Executive Board Members

    Amanda West

 

 

Program: Pathways

Educational Background: BS in Biology, Community Health and Environmental Science; MPH in Global Health from Tufts University

Research Interests: Infectious disease, health disparities and transgender health

Other Activities: Reading, knitting, taewondo, attempting to get my plants to grow

Michael Fuchs

 

Program: Pathways
Educational Background: BS in Applied Mathematics-Biology and Economics from Brown University
Research Interests: Clinical epidemiology, cancer, genetics, and pediatrics
Other Activities: Crimson Care Collaborative, running, painting, hiking

   Daniel Selgrade

 

Program:  MMSc Immunology
Educational Background: AB Harvard College; Concentration, Molecular and Cellular Biology; Secondary, Women and Gender Studies
Research Interests: Systems biology, synthetic biology, diseases of metabolic dysfunction and translational medicine
Other Activities: Yoga, Triathlon, Healthcare for the Homeless, Cooking

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Jennifer Potter is a clinician educator and innovator whose scholarly work focuses on reducing health disparities among populations of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, enhancing the competency with which clinicians communicate with regard to  ‘sensitive’ topics, such as sexuality, and implementing clinical quality improvement (QI) initiatives. Currently, Dr. Potter is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, directs women's health programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Fenway Health, and is a Population Scientist in the Fenway Institute—a research facility dedicated to studies focused on optimizing the health of LGBT populations.

Dr. Robert Kitts is originally from NYC, but has been living in Massachusetts for over nine years. He and his husband live in Belmont, MA, and are currently in the process of starting a family. Dr. Kitts is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at HMS and Co-Chair of its new Wellness and Mental Health Initiative. After nine years as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital, he has started a new chapter at MGH at their Chelsea Community Health Center working with the underserved community. He has been engaged in LGBTQ+ healthcare and education since medical school, where he studied physicians and their attitude, knowledge, and behavior related to LGB healthcare.  During his residency, he published and presented on the risk of suicide among LGB adolescents.  As faculty, he helped create the original LAHMS Faculty Out List, which is now even bigger and better, and also established the Rainbow Health Consortium at BCH which brings clinicians and other academicians invested in LGBTQ+ care, education, research, and advocacy together. With the support of many, including HMS students who were part of LAHMS, he helped develop and co-direct the first LGBTQ+ elective for HMS students, Health Care for Individuals with Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Expression, and Sex Development: A Clinical and Scholarly Elective.

Jessica HalemJessica Halem, MBA, LGBT Program Director, leads inclusion and equity efforts for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students, staff, faculty, trainees, and fellows at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. This includes programmatic interventions, resource development and working collaboratively to support LGBTQ issues within Harvard University, the 17 Harvard affiliated hospitals, and the broader community.

Previously, Jessica was the Executive Director of the Lesbian Community Cancer Project in Chicago. She spearheaded the transformation from a small volunteer-led initiative to a nationally recognized organization advancing LGBT health through expertise in training and advocacy. The result was a historic merger with Howard Brown Health Center. She served on the board of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality as well as Barack Obama's first LGBT Advisory Committee for the 2008 campaign.

 

Past Board Members

MS2

  • Michael Girouard 
  • Justin Fazzolari
  • Sean Singer

MS3

  • Christopher Calahan
  • Maya Harary
  • Claire Learmonth
  • William Smith

 MS4

  • Ida Bernstein    
  • Iman Berrahou
  • Jeremy Feng
  • Benjamin Matthews
  • Michal McDowell
  • Andy Nguyen    

 Recent Graduate

  • Cary Crall