David F. M. Brown, MD
President, Mass General Hospital
Dr. Brown is president of Massachusetts General Hospital, executive vice president of Mass General Brigham, and the Mass General Trustees Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Prior to becoming president of Mass General, Dr. Brown served as chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General from 2013 to 2021 and as interim president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care in 2021.
Dr. Brown is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University and received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He trained at Mass General and is a diplomate of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
An accomplished clinician, scholar, teacher, mentor and administrator, Dr. Brown is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and chapters, has written two popular textbooks related to cardiovascular emergencies, and served as the inaugural editor-in-chief of the textbook Scientific American: Emergency Medicine. He has been recognized by trainees and peers with multiple local, national and international teaching and mentorship awards.
Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Kraft Center, Mass General
Chief Community Health & Health Equity Officer, Mass General Brigham
Elsie M. Taveras, M.D., MPH is the inaugural Chief Community Health and Equity Officer at Mass General Brigham and Executive Director of the Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She leads system-wide strategies to improve health equity and the health of the communities served by Mass General Brigham. She is a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Conrad Taff Professor of Pediatrics in the Field of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Taveras is a leading expert in community health equity, childhood obesity, maternal-child health, and health disparities. Her research and community health leadership have influenced the development of national programs to improve health outcomes and eliminate inequities for socially at-risk populations. She is a recipient of the Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award from the Massachusetts Association of Public Health for her work improving health and health care in community-based settings.
Dr. Taveras received her Bachelor of Science and medical degrees from New York University and completed her internship, residency, and chief residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital and holds an MPH from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
Jessie M. Gaeta, MD
Physician, Chief Medical Officer 2015-2022, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
Jessie M. Gaeta, MD has practiced Internal Medicine at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program since 2002, and served as Chief Medical Officer from 2015-2022. Dually board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Gaeta graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1998, trained in Internal Medicine at Boston University Medical Center, and served as Chief Resident in 2002. She completed a Physician Advocacy fellowship at the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2007.
Dr. Gaeta has dedicated herself to advocacy for and with people living with substance use disorders, particularly when they are disconnected from traditional pathways to care. She is always learning more from people with lived experience about homelessness, opioid use disorder, and harm reduction. Over the past two decades, she has spearheaded numerous innovative initiatives to rethink how we approach care for individuals with substance use disorder and complex health conditions, particularly when these conditions are exacerbated by severe poverty, racism, trauma, and social stigma.
Robert K. Kraft
Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group
Robert Kraft, founder, chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group, is an American entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist whose portfolio of businesses and brands range across many verticals including paper and packaging, sports and entertainment, real estate and venture investing. Kraft and his family have consistently donated time, resources and expertise to a wide range of charities, nonprofits and humanitarian causes, resulting in lifetime giving in excess of $800 million. Mr. Kraft and the Kraft Family Foundation have donated $25 million to establish and provide ongoing support for The Kraft Center for Community Health. Robert and Myra Kraft envisioned The Kraft Center in 2010 with the mission to expand access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare for medically underserved patients, families and communities. In 2019, Kraft became a funding partner in creating the REFORM Alliance, a foundation focused on American criminal justice reform. Kraft was also awarded the 2019 Genesis Prize, referred to as the “Jewish Nobel” by Time magazine.
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