganic Chemistry. He received his MD from the Yale School of Medicine and completed his training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and the combined Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital programs, respectively. His clinical interests include infections of the immunocompromised host (including those living with HIV), sexually transmitted infections, and LGBT health. He has served as the LGBT Issues-Based Representative to the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Diversity and Inclusion, and has served as a consultant for integration of LGBT-related curricular content into medical school curricula. His educational interests are in curriculum development and implementation, particularly as related to sexual and gender minority population issues in academic medicine.

Julia Crouch, MPH

Faculty

Julia Crouch is the Outreach Educator for the Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic (SCGC), as well as a Clinical Research Associate for the Seattle Children’s Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development.  She conducts outreach and training regarding gender affirming care and systems, both within the Seattle Children’s system and more broadly throughout the Pacific Northwest region.  Her team’s research on barriers to care for transgender youth helped launch the SCGC in 2016 and ongoing research with the clinic’s patients will provide much needed data on the impact of gender affirming care for transgender and gender diverse youth.  Julia is the former chair of Q Pod, the Seattle Children’s LGBTQ staff inclusion network.  She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Washington in 2008.

Mitch Lunn, MD, MAS, FASN

Faculty

Mitchell (Mitch) R. Lunn, MD, MAS, FASN is an Assistant Professor in Division of Nephrology of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the co-director of The PRIDE Study (pridestudy.org) – a national, online, longitudinal health cohort study of the physical, mental, and social health of sexual and gender minority (SGM) people with more than 10,000 participants.

Mitch is a long-standing advocate for SGM inclusion in research and higher education who lectures around the country on SGM medical education, SGM health, and SGM community engagement. He is a founding member of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Medical Education Research Group (LGBT MERG) at Stanford University School of Medicine. LGBT MERG’s study on SGM health-related content in medical school curricula has influenced individual institutions and national organizations to examine their policies, procedures, educational environments, and curricular content to improve the culture of academic medicine for SGM people.

As an internist and nephrologist with a strong interest in technology and SGM health, his research is designed to characterize the health and well-being of these populations. Through the use of existing and emerging technologies, he focuses on improving understanding of the factors that positively and negatively influence SGM health including research on SGM health disparities, SGM societal experiences (in and out of health care), provider education about SGM health, and institutional climate towards SGM people. The PRIDE Study employs innovative technologies to bridge research gaps in the health of medically underserved and vulnerable SGM communities. The PRIDE Study’s state-of-the-art web-based research platform enables robust participant recruitment, cohort management, real-time cohort statistics, comprehensive survey administration, facile deployment of ancillary studies to cohort segments (e.g., gay cisgender males aged 18-29), and linkage with mhealth devices.

Mitch co-directs PRIDEnet, a PCORI-funded participant-powered research network of SGM people that engages SGM communities at all stages of the biomedical research process: research question generation and prioritization, study design, recruitment, participation, data analysis, and results dissemination. PRIDEnet accomplishes its goals through a highly active Participant Advisory Committee (PAC) and a national Community Partner Consortium comprised of ~40 SGM-serving health centers, community centers, and service/advocacy organizations across the country.

PRIDEnet is also the Community Engagement Partner for the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program (joinallofus.org/lgbt). The All of Us Research Program (formerly known as the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program) is a grand initiative to create a diverse longitudinal cohort of at least 1 million people. PRIDEnet educates, engages, recruits, and retains SGM people in the All of Us Research Program in pursuit of this ambitious goal. To do so, PRIDEnet employs a comprehensive engagement strategy including SGM-appropriate recruitment materials and study procedures, engaged SGM community members in research question generation and prioritization, culturally competent and culturally humble All of Us staff, our national network of community-based partners, SGM-specific educational programs and ambassadors to drive enrollment from community-based organizations and online, presentations at SGM-focused conferences, continued engagement communications, and research result dissemination practices to foster retention.

Mitch earned his Bachelor of Science degree with highest thesis honors from Tufts University in 2004, his Doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford School of Medicine in 2010, and his Masters in Advanced Studies degree in Clinical Research from UCSF in 2017. He completed internal medicine residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) in 2013 and nephrology fellowship at UCSF in 2016. In recognition of his SGM health work, he received the 2015 UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Leadership.

Chris Grasso, MPH

Faculty

Chris Grasso, MPH, serves as Fenway’s Associate Vice President for Health Informatics and Data Services and has nearly 20 years of experience working in the health, research and technology fields.  She was instrumental in getting sexual orientation and gender identity questions programmed into Fenway’s EHR and directed the implementation of the SOGI collection at Fenway.  She has provided training to health care organizations and networks on how to implement the SOGI questions and analyze LGBTQ health outcomes. She has provided guidance, technical assistance and consultation on federal initiatives to streamline and improve data capture and reporting processes.  Under Chris’s leadership, Fenway has been an early adopter of technology, implementing a patient portal in 2007 and a web-based electronic patient reported outcomes software in 2009.  She is proficient in a number of software packages and programming languages.  She also oversees Fenway’s participation in 3 national data registry projects whose funding sources include NIH and PCORI.  She has presented at national conferences and has co-authored numerous publications.

 

Molly McHenry, BSN, FNP

Faculty

Molly McHenry obtained her BSN and FNP degrees at Columbia University. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse on an HIV/AIDS floor at Cornell Hospital in Manhattan in 2010. While in school at Columbia, several of her rotations were completed at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center working on a mobile medical van providing care to street involved and homeless youth through the Health Outreach to Teens (HOTT) program. She went on to work as an NP for four years at Fenway Health in Boston within the adolescent and young adult primary care clinic. In 2017 she moved back to her home town of Cincinnati, Ohio to provide medical care to transgender children, adolescents and young adults at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Transgender Clinic which serves young people from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana. Molly has extensive training in providing care utilizing a harm-reduction approach, with a specific focus on caring for LGBTQ and HIV+ youth.

 

 

Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH

Faculty

Michelle Forcier is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Assistant Dean of Admissions at the Brown University Alpert Medical School. She received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Pediatric residency at University of Utah, obtained a Master’s in Public Health and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship and Preventive Medicine residency at the University of North Carolina.  She has been providing adolescent health services, specializing in sexual health care since 1997.

Her professional background has focused on sexual health issues including: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth with a focus on gender nonconforming youth, puberty blockers and hormones;  contraception and advanced family planning;  pediatric and adolescent gynecology; and transition medicine for older youth with complex medical problems. She has been involved in medical education and training at Brown University, Northwestern University and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for over 15 years.

 

 

Jane Powers, MSW, LICSW

Faculty

Jane Powers, MSW, LICSW was Director of Behavioral Health at Fenway Health from 2013-2017 and continues to provide strategic oversight and supervision to the department; after briefly serving as interim CEO of Fenway in December 2017, Jane became Fenway’s interim Chief of Staff in late January 2018.  Fenway’s Behavioral Health department includes more than 70 therapists, addictions specialists, integrated clinicians and case managers, and LGBT violence prevention experts. Jane has a clinical background in child, adolescent, and family therapy; her small panel now includes clients of all age groups.  In 2016-17, Jane was part of a 5 person faculty in a year-long national ECHO online learning community, Transforming LGBT Health in Primary Care.  She has continued to present nationally on topics related to the behavioral health needs of LGBTQ people.  Prior to joining Fenway Health in 2013, Jane was clinical director of a therapeutic school program for 20 years.  Jane earned a Master of Social Work from Simmons College and her B.A. from Colby College. Jane has served on the Board of Trustees at Colby College since 2005 and is an avid cyclist, having participated in the Boston-to-Provincetown Harbor to the Bay Ride since 2007, raising funds to benefit Fenway and other AIDS/HIV organizations.

 

Jeremi Carswell, MD

Faculty

Dr. Jeremi Carswell (she/her/hers) is a pediatric endocrinologist and current director of Boston Children’s Hospital GeMS (Gender Management Service) program, a post she assumed in July 2015 after training with Dr. Norman Spack. She has been working with the GeMS interdisciplinary team to create an individualized treatment approach to gender variant youth, adolescents and young adults.  Her research interests involve answering clinically relevant questions about the treatment of gender expansive youth.  Native to the Boston area, she completed medical school and pediatric residency at UMass Medical School and did her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital.

 

Jillian Shipherd, PhD

Faculty

Dr. Shipherd is currently a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Shipherd serves as Director for the LGBT Health Program at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington DC. In this role, Dr. Shipherd oversees policy recommendations, provider education programs, and clinical services to support personalized, pro-active, patient-driven healthcare for LGBT Veterans. Dr. Shipherd earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the State University of NY at Buffalo, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Boston Consortium at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Shipherd’s area of expertise is the interface of mental and physical health subsequent to trauma with a focus on sexual and gender minority populations. More broadly, she has published on improving healthcare system responses to the unique needs of LGBT Veterans.  She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, as well as the book Adult Transgender Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Training Mental Health Professionals.

 

Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, MAS

Faculty

Dr. Obedin-Maliver is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who is both clinically and academically active. Dr. Obedin-Maliver is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at The University of California, San Francisco and The Chief of Gynecology at The San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) where she provides full-spectrum gynecology care. Her academic focus is on promoting the health of and well-being sexual and gender minorities (SGM) which include but are not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. A special emphasis that combined her clinical and academic interests is the focus on the reproductive health of transgender and gender expansive individuals.

 

Dr. Obedin-Maliver, is a co-founder and current investigator of The Stanford Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Medical Education Research Group (LGBT MERG) and a Co-Director of The PRIDE Study (pridestudy.org), an online prospective longitudinal cohort of sexual and gender minority individuals based at University of California, San Francisco. She is Co-Investigator of PRIDEnet, a participant powered research network of sexual and gender minority people (pridestudy.org/pridenet) whose mission is to help catalyze LGBTQ Health Research. She also serves on the medical advisory board of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and is the Gynecology Lead on the Transgender Quality Improvement project at SFVAMC and is involved in many other national and international research projects that promote health equity for LGBTQ and SGM people. Dr. Obedin-Maliver has also been active in health policy through helping to legally redefine consideration of sexually intimate partner status and remove the Medicare Non-Coverage Determination ruling on “transsexual surgery.” Other areas of active clinical, research, and advocacy activities include the genitourinary, gynecological, and obstetrical health of transgender people and women and the health of veterans.

 

 

Alex Gonzalez, MD

Faculty

Alex Gonzalez, MD, MPH is the Medical Director at Fenway Health, where he oversees a staff of over 70 physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, and program staff in the delivery of medical care to Fenway’s approximately 31,000 patients.

Programs within the Medical Department include outpatient primary care; specialty clinics in alternative insemination, dermatology, endocrinology, HIV, nutrition, obstetrics and gynecology, pulmonology, podiatry, general infectious disease, transgender health, and women’s health; complementary therapy services in massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture; and nurse-led programs such as team-based nursing, high risk and transitional care management, and our call center.

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, and he is board certified in Internal Medicine. He is currently an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a certified HIV Specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He was named the Outstanding Massachusetts Community Health Center Physician by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers in 2016, and he has worked at Fenway since 2005.

Scott Hadland, MD, MPH

Faculty

Dr. Scott Hadland is an adolescent medicine specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hadland is a member of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, an independent state agency aimed at promoting the health and well-being of LGBTQ adolescents and young adults in Massachusetts schools and communities. He is also a member of the Institutional Review Board at the Fenway Institute. Dr. Hadland’s clinical and research interests focus on substance use and other risk behaviors among youth. He received his MD degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health before completing his pediatrics residency and chief residency for the Boston Combined Residency Program. He is subspecialty trained in Adolescent Medicine and in Addiction Medicine.

Christopher E. Harris, MD

Faculty • Advisory Board

Dr. Harris is currently at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, directing the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine; he is also Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California-Los Angeles.  His involvement with LGBT health began during his Pediatric Pulmonology fellowship at the North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project and its telephone Healthline.  After that he joined the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Board, eventually becoming President of the organization.  He subsequently represented GLMA at the Coalition of End Healthcare Disparities.  Dr. Harris also assisted in the formation of the Section on LGBT Health and Wellness in the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Ruben Hopwood, PhD, MDiv

Faculty

Dr. Ruben Hopwood is the Coordinator of the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health and a Visiting Researcher at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University. He provides independent consultation and education on transgender clinical care and competency as well. Dr. Hopwood earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology and Religion from Boston University and has an extensive history working in mental health and social services in several states. Dr. Hopwood has been working with transgender and gender nonconforming people for more than 12 years in the Boston area. He is a nationally known speaker and peer-reviewed, published author on issues of transgender and gender diversity mental health, aging, resiliency, and spiritually-integrative psychotherapy.

Kevin Kapila, MD

Faculty

Dr. Kevin Kapila has been a primary care provider at Fenway Health since 2002 and the Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Fenway since 2005.   He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and a HIV certified specialist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Dr. Kapila currently has two book chapters on LGBT health in press and has lectured extensively on issues related to LGBT medical and mental health care. Most recently, Dr. Kapila worked with The Fenway Institute to develop training modules on providing culturally competent care to MSM on the African Continent.  He and the Fenway Institute’s Marcy Gelman have delivered these trainings in Malawi, Nigeria and South Africa. Dr. Kapila completed a combined Psychiatry and Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he served as program Chief Resident in Psychiatry in 2002.

JoAnne Keatley, MSW

Faculty • Advisory Board

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

Faculty

Scott Leibowitz, MD is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services for the THRIVE gender and sex development program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Leibowitz completed his child and adolescent psychiatry training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he first developed a psychosocial assessment and treatment clinic in coordination with the hospital’s Gender Management Service- the first formal, multidisciplinary clinic for transgender youth in an American children’s hospital. He subsequently moved to Chicago and served in the Gender & Sex Development at Lurie Children’s Hospital before taking on his current role. He is currently the co-chairman of the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Issues Committee for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a member of the Global Education Initiative for the World Professional Association of Transgender Health, and was appointed Chapter Lead for the Adolescent Assessment chapter in the upcoming revision of the WPATH Standards of Care, 8th edition. He also served as an expert witness in 2016 for the United States Department of Justice in its legal action against the State of North Carolina for its anti-transgender HB2 bill as well as an ACLU 2017 federal case in Pennsylvania on school bathroom use, for which the ruling was in favor of transgender youths’ rights. He has also served as an expert contributor in developing a report on consensus statements on conversion therapies as part of an initiative between SAMHSA and the American Psychological Association.

 

Gal Mayer, MD

Faculty • Advisory Board

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

Faculty • Advisory Board

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

Advisory Board

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.

Larry McReynolds, MA

Faculty

Larry McReynolds has served as Executive Director of Family Health Centers at NYU Langone since February 2005 and has over 20 years of experience in health care administration. Mr. McReynolds oversees administration, planning, and finance for one of the nation’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center networks.

Under Mr. McReynolds’ leadership, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone has evolved to become the medical home for approximately 110,000 individuals in underserved communities around New York City, oversees a budget of $225 million, and coordinates teaching programs for more than 450 residents.  The Health Center has grown to include 9 main primary care sites with dental clinics co-located at 5 sites, 22 school-based health centers and 31 school dental clinics, 11 site community medicine program serving over 7,000 homeless New Yorkers, Post-doctoral Dental Residency Programs (AEGD, GPR, Pediatric Dentistry, Anesthesia, Orthodontics), community-based programs impacting youth, adults and elderly, 5 sub-recipients of Section 330 funding.

Mr. McReynolds is the immediate past Board Chair of Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) as well as Board Member of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).  He was the recipient of the HRSA National Community Service Award and honoree of the 2014 New York Association of Ambulatory Care (NYAAC).  Additionally, Larry was honored by The Arab American Association in 2013, Mixteca Organization, and by the New York Chinese Planning Council honoree in 2014 for leadership in cultural competence and community health.

Larry holds a Master’s Degree in Health & Hospital Administration from Washington University School of Medicine and is pursuing his Doctorate in Health Care Administration.

Leandro Mena, MD, MPH

Faculty

Leandro Mena, MD, MPH, is a clinician-researcher and public health advocate with expertise in the prevention and clinical management of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and STD/HIV prevention research. He is founding chair of the department of population health science at the University of Mississippi Medical Center John D. Bower School of Population Health and Professor of Medicine in the division of Infectious Diseases, Directs the Center for HIV/ADIS Research, Education & Policy at the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for Elimination of Health Disparities, and serves as the STD Medical Director for the state of Mississippi. He is also the Medical Director of Jackson’s public HIV/STD clinic (Five Points) and co-founded Open Arms Healthcare Center (a Community Based Clinic with a focus on the health needs of LGBT populations). In recognition to his work developing a model program of culturally-competent HIV prevention and care for Black men who have sex with men which is being replicated in other cities of the country, he was awarded the 2016 Achievement Award by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA). He is board certified in infectious diseases. Dr. Mena’s work has been featured in medical and public health journals such as Clinical Infectious Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, and American Journal of Public Health. He is a research fellow with the Rural Center for STD/HIV Prevention (Indiana University). Dr. Mena’s interests include the understanding dynamics of HIV transmission in racial/ethnic, gender and sexual minorities as well as the development and provision of culturally competent quality health services to these 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.

Benjamin Perkins, MA, MDiv

Advisory Board

An avid social-justice practitioner, intellectual, and creative thinker, Benjamin Perkins is currently the Vice President of Multicultural Initiatives/Health Equity for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  He has worked in the public health field for over seventeen years, first specializing in disease prevention and research education to communities vulnerable to HIV infection, where he held numerous leadership roles, from community advisory board chair, to founding director of a CDC-funded HIV-prevention and wellness center, to project director for an NIH-funded HIV-prevention feasibility study. In 2014, he shifted focus to health disparities and inequities in cardiovascular disease and stroke rates among communities of color and other underserved populations.

Benjamin received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2000 and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves a wonderfully multicultural congregation in the Boston area.  In addition to his education at Harvard Divinity School, Benjamin received his Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of California at Los Angeles. His interests include running, reading theology, creative writing, and engaging in health equity/social justice work as spiritual practice.

Evette Patterson, RN, BSN

Advisory Board

Evette Patterson is the Nursing Director for Piedmont Health Services (PHS) located in Carrboro, North Carolina. She joined PHS in 1998. In 2004, she participated in a collaborative and was part of the implementation team to initiate Open Access Scheduling at the Carrboro Community Health Center, a focus on “Doing today’s work today”.  The process was responsible for modernizing the way PHS manages patient visits.  As a result of this program, PHS has dramatically decreased patient cycle time, decrease length of days wait to a scheduled appointment and increased a patient’s ability to get an appointment with their provider.  This process was so successful that the Carrboro Community Health Center was awarded the Dr. Evelyn D. Schmidt Award for Outstanding Service by the NC Community Health Center Association in 2006.  Evette was also instrumental in enabling PHS to become Joint Commission Accredited.  She was influential in the selection, setup and subsequent implementation of an electronic medical record into PHS.

Jennifer Potter, MD

Faculty

Director of LGBT Population Health and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, Dr. Jennifer Potter has extensive clinical, medical education, research, and mentoring experience. She has designed and implemented numerous curricula for health professionals, focused on LGBT health, women’s health, sexual health, cancer survivorship, and care for people with disabilities. In addition, she co-edited two seminal textbooks on LGBT health (The Fenway Guide to LGBT Health and Trauma, Resilience and Health Promotion in LGBT Patients; What Every Healthcare Provider Should Know), and co-authored an American Association of Medical Colleges’ monograph entitled Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD: A Resource for Medical Educators. Previously co-director of a Behavioral Health Curriculum for medical residents at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Site Director for a HRSA-funded Primary Care HIV Track at Fenway Health, Dr. Potter currently serves nationally as the Co-Chair of the AAMC AXIS Committee and Associate Editor of the LGBT Collection for MedEdPORTAL. Dr. Potter is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), where she has been a longstanding member of the CME Committee and serves as the Advisory Dean and Director of the William B. Castle Society, director of an online Harvard Global Academy course on LGBT health, and associate director of the HMS Continuing Medical Education (CME) course Primary Care Internal Medicine. She herself presents regularly at undergraduate, graduate, and CME venues across the country and serves as a consultant to domestic and international medical schools engaged in LGBT curricular inclusion efforts.

Kelvin Powell

Faculty

Kelvin Powell is a community educator for prevention, education and screening at Fenway 16, where he leads outreach activities and conducts HIV and STI counseling and testing sessions for the Fenway Institute’s Prevention and Education Team.  Mr. Powell has also served as a peer navigator and project coordinator at Fenway Health.  Mr. Powell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi, Hattiesburg.

Asa Radix, MD, MPH, FACP

Faculty

Dr. Radix is the Senior Director of Research and Education at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University. Originally from the West Indies, Dr. Radix trained in internal medicine and infectious disease at the University of Connecticut and obtained postgraduate degrees in epidemiology and public health at Cambridge University. Dr. Radix has over 20 years of experience providing HIV care, primary care and hormone therapy to transgender and gender non-binary people and is a recognized expert in transgender medicine.  At Callen-Lorde Dr. Radix is also the clinical director of the center’s Transgender Health Program that provides care to over 4000 transgender and gender non-binary individuals. Dr. Radix has contributed to multiple national and international guidelines in transgender health and is currently Co-Chair of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care version 8 working group.  Dr. Radix is member of several boards/committees including the New York State AIDS Institute STI Quality Advisory Committee, the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, the Pan American Health Organization HIV/STI Technical Advisory Committee, the American Sexual Health Association, USPATH steering committee, and the medical advisory board of the UCSF Center of Excellence in Transgender Health. Dr. Radix is an Associate Editor of Transgender Health and serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Transgenderism.

Sari Reisner, ScD

Faculty

Sari Reisner, ScD is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Associate Scientific Researcher in the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Affiliated Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. Trained as a social and psychiatric epidemiologist, his research focuses on: (1) health disparities and inequities in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) populations, with specialization in local, national, and global transgender and gender nonconforming health; (2) the epidemiology of infectious diseases including HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in marginalized, underserved populations, with focus in biobehavioral intervention design and development; (3) psychiatric epidemiology concentrating on mental health and substance use/abuse risks and resiliencies across development in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Reisner is currently an investigator on multiple funded studies in transgender health, including as PI of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant to found the Trans Masculine Sexual Health Collaborative (TMHC) and conduct a mixed-methods biobehavioral acceptability and feasibility study of innovations in sexual health screening for female-to-male (FTM)/trans masculine adults. He has co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles. He was honored as a member of the 2015 Trans100 List—celebrating work “by” and “for” transgender people—in recognition of his contributions in transgender health. Education and Training: Dr. Reisner completed two years of post-doctoral training in Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. School of Public Health. He earned a Doctorate of Science in Society, Human Development, and Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Arts from Brandeis University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.

 

Jason Schneider, MD

Faculty

Dr. Jason Schneider is an Associate Professor at Emory University’s School of Medicine.  He works in the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics based at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta.  He joined the Emory faculty after completing the Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at Emory in 2003.  He received his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine in Manhattan in 2000.  Dr. Schneider’s primary focus is his work as a clinician-educator.  His current teaching responsibilities include educating learners across the spectrum of medical education.  Dr. Schneider regularly supervises and precepts clinical students and resident physicians in both inpatient and outpatient settings at Grady Memorial Hospital.  His clinical interests include sexual health and sexuality, the interaction of psychiatry and general medicine, and primary care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients.  Dr. Schneider served on the Board of Directors of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), a national professional organization dedicated to health equality for LGBT people, for over thirteen years, serving for two years as president.

Mark Schuster, MD, PhD

Advisory Board

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

Faculty

Dr Simone-Skidmore is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and geriatrician at Mount Auburn Hospital.  His academic and clinical areas of expertise focus on the care of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults. He was also 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 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 and Director of the Primary Care Pathway at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Valerie E. Stone, MD, MPH

Faculty • Advisory Board

Dr. Valerie Stone is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital and the Charles S. Davidson Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition to overseeing the clinical activities of the Department, Dr. Stone provides leadership to the Department’s educational endeavors, including those for Harvard medical students and Mount Auburn’s internal medicine residency program. She is a clinically active physician and educator in the outpatient and inpatient settings.  Dr. Stone is a nationally recognized expert in HIV/AIDS care, and is the author of numerous publications on HIV/AIDS care and policy, including the textbook “HIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color.” Her research focuses on disparities in HIV/AIDS care by race/ethnicity and gender, and strategies for optimizing the care of the diverse patients living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Stone has also written extensively on innovations and challenges in residency education. She is a passionate medical educator who has been in residency leadership roles for more than 20 years, and is committed to training the next generation of physician to be knowledgeable, compassionate and responsive to the needs of patients of all backgrounds.

Previously, from 2001-2014, Dr. Stone was Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program and Associate Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  In these roles at MGH, Dr. Stone enhanced the medicine residency program through curricular innovations in cross-cultural care, health policy, public health, community medicine, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance use disorders, LGBTQ health as well as the care of other special populations.

Dr. Stone was a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians and Chairperson of their Education Committee until 2014. She served on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts for nearly a decade, and she has been a community health educator for Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) for more than 20 years; she received their Community Hero Award in 2017. Dr. Stone received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals of Cleveland. She completed a health policy research fellowship and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and completed a fellowship in infectious diseases in the Boston City Hospital / Boston University School of Medicine program.

Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz, PhD, MPHE, MCHES

Faculty

Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz is a community health educator by training and a sociobehavioral scientist with experiences in health promotion, health policy, human rights, and health diplomacy. He has been working in the LGBT health field in Puerto Rico, United States of America, and the Caribbean for over 15 years and has collaborated in advocacy and research initiatives with governmental and non-governmental organizations. Most of his work in the LGBT health field has been dedicated to develop sociobehavioral interventions and research to address the needs of populations otherwise made socially vulnerable including people with HIV, transgender men and women, gays, bisexual and other men who have sex with other men. Currently, Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz is Associate Professor at the School of Public Health of the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus where he is affiliated to the Doctoral Program in Public Health with Specialty in Social Determinants of Health and the Center for Sociomedical Research and Evaluation.

Nicholas Van Wagoner, MD, PhD

Faculty

Nicholas Van Wagoner, MD PhD is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Assistant Dean for Students in the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine.  His clinical responsibilities include care for persons living with HIV at the 1917 Clinic, a university affiliated clinic serving over 3,000 clients.  He is also the Director of the Gender and Sexual Health Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Hector Vargas, JD

Faculty • Advisory Board

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

Faculty

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

Faculty

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.

Patrick Wilson, PhD

Faculty

Patrick Wilson is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Director of the SPHERE (Society, Psychology, and Health Research) Lab at Columbia University.  Dr. Wilson earned his PhD in community psychology from New York University and completed an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University.  In addition to teaching at the Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. Wilson specializes in exploring the psychological, social, and cultural contexts that shape individual and community-level health outcomes.  He conducts his work with the overall goal of improving the lives of those who are disproportionally affected by HIV and other health disparities.  Dr. Wilson’s recent work includes examining institutional and community responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, designing and testing culturally appropriate behavior change interventions, developing novel technology-based methods for investigating health behaviors, and increasing cultural relevance in HIV/AIDS research.  Specific topics of interest also include trauma, stigma and discrimination, religion, engagement in care, and personal factors including self-efficacy and empowerment.  Dr. Wilson holds membership in several research centers and networks within and outside of Columbia University and conducts national and local studies that involve the participation of a diverse set of collaborators and community members.  His research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.