Dr. Neal BaerCo-Director
Neal Baer, M.D., is an award-winning showrunner, television writer/producer, physician, author and a public health advocate and expert. He currently serves as Executive Producer and Showrunner of the third season of Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland and coming back to audiences globally on Netflix in the summer 2019. He was most recently an Executive Producer and Showrunner for the hit CBS television series Under The Dome. Previously, he was 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, among the awards the series won include the Shine Award, People’s Choice Award, the Prism Award, Edgar Award, Sentinel for Health Award and the Media Access Award. 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. This February, Welcome to Chechnya screened at the Berlin Film Festival and won the Teddy Award for the outstanding film on LGBTQ issues. The documentary premiered on HBO in June 2020.
Dr. Suzanne KovenCo-Director
Suzanne Koven was born and raised in New York City. She received her B.A. in English literature from Yale and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins. She also holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. After her residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital she joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has practiced primary care internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for over 30 years. She is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. In 2019 she was named inaugural Writer in Residence at Mass General. Her essays, articles, blogs, and reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The New Yorker.com, Psychology Today, The L.A. Review of Books, The Virginia Quarterly, STAT, and other publications. Her monthly column “In Practice” appeared in the Boston Globe and won the Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Writing from the American Medical Writers Association in 2012. Her interview column, “The Big Idea,” appears at The Rumpus. Suzanne conducts workshops, moderates panel discussions, and speaks to a variety of audiences about literature and medicine, narrative and storytelling in medicine, women’s health, mental healthcare, and primary care. Suzanne’s essay collection, Letter to a Young Female Physician, was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2021.
Dr. Jason SilversteinAssociate Director
Jason Silverstein, PhD, is a lecturer teaching in the Master of Medical Sciences-Global Health Delivery program, where he and Joia Mukherjee, director of the MMSc-GHD program, are developing a thesis writing laboratory course and methods seminar. As well, Dr. Silverstein also serves as the Department’s first writer-in-residence, working closely with Paul Farmer.
In addition to his teaching at Harvard Medical School, Jason also offers courses at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and Summer School. He is a faculty affiliate of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School. He is a recent graduate of the anthropology doctoral program at Harvard.
Jason has written opinion pieces and reported essays about health, justice, and racism for The New York Times, The Atlantic, VICE, The Guardian, Slate, and Esquire, and his work and commentary have been featured by MSNBC, CNN, NPR, HuffPost Live, BET, and Big Think, among others. He is represented by Ed Maxwell at Sanford J. Greenburger Literary Associates. Follow him on www.twitter.com/jason_reads.