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Vice-Chairs

Mark Aronson, MD

Vice-Chair for Quality, Department of Medicine
 

Mark Aronson is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Medicine, and Associate Chief of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

A primary care internist serving a large panel of patients, including many distinguished Boston physicians, Dr. Aronson also founded the BIDMC Hospital Medicine program that now cares for one half of the general medicine admissions to the Hospital. Dr. Aronson in his role as Chief of the George Kurland Firm at BIDMC served as the educational leader of one of the 4 inpatient medical services for more than 20 years. There he won a reputation as one of the pre-eminent teachers for Harvard's medical students, residents, fellows and faculty.

Dr. Aronson is the founding director of the Stoneman Center for Quality Improvement at BIDMC. Focusing on improving patient safety and quality of care, the Center has created imaginative and effective interventions in both clinical and educational programs within the Medical Center. The Stoneman Center created the first comprehensive training program in quality improvement and patient safety for medical residents in the country. Its work has informed similar efforts nationwide.

Dr. Aronson has served as a Director of Harvard's Risk Management Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is Deputy Director for Harvard's premier CME course, Pri-Med, attracting annually over 30,000 physicians and nurse practitioners to conferences in 7 cities throughout the country. He is Co-Editor in Chief of the Adult Medicine and Primary Care Section of Up-to-Date in Medicine, the electronic text that has become the most widely used medical textbook in the world.
Author of numerous scholarly articles and editor of 4 books, Dr Aronson's research has focused on making evidence-based medical care more cost effective and on improving medical safety and quality for both hospitalized and ambulatory patients.

Named among the Best Doctors in Boston and in the USA on several occasions, in 2007 Dr. Aronson was named a Master of the American College of Physicians. In 2007 he received the Career Achievement in Medical Education award from the Society of General Internal Medicine, its highest award for medical education.
 

Barbara Kahn, MD 

Vice-Chair for Research Strategy, Department of Medicine

Barbara Kahn Vice Chair Medicine The George R. Minot Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Barbara Kahn served as Chief of BIDMC's Diabetes Unit and Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism before being appointed as a Vice-Chair in the Department of Medicine. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and was the 2010-2011 Daniels Fellow in Medical Sciences at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Dr. Kahn received her MD from Stanford University and an MS in Health and Medical Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. After internal medicine residency at the UC Davis Medical Center, she began her career in molecular research as an Endocrine Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

An internationally-recognized scientist in the studies of obesity and diabetes, Dr. Kahn's lab investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying these conditions, including the regulation of insulin action, food intake, and energy balance. Her work establishing the fat cell as an endocrine organ has led to important insights into type 2 diabetes pathogenesis and new therapeutic approaches.

Dr. Kahn's numerous awards include the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award from the American Diabetes Association; the Jacobaeus Prize from the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Karolinska Institute; the Charles Best Lectureship and Award from the University of Toronto; and the Gerald D. Aurbach Award Lecture for scientific discovery from the Endocrine Society. Dr. Kahn is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and holds a MERIT Award from NIH. She has authored nearly 200 publications.

Dr. Kahn served on the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association and on both the Diabetes and Obesity Committees of the American Heart Association. She has been a consultant to the NIH National Diabetes Advisory Board and the NHLBI/NIH Working Group on the Pathophysiology of Obesity-Associated Cardiovascular Disease. Currently, she represents BIDMC on an inter-institutional steering committee for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She has mentored numerous trainees who have become outstanding independent scientists. Dr. Kahn was cited as one of the "Top Doctors in Boston" by Boston Magazine.

Gordon J. Strewler, MD

Vice-Chair for Education, Department of Medicine 

Gordon "Buck" Strewler grew up in northern Minnesota and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1968. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School Class of 1971 and then served as an intern and resident at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, the predecessor of Brigham and Womens. After clinical and research training in Endocrinology-Metabolism at the National Institutes of Health, he joined the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco in 1979. He is an expert in calcium and bone metabolism; his laboratory identified, sequenced and cloned the parathyroid hormone-related protein, PTHrP, developed the first assay to detect PTHrP in patients with hypercalcemia, and led the way to the understanding of its role in disease. He was Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Endocrine Unit at the SFVAMC and also directed the UCSF Endocrinology Fellowship Program for many years.

Dr. Strewler returned to Boston in 1996 to become Chief of Medicine at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center (now part of the VA Boston Healthcare System), Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Womens Hospital. In 2001 he moved to Beth Israel Deaconess, where he is now the Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine for Educational and Clinical Affairs and a member of the Division of Endocrinology. In 2001 Dr. Strewler also became Master of the Walter Bradford Cannon Society, one of five academic societies in which students at Harvard Medical School spend their academic lives.

At BIDMC Dr Strewler is directly involved with residents in several ways. He manages the resident research program, meeting with residents to help find mentors, tracking their progress and helping when things get difficult, and he teaches the Research for Residents course with Dr Mukamal. He works with faculty advisers in the Physician-Scientist Program. He is the adviser for the Resident Journal Club and oversees the Firm System. Dr Strewler is deeply engaged in recruitment and in crafting unique programs for residents with special talents in research, education, health care quality or global health.

Peter F. Weller, MD

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine

Dr. Peter Weller is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Co-Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division and Chief of the Allergy and Inflammation Division in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He also serves as the Vice-Chair for Research for the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Weller's research studies, supported principally by longstanding NIH RO1 grants, have focused on delineating basic mechanisms of leukocyte functioning in forms of inflammation. The two principal areas of investigation are: 1) the immunobiology of eosinophilic leukocytes and 2) the intracellular regulation and compartmentalization of inducible mediators of inflammation in neutrophils and other leukocytes. These investigations are pertinent to the roles of eosinophils in allergic and anti-parasite immune responses and to the cellular biology of leukocytes underlying their functions in infectious and immune inflammatory responses.

Dr. Weller's clinical areas of interest and expertise include parasitic infectious diseases and allergic diseases. In both areas, Dr. Weller has a record of continuing contributions, including as the parasitic diseases Editor for the Journal of Infectious Diseases and UpToDate and the Co-Editor of the very well-reviewed text, Tropical Infectious Diseases: Principles, Pathogens and Practice, now in its second edition. For eosinophilic and allergic diseases, Dr. Weller has chaired an NIH/FDA panel related to the Churg-Strauss Syndrome, has authored chapters in major textbooks about eosinophilic diseases and been invited to lecture and lead seminars about eosinophilic diseases at national allergy, pulmonary, infectious diseases and hematology meetings.

Dr. Weller's teaching contributions have included lectures for HMS, HST and HSPH students on parasitic infections and eosinophilic diseases. He has consistently been a teacher of students, residents and fellows as a longstanding annual Attending Physician on the Medicine and Infectious Diseases services at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Contact Information

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