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Cristina Cusin

Episode 26: Cristina Cusin, MD: 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

Episode 25: Hiyam Nadel, MBA, BSN, RN: 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

Episode 24: Noopur Raje, MD: 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

Episode 23: Bonnie Michelman, MBA: 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.


Charged Honors Women's History Month

Episode 22: Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH: 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 Month

Bonus 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: The Power of Discovery

Episode 21: Sareh Parangi, MD: 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 Discovery

Episode 20: Sylvie Breton, PhD, MSc: 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 Violence

Episode 19: Chana Sacks, MD: 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 Epidemic

Episode 18: Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH: 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 Woman

Episode 17: Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA: 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 Psychiatry

Episode 16: Janet Wozniak, MD: 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 Nursing

Episode 15: Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN: 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 ALS

Episode 14: Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD, MSc: 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 Obesity

Episode 13: Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH: 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 Longevity

Episode 12: Ann Prestipino: 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, Leader

Episode 11: Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD: 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.


Charged podcast, Cathy E. Minehan, MBA: Why It Pays to Be Bold

Episode 10: Cathy E. Minehan, MBA: 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.


Charged podcast, Allison Bryant, MD, MPH: Why Quality Care Means Equitable Care

Episode 9: Allison Bryant, MD, MPH: 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.


Charged podcast, Pamela Jones, MD, MS, MPH: Forging a Path to Neurosurgery

Episode 8: Pamela Jones, MD, MS, MPH: 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.


Charged podcast, Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH: Charting Your Own Path to Success

Episode 7: Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH: 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.


Charged podcast, Misty Hathaway, MIA: Finding Balance in Transition

Episode 6: Misty Hathaway, MIA: 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.


Charged podcast, Marcela del Carmen, Valuing Your Own Diversity

Episode 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 Heart

Episode 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.


Charged podcast, Denise Gee, Surgeon of Balance

Episode 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.


Charged podcast, Sarah Wakeman, Changing the Face of Addiction Treatment

Episode 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.


Charged Podcast, Katrina Armstrong, Leading with Empathy

Episode 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.

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