In response to national and local calls to action to address disparities in health care, the DSC developed an Associates Program to build a strong network of experts and researchers to broaden its skill set and talents.

The DSC Associates are a diverse group of health care professionals, including health policy experts, health service researchers, and others, who are committed to developing concrete, practical solutions to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Associates work with DSC senior staff on projects that build on their joint expertise and serve to meet the needs of the field.

DSC Associates benefit from:

  • Access to new funding opportunities

  • Access to DSC expertise for project collaboration

  • 2-year renewable appointments

DSC Associates' responsibilities include:

  • Attending an annual strategic planning meeting for DSC faculty and Associates

  • Attending DSC sponsored events

  • Promoting the DSC and the Associates Program when opportunities arise

  • Initiation of at least one collaborative project with the DSC during their 2-year tenure

To enter the program, potential Associates must be recommended by a DSC faculty member and have:

  • A demonstrated interest in eliminating disparities through research, quality improvement, leadership, or other efforts that can build on the DSC’s work

  • An MD, RN, PhD, or similar degree. Note: Extensive experience will be considered in place of a degree.


Albert Yeung, M.D., Sc.D.
Director of Primary Care Studies at the MGH Depression Clinical and Research Program
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Areas of Interest: Integrating primary care and mental health services to improve treatment of depression, mental health issues of under-served populations, and using complementary and alternative treatment for mood disorders


Alexy Arauz-Boudreau, MD, MPH
Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
Areas of Interest: Determining effective means to reduce health care disparities for vulnerable children through the structure of health care systems and provider level interventions


Andrew Loehrer MD
Surgical Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital, Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery
Areas of Interest: Measurement of surgical quality and the impact of health policy reform on the delivery of surgical care for low-income and minority populations.


Clemens S. Hong, MD, MPH
Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Research and Clinical Fellow in General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Areas of Interest: Developing primary care integrated care management strategies (including the use of community health workers) to address disparities in health care; primary care transformation and the patient centered medical home with a focus on community health centers and safety-net systems; limited English proficiency and disparities in health care; incarceration and health and post-release health care delivery to formerly incarcerated patients.


Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Population Health Management, Mass General Hospital for Children
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population, Medicine Harvard Medical School
Areas of Interest: Understanding determinants of obesity in women and children and developing interventions across the lifecourse to prevent obesity, especially in underserved populations.


Eric G. Campbell, PhD
Senior Scientist, Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Areas of Interest: Science policy, academic industry relations


Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA
Instructor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Medicine and Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist
Areas of Interest: Obesity (Adult & Pediatric), Health Policy, Disparities, Minority Health, Exercise (Physical Activity), Nutrition


Fidencio Saldana, MD, MPH
Faculty Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs, Harvard Medical School, Attending Physician in Medicine and Cardiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Area of interest: Racial disparities and outcomes in cardiovascular disease, Recruitment of underrepresented minorities to the health professions


Inyang Isong, MD, MPH, SM
Health Services Researcher, The Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Areas of Interest: Evaluating family and community determinants of children’s oral health status and access to care, and understanding their role in oral health disparities


Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA
Fellow, University of Michigan Dept. of Geriatrics/Internal Medicine
Areas of Interest: Improving care for vulnerable populations through strengthening primary care, advocacy, systems redesign, quality improvement, and community engagement.


Joan Quinlan, MPA
Vice President for Community Health, Massachusetts General Hospital
Areas of Interest: Community health, socioeconomic barriers to health care access.


Karen Donelan, ScD, EdM
Senior Scientist, Mongan Institute for Health Policy and the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Technology Assessment
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Areas of Interest: Patient and provider experience, barriers in healthcare delivery


Katherine L. Flaherty, ScD
Principal Associate, Public Health & Epidemiology, Health Division, Abt Associates, Inc.
Areas of Interest: Health equity, patient safety and quality of care, Medicaid, women’s health and maternal and child health

Linda A. Clayton, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Primary Care Clinician Plan
Senior Associate Medical Director, Office of Clinical Affairs, Office of Medicaid-MassHealth Instructor, Department Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health
Areas of Interest: Health policy and concerns impacting African American and other disadvantaged minorities in the United States health system

Marcus M. McKinney, DMin, LPC
Regional Vice President & Chief Health Equity Officer for Trinity Health Of New England Co-Founder and Director of the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity at Saint Francis Baptist Minister (practicing) Psychotherapist, licensed in Connecticut 

Nhi-Ha Trinh MD, MPH
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
Graduate Assistant, Massachusetts General Hospital and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellow, McLean Hospital
Areas of Interest:  Mental Health Disparities for Depression in Minority Patients, Geriatric and Community Psychiatry

Nicte Mejia, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Community Health Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Massachusetts General Hospital
Areas of Interest: Interventions to provide timely neurological diagnoses, excellent neurology care, and optimal neurologic health to people from non-English speaking and other minority communities.


Nwamaka D. Eneanya, MD, MPH
Attending Physician in Nephrology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Areas of Interest: Palliative care, informed decision-making, racial disparities, and end-of-life care among patients with kidney disease


Sanja Percac-Lima MD, PhD, DMD
lnstructor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Assistant Physician, Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Areas of Interest: Improving colorectal cancer screening rates by lowering barriers in low income and non-English speaking populations


Steven J. Atlas, MD, MPH
Director, Practice-Based Research & Quality Improvement Network General Medicine Division Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Areas of Interest: Understanding patterns of care and designing efficient models of care to improve quality for patients seen in primary care practice networks


Winfred W. Williams, MD
Co-Chair, Multicultural Affairs Office Advisory Board, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Faculty Member, MGH Center for Human Genetic Research
MGH Transplant Center/Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Areas of Interest: Genetics of renal disease (genetics of diabetic nephropathy, end stage renal disease, and transplant organ rejection and tolerance); liver transplantation (extracorporeal liver assist device therapy) and racial and ethnic disparities in renal transplantation and health policy in transplantation


W. Michael Byrd, MD, MPH
Director, Institute for Optimizing Health and Health Care
Alpha Omega Alpha, Visiting Professor, Health Policy, Meharry Medical College
W. Montegue Cobb Senior Fellow, Health Disparities, National Medical Association
Instructor, Department of Health Policy and Management Harvard School of Public Health
Areas of Interest: Health policies and concerns impacting African American and other disadvantaged minorities in the United States health system

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