2014 Kraft Center Symposium Presenters and Participants

Derri Shtasel

Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH is the Executive Director of the Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health, and the Director of the Division of Public and Community Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  She has dedicated her psychiatric career to providing direct clinical care for underserved and marginalized patients, teaching medical students and psychiatry residents, providing clinical, administrative and educational leadership at academic institutions, and creating academic-community collaborations as a platform for integrated service delivery models.

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Dr. Shtasel completed her medical training at Temple University School of Medicine and residency training at New York University/Bellevue where she served as Chief Resident in Psychiatry. In addition, she completed a Masters in Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Shtasel was on the faculty at The University of Pennsylvania for approximately 15 years, holding a number of key leadership positions that worked to strengthen partnerships between academia and the community. More recently, Dr. Shtasel was the Chief of Adult Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a major safety net hospital and among the largest providers of mental health and substance abuse services in Massaschusetts, and Harvard's public sector teaching hospital. In 2009, Dr. Shtasel joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry. In this position she focuses on strengthening relationships among community providers and hospital-based programs, enhancing resident and medical student education in community psychiatry, and increasing access to care for underserved populations. In 2013, Dr. Shtasel was appointed the inaugural incumbent of the Michele and Howard J. Kessler Chair in Public and Community Psychiatry.

Dr. Shtasel is a recipient of an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She was recently honored by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program with the 2014 Dr. Jim O'Connell Award in recognition of the care she has provided for the most vulnerable members of our society.


Robert K. Kraft, MBA is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group, the holding company of the Kraft family's many businesses, including the Rand-Whitney Group, Rand-Whitney Containerboard, International Forest Products, the New England Patriots, the New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place and a portfolio of more than 100 private equity investments.

As Chairman and CEO of the New England Patriots, combined with the New England Revolution, Mr. Kraft changed the culture of professional sports in New England by delivering more 10 conference titles and three league championships in the past 17 years. Since 1994, the Patriots have won more games (225), playoff games (20), division titles (12), conference titles (6) and Super Bowls (3) than any other team in the NFL. Mr. Kraft also privately financed Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place.

A native of Brookline, Mass., Mr. Kraft attended public schools before attending Columbia on an academic scholarship. Upon graduation, he received a fellowship to Harvard Business School. He serves on the board of directors of Viacom and executive committee for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he established the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center. He was awarded the NCAA's highest honor when he received the Theodore Roosevelt Award, presented annually to a "distinguished citizen of national reputation and outstanding accomplishments." In 2011, he received the prestigious honor of being inducted into the 231st class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, he became the first NFL owner in the 43-year history of the honor to receive the George Halas Award and was also inducted into Columbia's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Over the past four decades, the Kraft family has been one of New England's most philanthropic families, donating several hundred million dollars in support of local charities and civic affairs.


Gary L. Gottlieb, M.D., MBA is the President and CEO of Partners HealthCare.  Dr. Gottlieb is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He served as president of Brigham and Women’s/ Faulkner Hospitals, as president of North Shore Medical Center and as chairman of Partners Psychiatry.

Prior to coming to Boston, Dr. Gottlieb spent 15 years in positions of increasing leadership in health care in Philadelphia. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, he earned an MBA with distinction in Health Care Administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business Administration.

Dr. Gottlieb established the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center's first program in geriatric psychiatry and developed it into a nationally recognized research, training and clinical program. He served as Executive Vice-Chair of Psychiatry and Associate Deam for Managed Care at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and as Director and CEO of Friends Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Gottlieb received his MD from the Albany Medical College of Union University in a six-year accelerated biomedical program. He completed his internship and residency and served as Chief Resident at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center.

As a leader in the Boston area community, Dr. Gottlieb serves as Chairman of the Private Industry Council, the city's workforce development board. He is also a member of the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Partners in Health.


Paul Farmer, MD, PhD is a medical anthropologist, physician, and a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.  Dr. Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.

Dr. Farmers and his colleagues in the U.S. and in Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent books are In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Gustavo Guttierrez; Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction; and To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation. Dr. Farmer is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Marguerite Beiser

Marguerite Beiser, NP an adult nurse practitioner at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, where she provides comprehensive medical care for homeless men and women. She received her undergraduate degree in history and community health from Tufts University and completed a combined baccalaureate/masters degree program in nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing. She also received certification as an HIV Specialist from the American Academy of HIV Medicine. As her project for the Kraft Practitioner Program, Ms. Beiser developed a comprehensive coordinated approach to address hepatitis C in Boston Health Care for the Homeless patients and developed a new consultation service within the health center.

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Mark Viron

Mark Viron, MD is an adult psychiatrist at the Department of Mental Health's Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Dr. Viron graduated from the University of West Florida with a major in general biology, received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, and completed the MGH/McLean Psychiatry Residency Training Program and the MGH Schizophrenia Fellowship. In his project for the Kraft Practitioner Program, he helped lead Massachusett's Mental Health Center's transformation into a Health Home with co-located and integrated wellness and primary care services, a model that is designed to reduce substandard health outcomes and early mortality for people with serious mental illness.

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Katherine Hobbs Knutson

Katherine Hobbs Knutson, MD, MPH is an adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist whose clinical experience while completing the Kraft Fellowship in Community Health Leadership was at South Boston Community Health Center. She received her undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Duke and her medical degree from UNC at Chapel Hill. She completed an adult residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry in the MGH/McLean training programs. Dr. Hobbs Knutson's Kraft Center project addressed the need for coordination among multiple agencies that serve children with mental health problems including primary care, mental health and educational systems.

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James W. Hunt Jr., PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (the League), was born, raised and still lives in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.

As both a state and national leader on community-based health care issues, Dr. Hunt has helped to promote the value of health centers in improving access to quality health care and in reducing costs across the health system. Since 2006, he has helped steer the health center network through the uncharted waters of state health reform, where health centers are at the forefront of the Commonwealth's efforts to implement near-universal coverage for its residents. More recently, Dr. Hunt has been working to strengthen the role of health centers under newly emerging health care payment and delivery models, and to meet national reform goals tie to increasing the numbers of patients served by America's community health centers. Since 2009, he has helped to bring more than $217 million in federal funding to Massachusetts community health centers through the American Recovery and Reinvestment and Affordable Care Acts.

Dr. Hunt's focus on the needs of the community-based health care workforce led him to collaborate with a local university to develop a first-in-the-nation community health certificate program for health center middle managers. The program, in its tenth year, helps to identify and train future leaders within the health care industry. More recently, with funding from Bank of America and Partners HealthCare, Dr. Hunt helped to develop a loan repaymet program for primary care providers who commit to practicing at community health centers. In addition, he hlped to secure a state funding match and investments from Neighborhood Health Plan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation to extend the program's impact statewide.

Dr. Hunt is an adjunct professor at the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. In 2002, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the New England College of Optometry. He was also the first Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitor in Community Health Policy at the George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services. The award is given to an individual who has exhibited extraordinary and sustained leadership in community health policy. Most recently, Dr. Hunt was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute and University of Ohio.

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Jessie M. Gaeta, MD is the Medical Director of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, where she has practiced since 2002, anda Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. At Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Dr. Gaeta oversees the clinical practice of this unique community health center that serves 12,500 people annually across dozens of clinical sites including homeless shelters, the street, and one of the first medical respite programs in the country, the Barbara McInnis House. She trained in internal medicine at Boston University Medical Center and served as Chief Resident in 2001-2002. While providing primary care in homeless shelters, Dr. Gaeta completed a Physician Advocacy Fellowship supported by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In her advocacy work with the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance since 2005, Dr. Gaeta helped design and implement a statewide Housing First model called Home & Healthy for Good, a program that has resulted in housing opportunities for more than 700 people across Massachusetts. Dr. Gaeta's interestes include population health management for vulnerable populations, building health equity through clinician advocacy, and the integration of addiction services and primary care.

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Marilyn Cox is a patient at Lynn Community Health Center. Born in Arkansas, Ms. Cox grew up in Lower Roxbury and the South End of Boston before re-locating to Lynn for work in 2002. She spent five years as a call center representative in Lynn, where she provided customer service for companies like KVH-TV, Verizon, and E-Bay. Ms. Cox is trained as a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked as a home health caregiver throughout most of the 1980s. She enjoys cooking, especially baking, and spending time with family. Ms. Cox is proudest of her ability to care for others and says that helping people is what makes her own days better.

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Genevieve Daftary

Genevieve Daftary, MD, MPH is a pediatrician whose clinical experience while completing the Kraft Fellowship in Community Health Leadership was at Codman Square Health Center. She received her undergraduate degree in biology and African and African-American studies from Duke and her medical and public health degrees from Harvard. She completed her residency in pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Her Kraft Center project engaged high school students at Codman Academy Charter Public School in a youth-directed evaluation of  Body Mass Index measurement in order to assess the acceptibility and efficacy of this widely instituted school-based obesity-prevention tool; using youth empowerment and process improvement, students created a new process that opened up possibilities for coordination between the school and Codman Square Health Center.

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Withelson Gay is a 2014 graduate of Codman Academy, a public charter school in Dorchester that leverages an innovative on-site collaboration with Codman Square Health Center.  Originally from Haiti, Mr. Gay moved to Dorchester as a young child.  While in high school, he was active in the Nutrition Action Club at Codman Academy and played soccer and basketball.  He also completed internships at the Cambridge Innovation Center and a local restaurant.  In recognition of his high achievements early in high school, Mr. Gay was selected for the Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard University, a rigorous program that, over the course of three consecutive summers, prepares motivated students from Boston and Cambridge high schools for admission to challenging four-year colleges and universities.  He recently graduated as Crimson Scholar, which he considers to be his greatest accomplishment so far.  Mr. Gay intends to study business and possibly complete a pre-medical concentration at Boston College, where he will be a freshman this fall. 

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Riza Pereira, MBA is a community health worker at the Bowdoin Street Health Center in Dorchester. Originally from Cape Verde, Ms. Pereira grew up in Cape Verde and Portugal before moving to Brockton, Massachusetts at age eighteen. She worked in various roles at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, including as an interpreter and in medical records and registration, before moving to the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and then to Bowdoin Street Health Center in 2006. Ms. Pereira was promoted to her current position of community health worker in July 2013. In January 2014, she was recognized by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with the Martin Luther King, Jr. YMCA Black Achievers Award for her accomplishments in this role. Ms. Pereira is fluent in Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Spanish and English. A Brockton resident, she holds an MBA from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy and is the proud parent of a young son.

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Tayla Salant

Talya Salant, MD, PhD is an internal medicine/primary care physician whose clinical experience while completing the Kraft Fellowship in Community Health Leadership was at Bowdoin Street Health Center. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Harvard University and her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, where she also earned a PhD from the Committee on the History of Culture. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of General Medicine Primary Care Program. For her Kraft Center project, Dr. Salant conducted a pilot study with high risk diabetic patients to assess the feasibility and efficacy of integrating a community health worker in Bowdoin Street's patient centered medical home.

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Nicholas Urbanczyk

Nicholas Urbanczyk, DO practices family medicine at Lynn Community Health Center. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Michigan where he majored in Biologic Sciences with a minor in Psychology, and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a family medicine residency at St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. For his Kraft Practitioner Program project, Dr. Urbanczyk focused on care redesign for patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, implementing and evaluating group medical visits.

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