Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs

August 2011

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff,

We are delighted to inform you that Drs. Harvey J. Makadon and Graham T. McMahon have been appointed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Faculty Advisors in the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs (ORMA) at Harvard Medical School (HMS). In this role, Drs. Makadon and McMahon will be advising students, participating in ongoing work to develop an inclusive curriculum that will lead to better care for LGBT patients, and helping to nurture a learning and working environment that is supportive to LGBT students, trainees, staff and faculty.

Several of our medical students have previously taken an active role in these efforts. Over the past year academic year, Neir Eshel (HMS '13) and Michael Honingberg (HMS '13) have educated the HMS community on how HMS can become a leader in addressing the needs of LGBT patients and have helped establish a supportive learning environment for our LGBT medical students.

Harvey J. Makadon, MD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine at HMS and Director of Education and Training at The Fenway Institute, Fenway Community Health in Boston. He is a member of the Division of General Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he has had a primary care practice in Healthcare Associates. He was previously Vice President, Medical Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, Massachusetts. Harvey is the senior editor of The Fenway Guide to LGBT Health published by the American College of Physicians, and was on the IOM Committee that wrote the IOM's report, The Health of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.

Graham T. McMahon MD, MMSc, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at HMS, an endocrinologist in clinical practice at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the editor for medical education at the New England Journal of Medicine. He directs the endocrinology and reproduction pathophysiology course at HMS, and chairs the USMLE clinical skills test development committee. Dr. McMahon served on the American Medical Association’s Gay and Lesbian Advisory Committee, has lectured nationally on LGBT health, and was the recipient of the 2011 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award for his support of LGBT students and work on LGBT health.

Recommendations from the American Association of Medical Colleges among others call for physicians to treat each patient with dignity and respect, regardless of the patient’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Medical schools must ensure a safe learning environment for all our students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We look forward to working with our students, faculty and staff as we embrace our diversity, and foster an inclusive and respectful environment for all.

Please join us in welcoming Drs. Makadon and McMahon.


Alvin F. Poussaint, MD
Faculty Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Fidencio Saldaña, MD, MPH
Faculty Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Updated: 7/27/2011 4:18:00 PM