About Miriam Bredella, MD

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Dr. Bredella is professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, vice chair for faculty affairs in the Department of Radiology and a musculoskeletal radiologist at Mass General. In her capacity of vice chair for faculty affairs, she established a department-wide faculty mentoring program which was awarded the Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring from Harvard Medical School. She also serves as director of the Center for Faculty Development at Mass General and has 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 she implemented multiple initiatives to support the emotional and physical well-being of our faculty with special focus on women faculty and trainees. Dr. Bredella is leading departmental initiatives to fight physician burnout and serves on the hospital Frigoletto Committee on Physician Well-Being.

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 CTSA working groups. 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’s research focuses on the effects of different fat depots on bone metabolism and metabolic risk in states of under- and overnutrition. She established a multidisciplinary clinical research program in the area of metabolic imaging that combines innovative translational, clinical and outcomes research. Since joining the faculty at Mass General, Dr. Bredella has been continuously grant-funded as PI by the NIH. She serves as a grant reviewer for the NIH, the National Science Foundation and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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 the 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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