Faculty

Participants will learn from Tufts University School of Medicine faculty and distinguished guest speakers who are known for their work in the emerging field of digital health.
COURSE DIRECTOR:

Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine where she directs the certificate program in Digital Health Communication. Lisa's research is on use of wearable activity trackers in underserved populations; barriers to utilization of preventive care in Asian Americans in Massachusetts; patient activism; and the use of social media for participant recruitment in clinical trials. In addition to her teaching and research, Lisa is founder of RecycleHealth.com, a non-profit that collects donations of Fitbits and other activity trackers and provides the refurbished ones to participants in studies to learn more about their effectiveness with people who are unlikely to know about or afford them. She is a member of the FDA General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel. Lisa earned a PhD in computer science from Harvard University. For fun, Lisa is a runner and swing dancer, and has mastered two types of aerials.

Lisa Gualtieri
TEACHING ASSISTANT:  

Teaching Assistant (TA) Jessica Greenwood came to Tufts as a professional looking to further develop her skills in digital health. She completed the Certificate Program in Digital Health Communication last June and has since transitioned to a full-time career as a digital health strategist, contracting for a variety of health-related organizations looking to enhance their digital presence. As a former student in both Mobile Health Design and Digital Strategies, Jessica brings a unique perspective on how the experience gained in these courses translate to the health care industry and public health. On her position as TA, Jessica says "I am excited to be back in the classroom having now seen the real-world value of the skills learned in the Certificate Program. The dynamic nature of these courses lead to an incredible learning experience with immediate practical application, and I look forward to soaking up the wealth of knowledge shared by the students, faculty, and guest speakers this year in my role as TA."

Jessica Greenwood
CASE STUDY PRESENTERS:  

Kristy Hammam leads the team responsible for serving WebMD's users by selecting the best content to appear on WebMD's Home Page, Health & Wellness Centers, newsletters, and partner sites.

Hammam began her career as a writer and copy editor at CNN Headline News, where she worked for nearly six years. She went on to produce and voice a weekly health feature in addition to national and international features for all of the CNN networks. She also gained experience field-producing live events for CNN and line-producing in a studio control room. Before moving into her current role, Hammam served as WebMD's deputy managing editor and as executive producer of programming.

Hammam has degrees in both English and art history, graduating with honors from Emory University.

Kristy Hammam

As Vice President of Mobile Products & User Experience for WebMD, Ben Greenberg builds software that promotes patient wellness and provides decision support to physicians at the point of care. He recently led the design and development of WebMD's groundbreaking new clinical crowdsourcing product, Medscape Consult.

Some of Ben's most popular mobile products include Medscape: Drugs and Diseases and the award-winning news and perspective app Medscape MedPulse, which won The Web Marketing Association's Best Healthcare Provider Mobile Application in 2014.

Before starting his career, Ben received a degree in Network Multimedia, with a focus on computer science and visual design, from Oberlin College.

Ben Greenberg

Lea Ann Leming is Vice President of Audience Development at WebMD. In her role, she oversees traffic growth, diversification, and audience engagement for the #1 digital health brand. Areas of oversight include content programming, social, search, newsletters, and digital marketing.

Prior to joining WebMD in June 2016, Leming served as Chief Content Officer for SheKnows Media, where she oversaw editorial and video across multiple brands and helped steer the successful integration of two acquisitions: BlogHer and StyleCaster. Previously, Leming was Executive Producer of ABC News Digital, overseeing all editorial, and she founded and led digital for CNN sister network, HLN.

Earlier in her career, Leming was a founding member of CNN.com and CNNfn.com (now CNNMoney.com). Other positions at Turner Broadcasting included VP of Strategic Planning and VP of New Products. Leming's work included the development of TheFrisky.com, a pop culture site for women, the food blog Eatocracy.com, CNNGo.com, GameTap, and Cartoon Network's FusionFall.

In 2014, Leming was named one of Folio's Top Women in Media for Industry Leadership, and she is an alumna of Women in Cable & Telecom's selective Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. Her work has contributed to team wins for the George Foster Peabody Award, Edward R. Murrow Award, and Webby.

Lea Ann Leming
GUEST SPEAKERS:  

Dan Childs, Managing Editor of the ABC News Medical Unit
In more than 15 years as a medical journalist, Childs has produced and overseen medical news for various print, broadcast, and Internet venues and has written hundreds of news articles of health, medicine, and lifestyle for various news outlets. He also holds the appointment of adjunct lecturer in the Tufts University School of Medicine's Department of Public Health and Community Medicine.

In his former role as Health Editor of ABCNews.com, he headed the ABC News OnCall+ project, designed to help audiences get answers to their questions on specific issues in health and medicine from some of the world's leading medical experts. He has co-authored one book – Thinfluence: The Powerful and Surprising Effect Friends, Family, Work and Environment Have on Weight.

Childs completed the UNC master's program in medical journalism in 2002 – a program for which he currently serves as an advisory board member. In 1999 he received a B.S. in biology with a minor in journalism from Wake Forest University.

Dan Childs

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Vice President, Connected Health, Partners HealthCare
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, is creating a new model of healthcare delivery, developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor's office into the day-to- day lives of patients. He is the author of The Internet of Healthy Things, describing how everyday objects will capture and use real-time biometric data to ultimately change behavior to improve our health.

Under Dr. Kvedar's two decades of leadership Partners Connected Health, has launched a number of innovative mobile health programs, virtual care initiatives and clinical research programs for the more than 1.5 million patients served at Partners HealthCare-affiliated hospitals, including Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, community and specialty hospitals, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Partners connected health programs are helping providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness, and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes.

Dr. Kvedar is serving as Program Chair for the Connected Health Conference, an industry defining event co-hosted by Partners Connected Health and the HIMSS Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance). He is also a member of the PCHAlliance Board of Managers.

He is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, and has authored over 100 publications on the subject; the popular cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for connected health. Dr. Kvedar serves as a strategic advisor at Mavericks Capital, Puretech Ventures and Qualcomm Life, and he is a judge for the Harvard President's Challenge for Entrepreneurship. Dr.Kvedar is co-chair of the American Medical Association's Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group.

Kvedar Headshot

Gary Schwitzer, Publisher, HealthNewsReview.org
Gary Schwitzer has specialized in health care journalism for 44 years. He has published the HealthNewsReview.org site for 11 years. In 2014, the journal JAMA Internal Medicine published a summary of the project, "A Guide to Reading Health Care News Stories." In 2017, The BMJ published his editorial, "The pollution of health news: Time to drain the swamp." Gary worked in television news for 15 years – in Milwaukee, Dallas and CNN. He was founding editor-in- chief of MayoClinic.com. The Kaiser Family Foundation published his 2009 report, "The State of U.S. Health Journalism." For the Association of Health Care Journalists, he wrote the organization's Statement of Principles, and a guide for members on how to report on studies He taught health journalism and media ethics at the University of Minnesota for 9 years and now has an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in the UMN School of Public Health.‘

In 11 years, HealthNewsReview.org has published more than 2,350 news story reviews. And in the last two years, the project has published more than 350 public relations news release reviews. There is no other daily systematic review of such media messages in the US. There is also no other project that helps consumers improve their critical thinking about health care every day.

The American Medical Writers Association honored Schwitzer with one of the organization's highest honors, the McGovern Award for preeminent contributions to medical communication. Past recipients include George Lundberg, John K. Iglehart, Anthony Fauci, Art Caplan, Sherwin Nuland, Jerome Groopman and others. And the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation named Schwitzer one of 25 Shared Decision Making Champions. The Foundation announced, "These individuals have spent their life's work and passion in supporting, promoting and engaging in shared decision making." About Schwitzer, they wrote, "Gary has greatly helped improve standards for reporting health news and decrease the extent to which medical interventions are inaccurately portrayed and oversold. He also helped develop early decision aids at the Foundation."

 Gary Schwitzer

Tara Montgomery, Adjunct Lecturer, Tufts University
Tara Montgomery has spent over two decades working with academic, cultural, scientific, and nonprofit institutions in the US and UK developing strategies to advance the wellbeing of consumers and promote corporate social responsibility. For the past 14 years, Tara led health initiatives at nonprofit Consumer Reports, raising consumer awareness about the changing health-care system, engaging them in their health-care decision-making, and empowering them to lead healthier lives. She also led strategic planning for the future of Consumer Reports' health content, policy, and engagement work, focused on improving patient safety, lowering healthcare and drug costs, and ensuring affordable access to coverage and care. Tara recently launched Civic Health Partners, a consulting firm that will work at the intersection of technology, education, healthcare, policy, and communications, connecting some of the dots between healthy people and healthy democracies. Tara is a regular speaker and participant in national healthcare and media forums and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University.

Tara Montgomery
DEAN, PUBLIC HEALTH AND PROFESSIONAL DEGREE PROGRAMS:  

Aviva Must, PhD, is the Morton A. Madoff Professor and Chair of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine. She is also the Dean of the Public Health and Professional Degree Programs. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of obesity across the lifespan with a particular interest in physical and psychosocial health consequences during adolescence. Current projects explore bidirectional associations of child mental health with obesity, and effects of early obesity on tooth eruption. Additional research foci include the development of valid survey measures and surveillance systems for pediatric obesity and proximal modifiable behaviors (nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behavior). Recent efforts have been directed towards developing the descriptive epidemiology and health promotion for children with special health care needs, a population of youth who have been underserved by preventative health efforts, (ironically) due to their complex medical needs.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:

Susan Scavo Gallagher, MPH, is the Director of the Masters of Science Program in Health Communication in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). During her ten years at TUSM, she has revamped the health communication curriculum adding eight courses related to new media and digital health, health literacy and writing for different audiences. She has also been responsible for developing and implementing a series of Summer Institutes, an online Certificate Program in Digital Health Communication, and a dual Bachelors and Masters degree program on the Tufts undergraduate campus.

Her portfolio spans epidemiology, health communication, community intervention trials, program evaluation, translating research into practice and policy, and legislative advocacy. She has led many projects related to health communication including developing competencies and training programs for nutrition and diabetes educators, assessing health literacy including numeracy for diabetes patients, developing patient education materials for several chronic diseases and for injury and violence prevention, developing guidelines for developing traffic safety education materials for Spanish speaking audiences, developing training modules for different types of medical and public health providers, and reaching multi-cultural audiences to reduce traffic-related injuries.

Sue earned her MPH from Boston University with a focus on health planning and is a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. Outside of work, she is an accomplished gallery artist photographer, who also enjoys cooking, kayaking, hiking, skiing and anything outdoors.

Sue Gallagher