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Dr. Jennifer Barkin is a tenured Professor of Community Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. A University of Pittsburgh-trained biostatistician (M.S.) and psychiatric epidemiologist (PhD) (Graduate School of Public Health), she completed a postdoctoral scholarship at the prestigious Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate educational training took place at Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., Statistics) – also in Pittsburgh. Dr. Barkin’s intellectual property, the Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning (BIMF), has been translated into over 20 languages and has been used in industry-sponsored trials, and in clinical, academic, and community-based settings. Barkin collaborates with groups all over the world to validate the index and explore pertinent research questions related to maternal functioning and mental health. Recently, her work was featured on the Academic Minute National Public Radio Program, sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). She has participated on national advisory panels, various expert panels related to perinatal mental health, and serves on the Board of Directors for Postpartum Support International, Georgia Chapter where she is the Chair of Corporate Sponsors and Partnerships. She also serves on the clinical advisory board for Memora Health, a Silicon Valley-based Med Tech company. She has achieved national and international recognition as a thought-leader in her field and recently testified before the Georgia House of Representatives Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Committee. Her recent work includes a focus on the mental health effects of extreme weather events, and more broadly, climate change, on mothers and children. She also serves on the executive committee for the Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action (GCCA) where she provides a public health perspective regarding the effects of climate change on family mental health.
Dr. Cole is a neonatologist at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He has held a number of different administrative positions that include Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Children's Health at Washington University School of Medicine, and Chief Medical Officer at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He has also maintained NIH funding as a Principal Investigator for more than 25 years.
Dr. Brian Nahed is a neurosurgeon specializing in brain tumors (glioblastoma, gliomas (low grade and high grade), metastatic brain tumors, and meningiomas) as well as Spinal Disorders. Dr. Nahed specializes in brain tumors of the eloquent cortex (language and motor areas of the brain) which require awake surgery, language and motor mapping, and subcortical stimulation. Born in New York, Dr. Nahed attended UCLA where he majored in Neuroscience, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and with the department's Highest Honors. He attended the Yale School of Medicine where he was awarded the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship and graduated with honors. Dr. Nahed completed his internship and neurosurgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital; where Dr. Nahed also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Drs. Daniel Haber and Shyamala Maheswaran in the MGH Cancer Center. Dr. Brian Nahed was recruited to the MGH Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Tumor Center in 2011. As an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brian Nahed's research focuses on developing the first blood based test to diagnose and monitor brain tumors. In collaboration with Drs. Haber, Maheswaran, and Stott, Dr. Nahed recently published the first evidence of circulating tumor cells in the blood of patients with glioma. Dr. Nahed is actively enrolling patients into his translational clinical research study. Dr. Brian Nahed serves as the Program Director of the MGH Neurosurgery Residency. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the CNS/AANS section on Tumors. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Council State Neurological Societies. Dr. Nahed is focused on education and socioeconomic issues in neurosurgery. He also serves as a neurotrauma consultant for the National Football League (NFL).
Brian is a third-year fellow in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the University of Utah with an interest in medical education and will be staying at the University of Utah as faculty following his fellowship. He completed his medical school training at Northwestern University and residency training in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Fernandes is an Endocrinologist at Rhode Island Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She was an NEJM editorial fellow from 2018-2019. She completed her fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Vermont.