Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, is the Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer of Massachusetts General Hospital, the founder, senior advisor and faculty of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) at Mass General, Faculty at the Mongan Institute, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internal Medicine physician. He has also served on the leadership team of the Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health policy, health care disparities, diversity, and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees, including those that produced the landmark reports, Unequal Treatment and Increasing Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce. Dr. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and advises private industry, government, and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He sits at on the Board of Trinity Health, a large national health system, and sat on the Boston Board of Health and the Board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow.

Dr. Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and received his Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Esteban Barreto, PhD, Director of Evaluation, MGH Equity and Inclusion

Esteban Barreto, PhD, is the Director of Evaluation of Equity and Inclusion at Massachusetts General Hospital.  For more than a decade at MGH, Esteban has been involved in a variety of research areas such as health policy, program evaluation, patient experience and work culture.  Esteban received a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

As Director of Evaluation, Esteban will develop and execute the short and long-term evaluation of all programs related to diversity, equity and inclusion at MGH, providing the basis for measuring concrete outcomes across the organization.  Esteban will work closely with all clinical departments and service line leaders to develop a standard and uniform evaluation framework and set of metrics.


Natalie Johnson, MPH, Administrative Director, MGH Equity and Inclusion

Natalie Johnson, MPH, is the Administrative Director of Equity and Inclusion at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She joined the Mass General community in 2010, beginning at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) working in Quality and Safety, then moving on to the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization’s (MGPO) Performance Analysis and Improvement department to manage pediatric population health management activities in primary and specialty care settings.  As Administrative Director, Natalie will support the team in strategizing on new initiatives and implementing necessary changes across the MGH system to ensure the care our patients receive, the experience our staff have is more equitable and inclusive, while reflecting the great Boston community in which we operate.

Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University, where she majored in Health: Science, Society and Policy with a minor in Spanish language and Literature.  She went on to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health, concentrating in Health Policy and Management and Social-Behavioral Community Health from SUNY Albany.  Natalie has sought out global and cultural enhancement programs while completing her educational training, including participation in the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) at Stanford University, a semester abroad in Mexico and a service learning trip to Costa Rica.