Massachusetts Medical Society: 18th Annual Public Health Leadership Forum - Speaker Biographies

18th Annual Public Health Leadership Forum - Speaker Biographies

Carole E. Allen, MDCarole E. Allen, MD, MBA, FAAP
President, Massachusetts Medical Society

Carole Allen is a board-certified pediatrician who practiced in Massachusetts for 37 years before retiring in 2011. She then served six years on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics and five years as a gubernatorial appointee Commissioner to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, established by statute to address escalating health care costs.

Dr. Allen has been a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society since 1992, where she served as Trustee and Delegate for many years. Dr. Allen has devoted her career to advocating for the health, protection, and well-being of children. Her advocacy has earned her numerous awards, particularly for her work on the prevention of tobacco use and exposure. In 2004 she chaired the Tobacco Free Mass Coalition that helped to pass the Massachusetts Smokefree Workplaces law.

A graduate of Cornell University and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), Dr. Allen completed her pediatric residency at Boston City Hospital and Boston’s Floating Hospital for Children. She has held faculty positions as a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine and recently served as president of the TUSM Medical Alumni Council. In May 2017, Dr. Allen completed an executive MBA program for physicians through Brandeis University.


James B.  Broadhurst, MD, MHAJames B. Broadhurst, MD, MHA
Chair, Committee on Public Health, Massachusetts Medical Society

James Broadhurst is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health where he has enjoyed his entire professional career. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth University (MCV-VCU) and went on to train in family medicine first in the MCV Blackstone Family Medicine Residency Program and he completed his residency at the UMass Barre Health Center. He has also completed a mini residency in Occupational Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is board certified in family medicine with a certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine. He is also board certified in addiction medicine. Prior to medical school, Dr. Broadhurst completed a master’s degree in health administration at MCV-VCU including an administrative residency at Medical Center Hospitals in Norfolk, VA (now Sentara Health Systems).

Dr. Broadhurst clinical interests in his family medicine practice have focused on caring for individuals with significant intellectual and/or physical disabilities. He is leased by his department to provide care for individuals with opiate dependence in several opiate treatment program offices. He is also leased by his department to provide sports medicine clinical services to athletes at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. In this latter capacity Dr. Broadhurst coordinates medical care for NCAA regional championships which Holy Cross hosts in Worcester. He also coordinates the UMass Sports Medicine team providing care as part of the medical program at the Boston Marathon. His primary professional interest is teaching with over 30 years leading undergraduate medical school small groups. He is Associate Residency Director in the Family Medicine residency and Associate Fellowship Director in the Sports Medicine fellowship.


Harold CoxHarold Cox
Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health; Program Moderator

Harold Cox is an associate professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health. He is an appointee to the Massachusetts Public Health Council, sits on the Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Cross Jurisdictional Sharing Advisory Committee. At Boston University, Dean Cox teaches several courses and previously directed the Activist Lab, which engages the school and community in real world advocacy to drive lasting improvements in the health of our local, regional, and global communities.

Prior to joining Boston University, he served for 10 years as chief public health officer for the city of Cambridge. Mr. Cox is a trained social worker and has extensive experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and those living with HIV/AIDS.


Nahid Bhadelia, MDNahid Bhadelia, MD, MALD
Founding Director, Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy and Research
Associate Director, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, Boston University

Nahid Bhadelia is the founding director of Boston University (BU) Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy and Research and an associate director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), a state-of-the-art maximum containment research facility at BU. She is a board-certified infectious diseases physician and an internationally recognized leader in highly communicable and emerging infectious diseases with clinical, field, academic, and policy experience in pandemic preparedness and response.

Dr. Bhadelia designed and served as the medical director of the Special Pathogens Unit, a medical unit designed to care for patients with highly communicable diseases, and a state designated Ebola Treatment Center. She has prior and ongoing experience in health system response to pathogens such as H1N1, Zika, Lassa fever, Marburg virus disease, and COVID-19 at the state, national, and global levels. She has served as a subject matter expert to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense (DoD), and World Bank. Dr. Bhadelia has experience with direct patient care, outbreak response, and medical countermeasures research during multiple Ebola virus disease outbreaks in West and East Africa. During the West African Ebola epidemic, she served as a clinician in Ebola treatment units, working with the World Health Organization and Partners in Health. She currently serves as medical lead of a DoD-funded viral hemorrhagic fever research group in Uganda. Her research focuses on global health security, as well as identification of safe and effective clinical interventions and infection control measures related to viral hemorrhagic fevers and other emerging infectious diseases.

She has publications in Nature, Science, New England Journal of Medicine and other prestigious journals, as well as in press including The Atlantic and Time magazines. Her work has been featured documentaries by National Geographic as well as NOVA. She is an NBC/MSNBC Medical contributor.


Michelle Morse, MDMichelle Morse, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Michelle Morse serves as the Deputy Commissioner for the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness (CHECW) and inaugural Chief Medical Officer at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH). Dr. Morse is responsible for leading the agency’s work in bridging public health and health care to reduce health inequities, guiding CHECW’s place-based and cross-cutting health equity programs, and serving as a key liaison to clinicians and clinical leaders across New York City.

Dr. Morse is an internal medicine and public health doctor who works to achieve health equity through global solidarity, social medicine and anti-racism education, and activism. She is a general internal medicine physician, part-time hospitalist at Kings County Hospital, Co-Founder of EqualHealth, and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. EqualHealth builds critical consciousness and collective action globally, in the pursuit of health equity for all. In 2015 Dr. Morse worked with several EqualHealth partners to found the Social Medicine Consortium (SMC), a global coalition which uses activism and disruptive pedagogy rooted in social medicine to advance health justice. She served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Partners in Health (PIH) from 2013 to 2016 and now serves on the Board of Directors of PIH. In 2018, Dr. Morse was awarded a Soros Equality Fellowship to launch EqualHealth and the SMC’s global Campaign Against Racism. From September 2019 to January 2021, she served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow in Washington, DC and worked with the Ways and Means Committee, Majority Staff, in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Kasisomayajula Viswanath, PhDKasisomayajula Viswanath, PhD
Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

K. “Vish” Viswanath is Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and in the McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). He is also the Faculty Director of the Health Communication Core of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC). Dr. Viswanath’s work, drawing from literatures in communication science, social epidemiology, and social and health behavior sciences, focuses on translational communication science to influence public health policy and practice. His primary research is in documenting the relationship between communication inequalities, poverty and health disparities, and knowledge translation to address health disparities. He has written more than 250 journal articles and book chapters concerning communication inequalities and health disparities, knowledge translation, public health communication campaigns, e-health and digital divide, public health preparedness and the delivery of health communication interventions to underserved populations.

He serves on several national committees including for the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. In recognition of his academic and professional achievements, Dr. Viswanath has received numerous awards . Learn more about Dr. Viswanath’s additional administrative and scientific leadership positions, articles, books chapters, and awards here.

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