About Miriam Bredella, MD, MBA

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Dr. Bredella is professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, vice chair for faculty affairs and clinical operations in the Department of Radiology and a musculoskeletal radiologist at Mass General. She is the director of the Center for Faculty Development at Mass General. She holds an MBA from MIT/Sloan School of Management.

Dr. Bredella established a department-wide faculty mentoring program which was awarded the Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring from Harvard Medical School. As director of the Center for Faculty Development, where she oversees the offices for women’s careers, clinical and research careers, she established a new office for well-being to improve the well-being of our faculty and trainees across the career span. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Bredella implemented initiatives to support the emotional and physical well-being of our faculty with special focus on women for which she was awarded the Innovative Initiatives Award from the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and the Shirley Driscoll Dean's Leadership Award for the Enhancement of Women's Careers from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bredella is leading departmental initiatives to fight physician burnout and serves on the hospital Frigoletto Committee on Physician Well-Being. She is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Forces at Mass General and Harvard Medical School where she designed successful initiatives for increasing diversity in research operations.

Dr. Bredella is an NIH-funded physician scientist focusing on novel functional imaging techniques to determine the effects of different fat depots on bone and metabolic risk across the weight spectrum and in patients with cancer. Since joining the faculty at Mass General, Dr. Bredella has been continuously grant-funded as PI by the NIH. Dr. Bredella co-directs the Harvard KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training Program where she mentors clinical translational researchers across all Harvard hospitals and specialties. She has been elected to be a member of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program Steering Committee and chairs several national CTSA working groups. She is the author of over 260 peer-reviewed manuscripts and multiple textbooks.

Dr. Bredella serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Academy of Radiology Research, the society that was instrumental in establishing the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. She is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, and recipient of multiple awards, including the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy of Radiology Research and the Presidents Medal of the International Skeletal Society.


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Medical Education

  • MD, University of Hamburg
  • Residency, UC San Francisco
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital*

American Board Certifications

  • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology

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