Annual Education Program Speakers

Marie T. Brown, MD, MACPMarie T. Brown, MD, MACP, Senior Physician Advisor, Physician Satisfaction/Practice Sustainability Group, American Medical Association

Dr. Marie Brown is a practicing internist and Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College, Senior Physician Advisor for the American Medical Association and immediate past Governor of the American College of Physicians. Her national leadership roles have included member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Internal Medicine, Operations Committee for the National Diabetes Education Program sponsored by CDC/NIH and ACP Quality Faculty. Dr. Brown is a frequent guest lecturer at academic, national and international health care conferences. Her areas of expertise include: Practice Transformation, Joy in Medicine, Adult Immunizations, Medication Adherence and Diabetes.  Dr. Brown received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton (Dayton, OH) and her medical degree from Rush Medical College (Chicago, IL).

National Leadership roles
  • American Medical Association Senior Physician Advisor
  • American College of Physicians Governor Illinois Northern Chapter 
  • ABIM Board of Directors   
  • ABIM Chair  Internal medicine test writing committee
  • NDEP Better Diabetes Care Task Group (CDC/NIH)- Chair
  • NDEP Operations Committee
  • Natl Minority Quality Forum Advisor
  • Center for Chronic Disease Research University of Chicago
  • NDEP Operations Committee
  • American College of Physicians Natl Faculty Quality Connect Program
  • CMSS Board of Directors Treasurer
  • Chair Scientific Program Annual Meeting ACP

One of Dr Brown’s more challenging cases was highlighted in the New York Times Magazine ‘Think Like a Doctor’ series 

Alain Chaoui, MD, FAAFPAlain Chaoui, MD, FAAFP, President, Massachusetts Medical Society

Board certified in family medicine, Alain A. Chaoui is a primary care physician and President of Congenial Healthcare, LLC, a private practice group with multiple sites on the north shore of Boston that was formed in January 2018. Dr. Chaoui was previously in solo private practice at  Family Medicine North in Peabody, a practice he established in 2006.

He served as Chairman of the Family Practice Department of North Shore Medical Center, Union, and Salem Hospitals from 1998-2013, and in 2012 was elected President-Elect and then President of the Medical Staff in January 2014 of those hospitals for a two-year term ending December 2015. During that time he was also a member of the Board of Trustees of North Shore Medical Center.

A longtime active member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, Dr. Chaoui is a member of the Board of Trustees and House of Delegates and is past chairman of the Committee on Membership. He is also a past president of the Essex South District Medical Society and is the current Chair of the Massachusetts Delegation to the American Medical Association.

Besides his medical practice and activity in organized medicine, Dr. Chaoui is dedicated to medical education, instilling in future physicians and nurse practitioners a love of medicine and pride in the profession and teaching them how to be thorough and excellent health care providers.

He holds four teaching positions: Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at Tufts University School of Medicine, Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, Clinical Adjunct Professor at Boston College School of Nursing, and Clinical Professor in the School of Physician Assistant Studies at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. His passion for medical education is demonstrated by the fact that since 1996 he has had his medical students from the Boston area complete their clinical training in his office. 

Also active in the community, Dr. Chaoui served as the physician for the Saugus Public Schools from 2000-2008 and continues to serve that community as the physician for the Saugus Department of Public Health, a position he assumed in 2000.

Among a number of honors Dr. Chaoui has received are recognition by Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and 2018, which is published by America’s Top Doctors and based on peer nomination; the 2016 Masters Graduate Nursing Preceptor Award from the University of Massachusetts-Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences; the Partners in Excellence Individual Award in 2011 and 2015; Physician of Excellence Award from the Medical Staff of the North Shore Medical Center in 2009; the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Excellence in Primary Care Award in 2008; the Teacher of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians in 2005; and the Preceptor of the Year Award from the Boston College School of Nursing in 2001.

Dr. Chaoui received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Ain Shams University, Faculty of Medicine, in Egypt and completed his residency at Akron City Hospital and Saint Thomas Hospital of the Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. He resides in Boxford.

Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, SM, MACPHumayun J. Chaudhry, DO, SM, MACP, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc.

Dr. Humayun “Hank” Chaudhry is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) of the United States, which represents the nation’s state medical licensing boards and co-sponsors the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). From 2016-2018, Dr. Chaudhry served as Chair of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA), which represents more than 116 members in more than 48 nations. 

Dr. Chaudhry is a graduate of New York University, the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine and Harvard University’s School of Public Health. He did an internship at St. Barnabas Hospital, in New York, followed by an ACGME-accredited residency in Internal Medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital, New York, where he spent an additional year as Chief Medical Resident. 

Dr. Chaudhry spent 14 years with the United States Air Force Reserve, rising to the rank of Major and serving as a Flight Surgeon. Dr. Chaudhry spent two years as Health Commissioner for Suffolk County, New York, overseeing 1,300 employees and a budget of $400 million. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, and co-author of Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine, 4th edition and Medical Licensing and Discipline in America. In 2016, Dr. Chaudhry was recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in America.

Michael MilliganMichael Milligan, Playwright and Performer, Poor Box Theater 

Michael Milligan (Playwright and Performer) has appeared on Broadway: August: Osage County, La Bete, Jerusalem. Off Broadway: Thom Pain, Mercy Killers, The Golem. Recent stage appearances include: Chicago: Iago in Othello and Tug of War: Civil Strife at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at The Drury Theatre: Blind Date at the Goodman Theatre; Junk at the Milwaukee Rep and Mercy Killers at American Theater Company. Michael has performed Shakespeare hither and yon with groups like the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Shakespeare Theater in DC. Alabama, Utah, Colorado, New Jersey, Milwaukee, and Illinois Shakespeare festivals, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Shakespeare and Company. Regionally, Michael has played at The Guthrie Theater, Westport Playhouse, The McCarter Theater, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse and more. Michael received the 2013 Fringe First award in Edinburgh for Mercy Killers which he has performed hundreds of times around the country at professional theaters, universities, medical schools, libraries, union halls, community centers, and the House of Representatives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Michael’s other plays include Phaeton (Helen Hayes Nomination), Heroin, Urgent: Aliens, The Sea Wolf, and a musical adaptation of Aesop’s Fables commissioned by Circle in the Square in NYC. Television credits include: Law and Order, Person of Interest, The Knick, Chicago Justice, and APB. Michael is a graduate of the Juilliard Drama Division where he received the John Houseman Prize. Michael is also the founding artistic director of the Poor Box Theater.

Tait Shanafelt, MDTait Shanafelt, MD, Chief Wellness Officer, Stanford Medicine

Dr. Tait Shanafelt is originally from Seattle, Washington and received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University.  

He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado where he received the Hippocrates Award as the “Physician’s physician”, the Golden Head Cane Award as the outstanding student in internal medicine, and the Robert E. Glazer Award for leadership and service.       

Tait returned to Seattle to perform his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington where he received the “outstanding resident educator” award.  

Tait later went on to Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic where he received both the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellow Award and the Summerskill award for outstanding scientific research. 

He spent the first 12 years of his career at the Mayo Clinic where he served a 3 year term as the president of the Mayo Clinic Voting Staff from 2013- 2016.    In 2017, Dr. Shanafelt moved to Stanford where he is a professor of medicine as well as the Chief Wellness Officer of Stanford Medicine and Associate Dean at the Stanford School of Medicine.

Clinically, Dr. Shanafelt’s focus is caring for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He is a member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Leukemia Steering Committee and is currently the principle investigator on two R01 grants from the NCI.  He has been the PI on numerous clinical trials testing new treatments for patients with CLL.  Dr. Shanafelt is also as involved in the design and conduct of CLL trials for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and is the Principle investigator on the Phase 3 North American Intergroup E1912 trial comparing FCR to Ibrutinib-Rituximab based therapy for previously untreated patients with CLL.  He has published >300 peer review manuscripts and commentaries in addition to more than 100 abstracts and book chapters. 

In addition to his leukemia research, Tait is an international thought leader and researcher in the field of physician well-being and its implications for quality of care.  Dr. Shanafelt is the Director of the Stanford WellMD Center and he previously served as the founding director of the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Program on Physician Well-being.   His research in this area has involved physicians at all stages of their career from medical school to practice had has include several multi-center and national studies.  He has published widely on this topic including numerous works in the JCO, Annals of Internal Medicine, and JAMA and has served as a key note speaker to the ACGME, AAMC, AMA, and ABIM on this topic.  He has helped 100s of organizations and their leaders work to improve issues with burnout and promote physician well-being. Tait’s studies in this area have also been cited in CNN, USA Today, Paul Harvey’s radio broad cast, and the New York Times.

Stephen J. Swensen, MD, MMM, FACRStephen J. Swensen, MD, MMM, FACR, Professor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Senior Fellow for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, Theme Leader, NEJM Catalyst

Dr. Swensen is dedicated to the support of thoughtful leaders and teams that have the aspiration to create Esprit de Corps. Imagine our world if we cared for each other, for our patents.

Swensen is a motivational speaker and recognized, well-published expert in healthcare leadership and professional burnout. For three decades he served patients at the Mayo Clinic. As Director for Leadership and Organization Development he co-led the professional burnout initiative and oversaw the development of 4,100 physicians and scientists, and 232 titled leaders. As Director for Quality, he established the Quality Academy and the Value Creation System. More than 37,000 colleagues were certified as Quality Fellows during his tenure. As Department Chair, he and his team used Lean-Sigma and Baldrige to create value for patients and time for professionals.

He serves as a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement where his focus is Joy in Work. He works as the Leadership Theme Leader and a member of the NEJM Catalyst Board.

A full professor, he has been Principal Investigator of two NIH Grants and has authored two books and 207 articles. He was honored with the Diamond Quality Fellow Lifetime Achievement Award. Swensen served as President of two international professional groups. He founded the Big Sky Group and the Sun Valley Roundtable.

Swensen holds a Masters of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School and is a trained Executive Coach. He served as a Director on two Boards and as a member of the Mayo Clinic Management Team. He started two businesses.

Swensen has been married for 41 years, has two children and has run or cross-country skied 39 marathons.

Michelle A. Williams, SM, ScDMichelle A. Williams, SM, ScD, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Michelle A. Williams, SM ’88, ScD ’91, is Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized academic leader. Prior to becoming Dean, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School and Program Leader of the Population Health and Health Disparities Research Programs at Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. Dean Williams previously had a distinguished career at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her scientific work focuses on integrating genomic sciences and epidemiological research methods to identify risk factors, diagnostic markers, treatments, and prevention targets for disorders that contribute to maternal and infant mortality. Dean Williams has published over 450 scientific articles and has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the American Public Health Association’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Dean Williams was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016. She holds an undergraduate degree in biology and genetics from Princeton University, a master’s in civil engineering from Tufts University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School.

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