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 principal investigator or co-investigator of numerous NIH and organizational grants investigating host-pathogen interactions and complications of coagulation abnormalities.  She teaches immunology and pathology to medical, graduate and dental students. She also serves on numerous BU, 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
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 of 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
Director, Data Tracking & Grant Support
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Student Services

Millie Agosto Millie Agosto

Graduate Affairs

Kimberly Arena Kimberly Arena
Associate Director, Graduate Student Affairs
Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost
Shuchita Rao, MS
Manager, Admissions

Financial and Administrative Operations

Israel De La Cruz Israel De La Cruz
Associate Director, Finance

Post-Doctoral Affairs

Sarah Hokanson, PhD
Assistant Provost, Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs


Administrative Staff

Farrah Belizaire Farrah Belizaire, MS
Associate Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Jorge Fortin Jorge Fortin
PhD Program Coordinator
Nancy Ferrer-Tatkowska Nancy Ferrer-Tatkowska
Program Coordinator
Ying-Ju Lai, MFA
MAMS Program Coordinator