Media & Medicine Faculty
The Media and Medicine Initiative is honored to have a large number of Harvard-based faculty who will serve in the roles of course instructors and advisors to the program. We invite you to read more about the Media and Medicine Certificate Program's faculty and instructors to gain a better understanding of how our curriculum can best serve your educational ambitions.
Program Co-Director: Neal Baer, MD
Neal Baer 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.
Program Co-Director: Suzanne Koven, MD, MFA
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. Read more.
Program Associate Director: Jason Silverstein, PhD
Jason Silverstein is a lecturer and founding co-director of the Master of Science in Media, Medicine, and Health Program, working alongside Dr. Neal Baer. As well, Dr. Silverstein serves as the Department's inaugural writer-in-residence, selected by Dr. Paul Farmer. Dr. Silverstein 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. 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. Read more.