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  • Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Director, Clinical and Community Research; Director, HIV in Prisons Program; Director, Community Health Care Van; Academic Icon Professor of Medicine, University of Malaya-Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA)

    Frederick (Rick) L. Altice is a professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health and is a clinician, clinical epidemiologist, intervention and implementation science researcher at Yale University School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Dr. Altice’s primary research focuses on interventions and implementation science at the interface between infectious diseases and addiction and he has conducted research in several global health settings. He also has a number of projects working in the criminal justice system, including transitional programs addressing infectious diseases, medications for opioid use disorder (methadone, buprenorphine, extended release naltrexone), mental illness, homelessness and social instability. Specific topics include alcohol, opioid, stimulant and nicotine use disorders on HIV treatment outcomes, HIV and addiction treatment, interface with the criminal justice system, and pharmacokinetic drug interactions between treatment for substance use disorders and antiretroviral and tuberculosis therapy. At a basic level, his research focuses on clinical epidemiology, especially in key populations at risk for HIV (e.g., MSM, TGW, PWID, prisoners, sex workers) and development, adaptation and evaluation of of biomedical and behavioral interventions to improve treatment outcomes. His research, however, has evolved and included development and testing of mobile technologies (mHealth) to intervene with key populations to promote health outcomes.  His research is especially concentrated in health services research techniques with a focus on implementation science, seeking to introduce and scale-up evidence-based interventions in numerous contexts. A number of implementation science strategies are underway to examine scale-up of medication-assisted therapies to treat opioid use disorder in community, criminal justice and in primary care settings. Most recently, his work has been augmented through use of decision science techniques to understand and promote patient preferences, including the development of informed and shared decision-making aids. His work has emerged primarily with a global health focus with funded research projects internationally in Malaysia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, and Indonesia. He has participated in projects through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, Special Projects of National Significance with HRSA, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. He is currently also collaborating on projects with the WHO, UNAIDS, USAID, PEPFAR and UNODC. Current internationally funded projects in dedicated research sites that are being conducted in Malaysia, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Peru. His research and training sites in Malaysia (2005), Peru (2010) and Ukraine (2005) are dedicated training and research sites for the Global Health Equity Scholars Fogarty Training Program and the Doris Duke International Fellowship program. He is currently the director for two International Implementation Science Research and Training Centers with collaborations between Yale University and the University of Malaya and Sichuan University. 

  • Assistant Professor of Pathology; Outgoing Co-Chair, Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQI+ Affairs, Yale Medicine Outlist

    Dr. Andrea Barbieri is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology. She provides clinical care as a surgical pathologist with expertise in endocrine, head and neck, gastrointestinal and liver pathology. She received her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and MD degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She subsequently completed her residency in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2013 and gastrointestinal pathology fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2014. She is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. 

  • Research Associate 2, Child Study Center

    Emma Brennan-Wydra is the data manager in the Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism (SANA) Program at the Child Study Center. She holds a master's degree from the University of Michigan School of Information and a bachelor's degree from Yale College. Emma is also a Fellow and College Adviser in Trumbull College.

  • Instructor in the Physician Assistant Online Program, Department of Internal Medicine; Core group member, Dean's Advisory Council (DAC) on LGBTQI+ Affairs, Yale Medicine Outlist; Committee member, Academic Affairs, PA Online Program, Yale Medicine; Committee member, Progress committee, PA Online Program, Yale Medicine

    Diane Bruessow divides her time between academia, clinical practice, health policy and organizational governance.  She is nationally certified by the NCCPA with excellence awarded in Primary Care (reflecting scores within the top 5th percentile).

    Bruessow has received honors, awards, and legislative proclamations for academic, clinical, humanitarian, and leadership excellence - including the New York State Society of PAs as the PA of the Year (2019), New Jersey State Society of PAs as the outstanding Humanitarian of the Year  (2017), as well as the designation of Distinguished Fellow, a recognition of exceptional professional achievement, leadership, professional interaction, learning, and community service by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA).  Less than two percent of PAs earn this designation. She was honored to be invited to present the White Coat ceremony's keynote address for the PA Online program's inaugural class of 2020. 

    Bruessow joined the Yale University PA Online Program in 2018. Her faculty responsibilities include serving as course director of 2 courses, facilitating small groups three times a week for Problem Based Learning 1-3, providing lectures in pulmonary, musculoskeletal, psychiatry, geriatric, and sexual history taking lectures within Patient Assessment 1 and 2. During COVID, she launched an elective in Sexual and Gender Minority Health. Bruessow supports hands-on skill development in patient assessment and clinical procedures during the program's intensive residencies. She's written standardized patient case scenarios that were implemented in 2021. 

    Bruessow is an academic advisor and participates in committees at the program and institutional levels including admissions, progress, academic affairs, PA Online program mission, and the joint diversity, equity, and inclusion mission committee. She has served as a core member of the YSM Dean's advisory council (DAC) on LGBTQI+ Affairs since 2018, and specifically on the DAC's policy subcommittee. 

    Bruessow has authored over 100 original research and other published articles and medical textbook chapters. She has been an invited speaker on topics including healthcare workforce, policy, disparities, and leadership.  She has held elected and appointed positions on multiple national boards, councils, and commissions.  She currently serves on the editorial advisory board of the Transgender Health journal and in 2020 was elected to serve as the President-elect of the American Academy of PAs.  

    Bruessow lives in New York City and practices clinically in New York and New Jersey.

  • Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist Development and Professor of Dermatology, Pathology and Genetics; Director of Research, Dermatology

    Keith Choate M.D., Ph.D., is a physician-scientist who employs tools of human genetics to understand fundamental mechanisms of disease. His laboratory studies rare inherited and mosaic skin disorders to identify novel genes responsible for epidermal differentiation and development.  His laboratory has identified the genetic basis of over 12 disorders and has developed new therapeutic approaches informed by genetic findings.  His laboratory is funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and of Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

    Dr. Choate mentors undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in his laboratory, teaches at Yale Medical School, and trains resident physicians and fellows.

  • Lecturer in Psychiatry; Chief Operating Officer, Connecticut Mental Health Center

    Robert Cole is a senior health care administrator with over 30 years of experience in the public sector as well as in academic psychiatry. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1976 with a BA in History and from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH in 1990 with a master's degree in Organization and Management. He joined Yale Psychiatry and the CT Mental Health Center (CMHC) leadership group in 1988 as the chief administrator of CMHC. He was subsequently promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer, following a reorganization in 1997. Prior to coming to Yale, Robert served as Director of Grant and Contract Management and Chief of Administrative and Fiscal Services for the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (subsequently merged administratively with DMHAS).

  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology, Chronic Disease Epidemiology

    Andrew Dewan is a genetic epidemiologist with a focus on extending and applying analytical methods to identify genetic susceptibility variants for complex traits. A key theme throughout his work is applying a strategy of delineating narrowly defined phenotypes and stratification by ancestry to reduce heterogeneity and increase statistical power. To better elucidate the genetic architecture of complex traits, his research extends analytical methods to identify genetic interactions as well as pleiotropy. He has applied these genetic mapping methods across a number of diverse phenotypes including asthma, obesity, leukemia, pediatric lung cancer, preeclampsia, preterm birth, and bacterial bloodstream infections. He has been the Principal Investigator of external grants to fund his research (5 NIH grants, including three R01s). He is the Director of the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology (CPPEE) which brings together diverse faculty with interests in the health of women and children through epidemiologic research investigating the impact of environmental, genetic and clinical factors on pregnancy, birth and childhood. He recently served a three-year term as a member of the Program Committee for the American Society of Human Genetics, the primary scientific organization for human geneticists worldwide. He has been able to incorporate my research interests through to my educational activities, teaching the course Genetic Concepts in Public Health, guest lecturing on genetic epidemiology and teaching at international courses for linkage and association analyses.

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

    As both a licensed clinical psychologist and a yoga teacher, I use a variety of approaches to offer support through struggles with anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction, depression, perfectionism, workaholism, burnout, stage of life issues, and stress related chronic health problems.  For more information, please visit:

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Director for Curriculum and Educator Assessment, Teaching & Learning Center (SOM)

    My contributions to education and research have focused on the organization and delivery of: (1) health-related services for vulnerable populations, and, (2) physician/health-professional training. After having done work in national and international evaluation of HIV/AIDS-related programs and mental health service research, a more recent component of my career has involved the application of my skills in medical education. In this area, most of my work has focused on working with medical education faculty in assessing trainees and training programs.

    At the Yale School of Medicine, I focus on evaluation of the medical education curriculum and its component parts; training faculty, house staff, and students in giving and receiving feedback as part of teaching and learning; improving systems for assessing educators towards enhancement of teaching and faculty success; and consulting to faculty and trainees in evaluation approaches that contribute to scholarly work. I am also involved in incorporating LGBTQI-health related topics into the medical school curriculum and serve on the Dean's Council for LGBTQI Affairs. For select graduate medical education programs including my home department of Psychiatry, I work towards gathering and analyzing qualitative data that contribute to internal review of training programs.

  • Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, of Economics, of Management and of Public Health (Health Policy); Director of MD/MBA Program at Yale; Director, MBA for Executives (Healthcare Focus Area); SOM; Director, Health Care Management Program; YSPH; Faculty Director of Finance; Department of Radiology; YSM

    Howie Forman is a Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Public Health (Health Policy), Management, and Economics at Yale University. He came to Yale as a practicing diagnostic radiologist and remains an active clinician in the YNHH Emergency Room, where he also functions as the operational chief for Radiology. Since 1998, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on healthcare policy, economics, finance, and leadership. He is the faculty director and founder of Yale’s MD/MBA program and the Healthcare focus area of the Executive MBA program. Since 2011, he has been the director of the Health Care Management (HCM) Program at the YSPH. He is actively involved in patient care and issues related to financial administration, healthcare compliance, and quality improvement. He has worked in the US Senate, as a health policy fellow, on Medicare legislation. Throughout the COVID pandemic, he has been a constant proponent of evidence-based mitigation strategies, while tracking outbreaks throughout the world.  He has worked, actively, against misinformation campaigns and has been widely quoted and interviewed in national, international, and local media. 

  • Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics; Associate Director for International Research, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

    Graduate of the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Pediatric residency at McGill University in Montreal. Research interests have focused on child development and the effects of the HIV epidemic on children and families.

  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director, Methods Core, Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center; Director, Research Design Clinic, Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center; Consultant for Observational Studies, Yale Center for Analytical Sciences (YCAS)

    I am interested in health services research focusing on Veterans with psychiatric and medical comorbidity. My specific interests include research on: the prognostic significance of comorbidity among people with HIV, the ‘clustering’ of comorbid diseases and conditions, and the treatment of chronic pain among patients with current or pre-existing substance use disorders.

  • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

    A native of Guangzhou, China, Junjie Guo received his B.A. in Biology from Peking University (Beijing). He completed his Ph.D. thesis in the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, working with Hongjun Song on neuronal DNA methylation in the adult brain. During his postdoctoral training in David Bartel's laboratory at the Whitehead Institute/MIT,  Guo developed a series of high-throughput computational and experimental methods to investigate circular RNAs and intracellular RNA folding. He joined the Department of Neuroscience at Yale School of Medicine in Fall 2017. 

    The Guo lab is broadly interested in questions at the intersection of RNA biology and neuroscience, with an emphasis on developing and applying new tools to investigate RNA-based gene regulatory mechanisms in the nervous system. Research in the lab aims to understand how these mechanisms may be specialized in the nervous system as well as their roles in neurological diseases.

  • Research Associate 3, HSS

    Tyler is the program administrator at the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice at the Yale School of Medicine. Tyler’s research activities focus on establishing the community health effects of the criminal legal system and better understanding how to improve the health of populations disproportionately impacted by incarceration. Tyler’s work is motivated by the notion that healthier, more fulfilling communities can be fostered through deep changes to structural oppression, particularly through dismantling structural racism and eliminating wealth inequalities. Tyler has a BA in Urban Studies from Rhodes College and MPH from the Yale School of Public Health.

  • Lecturer in Emergency Medicine

    Allister Hirschman PA-C is a physician assistant (PA) and a member of the Yale New Haven Hospital Surgical Float team. He provides care for patients across surgical subspecialties including Endocrine Surgery, General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, and Orthopedic Surgery. Allister's full-time employment with YNHH started in 2008 in the Adult Emergency Department, where he was named Employee of the Month (two times). During the Covid19 response, he provided coverage for ED and Hospitalist colleagues and was recognized with APPlause and Great Catch awards.

    A member of the Management Team of the Dean's Advisory Council on LGBTQI+ Affairs at the Yale School of Medicine, Allister also serves on the DAC's Clinical Care Working Group. He is a core member of the Women's and Gender Health Program at Yale Medicine and has provided LGBTQ health education to students, residents, faculty, and staff training and working throughout YNHHS. His clinical interests include addressing healthcare disparities, gender-affirming surgery, considerations of the patient experience, and healthcare provider wellness.

    In his free time, Allister hangs out in Westville with his dog, Batman

  • Professor of Medicine (Nephrology); Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (YSM)

    I received my MD degree from Duke University and completed my residency training in Internal Medicine and my fellowship training in Nephrology and Hypertension at Yale new Haven Hospital/Yale School of Medicine. My patient care is in both the inpatient setting at Yale New Haven Hospital and in the outpatient setting at the New Haven Primary Care Consortium where I oversee a hypertension referral clinic, precept residents, and provide direct patient care. My entire career has been at Yale where I have served as Program Director of our Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency for 24 years, as Program Director of our Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program for 10 years and as Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine for 9 years. In 2016 I was appointed Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Medicine Education. My research interest is in hypertension education, hypertension management and quality improvement in medical education.

  • Professor of Laboratory Medicine, of Cell Biology and of Pathology; Assoc. Director, Yale Stem Cell Center; Assoc. Director, Transfusion Medicine Service; Medical Director, Clinical Cell Processing Laboratory; Medical Director, Advanced Cell Therapy Laboratory

    Diane Krause MD, PhD is Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Pathology and Cell Biology at Yale University; Associate Director of the Yale Stem Cell Center; and Director of the Clinical Cell Processing Laboratory. She received an Sc.B. degree in Biology from Brown University, and an MD and PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing a residency in Clinical Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania, she performed post-doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University. She runs a well-funded research laboratory focused on leukemogenesis, hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell fate specification clinical cell therapy and pluripotent stem cell differentiation down the parathyroid lineage. Watch a video with Dr. Diane Krause >>

  • Deputy Dean and Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine); Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine; Discrimination and Harassment Coordinator, Office of the President

    Dr. Latimore is Yale School of Medicine’s first deputy dean for diversity and inclusion and its first chief diversity officer. He is devoted to increasing diversity within medical and academic spaces and to improving the climate of Yale School of Medicine’s learning and working environments. He is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan for furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the school, which includes a focus on recruitment and retention of faculty and students from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in science and medicine.

    In his role, he has implemented a comprehensive program to improve faculty diversity and retention that focuses on policies, programs, and building community. He also oversees programs that support the outreach, recruitment, success, and retention of YSM students and postdoctoral fellows. He is co-chair of the YSM Program for Art in Public Spaces, which has commissioned new works of art featuring diverse YSM leaders and has hosted public exhibits that feature artwork by and about members of the YSM community.

    Dr. Latimore joined Yale in 2017 from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, where he was associate dean for student and resident diversity. After obtaining his medical degree at University of California, Davis School of Medicine and completing his residency in internal medicine at University of California, Davis Medical Center, he worked as a physician specializing in HIV care with The Permanente Medical Group in South Sacramento, CA where he also trained medical students and residents. His transition to academic medicine began with his appointment as associate program director for the UC Davis internal medicine residency program followed by his appointment as the inaugural director of medical student diversity at UC Davis in 2008.

  • Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Deputy Director, Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity, Yale Cancer Center; Board Member, Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQI+ Affairs, Yale University; Co-Founder, Expect With Me, CDE

    Jessica Lewis, Ph.D., MFT is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Public Health and Deputy Director for the Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity at the Yale Cancer Center. Additionally, Dr. Lewis is a licensed family therapist. Dr. Lewis has directed research projects on health behaviors, health equity, and women’s sexual, reproductive, and mental health at Yale for more than 25 years. Her research investigates the interplay of complex biomedical, behavioral, social, and structural factors that influence individual and family health. She uses this lens to examine challenges faced by those often marginalized by the health care system and by society. Dr. Lewis is co-founder of Expect With Me, a technology-enabled group model of prenatal care, which has been demonstrated to significantly improve maternal-child health outcomes. Dr. Lewis has extensive experience directing large multi-site research projects; promoting interdisciplinary team science; and engaging community stakeholders to improve public health. Dr. Lewis is interested in multi-level social determinants of health and wellness and bringing health innovations to scale through creative transdisciplinary, multi-sector partnerships. Dr. Lewis is an author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.

  • Program Manager - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Co-lead, Clinical Care Working Group, Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQI Affairs; Co-chair, Yale LGBTQ Affinity Group; Co-chair, Trans Specific Issues Committee, Yale LGBTQ Affinity Group

    Cayetana Navarro (pronouns: they/them) joined the Department of Medicine's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in June of 2021 as the inaugural program manager.  In this role, they help guide existing projects and support the development and implementation of new ones that foster a diverse and inclusive department.  

    In addition to this formal role within the School of Medicine, Cayetana is co-chair of the Yale LGBTQ Affinity Group, co-chair of the Trans Specific Issues Committee, and co-lead of the Clinical Care Working Group in the Dean's Advisory Council on LGBTQI+ Affairs, and a member of the Yale Latino Networking Group

    Cayetana began their career at Yale in the YSM Office of Communications in July 2011 as the web project manager in charge of the website editing and building service.  In that role, they first focused on standardizing and streamlining these services to better meet the needs of YSM departments, programs, and faculty labs.  They concluded their time as Operations Deputy Director, engaging with departments, programs, and centers on special projects.

    They live in Cheshire with their spouse (who completed his Internal Medicine residency at Yale), one incredibly spoiled Rottweiler, and one overly affectionate pit bull.

  • Assistant Professor (General Pediatrics)

    Dr. Nozetz was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She attended college at McGill University, medical school at Upstate Medical University and completed her pediatric residency training at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. She went on to become a pediatric Chief Resident at YNHCH and has stayed on as a general pediatrician at YNHCH. She sees patients in the primary care centers at the SRC and YSC campuses, the Well-Baby nursery and the Pediatric Lead Clinic. Her interests lie in lead toxicity, the care of children with special health care needs and medical education.

  • Associate Dean for Health Equity Research and C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine), of Epidemiology (Chronic Disease) and of Public Health (Social And Behavioral Sciences) & Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine); Associate Dean, Health Equity Research; Founding Director, Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC), Yale School of Medicine; Director, Center for Research Engagement (CRE); Director, Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity; Deputy Director for Health Equity Research and Workforce Development, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI); Director, Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership

    Dr. Nunez-Smith is the C.N.H Long Professor of Internal Medicine, Public Health, and Management; Inaugural Associate Dean for Health Equity Research; Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC); Director of the Center for Research Engagement (CRE); Associate Cancer Center Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at Yale Cancer Center; Chief Health Equity Officer at Smilow Cancer Hospital; Deputy Director for Health Equity Research and Workforce Development at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program; Research Faculty in the Global Health Leadership Initiative; Director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership; and Co-Director of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship.

    Dr. Nunez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on centering community engagement, supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases. Dr. Nunez-Smith has extensive expertise in examining the effects of social and structural determinants of health, systemic influences contributing to health disparities, health equity improvement, and community-academic partnered scholarship. In addition to this extensive experience in primary data collection, management, and analysis, ERIC has institutional expertise in qualitative and mixed methods, population health, and medical informatics.

    She is the principal investigator on many NIH and foundation-funded research projects, including an NIH/NCI-funded project to develop a tool to assess patient reported experiences of discrimination in healthcare. She has conducted an investigation of the promotion and retention of diversity in academic medical school faculty and has published numerous articles on the experiences of minority students and faculty. Funded by NIH/NIMHD, she established the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN), a research collaborative across four Eastern Caribbean islands, supporting several chronic disease research projects and enhancing health outcomes research and leadership capacity in the region; the flagship ECHORN Cohort Study recruited and is following a community-dwelling adult cohort (n=3000) to examine novel chronic disease risk and protective factors. She recently received NIH/NHLBI funding to build upon this work by recruiting children into an expanded intergenerational ECHORN cohort, inclusive of a biorepository. She is also PI on one of five NIH/NIMHD-funded Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers on Health Disparities focused on Precision Medicine, which leverages the ECHORN infrastructure to conduct collaborative research on hypertension and diabetes. 

    Most recently, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shed national attention on the health and healthcare disparities of marginalized populations, she was called upon to serve on the Governor’s ReOpen CT Advisory Group and to chair its Community Committee. She served as an Advisor to the Biden-Harris campaign, and subsequently named co-chair of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board and will serve as chair of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force in the administration. She also received NIH funding to leverage ECHORN to improve the COVID-19 testing cascade in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

    Dr. Nunez-Smith has mentored dozens of trainees since completing fellowship and has received numerous awards for teaching and mentoring. She is board certified in internal medicine, having completed residency training at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, where she also received a Masters in Health Sciences. Originally from the US Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and she earned a BA in Biological Anthropology and Psychology at Swarthmore College. 

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry

    I am the Director and co-founder of the Yale Pediatric Gender Program (YPGP), an interdisciplinary team that provides services for transgender and gender expansive (TGE) youth and families in Connecticut. The team includes professionals in the fields of psychology, endocrinology, psychiatry, gynecology, reproductive medicine, medical ethics and law. Our mission is to provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary, family-centered care for children, adolescents and young adults questioning their assigned gender and/or seeking gender-affirming consultation and treatment in a compassionate, respectful and supportive environment. This program is regionally well-regarded, serving clients from all 8 counties in the state, as well as 4 states outside of Connecticut. 

    My contribution to the educational mission of Yale’s School of Medicine focuses on teaching trainees in clinical and research training programs about (a) trauma-informed care, (b) psychosexual development, and (c) gender development. Teaching occurs through the delivery of clinical services, mentoring of clinical and research trainees, clinical supervision, and lectures offered in graduate courses and topical seminars coordinated by other faculty members. I have been lucky to mentor and supervise many students in the departments of Psychiatry, the Child Study Center, the School of Public Health and the Divinity School during my tenure at Yale. 

  • Susan Dwight Bliss Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

    John Pachankis (he/him) is the Susan Dwight Bliss Associate Professor of Public Health and directs Yale’s LGBTQ Mental Health Initiative, which serves as a home for scholarship devoted to understanding and improving the mental health of LGBTQ populations in the US and around the world.  His NIH-funded research program examines the efficacy of LGBTQ-affirmative mental health interventions delivered via novel technologies, in diverse settings, and across the spectrum of the LGBTQ community.  These treatments have shown often-times strong and sustained reductions in depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance use, and HIV risk across several randomized controlled trials.  He has published 100+ scientific papers on LGBTQ mental health and stigma and recently co-edited the Handbook of Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Sexual and Gender Minorities published by Oxford University Press. You can learn more about his research at

  • Sidney H. Phillips, M.D., is a board-certified, adult psychiatrist in full time private practice of general psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis. He is also board-certified in adult psychoanalysis.

    He has a longstanding interest in the teaching of Yale medical students, Yale residents in psychiatry, and psychoanalysts in training at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis where is on the faculty, is a Training and Supervising Analyst, and is chair of the Education Committee.

    He has published several articles in the major, peer-reviewed, psychoanalytic journals. He has a particular interest in male homosexuality and has published, award-winning articles in this area.

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology); Medical Director, Yale New Haven Children's Hospital; Vice Chair of Ambulatory Operations, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatrics; Associate Chief, Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Pediatrics; Medical Director, Yale Pediatric Celiac Program, Pediatrics

    Anthony is a board certified pediatrician and board certified pediatric gastroenterologist. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Yale University and Vice Chair of Ambulatory Operations in the Department of Pediatrics. He also serves as the Medical Director,  Ambulatory Operations for YNHCH and Pediatrics for YNHCH at Greenwich Hospital. He is also the medical director of the Yale Pediatric Celiac Program. He sees patients in Greenwich, Norwalk, and New Haven, CT. He has won numerous awards including the Norman J. Siegel Award at Yale University in 2015 for leadership and providing outstanding clinical care as well as Physician of the Year during his time at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. He has been named Castle Connolly Top Doctors since 2012. 

    Anthony is interested in nutrition, especially in the care of children with difficulty gaining weight, feeding issues, and celiac disease.

    He is the co-author of the Pediatrician's Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers. He writes web-based education materials as a member of the Public Education committee of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and for the American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children website. 

    He graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior and attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine where he also received his master of public health. He completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center and his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York at Columbia University.

  • Residency & Fellowship Coordinator

    Heather has been a part of the Yale Pediatric Office of Education since 2017 and is fortunate to work directly with our Pediatric Residents and Fellows. Heather comes from a diverse administrative background and uses her creativity and compassion when working with our amazing residents. Over the years, she has played a significant role in helping to shape the development of the Pediatric Residency and Fellowship Programs alongside her colleagues. Heather is the Chair of the Pediatric Department's Employee Engagement Committee, one of the communication Co-Chairs for the LGBTQ Affinity Group as well as part of DAC's GME Work group and Community & Visibility Work group.  

    Outside of work, Heather is a single mother of a brilliant son who is attending Albertus Magnus College as a pre-med student. She is also a student at Arizona State University as an Art History Major with a concentration in Museum Studies. She loves the culturally diverse restaurants and arts communities that New Haven has to offer, is a huge fan of horror, supernatural and science fiction movies, loves to paint (especially trees), draw using charcoal and her absolute favorite candies are Haribo gummy bears and twizzlers.

  • Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine; Director of Didactic Education, Physician Associate Program

    With more than 25 years experience as a clinical PA, Liz joined the Yale Physician Associate Program as the Director of Didactic Education in 2013. Her interests are improving access to health care in the medically underserved, a path that has led her to practice mainly in the primary care setting. She currently serves as a co-medical director of HAVEN, a free clinic supported and run by the student from the YSM, YSN and the Yale Physician Associate Program. Additionally she volunteers as an attending at this clinic.  Her pedagogical interests include the clinical decision-making, development of professionalism, social justice and LBGT health disparities. At Yale School of Medicine,  she is an Affiliated Faculty in the Program in Addiction Medicine.  Additionally she is the Connecticut Association of PA Board representative at HAVEN (Health Assistance InterVention Education Network), and nationally she serves as a facilitator for the Physician Assistant Education Association Faculty Skills workshops.

  • Professor in the History of Medicine and of History

    Naomi Rogers, Ph.D. (She/Her) is Professor of the History of Medicine in the Section of the History of Medicine and the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University where she regularly teaches undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students.Her historical interests include gender and health; disease and public health; disability; medicine and film; and alternative medicine/CAM.Her publications include Dirt and Disease: Polio before FDR (Rutgers, 1992), An Alternative Path: The Making and Remaking of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Philadelphia (Rutgers, 1998) and Polio Wars: Sister Kenny and the Golden Age of American Medicine (Oxford, 2014). Her current book project examines critics of medical orthodoxy since 1945 (Health Activism and the Humanization of American Medicine under contract with Oxford).

    She has taught at Yale since the mid-1990s and is Professor of the History of Medicine in the Section of the History of Medicine at the Yale Medical School and in Yale University’s Program in the History of Science and Medicine, with courtesy appointments in the History Department and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

  • Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics; Director, Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS); Director, Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Assistant Cancer Center Director, Global Oncology, Yale Cancer Center

    Donna Spiegelman was appointed the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health in 2018. As one of the few people in the world with a joint doctorate in biostatistics and epidemiology, she can freely speak the languages of both disciplines and switch between these two professional cultures, playing the role of interlocutor for either. Her research is motivated by problems which arise in epidemiology and require biostatistical settlement. In particular, but by no means exclusively, she has focused on methods for study design and data analysis which reduce bias in estimation and inference due to measurement error or misclassification in the exposure variable. A particular current interest is risk-based monitoring of multi-center investigations to enhance quality and prevent fraud.

    She has extensive experience in troubleshooting and solving methodological issues that arise in longitudinal investigations, in clinical trials, and in large scale public health effectiveness evaluations. 

    Dr. Spiegelman, formerly at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, had a dynamic role as a professor, mentor, and an expert statistician. She was the recipient of the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award and recently the recipient of the CAWF (Committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty) Mentoring Award. 

  • Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy)

    Jamie Tam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Tam conducts research on the effects of tobacco regulations, with a special focus on the use of systems science methods to understand tobacco use disparities, including populations with mental health conditions. Her recent work examines the implications of the relationship between smoking and depression for mortality outcomes, and uses modeling methods to evaluate treatment interventions that address their co-occurrence. Dr. Tam has developed computational models that simulate the effects of policies on smoking and population health in the United States, and launched a web-based interface that allows users to explore the potential health effects of different tobacco control policies. Dr. Tam was previously a NAM Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and is broadly interested in domestic and global tobacco control issues; Her other projects have considered the effects of demographic changes on smoking prevalence, longitudinal transitions between tobacco products, and youth exposure to nicotine through electronic cigarettes. 

  • Chief Medical Director; Clinical Instructor, Occupational & Business Health Services

    Dr. Craig Thorne is a visionary and nationally-recognized physician leader in integrated employee health, safety and well-being programs; an analytical and data-informed innovator and program implementer with a track record of success in engaging populations in positive wellness behaviors and health decision-making, while containing costs; and an adventurer and personal health and fitness enthusiast. He has over twenty years of experience with integrated on-site primary care and employer-sponsored clinics that deliver high-quality, coordinated care; optimize wellness and engagement; provide worker’s compensation injury prevention and clinical management services; and have a proven track record of positive value-on-investment.

    Prior to joining Yale New Haven Health’s Occupational Medicine and Wellness Services as Chief Medical Director in February 2018, he served for over a decade as the Vice President and Medical Director, Employee Health and Well-Being for Erickson Living, a national leader in senior living communities, where he was responsible for creating and implementing on-site occupational health and wellness clinics and directing population health services for over 14,000 Erickson Living employees in 20 locations. He also provided oversight for Erickson Living’s self-insured health plan and self-insured workers’ compensation program. Under his leadership, Erickson Living was the 2016 recipient of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM’s) Corporate Health Achievement Award for excellence in integrated employee health, safety and well-being.

    Dr. Thorne is a U.S. citizen who was born in Canada and received the Bachelor of Medical Science degree and M.D. in 1990 from Memorial University of Newfoundland, followed by the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore in 1995. He then completed fellowship training and the Chief Residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1997. He completed Internal Medicine training and the Chief Residency at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. in 1995. He received a M.B.A. degree in Medical Services Management from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Baltimore in 2013. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine (re-certified in 2016) and Preventive Medicine (with a focus in Occupational and Environmental Medicine).

    Prior to joining Erickson Living, he directed clinical care, conducted research and lectured at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and served as the Medical Director, Employee Health and Safety at the University of Maryland Medical Center from 2001-2007. From 1997-2001, he was the Medical Director of the Police and Fire Clinic (PFC Associates) in Washington, D.C. where he provided and directed clinical care (for work related and non-work related conditions), medical surveillance and preventive services for Police Officers and Fire Fighters/EMTs, including the U.S. Secret Service. He co-authored the original International Association of Fire Fighters’ Wellness Fitness Initiative which outlines strategies to guide fire departments throughout North America to develop, enhance and measure their holistic wellness-fitness programs for career fire fighters. During his years at the University of Maryland’s Occupational Medicine Program, he also monitored and conducted clinical studies on veterans returning from the Iraq wars who were exposed to depleted uranium through friendly fire incidents. Beginning in November 2018, he now serves as a member of the Connecticut Firefighters Health and Safety Consortium where he is tasked with standardizing health assessments for recruits and active fire fighters throughout the state.

    As a physician and health care administrator, his leading skills include: 1) Evidence and data-based decision making that relies on his data analytic skills as a means to study, implement, monitor and improve population health and well-being; 2) Functional/technical skills in health plan development, implementation and monitoring which includes incentives for wellness and fitness participation and outcomes, and in compliance with federal regulations; 3) Innovation in onsite clinical service delivery including new opportunities related to the Affordable Care Act, Patient-Centered Medical Home, valued-based population health and wellness; and chronic care management; 4) Ability to balance technology with high touch support to engage diverse populations in wellness activities and preventive healthcare; 5) Action-oriented leadership with strong peer and customer relationships and team-building skills; 6) Operating skills in the measurement of programs and services, and demonstration of return-on-investment to not only ensure the population is being served, but to optimize the financial benefits to both the payers and consumers of health care; 7) Continuous quality management and improvement; and 8) Strong communication skills and relations at all levels including with his teams, senior leaders, Board members and external stakeholders.

    As a personal health and fitness enthusiast, Craig enjoys hiking, cycling, active travel and long distance running to maintain his own fitness and work-life balance. In October 2017, he completed his twelfth consecutive Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

  • Assistant Professor

    Dr. Wan-Ling Tseng is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health. Her research focuses on understanding the brain mechanisms mediating abnormal psychological processes associated with irritability and aggression in children and adolescents and how these behaviors and symptoms change over time. Dr. Tseng's current work, funded by her NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), uses machine learning, a data-driven computational approach, to investigate the neural mechanisms of childhood irritability. Her goal is to understand individual differences in how children process frustrating events, how frustration affects the neural mechanisms underlying attention and other cognitive function, and how these processes are associated with irritability symptoms. She studies irritability using multiple levels of analysis (e.g., brain, behavior, social/experiential factors, environment) in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the etiology and development of irritability. In addition to her recent K99/R00 Award, Dr. Tseng’s work has been recognized by other prestigious awards and organizations including the Society of Biological Psychiatry Travel Award (2015), Career Development Institute for Bipolar Disorder (2015), NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (2015), and the NIMH OFT Trainee Travel Award (2016).

  • Associate Professor Term; Director, HIV Clinical Services, Internal Medicine; Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, Yale Medicine

    My mission is to be able to serve the most diverse population possible. My passion is with HIV care and I have been involved with patients throughout my entire medical career. My goal is to find solutions to help control and possible eradicate HIV from the community.

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (AIDS)

    Jeffrey Wickersham is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the section of infectious diseases.  His research is focused on improving HIV treatment and prevention outcomes among sexual and gender minorities, including transgender women, gay men, and bisexual men.  Dr. Wickersham's research has focused on development of biomedical and behavioral interventions, including peer/patient navigation, implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, development of artificial intelligence-based "chatbot" technology to improve uptake of HIV testing, and adaptation of mHealth applications for transgender women to scale-up HIV testing and linkage to PrEP services. Most of this research is being conducted in Southeast Asia, primarily at sites in Malaysia and Thailand.

    Active Research 

    Dr. Wickersham has several active, NIH-funded research studies. He is currently PI/MPI on the following studies:

    • Developing an Artificial Intelligence Chatbot to Promote HIV Testing 
      • Grant No:  R21AI152927
      • Description:  This NIAID-funded R21 focuses on the development and evaluation of an artificial intelligence-based "chatbot" application to improve uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men (MSM), including gay and bisexual men, in Malaysia.  The project will leverage machine learning technology to create an adaptive and resourceful tool that links and retains vulnerable, high-risk MSM in routine HIV testing and prevention services.
    • Improving HIV testing and PrEP for transgender women through mHealth
      • Grant No:  R21AI157857
      • Description:  This multiple PI award (Yale: Jeffrey Wickersham; UConn: Roman Shrestha) aims to adapt and evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a mHealth smartphone application to improve HIV testing uptake and retention, as well as facilitate linkage to PrEP, for transgender women in Malaysia. The selected application will include a clinician's portal that can empower smaller, community-based health care providers to engage with transgender patients and facilitate continuity of care.

  • Assistant Professor; Director of Simulation Research; Associate Fellowship Director, Medical Simulation

    Ambrose Wong, MD, MSEd, MHS, is a physician-scientist in the Department of Emergency Medicine, with a focus on teamwork, patient safety, behavioral health, and healthcare disparities. He is the Research Director and Associate Fellowship Director at the Yale Center for Medical Simulation. He also has expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods techniques for health services research.

    He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia in Microbiology & Immunology in Vancouver, Canada and attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Ambrose obtained his Emergency Medicine residency training at NYU & Bellevue Hospitals Center in New York City, serving as chief resident physician in his final year. He subsequently completed a medical simulation fellowship at NYU School of Medicine & New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences. He received a Master of Science in Health Professions Education at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

    Dr. Wong applies healthcare simulation technology to address workplace violence and improve behavioral care in the emergency setting. He has authored eighteen peer-reviewed publications on behavioral emergency care and received an NIH NCATS KL2 & YCCI Scholar Award to implement an agitation code team response intervention. He is the current recipient of an NIMH K23 career development award to investigate the use of health IT in preventing episodes of agitation for behavioral patients in the emergency department.

  • Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Chief of Pathology, Comparative Medicine

    Caroline Zeiss is a Professor of Comparative Medicine, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.  She is Chief of Pathology in Comparative Medicine, and established and directed its Pathology Research Core from 2005-2019. Trained as an anatomic pathologist and laboratory animal veterinarian, Dr. Zeiss specializes in comparative neuropathology, ophthalmic pathology and non-human primate pathology. Her experience in neuropathology intersects with her research in animal to human translation of therapies for neurologic disease, and the graduate level course she teaches in comparative neuroanatomy. Similarly, her interest in non-human primate pathology stems from her ongoing clinical role as a laboratory animal clinician, almost exclusively practicing with simians. Dr. Zeiss’ expertise in ophthalmic pathology is informed by her research training in genetics and pathology of large animal models for retinitis pigmentosa. She has published broadly on ocular diseases of laboratory, wild and domestic animals. In collaboration with industry and academic researchers, she performs safety and efficacy pathology studies for ophthalmic interventions. 

    Dr. Zeiss’ research interest focuses primarily on understanding aspects of animal model use that impede translation of promising animal studies to humans. Her interest lies in neurologic disease, particularly in progressive neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. She has applied biomedical informatics, natural language processing and networks analysis to aid large scale evaluation of animal use patterns and the relationship of these to eventual FDA approval. Prior to these efforts, she led an independently funded laboratory focusing on mechanisms of neurodegeneration in retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. She is the Co-Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Yale, specifically to perform comparative neuropathologic analyses of aging primate brains. 

    Most recently, her translational work has broadened with award of two recent COVID grants, one to determine when COVID will reach endemic status, and the other to assess the impact of concurrent influenza and SARS-CoV-2 infection in hamsters.  

    Dr. Zeiss' contributions to veterinary education have been through her membership on the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (Chair, 2019), the accrediting body for all US, Canadian and some international veterinary schools. She is currently a member of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, residing within the National Academy of Sciences. 

    She received her veterinary degree (with distinction) from the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort) in South Africa. Following an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery (University of Pennsylvania), she completed her Anatomic Pathology Residency training and received her PhD degree from Cornell University.

    Dr. Zeiss is board certified in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology (2005) and Laboratory Animal Medicine (2012).