Keefer Academy

Who was Chester Scott Keefer?

Academy Advisors
At-Large Advisors
Shoumita Dasgupta Isidore Berenbaum
Arvin Garg David Farb
Gwynneth Offner Lynne Goldberg
Sharon Levine Gregory Grillone
Paul O’Bryan Michael Holick
Karen Symes Patricia Kavanagh
Abdul Traish Marie McDonnell
Ron Medzon
Daniel Newman
Janet Osterman
John Otis
Joshua Safer
Philip Stone


Professor of Physiology and Biophysics

Ph.D. Education: Ph.D. in Neurophysiology/Medical Physiology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (1969)
Additional Training: Post-Doc training, vertebrate photoreceptor function and retinal synaptic organization, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD (1972) and Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK (1974); Post-Doc training, effects of pesticides on myelinated axons, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (1973)
Special Interests: computer-aided learning; Integrative Physiology

Advisors At Large:
Patricia Kavanagh, M.D. (Pediatrics)
Marie McDonnell, M.D. (Medicine/Endocrinology)


obryan, paul


Assistant Professor of Medicine, Genetics Program
Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D. Education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Special Interests: Graduate and medical education in genetics; pedagogical research

Advisors At Large:
John Otis, Ph.D. (Psychiatry)
Ron Mezdon, M.D. (Emergency Medicine)


dasgupta, shoumita

Arvin Garg, M.D., MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Board Certification: Pediatrics
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine (1999)
Residency: University of Connecticut, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (2002)
Special Interests: social determinants of health

Advisors At Large:
Daniel Newman, M.D. (Internal Medicine/Medical Informatics)
Joshua Safer, M.D. (Endocrinology)



Associate Professor of Medicine
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY (1984)
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT (1987)
Special Interests: Medical education; Home care

Advisors At Large:
Michael Holick, Ph.D., M.D. (Medicine/Endocrinology)
Philip Stone, Ph.D. (biochemistry)


levine, sharon


Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Associate Professor of  Biochemistry

Ph.D. Education: National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London, England, UK (1989)
Additional Training: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, CA (1992); Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1996)
Professional/Academic Interests: Embryonic development, growth factor signaling, control of cell motility
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Art glass and pottery, music
Years at BUSM: 14
Favorite Organ System: They’re all wonderful!
Why I became involved in the Academies? I love to interact with students

Advisors At Large:
David Farb, Ph.D. (Pharmacology)
Gregory Grillone, M.D. (Otolaryngology)

symes, karen


Professor of Biochemistry and Urology
Research Director, Institute of Sexual Medicine

Ph.D. Education: Ph. D. in Biochemistry, Boston University (1978)
Additional Training: Post-doc training in Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine (1980); M.B.A., Boston University (1993)
Special Interests: teaching; biochemistry and endocrinology of sex steroid hormones; reasearch; biochemical and physicological mechanisms of sexual function/dysfunction; biotechnology partnership in developing assays and antibodies as tools for research

Advisors At Large:
Isidore Berenbaum, M.D. (Psychiatry)
Lynne Goldberg, M.D. (Dermatology)


traish, abdulmaged


Associate Professor of Medicine
Ph.D. Education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine (1984)
Special Interests: epithelial protection and repair; inflammatory bowel disease

Advisors At Large:
Elizabeth Dupuis, M.D. (Medicine/Women’s Health)
Janet Osterman, M.D. (Psychiatry)