Featured Guests
    • Clinical Pathology
    Chair, Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Committee on Women in Medicine
    Chair, Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Committee on Women in Medicine
    • Senior Medical Consultant, Inspector, Medical Review Officer and Laboratory Director at MCS
    Dr. Cajigas is a Senior Medical Consultant, Inspector, Medical Review Officer and Laboratory Director who trained in pathology at the major Harvard Hospitals. At the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in addition to cytopathology, she specialized with the late Dr. Robert Scully, a giant in gynecologic pathology and brilliant editor of the NEJM Case Records of MGH. He instilled in Dr. Cajigas a love for women's health, encouraging her to Chair the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Committee on Women in Medicine (CWIM), which she has been revamping. In that role, Dr. Cajigas has advanced women's health and leadership by her major contribution to creating the first Women's Health Forum and reformatting the Women's Leadership Program. She is revamping the women's section of the MMS Library and spearheading a new book of inspiring stories of women physicians. Additionally, Dr. Cajigas has been empowering physicians by involving them in events and honoring them with Certificates and/or inducting them into an "Honor Roll" she masterminded. Dr. Cajigas has served as a member of the MMS House of Delegates and several committees. She also has been advancing women's health through Keynote addresses, panels, health fairs, radio and television programs. A visionary, teacher and altruist, Dr. Cajigas has a track record of holding multiple leadership positions, teaching students, trainees and peers, as well as the community at-large, creating awareness about health topics in addition to opportunities for community involvement and personal and professional enrichment. Dr. Cajigas directed the entire Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Department and multiple laboratories of a Harvard-affiliated institution. She continues directing clinical laboratories and leading national laboratory inspection teams. Dr. Cajigas has received many recognitions for her contributions to medicine, women's health, community service, outstanding service and leadership.
    Director, Women in Medicine & Science at the AAMC
    Director, Women in Medicine & Science at the AAMC
    Diana Lautenberger, M.A., is director for women in medicine and science initiatives and serves as the group program leader for one of the 23 professional development groups at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS). Ms. Lautenberger leads the AAMC’s initiatives related to gender equity and the advancement of women in medicine and science. She sets the overall strategy and manages the operations for the Group on Women in Medicine and Science to promote equitable working environments and develop resources for women in academic medicine to advance their careers. In addition to working with GWIMS, Ms. Lautenberger develops and facilitates two professional development seminars for junior and mid-career women faculty to learn the skills needed to succeed as leaders in academic medicine. Prior to her role with GWIMS, Ms. Lautenberger led a number of leadership and engagement initiatives aimed at faculty development for the AAMC. Responsible for curriculum design and implementation, she oversaw two leadership development programs for faculty aimed at aspiring leaders, department chairs, and associate deans to equip them with leadership skills needed to deal with the impending changes of the academic and healthcare environments. Additionally, she managed the operations of the Faculty Forward Engagement Survey to promote knowledge around faculty engagement and organizational performance improvement strategies. Ms. Lautenberger received a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA and a Masters in art education from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. She volunteers as a free-lance art educator of all ages for various DC area museums and community organizations.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Nephrology
    • Innovation
    • Urgent Care
    • Digital health
    • MedTech
    • Public Speaking
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Patient Work Flow
    Emergency Medicine Physician, Passionate about Digital Health
    Emergency Medicine Physician, Passionate about Digital Health

    Jennifer Joe, MD, is a Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) nephrology graduate turned physician entrepreneur CEO and Founder of Medstro.com, a new and innovative social network for physicians, whose clients include The NEJM Group and Google, among others. Dr. Joe still regularly works the VA emergency room and urgent care clinics. As Editor-in-Chief of MedTech Boston and being based in Kendall Square, arguably the physical collision point of technology and academic medicine, Dr. Joe interacts and supports new medicalinnnovation and technology and has insights on best uses. In this role, she has been a mentor at the Massachusetts General Hospital-Samsung-MIT Hacking Medicine and the Tufts Medstart hackathons in the last year. She was a judge of this year’s athenahealth More Disruption Please hackathon and the Office of the National Coordinator Market R&D Pilot Challenge. Because of her insights, Dr. Joe has spoken at South by Southwest, South by Southwest V2V, Health 2.0, the Mass Medical Society EHR Conference, IN3 Medical Device 360, and the Mass TLC Healthcare Conference. Dr. Joe is also a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on IT and Committee on Communications and is the Massachusetts American College of Physicians Information Officer.

    • Ophthalmology
    Tufts School of Medicine 4th Year Med Student
    Tufts School of Medicine 4th Year Med Student
    Talisa de Carlo, BA is a fourth year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine applying to Ophthalmology. She completed an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she first immersed herself in community service and peer mentorship through a directorship of Focus First Philly vision initiative. In medical school, Talisa de Carlo served on the General Council of the Massachusetts Medical Society for two years and through this leadership role organized multiple health fairs and community service opportunities for other active students. As the president of the Ophthalmology Interest Group her second year of medical school, she organized vision screenings with the Lions Eye Mobile and trained students at the Ophthalmology service of the Sharewood Project student-run clinic. Additionally, she has served as liaison of Tufts University School of Medicine students and the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association, with which she has participated in multiple events and health fairs obtaining clinical histories, performing blood pressure, glucose and hearing screenings in addition to ophthalmic exams. Talisa de Carlo has been awarded several awards for her work with the Massachusetts Medical Society and her dedication to the field of Ophthalmology including the Suffolk District Medical Society Medical Student Scholarship, Retina Research Foundation/Joseph M. and Eula C. Lawrence Travel Grant of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the TruFit Good Citizens Scholarship. She is passionate about vision care, peer enrichment, ophthalmology research, women’s health, and the advancement of women in leadership positions
    • Geriatric Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    Executive Director, American Medical Women's Association
    Executive Director, American Medical Women's Association
    • Past President at American Medical Women's Association

    Dr. Eliza Lo Chin is Executive Director and a past president of the American Medical Women's Association.  She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard Medical School, and Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. She trained in primary care internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. After her training, she joined the clinical faculty at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons where she was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. As a young wife and mother, Dr. Chin became interested in the unique challenges facing women in medicine. From 1999-2001, she compiled writings from women in medicine, culminating in the publication of This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine in 2002. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Leadership Institute of Mill’s College and was featured in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibition, Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians. She is the recipient of the Bertha Van Hoosen Award, the AMWA Presidential Award, and the AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC) Physician Mentor Recognition. Dr. Chin currently resides in Northern California with her husband Dr. Douglas Chin and their three children. She practices medicine part-time with a focus in geriatrics. As an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, she continues to be involved in medical education. She has lectured widely on the topic of women in medicine both locally and nationally. In her spare time, she has been an active school and community volunteer. She enjoys traveling with her family.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Obesity Medicine
    • Health Policy
    • Medical Research
    Obesity Medicine Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
    Obesity Medicine Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
    Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA is an obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is one of only a handful of people in the United States who is fellowship trained in obesity medicine. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Stanford received her BS and MPH from Emory University, her MD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, and her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She served as a health communications fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and worked as a behavioral sciences intern at the American Cancer Society. Upon completion of her MPH, she received the Gold Congressional Award, the highest honor that Congress bestows upon America’s youth. Dr. Stanford has completed a medicine and media internship at the Discovery Channel, and authored a USMLE Step 1 medical review text. She has published fifteen articles in medical peer-reviewed journals. Her current research focuses on obesity, health disparities, and health policy. An American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award recipient in 2005, she was also selected for the AMA Paul Ambrose Award for national leadership among resident physicians in 2009. Dr. Stanford completed her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine/Palmetto Health. She recently completed her term as a member of the World Medical Association Junior Doctors Network executive board. The American College of Physicians selected her as the 2013 recipient of the Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award, an award presented to the Associate member of the College who has demonstrated qualities that exemplify the College's mission "to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine". At the MGH Weight Center, she serves as an obesity medicine & nutrition physician. She cares for adult and pediatric patients with overweight and obesity. In this capacity, she works to provide behavioral, pharmacologic, and bariatric surgery pre and post-op care. Dr. Stanford is a nationally recognized obesity medicine expert. She was invited as the keynote speaker on the topic of obesity prior to the 2013 American Medical Association vote to acknowledge obesity as a chronic disease. She has been the featured speaker for numerous other medical organizations, and she has been featured on all major broadcast news outlets in the United States. Dr. Stanford teaches 1st and 2nd year Harvard Medical School students in their nutrition and health policy courses. She is a 2014 recipient of the Certificate for Excellence in Tutoring in the Harvard Medical School Health Policy New Pathway course.
    • Psychiatry
    Vice President of Medical Affairs, Psychiatry, Seton Healthcare Family
    Vice President of Medical Affairs, Psychiatry, Seton Healthcare Family
    • Director and Head at Seton Mind Institute
    Dr. Kari Wolf earned her medical degree from the University Of Iowa Carver College Of Medicine. She completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where she served as Chief Resident and received numerous awards, including twice-named Resident of the Year. Dr. Wolf held the role of Assistant Medical Director for the University of Iowa Behavioral Health Initiative and Associate Residency Training Director for the General Psychiatry Residency Program. During her tenure, she was also the representative for the Integrated Behavioral Health Network – a statewide partnership of multiple medical entities and the state’s largest insurance company. She serves as Director of the Seton Mind Institute. Since joining the Seton Healthcare Family in 2004, Dr. Wolf has applied her extensive clinical, administrative and educational skills to add clinical services, expand the psychiatric residency program and establish partnerships with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Lone Star Circle of Care, Austin Travis County Integral Care and the University of Texas system. Dr. Wolf serves as the Director of Psychiatry for the University of Texas Southwestern Austin Psychiatry Residency Programs. Dr. Wolf holds appointments as Assistant Professor University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Clinical Assistant Professor Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Wolf is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She serves on a number of medical and community-based committees, serves on National and statewide committees, and frequently lectures on a variety of psychiatric and behavioral health subjects.
    4th Year Harvard Medical Student
    4th Year Harvard Medical Student

    Gricelda Gomez, referred to by most as Gigi, is completing her 4th year of medical school at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration. She has been active member in the Latino Medical Student Association at HMS and in the Northeast Region. She served as LMSA-NE’s Co-Chair during the 2015-2016 school year. Due to the amazing mentorship she has had throughout her life, as co-chair she plans to improve and expand the relationship and mentorship opportunities with undergraduate schools and high schools in the region. Gigi took a year off after her 3rd year of medical school to complete an MPH in Health Policy. She is interested in eliminating health disparities in the US, with a focus on Latino Health. She plans to pursue a career in Urology. 

    • Cardiovascular Disease
    Women’s Heart Specialist in Dallas
    Women’s Heart Specialist in Dallas
    • UT Southwestern Medical Center at Assistant Professor
    Monika Sanghavi, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern. As a clinical cardiologist, she focuses mainly on women’s cardiovascular health. After receiving her undergraduate degree magna cum laude in bioengineering from Oregon State University, Dr. Sanghavi attended medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and received advanced training in cardiology through a fellowship at UT Southwestern, where she was Chief Cardiology Fellow. Dr. Sanghavi is a member of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology, the Texas Medical Association, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology. In 2013, she was presented the American Heart Association Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence. At UT Southwestern, Dr. Sanghavi founded the Women in Internal Medicine group, designed to foster leadership skills and interests in internal medicine among resident and fellows. She is also a volunteer for the Dallas chapter of the AHA Go Red for Women campaign. She speaks at their events helping to raise awareness about heart disease in women.
    • Internal Medicine
    Founder of the not-for-profit RENEW
    Founder of the not-for-profit RENEW
    • Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California at San Francisco
    Linda Hawes Clever, MD founded the not-for-profit RENEW and is author of The Fatigue Prescription, Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health and Life. She received undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford and trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, community medicine and occupational health at Stanford and UCSF. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. She is a dedicated walker and enjoys good company, good conversation and good cookies.
    • Internal Medicine
    Director, Office of Professional Development & Career Guidance, University of Miami
    Director, Office of Professional Development & Career Guidance, University of Miami
    • Associate Dean for Student Services at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    Dr. Hilit Mechaber is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM). She received her BS (1992) and MD (1995) degrees from the University of Miami, and was a member of the Honors Program in Medicine. Dr. Mechaber completed her post-graduate training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in 1998, and returned to her alma mater to join the faculty at UMMSM in 1998. She holds appointments in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine and Community Health. She has been a core member of the teaching faculty of the Generalist Education in Medicine programs, and continues to teach medical students in their multidisciplinary ambulatory care clerkship, as well as the physical diagnosis programs. Dr. Mechaber’s professional niche is in the area of career development and work-life balance. In addition to practicing academic general internal medicine, she directs the Office of Professional Development and Career Guidance for medical students. She and her team assist students in their selection of medical specialties, and provide mentoring throughout multiple transitions in school and beyond. Dr. Mechaber has been actively involved in the national dialogue promoting personal-professional balance and flexible career options for physicians with a focus on the academic medicine workforce. She was invited to serve on the Association of Specialty Professors National Task Force on Part-Time Careers and the AAMC Careers in Medicine National Advisory Committee. She also currently holds the position of Chair of the Southern Region Group on Student Affairs, and served as the University of Miami Institutional representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Women in Medicine and Science for the past 8 years. In 2008, Dr. Mechaber was appointed as dean for student services, and in this capacity she creates and oversees programs and resources available for medical student support. She continues to teach and mentor medical students and junior faculty. Dr. Mechaber values her role as a medical educator and has been recognized by her students and faculty alike with several teaching and community awards for her efforts. She is the proud mother of two daughters and married to a fellow academic general internist and dean of medical education.
    • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
    Director, Multicultural Affairs, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Director, Multicultural Affairs, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Sherri-Ann M. Burnett-Bowie MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a clinical investigator in the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Endocrine Unit, where her research focuses on defining the physiology of a new mineral metabolism hormone, FGF23; skeletal and non-skeletal effects of vitamin D; and clinical trials of treatments for osteoporosis. She cares for patients seen at the MGH Endocrine Associates and the MGH Bone Density Center. Dr. Burnett-Bowie is an Associate Director of the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Director for Multicultural Affairs for the Department of Medicine at MGH. Teaching and increasing diversity and inclusivity are central to her mission.
    • Pain Medicine
    Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management -- Clements University Hospital
    Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management -- Clements University Hospital
    Stephanie I. Byerly, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at University of Texas, Southwestern (UTSW), in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Byerly is the Director of Perioperative Services for University Hospitals at UTSW. She is currently a faculty and resident mentor and is the Faculty Sponsor for a Medical Student Women’s Medical Elective. Additionally, she is a Mentor for the Medical School Colleges. Dr. Byerly is past Chief of Staff and Director of Anesthesiology at Zale Lipshy University Hospital. She has participated in a Women’s Health Forum with members of the Today Show. She is passionate concerning issues women in medicine face.