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Faculty Affiliate

Brendan Abel, JD is Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Counsel at the Massachusetts Medical Society, where he directs the state legislative affairs for the organization representing over 25,000 physicians in the Commonwealth. In spring 2018, Brendan will teach “Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics” in the HMS Master of Bioethics program. Prior to the Medical Society, he worked at Partners Healthcare, where he focused on legal and ethical issues in biomedical research, and was the health policy researcher at the New England Journal of Medicine.

Melissa Abraham
Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry

Melissa Abraham received a PhD in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her internship and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and further studied medical ethics and public health at Harvard. She is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and an associate psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Joshua Abrams, JD
Office of General Counsel, Partners HealthCare System

Joshua L. Abrams is a patient care, labor, employment, and litigation attorney in the Office of General Counsel at Partners HealthCare System, Inc. In this position, Mr. Abrams represents Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Newton Wellesley Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, and all other Partners health-care entities in proceedings before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Federal District Court, and all Massachusetts courts, as well as in arbitrations.

Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)

Ghiath Alahmad, M.D., Ph.D. is a lecturer of bioethics at King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). He received his MD from Damascus University (Syria), and graduated with an advance Master of Bioethics (Erasmus Mundus: KU Leuven, RU Nijmegen, Università degli Studi di Padova). He earned his PhD from KU Leuven (Belgium). His doctoral research project was “Ethics of research biobanks: Islamic perspectives. Ghiath is interested in research ethics and in bioethics in the Middle East context.

Fellowship year: 2015-2016

Angela Alberti
Communications Coordinator

Angela joined Harvard University in 2001 and Harvard Medical School in 2011. She manages all communications for the HMS Center for Bioethics, overseeing event marketing, print and digital communications, including web, social media, email, video, and the production of the Harvard Medical School Bioethics Journal.

Fellow in Bioethics

Abdullah Alhadhira, MD, is fellow in disaster medicine and disaster medicine and emergency management at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center IDMC and research fellow in disaster medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a former acting chief and head physician of Saudi ARAMCO Emergency Departments and remote area clinics. Abdullah is secretary-general of Saudi Society of Emergency Medicine (SASEM) and board member of the Saudi Arabia Emergency Medicine National Support Program. He is an emergency medicine board certified graduate of the University of Western Ontario.

Fellow in Bioethics

Natasha Aljalian, MBE, JD, LLM, is a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Family Advisory Council and will begin serving on the BCH Ethics Advisory Committee in the fall. She received her BA from Hofstra University in psychology, a JD from St. John's University School of Law where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review, an LLM from Boston University School of Law with a concentration in intellectual property law, and most recently a master of bioethics from Harvard Medical School.

Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)

Abdullah Aljoudi, MBBS is a Consultant in Family and Community Medicine, the Chair of the Ethics Committee, Head of the Research Unit, and Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at King Fahad Hospital of the University of the academic medical center of Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University. He received a MBBS degree from King Faisal University, a diploma in Epidemiology from King Saud University, and an Arab board certificate in Community Medicine. He published in peer reviewed journals including the Lancet and is currently involved in writing the Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics.

Center Assistant
Fellow in Bioethics

Diana Anderson, MD, MArch, is an evidence-based design researcher at the McGill University Health Centre. She received her bachelor of science in architecture and master of architecture from McGill University, and her MD from the University of Toronto. She completed her internal medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. She is interested in bioethics related to health care spaces, including the application towards design guidelines.