Faculty & Advisory Board

Bisola Ojikutu, MD MPH

Bisola Ojikutu MD MPH is an infectious disease physician who has dedicated her career to overcoming racial and ethnic inequity experienced by people living with or at risk for HIV. Dr. Ojikutu is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Global and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician within the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also a faculty member within the Infectious Disease Divisions at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. Her research explores the impact of structural factors and norms/beliefs (e.g. racism/discrimination, immigration, medical mistrust, homonegativity) on HIV transmission and use of biomedical HIV prevention.

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Stewart L. Adelson, MD

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.

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Al Ballesteros, MBA

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.

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Sean Cahill, Ph.D.

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.

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Timothy Cavanaugh, MD

Dr. Tim Cavanaugh worked as the Medical Director for the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health from 2012 until 2018. Prior to joining the team at Fenway Health, Dr. Cavanaugh worked for 18 years as medical director and staff physician at Family Health Services/Comprehensive Community Action Program in Cranston, Rhode Island where he began formal outreach to transgender patients in coordination with the local transgender support organization. He has been working with transgender patients for ten years.

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Jeffrey S. Crowley

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. 

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Tri Do, MD, MPH, FACP

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.

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Emilia Dunham

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.

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Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH

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.

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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.

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Alex Gonzalez, MD

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.

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Richard E. Greene, MD

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. 

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Cynthia Gomez, MD, PhD

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.

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Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD

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.

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Darrell Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW

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.

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Rita Lee, MD

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.

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John Davis, PhD, MD

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 …

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Julia Crouch, MPH

Julia Crouch is the Project Manager and LGBTQ Liaison for the Seattle Children’s Center for Diversity and Health Equity. In collaboration with the Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic (SCGC), 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. 

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Mitch Lunn, MD, MAS, FASN

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.

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Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, MAS

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.

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Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH

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.

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Molly McHenry, BSN, FNP

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.

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Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH

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.

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Jane Powers, MSW, LICSW

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.  

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Jeremi Carswell, MD

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.

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Jillian Shipherd, PhD

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.

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Chris Grasso, MPH

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. 

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Scott Hadland, MD, MPH

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.

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Christopher E. Harris, MD

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. 

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Ruben Hopwood, PhD

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.

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Kevin Kapila, MD

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.

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JoAnne Keatley, MSW

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.

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Scott Leibowitz, MD

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.

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Gal Mayer, MD

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.

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Kenneth Mayer, MD

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.

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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.

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Larry McReynolds, MA

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.

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Leandro Mena, MD, MPH

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.

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Benjamin Perkins, MA, MDiv

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. 

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Evette Patterson, RN, BSN

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”.

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Jennifer Potter, MD

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 …

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Kelvin Powell

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.

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Asa Radix, MD, PhD, MPH, FACP

Dr. Asa Radix is a clinician, educator, and researcher whose main area of expertise is in transgender health and HIV. Asa is the Senior Director of Research and Education at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York University.

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Sari Reisner, ScD

Sari Reisner, ScD is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, based in the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also an Affiliated Research Scientist and Director of the Transgender Health Research Team at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health.

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Jason Schneider, MD

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. 

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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.

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Mark Simone-Skidmore, MD

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.

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Valerie E. Stone, MD, MPH

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.

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

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.

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Nicholas Van Wagoner, MD, PhD

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.

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Hector Vargas, JD

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.

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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.

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Ralph Vetters, MD, MPH

Dr. Vetters is the Medical Director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, a program of Fenway Health.

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Patrick Wilson, PhD

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.  

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