Course Director Bios

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David J. Kanarek, MD

Dr. Kanarek is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He began his career at MGH, following a fellowship, in the role of Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory. He established a fully computerized pulmonary function laboratory, sleep laboratory, and the combined cardiopulmonary exercise laboratory. His current clinical and research interests are the interface and interaction between cardiac and pulmonary disease and the management of interstitial disease. He also practices general pulmonary medicine. He has been involved in the direction of the postgraduate course since its inception.

 

B. Taylor Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Medical Director of the Clinical Coordinating Center for the NHLBI’s Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL) Clinical Trials Network. An expert in the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials for the critically ill, he served as the Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Medical Intensive Care Unit for over 20 years. He also serves as an Associate Editor for Critical Care for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

 

Kathryn A. Hibbert, MD

Kathryn A. Hibbert, MD is Director of the Medical ICU and Vice Chief for Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her MD degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then completed residency and chief residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and fellowship in the Harvard Pulmonary and Critical Care program. She is the Site Director for the Harvard Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship as well as the MGH site PI for the NHLBI Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL) Clinical Trials Network. She has completed the Harvard Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education and serves as a course director for the HMS-MIT joint medical school curriculum.

 

Alyssa Sclafani, MD

Alyssa Sclafani, MD is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She received her MD degree from Harvard Medical School and completed internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and pulmonary/critical care fellowship in the MGH-BIDMC Harvard combined program. She serves as Subspecialty Core Educator in Pulmonology for the MGH Internal Medicine residency and organizes educational conferences for the MGH division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Her clinical practice and research interests include the care of patients with interstitial lung disease.