Meet the faculty and staff of the Center for Faculty Development at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Miriam A. Bredella, MD

Miriam Bredella

Director, Center for Faculty Development (CFD)
Tel: (617) 724.0818 |

Dr. Bredella is Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and a musculoskeletal radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital where she also serves as Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs. She is passionate about mentoring and career development. In the Department of Radiology, she established a department-wide mentoring program for junior faculty, a Radiology Leadership Academy (which supports physicians and non-physicians in leadership roles), and a management and leadership curriculum for radiologists. She also led initiatives to fight physician burnout

Dr. Bredella is a NIH-funded researcher, focusing on the effects of different fat depots on bone metabolism and metabolic risk across the weight spectrum. She is the co-director of the Harvard KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training Program where she mentors clinical translational researchers across all Harvard hospitals and serves on the national NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program Steering Committee. She is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Forces at Mass General and Harvard Medical School and designed successful initiatives for increasing diversity in research operations.

Mary L. Bouxsein, PhD

Mary Bouxsein

Director, Graduate Student Divsion (GSD)
Tel: (617) 643.1606 |

Dr. Mary Bouxsein is professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and director of the High-Resolution Peripheral Computed Tomography Core Facility at Mass General. Dr. Bouxsein is also a faculty member in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program where she directs a course in Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology. Mary has an extensive track record of mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She received the A. Clifford Barger Award for Excellence in Mentorship from Harvard Medical School and the Thomas A. McMahon Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program.

Cristina R. Ferrone, MD

Cristina Ferrone

Director, Office for Clinical Careers (OCC)
Tel: (617) 724.0818 |

Dr. Ferrone, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Surgical Liver Program. She is the principal investigator of a large national clinical trial for pancreatic cancer and has obtained NIH funding for her translational research effort. She has been an active member of the Frigoletto Committee since its inception. As part of the Frigoletto Committee she started the women in surgery connectivity series. Dr. Ferrone has been the Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Residency since 2006. She has mentored many junior faculty, residents, research fellows, medical and high school students. She is currently an elected physician member of the MGPO Board of Trustees.

Marcia B. Goldberg, MD

Marcia Goldberg

Director, Office for Research Careers (ORC)
Tel: (617) 643.1606 |

Dr. Goldberg is a professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunobiology at HMS, director of Research Program Development in the Department of Medicine (DOM), director of Research in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Mass General, associate program director for Research for the Mass General Brigham Combined Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, and director of the NIH-funded Harvard-wide adult training program in Infectious Disease and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms. She has a strong track record of providing career development guidance to post doctoral fellows and other trainees. In the DOM, she launched a career development initiative designed to provide guidance and community for junior faculty and senior trainees on career advancement, specifically on strategies for achieving independent R level funding.

Darshan H. Mehta, MD, MPH

Darshan Mehta

Director, Office for Well-Being (OWB)
Tel: (617) 724.0818 |

Dr. Mehta is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Medical Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH, and Education Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  His educational and research interests include curricular development in complementary and integrative medical therapies, mind/body educational interventions in health professions training, and promotion of professionalism in medical trainees. Dr. Mehta sees patients in a consultative role for use of complementary and integrative medical therapies, as well as mind/body interventions for stress management and stress reduction.  He is also active in the Massachusetts Medical Society and is a member of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Mehta is a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine and has completed professional training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Louisa G. Sylvia, PhD

Louisa Syvia

Director, Office for Women's Careers (OWC)
Tel: (617) 724.0818 |

Dr. Sylvia is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist and Associate Director at Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation at MGH and the Director of Health and Wellness at the Red Sox Foundation. Dr. Sylvia’s major research interests are developing resilience and wellness programs for veterans and individuals with mood disorders. Dr. Sylvia has authored the Complete Wellness Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, co-authored a workbook for Bipolar II Disorder and presented her work at numerous local, national and international conferences. She assisted in creating MoodNetwork, a patient-powered research network, funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative. MoodNetwork brings together thousands of individuals with mood disorders to improve their overall wellness.

Bakhos A. Tannous, PhD

Bakhos Tannous

Director, Postdoctoral Division (PDD)
Tel: (617) 643.1606 |

Dr. Bakhos Tannous is an associate professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Experimental Therapeutics Unit at Mass General. He is a member of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and acts as co-director of the Molecular Neurogenetics Unit-East and director of the Mass General Viral Vector Production Facility. He is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Department of Neurology and Mentor of the Year from the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center for his commitment in training underrepresented/underprivileged students. Dr. Bakhos is a member of many national and international committees including Neurology Research Council and Committee of Fundamental Research at Mass General.

CFD Administration

Maire Leyne, MS, MBA

Maire Leyne

Executive Director for Research and Faculty Support
Center for Faculty Development (CFD)

Maire's role as Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) Director within the Mass General Research Institute was expanded to include the Center for Faculty Development.

Nicole L. Davidson

Nicole Davidson

Administrative Coordinator
Center for Faculty Development (CFD)

Nicole is part of CFD's administrative team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from the University of Massachusetts and her Master's degree in Business Administration in Marketing from the Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH. She comes to us with over eight years of customer service and administrative assistant experience.

Elizabeth DiModica

Elizabeth DiModica

Administrative Coordinator
Center for Faculty Development (CFD)

Liz is part of CFD's administrative team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with a minor in Healthcare Administration from Stonehill College, Easton, MA. She came to us from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she worked as an administrative assistant and a practice representative in the Ophthalmology Department.

Anne S. Levy, PhD

Anne Levy

Senior Program Manager
Center for Faculty Development (CFD)

For the last four years, Dr. Levy served as Manager of Faculty Affairs for Harvard Ophthalmology, working with faculty through the appointments and promotion process, managing the nomination process for a host of awards, and developing the mentoring program, which received a Harvard Medical School Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring in 2019. Before joining the HMS community, she had a long career in international secondary education, in France and in Boston, teaching literature and college counseling. She holds an MA in French from Middlebury College and a PhD in American Studies from Yale University.

Karan A. Patel, MHA

Karan Patel

Program Coordinator
Office for Research Careers (ORC)

Mr. Patel is the program coordinator in the Office for Research Careers at the CFD. He earned his Master of Health Administration (MHA) from Columbia University, NY. He first joined MGH as an administrative intern in MGH’s Research Institute. His role has since increased to his current position in the Center for Faculty Development.

Emily Ungvary

Emily Ungvary

Administrative Coordinator
Center for Faculty Development (CFD)

Emily has been a member of the CFD's administrative team since 2011. In that time, she has performed various roles in support of the CFD. Currently, Emily serves as an Administrative Coordinator and Assistant to the CFD Director, Dr. Miriam Bredella. Emily earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University at Buffalo. She won a Partners in Excellence Award with the CFD for Teamwork in 2017 and continues to support the CFD as it expands to provide excellent service to faculty and trainees at MGH.

Brenda I. Vega

Brenda Vega

Office Manager
Center for Faculty Development (CFD)

Brenda is the office manager of the CFD. She has worked at the Mass General since January 2000 where she began as a patient care coordinator. She then worked with the Geriatric Research Laboratory before starting at the OWC in 2002. Her role has since expanded as the OWC also expanded to include the CFD and its many offices and divisions. Brenda brings many skills and accomplishments to the Center, including graphic design, project management, organizational skills, leadership skills and strong interpersonal skills. Brenda is a graduate of Westwood College Online where she earned an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design and Multimedia. She is also fluent in both English and Spanish which adds to her repertoire.