2017 trefler lecture invitation


About the Trefler Foundation

The Trefler Foundation launched its work in Boston with a deep and long-term engagement on high school reform in the Boston Public Schools. The Foundation's signature work was at Dorchester High School, which partnered with UMass Boston to undertake a comprehensive restructuring program. Other schools that participated in the Foundation's high school reform work were East Boston High School and South Boston High School. Over time, the Foundation worked with public schools, higher education, and nonprofit partners to improve the academic outcomes for students from Boston's most disadvantaged neighborhoods. As a private family foundation, the Trefler Foundation is proud to support organizations that have special meaning to the Trustees and in 2015 made a $1,000,000 commitment to the Kraft Center for Community Health Leadership to establish the Trefler Trainee Program for Cancer Care Equity.



About Our Speakers



Carolina Abuelo, MD, MSc (Kraft Pracititioner, Class of 2017)

CAROLINA ABUELO, MD, MSC, is a primary care physician at MGH Charlestown, where she has practiced since 2012. Carolina completed her training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She graduated from Tufts University with a BA in International Relations, completed a premedical post-Baccalaureate at Harvard University, obtained her medical degree from Duke University, and completed her MSc in Control of Infectious Disease at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Previously, Carolina was awarded one of two national fellowships from the HIV Medical Association for clinical care of HIV patients and a National Institutes of Health T32 Fellowship, through which she conducted HIV clinical research. Her clinical practice and research in HIV deepened her interest in HPV, a virus with which her HIV+ patients were commonly co-infected. She was awarded the NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship, during which she conducted community-based participatory research on the design and delivery of an HPV testing program in Lima, Peru. Carolina has published numerous articles on her work, has lectured in Rhode Island, Peru, Boston, and the Dominican Republic, and has taught and trained medical residents, fellows, and students at Brown, Harvard, and in the Dominican Republic, in her interest areas of HIV and HPV.

Carolina's project focuses on identifying the population at MGH Charlestown that is unscreened for breast, colon, and cervical cancers, since differential screening rates have been identified as a major contributing factor to cancer survival rates. The health center will apply existing resources of patient navigation to the problem and determine if patients truly require navigation or would otherwise get screened through regular care.



Cassis Henry, MD (Kraft Practitioner, Class of 2017)

CASSIS HENRY, MD, is participating as a Kraft Center Practitioner at Boston's HealthCare for the Homeless Program. Cassis earned a BA in Philosophy from Yale University in 1998 and her MD from Harvard Medical School in 2004. In 2005 she was awarded Master's degree in Anthropology from Harvard University. She completed her Internship and Residency in General Adult Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and a Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Henry is Board Certified in Public and Community Psychiatry by the American Association of Community Psychiatrists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and speaks multiple languages, including Spanish, Creole, French and Portuguese. She has been widely published in peer reviewed journals and has been acknowledged for her international work in the area of public psychiatry through numerous grants and awards.

As a participant in the Trefler Training Program, Dr. Henry's work is focusing on Reducing Disparities in Rate of Cancer Screening among homeless patients.



Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MSc, MPH (Kraft Fellow, Class of 2016)

ALEX KEUROGHLIAN, MD, MSC, MPH,  is the Associate Director of Education and Training Programs at The Fenway Institute, a clinical psychiatrist at Fenway Health, and the Public and Community Psychiatry Curriculum Director for the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/McLean psychiatry residency program. Dr. Keuroghlian received his medical degree and Masters in Neurosciences from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency at the MGH/McLean Hospital training program, where he also served as Chief Resident in Public and Community Psychiatry. For two years, he was a Kraft Center Fellow, during which he completed his clinical experience at Fenway Health and completed a Master of Public Health (Health Policy and Management) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Keuroghlian has authored over 20 research articles, review articles, and book chapters on topics that include HIV medication adherence, post- traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, transgender health, and homelessness among LGBT youth.

With support from the Trefler Foundation's gift to the Kraft Center for cancer-related work, Alex has also implemented a health center project to enhance Human Papillomavirus screening and vaccination to prevent squamous cell carcinoma among sexual and gender minority patients at Fenway Health.



Christopher S. Lathan, MD

CHRISTOPHER LATHAN, MD is an assistant professor in the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He holds a master's degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a master of science degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Massachusetts. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his postdoctoral training in internal medicine, medical oncology and cancer outcomes research at Boston Medical Center and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.

Dr. Lathan's primary research interests are centered on the effects of race, class, and access to care on cancer outcomes, including racial disparities in lung cancer treatment, differences in somatic mutations across racial groups, perceptions of genetic testing by race and social class, population differences in targetable mutations in non-small cell lung cancer, and factors influencing willingness to participate in bio-banking among black men with and at-risk for prostate cancer. He is a board member of the National African-American Cancer Coalition, the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for the Lung Cancer Alliance, the Conquer Cancer Coalition, and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. Dr. Lathan also serves on the Health Disparities, Cancer Education, and Scientific Review committees for the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Lathan aims to bridge the gap between research efforts in disparities and the realities of patient care by developing interventions to increase access to high level quality care, developed in part through a high level of community engagement. He is the founding faculty director of the Cancer Care Equity Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and director of Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care at Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts, a pilot clinical outreach program that aids in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer for patients at a federally qualified health center, and integrates all three arms of clinical cancer care: prevention, diagnosis/treatment, and survivorship. This effort also provides an opportunity to improve clinical trial accrual among vulnerable populations.  of Education.  



David P. Ryan, MD

DAVID P. RYAN, MD,  is the Bruce Chabner Chair of Hematology/ Oncology and the Chief of Hematology/Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Clinical Director of the Massachusetts General Cancer Center, and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ryan undertook his hematology and oncology training at the combined Massachusetts General Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute in 1996 in Boston, MA. In 1998, he was appointed Clinical Assistant in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, then Assistant in Medicine before assuming his present position in 2009. The principal focus of Dr. Ryan's clinical research is the design and implementation of Phases I and II trials in gastrointestinal malignancies. Since 1998 he has been a member of both the Experimental Therapeutics Group and the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center where he has been the Clinical Director since 2003. In 2009, he became the Clinical Director of the MGH Cancer Center and in 2012, became Chief of the MGH Cancer Center. Dr. Ryan's clinical practice focuses exclusively on gastrointestinal oncology.

He graduated in medicine from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY in 1992 where he remained for his internship and medical residency. He is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and the New England Cancer Society. Dr. Ryan sits on the editorial board of Clinical Cancer Research and is a reviewer for Journal of Clinical Oncology and New England Journal of Medicine. He has published over 50 articles in peer review journals, reviews, book chapters, and editorials and authored numerous abstracts. 


Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH

DERRI SHTASEL, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health, serves as the Michele and Howard J. Kessler Chair and Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Public and Community Psychiatry, and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. In her dual leadership roles Dr. Shtasel focuses on strengthening relationships among community health centers, community mental health centers and academic medical centers, enhancing fellowship and residency education in community sites, increasing access to care for underserved and marginalized populations and narrowing the gap between community health and academic medicine. Her work is informed by a public health perspective and commitment to social justice. Her clinical work has centered on persons with severe mental illness and homelessness.

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 is the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Jim O'Connell Award from the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless as well as the 2014 MGH Department of Psychiatry Clinical Mentorship Award. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College, Temple University School of Medicine, NYU/Bellevue Psychiatry Residency Training, and the Harvard School of Public Health.