FACULTY AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
Department of Population Medicine (DPM) at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
Emily Oken M.D., M.P.H.
Fellowship Site Director
Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Oken’s research interests include the influence of nutrition and toxicant exposures during pregnancy and early childhood on maternal and child health. She has published widely on predictors and sequelae of maternal weight in the peripartum period, and leads studies examining the effects of maternal fish consumption during pregnancy on child health, incorporating both the risks of contaminant exposure and the benefits of the healthful nutrients within fish. Dr. Oken is PI of Project Viva, a groundbreaking longitudinal pre-birth cohort study of pregnant women and their offspring, and PI of a grant based within the Project Viva cohort to evaluate associations of prenatal exposures with offspring atopy and asthma in the early teen years. She is also PI of an R01 to follow up 16-17 year olds who had been enrolled at birth in a randomized trial of breastfeeding promotion. She is also the recipient of a NICHD-funded K24 Midcareer Mentorship Award. She completed combined clinical training in internal medicine and pediatrics. In 2009, Dr. Oken was awarded the inaugural Rising Star Award by the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research, and in 2011 and 2017 she was awarded Mentoring awards from Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of the Harvard GIM Fellowship Program. She lives in Brookline with her husband and two children.
Dr. Wharam has expertise in patient and physician incentives for efficient care and rigorous assessment of national health policies. His research has focused on high-deductible insurance, pay-for-performance, and a variety of other national health policy changes. He has developed one of the largest administrative datasets for examining health insurance, primary care, and health policy research questions. In 2009, Dr. Wharam received the HMO Research Network Early Career Investigator Award. He leads or co-leads six national R01-level projects examining effects of emerging health insurance designs and other interventions on appropriate health care use, health outcomes, and vulnerable populations (1U58DP02719, R01DK100304, R01DK112750, 1U18DP006122, 1R01CA172639, IHS-1408-20393). He has mentored fellows’ projects assessing a variety of national policies and topics including opioid overdose, prescription drug monitoring programs, mental health parity laws, bariatric surgery outcomes, health care disparities, Choosing Wisely and low-value health services, adolescent-to-young adult care transitions, and breast cancer outcomes. Dr. Wharam is the director of the Division of Health Policy and Insurance Research (HPI) in the Department of Population Medicine and practices at Atrius Harvard Vanguard-Kenmore. He lives in the Boston suburbs with his wife and four children.
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