Academy Fellows are recognized for their sustained excellence in teaching and their educational leadership roles. Fellows of the Academy are elected to the academy for 5-year renewable terms, and renewal of membership is determined by active participation in the Academy’s programs and continued excellence in education. Fellows of the Academy are elected by the Masters to the Academy, and nominations are accepted annually. Election to the academy is honorific but also carries the responsibility to become an active participant in the Academy, and are expected to serve as mentors and advisors to Academy Scholars and others, and lead Academy sponsored workshops and seminars. Academy Fellows are role models for all educators in the Maine Medical Center community.
Alison Samitt, MD is the Program Director of the MMC Family Medicine Residency. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1996, did residency at MMC and has worked at MMC/MMP ever since. Her clinical work includes caring for patients in outpatient and inpatient settings, including providing OB care. She finds great professional satisfaction working with residents and medical students, and her academic interests include active teaching techniques, information mastery, leadership development, and provider wellness. Alison lives in Falmouth with her husband and two sons, and enjoys spending time running, doing yoga, and trying to keep up with her sons on the ski slopes.
Dr. Germann is the Director of the Tufts Maine Track Program Orientation, EBM, and 4th year curriculum, Assistant Program Director and Core Faculty Member MMC Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Academy Fellow into the Academy at the MMC Institute for Teaching Excellence and Associate Professor/Clinician Educator, Tufts University School of Medicine.
Carl was born and raised in central Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 2002, he moved to Maine for the EM Residency Program. Dr. Germann is currently (2017) finishing a Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) and living on the West End in Portland, Maine.
Associate Residency Director & Assistant ProfesorDepartment of Emergency MedicineMaine Medical Center
Dr. MacVane is originally from Maine, having grown up in the greater Portland area. She attended Brown University, studying Latin American Studies and Psychology. She obtained a Masters in Public Health and subsequently attended Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center and served as chief resident. She is currently an attending physician and the Associate Residency Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Prior to this she was the Emergency Medicine Director of Medical Student Education for 3 years. Her academic interests include resident and medical school education, social media for medical professionals, public health and patient safety. She lives in Yarmouth, Maine with her husband and three sons.
Christina Holt, MD is a Family Practice and Preventive Medicine teaching physician at Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, and a Health Service Researcher. Her focus is on training for primary care and rural practice, obstetric outcomes, addiction services and risk factor reduction in Maine. As the Preventive Medicine Program Director, she has developed clinical, educational and research collaborations throughout our academic and geographical service area. Dr. Holt has participated on several curriculum development committees to place a greater emphasis on preventive medicine and population health in the work of other clinical specialties in medicine and with our other health care provider workforce. Dr. Holt is particularly interested in how practicing physicians make decisions with patients in settings of low resources and uncertain information.
Daniel I Spratt, MD is director of reproductive endocrinology at Maine Medical Center and professor of medicine at Tufts University Medical School. Spratt teaches Tufts medical students and Ob/Gyn residents at Maine Medical Center and sees patients with residents and students. He has also taught in the Stanford Biology Program. Dr. Spratt has published numerous scientific papers and reviews. He oversees the research program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maine Medical Center and also conducts his own clinical research. MD University of Michigan
David B. Seder, MD is a pulmonary/critical care medicine physician and clinical researcher who currently serves as Director of Neurocritical Care at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Seder is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Neurocritical Care, and completed his medical training at the University of New Mexico, Maine Medical Center, and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Seder’s research focuses on improving outcomes from cardiac arrest, minimizing brain injury from hemorrhagic stroke, and the airway management of patients with severe brain injury, and he has published and lectured widely on these and other problems.
Dr. Seder is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, a partner of Chest Medicine Associates, and a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He also serves as Administrator of the International Cardiac Arrest Registry, Chair of the Neurocritical Care Society’s Cardiac Arrest Research Subcommittee, a founding contributor and topic co-Chair for the Emergency Neurological Life Support course, Steering Committee member of the MISTIE-III trial, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Neurocritical Care Society.
Dr. Belfort grew up in Maine and was excited to return to Maine Medical Center after medical school at the University of Vermont, residency in general psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship training at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is currently the fellowship training director for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her academic interests include the risks and benefits of social media use for adolescents and she is actively involved with the media committee at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Other clinical interests include working with gender expansive youth and their families and Family Therapy teaching and training.
Dr. Chessa is the Director of Clinical Ethics at Maine Medical Center. Additionally, he serves as the Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Course Director of Ethics and Professionalism at Tufts University School of Medicine. He previously worked as an Assistant Professor at both Bates College and the University of Nevada. He attended Dickinson College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Environmental Studies. He received a Master of Arts in philosophy at the University of South Florida, followed by a Doctorate in Philosophy at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, he focused on ethical theory and medical ethics. In 2012, he was awarded “Outstanding Lecturer” from Tufts University School of Medicine. He regularly presents at national conferences and has numerous publications on medical ethics. His topics of interest include Clinical Ethics (e.g., End-of-Life Care, Organ Transplantation, Reproductive Health), Medical Ethics (e.g., Methodology, Just Distribution of Health Care Resources, Managing Relationships with Industry, Research Ethics), and General Ethical Theory.
Gil Fraser is a Clinical Pharmacist in Critical Care at Maine Medical Center and Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a designated Master of Critical Care Medicine within the American College of Critical Care Medicine, as well as the recipient of multiple awards recognizing his clinical investigative and teaching excellence. He is well published with a research emphasis on critical care therapeutics. Dr Fraser has served on the writing panel or as a reviewer for 6 clinical practice guidelines involving the management of pain, agitation, and delirium in adult ICU patients over the last 20 years.
Dr Fraser has had ample opportunity to pioneer clinical practice and discovery efforts and to develop numerous friendships with some of the smartest and nicest people on the globe who have inspired his career and his life.
John Erickson, MD FACP has been one of the Associate Program Directors for the MMC Internal Medicine Residency Program for over 10 years, and a teaching attending for the inpatient medical service and resident clinic since 1990. He continues to practice general internal medicine with InterMed and his academic interests include bedside teaching, the use of simulation for communication, the development and optimization of evaluation systems and strategies to facilitate learning along the continuum of individual’s career. Pivotal in the development of the Hospitalist Track, he developed and leads the Coaching Program as well as supervising the Morbidity and Mortality series for medical residents. As an Assistant Clinical Professor for the TUSM, he serves as a facilitator for the “Healer’s Art” course, has done community advising for first year students and continues to lead 3rd and 4th year sessions during their medicine core lecture series. He is immediate past Governor for the Maine Chapter of the ACP, which provided an incredible opportunity to meet and collaborate with internists across Maine and around the world.
Although a Baystater by birth, he aspires to be an adopted Mainer with roots firmly planted at Bowdoin followed by an extended “away rotation” for medical school at George Washington University, residency at Strong Memorial Hospital and seven years of rural practice in upstate New York with the NHSC.
He and his wife, Jeri, have three adult children, live in Yarmouth and enjoy their grandson, travel, biking, photography and sailing.
Kalli Varaklis, MD is the Residency Program Director for OB/GYN and serves as the Assistant DIO for the Department of Medical Education. Entrustable Professional Acts (EPA’s) are a hot topic in academic medicine and will be one important way to evaluate competency in residents and fellows. Dr. Varaklis’ research interests included Shared Decision making in the Ambulatory OB/GYN setting and cross-cultural communication. She is an avid organic gardener.
Dr. Fairfield is an internist and health services researcher at CORE. She completed an M.D. at Boston University School of Medicine, followed by internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. She then completed the Harvard Medical School fellowship in General Medicine, earning an M.P.H. in Clinical Effectiveness, followed by a Dr.P.H. in Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. After serving on the faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Fairfield joined MMC in 2002.
Dr. Fairfield’s work includes leading the IMPROVE project, which focuses on analyses of large claims and health behavior datasets to understand patterns of health care and the relationships between health care delivery and underlying population health. She also studies and teaches shared decision making models of care. Dr. Fairfield currently collaborates on health care quality initiatives through CORE’s partnership with the Center for Performance Improvement at MaineHealth, and serves as Associate Chief of Medicine for Research and Quality Improvement at MMC. She has received research support from the Maine Cancer Foundation, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, American Cancer Society, and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
In addition to her research activities, Dr. Fairfield sees patients and supervises residents in the International and Travel Clinics at MMC. Dr. Fairfield is board certified in Internal Medicine. She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Healthwise), and volunteers as Medical Director for the Portland Community Free Clinic and serves as Chair, Academy Executive Committee.
Leah Mallory, MD is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine in 2003, and a graduate of Stanford University in 1997. Prior to beginning medical school, Dr. Mallory worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter. Dr. Mallory completed her residency in Pediatrics, in the Boston Combined Residency Program (a collaborative program between Children’s Hospital Boston/ Harvard University and Boston Medical Center/ Boston University), staying an extra year to serve as Chief Resident. Dr. Mallory is currently a Pediatric Hospitalist at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. She is a member of the TUSM Maine/Track admissions committee and director of the pediatric simulation program. Dr. Mallory’s teaching responsibilities encompass both undergraduate and graduate medical education as well as pediatric simulation-based interprofessional team training in the hospital setting. Other academic interests include simulation-based assessment of trainees and quality improvement issues in pediatric hospitalist medicine, specifically hospital-to-home transitions.
Dr. Mallory’s interests outside of the hospital include surfing, triathlon training and ocean kayaking as well as enjoying a busy family life. Her husband is a Pediatric Surgeon at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. They have 3 spirited children ages 7, 9 and 11, a dog, 2 cats, 2 lizards, and 1 bird.
Lucy Liaw, PhD is a Faculty Scientist in the Center for Molecular Medicine at Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI). She leads a basic and translational research program focused on signaling in cardiometabolic disease, and a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Metabolic Networks. She has maintained an externally funded research laboratory for >20 years at MMCRI, and serves on diverse review panels and committees for the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of NIH and the American Heart Association. She has academic appointments at the University of Maine (Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering), Tufts University School of Medicine (Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences), and University of Southern Maine (Dept. Biological Sciences). She performed her PhD research in Pathology/Biological Structure at the University of Washington, and received postdoctoral training in Cell Biology and Cardiology at Vanderbilt University prior to starting her independent research program at MMCRI. At MMCRI, she established the institutional mouse transgenic facility, and oversees services to assist in the development of mouse models of human disease. She also serves as the Director of Research Training Programs at MMCRI, and in this capacity develops and oversees educational programs for students and educators at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. Her educational roles include developing and running courses for graduate students, serving as an advisor for research trainees at MMCRI, maintaining an institutional responsible conduct of research program, and providing mentorship for early career investigators. Her ideal environment is one that promotes creativity and open-mindedness, and empowers individuals to support each other’s as well as their own goals.
Dr. Nelson is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth College. She completed her emergency medicine residency at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at the Massachusetts General Hospitals in Boston, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Nelson is an Assistant Professor at TUSM and has been academic faculty at the MMC Emergency Medicine Residency Program since 2009. She has served as Clerkship Director for the MMC emergency medicine student rotation as well as Assistant Program Director for the EM residency program. More recently, Dr. Nelson was selected to be one of the inaugural faculty Coaches for the TUSM-Maine Track. Dr. Nelson has a passion for scholarship in medical education and is currently completing a Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois Chicago. In addition to medical education and scholarship, Dr. Nelson’s academic interests include wilderness medicine and international emergency medicine and development. She teaches wilderness medicine course for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and co-directs the TUSM-MMC Wilderness Medicine Elective for medical student. Dr. Nelson was a founding member of the Global Emergency Care (GEC), which runs training programs for emergency care in Uganda.
Sarah Hallen, MD is a geriatrician currently practicing with Maine Medical Partners Geriatrics. She attended medical school at the University of Vermont and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester at Strong Memorial Hospital. After graduation, she returned home to Maine and completed her fellowship in Geriatrics at Maine Medical Center (MMC).
She was awarded a Geriatric Academic Career Award from HRSA in 2010, focused on supporting work to develop hospital-based geriatric curricula for interprofessional teams.
Dr. Hallen works primarily as a qualitative researcher examining physician’s prognostication practices, shared care, and the evolving role of physicians in interdisciplinary team care.
Tania Strout, PhD, RN, MS received her baccalaureate degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine, an M.S. in Health Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and her Ph.D. from Boston College. She completed her research fellowship at Boston College and is currently the Director of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center and also directs the Department’s Division of Research and Quality. She is an Associate Professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine and serves there on the University’s Academic Research Awards Committee.
Dr. Strout’s primary research interests include health-related measurement, psychometrics, and scale development. Her work has included the study of measurement in emergency department triage systems, youth bullying, acute pain in adults and children, and in acute agitation. Access to care, hospital flow, end-of-life care, uncertainty tolerance in medicine, professional burnout and interpersonal violence are other research areas.
She is an active collaborator with investigators from Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston College, Massachusetts General Hospital, the United States Air Force, and the Veteran’s Administration Boston Healthcare System, among many others. Dr. Strout is also an active reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA. She has received funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Tom Van der Kloot, MD grew up in New York and graduated in 1988 from Harvard College. He received his M.D. in 1992, from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency, Chief Residency, and Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He arrived in Maine in 1999, joining Chest Medicine Associates, for whom he now serves as Vice President. He has served as Director of Medical Critical Care as well as Interim Chief of Critical Care at MMC. He was the Director of MaineHealth Vital Network, an enhanced critical care monitoring system for MaineHealth, between 2005 and 2013. He currently serves as Director for the Clinical Learning Environment Review and Director for Rural Education at MMC.
Dr Hayes attended the University of Arkansas and the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Vermont in 1993 and subsequently obtained a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Adolescent Medicine. She has been a member of the Department of Family Medicine and the medical consultant for the University of Southern Maine for over 20 years. Dr. Hayes is heavily involved in medical student and resident education, serves as the faculty leader for the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) and supports special programs such as Doc4aDay and Patients as Teachers (PaT). She is Co-Director of the Medical Education Outcomes Research Group (MEORG). She was a member of the first class of the MITE Academy Scholars. She currently serves as the Co-Director for the Scientific Foundations of Social and Behavioral Medicine (SFSBM) and Director of the TUSM-MMC Competency-Based Apprenticeship in Primary Care (CAP) Course.
Wendy Y. Craig, PhD is a Research Navigator at Maine Medical Center (MMC). Dr. Craig received a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Bath, UK (1981), a PhD in physiology from Stanford University (1986) and has a background that spans basic, clinical laboratory, and clinical research.
During her research career, Dr. Craig has acquired extensive experience in study development, design, implementation, analysis, and publication. She has also developed experience in and a passion for education. As Research Navigator, Dr. Craig is responsible for supporting and mentoring investigators at all stages in the research pathway. Her goal is to reduce the logistic barriers to research in all departments at MMC, with a focus on implementing a systematic program to guide new investigators through the intellectual, practical and regulatory processes that must occur before data collection begins.