MGH Fund Virtual Lecture
Mass General’s Center for Global Health: Advancing Global Health Equity
We are pleased to invite you to the MGH Fund Virtual Lecture, featuring Mass General’s Center for Global Health: Advancing Global Health Equity. This virtual event will feature a presentation on Mass General’s Center for Global Health with a focus on the center’s work before and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the central role of global health in current and future health crises, as well as how Mass General can and should be part of advancing global health equity. In addition to our most loyal MGH Fund donors, we’re also delighted to welcome members of the hospital’s Phillips Society.
Britain W. Nicholson, MD
Senior Vice President for Development, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Britain Nicholson received his medical degree at Duke University in 1976. He completed his medical internship at Duke University Medical Center in 1977 and his residency training in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1980. From 1980-1982, Dr. Nicholson was a Kaiser Fellow in General Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He joined the Mass General professional staff in 1982 as director, Medical Walk-in Unit, holding that position until 1992. Subsequent Mass General appointments include associate chief of General Internal Medicine 1987-1990, associate chief, Department of Medicine 1990-1994, and assistant general director, Primary Care Development 1993-1994. In 1994, Dr. Nicholson was named director of Primary Care. In 1997 he was appointed as senior vice president, Primary Care and chief medical officer. While continuing in his role as chief medical officer (1997-2016), he also served as senior vice president, Department of Medicine from 2010-2015. In June 2016 Dr. Nicholson was named as the senior vice president for Development at Mass General.
Louise C. Ivers, MB, BCh, MD, MPH, DTM&H
Executive Director, Mass General Center for Global Health
Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
David Bangsberg, MD, MPH Endowed Chair in Global Health Equity
Dr. Louise Ivers is the Executive Director of the MGH Center for Global Health, a Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a practicing infectious diseases physician at MGH, and works on the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale public health programs in resource-limited settings with the goal of achieving health equity.
Dr. Ivers has spent her career providing care to the rural and urban poor, as well as engaged in patient-oriented investigation that offer solutions to barriers to healthcare. She has worked on healthcare delivery in India, Southeast Asia, and Africa. She was based in Haiti and served as Clinical Director and then Chief of Mission for Partners In Health, Haiti from 2003 until 2012 while then a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, designed and implemented HIV/TB programs, and led responses to the major earthquake in Haiti in 2010, and a subsequent cholera epidemic. From 2015-2017 she was a member of the executive leadership team at Partners In Health, responsible for global strategic implementation.
In addition to expanding access to healthcare for the poor, Dr. Ivers has contributed to published research articles on HIV/AIDS, food insecurity, and cholera treatment and prevention. She is an independently-funded investigator focused on the barriers to the delivery of healthcare, the impact of food insecurity on public health, and comprehensive ways to eliminate cholera. Dr. Ivers is also involved in global policy and advocacy work to improve health equity. She has served as an Advisor to the WHO, and the Haitian Ministry of Health, and is a delegate to the Global Task Force for Cholera Control at WHO. She has collaborated with U.S. government, EU, multilateral, non-governmental organizations, and private industry partners. She mentors Haitian, American, and Irish physicians and students in global health implementation and research. She is the editor of a textbook on food insecurity and public health, and over 50 peer-reviewed published papers and chapters on global health issues.
Dr. Ivers is a graduate of University College Dublin, Ireland where she received both her professional medical degrees, and a research doctorate in medicine. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the combined Harvard Infectious Diseases program. Dr. Ivers earned a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
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