Events 2016

Dean Michelle A. Williams, ScD ’91

Alumni Weekend and Boston Regional Event

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health alumni returned to campus on September 23 and 24 to reconnect with former classmates, learn more about current research in public health, and meet new Dean Michelle A. Williams, ScD ’91. The weekend included a faculty panel on politics and public health and a series of brief, “TED-style” talks on that theme by alumni. See pages 10 and 11 for this year’s alumni award recipients.


Nour Sharara, MPH ’15; Carmon Davis, MD ’89, MPH ’94; M. Rashad Massoud, MPH ’93; Sameh El-Saharty, MPH ’91; Anthony Dias, MPH ’04; Sadiqa
Mahmood, MPH ’13; Haleh Armian, SM ’93
J. Jacques Carter, MPH ’83; Anthony Dias, MPH ’04


Sameh El-Saharty, MPH ’91, President of the Harvard Chan School Alumni Association; Royce Moser, Jr., AB ’57, MD ’61, MPH ’65; Edmond Feeks, MPH ’96
Michele David, MPH ’94; Ferahnaz Kahyaoglu, MPH ’04; Carmon Davis, MD ’89, MPH ’94; Luella Carter; Chander Kapasi, MPH ’75


Karen Emmons Rejoins School

Karen Emmons rejoined the School on November 1 as a professor of social and behavioral sciences and Dean for Academic Affairs. She previously served as vice president for research and director of the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute. Emmons was a faculty member in the School’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences from 1994 to 2013, and from 2009 to 2013 served as associate dean for research.

Dean for Academic Affairs Karen Emmons
Dean for Academic Affairs Karen Emmons and Howard Koh, the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership

Faculty Milestones

Two faculty members in the Department of Environmental Health celebrated major mile- stones this year. Joseph Brain (right), the Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology, celebrated 50 years at Harvard on July 27. Outgoing department chair Douglas Dockery (left), the John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, marked 40 years at the School on September 19 (International Talk Like a Pirate Day) with a pirate-themed party.

Douglas Dockery, SM ’74, SD ’79, and Joseph Brain, SM ’62, SM ’63, SD ’66

Julio Frenk Portrait Unveiling

Former Dean Julio Frenk returned to the School on September 26 for the unveiling of his official portrait, painted by Susan Nelson. Members of the School’s community gathered for the event in the Kresge Building’s Rosenau Atrium, where Frenk’s portrait will be displayed alongside those of the School’s other former deans.

In conjunction with the event, the School announced a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor, which included a $5 million endowment to establish the Julio Frenk Professorship of Public Health Leadership. The professorship will provide enduring leadership for the DrPH program.

Dean Michelle A. Williams, ScD ’91, with former Dean Julio Frenk

New Dean Welcome Dinner Hosted by Richard and Ronay Menschel

Longtime supporters of the School Richard Menschel, MBA ’59, and Ronay Menschel hosted a welcome dinner for Dean Michelle A. Williams, ScD ’91, on November 15 in New York. The event included a conversation between Dean Williams and ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser.

Richard Menschel, MBA ’59, and Dean Michelle A. Williams, ScD ’91

Health Care and the Elections

The School’s Health Policy and Management Executive Council and former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle co-hosted a program of panel discussions in Washington, D.C., on October 14, focused on health care and the elections. Speakers included Daschle, an Executive Council member and founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, and faculty members from the School’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Panelists addressed the future of Obamacare after President Barack Obama leaves office, among other topics. The event was preceded by an alumni reception held October 13 at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, hosted by the Office of Alumni Affairs and Career Advancement and Kate Sedgwick, MPH ’10, and former U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Tod Sedgwick, AB ’71. The Sedgwicks also hosted a dinner and Q&A with Dean Michelle A. Williams, ScD ’91.


Ambassador Tod Sedgwick, AB ’71; Kate Sedgwick, MPH ’10; Peter Zelenak, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Washington; Robert Blendon, senior associate dean for policy translation and leadership development and Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis
Srinivas Sastry, MPH ’90
Nitin Shrivastava, MPH ’17; Lyndon James, MPH ’17; and Suresh Pavuluri, MPH ’17
Panelists Lynn Shapiro Snyder of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., and member, Health Policy and Management Executive Council at Harvard Chan School; Katherine Baicker, AM ’96, PhD ’98, the C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics; Joseph Antos, American Enterprise Institute; and Aryana Khalid, America’s Health Insurance Plans
Former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle and Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of health policy and economics

Photos: Sarah Sholes and Kent Dayton / Harvard Chan, Phil Humnicky Photography