Leadership Council




"The staff on the Van is always cordial and welcoming. I never feel like I am being judged. To me that’s important.

When you go into a new setting and you have to share personal information, it is good to feel supported, not judged."

- Johnny -

Nancy E. Oriol, MD, Leadership Counsel President

Dr. Oriol is Dean for Students, Associate Professor of Anesthesia, and lecturer on social medicine at Harvard Medical School. As co-founder of Harvard Medical School’s Family Van and the Mobile Health Map project, she 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. Dean 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.

Dr. Oriol has been awarded several Harvard Medical Student Teaching Awards, The YMCA Black Achiever’s Award, The Massachusetts Medical Society Special Award for Public Service, The Dr. Louis Sullivan Award for contributions to the delivery of quality health care to black men, The New England Women’s Leadership Award in Health and was selected for inclusion in Footsteps: Profiles of Forty Remarkable Health Care Leaders, Stephen E. Gordon, editor, Puritan Press 2004. In her role as founder of the Van she received the Pri-Med 15th Anniversary Award and the 2006 Mobile Healthcare Leadership Award.

Ella D. Auchincloss, MTS

Ella heads community engagement efforts for ReThink Health. She has been working with us on the Healthier Roxbury Coalition for the past few years. ReThink Health works with leaders to create healthier health systems – ones that bridge health and care in ways that improve people’s health, assure access to quality care, and enhance equity, productivity, and community vitality. An expert in community leadership development, Ella leads multi-site projects, trainings, and workshops and provides coaching for a wide variety of organizations and teams, helping them develop the skills needed to lead change. She holds a MTS from the Harvard Divinity School and a BS in Finance from Babson College.

Khin-Kyemon Aung

Khin-Kyemon Aung is a medical student at Harvard Medical School and Managing Editor of Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. Previously, she served as a fellow at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation where she worked on developing and testing new accountable care organization models.  In addition, she has also worked on research projects at Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic, and has interned with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services where she helped prepare the  operational plan for Massachusetts’ State Innovation Model.  Khin received her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Harvard College. 

Michael W. Byrd, MD, MPH

W. Michael Byrd, Instructor, Division of Health Practice, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health; co-author of An American Health Dilemma: Race, Medicine and Health Care in the United States, 1900–2000 and American Health Dilemma: Race, Medicine, Health Care in the United States. An acknowledged authority on the medical and public health histories of African Americans, Dr. Byrd is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist whose career has been concentrated in academic medicine and health policy. He is currently an instructor and senior research scientist in the division of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health and serves as a consultant physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. His primary interest focuses on the health policies and concerns effecting African American and other disadvantaged minorities in the United States health system. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Understanding and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care. Dr. Byrd was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in the US Army Medical Corps on active duty in Vietnam. He continues to work with the US Congress, NMA, the Summit Health Coalition, the CBC Health Policy Task Force, the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control, and the IOM. Dr. Byrd is presently the lead author of a book titled An American Health Dilemma, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. 

Linda Clayton, MD, MPH

Linda Clayton, Instructor, Division of Public Health Practice, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health; co-author of An American Health Dilemma: Race, Medicine and Health Care in the United States, 1900–2000. Dr. Clayton is a gynecologic oncologist-obstetrician gynecologist whose career has been concentrated in academic medicine and health policy and management. She is currently associate medical director for the division of medical assistance of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, an instructor and senior research scientist in the division of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, and an instructor and staff physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. Her focus is health policy and concerns impacting African American and other disadvantaged minorities in the US health system. A widely published author, Dr. Clayton also serves as a consultant and visiting faculty with the National Cancer Institute, the National Medical Association (NMA), and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Dr. Clayton has testified before the US Congress on African American and disadvantaged health matters and serves as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and resource person for the Office of Minority Health and Indian Health Service. She was an NMA-CBC representative on the Clinton Health Reform Task Force.

Cheryl Dorsey, MD, MPP 

Cheryl Dorsey is president of Echoing Green, a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement. This global social venture fund has awarded over $33 million in start-up capital to nearly 600 next generation social entrepreneurs worldwide since 1987. Dorsey received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van.

Dorsey has served in two presidential administrations. She serves on several other boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, the SEED Foundation, and Northeast Bank. In 2009, Dorsey was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. For 2010 and 2011, she was named as one of The Nonprofit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50."

Dorsey received her Bachelor's degree in History and Science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Sachin H. Jain, MD, M.B.A

 Dr. Sachin Jain is chief medical officer at CareMore Health System, an innovative health plan and care delivery system subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. with $1.2B revenue and over 100,000 members, 700 clinical staff and 40 care centers. He is charged with developing and leading a multi-year strategy to expand next-generation care management/care delivery model nationally.  Prior to joining CareMore, Dr. Jain was Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer at Merck & Co, where he developed global partnerships to leverage health data to improve patient health. He also served as an attending hospitalist physician at the Boston VA-Boston Medical Center and lecturer in healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Jain earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Dr. Jain is a founder of several non-profit healthcare ventures including the Homeless Health Clinic and ImproveHealthCare.org. Dr. Jain worked previously at WellPoint, McKinsey & Co., and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He has authored more than 50 publications and is Co-Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation

Zirui Song, M.D., Ph.D

 Zirui Song is a resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated from Harvard Medical School magna cum laude and from the Ph.D. Program in Health Policy (Economics track) at Harvard University. His research has focused on changes in health care spending and quality under global payment, the effect of Medicare payment changes on spending and physician behavior, and the economics of Medicare Advantage. He is a recipient of the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year award, the Daniel Ford Award for research achievement in health services and outcomes research from Johns Hopkins Hospital and the resident research award from the American College of Physicians. He was also named to the 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30 for Science and Healthcare. Formerly, he served on the
 Massachusetts Medical Society Task Force on Health Care Reform. He received his B.A. in Public Health Studies with honors from Johns Hopkins University.

Laura Weisel, MPA

Laura Weisel has been a senior administrator at Harvard Medical School since 1991.  First with the for the Microbiology department and for the past five years she has served as the Executive Director of Harvard Catalyst Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center is dedicated to improving human health by enabling collaboration and providing tools, training, and technologies to clinical and translational investigators. As a shared enterprise of Harvard University, Harvard Catalyst resources are made freely available to all Harvard faculty and trainees, regardless of institutional affiliation or academic degree.

Laura serves on numerous boards including The Lawrence School and was first elected to Brookline Town Meeting in 2006.  She is a graduate of Williams College and Yale University School of Management. Prior to her tenure at HMS she served as the Deputy Executive Director of Oxfam America and Deputy Director of WNYC-AM/F.