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This year's Nominating Committee has assembled an outstanding slate of candidates for the 2021 Alumni Council election:

Councilor: Second Pentad
Classes of 2011–2015
Jessica Ann Hohman, MD ’13 (Class of 2012), Cleveland, Ohio
Shira Sivan Simon, MD ’12 (Class of 2011), Chicago, Illinois
Councilor: Fifth Pentad
Classes of 1996–2000
Sitaram (Ram) M. Emani, MD ’97, Newton, Massachusetts
Julie C. Servoss, MD ’99, Boca Raton, Florida
Councilor: Ninth Pentad
Classes of 1976–1980
Nancy Q. Petersmeyer, MD ’80, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bartholomew J. Tortella, MD ’80 (Class of 1979), Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Councilor-at-Large
John F. Cramer III, MD ’74, Edmonds, Washington
Eugene C. Lozner, MD ’70, Manlius, New York
  • Personal Statement

    My now husband still likes to joke that when we were first-year students at HMS, and he asked me what I was interested in career-wise, I delivered a reply straight out of a medical school essay: “I want to be a primary doctor while also working to advance the field at the intersection of population health, innovation, and policy.” Years later, that vision remains core to what I do every day as a practicing internist, medical director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO), and a physician investigator in our Center for Value-Based Care Research. When I think back to my time at HMS, I am so grateful for how my experience prepared me for traditional academic medicine while also nurturing and encouraging the embrace of unexpected detours that have come along the way for me and so many of my classmates. As I move further away from that time, I have come to realize just how unique that particular aspect of HMS’s culture is. I—like so many of my peers—always felt encouraged to seize unexpected opportunities, which have left me with so many unique experiences and enriched my own perspective.

    HMS laid an important foundation of mentors and friends, and the exposure I gained there to thought leaders has left a lasting imprint on my work and life. As our first-year Social Medicine course rightly pointed out, physician leaders should be able to move nimbly between clinical, policy, academic, and business arenas. I often find myself wondering how former mentors might frame a problem I have been asked to address. Having worked in health technology, academic general medicine, and population health, I am grateful to the people and institutions that have given me the opportunity to move between different industries, hospital systems, and cities. My hope is that the Alumni Council can build on two threads that have been so important in my own life: 1) the training of physician leaders with diverse backgrounds and non-traditional experiences, and 2) mentoring physician leaders with a particular emphasis on how to best support junior women in achieving personal and professional growth during the life-stage where they are simultaneously building their professional and family lives.

  • Biography

    Jessica Ann Hohman, MD ’13 (Class of 2012), is a primary care physician in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Internal Medicine. She also serves as medical director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO). In this capacity, Hohman oversees more than 90,000 beneficiaries, focusing on designing interventions to improve health care quality and value. She has worked to decrease low-value care provision and improve the delivery of post-acute and end-of-life care for patients as part of Value-Based Operations. Hohman is also an investigator in the Center for Value-Based Care Research at Cleveland Clinic. Her research interests include health IT, health care financing, innovative care delivery models, and post-acute care. She maintains an active clinical practice, seeing both outpatients and inpatients, and is involved with the teaching and mentoring of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine students and residents.

    Previously, Hohman co-founded and was chief medical officer of CarePort Health, an end-to-end platform managing patient transitions across the care continuum and early pioneer in post-acute outcomes management. Her prior work experience spans health technology, academic, and governmental sectors, including positions at LSE Health, the Massachusetts Health Connector, and as a research fellow with Professor Michael Porter MBA ’71, PhD ’73, at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness based at Harvard Business School.

    Hohman graduated from HMS and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by the HMS General Internal Medicine Fellowship. She also earned two master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science, one in health policy, planning, and financing and the other in social research methods as a Marshall Scholar.

    Hohman is married to classmate Trejeeve Martyn, MD ’13 (Class of 2012), a cardiology fellow at Cleveland Clinic. They have two children, Arya (3.5 years old) and Adrian (1 month old).   

  • Personal Statement

    This is an extraordinary and extraordinarily challenging time to be a physician; we accepted exceptional risks to provide care for our patients amidst a global pandemic while facing unparalleled changes in care delivery. Many of us are experiencing new levels of burnout and insecurity. And yet, I have never been more proud to be a physician and an HMS graduate. As I reflect on where we are today, I am convinced that our connection to HMS, and to each other, can meaningfully help confront these challenges.

    Alumni associations play an integral role in maintaining the relationship between graduates and their alma maters. I have seen the HMS Alumni Council do this and more. The Council is critical in strengthening our alumni community: reducing our sense of separation, stress, and burnout; serving as a source of connection in the lives of alumni and their families; providing thoughtful leadership on the remarkable challenges of this moment; and catalyzing engagement in the cities in which we live and work.

    I believe that focusing on a few actions can help further advance the Council’s mission and effectiveness, particularly as we grapple with the longer-term implications of the pandemic. These include: building out more local branches of HMS (the Harvard Medical Society of Chicago was founded by the pioneering Morris Fisher, MD ’65, and has been invaluable to my early career as a physician); capitalizing on remote learning to share research and insights from HMS faculty and alumni; and dedicating more resources to deepening intergenerational networks among HMS alumni, strengthening our community as we begin to emerge from a time of profound isolation. I would be excited to be part of these and other efforts.

    Our medical education and alumni community have never been more vital. It would be an honor to join the Council during this extraordinary time.

  • Biography

    Shira Simon, AB ’04, MD ’12 (Class of 2011), MBA ’12, graduated cum laude from Harvard College. She then spent three years at McKinsey & Company, focusing on global health and addressing systemic public health challenges. She earned her MD from HMS (where she was elected vice president of her class) as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School. She completed her internship at HMS-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance, residency in ophthalmology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Iowa (during which time she was the sole recipient of the “Best Abstract by a Fellow” award at the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society annual meeting).

    Simon is an assistant professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology at Northwestern, where she is also the director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service and the clerkship director of Ophthalmology. In addition, she serves as the site director for Ophthalmology at the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Simon works collaboratively with neurosurgery, neurology, and rheumatology to diagnose and treat a range of conditions, including double vision, abnormal eye movements, optic nerve disorders including giant cell arteritis, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, stroke affecting vision, thyroid eye disease, and otherwise unexplained vision loss. Simon is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. Simon’s research has been published in Ophthalmology, the Journal of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), and Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. She has contributed to book chapters in neurology and has been an invited lecturer to the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and other conferences throughout the Midwest.

    Outside clinical and teaching responsibilities, Simon is an elected committee member to the Feinberg LCME Quality Improvement Committee as well as to the Neurology Quality Committee. She is the associate clerkship director in ophthalmology and the professionalism mentor for the department. She is passionate about mentoring residents and medical students and ensuring they have a welcoming and nurturing environment in which to learn and develop.

    Simon has continued to work with the broader Harvard community. She is the current president of the Harvard Medical Society of Chicago and was previously a co-chair of the HMS Recent Grad Committee. She is a member of the Harvard Club of Chicago and a former Board member of the HBS Alumni Club of Chicago. Simon is married to Oliver Bevan, AM ’13, PhD ’13, a partner in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office. They have two children, Elias (3 years old) and Orli (1 year old).

  • Personal Statement

    Every spring, I spend one day at the HMS Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC). I never miss the opportunity to teach first-year HMS students about congenital heart disease, admittedly trying to convince a few to join the ranks of pediatric cardiac specialists. It’s invigorating to see a fresh set of minds construct and work through nuances of reconstructing the malformations. Teaching Homeostasis 1 carries special significance to me since this was the very course, many years ago, that sparked my epiphany to become a congenital heart surgeon. Students at HMS are bright, motivated, and undoubtedly poised to be future leaders. But they could benefit from our help to unlock their full potential. I would like to explore ways to connect HMS students with alumni across the globe. We have all experienced the value of strong professional networks, and it makes sense for the Alumni Council to enhance opportunities for crosstalk amongst our community. HMS students come from increasingly diverse backgrounds and look toward non-traditional career pathways. I could envision relatively simple ways in which we could create connections between students and gracious alumni with similar interests. In this ever-changing societal and health care environment, alumni provide valuable input into the priorities of the Medical School. I have been impressed with the alacrity with which HMS embraces positive change, and our alumni are a great resource. It would be a great privilege to serve as the liaison between alumni and HMS leadership.

  • Biography

    Sitaram (Ram) M. Emani, MD ’97, is an associate professor of surgery at HMS and a senior associate in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). After graduating from HMS in 1997, he spent a decade of residency (general and cardiothoracic surgery) at Duke University Medical Center before returning to Boston for a fellowship and faculty position. He is also the director of the Complex Biventricular Repair Program and surgical director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program at BCH. His clinical interests include complex cardiac reconstructive surgery for children and adults with congenital heart disease. He is actively engaged with the teaching of residents, fellows, and medical students. His research interests include developing novel devices for pediatric cardiac application, including an expandable heart valve, and microfluidics for coagulation diagnostic testing. His laboratory effort is supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and philanthropy.

    Emani has been engaged with several clinical trials investigating applications of novel biological therapeutic agents for pediatric heart disease. Recently he conducted a first-in-human pilot clinical trial of autologous mitochondrial transplantation to treat cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury in pediatric patients. This work has led to several patents and the subsequent founding of Cellvie, where Emani serves as an executive board member and CMO. He hopes to bring this novel therapy to wider populations of adult and pediatric patients.

    At HMS, Emani is actively engaged with the teaching of medical students. His favorite course is Homeostasis 1, in which he instructs students during the cardiovascular block. He is also a course instructor for a new surgical anatomy course designed for third- and fourth-year medical students, providing hands-on cardiac surgery experience in a simulated laboratory environment. His passion for teaching students extends to mentorship, and he has mentored more than 20 HMS students over the past 10 years. He is the faculty adviser for the Harvard Heart Society, a medical student-run organization at HMS.

    Outside of the hospital, Emani is engaged in advocacy for awareness of congenital heart disease. He is on the board of trustees for the Ethan M. Lindberg Foundation, a nonprofit organization that spreads awareness of congenital heart disease and connects families and physicians within the congenital heart community. Within the academic community, Emani engages with the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS). He serves as a council member for the AATS Foundation and the Abstract Committee chairperson for the national annual conference. Emani enjoys music, tennis, and hiking with his family. An engineer by background, Emani enjoys tinkering with cars and motorcycles when he has spare time.

  • Personal Statement

    I am thrilled to be nominated for the Alumni Council. Despite completing my residency and fellowship at MGH, the first HMS Reunion I attended was my 20th in 2019. My Reunion was a beautiful opportunity to reconnect with many of my classmates, and it reignited in me a desire to deepen my connection to other alumni and our alma mater. During my Reunion, my classmates and I dove into a deep conversation on topics where I believe the Alumni Council can really have an impact on our students. The first topic was women in academia. While not a new topic, I was struck by all of the unique strategies that each of us has employed in academia and other fields such as consulting, software design, and business. The second topic discussed was institutional racism in the context of individual success, as physicians and scientists, and how racism affects community health. Given my diversity work in academic medicine over the last decade, I believe I have a unique perspective to offer. And I believe there are many other alumni with a depth of experience, knowledge, and expertise we can use to support the dean, faculty, staff, and students on the critical issue of racism in medicine and our communities. Finally, while COVID-19 has redefined normalcy for many of us in work and in life, I also believe there are tremendous areas of opportunity that can benefit HMS students and alumni. For example, I would be very interested in exploring opportunities for alumni engagement beyond the “brick and mortar” class Reunions, CME, and other on-site events. Virtual meetings and networks would lower the threshold for alumni participation and could be another method used to support our students while at HMS and beyond and to increase an overall sense of connectedness and community.

  • Biography

    Julie C. Servoss, MD ’99, MPH ’05, is a board-certified gastroenterologist and internist. She received her BA with honors from Stanford University, graduated from HMS, and completed her internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She also received her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has worked in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic medicine for the past 10 years.

    Servoss served for ten years as associate dean for diversity and inclusion and associate professor of integrated medical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), where she was responsible for the design, development, implementation, and management of a comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion program for this new medical school. Under her leadership, the college developed two flagship pipeline programs to increase the diversity of medical students. First, the Healthcare Careers Outreach Program, which engages over 1,500 middle and high school students in Palm Beach County schools and provides mentorship to increase these students’ interest in STEM careers, particularly medicine. Second, the Florida A&M University-FAU Medical Scholars Program. This is an innovative, eight-year Bachelor of Science MD program whereby highly successful, underrepresented minority high school seniors are provided a conditional admission to the college, pending successful completion of coursework designed to develop physicians committed to patient-centered care and servant-leadership. Servoss also developed an innovative undergraduate medical education program focused on diversity, equity, and social justice with medical students learning topics ranging from unconscious bias, cultural and structural competency, social determinants of health, health care inequities, LGBTQ health, and community-based participatory research.

    Servoss serves as a consultant for hfp Consulting, which provides professional development workshops worldwide for scientists focusing on leadership, communication, and management skills. These workshops have been held at HMS, and Servoss is developing diversity modules focused on institutional change and leadership development for minority scientists. Finally, Servoss serves as the senior medical director of gastroenterology for Modernizing Medicine, a health care information technology company that provides a comprehensive suite of products for physician practices across multiple medical specialties, including gastroenterology.

    She is a member of the Association of Women in Science, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the American Gastroenterological Association. Servoss is licensed to practice medicine in Florida and volunteers her gastroenterological services at the Caridad Center in Boynton Beach. She is married to Stephen J. Servoss, MD ’98 (Class of 1997), SM ’04, and they have two teenage children, Colin and Kyra.

  • Personal Statement

    Two things became apparent to me in connection with my 40th Reunion last year, especially while serving on the Reunion Committee. One was the pleasure of reconnecting with classmates, and the other was how hard the staff members on the Alumni Engagement team work to make Reunions successful. While the money raised was an important metric, it was clear we all cared deeply about creating meaningful connections. As part of our virtual Reunion, a classmate sent out a link to a video of our second- and fourth-year shows. Fun to see, but I was struck by the grainy images of classmates singing and dancing together who have never come back to a Reunion and whose Reunion Report pages are blank. What has happened to them? Why the disconnect? Is there a way to reengage them? While there are many reasons alumni disengage, how we think we compare to others is among them. It comes up in many guises and, while mostly self-imposed and universal, Harvard as Harvard accentuates the problem. It’s easy to assume the shape of a post-Harvard trajectory and definition of success, even if you know better intellectually. I know that for myself, trying to figure out whether or how to reboot a career after taking time off for family was an arduous and mostly private affair. It didn’t occur to me to look to Harvard for assistance; I would have been too embarrassed. I ended up joining the Army at age 56. It was something of a shot in the dark that ended up working out well for me. The experience changed my life and provided just the sense of service, meaning, and adventure I sought. It reminded me, surprisingly, of aspects of medical school and residency. The military’s focus on connection, community, and mutual responsibility made a deep impression on me, and I think it contributes to my wanting to run for this office. If fortunate enough to be elected, I’d like to focus my efforts on those alumni at the periphery and see what more Harvard can do to understand and address their interests and needs. Thank you for your consideration.

  • Biography

    Nancy Q. Petersmeyer, MD ’80, received a BA from Yale College summa cum laude with honors in history and her MD from HMS. She did two years of pediatric residency at Columbia-Presbyterian before completing psychiatric training there, during which she was chief resident. She also completed psychoanalytic training at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

    She was an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia, worked in inpatient care, taught psychotherapy, and was a collaborating analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center.

    In 1990, she moved with her family to Philadelphia. There, she had a private practice, worked in inpatient and community-based psychiatry, and taught at both the University of Pennsylvania and the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. She also became involved in numerous not-for-profit organizations, serving on the boards of several, including the Free Library of Philadelphia, Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia (chair), the Russell Byers Charter School, and the Miquon School (chair).

    In 2010, Petersmeyer joined the Army. She did so knowing little about the military but understood that she had expertise in an area of acute need within the military as a psychiatrist. She also felt a personal obligation to help care for the young men and women—many the same age as her own children—whom our nation was sending to war.

    She was commissioned a lieutenant colonel, completed the Medical Corps’ basic officer training at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, and moved to Germany to serve over the next four years at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. There, she rotated between running inpatient and outpatient units and screened and treated hundreds of soldiers evacuated from combat zones or stationed abroad. She was promoted to deputy chief of the Division of Behavioral Health, chaired the hospital’s ethics committee, and served on the garrison’s suicide response team.

    In 2011, she deployed to Iraq as the officer-in-charge of a combat stress control detachment. In 2014, she deployed to Afghanistan as the behavioral health consultant to U.S. forces. She left active duty in 2015 and returned to Philadelphia. Between 2015 and 2018, she was a member of the Army Reserve, where she attained the rank of colonel.

    She is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. Her primary focus has been on revising and teaching behavioral health modules used in Operation Bushmaster, the medical school’s annual, multi-day, simulated deployment exercise. Petersmeyer is also researching and writing about lessons learned crossing the civilian-military divide. She is especially interested in how stock narratives take hold and shape and distort our understanding of military service, post 9/11 war, and military-related mental illness.

    Petersmeyer has served on her class’s Reunion Committees over several cycles. Through the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, she was recently introduced to the HMS Civilian-Military Collaborative, a group she looks forward to learning more about and supporting. She has two children: Peter, a filmmaker, and Katherine, a writer.

  • Personal Statement

    The Alumni Association is the enduring link all of us share with HMS through the years. Members of the Council share a special interest in nurturing that bond and bringing concerns of alumni/ae members to the HMS table, as well as funneling information about HMS out to alumni/ae themselves. It is imperative that Dean Daley continues to have actionable insights from the Alumni Association as HMS is guided through the turbulent times ahead. Mindful that the Council’s current focus is pursuing a debt-free MD for students with financial need, my previous service as the successful finance chair for the last three Class of 1979 Reunions (funds raised enabled dedication of the “Class of 1979 Memorial Examination Room”) has provided the skills and perspectives needed to ensure success for students in need. As a member of the Council, I will also strive to use e-media to its fullest advantage to strengthen medical alumni/ae bonds through communication and education. This can take several forms such as brief podcasts and short videos (e-Bytes) providing succinct, timely updates to alumni on important aspects of HMS (e.g., new initiatives in which alumni can participate or learn), as well as topics of current interest (e.g., SARS-Cov-2) using the full ensemble of expertise within HMS and its alumni. All of us in the Alumni Association share the common goal of keeping HMS the preeminent medical school in the world, and I will work tirelessly to bring the alumni’s considerable expertise to bear to support medical education and students and to provide societal service!

  • Biography

    Bartholomew J. Tortella, MTS ’79, MD ’80 (Class of 1979), graduated summa cum laude from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, a Jesuit institution. He received his MD from HMS and a Master of Theological Studies, with a focus on ethics, from the Harvard Divinity School in 1979. He received his MBA from the Columbia University School of Business. He has been an active member of the HMS Alumni Association as a regular member and finance chair of his class’s Reunion Committee, which recently raised sufficient funds to designate a “Class of 1979 Memorial Examination Room” in the Tosteson Medical Educational Center.

    Tortella was a general surgery resident at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital and an instructor in surgery at HMS. He completed a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a trauma and critical care fellowship at the New Jersey Trauma Center, Newark. He is board-certified in surgery and surgical critical care and a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He served as medical director of EMS and NorthSTAR Medical Helicopter and director of the Hahnemann Trauma Center at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he led trauma and the surgical ICU. He first joined the industry in 2003 at Merck, and in 2005, he moved to Novo Nordisk as the global project director for trauma (phase 3 study) and cardiac surgery (phase 2 study), and global clinician in diabetes and obesity (phase 1 / 2 trials). He then joined Pfizer in 2010 and led U.S. Medical Affairs for hemophilia, then served as hemophilia global development leader, and finally, global medical affairs lead for the Hematology and Transplantation, Endocrinology and Inborn Errors of Metabolism franchises at Pfizer Rare Disease.

    Tortella is currently at Spark Therapeutics as a vice president and head of medical affairs. He has served on two FDA advisory committees and as a grant reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington, D.C.

    He is a church organist and resides in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, with his spouse. Judge Maureen F. Fitzpatrick (retired), and their son Lucas, a chemistry/physics undergraduate student at Saint Joseph’s University.

  • Personal Statement

    Improving quality is and should always be a primary objective of the medical establishment. However, the other piece of the value equation is cost reduction. I am concerned about the cost of health care in this country. It is shameful that we spend nearly twice as much as other advanced nations, yet have only mediocre outcomes to show for it. For the last several years, I have been teaching medical students about a variety of health economics topics, such as how medical insurance works, how doctors get paid, how hospitals get paid, and the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act. I have been surprised by how little students know about these subjects. I believe we all are stewards of a finite resource, as the percent of GDP that goes to health care cannot continue to rise. Medical students should be educated in some of these basics because physicians tend to make prudent decisions when presented with cost data. Movements such as Choosing Wisely are a good start, but we need to do more. The tragic murder of George Floyd might be a tipping point in the struggle against racism in this country. At the medical school level, a robust response is required if we are to maintain momentum against this evil, deeply ingrained system. We should work to eliminate microaggressions from everyday speech and continue to increase faculty diversity, but also figure out a way to deal with overtly racist comments and actions. This is an extraordinary opportunity for major progress, and it should not be wasted.

  • Biography

    John F. Cramer III, AB ’70, MD ’74, graduated from Harvard College and then earned his medical degree from HMS. He subsequently completed an internal medicine residency, followed by a chief medical year, at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver. After training, he practiced critical care medicine in Everett, Washington, for 18 years. He then obtained an MBA from the University of Washington and took a job as network medical director for Aetna U.S. Health Care in Seattle, where he learned much about the medical insurance industry.

    After several years, he returned to patient care by founding and managing a large inpatient hospital team in Everett. He currently teaches University of Washington medical students and has also recently joined the clinical faculty of the new Washington State University medical school, which has a clinical training site in Everett. He serves on the board of a biotech startup, Prevencio, a cardiac biomarker company that uses artificial intelligence to develop innovative diagnostic blood tests for cardiovascular disease.

    Cramer has been active with the Harvard alumni community. He was on the 45th Reunion Committee for the class of 1974, serving as leadership gifts chair. With his wife, Suzanne Poppema, MD ’74, he endowed an HMS REACH scholarship, a program that makes it more possible for exceptionally talented students from economically underprivileged backgrounds to come to HMS.

    He is a staunch supporter of women’s rights, particularly in the reproductive medicine area. In 2018, he worked for the successful political campaign of Kim Schrier, MD, who is now the only woman physician in congress. Cramer and his wife have traveled extensively in the developing world and have had medical experiences in numerous countries, including Thailand, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia.

    He volunteers for the Northwest Refugee Project by doing medical evaluations of asylum seekers, and, if indicated (evidence of torture), writing a supportive affidavit to the asylum judge. Outside of medicine, he is a dedicated road cyclist and is passionate about classical music. He has been very involved with the Seattle Chamber Music Society for many years and enjoys playing his restored 1886 Steinway grand piano.

  • Personal Statement

    For the past year, I served on the planning committee for the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1970. Our in-person events were canceled because of COVID-19, but we enjoyed a well “attended” Zoom event, which led to reawakened online discussions on many topics. Our class has not found itself so connected in decades. We pressed the Alumni Office to consider an “off-year” event in 2021, something not done in the past, and they have agreed. Attending HMS from 1966 to 1970 was far removed from today in many ways. Medicare had barely begun, and hospital pavilions were segregated by racial and economic factors. Roe v. Wade would not happen for another three years. The Vietnam War was at its peak, and nearly every male in my class served in the military or Public Health Service. Despite these differences, the intense bonding our class experienced during the turbulent ’60s was no different from what occurs at HMS today. Medical school remains a time replete with a gamut of emotions ranging from intense joy to agonizing self-doubt and culminating with the joy of graduation and, literally, an entire world of career opportunities. I believe I can add a particular perspective to the Alumni Council by bringing my experience of 50 years as a clinician. While I spent two years in bench research and nine years as an academic cardiologist, my primary focus throughout my career has been the delivery of quality care to a diverse population of patients. HMS graduates are a powerful group serving in clinical, academic, and public health roles in the U.S. and globally. The Alumni Council allows our voices to be heard and helps shape how HMS responds to the complexities of health care delivery. It is an honor to be considered for a seat on the Council.

  • Biography

    Eugene C. Lozner, MD ’70, arrived at HMS in 1966 from Amherst College with no predefined career plans. Following a summer of bench immunology research, he applied for and received a position in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Immunology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. This two-year commission eventually would fulfill his military obligation and, in theory, begin a research career.

    Lozner matched in medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham (now Brigham and Women’s) Hospital and was quickly immersed in the rapidly-growing cardiology section. On an almost daily basis, he was exposed to the clinical wisdom of Richard Gorlin, MD ’48, Lewis Dexter, AB ’32, MD ’36, and Bernard Lown, MD. Each had a unique style, but they shared a common expertise in the arts of history-taking and physical examination. Standing alongside them at the bedside taught Lozner lifelong lessons about doctor/patient relationships and convinced him to switch from immunology to pursue a career in cardiology. It was a heady time as cardiac catheterization, coronary angiography, pacemakers, and arrhythmia management were all in their infancy.

    Lozner completed his obligation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with several immunology publications while also attending as many lectures and rounds at the National Heart Institute as possible. He was then fortunate to work with Aubrey Leatham, MD, in London in 1975 and with Joseph Perloff, MD, during his cardiology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania from 1975 to 1977. Both were renowned experts at auscultation and bedside examination. At Penn, Lozner focused on invasive cardiology. Interventional cardiology would not begin in the U.S. until 1978.

    Since then, Lozner’s career has centered on teaching and clinical patient care. He spent nine years in academic medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. While there, Lozner performed the first coronary angioplasty in New Hampshire and served two years as Governor of the New Hampshire chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

    In 1986, Lozner accepted a position in private practice in Syracuse, New York, with a clinical faculty appointment at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. He continued in interventional cardiology until age 65 while also developing an office practice, which now often affords him the pleasure of seeing someone who has been a patient for over 30 years.

    Lozner has also served as president of the Crouse Hospital medical staff and president of his 12-doctor cardiology group. As the latter, he was responsible for negotiating the acquisition of his group by St. Joseph’s Hospital/Trinity Health in 2018.

    Cardiology has changed dramatically since the era of his training, but the experience of meeting a new patient, bonding, taking a careful history, and performing a meticulous physical examination remains exciting and unchanged 50 years later. Lozner’s bedside teaching continues, and identifying a particular heart murmur and observing the expression on a young trainee’s face when he/she hears the defining sound remain joys for him. Like his mentors, he intends to continue his practice as long as his clinical acumen remains intact and his health and that of his wife of 51 years remain good.