People Notes

People Notes December 2016


Jillian Gallagher has joined Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as a research technician. She has a B.A. in psychology and neuroscience and has been working the past year at UMass-Amherst.

Susannah Machunski has joined Cummings School as a medical laboratory technician in the clinical pathology lab. She has eight years of experience as a generalist working in the main laboratory at the Milford Regional Medical Center.

Michael Schatman, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pain Research, has joined the School of Medicine as an adjunct clinical assistant professor and will continue his research on multidisciplinary chronic pain management.


Akram Da’darah has been promoted to research associate professor at Cummings School. His research focuses on global health and the control of infectious diseases. He teaches in the Master of Science in Infectious Disease and Global Health Program.

Rashed Durgham, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine, has been named the David and Leona F. Karp Professor of Pediatrics. Since joining Tufts in 2008 he has been involved in educating and mentoring medical students and residents. His endowed professorship was made possible through the generosity of David Karp, M34, and Leona F. Karp, who established the professorship in 1984 in honor of Karp’s 50th medical school reunion.

Jonathan Kaplan, A96, has been appointed director of the Board of Advisors program at Tufts. Previously he was senior associate director of alumni relations at Tufts, encouraging alumni to donate to the university. He had worked in the alumni office since 2005 and before that had been with the Career Center at Tufts.


A review and meta-analysis led by Mei Chung, an assistant professor of public health and community medicine, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, prompted an updated position statement from the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. The new clinical guidelines report that calcium intake at levels within the recommended tolerable range of 2,000 to 2,500 mg per day are safe for generally healthy adults from a cardiovascular perspective. Food, not supplements, is the preferred source for getting calcium.

Alexander A. Hannenberg, M79, clinical professor of anesthesiology at the School of Medicine, has been recognized by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) with its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, for his passion for global health and humanitarian outreach and his contributions to ASA. Following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Hannenberg contributed to a coordinated response to deliver medical aid. In 2012, he was instrumental in the creation of Lifebox USA, an organization that improves anesthesia safety in low-income countries by providing pulse oximeters, a standard medical device that measures the level of oxygen in a patient’s blood, and by encouraging the use of simple safety checklists to help reduce surgical complications and mortality. The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an ASA member who has transformed the specialty of anesthesiology.


Jeffrey Ashe, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), spoke at the Fletcher School on Oct. 31, giving a talk titled “How Savings Groups Are Revolutionizing Development.” He discussed microfinance and explored simple yet ingenious ways of reaching financially excluded businesses and households.

Randy Boudrieau, a professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School, traveled to Minneapolis this fall for the 2016 Veterinary Dental Forum, where he spoke on “Interfragmentary (Intraosseous) Wiring for Maxillofacial Fracture Repair: Technique, Limitations and Clinical Applications.” Boudrieau also traveled to Seattle to attend the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Surgery Summit, where he was a laboratory instructor and presenter.

Jennifer Graham, an assistant professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School, attended the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference in October, where she spoke on “Dental Disease in Rabbits and Rodents,” “The Critical Rabbit,” “Infectious Disease of Small Mammals,” “The Critical Bird: Avian Emergencies,” “Exotic Animal Emergencies” and “Incorporating Exotics into Your Practice.”

Jeffrey K. Griffiths, a professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts School of Medicine and an adjunct professor at the Friedman School and the School of Engineering, and Jeffrey Mariner, V87, a research professor of infectious diseases and global health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, taught a biostatistics course in the new One Health M.P.H. program at Hanoi Medical University in Vietnam.

Jack Hawkes, a lecturer in biomedical sciences at Cummings School, spent the week of October 3 in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Humane Alliance, where he received training in high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter surgery. He is a member of Cummings School’s shelter medicine faculty, and has been teaching neuter surgical technique since 2008.

Aidee Herman, an associate clinical professor of periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine, led a delegation to Cape Verde in October to provide dental care to more than 500 patients. The trip was under the auspices of the Hispanic International Mission. Other Tufts-affiliated delegates included Zuzana Mendez, DG97, DI08, clinical instructor in public health and community service; Lilia Cucerov, DI9P; Lagina Bickham, D92; and Oliver Austria, DI19. The group performed more than 1,000 procedures, including 500 extractions, 100 restorative procedures, 300 prophylaxis treatments and 200 applications of fluoride.

Mike Kowaleski, a professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School, attended a meeting of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Seattle on Oct. 5, serving as chair and lab instructor for the surgical technique tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, which is commonly done on dogs with a torn cranial cruciate ligament.

Several faculty members at the School of Dental Medicine participated in the annual meeting of the American Dental Association that took place in Denver in October. Gerard Kugel, D85, SK93, a professor of prosthodontics and associate dean of research, gave a presentation on “The Dos and Don’ts of Porcelain Veneers” at two continuing education courses at the meeting. Brooke Blicher, DG09, an assistant clinical professor of endodontics, and Mary Jane Hanlon, D97, assistant dean of predoctoral clinic administration, were inducted into the American College of Dentists on Oct. 20. Hanlon also chaired the Membership Reference Committee for the meeting. Bjorn Steffensen, professor and chair of periodontology; Nadeem Karimbux, professor of periodontology and associate dean of academic affairs; Mary Talmo, assistant clinical professor of comprehensive care; and Samer Khayat, DI11, assistant clinical professor of prosthodontics, were inducted into the International College of Dentists on Oct. 21.

David Leader, D85, associate professor of comprehensive care at the School of Dental Medicine, was among the members of the Massachusetts Oral Health Steering Committee recognized by the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. At the coalition’s conference in September, the committee won the Effective Practice Award at the state level for their work developing the Massachusetts Perinatal Oral Health Practice Guidelines for Pregnancy and Early Childhood.

Emily McCobb, V00, clinical associate professor, and Greg Wolfus, V98, clinical assistant professor at Cummings School, attended the Primary Care Educators Symposium in Athens, Georgia, in October. McCobb gave a presentation on the role of accessible veterinary care in primary care education and gave a talk at the first annual Shelter Veterinary Educators meeting, which was attended by Wolfus, Chelsea Reinhard, a resident in clinical sciences, and Michelle Salob, V16.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), recorded “How Restorative Development Can Address Climate Change” on Sept. 13 with the Forum Network, a public media service of WGBH. In the interview, he discussed industrial agriculture, synthetic fertilizers and more natural approaches to farming that will revive the health of our soil, water and air. Moomaw joined 40 Fletcher students, faculty and alumni over Columbus Day weekend at the Arctic Circle Assembly, participating in two panels on innovation and oil and gas in the Arctic and moderating a plenary panel, “What Kind of Arctic Do We Need?”

Julie Nelson, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), traveled to Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 19-22 to speak at the Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholar Initiative plenary session on “Piecing Together a Paradigm.” She also presented at a session on gender and economics.

Shaun Paul, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave a presentation, “Ejido Verde Case Study on the Application of Regenerative Principles to Scaling Commercial Reforestation for Pine Resin in Mexico,” at the Inaugural Regenerative Business Summit in Seattle on Oct. 16. On Oct. 25, he moderated a panel on “Innovating Investments in Indigenous Community Enterprise in Mexico and Peru” at the International Funders for Indigenous People conference in Lima, Peru.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was interviewed by the Real News Network on Oct. 2 about Donald Trump’s hypocrisy on NAFTA. Wise argued that Trump’s call for import taxes could lead to trade wars and that his commitment to high profits is at odds with his plans to keep jobs in the U.S.


Deborah Harrigan, M96, was inaugurated as the 185th president of the New Hampshire Medical Society. She is a family medicine physician and medical director of the ambulatory Physician Practices at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New Hampshire.

A telehealth venture founded by Hitesh Tolani, DG13, has received $2 million in seed funding to expand its technology and operations teams to meet the growing demand for its services. Virtudent is a portable dental office that uses telemedicine technologies to increase access to dental care for patients who live in remote areas, have especially busy schedules or can’t afford a traditional dental visit. The funding was led by the venture firm Sparta Group. Tolani won the 2014 Tufts 100K New Ventures Competition for Virtudent.