Neal Baer, MD, is an award-winning showrunner, television writer/producer, physician, author, and public health advocate and expert. He currently serves as Executive Producer and Showrunner of Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland on Netflix. He was recently an Executive Producer and Showrunner for the hit CBS television series Under the Dome. Previously, he was the Executive Producer of the CBS medical drama A Gifted Man, as well as the Executive Producer of the hit NBC television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2000-2011, where he oversaw all aspects of producing and writing the show, with a budget of $100 million. During his tenure, the series won awards including the Shine Award, People’s Choice Award, Prism Award, Edgar Award, Sentinel for Health Award, and the Media Access Award. The actors on the show have won six Emmys and the Golden Globe. The series regularly appeared among the top ten television dramas in national ratings.
In January 2020, Dr. Baer attended the Sundance Film Festival, where the film he executive produced, Welcome to Chechnya, won a Special Jury Award. The film was screened at the Berlin Film Festival and won the Teddy Award for outstanding film on LGBTQ issues. The documentary premiered on HBO in June 2020.
Jason Silverstein is a Lecturer and the Writer-in-Residence in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. He has written more than one hundred reported pieces and commentaries. His work has investigated how racial residential segregation becomes embodied as illness and disease, structural violence and the war on drugs, and the politics of health care in the United States.
Dr. Silverstein has written for VICE, GQ, The Atlantic, Esquire, The New Republic, The New York Times, Men’s Health, The Guardian, Slate, and The Nation, and his work has been featured by MSNBC, NPR, HuffPost Live, BET, and Big Think, among others. Dr. Silverstein holds a PhD and master's in anthropology from Harvard, a master's in religion, ethics, and politics from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Silverstein is an award-winning teacher and has won five Certificates of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard College. He has supervised undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard College, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School.
Course Instructors and Guest Lecturers
Ricardo Pérez González, playwright, member of the Emerging Writer's Group at the Public Theater, and recipient of two grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Read more
Marty Zeve, PhD, Lecturer in the Master of Science in Media, Medicine and Health program whose research in anthropology focuses on social determinants of health. Read more.
Naomi Hein, MRes, Instructor and Assistant Director of Writing and Communication Services, Harvard Medical School. Read more
Doris Sommer, PhD, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies
Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University.Read more.
Gaël McGill, PhD, Lecturer on Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. Read more.
Joel Katz, MD, Vice Chair for Education at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where he holds the title Marshall A. Wolf Distinguished Chair in Medical Education. He is also an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Read more.
Brooke DiGiovanni Evans, EdM, Director of Visual Arts Education at Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) and co-creator of the Center for Visual Arts in Healthcare at BWH (www.artsinhealthcare.org). Read more.
Paola Abello, MBA, Director of Innovation at the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School. Read more.
Jay Winsten, PhD, Lecturer in the Master of Science in Media, Medicine, and Health program. Read more
Emilie Wagner, MBA, Lecturer in the Master of Science in Media, Medicine, and Health program.
Jonathan M. Adler, MD, Professor of Psychology. Read more
Annie C. Brewster, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.Read more
Jennifer Nilsen, Research Fellow, Technology and Social Change Research Project. Read more
Tina Rosenberg, New York Times journalist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship.
Lisa Sanders, MD, writer of the Diagnosis column for the New York Times Magazine and the Think Like a Doctor column featured in the New York Times blog, The Well. Her column was the inspiration for the Fox program House MD (2004-2012). Read more
Lisa Wong, MD, associate co-director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wong is a pediatrician, musician, arts advocate, and author. Read more.