Our Team

OSA Deans

Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson, MD

Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Section of General Internal Medicine

Dr. Angela Jackson’s video

Medical School:
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brasil
Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Internal Medicine
Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA

Chief Medical Resident
Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA

Academic Interests:
Primary Care Training
Teaching Teachers
Curriculum Development in Caring for Underserved Patients
Career Development / Mentoring
Advocacy Skills for Students and Residents

Robert M. Beazley, MD, FACS

Bob BeazleyAssistant Dean for Student Affairs
Professor of Surgery, Emeritus
Department of Surgery

Dr. Robert Beazley’s video

Academic Interests:
Mentoring and Advising
Anatomy and History of Medicine


Daniel Chen, MD, MSc

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Clerkship Director—Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine
Open office hours: Mondays, 2:00-3:00 P.M. *

Dr. Dan Chen’s video

Medical School:
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Internal Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Primary Care Academic Fellowship
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Academic Interests:
Medical Student Empathy
Career Development / Mentoring


Paige K. Curran, MA

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Director, Office of Academic Enhancement
Instructor of Medical Sciences and Education

Graduate Education:
Suffolk University, Department of Psychology

Clinical Training:
Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services
Harvard University Bureau of Study Counsel

Academic Interests:
Cognitive aspects of physician-patient communication
Relationship between motivation, achievement and creativity
Development of effective learning strategies
Resiliency in success and failure

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Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics

Dr. Arvin Garg’s video

Open office hours: Fridays, 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. *

Medical School:
Boston University School of Medicine – Boston, MA

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

General Academic Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – Baltimore, MD

Academic interests:
Addressing Social Determinants of Health within the Delivery of Primary Care
Ameliorating the Effects of Child Poverty
Incorporating Humanism and Wellness Initiatives into Medical School


Kenneth Grundfast, MD, FACS, FAAP

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Open office hours: variable, contact sophia.Boulas@bmc.org to make an appointment

Dr. Ken Grundfast’s video

Medical School:
State University of New York – Upstate, Syracuse, NY

Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Boston University and Affiliated Hospitals, Boston, MA

Pediatric Otolaryngology
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Academic interests:
Clinical interest in ear and hearing disorders + related genetic disorders
Evaluation for dizziness and disequilibrium
Additional interest in professionalism, medical ethics, medical student competency assessment


John Polk, MD, EdM

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Open office hours: Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 P.M.; Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 P.M. *

Dr. John Polk’s video

Medical School:
Boston University School of Medicine

General Surgery
University of California-Irvine, Irvine, California

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Academic interests:
Attributes of Academic Success


Karen Symes, PhD

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Open office hours: Fridays, 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. *

Dr. Karen Symes’s video

Ph.D. in Developmental Biology, National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London, UK

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Academic Interests:
I am interested in supporting students through school as a Dean in the OSA and as an educator in the design and implementation of curricula. As I scientist, my focus was on the molecular control of cell movement during embryonic development and in diseases processes.

Megan Young, MDMegan Young headshot

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Course Director, Integrated Problems
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Section of Geriatrics
Open office hours: Tuesdays, 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. *

Dr. Megan Young’s video

Medical School:
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine – Chicago, IL

Internal Medicine, Primary Care Training Program
Boston Medical Center

Chief Medical Resident
Boston Medical Center, Internal Medicine

Geriatrics, Clinical Educators Track
Boston Medical Center

Academic interests:
Learning Communities
Clinical Reasoning

* Unless otherwise noted in Student Affairs. Open office hours are designed for quick questions, exploratory conversations, and emergencies. Students are seen in order of arrival and for no more than 10 minutes. We also encourage students to arrange individual appointments with deans, especially if the issue(s) they wish to discuss require an extended conversation.

OSA Staff

OSA_2014_63aJessica Smith, M.Ed.
Director of Student Affairs



mompointJennifer Mompoint, Ed.M.
Academies Manager


Susan Norris
Senior Policy Officer

Paz_Melissa_HeadshotMelissa Paz, M.A.
Academic Enhancement Specialist



Erika Reardon, Ed.M.
Student Affairs Coordinator