This September, Changemakers is talking about challenges: the ones we face on our career paths and the ways we choose to challenge ourselves.
They’ll be speaking with Dr. Joan Reede, the Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Reede is no stranger to challenges, having been discouraged in her youth from applying to Brown University. Thankfully she chose to ignore the advice of her school counselor and applied anyway – and was accepted. This decision started her down the path to her M.D. and her current position as one of the few African American women to hold a deanship at a medical school in the United States.
About Dr. Joan Reede
In 2001, Dr. Joan Reede became Harvard Medical School's (HMS) first dean for diversity and community partnership. She is the first African American woman to hold that rank at HMS. Dr. Reede also founded the HMS Minority Faculty Development Program and currently serves as Faculty Director of the Community Outreach programs. In 2008, she became the Director of the Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity. In addition, Dr. Reede holds appointments of Professor of Medicine at HMS, Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Assistant in Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Prior to coming to HMS, Dr. Reede served as the medical director of a Boston community health center, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. She has also worked as a pediatrician in community and academic health centers, juvenile prisons, and public schools.
Dr. Reede graduated from Brown University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and a fellowship in child psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. She holds an MPH and an MS in Health Policy Management from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and an MBA from Boston University.