Nancy Elizabeth Oriol
Nancy Elizabeth Oriol, M.D.
Faculty Associate Dean for Community Engagement in Medical Education; Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine

As Faculty Associate Dean for Community Engagement in Medical Education, Dr. Oriol works with the Office of Student Affairs, which collaborates with the Harvard Medical School academic societies on issues related to the individual and professional growth and development of HMS students, including issues of career path, specialty choice, and questions about leaves of absence. Dr. Oriol oversees the activities of the advising resource coordinator, the dormitory resident counselors, the student council, and chairs the Council on Student Affairs and the Committee on Careers. She works with students and administrative offices to develop and clarify relevant policies for students as well as to plan major events such as orientation, Family Day, Match Day, and Class Day. From 1984 to 1997, Dr. Oriol was the director of obstetric anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she continues to be an active member of the obstetric anesthesia team. She also holds the position of associate professor of anesthesia at HMS.

In addition to her academic and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Oriol is founder and executive director of the Family Van, a public health outreach program of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Oriol has served on the board of trustees of CareGroup, Inc., the board of directors of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and the board of the Echoing Green Foundation, a philanthropic organization that provides fellowships for social entrepreneurs. In 2000, she was awarded the Dr. Louis W. Sullivan Award for contributions to the delivery of quality health care to black men and the New England Women's Leadership Award in Health.

Dr. Oriol is a respected researcher who has studied the effects of maternal cocaine use on fetal outcome, heart rate variability as a measure of fetal well-being, and developed an anesthetic technique which allows laboring women to ambulate. She is the inventor of two medical devices: the NEO-VAC Meconium Suction Catheter for newborn resuscitation and a fetal data processing system and method for assessing fetal heart rates during labor to detect fetuses at risk for birth asphyxia. She has presented many abstracts and authored or co-authored numerous peer reviewed articles, as well as book chapters, documentaries, reviews, and case reports.

She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society of Obstetric Anesthesiologists and Perinatologists, the Association of University Anesthesiologists, and the Association of American Medical Colleges and its Group on Student Affairs.

Dr. Oriol received her bachelor's degree from Boston University and her MD from Harvard Medical School.

Affiliations:

The Family Van Department of Anaesthesia, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

As founder of Harvard Medical School’s Family Van and co–principal investigator on the national demonstration mobile health map project, Dr. Oriol specializes in investigating the role of the mobile health care sector in the United States. Her work has demonstrated the mobile health care sector’s return on investment in terms of quality life-years saved and emergency department visits avoided. She is currently building the Family Van’s community-based research program to extend this work and demonstrate the impact of mobile health clinics on chronic disease prevention and management. Dr. Oriol also has an interest in disparities in health and access to health care in the United States, as well as training medical professionals in cultural competency and in fostering biomedical literacy in underrepresented minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged youth.

Preventative health, diversity, and inclusion: a qualitative study of client experience aboard a mobile health clinic in Boston, Massachusetts.
Authors: Authors: Bouchelle Z, Rawlins Y, Hill C, Bennet J, Perez LX, Oriol N.
Int J Equity Health
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The scope and impact of mobile health clinics in the United States: a literature review.
Authors: Authors: Yu SWY, Hill C, Ricks ML, Bennet J, Oriol NE.
Int J Equity Health
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Race-Conscious Professionalism and African American Representation in Academic Medicine.
Authors: Authors: Powers BW, White AA, Oriol NE, Jain SH.
Acad Med
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The Emerging Business Models and Value Proposition of Mobile Health Clinics.
Authors: Authors: Aung KK, Hill C, Bennet J, Song Z, Oriol NE.
Am J Accountable Care
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Practice and protest: black physicians and the evolution of race-conscious professionalism.
Authors: Authors: Powers BW, Oriol NE, Jain SH.
J Health Care Poor Underserved
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Reply to Walsh.
Authors: Authors: Oriol N.
Adv Physiol Educ
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Inspiring careers in STEM and healthcare fields through medical simulation embedded in high school science education.
Authors: Authors: Berk LJ, Muret-Wagstaff SL, Goyal R, Joyal JA, Gordon JA, Faux R, Oriol NE.
Adv Physiol Educ
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Mobile health clinics in the era of reform.
Authors: Authors: Hill CF, Powers BW, Jain SH, Bennet J, Vavasis A, Oriol NE.
Am J Manag Care
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Mobile clinic in Massachusetts associated with cost savings from lowering blood pressure and emergency department use.
Authors: Authors: Song Z, Hill C, Bennet J, Vavasis A, Oriol NE.
Health Aff (Millwood)
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The prevalence and nature of postinterview communications between residency programs and applicants during the match.
Authors: Authors: Jena AB, Arora VM, Hauer KE, Durning S, Borges N, Oriol N, Elnicki DM, Fagan MJ, Harrell HE, Torre D, Prochaska M, Meltzer DO, Reddy S.
Acad Med
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