BUSM Alumni Black History Symposium

Participants’ Bios


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Chantale Branson, MD ’12, Fellow, Neurology, BUMC

Dr. Branson completed her medical school training at the Boston University School of Medicine. She finished her residency in Neurology and fellowship in Movement Disorders at Boston University Medical Center (BUMC).  Currently, Dr. Branson is a sleep medicine fellow at Boston University Medical Center. While a medical student, Dr. Branson received the Robert G. Feldman M.D. Prize in Neurology.  During her residency at BUMC, she also received the safety and quality award from the American Academy of Neurology for implementing a departmental clinical handbook for residents to provide a concise step-wise approach for the initial evaluation of neurological emergencies. As a Movement Disorders fellow Dr. Branson analyzed racial disparities in Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Branson has written several papers studying the consequences of racial disparities among people with Parkinson’s disease. Currently, Dr. Branson is studying the case ratio of African-Americans compared to Caucasians with Parkinson’s Disease at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Branson is also faculty advisor and mentor for the Student National Medical Association at Boston University School of Medicine.






Kermit Crawford, PhD, Emeritus Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, BUSM

Dr. Crawford is a licensed psychologist, a designated forensic psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry on the Boston University Medical Campus and Boston Medical Center. He is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Marathon Bombing Victims/Survivors Resiliency Center and Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health (CMMH) and the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP). His expertise is in behavioral health, disaster behavioral health and cross-culturally adaptable mental health service delivery and workforce development. He has provided leadership, response, training and/or consultation across the nation in the aftermath of a number of traumas/disasters/emergencies ranging from 9/11/2001 through the Boston Marathon bombing. In addition to his earned doctorate from Boston College, Dr. Crawford is recipient of an honorary doctoral degree of humane letters from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He has several publications in referred journals and book chapters. Dr. Crawford is recipient of the Commissioner’s Excellence Award (Massachusetts Department of Mental Health), the 2012 Excellence in Diversity Training Award from APPIC, the 2012 American Psychological Association’s- Minority Fellowship Program’s James Jones Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2014 Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Individual Award. He has made featured presentations on culturally competent practices in mental health at the Legislative Breakfast of the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses, the National Mental Health Association and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the American Psychological Association, and other national organizations. He is a current member of the Institute of Medicine’s Quality Measurement in Behavioral Health Committee and the American Psychological Association’s Clinical Treatment Guidelines Steering Committee.


David C. Henderson MD, Chair of Psychiatry, Assistant Dean for Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, BUSM

Dr.David Henderson is a leader in the fields of schizophrenia, medical co-morbidity, and global psychiatry. He directs the Chester Pierce Division of Global Psychiatry and the MGH Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program (SCRP) and is principal investigator and director of the MGH Global Mental Health Clinical Research Fellowship.His research interests include treatment-resistant schizophrenia, the use of psychopharmacological and antipsychotic agents in the treatment of schizophrenia, and the impact of antipsychotic agents on weight, cardiovascular disease, and lipid and glucose metabolism. Dr. Henderson noticed a high rate of diabetes mellitus (DM) in his clozapine-treated patients. As a result, he developed procedures for screening and early detection of diabetes in this population. Dr. Henderson focused on metabolic effects of atypical antipsychotic agents, the role of serotonin receptors, and augmentation strategies to reduce or reverse metabolic disturbances.As Director of the SCRP, Dr. Henderson directs a leading center for the study and treatment of schizophrenia worldwide. SCRP combines clinical care, training, and clinical and neuroimaging research, with programs designed to improve long-term health and quality of life of seriously mentally ill patients though a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach with community agencies. ]SCRP has more than 20 studies and clinical trials and has trained numerous clinical researchers, fellows and residents who have pursued successful careers in academic medicine. SCRP consults in diabetes and weight management (Dr. Henderson’s current research area), psychosocial therapy, first-episode psychosis, smoking cessation and other psychosis-related issues.

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Chair, Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
Assistant Dean, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Boston University School of Medicine

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Jean E. Ramsey, MD ’90, MPH ’08, Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics, BUSM

Dr. Ramsey is being honored for her years of service on the MMS Committee on Interspecialty, which facilitates communication, cooperation, and coordination between and among the medical specialty societies of Massachusetts, their members and the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Ramsey joined the committee in May 2004 and has served as its chair for the last 10 years.

Dr. Ramsey is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics, Vice Chair of Education and Residency Program Director for the Boston Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology, and Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine.  Board-certified in ophthalmology, she specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and the vision disorder of strabismus.

A 1990 magna cum laude graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Ramsey completed her ophthalmology residency, chief residency and pediatric fellowship at Tufts New England Medical Center Hospital. In 2008, she received her Master’s in Public Health with honors from Boston University School of Public Health.

She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, serving in that capacity from 2008-2012.  She is currently a member of the Expert Panel for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Maternal and Child Health Bureau [MCHB], and is Vice-Chair of the Advisory Panel for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, funded by MCHB.

Dr. Ramsey has served as Vice President of the Boston University School of Medicine medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha and is a past president of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

Her previous honors include the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award and the Alan Crocker, M.D. Health Services Award from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities, presented for her advocacy on behalf of patients with disabilities. Dr. Ramsey resides in Hamilton.






Dallas Reed, MD ’10, Attending Physician; Obstetrician/Gynecologist; Medical Geneticist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Dallas Reed obtained her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 2010 and earned the Kenneth C. Edelin Prize in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Alumni Association Award prior to graduating.  While attending BUSM she held leadership positions in the local and regional chapters of the Student National Medical Association and was voted as a 2010 Class Representative. Dr. Reed completed her residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at Bridgeport Hospital-Yale New Haven Health System, where she served as Chief Resident in her final year. She then completed her medical training with a Medical Genetics Fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where she was the only first year fellow to ever earn the Dr. Judith P. Wilner Resident Award.  She now is an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and sees Obstetrics and Gynecology patients at Tufts Medical Center, and also uses her expertise to help patients of all ages manage complex genetic conditions in the Genetics and Metabolism Program at the Floating Hospital for Children. Dr. Reed’s clinical interests revolve around prenatal genetics, while her personal interests include international travel and golf.


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Cheryl Scott, MD ’82, BUSM Dean’s Advisory Board; Preventive Medicine,  Oakland, CA

Dr. Scott graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz and received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1982.  She received her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine.  She joined the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and was assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1993-2010.  While at the CDC Dr. Scott helped shape domestic maternal and child health policy in California, New Jersey, New York and Atlanta, set oversight that would reduce deadly multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in California, and advised health sector reform and HIV/AIDS policy and practice internationally.

Dr. Scott had her first international public health experience immediately after graduation with BUSM faculty member Dr. David French in Cote d’Ivoire, and found her niche in global health.  Her global health career led her to work in St. Croix, India, Kenya, Jamaica, Tanzania, Lesotho, Ecuador and Haiti.  Her work was highly collaborative with the United Nations, World Health Organization, Global Fund, and bilateral and nongovernmental partners.  While seconded to the Department of State she established and led the CDC in Tanzania for five years, and supported Tanzania’s government to initiate a no-cost national HIV/AIDS treatment program that has provided antiretroviral therapy to thousands of Tanzanians.

Since retiring as CAPT from the US Public Health Service in 2010, Dr. Scott continues to pursue passions of promoting health equity and social justice, and increasing medical education pipeline activities for youth and communities of color.  She has served on related advisory committees and Region IX’s inaugural Health Equity Council from 2011-2016.  She has contributed to research on pregnancy complications, postneonatal mortality, tuberculosis and disaster management.  Dr. Scott lives in Oakland, CA.

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Jason Sherer MD, ’16, Internal Medicine, Boston, MA

Dr. Sherer’s interest in medicine was cultivated at Hampton University, where he attended as a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar and was very active in the pre-medical association as well as the school’s golf team. While at Hampton University, he was accepted in the Early Medical School Selection program at Boston University founded by the late Dr. Kenneth C. Edelin. In an effort to gain a holistic view of medicine, Dr. Sherer enrolled in the MD-MPH program at Boston University with a focus on health policy and management.

During his time at Boston University, Dr. Sherer was very active in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and joined the Boston Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. After falling in love with the city and the hospital, Dr. Sherer decided to continue his training at Boston Medical Center. He is currently a second-year resident in the Internal Medicine program with plans of pursuing a career in cardiovascular disease.