LGBT Employee Resource Group

The Massachusetts General Hospital LGBT Employee Resource Group seeks to create a welcoming and affirming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees, patients, families, and friends.

Kevin Knoblock, Chairperson

Kevin is a nurse practitioner on the Gastroenterology Inpatient Consultation Service.  In addition to caring for patients, he triages all the daily requests for GI consults from the entire hospital and -- with the attending physician -- manages the quality of care delivered by the inpatient service.

Outside his professional career, Kevin has given much of his time to the mission of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the United States.  In 2012, he was appointed to HRC’s Board of Governors.

Kevin is originally from the New Jersey shore but has spent the majority of his life in Boston, where he currently resides with his husband.

Kevin has his bachelor of arts in German language and literature from Boston University, his MBA and MHA from the University of Minnesota, and his BSN and MSN from the MGH Institute of Health Professions.



Thom Fitzgerald, Co-Chair


Billy Devan, Treasurer

Billy joined the group because of his passion for LGBT rights and workplace equality - he wants to help make MGH more welcoming for the LGBT patient and employee.

When he's not helping out with the group, Billy is busy finding cures to intracerebral hemorrhage and ischemic stroke as a biostatistician in a genetics lab here at MGH. And with his passion for music and exercise/fitness, you can almost always find him at the gym or playing his guitar.

Billy received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY and is currently applying to medical school for Fall 2013.



Jamie Symonds, Secretary

Jamie is a systems analyst at the MGH Laboratory of Computer Science.  He has been at Mass General since 2006 and worked five years prior to that as a systems analyst for the City of Boston.

Jamie is a master's degree candidate at Harvard Extension School (Master of Liberal Arts in Information Technology concentration in Information Systems).

For fun, he swims with the LANES (Liquid Assets New England Swimming, Boston's Masters Swimming team for New England's gay and lesbian community and their friends).




Jared Ruckman, Public Relations Coordinator

Originally from Alton, Illinois, Jared completed his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University (Flint, Michigan) and Master's in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, Connecticut).

After relocating to Boston, Jared has been working as a Clinical Engineer in MGH Biomedical Engineering since June, 2011. He is a current member of the board, serving as the group's publicist.





Justin Chen, Liaison to the Resident House Staff 


Brian Hurley, Liaison to the Resident House Staff

Brian is currently a resident physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital’s (MGH-McLean’s) Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, and is a resident member of the board of MGH’s LGBT Employee Resource Group.

Brian is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and Marshall School of Business with a combined M.D./M.B.A. degree.

Prior to his arrival at MGH-McLean, Brian served as the National President of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Brian has also served AMSA as a national coordinator of AMSA's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender People In Medicine (LGBTPM) Advocacy Action Committee, and was instrumental in establishing the AMSA-GLMA LGBT Health Institute. In addition he shepherded the transition of the AMSA LGBTPM subcommittee into an independent LGBT Health Committee.

While at the Keck School of Medicine, Brian served as a coordinator of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine (Keck SOM) Medical Gay and Lesbian Organization, the only LGBT student group to have been twice awarded the nationally-recognized AMSA-GLMA LGBT Health Achievement Award. Brian intends to pursue a career in addiction psychiatry following residency training.