Phillips Society Luncheon
Celebrating the Loyalty and Vision of the Hospital’s Legacy Supporters
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The Phillips Society is a group of dedicated supporters who have included Massachusetts General Hospital in their estate plans and or established an endowment. Through their vision, Phillips Society members create a lasting legacy to advance medicine for future generations.
The Society is named in honor of William Phillips, the first president of the MGH Corporation. His bequest supported the construction of the Bulfinch Building, the hospital’s first clinical space, and it served as a catalyst that helped create a hospital that today is a leading academic medical center.
Christine Seel Ritchie, MD, MSPH
Kenneth L. Minaker, MD Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine
Research Director, Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine
Director, Center for Aging and Serious Illness, Mongan Institute
Massachusetts General Hospital
Christine Seel Ritchie is the Kenneth L. Minaker, MD Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. She is the Director of the Center for Aging and Serious Illness in the MGH Mongan Institute and the Research Director within the MGH Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine. She also serves as director of the MGH Dementia Care Collaborative and associate faculty at Ariadne Labs. She is a board-certified geriatrician and palliative care physician with long-standing experience in research and clinical care at the intersection of aging and serious illness.
Dr. Ritchie is co-chair of the NINR-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative and past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her research interests in symptom and illness burden has motivated her research in multimorbidity, dementia and the care of homebound older adults. Dr. Ritchie has longstanding funding from NIH and foundations and is the author/co-author of over 300 publications. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award and the Coalition for Compassionate Care’s Compassionate Care Innovator Award.
Matthew Russell, MD, MSc
Clinical Director Geriatrics
Medical Director for Ambulatory Geriatric Medicine
Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Matthew Russell, MD, MSc joined MGH in November 2019 and is the Clinical Director of Geriatric Medicine and Medical Director of the Ambulatory Geriatric Medicine initiatives. In these roles, he has helped to expand the presence of Geriatric Medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Dr. Russell is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He attended Boston University for his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Classical Civilization. He went on to receive his medical degree from UMass Medical School. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Boston University/Boston Medical Center.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Russell has practiced across the spectrum of Geriatric and Hospice Palliative healthcare delivery. This includes home and office-based practices, and skilled nursing facility and acute hospital care. He has held leadership positions including medical directorships of several nursing and rehabilitation facilities, a home health agency, and hospice programs.
Dr. Russell was the founding medical director of the Boston University Physician Assistant Program and Clinical Director in the Boston Medical Center Clinical Simulation Center. In those roles, he demonstrated a strong interest in inter-professional education and collaboration.
As a clinician educator in the fields of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, he has expertise in teaching learners about Geriatric syndromes, advanced communication skills, and end-of-life clinical care competencies. As a faculty member of the Academy for Communication in Healthcare (ACH), he is a local and national resource for teaching learners of all levels in the practice of high-stakes communication in the clinical setting.
Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD
Founding Director of the Integrated Brain Health Clinical and Research Program
Department of Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Ana-Maria Vranceanu is a clinical health psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and Founding Director of the Integrated Brain Health Clinical and Research Program (IBHCRP) at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School (MGH/ HMS). She is an expert in behavioral intervention development and testing as well as in-person and live video mind-body and lifestyle modification programs, which are integrated within medical practices and hospital systems to 1) preserve overall health, 2) promote post-injury and surgical recovery, and 3) optimize management of chronic illness.
Dr. Vranceanu has served as Principal Investigator (PI) for over 15 research grants; and has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles. Overseeing all projects for the IBHCRP, her current work includes federally-funded clinical trials on chronic pain; patients with young onset dementia and their spousal-care partners (i.e., patient-caregiver dyads); older adults with cognitive decline; adolescents and adults with neurofibromatosis; individuals with acute orthopedic injuries at risk for persistent symptoms; and people with co-morbid knee osteoarthritis, depression, and obesity. In addition, Dr. Vranceanu actively mentors clinical psychology interns as part of the Integrated Brain Health Track of the MGH Internship in Clinical Psychology as well as postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, and junior faculty members. In her free time, she enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with her family and friends.
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