Congratulations to the following Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine faculty on their recent appointment or promotion.
Barbara Walsh, MD, Pediatrics, uses simulation as a tool to advance clinical skills for medical students and residents among many disciplines. Dr. Walsh is director of pediatric emergency in situ and mobile simulation and a master educator. She created and implemented a robust curriculum of pediatric emergency simulation cases for various bootcamps and resident training. She developed the COMET program – Community Outreach Mobile Education Training – where she brings in situ simulation training to the community setting to bridge gaps in care, test systems and identify latent safety threats. Dr. Walsh focuses her current work on using simulation for patient quality and safety, which has been presented at meetings around the world, including the Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, the International Meeting on Simulation in Health Care and the International Pediatric Simulation Society Workshop.
Clinical Associate Professor
Ezra Cohen, MD, Pediatrics, is the chief of pediatric rheumatology and has developed the division as a resource for Boston Medical Center (BMC) clinicians and community health center referrals by introducing musculoskeletal ultrasound to enhance diagnostic options and establishing a young adult clinic in the adult rheumatology program. He also serves as medical director of the pediatric infusion unit at BMC, which serves patients who require infusions for complex chronic inflammatory diseases. Dr. Cohen strives to improve the care of children with pain syndromes and has instituted new therapies, including auricular vagal nerve stimulation, acupuncture and microcurrent therapy.
James Hudspeth, MD, Medicine, is a clinician educator with expertise for learners at every stage of training. He has taught Introduction to Clinical Medicine for nine years and Return to the Clinic for eight years for MD/PhD students. Since 2018 he has supervised and taught third- and fourth-year medical students during their inpatient rotations and served as a field specific advisor for students applying into internal medicine since 2018. In his roles as medical director of General Medicine Inpatient Teams and associate director of the Hospital Medicine Unit, Dr. Hudspeth has led a range of initiatives to improve patient care and the educational experience in the inpatient context. During the COVID-19 pandemic he organized the ward teams, coordinating the efforts of his residents, medicine faculty and more than 100 residents and faculty outside of the department of medicine to expand the medicine teams’ coverage to match the surge of need.
Kerry McCabe, MD, Emergency Medicine, is a clinician-educator who co-created a longitudinal curriculum for emergency medicine interns to address the role of shame and resilience in learning, and to cultivate a community of vulnerability, inclusion and support. She also co-created curricula to improve communication, foster inclusivity and develop confidence and tools for navigating unexpected difficult conversations. She has spoken nationally on resident attrition, interrater agreement on ACGME milestones assessments, and the role of emotion in the medical educational process. Dr. McCabe has been a faculty sponsor in developing curriculum for and administering the department’s residency Peer Support program, as well as the residency Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee. She has served as the department’s vice chair for education since 2019 as well as a preceptor since 2003 and a field specific advisor since 2005.
Genevieve Preer, MD, Pediatrics, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and the medical co-coordinator of the hospital’s Child Protection Team. For more than 12 years, Dr. Preer has delivered a core third-year clerkship lecture on recognizing and reporting child maltreatment and teaches fourth-year students who rotate with the Child Protection Team on a one-month elective. She has developed curricula to train learners in all areas of the hospital in the basics of child maltreatment, with a focus on the impacts of systems of oppression on patients and families. Since 2017, she has co-led the BMC Pediatric Immigrant Health Task Force, which works to improve care for immigrant patients by sharing resources, engaging in advocacy, and providing opportunities for members of the multidisciplinary team to support one another. She also is a member of the department’s Council on Social Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Jordan Spector, MD, Emergency Medicine, has dedicated his career to mentoring the next generation of emergency medicine physicians. He is the current residency program director for emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center, a role he assumed in 2019 after nearly five years as associate director. The department established the Jordan A. Spector Residency Appreciation Award in his honor for steadfast excellence in mentorship, leadership and achievement. He has mentored more than 200 residents and medical students over his career. On the national level, Dr. Spector is an active member of the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD-EM), fulfilling several roles during his career. He also serves as an examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine oral board certification exam.