Welcoming New Faculty – Anupama Mehta, MD

Please join us in welcoming Anupama Mehta, MD, as a new faculty member in the Department of Surgery.

Anupama Mehta, MD
Associate Surgeon, Division of Trauma, Burn, Surgical and Critical Care

Dr. Mehta graduated with honors from Rutgers College and obtained her medical degree from the University of Vermont. She completed a general surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center and a burns and critical care fellowship at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

She is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. She is also a member of the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Dr. Mehta’s clinical interests include: Burn surgery and reconstruction, wound healing, scar tissue management and burn critical care. She also treats pediatric burns and patients with Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Additionally, she has interests in faculty development and resident wellness initiatives.

Welcoming Thomas G. Gleason, MD, chief of Cardiac Surgery and co-executive director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Brigham Health

Thomas G. Gleason, MD

Thomas G. Gleason, MD, has joined Brigham Health as the new chief of Cardiac Surgery and co-executive director of the Heart and Vascular Center.

Dr. Gleason joins the Brigham from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he served as the Ronald V. Pellegrini Endowed Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery and co-director of the Heart and Vascular Institute, as well as director of the Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In these roles, he directed the adult cardiac surgery programs for UPMC’s many Pennsylvania-based hospitals that provide cardiac surgical services and co-directed the cardiovascular disease service line.

A graduate of Middlebury College (BS) in Vermont and Rush Medical College (MD) in Chicago, Dr. Gleason completed his general surgical internship and residency at the University of Virginia, where he also obtained a Master of Science in immunology. He completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency and an advanced cardiac and thoracic aortic fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University prior to joining UPMC.

Dr. Gleason has extensive clinical experience managing patients with valvular heart disease, thoracic aortic disease, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation. His clinical research interests are primarily focused on the development and refinement of novel valve therapies, particularly aortic valve repair strategies, and in developing a systematic approach toward the management of aortic dissections. His longstanding basic science research interest has been devoted to the study of the aortopathy associated with congenital bicuspid aortic valves (BAV)—the most common phenotype seen among patients with ascending aortic aneurysmal disease. His multidisciplinary Thoracic Aortic Disease Research Laboratory aims to facilitate translational research of the vascular biology and biomechanics of thoracic aortic diseases. The laboratory maintains a robust thoracic aortic tissue bank that now houses over 1,000 distinct aortic smooth muscle cell lines and 150 aortic endothelial cell lines, many of which have been immortalized, all used as the framework for this translational human cell-based research.

Dr. Gleason is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the American Surgical Association (ASA) and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS). He was a permanent member (2014-2019) of the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) Study Section for the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health, and he currently serves on the editorial board of Circulation. He serves on the National Steering Committee for the STS/ACC TVT Registry and is co-chair of the Research and Publications Committee for the TVT. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST).

“Dr. Gleason will be bringing a wealth of clinical, academic and research leadership to his new Brigham roles,” Gerard Doherty, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery says. “I am confident that he will be highly effective in building on the strong foundation we have in place within our cardiac surgery programs and in partnering with John F. Keaney, Jr., MD, chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, to provide strategic oversight of the Heart and Vascular Center.”

Robert Riviello, MD, MPH, Appointed Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Foundation Distinguished Chair in Global Surgery

In 2017, the Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Foundation gave a gift of $1M to establish an endowment for Global Surgery work at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Robert Riviello, MD, MPH, with that gift, has been working to reduce surgical disparities and improve delivery of care in developing nations. Recently, Carmella Kletjian has donated an additional $1M to establish the Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Foundation Distinguished Chair in Global Surgery. Carmella Kletjian is the co-founder of the Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Foundation, which has developed strategic partnerships and invested in hospitals, global surgery groups, and business programs to improve the safety, affordability, and quality of healthcare in the world’s poorest places.

We are pleased to announce Robert Riviello, MD, MPH, as the inaugural incumbent of the Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Foundation Distinguished Chair in Global Surgery. As Chair in Global Surgery and Director of Global Surgery for the BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health, Dr. Riviello continues to dedicate his career to improving surgical access and quality for vulnerable people.

Robert Riviello, MD, MPH

Robert Riviello, MD, MPH
Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Foundation Distinguished Chair in Global Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Director of Global Surgery Programs, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Robert Riviello, MD, MPH, is an associate surgeon in the Division of Trauma, Burn, Surgical & Critical Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and serves as director of Global Surgery for the BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH).

He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Riviello completed a General Surgery Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN and was a Fulbright International Fellow in Global Surgery at Centro Evangelico de Medicina in Lubango, Angola. He completed both an Acute Care and Burn Surgery Fellowship and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at BWH.

Dr. Riviello has dedicated his career to improving surgical access and quality for vulnerable people. Over the past decade he has split his time between BWH and sub-Saharan Africa, strengthening surgical services, surgical training programs, non-technical skills for surgery, and providing mentorship to the CSPH’s and Harvard’s global surgery fellows.