Having received a PhD in Ancient History from the Harvard Department of the Classics, and a MD with Honors from Harvard Medical School, I investigate questions involving disease and medical decision making in the ancient (Greek, Roman, Islamic) and modern worlds; interdisciplinary methodologies in history of medicine research, including historical and textual analysis, bioarchaeology, paleoradiology and emerging techniques for studying human remains in past populations; anthropology and medical humanities; and medical ethics.
I have trained in the United States, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East as a classicist, historian, bioarchaeologist, and physician. I hold an AB in Classics, Summa cum Laude, from Harvard College, and, as a Harvard Knox Fellow, I earned a Master's degree with Distinction in Classical Art and Archaeology from King's College, University of London. Undertaking an integrated PhD MD program at Harvard University, I earned a second MA (in Ancient History) and a PhD in Ancient History under the auspices of the Harvard Department of the Classics, and my MD with Honors from Harvard Medical School, where I trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Mt. Auburn Hospital. Besides Latin and ancient Greek, I have studied classical and modern Arabic in the US, Morocco (as a FLAS recipient), and the UAE.
I am presently a resident in diagnostic radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard Medical School), selected by the American Board of Radiology as a participant in the Holman Research Pathway. In addition, I am a postdoctoral research affiliate of the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard, as well as the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology at the Museum of London. I am also a Member of the Bloomsbury Centre for Skeletal Research (London, UK) and have been selected as an inaugural Resident-Scholar of the US Society of Skeletal Radiology. Previous research affiliations include the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich, the Harvard Center for Global Health Delivery - Dubai, and the Western Australia Centre for Rural Health.
My initial book project, entitiled, "Decision is Difficult: A History of Medical Decision Making in Greco-Roman Antiquity," focuses on systems of disease classification, the development of expert intuition, the changing definition of disease over time, and the development and evolution of medical education (especially in the Greco-Roman world from 500 BCE to 200 CE). My second book project, under contract with Princeton University Press' Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers series, is entitled, "How to Be Healthy: An Ancient Guide to Wellness. Excerpts from Galen." Additional significant research projects involve evolutionary medicine and methodological development in the field of bioarchaeology using the tools of radiology, and clinical decision making regarding intervention versus non-intervention in non-Western contexts (undertaken with the SRC and the Harvard Center for Global Health Delivery - Dubai).