Program Director

  • David M. Nathan, M.D.

    David M. Nathan, MD, is the Mass General CRC Program Director, a role he assumed in 1991. Dr. Nathan is a Physician in the Department of Medicine, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an active clinical investigator in the Diabetes Unit and an active investigator on the CRC since 1980.

    He is also the Director of the Mass General Diabetes Center. Dr. Nathan's clinical research, which investigates novel means of controlling glycemia in the physiologic range in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and the short and long-term effects of such therapy on diabetic complications, has earned him an international reputation as an outstanding clinical investigator.

    Much of his clinical research over the past 40 years, including his national leadership of NIH-sponsored studies such as the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT), the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) study, and the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), has been performed on the CRC. Dr. Nathan oversees all aspects of the CRC operations.

Associate Director for Pediatrics and TCRC Medical Research Officer

  • Madhusmita (Madhu) Misra, M.D., M.P.H

    Madhusmita Misra

    Dr. Madhu Misra is the Fritz Bradley Talbot and Nathan Bill Talbot Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. She is Associate Director and the Medical Research Officer (MRO) of the CRC at Massachusetts General Hospital and specifically responsible for overseeing pediatric research on the CRC. Dr. Misra is currently the President Elect of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.

    Dr. Misra’s research explores neuroendocrine and bone alterations in conditions that span the weight spectrum from anorexia nervosa to the female athlete with amenorrhea to obesity. She has also studied the impact of autism spectrum disorders and major depression on bone health in children. 

    Please contact Dr. Misra when planning a pediatric study requiring the Clinical Research Center, particularly for issues regarding feasibility and subject safety. In her role as MRO of the CRC at Massachusetts General Hospital she is also available for discussions around protocol development and implementation within Massachusetts General Hospital and across Harvard Catalyst sites, grant and budget planning, IRB submissions, recruitment strategies and other aspects of study planning, implementation and conduct.


  • Lynelle Cortellini, Administrative Director

    Lynelle Cortellini is the Administrative Director for the Massachusetts General Hospital TRC and CRC.

  • Grants Administrator/Financial Analyst

    The Financial Analyst for the Mass General TCRC manages billing for the TRC & CRC and also manages other TCRC activities.

  • Faith M. Fortune, Administrative Coordinator

    Faith Fortune

    Faith Fortune is the TCRC Administrative Coordinator. With more than 22 years of experience providing administrative guidance, Faith has a proven track record of executive support, management and training necessary to ensure efficiency in daily research center operation. She provides support through a variety of research processes, including site/program access, protocol submission/review, procurement of supplies and coordinating meetings and schedules. Faith facilitates interactions between TCRC investigators and staff and is the initial Mass General TCRC contact for new study applications. Faith also serves as the editor for the TCRC website.

Metabolism & Nutrition Research (MNR)

  • Jane Hubbard, MNR

    Jane Hubbard

    Jane Hubbard is the TCRC Metabolism & Nutrition Research Director. An experienced nutrition researcher, Jane has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of nutrition/health with 25 years as research dietitian working in collaboration with investigators in the planning and implementation of research projects. Her expertise extends across many aspects of nutrition research including: nutrient intake collection and analysis, calculated/weighed diet studies, physical activity assessment, body composition analysis and energy expenditure.

    Jane oversees the research dietitians and technicians and the day to day operation of the metabolic kitchen. Jane can be consulted for nutrition resources and study design.


  • Kathryn E. Hall, Nursing Director

    Kathryn Hall

    Kathy Hall is the Nurse Director for the Translational and Clinical Research Center at Mass General. She is an ANCC Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Executive. Her clinical specialty areas include Internal Medicine and Neurology. She has over 25 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, nurse administrator, and nurse educator. She holds faculty appointments at Boston College Connell School of Nursing and Mass General Institute for Health Professions. Kathy oversees the operations and management of the nursing and support staff on the Mass General TCRC unit on White 12 as it relates to research participant safety, overall experience, and efficient protocol implementation. She is available for consultation regarding the use of TCRC resources, study design, and nursing resource allocation.

  • Ashley L. Elliman, Nurse Practice Specialist

    As the TCRC Co-Nurse Practice Specialist, Ashley performs needed assessments of the clinical staff and provides appropriate education and mentoring. The Nurse Practice Specialist collaborates with RNs during the protocol development and implementation to ensure that resources are utilized and to educate staff to safely implement protocols. Ashley specializes and is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and assists with care of patients across the life span enrolled in research studies.  Prior to working on the TCRC, Ashley has worked as a Thoracic Surgery nurse and as a Nurse Practitioner for the Nutrition Support Unit at MGH.

  • Falisha A. Porto, Nurse Practice Specialist

    As the TCRC Co-Nurse Practice Specialist, Falisha performs needed assessments of the clinical staff and provides appropriate education and mentoring. The Nurse Practice Specialist collaborates with RNs during the protocol development and implementation to ensure that resources are utilized and to educate staff to safely implement protocols. Falisha is an Adult NP and assists with the care of the adult patient population enrolled in research studied. Falisha is also ACLS certified. Prior to the TCRC, Falisha worked in Thoracic surgery as a nurse, and as a Nurse Practitioner in the Nutritional Support Unit and in the Medical Infusion Unit at MGH.

  • Sarah R. Luthern, Project Manager

    Sarah Luthern

    The Project Manager is a general resource for the TCRC staff and study staff, template creation, unit orientation, special projects and troubleshooting. Sarah works to facilitate smooth day to day operations on the TCRC.

Research Coordinators

  • Betelihem A. Abayneh

  • Julia M. Carney

  • Vivine H. Wilson