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Program Leadership

Mark Lawrence Zeidel, MD

Chairman, Department of Medicine 

On July 1, 2005, Dr. Zeidel was appointed the Herrman Ludwig Blumgart Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Physician-in-Chief and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Zeidel was born at the Beth Israel Hospital and grew up in Natick, Massachusetts. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, Dr. Zeidel received simultaneous Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale, graduating summa cum laude. Dr. Zeidel is a graduate of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was elected to the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, and also received the Robert Loeb Award for "excellence in clinical medicine." Dr. Zeidel completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Nephrology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, receiving much of his research training at the Beth Israel Hospital. After training, he remained on faculty until 1993, serving as section chief in Nephrology at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center. Dr. Zeidel moved on to serve as Chief of the Renal-Electrolyte Division in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1996 he was named interim Chair of the Department and was shortly appointed to the Jack D. Myers Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Zeidel's research focuses on mechanisms of water and small molecule flow across biological membranes and on mechanisms of epithelial injury. The first measurements of intracellular pH in renal cells, the discovery that atrial natriuretic peptide and related peptides (such as brain natriuretic peptide) function by blocking renal sodium reabsorption in collecting duct cells, the reconstitution and biophysical definition of the function of aquaporin water channels and the molecular definition of how membranes can be impermeable to gases and water are a few of the major research findings in his laboratories. Dr. Zeidel's research has been recognized by the American Physiological Society, American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. His research has received continuous funding by the NIH for over 20 years.

Dr. Zeidel brings great experience in the areas of clinical care, teaching, and administrative management. The Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh was the first in the United States to appoint a Vice Chair for Quality Improvement during Dr. Zeidel's term as Chair. He spearheaded and implemented a new curriculum at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School to enhance the teaching of residents and fellows. He has made an extremely significant impact on the amount of grants and funds allocated for research. Simultaneously, he has enhanced clinical activity and doubled the Department's revenue.

Dr. Zeidel has served on numerous national committees and boards, and in leadership roles in national organizations. In these settings he has helped define how residency education can be funded in academic medical centers, how mentorship can be improved for future clinical investigators, and how departments of medicine can lead in improving the quality of care.

With this background, the search committee chose Dr. Zeidel to serve as the Herrman L. Blumgart Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the Chair of its Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Physician-in-Chief at Beth Israel Deaconess. Dr. Zeidel's widely recognized clinical and administrative successes are solid proof that he will be a wonderful asset to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, and the Department of Medicine for many years to come.

In response to questions regarding future plans for the Department of Medicine, here is what Dr. Zeidel had to say: "This is an outstanding department of medicine that provides wonderful patient care and superb clinical and research teaching and performs truly important and innovative research. As one of the elite institutions nationally, we are entrusted every year with the very finest trainees at all levels, and we will work to ensure that we provide the very best learning environment for them. We will continue to innovate in delivering excellent, high quality care, and, with the advent of new laboratory space, will build additional exceptionally strong research groups to augment our already superb research portfolio."

Dr. Zeidel's wife, Dr. Susan D. Freedman, is a general internist who practices full time. They have twin daughters who graduated Exeter and recently graduated from Harvard and Yale, and a younger son, also an Exonian, who now attends Tufts.


Gordon J. Strewler, MD

Vice-Chair for Mentoring, Department of Medicine


Gordon J. Strewler MD, Vice-Chair for Mentoring. Dr. "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 Women's Hospital. 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 Women's Hospital. In 2001 he moved to Beth Israel Deaconess, where he was the Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine for Education 2004 – 2014 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 helps to manage the resident research program, meeting with residents to help find mentors, tracking their progress and helping when things get difficult. He works with faculty advisors in the Physician-Scientist Program. With Jon Crocker and other faculty members, he helps to manage the global health program.


Eileen E. Reynolds, MD

Vice-Chair for Education, Department of Medicine


Dr. Reynolds is the Vice Chair for Education, overseeing the educational programs at all levels throughout the department. She moved to this role after spending 13 years as the Program Director.  In addition, she is the Faculty Director of the Linde Family Fellowship in Primary Care Leadership, a newly endowed year long program for emerging leaders.  Her research activities relate to feedback, evaluation, and mentorship of residents; her clinical practice is in general internal medicine and women's health. 

Dr. Reynolds graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in History and Science, and went on to receive her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She served as an intern and resident in primary care internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and then stayed on as a faculty member. After a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she joined the faculty at Penn, where she created and served as the initial Program Director for their Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. An accomplished teacher, she has won teaching awards as a faculty member at UCSF, Penn, and Harvard Medical School. In 2010, she won the ACGME's highest teaching award, the Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award.

Dr. Reynolds is a national leader in medical education. She served a 7-year term on the Residency Review Committee in Internal Medicine, including one year as Vice Chair. During her term, she chaired the committee to rewrite the program requirements that govern residency education in internal medicine. She has participated in numerous efforts of the American College of Physicians, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the Society of General Internal Medicine to define the future of the specialty and of residency training. She is currently the general internal medicine member on the national council of the Association of Specialty Professors (ASP).  

Dr. Reynolds is married to Dr. Daniel Deschler, a head and neck cancer surgeon; their two boys are ages 15 and 17.


Christopher Smith, MD

Director, Internal Medicine Training Program

Dr. Christopher Smith is a general internist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He received a BS degree in biology with presidential honors from Loyola University and his MD degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  After serving as Chief Medical Resident, Dr. Smith completed the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education at the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research and Harvard Medical School. He is an active clinician educator with a large primary care practice.  
 
Dr. Smith is the Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at BIDMC.  In this role he oversees the teaching, administration, and mentoring of 162 residents in the department of medicine.  Prior to becoming Program Director, he was the program’s Senior Associate Director, served as the director of assessment and evaluation, and was Chief of the Blumgart Medical Firm.  He is the Director of the Clinician Educator Track for residents, a novel program that helps internal medicine residents develop the skills needed to succeed as future clinician educators. 

He is the co-Director of the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, a year-long fellowship designed to help Harvard faculty develop the skills necessary to become medical education leaders; in addition, he directs and teaches in several national and international courses on clinical and educational topics.

Dr. Smith has published on a variety of clinical and educational topics, including the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, the teaching and assessment of procedural skills, and medical complications associated with statin medication use in the primary care setting.  Current research endeavors include identifying predictors of success in residency training, creating methods for effective clinical hand-offs, and studying the correlation of clinical and educational skills. 

Dr. Smith is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Herrman L. Blumgart Faculty Award, the Society of General Internal Medicine National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education, and the S. Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Smith is married to an art teacher with whom he has a daughter in middle school.  He enjoys helping to coach his daughter’s soccer team, running, kayaking and traveling with his family.


Howard Libman, MD

Program Director, Primary Care and HIV Primary Care 

Dr. Howard Libman is Ambulatory Training Director of the BIDMC Internal Medicine Residency Program and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He also directs the BIDMC Internal Medicine Residency Program Primary Care and HIV Primary Care Tracks.  In addition, he is Chief of the Education Section of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care.

Dr. Libman received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.  He completed residency training in internal medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland and fellowship training in infectious diseases at Boston University Affiliated Hospitals.  From 1983 to 1993, Dr. Libman was a member of the Section of General Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital.  From 1993 to the present, he has been a clinician educator in the BIDMC Division of General Medicine and Primary Care and serves as Director of the HIV Program in Healthcare Associates, a hospital-based primary care practice with 800 HIV-infected patients.  He is certified as an HIV specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Dr. Libman's career has focused on training medical residents and students in primary care internal medicine, caring for patients with HIV infection, and educating health care practitioners in this field.  He provides regional and international training through his work with the New England AIDS Education and Training Center and the Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam, respectively.  He is co-editor of the textbook, HIV, three editions of which have been published by the American College of Physicians.  He is also a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America national expert panel on HIV primary care guidelines and a core faculty member of the International Antiviral Society-USA.  


Grace Huang, MD

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Training Program 

Dr. Huang is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a hospitalist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She received a BA degree in English and a BS degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 1995, and the MD degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999. She subsequently completed her internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She completed a Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education in 2003, an Academy Fellowship in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School in 2006, and a Picker Fellowship in evidence-based medicine in 2011.  She also serves as the co-director of the BIDMC Academy of Medical Educators and the Director of Assessment for the Center for Education at BIDMC, where she provides faculty development and project mentorship to BIDMC faculty in instrument design, program evaluation, and scholarly writing.  Her research interests are in procedural competence assessment, critical thinking, cognitive error, and medical student education. She is a consultant for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), an associate editor and editorial board member for MedEdPORTAL, an editorial board member for the journal Simulation in Healthcare, and an associate editor for NEJM Journal Watch Hospital Medicine.


Kenneth Mukamal, MD

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Training Program 


Dr. Mukamal is a general internist and clinician-investigator in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mukamal received his undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by a master’s degree in cellular and molecular biology at UCLA. He completed medical school at UCSF and residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. After three years as a clinician-educator, Dr. Mukamal completed the Harvard Faculty Development and Fellowship Program in General Internal Medicine and received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, where he now serves as a Visiting Scientist in Nutrition.  Since his fellowship, he has conducted clinical and population-based research, focused particularly on alcohol consumption and other determinants of cardiovascular disease.  He chaired the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Expert Panel on Alcohol and Chronic Disease Epidemiology in 2011 and was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2012.  

Dr. Mukamal has directed the research curriculum for residents since 2006.  In recognition of his role training residents, students, and fellows, he received the 2012 A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School.


Anjala Tess, MD

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Training Program 

Dr. Tess is a hospitalist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she received a Sc. B. in chemistry. She attended medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and subsequently completed her internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As a hospitalist, Dr. Tess currently teaches on the medical wards and is Director of Education for the Hospital Medicine Program. She has completed a Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education and an Academy Fellowship in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. She created the BIDMC hospital medicine elective, which gives residents a chance to explore hospital medicine as a career. She also directs our novel Stoneman Elective in Patient Safety, and created a program-wide housestaff curriculum. She is Director of Quality and Safety for GME with oversight of all residencies at BIDMC and is Program Director of the HMS Patient Safety Fellowship through CRICO. 


Anita Vanka, MD

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Training Program 


Dr. Anita Vanka has been a faculty member in the Division of General Medicine & Primary Care as a hospitalist, since 2009. She attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received a B.S. in Molecular & Integrative Physiology. She attended medical school at the University of IL as well, and graduated with honors in 2005. Dr. Vanka subsequently completed her internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2008, followed by her chief residency year in the primary care program from 2008-2009. Prior to joining the Division, she spent 5 months working as a volunteer medical educator and ward attending in Kampala, Uganda and Bangalore, India. In our hospital medicine program, Dr. Vanka focuses her efforts on the medical wards and in the Post-Discharge Clinic at Healthcare Associates, bridging the inpatient and outpatient settings.  As a Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education from 2011-2012, she created a Transitions in Care Elective curriculum for a subset of medical residents which is now embedded into the formal curriculum for all residents.  At Harvard Medical School, she teaches in both preclinical and clinical courses, and has been recognized with several Excellence in Tutoring awards.


Julius Yang, MD

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Training Program

Dr. Yang is a hospitalist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Yang completed his undergraduate education at Williams College, and then earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), at the conclusion of which he was awarded the Kathy Swan Ginsburg Award for humanism in medicine. After serving one year as a chief resident at BIDMC, Dr. Yang completed a Fellowship in Medical Education at the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research. In his role as a hospitalist, Dr. Yang actively teaches and mentors residents, interns, and medical students while providing clinical care to patients hospitalized at BIDMC. He was awarded the Herrman L. Blumgart Faculty Award in 2005 for his contributions to housestaff education and professional development. 

In addition to his current role as an associate director of the BIDMC residency program, Dr. Yang serves as the Director of Inpatient Quality for the Department of Health Care Quality at BIDMC, serves as chair of the BIDMC Resuscitation Committee and Inpatient Clinical Applications IT Committee, and is a core faculty member in medical simulation training at BIDMC.


Benjamin Schlechter, MD

Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Training Program


Dr. Benjamin L. Schlechter is an attending in the Division of Hematology and Oncology and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His main area of clinical activity is in gastrointestinal malignancies with a focus on colorectal and anal cancers. He also sees patients with pancreatic, biliary, and neuroendocrine malignancies. His research focuses on clinical applications of tissue microsystems under the direction of Dr. Donald E. Ingber at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. His past research was on early genetic changes in the oncogenesis of breast cancer and genomic assays to assess clonality in multifocal breast tumors. In addition, he has published a review of radioimmunotherapy in lymphoma. His administrative roles including working as Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and helping run the Oncology Hospital Medicine Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Schlechter attended Middlebury College in Vermont where is received his bachelors degree in history. He then attended Boston University where he received his masters degree. He attended medical school at Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine, where he graduated in 2008. He is also a former Chief Medical Resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where received the Lowell McGee Award for Teaching in 2011.


Samir M. Parikh, MD

Resident Research Liaison, Internal Medicine Training Program

Samir Parikh serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, as a staff physician in the Division of Nephrology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and as a principal investigator with joint affiliations in the Division of Nephrology and the Center for Vascular Biology Research.  His research is focused on molecular mechanisms underlying acute kidney injury and sepsis.  His group described Angiopoietin-2 as a candidate marker and mediator of vascular leakage and adverse outcomes in sepsis. Further, they have shown that inhibition of Angiopoietin-2 ameliorates microvascular injury and AKI in models of sepsis. In more recent studies, the Parikh laboratory has explored the molecular basis of tubule pathology in sepsis, implicating mitochondrial biogenesis as a novel pathway for recovery from AKI. Ongoing studies are examining the intersection of epithelial and endothelial signaling in the kidney and exploring mechanistic links between AKI, CKD, and aging. Dr. Parikh graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in chemistry and received the Founder’s Medal from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed post-graduate medical training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Parikh has served as principal investigator on research grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Society of Nephrology, American Heart Association, and American Diabetes Association.


Amy Ship, MD 

Faculty Director, Katherine Swan Ginsburg Humanism in Medicine Program

Amy N. Ship, MD is an internist and educator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received a B.A. with Honors in English Literature from Swarthmore College, an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and her M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Before becoming a doctor, she did curatorial work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum in NY, and was a reporter for a national newspaper. 


She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and served as Chief Resident in Primary Care. She has completed two fellowships in medical education at the Shapiro Institute for Medical Education at BIDMC. She has taught at Harvard Medical School since 1998, including directing Patient-Doctor II, precepting in the Primary Care Clerkship, and tutoring and directing Patient-Doctor III. Dr. Ship supervises the work of three medicine residents annually in weekly clinic sessions and teaches in the ambulatory medicine curriculum at BIDMC. From 1999 – 2012, Dr. Ship was a Deputy Editor of the Clinical Crossroads conference series, published monthly in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Dr. Ship lectures locally and nationally on diverse topics including Giving Bad News, Improving the Art of Physical Diagnosis, Giving Effective Feedback, and Primary Care for Breast Cancer Survivors. Since 2007, Dr. Ship has led workshops for clinicians using literature to facilitate discussion of complex issues and to enhance empathy. For 5 years, she facilitated the Literature and Medicine program sponsored by the Massachusetts Council for the Humanities at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In addition to directing the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Program in the Department of Medicine, she is the Faculty Advisor to the BIDMC Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.


Dr. Ship has received numerous awards for teaching, mentoring, and humanism, and was the recipient of the Kenneth Schwartz Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award in 2009 and the prestigious S. Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2010.


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Residency Training Program
Internal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
West Campus, Deaconess Building, Suite 306
One Deaconess Road
Boston, MA 02215
617-632-8273
617-632-8261
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