Congratulations to the following faculty on their recent appointment or promotion.
Naomi Hamburg, MD, BUSM, Medicine/Cardiovascular Medicine, is a clinical-translational scientist whose research focuses on the role of the endothelium in cardiovascular health and disease. Her group pioneered the use of vascular endothelial cells isolated from patients to understand blood vessel health. She is a national leader in the effort to understand the cardiovascular risks of electronic cigarettes, studying vascular health measures to provide early evidence of cardiovascular consequences of electronic cigarettes. Additionally, Hamburg is chief of the department’s vascular biology section and interim director of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute. An associate editor of Circulation Research, she has leadership roles in key societies including the American Heart Association, where she served as chair of the Peripheral Vascular Disease Council co-leading the development of a National Action Plan for Peripheral Artery Disease, chair of the Vascular Track Scientific Session Planning Committee for the American College of Cardiology, and vice chair of the Advanced Training Statement in Vascular Medicine writing committee with the Society of Vascular Medicine.
Rebecca Perkins, MD, MSc, BUSM, Obstetrics & Gynecology, focuses on decreasing overall rates of cervical cancer and reducing race/ethnicity/income disparities in this disease through Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination and secondary prevention through screening and management of precancerous lesions. She is the leading author of critical clinical guidelines vital to women’s health. Perkins directs resident research in the department. Her mentee portfolio includes more than 60 MD, PA, GMS and MPH students. She holds leadership roles related to HPV vaccination and cervical cancer prevention with the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She co-chaired the 2019 ASCCP Risk-Based Management Consensus Guidelines and the President’s Cancer Panel Cervical Cancer Subcommittee. Perkins currently co-chairs the Enduring Cervical Cancer Screening and Management Guidelines and the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable.
Manish Sagar, MD, BUSM, Medicine/Infectious Diseases, is a physician-scientist dedicated to understanding the pathogenesis of viral diseases, improving their clinical management and training the next generation of physician-scientists that will tackle those infections. His work spans bench research to clinical trials. His studies primarily focus on human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) mucosal transmission and humoral responses, which has importance for the ongoing efforts to prevent HIV-1 spread. His expertise in virus pathogenesis has allowed him to address new challenges imposed by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and he has led clinical trials aimed at developing COVID-19 treatments. In addition, Sagar provides infectious disease clinical care both in the inpatient and outpatient setting, and he routinely guides the training of MD and PhD students, residents and fellows.
Gene Deune, MD, MBA, BUSM, Orthopaedic Surgery, specializes in hand surgery and microsurgery with a focus on complex soft tissue problems. Deune comes to BUSM from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine where he was the director in the hand surgery section from 2019-21. Prior to that he was at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where he was chief of hand surgery and specialized in adult and pediatric hand surgery, microsurgery and plastic surgery reconstruction. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT, medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and an MBA from the Carey School of Business (Johns Hopkins). Deune completed his residency in general and plastic surgery and his hand and microsurgery fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Clinical Associate Professor
Charles Bliss, Jr., MD, BUSM, Medicine/Gastroenterology, is a clinician-educator who has been involved in translating novel optical advances in endoscopic technology into clinical practice focusing on personalizing screening approaches. A critical member of the GI section, Bliss holds the most GI clinical sessions at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and serves as a resource and mentor to junior faculty, residents and students. He created department guidelines on identification and treatment of gastric intestinal metaplasia based on research and guidelines from several GI societies and has been concentrating on testing and treatment protocols for the pathogen H. pylori. In addition, Bliss played a key role implementing EPIC at BMC and now is an “Epic Lead,” a position created to help the members of the section with optimization of Epic and to help with any Epic issues.
Sheila Chapman, MD, BUSM, Medicine/GIM, is a clinician-educator with extensive expertise in addiction medicine. She developed educational materials for students, trainees, faculty and community members regarding the experience of addiction in pregnant women, those with HIV, and those from under-represented groups. Chapman is associate chair for diversity and inclusion for the department supporting trainings on implicit bias, microaggressions and the relationship of African American history to distrust with the current system of health care. She supports the Internal Medicine Residency Program with recruitment and educational activities focusing on inclusion and belonging. Chapman co-created and implemented the Evans Student Scholars Program in 2017, a six-week summer program for under-represented rising second-year BUSM students, providing clinical and research opportunities and the Willock Faculty Development Program for BUMC URiM faculty. Her most recent activities supported Boston Medical Center’s community COVID outreach and vaccine hesitancy efforts.
Robert Joseph, MD, BUSM, Psychiatry, is a clinician-educator who focuses on Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, integrated behavioral health and population-based depression care management in primary care. He is co-program director of the Combined Residency in Psychiatry and Family Medicine program, and serves as medical director for behavioral health at Manet Health Systems. Joseph previously served as vice chair for integrated behavioral health at Boston Medical Center. His clinical and research interests grew from an early recognition of the magnitude and morbidity associated with untreated psychiatric disorders, the adverse effects of these disorders on medical outcomes, and the limitations of access to mental healthcare especially within disadvantaged populations.