Martin J. Abrahamson, M.D.
Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Joslin Diabetes Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Martin J. Abrahamson, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his medical degree from University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and endocrinology at Groote Schuur Hospital, also in Cape Town, where he was a research fellow before joining the faculty of medicine at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. Dr. Abrahamson was joint head of the endocrine unit in Cape Town before taking up a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital in 1992. At Joslin Clinic, Dr. Abrahamson is credited with reorganizing the Adult Diabetes Section into multidisciplinary teams comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, nutritionists, and exercise physiologists. He is spearheading “pathways of care” for patients referred to Joslin (JoslinCare), has co-authored guidelines for both the pharmacological and perioperative management of patients with diabetes and management of hyperglycemic emergencies, and has authored more than 50 papers, review articles and chapters related to diabetes. At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Abrahamson serves as Director of the Division of Continuing Medical Education in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Abrahamson’s research interests include the management of patients with diabetes, and prevalence of silent coronary ischemia in patients with diabetes. Dr. Abrahamson is board certified in internal medicine and in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa. He has been cited in Boston Magazine as one of Boston’s top doctors on numerous occasions and has delivered numerous invited lectures nationally and internationally on the management of diabetes. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for contributions to Diabetes from the American College of Physicians.
Sanjiv Chopra, M.D.
Ex-Faculty Dean, Continuing Medical Education, Harvard Medical School.
Sanjiv Chopra, MD, is professor of medicine and faculty dean for Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. He leads the most robust academic Continuing Medical Education enterprise in the world, reaching out to 80,000 clinicians in 150 countries each year. Dr. Chopra is also editor-in-chief of the hepatology section of UpToDate, an online resource used by more than 600,000 physicians worldwide for clinical decision-making at point of care.
Dr. Chopra was designated a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2009, and has earned a number of awards, including the American Gastroenterological Association’s Distinguished Educator Award. In 2012, he was recently awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for “Exemplifying outstanding qualities in both one’s personal and professional lives while continuing to preserve the richness of one’s particular heritage.”
Deborah Nightingale Ph.D.
Professor, Engineering Systems, MIT
Professor Deborah Nightingale serves as the Director of the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC), MIT as well as the Co-Director of the Lean Advancement Initiative, a joint industry, government, and MIT consortium. Her research interests are centered on complex enterprise integration, enterprise architecting, and organizational transformation. Her current focus on health systems is exemplified by her role as P.I. on several research projects, including an enterprise systems analysis of the DoD system of care for Post-Traumatic Stress, several systems studies for the Veterans Administration, and multiple projects in the civilian sector. In addition, Prof. Nightingale has led several executive transformation engagements in both industry and government.
Professor Nightingale has a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Industrial and Systems Engineering. In addition, she holds MS and BS degrees in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University and University of Dayton, respectively. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Past-President and Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation. She is a co-author of the books Lean Enterprise Value: Insights from MIT’s Lean Aerospace Initiative and Beyond the Lean Revolution: Achieving Successful and Sustainable Enterprise Transformation. Prof. Nightingale serves on a number of boards and national committees, where she interacts extensively with industry, government and academic leaders.
Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, M.D. (Ayur)
Vedic Astrologer, Ayurvedic Physician, Master Educator
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a world-renowned Ayurvedic physician and medical astrologer from a family of traditional Vedic healers in India. He holds a B.A. in Ayurvedic medicine and completed a three-year residency as an M.D. (doctorate in Ayurvedic internal medicine) at the prestigious Pune University in India. He has received numerous international awards in the field of Jyotish and Ayurveda. In addition to serving as the director of the Ayurvedic Healing and Integrative Wellness Clinic, he is an advisory board leader for Chopra Center University and a frequent guest teacher at the Chopra Center’s signature mind-body wellness workshop, Journey into Healing, and other teacher training programs.
Dr. Kshirsagar has won many awards including: “Charaka Award”: Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching 2009, “Ayurveda Bhushan” 2010: European Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, “Jyotisha Brihaspati” 2010: International Council of Vedic Astrologers, “Ayurvedic Couple” 2010 Australia: Pioneering work in Ayurvedic field outside India, “Gold Medal” Outstanding Research Thesis, Pune University 1993.