Departmental Leadership

Deeb Salem, MD is the chair of the Department of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, MA.Deeb N. Salem, MD, FACC, FACCP 

Dr. Deeb Salem has had a distinguished career as an academic cardiologist. He served as Chief of Cardiology at the Tufts New England Medical Center from 1987 to 1995 and was appointed the Sheldon M Wolff Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Physician-in- Chief of Tufts Medical Center in 1998. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Chest Physicians. 

Dr. Salem was the founding President of the New England Affiliate of the American Heart Association. His academic accomplishments include over one hundred and eighty scientific publications. He is recognized as a national expert in coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and congestive heart failure.  In 2007, Dr. Salem was the recipient of the American Heart Association’s Paul Dudley White Lifetime Achievement award. In August of 2007, Dr. Salem received the Champions in Healthcare, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Boston Business Journal. He has repeatedly been listed in Boston Magazine as one of “Boston’s Best” physicians.  He was elected to the Publications Committee of the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003 and became Vice Chair of that Committee in the spring of 2009. 


Karen Freund, MD is a physician at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH 

Dr. Karen M. Freund is Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs and Quality Improvement in the Department of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center.  She holds secondary appointments in Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Public Health and Community Medicine, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She also has an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship. 

Dr. Freund has broad translational science expertise in clinical trials, comparative effectiveness and health policy research. She is currently funded to analyze the impact of Massachusetts health reform on stability of insurance coverage and quality of care for cancer, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. She is also investigating efforts to improve care transitions and reduce preventable admissions. 

Dr. Freund is a member of the AHRQ Health Care Research Training study section and NIH Health Disparities and Equity Promotion study section. She is on the editorial boards of Women’s Health Issues, Women’s Health and Gender Based Medicine, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. 

Dr. KassirerJerome P. Kassirer, MD, MACP

Dr. Kassirer has been a member of the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine for more than five decades, and served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine for 20 years.  His research has encompassed diverse fields including acid-base balance, medical decision- making, and cognitive science. Dr. Kassirer has served as a governor and regent of the American College of Physicians, chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and from 1991 to 1999, as Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. 

He is the recipient of numerous awards, several honorary degrees including one from the Universite Rene Descartes in Paris, and is a Master of the American College of Physicians.He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Kassirer has written extensively about health care, for-profit medicine, and financial conflict of interest. He is the author of the Oxford University Press book, “On the Take: How Medicine’s Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health.” and a co-author of “Learning Clinical Reasoning.” 

Richard Kopelman, MD is an internal medicine physician at Tufts Medical Center.Richard Kopelman, MD, FACP

Richard Kopelman, MD, is the Vice-Chairman for Education in the Department of Medicine. He is the Louisa C. Endicott Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He began his academic career at Tufts as one of the first faculty members in the newly created Division of General Medicine in the early 1980s. He has been acting chief of that division on several occasions. He has been Director of the Medical House Staff Training Program since 1981, overseeing the growth of the house staff from 30 members to its current total of 76 interns and residents. He has been an active member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, being a past Council member and participant in numerous committees and task forces. For the past several years he has been the leader of the Assembly of University Program Directors in that organization. 

His academic pursuits have been in the areas of hypertension and clinical problem solving. With Dr. Kassirer he was the co-editor of the Clinical Problem Solving series in Hospital Practice for many years and subsequently co-authored two editions of Learning Clinical Reasoning with Drs. Kassirer and Wong. In addition to his administrative responsibilities Dr. Kopelman maintains an active practice in general internal medicine and for the past several years has been regularly listed in the Best Doctors in America and by Boston Magazine in its lists of top physicians. 

Dr. Kopelman received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in economics from Harvard College in 1970 and his medical school degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1974. He did his house staff training at Tufts- New England Medical Center followed by a fellowship in hypertension at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

David Snydman, MD is an infectious diseases specialist at Tufts Medical Center.David R. Snydman, MD 

David R. Snydman, MD was named as the Vice-Chairman for Research for the Department of Medicine in October 2016. Earlier in his career while working in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control he was one of the authors in the first description of Lyme disease. He has chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases since 1998. 

Dr. Snydman developed an interest in the immunocompromised host and is an internationally recognized expert in transplantation infectious diseases in general and cytomegalovirus infections in particular. He developed Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin for licensure in collaboration with the Massachusetts Biologic Public Health Laboratory, the first non-HIV treatment IND biologic product approved by the FDA. For his seminal work he was awarded a citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1994. 

His current research interests are primarily in C. difficile associated infections, the microbiome in C. difficile associated disease, and cytomegalovirus infections. He is the author of 221 peer reviewed original papers and has been an editor of 21 books. 


John Wong, MD is a clinical decision making specialist at Tufts Medical Center.John Wong, MD

Dr. John B. Wong is Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Chief of the Division of Clinical Decision Making, Director of Comparative Effectiveness Research for the Tufts Clinical Translational Institute, and a Professor of Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

A Master of the American College of Physicians, a Past President of the Society for Medical Decision Making, and an Associate Statistical Editor for the Annals of Internal Medicine, he has been a member of guideline committees for the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Infectious Diseases Society of America, European League Against Rheumatism, and the US Preventive Services Task Force and a consultant to the World Health Organization, National Academy of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American College of Cardiology, and American Heart Association. He currently also serves as a member on the Committee on Publications of the Massachusetts Medical Society (which owns and publishes the New England Journal of Medicine).

His research focuses on the application of decision analysis to medical decision making to help patients, clinicians, and policymakers choose among alternative tests, treatments or policies, thereby promoting rational evidence-based efficient and effective patient-centered care that reflects individualized risk assessment and patient preferences. His mentorship has helped medical residents pursue research presented at national meetings, published in medical journals and obtain research funding and subspecialty fellowships.