Career Development

 The following career advancement opportunities are provided to faculty with protected time to do scholarly work in education and to provide continued career growth for individuals that enriches the  learning experience in the BIDMC community 

The Office for Academic Careers (OAC) is here exclusively for your needs!  We aim to maximize the academic career potential of all clinicians, educators, and researchers (including post-doctoral fellows) affiliated with BIDMC. The OAC also serves as a liaison to the HMS Office for Faculty Affairs, Harvard Catalyst, and Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP).  

We are excited to offer the following several services:


  • Programs addressing the advancement of academic careers - seminars covering topics such as understanding the Harvard Medical School faculty promotion guidelines and process, conducting effective negotiations, writing an NIH biosketch, and obtaining K series awards.

  • One-on-one informal mentorship for career guidance, project advice, or negotiation strategies.

  • Small group sessions - facilitated peer support, works-in-progress sessions, writing groups.

  • Web-based resources necessary to develop and enhance one's career (still in development) - tips on identifying funding sources, writing and submitting grants, preparing budgets, drafting manuscripts, and writing letters of recommendation.

  • Data tracking of trends such as academic rank by department based on the annual HMS faculty roster.


We also welcome the opportunity to work with individuals, with departments, and the BIDMC Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CDEI) to support the recruitment and academic promotion of underrepresented minority faculty at the medical center.

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Faculty Resources

Work-Life Balance Life Coach

Certified coach and practicing physician Gail Gazelle, MD, FACP, works confidentially in-person or by phone to facilitate career and life growth and change for physicians and physician leaders. Dr. Gazelle helps physicians manage stress and improve work-life balance, master the challenges that get in the way of achieving your professional goals, and improve skills for achieving inner calm. You will find yourself rapidly moving from wherever you are to where you want to be, both professionally and personally. Widely utilized throughout the business sector, physicians can also benefit from having a physician coach as their advocate, sounding board, and champion.

Schedule a complimentary session

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Propel Careers

Propel Careers is a Boston-based life sciences search and career development firm.

Learn more and see event listings.

Read more bout the postdoc experience in Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty.

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Calendar of Events

Will get these added once available.

Our Staff

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David Hackney, MD

Faculty Career Development Director

Dr. Hackney is a Professor of Radiology and an Assistant Dean for Faculty Development at Harvard Medical School. David has been at BIDMC since July 2003, starting as the Chief of Neuroradiology and now as Radiology Vice Chair for Faculty Development and for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as well as the Chief of Neuroradiology. He founded a Radiology Department Faculty Development Committee and has led efforts to make the HMS process more transparent while helping BIDMC faculty progress in their careers. Prior to joining BIDMC, David was a professor at UPenn where he founded and led the Radiology Department Faculty Development Committee, and served as the Chair of the Faculty Senate, representing the faculty throughout the University, not just those in the medical school. David earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard College and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.  


Anthony Lembo, MD,

Clinical Research and Education Careers Director

Dr. Lembo is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and has been a member of the BIDMC Division of Gastroenterology since 1997. As the Director of the GI Motility and Functional Bowel Disorder Center, he has reviewed legions of medical school, residency, and fellowship applications; revised myriad grant requests; and worked to ensure that numerous junior faculty members have the requisite publications and speaking engagements for promotion. Dr. Lembo has mentored and celebrated numerous Research Assistants' acceptances to medical schools, Residents' publications in reputed journals, Fellows' successful applications for NIH K Awards, and Clinical Instructors' promotions to Assistant Professors. 


 Leo Otterbein, PhD

Translational/Basic Research Career Director

Dr. Otterbein is Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and joined BIDMC in 2004. He earned his PhD in Physiology at Johns Hopkins University with graduate and postdoctoral training at Yale University and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His research program investigates gastrotransmitters and danger signaling and their role in health and disease. Dr. Otterbein brings over twenty years of experience as a successful academic researcher and mentor with continued funding, service to the NIH and Department of Defense, as well as the medical school and affiliated institutions. He brings decades of experience in working with technology venture, drug development, and promoting relationships with the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. 

Please contact Kelly Anastasio if you would like to set up an appointment.

Kelly Anastasio, Administrative Assistant

Office for Academic Careers and Faculty Development



How to Find Us

Address and Contact Information

Academic Careers and Faculty Development - Center for Education, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

330 Brookline Avenue, E/ES200, Boston, Massachusetts 02215

617-667-9120 (main phone)

617-667-9122 (fax)

In-hospital directions to our offices

All Center for Education offices are located on the medical center's East Campus. The East Campus entrances are located at the Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center (at the corner of Brookline and Longwood Avenues) and at the Brookline Avenue East Campus Main Entrance (across from Short Street and the Simmons College athletic complex).

If entering at the Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center:

  • At Shapiro Clinical Center main lobby locate and follow the Blue Corridor toward the Feldberg building;

  • At the Feldberg building elevators (where you will also find bank machines and the Ulian dining area) continue along the Blue Corridor, now following signs to the Rabb and Gryzmish buildings (past the gift shop and the Cashier's desk);

  • the Blue Corridor (at this point lined with brass plaques) will end and to the right, at the end of a very short corridor, is the glass-door entrance to the Center for Education.

If entering at the Brookline Avenue East Campus Main Entrance (across from Short Street and Simmons College athletic complex):

  • This will bring you to the Feldberg building lobby, take the elevator or stairs to the second floor;

  • Follow the Blue Corridor toward the Rabb and Gryzmish buildings (past the gift shop and the Cashier's desk);

  • The Blue Corridor (now lined with brass plaques) will end and to the right, at the end of a very short corridor, is the glass-door entrance to the Center for Education.

  • Download an East Campus Map