Evan Benjamin

Chief Medical Officer

As the Chief Medical Officer at Ariadne Labs, Evan Benjamin, MD, MS, FACP, provides oversight, guidance, and support to Ariadne Labs research faculty, ensuring that Ariadne’s findings are supported by rigorous evidence and result in clinically meaningful change. Evan mentors faculty and research scientists and works with individuals to enhance faculty research. In addition, Evan works in close collaboration with Ariadne’s founder, Dr. Atul Gawande, to develop and expand Ariadne’s strategic partnerships, and to raise the Ariadne Labs profile as a global leader in health systems innovation.

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Bill Berry

Associate Director, Senior Advisor, Chief Implementation Officer ad interim

Bill Berry, MD, MPA, MPH, is the Associate Director of Ariadne Labs, the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, and the Chief Implementation Officer ad interim.

Formerly the chief medical officer at Ariadne Labs, Bill oversaw the growth and development for all the research work including the Program teams: Safe Surgery, BetterBirth, and Serious Illness Care as well as the Platform teams: Informatics and Measurement, Implementation and Improvement Science, and Program Management. In addition, Bill serves as the Director of the Safe Surgery Program and oversees the specific research and execution of the program.

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Susan Block

Senior Advisor, Serious Illness Care Program

As senior advisor and founding director, Susan Block, MD, oversees the research and execution of the Serious Illness Care Program. In addition, Susan is the founding chair of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Co-Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, and professor of psychiatry and medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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Catherine Breen

Chief Operating Officer

Catherine Breen is the chief operating officer for Ariadne Labs and has full supervisory responsibility for development and execution of financial management strategy, including policy, budgeting, compliance, and revenue and partnership generation, as well as for procurement and facilities maintenance, acquisition and retention of talent, administrative policies, and parent institution and other external relationships. Her role focuses on strengthening and supporting Ariadne Labs’ programs and platforms creatively and collaboratively in order to achieve programmatic, operational, and financial goals in a manner that advances the organization’s mission, vision, and values.

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Nic Encina

Chief Science and Technology Officer

Nic is chief science and technology officer at Ariadne Labs and oversees the research, data analytics, and technical teams. He is a cross-discipline specialist who has played key roles in building teams and pioneering innovation at technology and pharmaceutical companies. 

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Erik Fromme

Director, Serious Illness Care Program

As director, Erik Fromme, MD, MCR, oversees the research, growth, and spread of the Serious Illness Care Program.

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Atul Gawande

Executive Director

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health leader. He is CEO of the non-profit-seeking health care venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to deliver better outcomes, satisfaction, and cost efficiency in care. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the founding executive director and chairman of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally.

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Alex Haynes

Director, Safe Surgery Program

Alex Haynes, MD, MPH, is Director for the Safe Surgery Program at Ariadne Labs and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on improving surgical care delivery through improved measurement and implementation of quality improvement initiatives. His work bridges environments as diverse as acute care hospitals in South Carolina, where he has been involved in the Safe Surgery 2015 collaborative, to ambulatory surgery centers across the country, as well as hospitals and health systems around the globe. In collaboration with colleagues from the Harvard Business School, he is running a study to investigate the links between hospital management practices and ability to implement large scale quality improvement projects, funded with a research grant from the Rx Foundation. He is also a practicing surgical oncologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

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Louise Knabe

Chief Project Officer

Louise Knabe, M. Engineering, is the Chief Project Officer. In this role, she leads the team of project managers who partner with scientific leaders to ensure the successful delivery of all scientific projects at Ariadne Labs. She partners with the Chief Medical Officer to set the strategy for and lead the scientific research and implementation work.

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Amy Lieb

Director of Project Management

Amy Lieb, MBA, is the Director of Project Management, and in close collaboration with the Chief Project Officer, leads Ariadne Labs’ team of Project Managers to ensure the successful delivery of all scientific projects at Ariadne Labs. She applies her strategy and operations expertise cooperatively across the organization to support Ariadne Lab’s program growth and strategy, Ariadne Labs’ Way of Project Management, and development of Ariadne Labs’s Project Management talent pool.

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Megan McLean

Chief of Staff and Director of External Relations

Megan McLean, JD, MBA, is Chief of Staff and Director of External Relations. In these roles, she supports the Executive Director in overseeing the growth and development of Ariadne Labs and providing strategic direction to the organization, and oversees media management and public affairs.

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Kit Nichols

Director of Talent Development

Kit Nichols is Director of Talent Development, guiding our strategy and processes for recruiting and retaining faculty and staff of the highest caliber.

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Deborah O’Neil

Director of Communications

Deborah O’Neil is the director of communications and she leads Ariadne Labs global strategic communications, handling media relations, branding and marketing, and social media. 

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Katherine Semrau

Director, BetterBirth Program

Katherine Semrau, PhD, MPH, is director of the BetterBirth Program at Ariadne Labs. As Program Director, Dr. Semrau oversees the research and execution of the BetterBirth Program.

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Athelia Tilson

Director of Development

Athelia Tilson is the director of development for Ariadne Labs. With a diverse background in fundraising from MIT, Boston Children’s Hospital and Pathfinder International, Athelia has deep experience building successful fundraising programs to raise large gifts for higher education, healthcare and global health organizations. Here at Ariadne Labs, she works closely with the Executive Director, senior leadership, faculty, and colleagues at Brigham Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to connect philanthropic individuals and institutions to Ariadne Labs’ ideas, innovators and innovations.

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