Experts
    • Internal Medicine

    David A. Ansell, MD, MPH is the senior vice president and associate provost for community health equity, as well as the Michael E. Kelly Professor of Medicine, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He began his career at Cook County Hospital holding a number of positions from intern to Chief of General Medicine. His research and advocacy has been focused on eliminating health inequities. In 2011 he published a memoir of his times at County Hospital, County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital. His latest book is The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills.

  • Rachel Bishop is pursuing an MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is currently serving as a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow at the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in the Massachusetts state house. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2013 with a major in neuroscience, where she co-authored several articles on synaptic plasticity in the spinal cord and mesolimbic dopamine system. Most recently, she worked as the Program Manager with Health Leads at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, supervising the delivery of social service referrals to 1400+ Medicaid patients annually. She is primarily interested in reproductive justice, medical racism, and the socio-political determinants of health. Rachel brings her experience implementing a social determinants of health program as well as her passion for grassroots organizing to her graduate studies, where she is concentrating in Women, Gender, and Health.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Primary Care
    • Health Services Research
    • Social Justice
    • Health Disparities
    Fellow, General Internal Medicine
    Fellow, General Internal Medicine
    • General Internal Medicine Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

    Dr. Utibe Essien is a General Internal Medicine Primary Care and research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the intersection between race and socioeconomic status on chronic and cardiovascular disease outcomes. As a resident, he co-founded the Social Justice Interest Group and was Chair of Resident and Fellows Committee of the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion for which he received the Department of Medicine Allan F. Moore Memorial Award for Community Service Award. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

    Mariana Arcaya is an assistant professor of urban planning and public health in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She is a social epidemiologist and urban planner whose work explores dynamic relationships between geographic contexts, particularly neighborhoods, and health. Arcaya conducts scholarly and policy-relevant research in two main areas: 1) bi-directional relationships between place and health, including how health considerations shape socioeconomic outcomes for individuals and communities, and, 2) applied and translational research on the social determinants of health, particularly health risk factors shaped by urban policy and planning decisions. Prior to joining MIT's faculty, Arcaya was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. She holds a Doctorate of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Obesity Medicine
    • Health Policy
    • Medical Research
    Obesity Medicine Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
    Obesity Medicine Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
    Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA is an obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is one of only a handful of people in the United States who is fellowship trained in obesity medicine. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Stanford received her BS and MPH from Emory University, her MD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, and her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She served as a health communications fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and worked as a behavioral sciences intern at the American Cancer Society. Upon completion of her MPH, she received the Gold Congressional Award, the highest honor that Congress bestows upon America’s youth. Dr. Stanford has completed a medicine and media internship at the Discovery Channel, and authored a USMLE Step 1 medical review text. She has published fifteen articles in medical peer-reviewed journals. Her current research focuses on obesity, health disparities, and health policy. An American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award recipient in 2005, she was also selected for the AMA Paul Ambrose Award for national leadership among resident physicians in 2009. Dr. Stanford completed her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine/Palmetto Health. She recently completed her term as a member of the World Medical Association Junior Doctors Network executive board. The American College of Physicians selected her as the 2013 recipient of the Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award, an award presented to the Associate member of the College who has demonstrated qualities that exemplify the College's mission "to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine". At the MGH Weight Center, she serves as an obesity medicine & nutrition physician. She cares for adult and pediatric patients with overweight and obesity. In this capacity, she works to provide behavioral, pharmacologic, and bariatric surgery pre and post-op care. Dr. Stanford is a nationally recognized obesity medicine expert. She was invited as the keynote speaker on the topic of obesity prior to the 2013 American Medical Association vote to acknowledge obesity as a chronic disease. She has been the featured speaker for numerous other medical organizations, and she has been featured on all major broadcast news outlets in the United States. Dr. Stanford teaches 1st and 2nd year Harvard Medical School students in their nutrition and health policy courses. She is a 2014 recipient of the Certificate for Excellence in Tutoring in the Harvard Medical School Health Policy New Pathway course.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Associate Professor & Associate Program Director for Faculty Development of the Medicine Residency Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

    Barbara Gottlieb, MD, MPH has been a primary care physician at Brookside Community Health Center since 1981. Her clinical practice focuses on minority and underserved populations and women's health. She has developed clinical and community health interventions addressing the problems that underlie poor health outcomes in minority communities. She is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Program Director for Faculty Development of the Medicine Residency Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health where she teaches public health practice and gender and mental health. She participates in policy and advocacy work at the local and national level, focusing on reproductive health and the health of underserved communities.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Director at Disparities Solutions Center

    Dr. Betancourt is the founder and director of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC), Senior Scientist at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internal Medicine physician. He is also the founder and leader of Quality Interactions, an industry-leading company that focuses on training in cross-cultural communication for health care professionals. Dr. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health care disparities and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees on this topic, including the one that produced the landmark report, Unequal Treatment. Dr. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and advises private industry, government, and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He sits on the Boston Board of Health; the Board of Trinity Health, a large national health system; and sat on the Board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston.  He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow.

    Dr. Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and received his Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

    • Deputy Director at Disparities Solutions Center

    In her role as Deputy Director at the Disparities Solutions Center, Ms. Tan-McGrory works closely with the Director to chart the Center’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the Center’s services. Aswita Tan-McGrory is a key member of the senior management team and supervises the broad portfolio of projects and administration of the Center. These include collaborations with internal and external partners on guidance on collecting race, ethnicity, language and other social determinants of health data; developing disparities dashboards that stratify quality measures by race, ethnicity, and language; and developing recommendations for data collection in pediatric patients.

    Ms. Tan-McGrory also oversees the Disparities Leadership Program, an executive-level leadership program on how to address disparities, as well as the Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum, a national conference for healthcare leaders interested in addressing disparities in quality. Ms. Tan-McGrory serves on several executive committees, including the MGH Diversity Committee, the MGH Executive Committee on Community Health and the Partners Health Equity and Quality Committee. In addition, Ms. Tan-McGrory sits on the board of the Massachusetts Public Health Association.

    Her interests are in providing equitable care to underserved populations and she has over 20 years of professional experience in the areas of disparities, maternal/child health, elder homelessness, and HIV testing and counseling. She received her Master of Business Administration from Babson College and her Master of Science in Public Health, with a concentration in tropical medicine and parasitology, from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Ms. Tan-McGrory is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer where she spent 2 years in rural Nigeria, West Africa, on water sanitation and Guinea Worm Eradication projects.

    She received a YMCA Achievers award in 2017 for community service and professional achievement, and in 2016 was selected as a Pioneer as part of a groundbreaking initiative Children’s Wellbeing initiative by Ashoka Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    • Emergency Medicine
    • Senior Faculty at Disparities Solutions Center

    Dr. Landry is Senior Faculty at the Disparities Solutions Center, Associate Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Faculty Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School. He received his BS from Prairie View A&M University in 2002, MD from the University of Alabama in 2006 and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2009. In 2010, he earned an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He completed the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy in 2010 as well.  In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Landry is involved in research on emergency department utilization trends, disparities in care and quality of care. He works with numerous organizations to eliminate health disparities and increase diversity in the health care workforce. Dr Landry mentors students from high school to medical school encouraging careers in the health professions. 

    • Internal Medicine
    • Senior Faculty at Disparities Solutions Center

    Dr. Lenny López is Senior Faculty at the Disparities Solutions Center, Chief of Hospital Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. López is an internist trained at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), who completed the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Hospital Medicine fellowship at BWH. Dr. López joined the Mongan Institute for Health Policy (MIHP) in 2008 after his research fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School until 2015. With an ultimate goal of reducing healthcare disparities in cardiovascular disease and diabetes, his current research addresses issues relating to patient safety and language barriers, optimizing primary care clinical services for Latinos with cultural and linguistic barriers, and using health information technology to decrease disparities. A second line of research is investigating the epidemiology of acculturation among Latinos in the US and its impact on the prevalence and development of cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes. This research will help inform how to better design clinical interventions for improving chronic disease management among Latinos. Finally, Dr. López also teaches medical students and residents, with lectures and preceptorships. Dr. López received his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, in 2004. At Harvard University, he received a Master of Divinity in 1999 and a Master of Public Health in 2005.