New Senior Faculty and Program Leaders

Ron Samuels, MD
Associate Program Director, Boston Children's Hospital

Ronald SamuelsRonald Samuels is a general pediatrician, Associate Director of Children's Primary Care and an Associate Program Director in the Boston Combined Residency Program. Ron was born in Cooperstown, NY, and grew up outside of Utica in upstate NY. He has a BA in Biology from Harvard University, went to SUNY Upstate Medical School, and was a pediatric resident at Cornell Medical Center in New York City. He came to Boston Children's Hospital in 1992 for a general pediatrics and advocacy fellowship, while at the same time getting an MPH from Harvard in Community Health. Ron's primary interest in in providing care and access to underserved and complicated populations. He is also on the faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health where he teaches a course in Social Determinants of Child Health, and does work at the local, and state level on immunization delivery and access. Ron lives in Newton with his wife, Laurie Cohen, and whichever of his three teenage children are currently at home. He enjoys science fiction, playing tennis and skiing.  


Christine Cheston, MD
Associate Program Director, Boston Medical Center

Christine Cheston is a recently graduated Chief Resident of the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP). She is joining the BCRP leadership as an Associate Program Director and will become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center as a hospitalist and urgent care attending. Chris completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, and her medical training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency in the Urban Health and Advocacy Track of the BCRP. As a senior resident, she received a Harvard Medical Student Teaching Award. She has published important work on the emerging role of social media in medical education and in the BCRP has had early success as a QI leader, most notably with a medical interpreter project, which aims to consistently incorporate interpreters into family-centered rounds with non-English speaking families. She is passionate about formulating innovative educational strategies that teach residents how quality improvement solutions can address problems of health inequity to address social determinants of health. In her new role as Associate Program Director, Chris will continue to lead the Keystone Quarter, mentor residents in BMC-based QI initiatives, and establish resident wellness programs. In her spare time, she and her husband, Tim, love running the Harvard Stadium, exploring New England's most picturesque locales, sampling craft brews, and checking out each foodie find written up in Boston Magazine.


Scott Hadland, MD
Associate Program Director, Boston Medical Center

Harland, ScottScott Hadland is an adolescent medicine specialist at Boston Medical Center and an Associate Program Director for the Boston Combined Residency Program. He is also the Director of the Urban Health and Advocacy Track (UHAT). Scott completed pediatric training in the UHAT track from 2009-2012, and then served as a Chief Resident before completing Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital and the Harvard-Wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Scott received his MD from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. His clinical and research interests focus on youth substance use and he is currently concentrating his efforts on improving access to care for young people who use heroin and prescription opioids. Scott is also a member of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, an independent state agency aimed at promoting the health and well-being of LGBTQ adolescents and young adults in Massachusetts schools and communities. Scott lives in the South End with his husband.


Rebecca Gold 
Administrative Coordinator, Boston Children’s Hospital 

Gold, RebeccaRebecca Gold came to the Boston Combined Residency Program after working as Provider Services Coordinator at an integrative medicine practice in Dedham. She is originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, and attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, where she majored in English. During her junior year, she spent a semester abroad in London, interning at an independent film and television production company. A year after graduating, she moved to Boston and became involved in healthcare administration. Rebecca lives in Brookline, enjoys walking to work, and frequently visits the Coolidge Corner Theatre.