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Mass General Welcomes Dr. Christine Ritchie
Dr. Christine Ritchie Joins MGH as Director of the Center for Aging and Serious Illness Research at The Mongan Institute, the Minaker Chair in Geriatrics, and Director of Research for the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine
We're excited to announceDr. Ritchie is the Minaker Chair in Geriatrics and Director of Research for the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). At MGH, she is also working to establish the Center for Aging and Serious Illness at the Mongan Institute. Prior to joining MGH, Dr. Ritchie was the Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professor in Clinical Translational Research and Aging in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Ritchie is a board-certified geriatrician and palliative care physician with long-standing experience in clinical care delivery and advanced illness research. With Dr. Bruce Leff, Dr. Ritchie co-leads the National Home-based Primary Care and Palliative Care Network, where they are seeking to improve care for home bound older adults through research, quality improvement and policy initiatives. Dr. Ritchie served as medical director of Clinical Programs in the UCSF Office of Population Health and Accountable Care. She is also an inaugural member of the NIH-funded national Palliative Care Research Cooperative. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Palliative Medicine, serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, and is on the Board of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Read about Dr. Ritchie's leadership and research in palliative care, as well as her new role at MGH, here.
Dr. Andrea Foulkes Joins MGH as Director of Biostatistics at The Mongan Institute and Director of the Biostatistics Center in the MGH Division of Clinical Research
Dr. Andrea Foulkes has joined MGH as the Director of the Biostatistics Center in the Division of Clinical Research (DCR) and the Director of Biostatistics at The Mongan Institute. Andrea will have her primary MGH and HMS appointments in the Mongan Institute within the Department of Medicine. Dr. Foulkes will be helping The Mongan Institute formulate our future program in biostatistics, data analytics, data access, and methods.
Andrea Foulkes received a B.A. in Mathematics from Brown University in 1994 and an Sc.D. in Biostatistics from Harvard School of Public Health in 2000. She completed post-doctoral training at Harvard in 2002. Thereafter she held faculty positions in biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts. Most recently she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and co-Director of the Program in Data Science at Mount Holyoke College.
Dr. Foulkes has extensive experience in NIH-funded research, including serving as PI for research methods R01 and R15 grants, and has served on numerous grant review committees both as a reviewer and study section chair. She has extraordinary experience as a PhD and post-doctoral research supervisor and mentor, as well as extensive experience teaching and developing curriculum in research methods and biostatistics. Among her diverse array of academic interests include developing approaches that bridge data science, global health and human rights; an ongoing project on Open (R) Resources in Statistical Genomics defining best practices for genomic data pre-processing, analysis and post-analytic interrogation and visualization; and applied statistical genetics using R including analysis of big data in biomedicine. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Foulkes has authored text books including Applied Statistical Genetics with R, as well as co-founding statsTeachR (www.statsteachr.org), an open-access, online repository of modular lesson plans for teaching statistics using R at the undergraduate and graduate level, complemented by open-source R packages related to methods that Dr. Foulkes has developed.
Mongan Institute Faculty Testifies Before House Oversight Committee on Cost of HIV Prevention Drugs
On Thursday, May 16th, 2019, Mongan Institute faculty, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, testified before the House Oversight Committee on the value and cost of Truvada, a pill used for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). In her testimony, Dr. Walensky addresses the high cost of Truvada, highlighting disparities in access based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and geography.
View the hearing on "HIV Prevention Drug: Billions in Corporate Profits after Millions in Taxpayer Investments," including testimony from Dr. Walensky, below.
Read Dr. Walensky's written testimony here.
Mongan Institute Faculty Awards and Honors in 2019
Wenjie Ma, ScD, from the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit was awarded a 2019 MGH Fund for Medical Discovery Postdoctoral Fellowship Award by the MGH Executive Committee on Research.
Erica Warner, ScD, MPH, from the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit received 2019 MGH Scientist Development Awards from the MGH Executive Committee on Research and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
Andrew Chan, MD, MPH, was named the Director for Cancer Epidemiology in the MGH Cancer Center, a critical new role that will enhance collaboration across the Department and bolster MGH's world-renowned cancer research. In addition to this new endeavor, Andrew will maintain his responsibilities as Chief of the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit in the Department (CTEU) and Vice Chief for Clinical Research in the Gastroenterology Division.
Travis P. Baggett, MD, MPH, was selected for the 2019 Department of Medicine Stephen M. Krane, MD Lectureship Award. The Stephen M. Krane, MD Award was established in 2000 to recognize outstanding young faculty within the Department of Medicine and their contributions to clinical and/or basic research.
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA was elected Vice Chair of the Minority Affairs Section of the American Medical Association! Read more here.