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Panel Speakers


Michael Fogel

Associate Medical Director, Research and Development, Takeda

Barbara Smith

Director, Breast Program
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School


Jessica Ye

Brigham Neurology Resident MD/ PhD


 Quintana Lab member

Future MS fellowship at Brigham

Skip Brass

Lawrence (Skip) Brass, MD PhD is a graduate of Harvard College and the MD/PhD program at Case Western Reserve University. After a residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals, he became a fellow in Hematology-Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania where he is currently Professor of Medicine and Professor of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics. He has led the NHLBI-funded Hematology Research Training Program since 1994 and Penn’s NIGMS-funded Medical Scientist Training Program since 1998. He has also been active at the national level in the development of training programs for physician-scientists, served as President of the National Association of MD-PhD Programs, Chair of the AAMC GREAT section on MD-PhD training and was a member of the NIH Physician-Scientist Workforce advisory group in 2013-2014, an organizer of the National MD/PhD Outcomes Study in 2015 and the 2021 National Gap Study on why more applicants to MD/PhD programs are taking gaps after college before applying. He is also a practicing hematologist whose research and clinical interests are in hemostasis and thrombosis. Reflecting his interests in science, medicine and teaching, he has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, was an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association and has received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania (2001), the Distinguished Career Award from the International Society of Hemostasis and Thrombosis (2013), the inaugural Bert Shapiro Award for Leadership, Dedication and Service to the Physician-Scientist Community from the National Association of MD/PhD Programs (2015), and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Clinical and Translational Science (2018) as well as numerous teaching awards from students at the Perelman School of Medicine. 

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Jonathan Kay, MD

Timothy S. and Elaine L. Peterson Chair in Rheumatology

Professor of Medicine & Population & Quantitative Health Sciences

Director of Clinical Research, Division of Rheumatology

Executive Co-Director, MD/PhD Program

UMass Chan Medical School

Worcester, Massachusetts

Ricky Travers


Dr. Richard Travers is a hematology/oncology fellow at Tufts Medical Center. He completed his MD/PhD training at the University of Illinois, where he earned his PhD in biochemistry studying novel anticoagulant therapies. He joined the PSTP at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he completed his internal medicine residency and then joined the laboratory of Iris Jaffe at Tufts where he is currently completing his hematology/oncology fellowship. His current research focuses on the link between vascular dysfunction and thrombosis in cancer patients. For this work, Dr. Travers was recently awarded a K12 grant to study the link between tyrosine kinase inhibitor toxicity and thrombosis. He will soon transition to a faculty position at Tufts.

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