FACULTY

  • Kenneth Freedberg, MD, MSc

    Kenneth Freedberg

    Dr. Freedberg is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    He is the Director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Center, Director of the Program in Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research at the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, and Director of the Program in HIV Research in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research interests focus on HIV and tuberculosis, as well as other chronic disease clinical outcomes and health policy, utilizing the methods of comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness analysis, clinical epidemiology, and implementation science.

    Dr. Freedberg earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and also holds an MSc from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


     

  • Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH

    Rochelle Walensky

    Dr. Walensky is a Chief of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Co-Director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Center, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

    Her research interests include the promotion of routine HIV counseling, testing, and referral and the economic evaluation of HIV prevention, diagnosis and treatment policies both in the US and internationally. She is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the American Association of Physicians (AAP), and the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, the HIV Medicine Association Board of Directors, and she is past Chair of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.  She has also been an advisor to the WHO and the UNAIDS.

    Dr. Walensky earned an MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


     

  • Ingrid Bassett, MD, MPH

    Ingrid Bassett

    Dr. Bassett is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    She is the Director of the Developmental and Mentoring Core at the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research. Her research interests include evaluating strategies for improving uptake and retention in HIV and TB services in South Africa.

    Dr. Bassett earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


     

  • Kimberly Blumenthal, MD, MSc

    Kimberly Blumenthal

    Kimberly Blumenthal, MD, MSc is an Allergist/Immunologist and drug allergy researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She is also the Quality and Safety Officer for Allergy at the Edward P. Lawrence Center for Quality and Safety. 

    Dr. Blumenthal performs drug allergy research that uses methods of epidemiology, informatics, economics, and decision science.  She is recognized nationally for having created innovative approaches to the evaluation of penicillin and cephalosporin antibiotic allergies in the hospital that have since been adopted by other hospitals throughout the US and internationally, broadly referenced, and incorporated into expert recommendations.

    Dr. Blumenthal graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Economics.  She studied medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, which she completed in 2009, before training at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Internal Medicine and Allergy and Immunology. She completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2017.


     

  • Andrea Ciaranello, MD, MPH

    Andrea Ciaranello

    Dr. Ciaranello is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. She serves as director of the Perinatal Infectious Disease Program at MGH and Associate Director of the Program in Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research at the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research. She is also Co-Chair of the US Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Treatment of Pregnant Women with HIV Infection and Prevention of Perinatal Transmission, and has served as technical consultant for UNAIDS and WHO about simulation modeling and cost-effectiveness related to pediatric HIV and mother-to-child HIV transmission.

    Her research interests involve the use of simulation models to examine the long-term clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of strategies to care for women, children, and adolescents living with and at risk for HIV.

    Dr. Ciaranello earned an MD from the Yale School of Medicine and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


     

  • Emily Hyle, MD, MSc

    Emily Hyle

    Dr. Hyle is an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

    Her research interests include using cost-effectiveness analysis to investigate policy-relevant questions for the clinical care of people with HIV, including point-of-care technologies, virologic resistance, and non-communicable diseases among people with HIV, in the US and resource-limited settings. Dr. Hyle also collaborates with the Global TravEpiNet Consortium to investigate the cost-effectiveness of pre-travel medicine.

    Dr. Hyle earned her MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a DTMH from the Gorgas Institute in Lima, Peru and an MSc in Epidemiology for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


     

  • Anne Neilan, MD, MPH

    Anne Neilan

    Dr. Neilan is a medicine and pediatrics-trained adult infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical and research interests focus on adolescents and young adults. 

    In her work at the Medical Practice Evaluation Center, she uses computer simulation modeling to inform optimal care strategies for adolescents with HIV and at risk of HIV. She has worked on analyses with the US Centers for Disease Control as well as national and international HIV networks including the Pediatric HIV AIDS Study (PHACS), the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT), the HIV Research Network (HIVRN), the International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluation AIDS (IeDEA) Network. She is also Assistant Director of the Modeling Core for the national Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions. She was the recipient of Harvard University’s Eleanor and Miles Shore Scholars in Medicine award and the 2017 New Investigator for the Society for Adolescent Medicine.

    She earned her MD and MPH from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy and a Fogarty Scholar in Peru.


  • Kelli O'Laughlin MD, MPH

    Kelli O'Laughlin

    Dr. O'Laughlin is Faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital Medical Practice Evaluation Center, an emergency medicine attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She conducts research focused on assessing health needs of refugees and on designing and evaluating refugee-specific interventions to improve care for this vulnerable population.

    She works in collaboration with Medical Teams International and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to evaluate the HIV care continuum in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Presently she is evaluating the health behavior and ecologic context influences on HIV care among refugee populations, to gain a more in-depth understanding of linkage to HIV care in Nakivale. These data will help her to design, implement, and evaluate an informed HIV linkage intervention in this setting (K23 MH108440).

    Dr. O'Laughlin attended the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine (2003) and completed emergency medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles/Olive-View UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Program (2007). She earned her MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2008).


     

  • Robert A. Parker, ScD, CStat

    Robert Parker

    Dr. Parker is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Biostatistician at the MGH Biostatistics Center. His research interests include non-standard study design and non-standard data analysis.


     

  • Krishna Reddy, MD, MS

    Krishna Reddy

    Dr. Reddy is a pulmonologist and critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

    His research interests include comorbidities in people living with HIV, tobacco smoking and smoking-related diseases, and tuberculosis. He applies methods of simulation modeling, clinical epidemiology, and cost-effectiveness analysis to study policy-relevant clinical and economic outcomes.

    Dr. Reddy earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and an MS from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain and a Fogarty Scholar in Peru.


     

  • Fatma Shebl, MD, PhD

    Dr. Shebl is the Director of Biometry for the Medical Practice Evaluation Center and a Member of the Faculty at Harvard Medical School. After receiving her PhD in 2008 , she was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and then joined the faculty at the Yale School of Public Health where she taught advanced analytic methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology courses.

    Dr. Shebl's research interests are in the areas of infectious disease epidemiology and its intersection with chronic diseases and cancers. Dr. Shebl is also interested in maternal and child health and community trials. She specializes in applying advanced analytic methods and analysis of large datasets.

    Dr. Shebl earned her MD at the University of Alexandria in Egypt and her PhD from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

AFFILIATED FACULTY

  • Esther Freeman, MD, PhD

    Esther Freeman

    Dr. Freeman is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and a board certified dermatologist and epidemiologist, specializing in global health dermatology. She has worked to improve healthcare, especially those affected by HIV, in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and southeast Asia since 2003. She has collaborated with the World Health Organization since 2011, to establish guidelines for the treatment of HIV-associated skin conditions in the developing world. She has won the American Academy of Dermatology’s Member Making a Difference Award, as well as the most highly cited author in the area of epidemiology in AIDS in 2009.

    Her current work centers around Kaposi’s sarcoma, a potentially deadly tumor associated with HIV that first appears on the skin. Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Dermatology Foundation, the American Skin Association, the Harvard Center for AIDS Research, and the Medical Dermatology Society.

    She earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and her MD from Harvard Medical School.

Fellows

  • Caitlin Dugdale, MD

    Caitlin Dugdale

    Dr. Dugdale is an adult infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and MPEC research fellow. Her research focuses on the cost-effectiveness of interventions to promote maternal and child health and reduce vertical transmission of HIV in resource-limited settings.

    She earned her MD from the Indiana University School of Medicine.


     

  • Pooyan Kazemian, PhD

    Pooyan Kazemian

    Dr. Kazemian is a research scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research incorporates mathematical programming, data-driven optimization modeling, simulation analysis, and machine learning to improve the prevention and treatment of chronic and infectious diseases (e.g., type 2 diabetes and HIV/AIDS). He is also interested at evaluating the clinical outcomes, lifetime costs, and the cost-effectiveness of new interventions to prevent and treat such diseases.

    He earned a PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.


     

  • Amir Mohareb, MD

    Amir Mohareb

    Dr. Mohareb is an adult infectious disease fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. His research focuses on the cost-effectiveness of HIV and Hepatitis B management in resource-limited settings.

    He earned his MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital.


     

Staff

  • Nicole Holt, MPH

    Nicole Holt

    Nicole joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in January 2014 after working as a Project Coordinator and Lab Manager at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She has a background in the coordination and implementation of research studies.

    She holds a BA in Psychology and History from Brown University and earned a MPH from Oregon State University with a focus in Health Promotion.


     

  • Taige Hou

    Taige Hou

    Taige joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in 2011. He is the programmer and server administrator for the group and works on software development for the Center.

    He has a BS in Physics and Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


     

  • Jodi Kurtz, MSM, MA, CRA

    Jodi Kurtz

    Jodi joined the MPEC in 2012, and has a wide array of experience with both pre- and post-award management of sponsored research programs, as well as clinical trial management and regulatory compliance.

    She has a BS from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA from the University of Washington, and an MSM with a specialization in Research Administration from Emmanuel College.


     

  • David J. Lee, MPH

    David is a medical student at Harvard Medical School and holds an MPH in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research interests include TB and HIV/AIDS in the South-East Asia Region. David joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in August 2017 and is working on a project to evaluate the clinical impact and cost-effectiveness of novel point-of-care TB diagnostics in India.


     

  • Maeve Mackey

    Maeve joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in May 2017. She previously worked as a Client Service Manager at a small wealth management firm in Newton, MA.

    She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a BA in Intercultural Communications.


     

  • Jaime Nangle

    Jaime Nangle

    Jaime joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in early 2013 after working for two and a half years as a Research Specialist in Client Services at Partners Healthcare.

    She graduated from Wheaton College in 2001 with a BA in Psychology.


     

  • Pamel Pei, PhD

    Pamela Pei

    Dr. Pei joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in 2011. She previously worked as a health economist at the United BioSource Corporation. Her research interests include the use of simulation models to examine HIV transmission, as well as the cost-effectiveness and budget impact of interventions to treat and prevent HIV infections.

    Dr. Pei earned a PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


     

  • Justine Scott, MPH

    Justine Scott

    Justine Scott joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in March 2016. Prior to graduate studies in public health, she worked in biomedical research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

    Justine holds an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA in Biology and Government from Colby College.


     

  • Elizabeth Van Blarcom, JD

    Elizabeth Van Blarco

    Elizabeth joined the MPEC in 2018 after working as in-house counsel and as a senior associate in administrative law.

    She holds a JD from New England Law | Boston and a BA from Juniata College.


     

  • Liyang Yu, MS

    Liyang Yu

    Liyang joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in 2017. She assists the group with statistical data analysis projects and generating data inputs for the CEPAC model.

    She has a BS from Johns Hopkins University and an MS in Biostatistics from Washington University at St. Louis School of Medicine.

Research Assistants

  • Audrey Bangs

    Audrey Bangs

    Audrey joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in July 2018. She is currently working with Dr. Neilan on adherence interventions for adolescents and young adults living with HIV in the United States and with Dr. Hyle on evaluating the cost-effectiveness of pre-travel medicine for preventing measles outbreaks.

    She graduated from Middlebury College in 2018 with a BA in biochemistry and minors in global health and art history.


     

  • Bridget Bunda

    Bridget Bunda

    Bridget joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in August 2018. She currently works with Dr. Bassett on projects related to delivery of HIV care in South Africa, with a focus on the impact of South Africa's new Central Chronic Medicine Dispensing and Distribution program.

    She graduated from Northeastern University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a minor in Biology.


     

  • Sydney Costantini

    Sydney joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in July 2017. She currently works with Dr. Kazemian on modeling a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program in India and with Dr. Reddy on tuberculosis (TB) testing and HIV/TB coinfection.

    She graduated from Yale University in 2017 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on applications to health.


     

  • Julia Foote

    Julia Foote

    Julia joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in August 2018. She currently works with Dr. Neilan to evaluate the clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of HIV screening and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in US adolescents and young adults and with Dr. Resch to assess the cost-effectiveness of the Botswana Combination Prevention Project.

    She graduated from Pomona College in 2018 with a BA in Neuroscience.


     

  • Adi Gandhi

    Adi Gandhi

    Adi joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in July 2018. He currently works with Dr. Neilan on improving the diagnostic algorithm for HIV screening and with Dr. Hyle on evaluating the clinical impact of empiric antibiotics for traveler's diarrhea.

    He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2018 with a BA in Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Science in Society.


     

  • Tyler Harkness

    Tyler Harkness

    Tyler joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in June 2018. He works with Dr. Blumenthal on clinical epidemiology and modeling related to drug allergy.

    He graduated from Yale University in 2018 with a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.


     

  • Christian Mancini

    Christian Mancini

    Christian joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in November 2018. He works with Dr. Blumenthal on clinical epidemiology and modeling related to drug allergy. 

    He graduated from Boston University in 2018 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering.


     

  • Emily Martey

    Emily Martey

    Emily joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in July 2016. She currently works with Dr. Hyle on projects related to cardiovascular risk factors and health literacy among people with HIV in South Africa. She also works with Dr. Freedberg on evaluating the cost-effectiveness of a medical care coordination program for high-risk people with HIV in Los Angeles County and with Dr. O'Laughlin on research related to HIV testing for refugees living in Uganda.

    She graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a BA in Biology & Society and a minor in Global Health.


     

  • Nicole McCann

    Nicole McCann

    Nicole joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in August 2018. She currently works with Dr. Ciaranello on early infant detection of HIV in Kenya, with Dr. Freedberg on mobile unit HIV testing in the United States, and with Dr. Kazemian on modeling diabetes in the United States.

    She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2018 with a BA in Biology and Science in Society.


     

  • Lucia Millham

    Lucia Millham

    Lucia joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in September 2017. She currently works with Dr. Bassett on assessing long-term HIV care trajectories and HIV and contraceptive interventions in South Africa. She also works with Dr. Hyle on modeling projects related to HIV care in the United States.

    She graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with an AB in History & Literature and a secondary in Global Health & Health Policy.  In the summer of 2017, she graduated from the 12-month Johns Hopkins University Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program. 


     

  • Tijana Stanic

    Tijana Stanic

    Tijana joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in August 2018. She is currently working with Dr. Hyle on non-communicable disease in people with HIV in the United States and with Dr. Ciaranello on clinical and economic benefits of provider-initiated screening and testing for HIV in pediatric care.

    She graduated from Yale University in 2018 with a BS in Economics and in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. 


     

  • Madeline Stern

    Madeline joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in July 2017. She is currently working with Drs. Ciaranello, Walensky, and Dugdale on an analysis concerning Dolutegravir in women of childbearing age, and with Dr. Ciaranello on pediatric ARV forecasting. She is also working with Drs. Luz and Paltiel on research related to PrEP rollout strategies in Brazil. 

    She graduated from Wellesley College in 2017 with a BA in Economics and Mathematics.


     

  • Pamela Torola

    Pamela Torola

    Pamela joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center in August 2018. She currently works with Dr. Reddy on modelling tobacco use.

    She graduated from Yale College in 2018 with a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.