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:

Nicole Schultz, MS, MPH, is a doctoral candidate at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She received her MS in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition, with a specialization in Exercise Physiology, and MPH in Health Communication from Tufts University. Her current research focuses on elementary school employee wellness and its impact on youth school-based interventions. Prior to arriving at Tufts, Nicole earned her BS in Biochemistry from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and spent a few years working in exercise physiology research, primarily focusing on energy expenditure during locomotion. Nicole also teaches group boxing and kickboxing classes, as well as trains individuals to become everyday fighters. In her recreation time, she enjoys cooking, cycling, and kickboxing, as well as trips home to Lake Tahoe to enjoy skiing and spending time with her family.

Nicole Schultz
CASE STUDY PRESENTERS:  

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

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

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:  

Richard Besser, MD, is ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor. In this role he provides medical analysis and reports for all ABC News programs and platforms, including "World News Tonight," "Good Morning America," “20/20,” "Nightline," ABC News Radio and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” His weekly health twitter chat #abcDrBchat and frequent Facebook chats reach millions. Since joining ABC News in 2009, Dr. Besser has traveled all over the U.S. and the globe to cover major medical news stories. A pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, he walked the Ebola wards in Liberia on two trips in 2014, reporting from the center of the deadly epidemic, and continued to provide extensive coverage for months as cases were seen the United States. In 2012 Dr. Besser was the only journalist to be embedded with a team from the Center for Disease Control in Uganda, delivering a series of exclusive reports titled “Inside the Hot Zone: The Ebola Outbreak.” In 2011 Dr. Besser led ABC's global health coverage, "Be the Change: Save a Life," reporting on health issues vital to emerging nations from seven different countries. Dr. Besser came to ABC News from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he served as director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. In that role he was responsible for all of the CDC's public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities. He also served as acting director for the CDC from January to June 2009, during which time he led the CDC's response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Dr. Besser began his career at the CDC in 1991 in the Epidemic Intelligence Service working on the epidemiology of food-borne diseases. He served for five years on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego as the pediatric residency director, while working for the county health department on the control of pediatric tuberculosis. He returned to CDC in 1998 as an infectious disease epidemiologist working on pneumonia, antibiotic resistance and the control of antibiotic overuse. Dr. Besser volunteers as a pediatrician with the Children's Aid Society in New York City. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health

Richard Besser

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Vice President, Connected Health, Partners HealthCare, 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 a new book, The Internet of Healthy Things, in which he describes how everyday objects will capture and use real-time biometric data to learn more about the impact of lifestyle on chronic diseases and wellness, and ultimately change behavior to improve our health.

At Partners Connected Health, Dr. Kvedar is leveraging information technology – cell phones, computers, networked devices and remote health monitoring tools – to improve care delivery. Partners connected health programs are also helping providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Based on the technology platform developed at Partners, a personalized health technology company was launched and later acquired by a leading insurance company to support its program encouraging healthy behavior and wellness education among employee populations. In 2013, Dr. Kvedar launched Wellocracy, a leading source of impartial, easy-to-understand information on new personal “self-health” technologies like activity trackers, wireless devices and mobile apps to empower people to get and stay healthy.

He is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, and has authored over 100 publications on the subject; his popular cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for connected health. Dr. Kvedar serves as a strategic advisor at Qualcomm Life, West Health Institute, Puretech Ventures and BD Technologies, and is a mentor at Blueprint Health, providing guidance and insight to developing companies. Dr. Kvedar is also a mentor at the Harvard Innovation Lab and serves as a judge for its President's Challenge for Entrepreneurship.

Kvedar Headshot

Penny DeVito, MA, is a manager in Customer Engagement and Commercial Model Innovation, Global Human Health at Merck. Penny received her MA in Strategic Communications and Leadership from Seton Hall University. Penny manages content and strategy for MerckEngage.com which is an unbranded interactive website to help consumers manage their health condition(s) each day and to help them achieve their goals for living a healthier lifestyle. MerckEngage.com also supports caregivers; a constituency that is evolving into a very important part of healthcare landscape. Penny also creates educational resources for healthcare providers (at all levels) with a focus on improving patient communications, health literacy and healthcare disparities.

Penny attended the HCOM512 Digital Strategies for Health Communication in July, 2015. She has taken many new ideas learned and put them into action to improve the customer experience on MerckEngage.com and other facets of her responsibilities at Merck.

Penny also led a group of over 4,000 employees in the Women’s Employee Business Resource Group at Merck.  This global network of employees supports those who want to achieve their goals, learn from each other, advance their careers, and help others do the same. Members have access to special career development activities to improve  management skills or create a stronger personal brand. Many members step up as volunteer leaders and contribute to their communities.

Penny leads hospice support events annually since 1998. She resides near Philadelphia with her husband Steven.

Penny DeVito

Tara Montgomery is Senior Director, Health Impact, for Consumer Reports. She has spent the past 20 years working with academic, cultural, scientific, and nonprofit institutions in the US and UK, developing print and digital information products, partnerships, and integrated communications strategies to advance public health, consumer education, and social change. For the past thirteen years, she has been a consumer advocate, working on health initiatives at Consumer Reports. She currently oversees a major health communications initiative that supports their unique work on health ratings, research, and reform. Tara’s team develops health ratings, information products, and educational programs to raise consumer awareness about the changing healthcare system, engage them in their healthcare decision-making, and empower them to lead healthier lives. She recently led the strategic planning process for the future of the organization’s health content, products, partnerships, and advocacy work, which will be focused on achieving high-value care for all consumers.

Tara Montgomery

Alonso Nichols is the Assistant Director of Photography at Tufts University, where he has covered a variety of university news, student life, sports and events. His work has taken him from the hallways of Tufts University to the tobacco fields of Kentucky, the bayous of the Louisiana Gulf Coast, Nicaragua, Argentina, Haiti and The Philippines.

Alonso earned degrees Spanish Literature from the University of California at Irvine and the University of Louisville and was on the path to becoming a Spanish professor when he took a summer job in training and development at the Los Angeles Times. While teaching Spanish language to photographers at the LA Times, one thing led to another, and he crossed over to the other side. He studied at New England School of Photography and the Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education among other publications.

Alonso lives in Medford, Massachusetts with his wife, writer Grace Talusan. After photographing the Tufts Marathon Team at the Boston Marathon for several years, he was inspired to join them, running the Boston Marathon for the past two years as well as the Chicago Marathon.

Alonso Nichols
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 ofScience Program in Health Communication in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM).  During her eight 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