Meet the Team | Overview
S. Jean Emans, M.D., Director of the Office of Faculty Development, is the Mary Ellen Avery Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Chief Emeritus, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, and PI of one of the seven Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB/HRSA) Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Training Programs in the U.S. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and as President of the North American Society for Pediatrics and Adolescent Gynecology. She is the author of several textbooks, including Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (7th edition, 2020); and more than 200 articles that have focused on medical education, reproductive endocrinology, gynecology, and faculty development. She has co-directed Harvard and Children’s CME courses including Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, and the Leadership Development Course for physicians and scientists. She has lectured extensively on pediatric and adolescent gynecology and adolescent medicine nationally and internationally, including keynote addresses in Melbourne, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires; she has also consulted to university and hospital programs on faculty development initiatives.
Dr. Emans has been named one of the Best Doctors in America and honored with the 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Adele Dellenbaugh Hofmann Adolescent Health Award, the 2009 HMS William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award, the 2011 Children’s Hospital Boston Medical Staff Service Award, the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine Award from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), the highest honor in adolescent medicine, the 2017 Boston Children's Hospital Medical Staff Organization (MSO) Recognition Award, and the 2020 HMS Diversity Lifetime Achievement Award.
Carla Kim, Ph.D., Interim Director of Basic Science Career Development, is Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH).
She is an internationally renowned leader in the field of lung stem cell biology. Dr. Kim’s current research builds on her early discoveries to lead the field toward a better understanding of stem cell biology in the lung, development of innovative approaches for examining the cellular and molecular basis of lung disease and cancer, and identification of new therapeutic avenues for pulmonary diseases and lung cancer.
Dr. Kim chairs the BCH Research Engagement Committee and is a member of the BCH Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Steering Committee; the HMS Female Leaders in Science; as well as the BCH Basic/Translational Research Executive Committee (BTREC). Through her multiple roles at BCH, as well as through her role at HMS, she spearheaded the BCH HMS Diversity Cluster Hire Search in 2021.
Maxine Milstein, M.B.A., Administrative Director of the Office of Faculty Development, has an extensive background in higher education, healthcare and teaching. Maxine previously worked at Boston University as the Director of the Educational Resource Center, an academic support center serving more than 3000 undergraduate and graduate students.
Prior to this position, she was the Associate Director of Graduate Programs at Boston University's School of Management where she oversaw the doctoral program. Maxine has also worked at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and at the Royal Victoria and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals in Montreal, Quebec.
She brings broad expertise in strategic goal setting, operational planning, project management, and cultural competency awareness and training. Maxine earned her MBA, with High Honors, from Boston University where she was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.
Jill Dobriner, Ph.D., is the Program Manager for the Office of Faculty Development, assisting in communications, event planning, and program development. Prior to coming to Boston Children's, she earned a Ph.D in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, taught 19th-century American Literature and Women's Studies in Oklahoma, and worked for other non-profits in the Boston-area.
Valerie Ward, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Boston Children's Hospital; Director, Sandra L. Fenwick Institute for Pediatric Health Equity and Inclusion, and Director, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, Boston Children’s Hospital; and an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Ward received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Harvard University and her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her diagnostic radiology residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and then began her pediatric radiology fellowship at Boston Children’s. She also completed the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program.
In 2000, Dr. Ward joined the faculty of the Department of Radiology at Boston Children’s and has provided exceptional clinical care as a pediatric radiologist at our hospital. A prior leadership role in the Department of Radiology included her being the Physician Director for Quality Improvement from 2012-17. In 2012, she was awarded Harvard Medical School's prestigious Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award for her collaborative research in improving the inpatient hospital experience for diverse patients and their families.
In 2017, Dr. Ward was appointed as the founding Medical Director of the Boston Children's Office of Health Equity and Inclusion. In 2020, Dr. Ward was appointed as the Boston Children’s first Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer and subsequently promoted to a Senior Vice President. In this capacity, Dr. Ward leads the essential work to make Boston Children’s a leader in health equity and inclusivity for all across the entire enterprise. She continues to lead our Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and co-chair the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council, on which she has served as Faculty Director since it was established under its former name as the Diversity and Cultural Competency Council in 2006. Also, Dr. Ward leads a new major initiative at Boston Children’s, that is the creation of the Sandra L. Fenwick Institute for Pediatric Health Equity and Inclusion in 2021. Dr. Ward collaborates closely with the Boston Children's Office of Faculty Development on multiple initiatives. Dr. Ward also represents Boston Children’s Hospital at national organizations, including the Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) Health Equity Leadership Workgroup, the newly created SPS Ambulatory Foundations Workgroup, and the Pediatric Health Equity Collaborative.
Alan Leichtner, M.D., M.S.H.P.Ed, Chief Education Officer and Director of the Department of Education at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education at Boston Children's and Harvard Medical School (HMS), is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He also serves at the Clinical Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Children's.
Dr. Leichtner is a pediatric gastroenterologist with a long-standing clinical and research interest in childhood inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease, and is currently the Director of the Center for Celiac Disease at Boston Children's. He has authored more than 100 original publications and chapters on various topics in pediatric gastroenterology.
In his tenure at Boston Children's, Dr. Leichtner has been a highly regarded teacher and advisor of the pediatric residents. In addition, he has mentored more than 120 fellows in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition and is the former Chairman of the Training Committee and current Chairman of the Education Special Interest Group of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN). Dr. Leichtner is an active member of the Academy at HMS.
As Chief Education Officer and Director of the Department of Education, he spearheaded the launching of the hospital-based Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation and Scholarship. The Academy at Boston Children's is designed to foster innovative teaching, educational research, and recognition of excellent teachers. Dr. Leichtner's own educational projects have been directed a broad range of learners, from patients and families, to health professions students and trainees, to inter-professional colleagues.
He is the recipient of the 2010 Murray Davidson Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This annual award recognizes an outstanding clinician, educator, or scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. Dr. Leichtner is also the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from NASPGHAN, the 2014 HMS Charles J. Hatem Award for Faculty Development in Medical Education, the 2017 Boston Children's Medical Staff Organization (MSO) Recognition Award, and the 2020 HMS William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award.