Herrman L. Blumgart Internal Medicine Firm
Firm Chief: Wendy Stead, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Program Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship BIDMC
Dr. Stead is an Infectious Diseases specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical
School. She received her bachelor's degree in English Literature from
George Washington University and her MD from the University of
Massachusetts. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Beth
Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2000, staying on to serve as a Chief
Medical Resident. She completed her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at
BIDMC in 2003 and joined the faculty with a joint appointment in both the
division of Infectious Diseases and the division of General Medicine and
She has been actively involved in teaching at both BIDMC and HMS. She
served as Co-director of the Medicine Sub-internship at BIDMC before
assuming her current positions as Program Director of the ID fellowship and
Associate Firm Chief of the Robinson Medical Firm. As a faculty member
since 2003, she has won teaching awards in the Department of Medicine and
the Infectious Diseases division. She is a regular lecturer at several
Harvard CME courses. She completed a Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education
at the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research in 2010 and
continues to engage in medical education research in the areas of
Interprofessional Education and Infectious Diseases curriculum development.
After many years of serving as the Associate Firm Chief of the Robinson
Firm, Wendy has recently been appointed to lead the Blumgart Firm. Dr.
Stead is married to Jay Jakimczyk, a pediatrician practicing in Acton MA.
They have two children, Nicky and Isabel.
Associate Firm Chief: William Aird, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Faculty, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Dr. Aird is a member of the Hematology/Oncology Division at the Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard
Medical School. He completed his hematology fellowship at the Brigham and
Women’s Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Since joining the BIDMC Dr. Aird has directed an
NIH-funded research program focused on endothelial cell biology. He attends
on the Hematology consult service, sees patients in Hematology outpatient
clinic, and serves as Research Firm Chief, providing research mentorship to
the medical housestaff.
George S. Kurland Internal Medicine Firm
Firm Chief: James Heffernan, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Primary Care Section Chief, Division of General Medicine & Primary Care
Dr. Heffernan is the Medical Director of Healthcare Associates (HCA), the
academic, hospital-based, primary care practice of the Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at
Harvard Medical School and Kurland Firm Chief. In his role as Medical
Director of HCA, Dr. Heffernan oversees the care of a diverse and medically
complex population of 40,000 patients who seek care at the level of 100,000
visits annually with their providers in HCA - faculty, housestaff, nurse
practitioners and licensed clinical social workers. As Kurland Firm Chief,
he works on the inpatient service teaching, mentoring and supporting the
quarter of the medical housestaff assigned to Kurland Firm for the 3 years
of their training.
Dr. Heffernan is a cum laude graduate in Chemistry from Harvard College and
an Alpha Omega Alpha and magna cum laude graduate of the Boston University
School of Medicine. He did his housestaff training followed by a Chief
Residency at the Boston City Hospital and joined the faculty at BCH and the
Boston University School of Medicine in July 1981. He served in a number of
roles during the following 15 years at BCH: primary care physician,
emergency department physician and paramedic control physician, Director of
the General Medicine Consultation Service, Associate Director of the
inpatient medical service, and others. He obtained his Masters in Public
Health from the Boston University School of Public Health in 1992. In July of 1996 he joined the faculty of the Beth Israel Hospital as the
Medical Director of HCA.
Dr. Heffernan has edited/authored one medical textbook on acute care
medicine and has contributed chapters to a number of ambulatory texts. His
clinical interests include back pain, consultation medicine, the medical
effects of alcohol and the management of alcohol withdrawal and the use of
newer technologies in supporting medical decision-making. He has been a
regular speaker at CME courses at both BU and Harvard and more recently at
PriMed. He has received teaching awards as a faculty member at both BCH and
BIDMC. He has also been active in the Society of General Internal Medicine,
as a founder of their Innovations in Practice Management initiative and
chairman of a number of review committees. He served on the SGIM National
Program Committee as a committee chairperson for the 2008 meeting.
Dr. Heffernan is married to M. Anita Barry, MD, MPH, the Director of
Communicable Disease Control for the City of Boston and an infectious
diseases specialist and Director of the Tuberculosis Clinic at Boston
Medical Center. They have two children - Caity and Tim. They live with
their two golden retrievers, on the South Shore.
Associate Firm Chief: Barbra Blair, MD
Dr. Blair is an Infectious Diseases specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her bachelor's
degree in Mathematics from Dartmouth College and her MD from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2002. She completed a clinical fellowship in Infectious Diseases at BIDMC and a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She joined the faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess in 2016 after spending several years at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge.
She has been actively involved in teaching at both BIDMC and HMS having been previously awarded the Massachusetts ID Society Edward Kass Award and the HMS Leo A. Blackwell Teaching Award. Before coming to BIDMC, she served as Co-director of the HMS Medicine Sub-internship at Mount Auburn Hospital before assuming the role of Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mount Auburn. Since joining the faculty of the Infectious Disease Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Blair has established an Immunocompromise Host Curriculum for the ID Fellowship Program, established herself as faculty in several HMS courses and serves as the Associate Chief of the Kurland Firm.
Dr. Blair was born and raised in the Boston suburbs and currently resides in Boston with her husband Nathaniel, a PhD neuroscientist and their two children, Colin and Bridget.
Stephen H. Robinson Internal Medicine Firm
Firm Chief: Robert H. Shmerling, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program BIDMC
Dr. Shmerling is a graduate of Tufts University (1979) and Harvard Medical
School (1983); he completed his internship and residency training at Beth
Israel Hospital in 1986 and a combined Primary Care and Rheumatology
Fellowship at Beth Israel and Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1989. He is
currently an Associate Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is an
active teacher in the Internal Medicine Residency Program, serving as
Associate Firm Chief of the Robinson Firm from 1991 to 1998 and as its Firm
Chief from 1998 through the present. He is also Program Director for the
BIDMC Rheumatology Fellowship Program. His clinical interests include gout,
rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. He has published research and
review articles exploring the usefulness of commonly ordered diagnostic
tests including the rheumatoid factor, anti-nuclear antibody (ANA),
anti-neutrophilic cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) and analyses of synovial
fluid. Currently, he is working on a study examining the early experience
with anti-cyclic citrullinated protein (anti-CCP) testing. He also serves
as a Senior Editor of Internet Publishing at Harvard Health Publications
and is a regular reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine,
Arthritis and Rheumatism and Arthritis Care and Research. He is married to
Lisa Carron Shmerling, an attorney, and has two daughters.
Associate Firm Chief: John Butter, MD
Dr. John Butter is a graduate of Williams College (1985) and Northwestern
University Medical School (1991). He completed his internship and residency
at Beth Israel Hospital in 1994 and is passionate about his career as a
general internist and medical educator.
At Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Butter served on the General Internal
Medicine faculty from 1994 to 1997 where he directed ambulatory education
for the Dartmouth medical residents.
In 1997, he joined the General Medicine faculty at Northwestern University
in Chicago where he served as associate professor of medicine until 2015.
In his 18 year tenure at Northwestern Medical School, he served as a Firm
Chief, Associate Residency Director in charge of Ambulatory Education, and
Director of the Clinical Education Center. He was instrumental in the
design and implementation of the innovative clinical skills education
component of Northwestern’s undergraduate medical curriculum renewal from
2012 to 2014. He has also held national education leadership positions with
the Society of General Internal Medicine including Chair of the Practice
Committee and Chair of the Quality and Practice Innovation Award Committee.
His research interests including simulation in medical education in which
rigorous practice and feedback demonstrated improved clinical skills.
Dr. Butter currently practices General Internal Medicine at Health Care
Associates where his interests include diagnostic dilemmas and the
interplay of medical illness and emotional distress.
Dr. Butter’s return to BIDMC in 2015 was motivated by his wife, the
Reverend Sarah Butter, accepting a call to serve as head of staff of The
Village Church in Wellesley where they live with their two daughters, ages
11 and 13. He is delighted to continue his medical career at BIDMC and
finds great joy and satisfaction in working with patients, learners and
colleagues to advance the best possible practice of medicine.
James Tullis Internal Medicine Firm
Associate Firm Chief: Deepa Rangachari, MD
Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Program Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship BIDMC
Dr. Deepa Rangachari is a medical oncologist in the Division of
Hematology/Oncology at BIDMC, with a focus on thoracic and breast oncology.
She received her BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biologyfrom Dartmouth
College and her MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of
Medicine. She subsequently completed her post-graduate training in Internal
Medicine and Hematology/Oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she
served as Assistant Chief of Service of the Longcope Firm and Chief Fellow
in the Departments of Medicine and Oncology, respectively.
Her clinical and academic interests include management of advanced thoracic
and breast malignancies, with an emphasis on palliative care and
integration of targeted therapeutic strategies. She is additionally
involved in evaluating behavioral outcomes following development and
implementation of novel curricula for housestaff and fellows in Internal
Medicine and Hematology/Oncology, respectively, and has completed formal
training in curriculum development during her time at Johns Hopkins. In
addition to her role as Associate Chief for the Tullis Firm, Dr. Rangachari
serves as Associate Program Director for the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship
Program at BIDMC.
Deepa hails from the suburbs of Chicago, but has made Boston her home since
joining the faculty at BIDMC in 2014, along with her husband Dr. Robert
Hallowell (Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care). Deepa and Rob have 2
Associate Firm Chief: Jeffrey William, MD
Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Jeffrey H. William is a nephrologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Firm Chief of the Tullis Firm. He completed his residency training at BIDMC as a member of the Clinician Educator Track where he developed and published online modules in high-yield clinical nephrology. After completing his nephrology fellowship at BIDMC, he went on to graduate from the Medical Education Research Fellowship in The Academy at Harvard Medical School. He has been recognized by the BIDMC housestaff with teaching awards at the conclusion of both his residency and fellowship, including the 2014 Fellow Teaching Award. His research and educational endeavors cover a wide variety of disciplines in education and nephrology. He currently serves as core faculty at HMS in the pre-clinical physiology courses and was awarded the 2017 Donald O'Hara Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching in pre-clinical coursework at HMS.