Massachusetts Medical Society: Annual Education Program Speaker Bios

Annual Education Program Speaker Bios

2023 MMS Annual Education Program — The Changing Nature of Infectious Disease: What Every Clinician Needs to Know

Friday, May 12, 2023, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. – Virtual Live Webinar

Lindsey Baden, MD

Lindsey Baden, MD

Vice President, Clinical Research, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Deputy Editor, New England Journal of Medicine

Lindsey Baden is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, vice president for clinical research and director of the Center for Clinical Investigation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and director of infectious diseases at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). Dr. Baden's research interests focus on early-stage vaccine development and the development of novel diagnostics and therapeutics for fungal and viral diseases that affect transplant and cancer patients disproportionately. He is co-Principal Investigator of the mRNA-1273 Phase 3 trial (Moderna/NIAID) which established the efficacy of one of the major vaccines for SARS-CoV-2. In addition, he is a Deputy Editor at New England Journal of Medicine and Chair of the Antimicrobial Drug Advisory Committee (AMDAC) for the U.S. FDA.

J. Hellen Amuguni, BVM, PhD

Janetrix Hellen Amuguni, DVM, MA PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
USAID-STOP Spillover Interim Leadership Team
Project Lead, SheVax+ LVIF/IDRC Project
Senior Faculty Advisor, Tufts-UGHE-UR One Health Collaborative

Hellen Amuguni is a veterinarian with a master’s degree in International Development with a focus on gender and community development, and doctoral training in Infectious Diseases. She is an associate professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University with a dual appointment at the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts School of Medicine. She brings more than 15 years development experience with international and regional development organizations building community capacities in gender and livestock development in the horn of Africa. For eight years, she was the senior technical lead for USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats programs (EPT 1 and 2) for Africa. She is currently interim Co-PI (Principal Investigator) for the USAID funded STOP Spillover grant that is building capacity across six countries in Africa and Asia to stop spillover of infectious diseases from animals to humans, and PI for a Tufts University grant that focuses on sex, gender, and COVID-19. She is also the PI for a 4-year IDRC Gender and Livestock Innovations grant in collaboration with the Africa One Health University Network to support women’s agency and empowerment in livestock vaccine distribution, delivery and use in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.

Bronwyn L. MacInnis, PhD

Bronwyn L. MacInnis, PhD

Director of Pathogen Genomic Surveillance, Institute Scientist, Broad Institute

Bronwyn MacInnis is director of pathogen genomic surveillance in the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she is also an institute scientist. She also co-leads Broad’s multidisciplinary Global Health Initiative and is a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. MacInnis works to leverage and integrate the expertise and resources of these institutions to drive innovative infectious disease genomics research and to translate this into practical applications for global health. Her primary focus is on developing deployable genomic data and tools for malaria surveillance and viral outbreak response and building local capacity to integrate these into routine practice in lower resource countries. She also serves as a technical advisor to the World Health Organization to develop genomic data use cases and data sharing guidelines for their global pandemic preparedness strategy.

Dr. MacInnis completed her PhD at the University of Alberta in Canada and was a Human Frontiers in Science Program Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.

Cassandra M. Pierre, MD, MPH, MScC

Cassandra M. Pierre, MD, MPH, MSc

Associate Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director of Public Health Programs, Boston Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Cassandra Pierre is an assistant professor at Boston University’s Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine, the medical director of Public Health Programs, the associate hospital epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center and a member of Boston University's Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. Supported by state and local public health agencies, the Public Health Programs provide resources for COVID-19, HIV, HCV, Mpox and STI prevention, linkage to care and management throughout the hospital. Her research is focused on infection prevention in systemically vulnerable populations and the elimination of race-based infectious disease inequities. Her clinical interests include HIV management in special subpopulations (including immigrants of color, pregnant women and people experiencing homelessness).

Daniel A. Solomon, MD

Daniel A. Solomon, MD

Physician, Division of Infectious Disease, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Daniel Solomon is a clinician educator in the Division of Infectious Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He completed an infectious disease fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s / Massachusetts General Hospital combined program with a focus on HIV medicine followed by two post-graduate fellowships in medical education.

His clinical work is focused on the care of inpatients and outpatients with infectious diseases. His areas of interest include HIV, Hepatitis C, tickborne diseases and immunizations. He has specific expertise in the management of infections related to injection drug use and has led several initiatives aimed at integrating care for addiction and infectious diseases in an effort to improve care delivery and health outcomes for this high-risk population.

Dr. Solomon’s education work spans the spectrum from undergraduate medical education, to graduate and continuing medical education. He is the Morgan-Zinsser Associate Director of Clinical Learning in the Health Sciences and Technology track at Harvard Medical School and associate program director for the Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Infectious Disease fellowship. He is also course co-director for Infectious Diseases in Primary Care, one of Harvard’s top rated post-graduate courses. He is widely recognized for his teaching and has won numerous teaching and mentoring awards, including the Irving M. London award for outstanding education in Health Sciences and Technology (HST), the Excellence in Clinical Instruction and Mentorship awards presented at HMS class day, multiple awards for teaching in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Leo A. Blacklow Award, for teaching and education leadership at Harvard Medical School and Mount Auburn Hospital.

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