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Dean Michelle A. Williams

Michelle A. Williams, SM, ScD, is Dean of the Faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, a joint faculty appointment at the Harvard Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School. She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized academic leader.

Dean Williams joined the Harvard Chan faculty after a distinguished career at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health where she rose through the faculty ranks to become a full professor of epidemiology in 2000. While at the UW, she was very active in the Center for Perinatal Studies at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, becoming co-director from 2000 to 2011, with broad responsibilities for a multidisciplinary research program involving clinical investigators, basic scientists, and epidemiologists.

Dean Williams has published more than 500 peer-reviewed research papers ranging from studies of modifiable behavioral and environmental determinants of adverse health outcomes to genetic and genomic studies of common complications of pregnancy and chronic disorders among children and adults.

Dean Williams has been recognized for her excellence in teaching, as the recipient of the 2015 Harvard Chan School’s Outstanding Mentor Award, the UW’s Brotman Award for excellence in teaching (2007), the American Public Health Association’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award for education in epidemiology (2007), and the White House’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (2012). In 2020, she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and recognized by PR Week as one of the top 50 health influencers of the year.

Dean Williams received her undergraduate degree in biology and genetics from Princeton University in 1984. She has a master’s in civil engineering from Tufts University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

 

Rudolph Tanzi, PhD

Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is the Vice-Chair of Neurology, Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Co-Director of the Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health, and Co-Director of the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tanzi received his B.S. (microbiology) and B.A. (history) at the University of Rochester in 1980 and his Ph.D. (neurobiology) at Harvard Medical School in 1990.

Dr. Tanzi discovered the first Alzheimer’s disease (AD) gene, the amyloid precursor protein (APP) gene, and co-discovered the two other early-onset familial AD genes, presenilin 1 and presenilin 2. As leader of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Alzheimer’s Genome Project, Dr. Tanzi identified several other AD genes, including CD33, the first AD gene shown to regulate neuroinflammation. He also discovered the Wilson’s disease gene and other neurological disease genes.

Dr. Tanzi’s team was the first to use human stem cells to create three-dimensional neural-glial cell culture organoids of AD, dubbed “Alzheimer’s-in-a-Dish”. This model was the first to recapitulate all three key AD pathological hallmarks in vitro, and first to definitively show that amyloid plaques directly cause neurofibrillary tangles. The 3-D model also made drug screening for AD faster and more cost-effective. Using this system, Dr. Tanzi has developed several novel therapies for AD including gamma secretase modulators targeting amyloid pathology (Phase 1 clinical trial planned 2021) and AMX0035 (Phase 2 clinical trial readout in 2021), which was already successful in a clinical trial of ALS and now seeking FDA approval.  Dr. Tanzi also discovered that beta-amyloid plays a functional role in the brain as an anti-microbial peptide, supporting a role for infection in AD pathology.

Dr. Tanzi serves as Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Leadership Group and numerous advisory and editorial boards, He has published over 600 research papers and has received the highest awards in his field, including the Metropolitan Life Foundation Award, Potamkin Prize, Ronald Reagan Award, Silver Innovator Award, the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, and the Brain Research Foundation Award. In 2015, he was named to TIME magazine’s list of TIME100 Most Influential People in the World. Dr. Tanzi is a New York Times bestselling author, who has co-authored the books Decoding Darkness, and the bestsellers, Super Brain, Super Genes, and The Healing Self, with Dr. Deepak Chopra. Dr. Tanzi has hosted several shows on public television, regularly appears on television news programs, and has testified to Congress on both Alzheimer’s disease and brain health.

 

Distinguished Faculty

  • Rudy Allen, Vice President, Human Resources, Goodwill Industries of North Carolina
  • Margaret Baim, MS, NP, Director, Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) Program, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
  • Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Mind Body Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH, Physician/Clinical Investigator, Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Manoj Bhasin, PhD, Director of Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center; Acting Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Ami Bhatt, MD, Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, Director of Research and Innovation, Mindfulness Center, Brown University
  • Anne Brewster, MD, Staff Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Stanwood Chang, Tai Chi Instructor, Tree of Life Tai Chi Center
  • Rana Chudnofsky, MEd, Director of Resilient Youth Program, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
  • Fatima Cody-Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FTOS, Obesity Medicine and Nutrition, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • John Denninger, MD, PhD, Director of Research and Clinical Training, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Michelle Dossett, MD, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California at Davis
  • Maurizio Fava, MD, Psychiatrist in Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital; Director, Division of Clinical Research, MGH Research Institute; Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Research, Slater Family Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Elizabeth Frates, MD, Director of Medical School Education, Institute for Lifestyle Medicine; Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Part-time, Harvard Medical School
  • Gregory Fricchione, MD, Director, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Mind Body Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Peter Grinspoon, MD, Primary Care Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea Healthcare Center; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Daniel Hall, PhD, Clinical Health Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Kathryn Hall, PhD, MPH, Clinical Health Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Aude Henin, PhD, Director, Child Resiliency Programs, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Co-Director, Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Felipe Jain, MD, Director of Healthy Aging Studies, Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Deborah Krivitsky, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Sara Lazar, PhD, Associate Researcher in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Matthew Lee, PhD, Director of Empirical Research, Human Flourishing Program, Harvard University
  • Lesiley Lincoln, MD, Staff Physician, Benson-Henry Institute; Instructor in Medicine, Part-Time, Harvard Medical School
  • Julia Loewenthal, MD, Staff Physician, Division of Aging, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Christina Luberto, PhD, Clinical Health Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Cambridge Health Alliance; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Laura Malloy, LICSW, C-IAYT, Director of Mind Body Program for Successful Aging, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (BHI); Director of Yoga Programs, BHI
  • John Matthews, MD, Medical Director, Bulfinch Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Danielle McLaughlin, MSW, LICSW, Oncology social worker, Swedish Cancer Institute
  • Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Director of Education, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Sharon D. Meyers, Esq., Certified PART Instructor
  • Rachel Millstein, PhD, Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Jacob Mirsky, MD, Staff Physician, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Uma Naidoo, MD, Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Vitaly Napadow, PhD, LicAc, Director, Center for Integrative Pain NeuroImaging (CiPNI), Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
  • Olivia Okereke, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Kerri Palamara-McGrath, MD, Director, Center for Physician Well-Being, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Elyse Park, PhD, MPH, Director of Behavioral Health Research, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Michael Pease, MS, MPPA, CPT, Health Promotion Specialist, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Giselle Perez, PhD, Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Laura Lorusso Peterson, Owner, Breatheyougotthis; Certified PART Instructor
  • Shirly Ramchandani, MD, Staff Physician, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Instructor in Medicine, Part-time, Harvard Medical School
  • Katherine Rosa, PhD, CNP, FNP-BC, Co-Director, SMART Program, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
  • David Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP, Director, Spirituality and Mental Health Program, McLean Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Mark Salvatore, MD, Clinical Director, Pediatric Mind Body Medicine Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Aneeta Saxena, MD, Staff neurologist, Boston Medical Center; Instructor in Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD, Medical Director, Addiction Services and Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Maria Shea, MS, Exercise Physiologist, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Ellen Slawsby, PhD, Director of Chronic Pain Services, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Venkat Srinivasan, MD, Medical Director, Hill Country Lifestyle Medicine
  • James Stahl, MD, CM, MPH, Section Chief, General Internal Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine
  • Kim Stephens, MSN, RN, CNOR, Director, Clinical Systems and Training, SALTA Direct Primary Care and Premier Private Physicians
  • Louisa Sylvia, PhD, Associate Director, Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital; Director, Office of Women's Careers, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Department of of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Ahmed Tawakol, MD, Director of Nuclear Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Kathleen Traynor, RN, MS, FAACVPR, Director, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center, Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center; Immediate Past President, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)
  • Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD, Founder and Director, Integrated Brain Health Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Peter Wayne, PhD, Research Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School