Meet the Staff

Graduate Medical Sciences administration is an indispensable part of the BUSM community. Our staff supports the education, success and well-being of over 900 graduate students and postdocs throughout their career at Boston University School of Medicine. Please visit our office or use the directory below.

GMS Leadership

   Deborah J. Stearns-Kurosawa, PhD
Associate Provost/Dean ad interim
Associate Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Contact Kimberly for an appointment

Dr. Stearns-Kurosawa joined Boston University School of Medicine in 2008 as assistant professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. Prior to that she was an assistant member at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and chief research scientist at a pharmaceutical corporation in Tokyo. She received a BS from Pennsylvania State University, a PhD in chemistry from Cleveland State University with graduate research at the Cleveland Clinic, and completed post-doctoral training in an Howard Hughes Medical Institute-funded laboratory at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. She holds multiple patents and for two decades has continuously served as principle investigator or co-investigator of numerous NIH and organizational grants investigating host-pathogen interactions and complications of coagulation abnormalities.

Dr. Stearns-Kurosawa was a core faculty member of the BU Faculty Innovation Network that supported development of the Innovate@BU initiative. A pioneering entrepreneurship resource for BU faculty, students and alumni, the university-wide program is designed to educate and provide resources regarding the nature of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial innovation, technology transfer and product development strategies.

She teaches immunology at BUSM to first-year medical students, and is director of GMS PA510 medical immunology and GMS PA810/811 Seminars in the Business of Science, co-director of SDM MD520/GMS OH700 General Pathology for dental and graduate students, and lecturer for several graduate and medical student pathology courses. She also serves on numerous School of Medicine and GMS committees.

Assistant Deans

Theresa A. Davies, PhD Theresa A. Davies, PhD
Assistant Dean, Graduate Affairs
Director, MS Oral Health Sciences Program
Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences & Education
Andrew Henderson, PhD Andrew Henderson, PhD
Assistant Dean, Doctoral Programs
Associate Professor of Medicine
Barbara Schreiber, PhD Barbara Schreiber, PhD
Assistant Dean, Alumni Affairs
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Gregory A. Viglianti, PhD Gregory A. Viglianti, PhD
Assistant  Dean, Operations
Associate Professor of Microbiology


Gwynneth D. Offner, PhD Gwynneth Offner, PhD
Director,  MS Medical Sciences Program
Associate Professor of Medicine
Fadie Coleman, MA, PhD Fadie Coleman, MA, PhD
Director, BLCS Program
Assistant Professor, Medical Sciences & Education
M. Isabel Dominguez, PhD M. Isabel Dominguez, PhD
Director, Summer Training as Research Scholars
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Brigitte Ritter, PhD Brigitte Ritter, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Director for Data Tracking & Grant Support

Student Services

Student Financial Services & Housing Resources Dennis Murphy
Millie Agosto Millie Agosto


Graduate Affairs

Shuchita Rao 

Data Administrator


   Israel De La Cruz Israel De La Cruz
Financial Manager  Communications Specialist

Post-Doctoral Affairs

Sarah Hokanson
Assistant ProvostProfessional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs
Amanda Bolgioni-Smith Amanda Bolgioni-Smith 
Director of Professional and Career Development


Administrative Staff

Kimberly Arena Kimberly Arena
Executive Assistant to the Associate ProvostPiBS Program Administrator
Farrah Belizaire Farrah Belizaire
Manager of Diversity and Inclusion
Jorge Fortin Jorge Fortin
Administrative Coordinator
Vincent Moore Vincent Moore
OHS Program Coordinator
Nancy Ferrer-Tatkowska Nancy Ferrer-Tatkowska
Program Coordinator
Ying-Ju Lai
MAMS Program Coordinator