Contact Us/About the Indian Health Service

Thomas Sequist, MD MPH, Medical Director


Dr. Thomas Sequist is the medical director of the Brigham and Women’s Outreach Program. He is a member of the Taos Pueblo tribe in New Mexico, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He currently practices primary care at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is the Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Partners Healthcare.

Dr. Sequist has worked extensively with the leadership of the Indian Health Service to study quality of care and access to care for Native Americans. Dr. Sequist is also committed to improving the health of Native Americans through student mentorship. He has served for more than 20 years as the Director of the Four Directions Summer Research Program at Harvard Medical School, offering American Indian undergraduate students a summer research experience, career advice, and long term mentoring.

Dr. Sequist graduated from Cornell University with a BS in chemical engineering. He received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School, and his MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Ellen Bell, MBA MPH, Senior Project Manager


Prior to her role as Senior Project Manager for the Brigham and Women's Outreach Program, Ellen had worked extensively in large health care organizations serving as Associate Director, Beth Israel Hospital; Administrative Director for Emergency Services, Massachusetts General Hospital; and, Regional Business Manager, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Additionally, Ellen was a Board Member of the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund and the Chair of the Health Care Committee.

Ellen graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BS in Business Administration. She received her MBA and MPH degrees from Tulane University School of Business and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.