DoM Faculty Appointments and Promotions – December 2023

Congratulations to the following Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine faculty on their recent appointment or promotion to associate professor and clinical professor.

Clinical Professor

Robert Lowe, MD, Medicine/Gastroenterology, is a clinician-educator who has received numerous prestigious teaching awards, including almost every education award given by the medical school, as well as the university’s Metcalf Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He is considered to be a ‘go-to’ expert for primary care providers and other physicians when faced with complex liver or gastrointestinal diagnoses, as well as a deft provider in hospital-based internal medicine. He serves as a core faculty member in the Internal Medicine Residency and the GI Fellowship programs at Boston Medical Center, and is a member of the Clinical Competency Committee for both training programs. He is also the director of the Medical Educator Pathway, designed for internal medicine residents considering a career in medical education. Recently named assistant dean of medical education for clinical integration, Dr. Lowe has been a member of the Curriculum Redesign Committee and serves as co-chair of the Gastroenterology/Nutrition course and the Advanced Integration course in the new MD program curriculum. He is a member of the school’s Academy of Medical Educators and teaches in the Doctoring courses, in addition to serving as advisor to numerous medical students each year.

Associate Professor

Gemmae Fix, PhD, Medicine/GIM, is an applied medical anthropologist with postdoctoral training in health services research. An investigator at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation, based at the Bedford VA Medical Center, Dr. Fix’s research uses ethnographic, qualitative methods to advance the delivery of patient-centered care, particularly for marginalized or populations stigmatized for their behaviors, such as people living with HIV or patients who are at risk for lung cancer. She has led AHRQ, VA and DoD-funded studies examining patients’ experiences of care, patient-centered HIV care and the use of co-design methods to engage patients in the research process. Additionally, Dr. Fix is interested in the professional development of social scientists. She led the formation of the Medical Anthropologists and Social Scientists in Health (MASSH) interest group, which brings together anthropologists and allied social scientists working in applied health settings to promote professional development, research collaboration and educational opportunities. She serves as secretary to the Board of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Carl Streed, MD, MPH, Medicine/GIM, is a clinician-investigator who specializes in sexual and gender minority (SGM) health care.  His work has influenced the health care management of LGBTQ+ communities both in Boston and nationally. His work validates methods of identifying transgender cohorts within administrative claims data, explores strengths and opportunities for improvements of current cardiovascular risk estimation tools as they relate to gender-affirming care and identifies gaps in current clinical practice knowledge of primary care clinicians and cardiologists as it relates to transgender and gender diverse populations. His research portfolio effectively bridges research methods, population health research, clinical practice and clinician education. Dr. Streed is the recipient of the Excellence in LGBTQ Health Award from the American Medical Association Foundation for his personal and professional pursuit of a more equitable and inclusive society, focused on elevating voices and redistributing power. He serves as President of the US Professional Association for Transgender Health.