Meet the Team

S. Jean Emans, M.D/S. Jean Emans, M.D., Faculty Director of the Office of Faculty Development, is the Mary Ellen Avery Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School,  Chief Emeritus, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, and PI, MCHB Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Training Program. She is the Program Director of one of the seven Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB/HRSA) Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Training Programs in the U.S. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Adolescent Medicine and as President of the North American Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Gynecology.

She was one of eight members of the first SubBoard of Adolescent Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is the author of several textbooks, including Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (6th edition, 7th edition in press); the websites,,; and more than 200 articles that have focused on medical education, reproductive endocrinology, and gynecology.

She directs two Harvard CME courses: Adolescent Medicine, and Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She co-directs the annual HMS Leadership Development Course for Physicians and Scientists and the Joint Faculty Mentoring course. 

She has lectured extensively on pediatric and adolescent gynecology and adolescent medicine nationally and internationally, including keynote addresses in Melbourne - Australia, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires; she has also consulted to university and hospital programs on faculty development initiatives.

Dr. Emans has been named one of the Best Doctors in America and honored with the 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Adele Dellenbaugh Hofmann Adolescent Health Award, the 2009 HMS William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award, the 2011 Children’s Hospital Boston Medical Staff Service Award, the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine Award from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), the highest honor in Adolescent Medicine, and the 2017 BCH Medical Staff Organization (MSO) Recognition Award.

Maxine Milstein, M.B.A., Administrative Director of the Office of Faculty Development, has an extensive background in higher education, healthcare and teaching. Maxine previously worked at Boston University as the Director of the Educational Resource Center, an academic support center serving more than 3000 undergraduate and graduate students.Maxine Milstein, M.B.A.

Prior to this position, she was the Associate Director of Graduate Programs at Boston University's School of Management where she oversaw the doctoral program. Maxine has also worked at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and at the Royal Victoria and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals in Montreal, Quebec.

She brings broad expertise in strategic goal setting, operational planning, project management, and cultural competency awareness and training. Maxine earned her MBA, with High Honors, from Boston University where she was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.


Jill Dobriner, Ph.D.Jill Dobriner, Ph.D., is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Faculty Development, assisting in communications, event planning, and program development. Prior to coming to Children's, she earned a Ph.D in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, taught 19th-century American Literature and Women's Studies in Oklahoma, and worked for other non-profits in the Boston-area.

Valerie Ward, M.D., M.P.H.Valerie Ward, M.D., M.P.H. is a faculty radiologist at Boston Children's Hospital, an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and serves as the Medical Director of the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and the Faculty Co-Director of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Council, with the support of the Office of Faculty Development.

Dr. Ward's training includes a Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a Pediatric Radiology Fellowship at Boston Children's, a Harvard-wide Health Services Research Fellowship, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She was one of three academic radiologists in the U.S. selected for a prestigious General Electric Association of University Radiologists Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (2002).

She has contributed to research in pediatric imaging technology assessment using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and low radiation dose fluoroscopy. She won a Society for Pediatric Radiology's John A. Kirkpatrick Young Investigator Award. More recently, she has undertaken research in health care disparities and co-authored a Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation grant with members of the DCCC to create an in-patient satisfaction initiative Pathways to Culturally Competent Care.

In 2004, she was awarded the Children's Hospital sponsorship to the Fellows Program of The Partnership, Inc., an organization committed to workplace diversity and inclusion through professional and organizational development. Dr. Ward received the hospital-wide 2008 Black Achievers' Award and the 2012-2013 HMS Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award. Dr. Ward is highly regarded for her mentoring roles in the HMS community and has been a valued research mentor to junior faculty and fellows and a mentor to premedical college students.

Alan Leichtner headshotAlan Leichtner, M.D., M.S.H.P.Ed, Chief Medical Education Officer and Director of the Department of Medical Education at BCH, and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education at BCH and HMS,  is Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Richard Grand Chair in Gastroenterology at Boston Children's Hospital.

Dr. Leichtner has a long-standing clinical and research interest in childhood inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease, and is the Director of the Center for Celiac Disease and Celiac Support Group at Boston Children's Hospital. He has authored more than 70 original publications and chapters on various topics in pediatric gastroenterology.

In his tenure at BCH, Dr. Leichtner has been a highly regarded teacher and advisor of the pediatric residents. In addition, he has mentored more than 100 fellows in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition and is the former Chairman of the Training Committee of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Dr. Leichtner is an active member of the Academy at Harvard Medical School.

As Chief Medical Education Officer and Director of the Department of Medical Education, he spearheaded the launching of the hospital-based Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation and Scholarship. The Academy at Boston Children's Hospital is designed to foster innovative teaching, educational research, and recognition of excellent teachers. Dr. Leichtner's own educational projects include production of a novel series of patient education videos, which are modular and filmed in a documentary style, with patients and their family members as narrators.

He has also developed a web-based tool for creating clinical algorithms. He is the recipient of the 2010 Murray Davidson Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This annual award recognizes an outstanding clinician, educator, or scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Dr. Leichtner is also the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), the 2014 Harvard Medical School Charles J. Hatem Award for Faculty Development in Medical Education and the 2017 BCH Medical Staff Organization (MSO) Recognition Award.