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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. Dr. Sequist is particularly interested in health policy issues affecting care for Native Americans, and 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 is also the Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Mass General Brigham, where he works with the leadership of multiple hospitals and institutions to measure and improve the delivery of health care across the care continuum.

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

Ellen Bell, MBA MPH, Senior Project Manager


Ellen Bell is the Senior Project Manager for the Brigham and Women's Outreach Program. Prior to this role, Ellen had worked extensively in large health care organizations that includes serving as Associate Director, Beth Israel Hospital; Administrative Director for Emergency Services, Massachusetts General Hospital; and, Regional Business Manager, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Ellen is deeply committed to working with underserved communities. She served as a Board Member of the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund and Chaired the Health Care Committee. In this role, she worked alongside representatives from Senator Ted Kennedy’s office as well as medical and mental health care advocates, providers and insurers to guarantee all affected Massachusetts families were provided access and means to health care coverage and services.

Ellen graduated with Honors 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.