Meet Our Advisors

Dr. Donna Astiz

Dr. Donna Astiz

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Jefferson University School of Medicine

Dr. Debra Bynum

Dr. Debra Bynum
Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of North Carolina

Dr. Donald Bordley

Dr. Donald Bordley
Professor of Medicine,
University of Rochester School of Medicine

Dr. Deborah M. DeMarco

Dr. Deborah M. DeMarco
Professor of Medicine and Senior Assoc. Dean for Clinical Affairs, U. Mass School of Medicine

Dr. Richard Forster

Dr. Richard Forster
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine,
U. Mass Memorial Medical Center

Dr. Paul Griner

Dr. Paul Griner
Emeritus Professor of Medicine,
University of Rochester

Dr. Elizabeth Harry

Dr. Elizabeth Harry
Assistant Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Emily Hitchcock

Dr. Emily Hitchcock
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Oregon Health Sciences University Portland, OR

Dr Craig Keenan

Dr. Craig Keenan
Professor of Medicine and Residency Director at University of California, Davis

Dr. Fred Schiffman

Dr. Fred Schiffman
Professor of Medicine,
Brown University School of Medicine

Dr. Sankey Williams

Dr. Sankey Williams
Professor of Medicine,
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Dr. Marshall Wolf

Dr. Marshall Wolf
Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School

 
 
 
 

Meet Our Resident Advisors


Advisors

Dr. Donna Astiz
Dr. Donna Astiz

Dr. Astiz is Vice Chair for Medical Education at Morristown Medical Center, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine/Jefferson University. Her career in medical education has provided her the opportunity to work closely with housestaff in diverse settings, including urban county hospitals, university programs, and community health centers. She spent four years as Councilor for the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, and is currently Innovations Grant Committee Chair for the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. She works extensively with residents on issues such as goal setting, conflict resolution, work/life balance and other challenges affecting health and well-being. She is currently helping to guide the development of a comprehensive wellness and resilience strategy for all of Atlantic Health System’s residency and fellowship programs.

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Dr. Debra Bynum
Dr. Debra Bynum

Dr. Bynum is the Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of North Carolina. Originally from eastern North Carolina, she was the first person in her family to attend college and graduated from Davidson in 1990 before attending UNC for medical school and residency. After completing a year as Chief Resident, she joined the faculty at WakeMed hospital where she worked in the clinic and inpatient settings caring for Raleigh’s underserved and teaching before returning to UNC for further training as a fellow in Geriatric medicine. During the subsequent fourteen years, she directed the Acting Internship as well as co-directed the clinical skills course for second year students, served on the School of Medicine education committee, and helped to design, implement, and co-direct both a transition course for new third year students as well as a teaching elective for fourth year students. She served as the Program Director for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship from 2008-2014 and was selected to lead the Internal Medicine residency program in May of 2014. With a commitment to a career as a medical educator, she recently completed the requirements to earn a Master of Science degree in Medical Education Leadership. She considers the Program Director role to be her “dream job” and greatly enjoys working with, mentoring, and counseling young physicians in residency training.

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Dr Donald Bordley
Dr. Donald Bordley

Dr. Bordley is Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). He has devoted his 36 years on the faculty at URMC to leadership of educational programs. For 15 years, from 1997 to 2012, he directed the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Prior to that he directed the Internal Medicine Clerkship. Still very active caring for patients with residents and medical students and teaching them at the bedside, Dr. Bordley received the Arthur Bauman Award, the residency program’s highest award for teaching, in 2016. Dr. Bordley derives great satisfaction from counseling residents and medical students about professional and personal challenges, career decisions, and other issues they face during their medical education.

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Dr. Deborah M. DeMarco
Dr. Deborah M. DeMarco

Dr. DeMarco is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at UMASS Medical School (UMMS). Dr. DeMarco graduated from NYU Medical School and completed her internship, residency and Chief Resident year at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She then went on to complete a Rheumatology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has been on the faculty at University of Massachusetts Medical School since 1992.

Dr. Demarco has devoted her career to resident education having served as program director for the Internal Medicine Residency program for 5 years and, since 2001, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official.

Dr. DeMarco completed an ELAM fellowship in 2010 (Executive Leadership for Women in Academic Medicine), is a recipient of the UMMS Sarah Stone Excellent in Education Award, and is a past President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.

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Dr Richard Forster
Dr. Richard Forster

Dr. Forster is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he went on to complete a residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine. For more than two decades he has served in numerous educational leadership capacities at UMASS, and is currently Vice Chair for GME, and Program Director for the IM residency. He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards at both the UME and GME level. His clinical practice is in General Medicine, and he is currently Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine. He has mentored hundreds of students, residents, and junior faculty. Dr. Forster’s interests are in professionalism, inter-professional care models, career development, and LEAN process improvement and management strategies.

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Dr Craig Keenan
Dr. Craig Keenan

Dr. Keenan is Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair for Residency Education in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California (UCDMC). He has been a clinician-educator for 21 years, including serving as the Primary Care Residency Program Director for 12 years before taking over the categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2012. He is primarily a primary care physician and educator, but still attends on inpatient wards and consult services. His greatest joy from his Program Director job is creating curricula and programs and mentoring residents so that they get the career that they desire. This includes helping residents through personal or professional challenges, as well as guiding them through the sometimes confusing process of becoming a successful and content practicing physician.

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Dr Paul Griner
Dr. Paul Griner

Dr. Griner is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). After attending medical school at the University of Rochester and completing medical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Griner returned to Rochester in 1964 as Chief Resident in Medicine and Hematology Fellow before joining the faculty there. For over 30 years on the faculty, he was heavily engaged in residency education with a major focus on bedside teaching. In 1982, Dr. Griner received the first Mentor Award given by the University of Rochester. Since retiring from the University of Rochester, Dr. Griner has remained very active mentoring young physicians and developed mentoring programs for young faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Western Connecticut Health System.

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Dr Elizabeth Harry
Dr. Elizabeth Harry

Dr. Harry is a hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an assistant program director of the internal medicine residency program where she is the director of wellness. She is an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She also directs the humanistic curriculum for the interns and juniors in the Brigham and Women’s Internal Medicine Residency which is a longitudinal wellness curriculum that partners with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to discuss topics that impact well-being. She is a member of the best practices subcommittee of the collaborative for healing and renewal in medicine (CHARM) under the AAIM and the cochair of the wellness interest group of the Academy at Harvard Medical School where faculty across Harvard hospitals align initiatives to focus on wellness in education. She is on the executive wellness task force of Society of Hospital medicine.

She obtained her medical degree from the University of Colorado. After completing the Hospitalist training track in the Department of Medicine, she joined the faculty at Colorado and remained there until being recruited to the Brigham. She is trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction and studies the impact of attention and cognitive load on performance. She lectures nationally on topics such as cognitive load, gender in medicine, and well-being. She was recently awarded the Macy fellowship to bring a mindfulness-based self compassion curriculum to the residency program as well as the Gold Foundation Young Investigators Award to study the impact of Cognitive Load on hospital discharge transitions.

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Dr Emily Hitchcock
Dr. Emily Hitchcock

Dr. Hitchcock is a Core Faculty member at Providence St Vincent Internal Medicine residency program in Portland OR and Affiliate Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Sciences University. She has a primary interest in resident training  in health disparities, health literacy, culturally competent patient centered care and caring for patients from the LGBT community.  She is an Oregon Health Authority Council of Clinical Innovators Fellow and has completed the  Education Scholars Program at OHSU. As a faculty mentor at Providence St Vincent she has years of experience helping residents work through common and uncommon problems—from challenging patient and  challenging attending encounters to home, life and career choice crises.

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Dr Elizabeth (Lissa) McAnarney
Dr. Elizabeth McAnarney

Dr. McAnarney is Professor of Pediatrics, and Chair Emerita of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where for nearly five decades she has spent her entire faculty career. Dr. McAnarney has extensive mentoring experience with medical students, residents, fellows, and other health professionals. She is the recipient of the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research mentoring award. Dr. McAnarney was President of the American Pediatric Society from which she received the John Howland Award, President of the American Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, and President of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. McAnarney’s subspecialty is Adolescent Medicine with a focus on adolescent childbearing and the eating disorders. She currently directs the faculty mentoring program of the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. McAnarney is active in the Rochester community serving on a local college’s Board of Trustees as well as on other local boards.

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Dr Fred Schiffman
Dr. Fred Schiffman

Dr. Schiffman is a graduate of NYU Medical School. He completed Internship and Residency in Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. Currently he is the Sigal Family Professor of Humanistic Medicine at Brown, Vice Chair of Medicine and Associate Director of the Medicine Residency Program. Dr Schiffman has published numerous articles in the field of Hematology and on the education of medical students and house staff. He is the editor of a textbook on Hematologic Pathophysiology. He has received numerous teaching awards; a recipient of the Charles C.J.Carpenter Outstanding Physician of the Year Award, the Milton Hamolsky Lifetime Achievement Award and the Human Dignity Award given by the Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. Dr.Schiffman has been a Visiting Professor at numerous institutions, most recently at Yale Medical School.

The recently awarded Sigal Professorship has allowed Dr. Schiffman to initiate and lead new programs at the interface of medicine and the humanities. He will lead the Humanities Section of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and is the faculty advisor to the Gold Humanism Honor Society of the School of Medicine.

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Dr Sankey Williams
Dr. Sankey Williams

Dr. Williams is the Sol Katz Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania with a secondary appointment as Professor of Health Care Systems in the Wharton Business School. He received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School in 1970. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he also was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholar. Upon completion of this training, Dr. Williams stayed on in the Department of Medicine at the university where he later directed the Clinical Scholars Program. From 1992-2008, he was Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine

Dr. Williams has been active in health services research in decision analysis and also in developing systems to adjust outcomes for severity of illness. He was a Commissioner on the U.S. Congress’s Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, advising Congress about changes in Medicare payments to hospitals. He is Past President of the Society of Medical Decision Making and the Society of General Internal Medicine. In 2008, he received this Society’s Robert J. Glaser Award for outstanding contributions to research and education. Since 2003, Dr. Williams has been an Associate or deputy Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine where he has responsibility for the section on “Improving Patient Care” and letters to the editor in the journal’s “Clinical Observation” section.

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Dr Marshall Wolf
Dr. Marshall Wolf

Dr. Wolf is a graduate of Harvard Medical School where he is now a professor of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and also completed Fellowships in Cardiology with David Littman and Bernard Lown. He served as program director for the medical residency programs at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital from 1972-2000. During his tenure, he developed two primary care residency programs, a Global Health program, a medicine-pediatric residency program and a medical research residency program. More than a 1000 of his former trainees are now professors of medicine. He and his colleagues did one of the pioneering studies of sleep deprivation in medical residents and with William Branch, he developed a Humanistic curriculum to provide opportunities for his trainees to discuss with their colleagues and their teachers, topics including making mistakes, dealing with difficult patients, and establishing work/life balance.

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Resident Advisors

Dr. Adubodh (Sunny) Varshney
Dr. Adubodh (Sunny) Varshney

Dr. Varshney is completing a residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA. He is a graduate of Washington University, St. Louis and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and was the recipient of the Hemphill-Gojer Award in Internal Medicine as the top student pursuing internal medicine. As a medical student, he published a number of online articles in The Student Doctor Network and U.S. News & World Report on preparing for medical school. As a Resident Advisor, Dr. Varshney will apply his writing skills to the services provided by the Advisory Center for Health Professionals.

Dr. Danielle Wallace
Dr. Danielle Wallace

Dr. Wallace is a first year resident in the Internal Medicine residency program at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. She is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and SUNY Upstate Medical University. During medical school, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism honor societies. Danielle has also had several poems published in JAMA and The Pharos and enjoys using creative writing as an outlet to better understand and experience medical training. She will be contributing blog posts and forums to the Advisory Center for Health Professionals as a Resident Advisor.

Executive Staff

Dr Paul Griner

Dr. Paul Griner

President
Dr Donald Bordley

Dr. Donald Bordley

Executive Vice President / Director
Mrs Margaret L. Griner

Mrs. Margaret L. Griner

Secretary / Treasurer

Directors

Maureen Bisognano

Maureen Bisognano

Maureen Bisognano is Emeritus President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare improvement where, for 25 years she was Executive Vice President, then President. She is an authority on improving health care systems. Ms. Bisognano advises health care leaders around the world, is a frequent speaker at major health care conferences on quality improvement, and is a tireless advocate for change. She holds a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School, is a Research Associate in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, and serves on the boards of the Commonwealth Fund, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Theda Care Center for Healthcare Value. Prior to joining IHI, she served as CEO of the Massachusetts Respiratory Hospital and Senior Vice President of The Juran Institute. Her many distinctions include elected membership to the National Academy of Medicine (IOM).


Dr. Deborah M. DeMarco

Dr. Deborah M. DeMarco

Dr. DeMarco is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at UMASS Medical School (UMMS). Dr. DeMarco graduated from NYU Medical School and completed her internship, residency and Chief Resident year at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She then went on to complete a Rheumatology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has been on the faculty at University of Massachusetts Medical School since 1992.

Dr. Demarco has devoted her career to resident education having served as program director for the Internal Medicine Residency program for 5 years and, since 2001, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official.

Dr. DeMarco completed an ELAM fellowship in 2010 (Executive Leadership for Women in Academic Medicine), is a recipient of the UMMS Sarah Stone Excellent in Education Award, and is a past President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.

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Dr Deborah German

Dr. Deborah German

Dr. German is Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Central Florida and the Founding Dean of the UCF College of Medicine. After receiving her M.D. from Harvard Medical School, she was a Resident in Internal Medicine at Rochester and a Fellow and faculty member at Duke. In 1988, Dr. German became Associate Dean and then Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education at Vanderbilt University. Later, she served as President and CEO at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville and Senior Vice President of Saint Thomas Health Services.

At Central Florida, Dr. German led a community effort to fund scholarships for tuition and living expenses for the entire Charter Class, a first such effort in the history of American medicine. Among her numerous awards are the Alma Dea Morani M.D. Renaissance Woman Award, a national award presented by the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine, the American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award and the Atlantic Institute Global Vision & Education Award.


Mrs Margaret L. Griner

Margaret L. Griner

Mrs. Griner is Secretary/Treasurer of the Advisory Center for Health Professionals. Margaret Lytle Griner is a 1958 graduate of Wellesley College. She has been engaged in development and volunteer work in the health field for over 50 years. She held volunteer positions at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital (Chicago, Il), Stanford University Hospital (Palo Alto, CA) and the New Milford Hospital (New Milford, CT). At Stanford, she held a number of positions as Vice-Chairman of Patient Relations, Patient Relations Associate, a member of the on call team for Critical Care Transport and Life Flight, and Chairman of the University Hospital Benefit. For fifteen years, Mrs. Griner was active in development at the Western Connecticut Health Network and the New Milford Hospital.

Mrs. Griner has also been active in community affairs and the arts. She was a legislator of the Village Board of Wayne, IL and Commissioner of Police there. She was active in the development activities of the New York Pops, New York, NY where she Co-Chaired the Pops Gala. She was Vice President of the Town & Country Club in Hartford, CT. She has been an active alumnus of Wellesley College and Casady School in Oklahoma City where she has been a member of the Visitors Board for the past eleven years. In 2005, she received the school’s the Distinguished Alumni Award.


Mr. Douglas Keare

Mr. Douglas Keare

Mr. Keare graduated from Dartmouth College in 1956, and from its associated schools of Engineering and Business Administration in 1957. He subsequently obtained a PhD in Economics from Princeton University in 1966. His career in international economics began in Malaysia, a newly independent country. His work helped the country chart its own course in economic development. Subsequently, he was recruited to the World Bank to open an office in Dacca, East Pakistan. His work there resulted in a high level report that determined the Nixon administration’s position on West Pakistan. Subsequently he was appointed Chief of a new Division of Urban and Regional Economics and managed divisions dealing with human resources development in the Philippines, Latin America and the Middle East. His work in Manila and in Bogota and Cali Columbia broke new ground in understanding the issues involved in trying to manage burgeoning metropolises. He led the most successful project funded by the World Bank at the time, the new institution CONALEP which helped Mexico maneuver through the Latin America debt crisis in the 1980s.

Since his retirement in 2007, he has devoted time to environmental, educational and urban management issues, principally with the Environmental Law Institute where he is a member of its Leadership Council.


Mr Scott Lowry

Mr. Scott Lowry

Mr. Lowry has over 40 years senior management experience in financial services, real estate, and technology industries. In these capacities his positions included, Chairman & CEO of Great Western Bank, Phoenix, AZ., Executive Director, Canary Wharf Development Company, London, England, President & CEO, Digital Signature Trust Co., Salt Lake City, UT., and as CEO of his latest venture HealthIDx, Washington DC.

In healthcare, Mr. Lowry has served as a Baldridge examiner and is a Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Certified Improvement Advisor. Hold also MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Utah and a BA in Commerce from the University of Maryland.


Mr John McArthur

Mr. John McArthur

Mr. McArthur received an MBA (’59) and doctorate (’63) at the Harvard Business School where he has been a member of the faculty throughout his career. He was Dean of the Faculty of the Harvard Business School from 1980 to 1995. He then served as Senior Advisor to the President of the World Bank from 1995 to 2005.

Mr. McArthur has held numerous corporate directorships, consulting posts in business, government, education and health care organizations around the world. He was founding Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Partner’s HealthCare System. From 2006-2015, he was Chair of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He has received honorary degrees from seven universities, the Harvard Statesman Award, Canadian Business Leadership Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors. In 2013, the Governor- General of Canada appointed McArthur an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The John and Natty McArthur University Professorship, McArthur Hall at the business school, and the John McArthur Fellowships in Medicine and Management at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital reflect his deep commitment to education.


Dr Marshall Wolf

Dr. Marshall Wolf

Dr. Wolf is a graduate of Harvard Medical School where he is now a professor of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and also completed Fellowships in Cardiology with David Littman and Bernard Lown. He served as program director for the medical residency programs at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital from 1972-2000. During his tenure, he developed two primary care residency programs, a Global Health program, a medicine-pediatric residency program and a medical research residency program. More than a 1000 of his former trainees are now professors of medicine. He and his colleagues did one of the pioneering studies of sleep deprivation in medical residents and with William Branch, he developed a Humanistic curriculum to provide opportunities for his trainees to discuss with their colleagues and their teachers, topics including making mistakes, dealing with difficult patients, and establishing work/life balance.

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Benjamen Payne
Benjamen Payne

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