Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Mongan Institute Health Policy Center,
Mass General Research Institute
cancer care; care inequality; genetic testing; health care access; health disparities; health insurance; medicaid; pharmacogenetics; physicians family; smoking cessation; tobacco use disorder
Dr. Shields' principal research interests include issues related to the quality of care provided to underserved populations, health disparities, and challenges associated with clinical integration of new genetic technologies. Dr. Shields is the Director of the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities, which examines the complex intersection of emerging genetic research and the persistent problem of health disparities. This initiative includes analyses of current issues of pharmacogenetic treatment for cancer and developing the capacity to monitor the equitable diffusion of emergent genetic-based treatments across racial/ethnic subpopulations and by insurance status in the U.S.