Gerald M. Doherty

Gerald M. Doherty Appointed Chair of the Department of Surgery

Gerard M. Doherty, MD, will join Brigham and Women’s Health Care as the chair of the Department of Surgery, effective Oct. 1, 2016. He succeeds Michael J. Zinner, MD, who announced his decision to step down as chair of the department in October 2015.

Doherty, an acclaimed endocrine surgeon, became the Utley professor and chair of Surgery at Boston University and surgeon-in-chief at Boston Medical Center in 2012. A graduate of Holy Cross and the Yale School of Medicine, Doherty completed residency training at University of California San Francisco and a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. He joined Washington University School of Medicine in 1993 and became professor of Surgery in 2001.

In 2002, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he focused mainly on surgical diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, endocrine pancreas and adrenal glands, as well as the surgical management of multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes.

Doherty has practiced the breadth of the specialty of Surgical Oncology, including as founder and co-director of the Breast Health Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. His clinical and administrative work was integral to the establishment of the renowned, multidisciplinary Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University.

His primary focus at Boston University and Boston Medical Center was on building an excellent Department of Surgery dedicated to meeting the needs of the Boston community and of the students and residents who come to Boston to train. His bibliography includes more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters, in addition to several edited books.

“We are delighted that Dr. Doherty will join BWHC to lead the Department of Surgery,” said BWHC President Betsy Nabel, MD. “A transformative and caring leader, he brings significant experience that will deepen and expand our superb surgical programs.”

Hugh Flanagan Appointed BWHC Executive Medical Director of Surgical and Procedural Services

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Hugh Flanagan

Hugh Flanagan, MD, has been appointed as the inaugural executive medical director of Surgical and Procedural Services for Brigham and Women’s Health Care. He will begin in this new role Aug. 1, 2016.

Flanagan will serve as the physician-administrator leader for surgical and procedural (“peri-procedural”) areas across the BWHC campus, including the main BWH campus, its ambulatory sites (Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Ambulatory Care Center in Foxborough and 850 Boylston Street Ambulatory Care Center) and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Flanagan will partner with the senior administrative and nursing leadership in perioperative services at BWH and BWFH to collectively take responsibility for their clinical, operational, administrative and financial success.

A skilled BWH anesthesiologist, Flanagan will continue to practice clinically for approximately 20 percent of his time.

Flanagan has a long history at BWH. He began his career at the hospital in 1980 as a staff anesthesiologist after completing residencies in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and anesthesiology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He has managed the operating rooms and PACU as medical director since the late 1990s. In addition, Flanagan has actively served on several key BWH committees focusing on risk management and quality assurance, ethics, patient care assessment, and OR and PACU expansion and capacity management, among many others. Flanagan is also a devoted educator who teaches post-anesthesia care, airway management and care of the trauma patient.


Barbara J. McNeil

Barbara J. McNeil Appointed Acting Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Barbara J. McNeil, MD, PhD, of the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at BWH and the Ridley Watts professor of Health Care Policy at HMS, was selected as the acting dean of Harvard Medical School, effective Aug. 1.

McNeil was also acting dean in the summer of 2007, before Dean Jeffrey S. Flier took office. He will step down on July 31.

McNeil has held various academic leadership roles throughout her tenure at HMS. She progressed through the ranks of professorship and reached full professor in 1983, with appointments in radiology and clinical epidemiology. She was also named a professor in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1987, founded the Department of Health Care Policy in 1988 based on her interest in quality assurance and patient care, and also founded the Radiology Diagnostic Imaging Group in 1989 in order to incorporate and apply techniques of decision and cost-effectiveness analyses to the study of new imaging technologies.

McNeil is a member of and serves on various advisory councils for a wide array of public and private biomedical organizations. She serves in key roles for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the Boston Foundation for Sight, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and the American College of Radiology.

She holds her bachelor’s from Emmanuel College, and received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her PhD in biological chemistry from Harvard University. She completed her internship in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and her residency in Radiology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. The search for a new dean in the Faculty of Medicine is progressing, according to Harvard University President Drew Faust and Provost Alan Garber.

Jim Andrews

Jim Andrews

Jim Andrews, Jenny Andrews Departing BWH
Jim Andrews, MHL, has been appointed as vice president of Cardiac Services at RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest integrated health care delivery system. Andrews will serve as the lead executive for the cardiovascular service line at the system level, providing overall direction and strategic, clinical, and operational leadership across the enterprise. Andrews last day at BWH as administrative director of the BWH Heart & Vascular Center and director of Strategic Planning and Analysis for Surgical, Procedural, and Imaging Services was July 15.

Andrews was with BWH for six and a half years, starting in 2010, when he joined the Department of Medicine as a senior project manager. In 2013, he shifted to hospital administration, where he provided strategic planning and analytical support for both Clinical Services and Surgical Services in addition to serving as the administrative director of the BWH Heart & Vascular Center (HVC). Andrews’s dedication to the HVC helped raise the profile of all cardiovascular-related services on the local and national level. Andrews furthered his focus on service line development while obtaining his master’s in healthcare leadership from Brown University and by helping to launch the BWH Lung Center. Andrews expects to use all of the knowledge gained from working with his elite BWH physician and administrative counterparts in his new role.

Andrews’s absence will be felt in many ways but none more so than the departure of another accomplished administrator, Jenny Andrews. Jenny Andrews, the operations director for the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been with BWH for 10 years, serving in roles across Oncology Services and Emergency Medicine. A true triad leader, Jenny Andrews and her physician and nursing counterparts successfully launched the inpatient observation unit, developed disaster planning protocols, oversaw emerging infectious disease preparations and implemented several key departmental and institutional initiatives.