Our Team


BIDMC Laura Burke speaking at the Smith Center
Jennifer Stevens, MD (top left) speaking at a Smith Center research seminar in 2019.

Our team unequivocally embraces inclusiveness and equity. We pledge to continue through our work and actions to shine a light on racial disparities in health access and outcomes, and to identify solutions for positive change. We commit ourselves to being anti-racist, challenging the status-quo and striving for a just world.

Investigators

Robert W. Yeh, MDRobert W. Yeh, MD, MSc, MBA is the Director of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Katz Silver Family Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Field of Outcomes Research in Cardiology at Harvard Medical School. His area of investigation focuses on evaluating cardiovascular devices and therapies in both clinical trials and observational studies, with an emphasis on understanding methods to improve the value of novel technologies as they are used in clinical practice. He serves as the Medical Director of Trial Design for the Baim Institute for Clinical Research. His clinical area of expertise is in interventional cardiology, with an emphasis in coronary chronic total occlusion intervention.

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Dhruv Kazi, MDDhruv Kazi, MD, MSc, MS serves as the Assistant Director of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology and the Director of the Cardiac Critical Care Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is a general cardiologist and health economist who uses real-world data and mathematical modeling to examine the clinical and economic effects of diagnostic tests, new therapies and public health measures on the cardiovascular health of the population. He is interested in understanding how such interventions affect different sections of society, particularly the most vulnerable populations in the U.S. and overseas.

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Daniel Kramer, MDDaniel Kramer, MD, MPH is the Director of Pacemaker and ICD Service at BIDMC and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kramer's research focuses on understanding and improving outcomes for patients with cardiac devices as well as policy analyses relevant to medical device regulation.

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Jordan Strom, MDJordan Strom, MD, MSc is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a non-invasive cardiologist specializing in echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Strom was the inaugural fellow and is now a faculty investigator at the Smith Center, where his research involves evaluation of the impact of public policies and care structures on cardiovascular health outcomes, the role of imaging in health outcomes, and the development of novel tools for pre-procedural risk stratification, especially for valvular heart disease.

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Eric A. Secemsky, MDEric A. Secemsky, MD, MSc is the Director of Vascular Intervention in the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Secemsky's research focuses on the comparative effectiveness of coronary and vascular therapies, with an emphasis on the use of novel statistical methods. He also examines outcomes related to cardiovascular disorders and the use of risk prediction models to guide treatment. Dr. Secemsky's clinical expertise is in vascular medicine and intervention.

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Rishi Wadhera, MDRishi Wadhera, MD, MPP, MPhil is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a general cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He received his MD from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He received a MPhil in Public Health from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Jerome Grossman Health Policy Fellow. His research interests include the impact of national health policy initiatives on healthcare spending, care quality, and outcomes; the impact of these initiatives on racial disparities in care; and the effect of insurance expansions on care delivery and outcomes.

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Timothy Anderson, MD, MASTimothy Anderson, MD, MAS is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a general internist in the Division of General Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is a primary care physician and health services researcher focused on identifying strategies to improve the quality of care delivered to older adults with cardiovascular conditions during transitions of care and reducing the delivery of low-value prescribing and diagnostic testing. His research applies advanced observational research methods to clinical, administrative, and pharmacy databases in order to improve our understanding of the patterns and outcomes of prescribing across care settings.

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Suzanne J. Baron, MDSuzanne J. Baron, MD, MSc is an interventional cardiologist specializing in structural heart interventions and is the Director of Interventional Cardiology Research at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Her research focuses on evaluating the effects of cardiovascular devices on patient-reported outcomes and health care costs as well as using modelling based approaches to identify optimal patient populations for treatment with novel technologies.

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Laura Burke, MD, MPHLaura Burke, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Instructor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an emergency medicine attending at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She received her MD from the University of Massachusetts in 2007. After completing her emergency medicine residency at BIDMC in 2010, she went on to get her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health while completing a Zuckerman Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. Her current work focuses primarily on measuring and understanding the drivers of cost and quality of emergency care using large national databases.

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Brett Carroll, MDBrett Carroll, MD is the Director of the Section of Vascular Medicine and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He directs the BIDMC pulmonary embolism response team, is the medical director of the BIDMC Aortic Center, and director of lymphatic medicine. His research interests include venous thromboembolism, aortic disease, and lymphedema. He utilizes large administrative datasets to evaluate vascular diseases.

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Mabel Chung, MDMabel Chung, MD is an Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and intensivist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently a T32 trainee and research fellow at the Smith Center investigating perioperative outcomes in heart failure patients undergoing noncardiac surgery. Her clinical area of expertise is in cardiothoracic anesthesia and critical care with a focus on mechanical circulatory support, including ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

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Will Grandin, MDWill Grandin, MD, MPH is a cardiologist in the Cardiovascular Institute's Advanced Heart Failure Program. His clinical and research interests include both advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. He is the Spina Scholar in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research in the Smith Center.

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Anica Law, MDAnica Law, MD, MSc is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, pulmonary-critical care physician, and core faculty in the Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is a health services researcher with a focus on improving outcomes of critically ill patients. Her research seeks to leverage large clinical and administrative databases to characterize the effects of external (e.g. legislation), internal (e.g. hospital and provider), and patient drivers on practice patterns, as well as to determine how practice patterns affect long-term patient-level outcomes among the critically ill.

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Changyu Shen, PhDChangyu Shen, PhD is the Statistical Director of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on statistical methodology development in observational and randomized studies to infer treatment effect including efficacy and safety outcomes, with major applications in cardiovascular diseases. His primary research interests include (i) development of new methods to study heterogeneity in treatment effect, where prediction models are developed to infer treatment effect for sub-populations; and (ii) control of false positives in clinical trials from empirical Bayes perspective.

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Patricia Tung, MDPatricia Tung, MD, MPH, is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a cardiac electrophysiologist. Her current research interests involve the relationship between sleep apnea and cardiac arrhythmias and the prevention of and improvement of management strategies for atrial fibrillation. Her prior research has focused on the prevalence of obstructive and central sleep apnea in patients with atrial fibrillation as well as the identification of risk factors for sudden cardiac death using large, population cohorts.

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Yun Wang, PhD is a Senior Research Scientist at the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology. Prior to joining the Smith Center, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) for more than 10 years. Before joining HSPH, he was a key member of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale University. His research focuses on using statistical methods to integrate and analyze very large and heterogeneous databases for outcomes research. He has extensive knowledge and experience with big healthcare data in areas including Medicare claims, medical record abstracted data, patient safety, environmental health, air pollution, and climate change.

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Peter Zimetbaum, MDPeter Zimetbaum, MD is Associate Chief and Director of Clinical Cardiology at BIDMC and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on new drug therapies for arrhythmias, health services research and cardiovascular outcomes.

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Fellows

Zaid Almarzooq, MBBCh Zaid Almarzooq, MBBCh is the chief cardiology fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a research fellow at the Smith Center working on clinical and healthcare utilization outcomes of TAVR related stroke events. His other research interests include developing models for procedural risk stratification in structural heart interventions. He is also pursuing an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

 


Neel Butala, MDNeel Butala, MD, MBA is a cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently funded by the John S. LaDue Memorial Fellowship at Harvard Medical School to study generalizability of cardiovascular clinical trials. His other research interests include the use of real-world data to augment clinical trial outcome ascertainment and application of novel methods to study structural heart disease interventional outcomes.


Anna Krawisz, MD Anna Krawisz, MD is the Chief Cardiology Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Anna is completing subspecialty training in vascular medicine and performing research at the Smith Center funded by a T32 training grant. Her projects, mentored by Dr. Eric Secemsky, focus on outcomes after interventional therapies for peripheral vascular disease, carotid artery disease, and pulmonary embolism.


Eméfah C. Loccoh, BSEméfah C. Loccoh, BS is a medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is currently a Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Fellow at the Smith Center where she is investigating health disparities and inequities in cardiovascular disease health outcomes. She aspires to use the skills and experiences garnered from this experience as the foundation for her career as a physician-scientist.


Staff

Siyan Chen, MSSiyan Chen, MS
Biostatistician
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Joanne LaffanJoanne Laffan, MBS
Administrative Manager
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Blake Chia-Liang Liu, MSBlake Chia-Liang Liu, MS
Decision Analyst
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 Sahana Natesan, BSSahana Natesan, BS
Clinical Research Writing Assistant
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Alice Wei Tian, MSAlice Wei Tian, MS
Biostatistician
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Jiaman XuJiaman Xu, MPH
Biostatistician
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