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Episode 33: Homelessness & Dermatology: Promoting Better Wellness Through Skin Care
Featuring Jennifer Tan, MD, joint staff member in the Department of Dermatology and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program

Since 1990, the number of people in Massachusetts experiencing homelessness has more than doubled. When most people think about the medical barriers this population faces, dermatology is probably not the first that comes to mind. But in reality, there is a great need for dermatological care that addresses a whole host of skin issues. Dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Tan has taken action to help this underserved population. In this episode, Dr. Tan discusses the dermatological challenges that someone facing homelessness may experience and her work with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program to make this care available.


charged summer roadtripEpisode 32: Living Well Through Palliative Care 
Featuring Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine and co-director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care

When Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, was an internal medicine resident, one particular patient showed her the transformative role that empathy can play in a patient’s life and care. She witnessed how the care team became a surrogate family for this young man who had been diagnosed with advanced HIV. This experience sparked her interest in palliative care and providing specialized support for people with serious illness. In this episode, she discusses her passion for the field and her experience helping patients navigate the uncertainty inherent to facing serious illness.


charged summer roadtripEpisode 31: Personalizing Diabetes Care for Pregnant Women 
Featuring Camille Powe, MD, co-director of the Diabetes in Pregnancy Program

Pregnant women have historically been excluded from clinical research due to an abundance of caution for the safety of them and their babies. But consequently, these women are often left out of medical advances. Endocrinologist Dr. Camille Powe is passionate about changing that for women with maternal diabetes. In this episode, she discusses her work to better understand diabetes and pregnancy, as well as how she hopes to develop more personalized treatments for these patients. 


charged summer roadtripEpisode 30: How Is Climate Change Related to the Human Brain? 
Featuring Tina Duhaime, MD, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Human activity is changing the planet at a rate “unprecedented in human history.” For many of us, the massive scale of this problem makes finding solutions feel daunting—if not impossible. But for pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Tina Duhaime, it’s not hard to explain our struggle with climate change when you consider how the human brain works. In this episode, Dr. Duhaime discusses her work studying how the brain’s reward system might relate to our drive toward increasing consumption.


charged summer roadtripEpisode 29: Improving Care for Rare Cancers 
Featuring Cristina Ferrone, MD, surgical director of the Liver Program

As a medical student, the last thing Dr. Cristina Ferrone thought she would ever become was a surgeon. She was turned off surgery it was a male-dominated specialty that forced the few women in it to make hard lifestyle choices. However, when she entered her surgical rotation, she was surprised to discover how much she loved it. She has now become a leader in pancreatic cancer and bile duct cancer. By focusing on work that excites her and honing in on a unique niche, she has found her identity and built a balanced career in a field that is still largely male.


charged summer roadtripSummer Roadtrip Playlist 
Featuring the women of Charged

This summer we’ll be sharing some of our favorite episodes from the first season of Charged in our Summer Roadtrip Playlist. Listen along as we add new episodes each week!


Episode 28: Battling Burnout: Thriving in Modern Health CareEpisode 28: Battling Burnout: Thriving in Modern Health Care 
Featuring the women of Charged

Physicians put in a tremendous amount of work into providing quality care for their patients, but sometimes the challenges that physicians face go unnoticed. Many physicians experience burnout, which leaves them feeling stress, exhaustion and less enjoyment in their work. More women than men report feelings of burnout. In this episode, we hope to spark discussion about the challenges that the women at Mass General face.


Episode 27: Supporting Transgender Patients Through Multidisciplinary CareEpisode 27: Supporting Transgender Patients Through Multidisciplinary Care
Featuring Frances Hayes, MBBCh, BAO, associate chief of the Endocrine Division

For transgender people, finding health care providers knowledgeable about their unique needs can be challenging. One essential component of care for many is hormone replacement therapy which helps the body align more closely with their gender identity. Endocrinologist Dr. Frances Hayes has provided this care to transgender patients for many years, and today she is helping helm the Transgender Health Program at Mass General. In this episode, she discusses the importance of providing multidisciplinary care for transgender patients in a supportive and affirming environment.


Kelly McInnis, DO: From Sports Lover to Sports MedicineEpisode 27: From Sports Lover to Sports Medicine
Featuring Kelly McInnis, DO, sports medicine physiatrist, Sports Medicine Center

Kelly McInnis, DO, is a lifelong sports lover. After residency, the former Division 1 soccer player launched a new sports medicine training pathway that allowed her to spend time with orthopedic surgeons and non-operative sports specialists. At Mass General's Sports Medicine Center, she has demonstrated how her background in non-surgical care can complement the work of orthopedic surgeons. She discusses her passion for helping athletes recover and return to doing what they love.


Cristina Cusin: Finding Solutions for Severe DepressionEpisode 26: Finding Solutions for Severe Depression
Featuring Cristina Cusin, MD, staff psychiatrist in the Depression Clinical and Research Program

Traditional treatments don't always help people who struggle with the most severe depression. Cristina Cusin, MD, has dedicated her career to working with patients with the most severe forms of depression. She is interested in ketamine, a drug traditionally used as an anesthetic that has shown promise for treatment-resistant depression. Dr. Cusin talks about what first drew her to this field, how she hopes to provide relief for her patients and why it’s important to support them in rebuilding their lives when they find a depression treatment that works.


Hiyam Nadel: Nurses Are Natural InnovatorsEpisode 25: Nurses Are Natural Innovators
Featuring Hiyam Nadel, MBA, RN, BSN, director of the Center for Innovation in Patient Care Delivery

True innovation comes from seeing the world differently. In nursing, something as simple as using tape to modify equipment can drives innovation in patient care. Hiyam Nadel, MBA, RN, BSN, a mentor for nurse-entrepreneurs at Mass General, wants to solve problems, improve patient care and advance new ideas. She discusses the pursuit of innovation within nursing and how it’s creating exciting opportunities to improve the quality of patient care.


Noopur Raje: Breaking the Mold to Improve Multiple Myeloma TreatmentEpisode 24: Breaking the Mold to Improve Multiple Myeloma Treatment
Featuring Noopur Raje, MD, director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma

In 2005 Noopur Raje, MD, came to the Mass General Cancer Center with a plan to establish a new type of lab dedicated to the study of multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects the plasma cells and weakens bones. Like any uncharted territory, establishing this narrowly-focused lab required some tenacity. Noopur was up to the task, working hard to build a successful research program that has expanded our understanding of this cancer. Today, Dr. Raje directs the Center for Multiple Myeloma at the Mass General Cancer Center. In this episode, she discusses why she thinks risk-taking is important to success and how she draws inspiration from her patients to keep pressing forward.


Bonnie Michelman: Increasing Diversity in the Security IndustryEpisode 23: Increasing Diversity in the Security Industry
Featuring Bonnie Michelman, MBA, executive director of Police, Security and Outside Services

While completing her master’s in criminal justice at Northeastern University, Bonnie Michelman, MBA, CPP, CHPA, became fascinated by the security industry. Over the years, she has worked hard within the industry, earning her extensive leadership experience, particularly within healthcare. In this episode, Bonnie discusses the importance of increasing diversity to enrich the functionality of the security industry.


Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH: Living Well Through Palliative CareEpisode 22: Living Well Through Palliative Care
Featuring Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine and co-director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care

When Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, was an internal medicine resident, one particular patient showed her the transformative role that empathy can play in a patient’s life and care. This experience sparked her interest in palliative care and providing specialized support for people with serious illness. In this episode, she discusses her passion for the field and her experience helping patients navigate the uncertainty inherent in facing serious illness.


Charged Honors Women's History MonthBonus Episode: Charged Honors Women's History Month
Featuring the women of Charged

March is Women’s History Month. In honor of the month, we are celebrating the women behind the innovations in health care at Mass General. We recognize their success stories, their strength in overcoming adversity and what keeps them charged to achieve their goals. In this special episode, we ask our guests from throughout the hospital to share stories about what drove them to pursue a career in medicine and what keeps them motivated to drive forward.


Sareh Parangi, MD: Making Surgery a More Sustainable Career for WomenEpisode 21: Making Surgery a More Sustainable Career for Women
Featuring Sareh Parangi, MD, director of the Endocrine Surgery Fellowship and Thyroid Cancer Research Laboratory

When Sareh Parangi, MD, witnessed her first operation in medical school, she knew immediately that she wanted to become a surgeon. Now years later, Dr. Parangi is one of the first women to become a full professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. However, she recognizes the challenges that a career in surgery can present to young women. Dr. Parangi discusses the seriousness of gender disparities that come with a career in surgery and why she has become an advocate to help female surgeons overcome barriers to do what they love, while also raising a family.


Sylvie Breton, PhD, MSc: The Power of DiscoveryEpisode 20: The Power of Discovery
Featuring Sylvie Breton, PhD, MSc, inaugural Richard Moerschner Endowed Chair in Men’s Health, Mass General Research Institute

Biophysicist Dr. Sylvie Breton has dedicated her career to studying the kidneys and the male reproductive tract, and her discoveries have the potential to change medicine. She has identified a method for predicting the onset of acute kidney disorder, which affects more than four million people yearly and is called the “silent killer.” She talks about why she enjoys research so much, and how each new discovery spurs her on to the next.


Chana Sacks, MD: Solving the Problem of Gun ViolenceEpisode 19: Solving the Problem of Gun Violence
Featuring Chana Sacks, MD, internist and instructor, Department of Medicine

Gun violence kills more than 35,000 Americans annually, yet funding for research is limited and most doctors are not taught how to approach the topic with patients. For Dr. Chana Sacks, gun violence became a personal reality when her cousin’s seven-year-old son Daniel was killed at Sandy Hook. This tragedy spurred Dr. Sacks to establish the Mass General Gun Violence Prevention Coalition. She discusses why she has become a vocal advocate for gun violence prevention research and why she views gun violence as a solvable problem.


Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH: HIV—Treating a Changing EpidemicEpisode 18: HIV—Treating a Changing Epidemic
Featuring Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, chief, Infectious Diseases Division

Since beginning her career in the mid-1990s, infectious disease chief Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky has witnessed the transformation of the landscape for HIV and AIDS. Though new drugs have improved the outlook, the challenges of accessing and maintaining care persist. Dr. Walensky discusses how she works to expand access to care for HIV patients through research and a willingness to understand patients' struggles.


Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA: Practicing Medicine as a Black WomanEpisode 17: Practicing Medicine as a Black Woman 
Featuring Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, obesity medicine specialist, Mass General Weight Center

As an obesity medicine specialist, Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford understands the implicit and explicit biases that her patients face. As a black female doctor, she’s also familiar with the biases she faces each day. But a recent Delta flight was a poignant reminder of these biases when flight attendants questioned her credentials as a doctor as she provided care to a fellow passenger. Dr. Stanford discusses this experience and why she's speaking out against biases and promoting diversity in medicine.


Janet Wozniak, MD: Bipolar Disorder and the Paradigm Shift in Pediatric PsychiatryEpisode 16: Bipolar Disorder and the Paradigm Shift in Pediatric Psychiatry 
Featuring Janet Wozniak, MD, director of the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service and director of the Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Clinical and Research Program

25 years ago, psychiatrists believed that bipolar disorder only affected adults, and it was controversial to suggest otherwise. However, thanks to the pioneer work of Janet Wozniak, MD, we now know that bipolar disorder affects children. Dr. Wozniak discusses her drive to help children struggling with bipolar disorder by intervening early to diagnose and find treatments.


Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN: Why We Need More Diversity in NursingEpisode 15: Why We Need More Diversity in Nursing 
Featuring Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, executive director of the Institute for Patient Care at Mass General and director of the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research

Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, emphasizes the importance of increasing diversity in nursing. She believes that having more people of color in nursing will give voice to a diverse patient population and foster culturally sensitive care that will make the hospital environment welcoming to everyone.


Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD, MSc: Driving Toward a Cure for ALSEpisode 14: Driving Toward a Cure for ALS 
Featuring Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, chief of the Department of Neurology

For years, ALS appeared to be an uncurable disease, but when others lost hope, Dr. Merit E. Cudkowicz saw the challenges of curing ALS as opportunities for scientific collaboration. She spends her days leading clinical trials and working with patients to find effective treatments. By revolutionizing ALS clinical trials, she has inspired hope that we can find a cure.


Elsie Taveras, MD: Tackling Childhood ObesityEpisode 13: Tackling Childhood Obesity 
Featuring Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and executive director of the Kraft Center for Community Health

Childhood obesity is on the rise among low-income racial and ethnic minorities. Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, is focused on preventing and treating childhood obesity along with reducing healthcare disparities that contribute to its rise. She discusses the importance of supporting underserved families and making them aware of ways to establish healthy habits for children.


Ann Prestipino: Finding Variety in LongevityEpisode 12: Finding Variety in Longevity 
Featuring Ann Prestipino, MPH, senior vice president

Ann L. Prestipino, MPH, began at Mass General as the assistant to the director of operations 38 years ago and has been here ever since. She's built a long, successful career with continued growth, all within the same institution.


Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD: Scientist, Mom, LeaderEpisode 11: Scientist, Mom, Leader 
Featuring Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD, scientific director, Mass General Research Institute

Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD, has spent her whole career at Mass General focused on understanding two rare diseases. She also tackled the challenges of building a thriving scientific career at the same time she was building her family. She is now working to change the culture of scientific research for the better.


Cathy E. Minehan, MBA: Why It Pays to Be BoldEpisode 10: Why It Pays to Be Bold 
Featuring Cathy Minehan, MBA, chair, Mass General Board of Trustees

Cathy E. Minehan, MBA, had a long career in the Federal Reserve Bank system that included many firsts. She discusses the importance of being your own advocate, how she broke gender barriers and how her success in banking led to a fulfilling career as a board member.


Allison Bryant, MD, MPH: Why Quality Care Means Equitable CareEpisode 9: Why Quality Care Means Equitable Care 
Featuring Allison Bryant, MD, MPH, maternal-fetal medicine specialist; vice chair of quality, equity and safety, OB/GYN Department

Allison Bryant, MD, MPH, spends her days caring for women with high-risk pregnancies and advocating for not just safety and quality of care, but also the equity of care. Dr. Bryant explains how we might go about improving equity in health care and why it’s important for us all to examine our own biases.


Pamela Jones, MD, MS, MPH: Forging a Path to NeurosurgeryEpisode 8: Forging a Path to Neurosurgery 
Featuring Pamela Jones, MD, neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery

Before becoming a neurosurgeon, Pamela Jones, MD, trained as a writer, and spent her free time in ballet. You might be surprised by how training as a journalist and a ballerina has helped her become a better surgeon.


Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH: Charting Your Own Path to SuccessEpisode 7: Charting Your Own Path to Success 
Featuring Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, deputy director, Disparities Solutions Center

Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, is the deputy director of the Disparities Solutions Center at Mass General. Beginning with the Peace Corps after college, Aswita has devoted her career to lifting disenfranchised groups. Hear how she’s also charted her own path to success and leadership along the way.


Misty Hathaway, MIA: Finding Balance in TransitionEpisode 6: Finding Balance in Transition 
Featuring Misty Hathaway, MIA, chief marketing officer & senior director for international and specialized services

Misty Hathaway, MIA, is Mass General’s chief marketing officer and senior director for international and specialized services and moved to Boston after 17 years at Mayo Clinic. Major transitions can be hard, but you'll hear her advice on bridging the gap between your past and your future.


Marcela del Carmen, Valuing Your Own DiversityEpisode 5: Valuing Your Own Diversity 
Featuring Marcela del Carmen, MD, chief medical officer, Mass General Physicians Organization

Dr. Marcela del Carmen is the chief medical officer at Mass General. She is now a leader in gynecologic oncology, but she started in a very different place when she fled Nicaragua with her family at age 10. Hear how experience inspired her to dedicate her career to reducing disparities in cancer care and promoting diversity in medicine.


Charged podcast, Malissa Wood, Women and the HeartEpisode 4: Women and the Heart 
Featuring Malissa Wood, MD, co-director, Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program, Heart Center

Cardiologist Dr. Malissa Wood is committed to improving women’s heart health. She helped found the hospital's Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program and has devoted her career to make sure women get the care they need, all while balancing the demands that come with being the mom of four.


Denise Gee: Surgeon of BalanceEpisode 3: Surgeon of Balance 
Featuring Denise Gee, MD, bariatric surgeon, Department of Surgery

Dr. Denise Gee is a surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery. As you might imagine, being a surgeon and teaching the future generation is an intense job. But as the mom of three, she’s become a master in work-life balance so she can be a hands-on mom and surgeon.


Sarah Wakeman: Changing the Face of Addiction TreatmentEpisode 2: Changing the Face of Addiction Treatment 
Featuring Sarah Wakeman, MD, medical director, Substance Use Disorders Initiative

Dr. Sarah Wakeman is an addiction medicine specialist at Mass General and a national thought leader in treatment for substance use disorders. As the medical director for the hospital's Substance Use Disorders Initiative, she is committed to changing how addiction is understood by the public and how it is treated at Mass General.


Katrina Armstrong, MD: Leading with EmpathyEpisode 1: Leading with Empathy 
Featuring Katrina Armstrong, MD, physician-in-chief, Department of Medicine

Dr. Katrina Armstrong is Mass General’s physician-in-chief. In this role, she leads over 700 doctors, researchers and trainees in the Department of Medicine, one of the hospital’s largest divisions. Her first day on the job was April 13, 2013, the day of the Boston Marathon bombing. Hear what she learned that day and how that has helped her lead and teach at Mass General.