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David H. Roberts, M.D.

Dr. David H. Roberts is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and he is the Director of Faculty Development for the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Roberts received his Bachelor's degree with Honors from Cornell University and then went on to medical school at Harvard. Dr. Roberts completed internship and residency in internal medicine and then pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Roberts' current professional activities at BIDMC and HMS include ambulatory patient care, teaching and administration. His clinical practice as a pulmonologist is focused on patients with dyspnea and pulmonary hypertension, as well as other general pulmonary disorders such as asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease. 

Dr. Roberts teaches medical students across the four years of HMS training, with emphasis on both the 2nd year Respiratory Pathophysiology course, and the 3rd year year-long continuity course entitled Principal Clinical Experience at BIDMC. Dr. Roberts also teaches residents, fellows and other physicians in practice, and he is a graduate of the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education and Harvard-Macy Program for Educators in Health Professions.

Dr. Roberts is the Associate Director of the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at BIDMC and he co-directs the annual continuing medical education course for medical educators from around the world, entitled Principles of Medical Education: Maximizing your Teaching Skills. Dr. Roberts is also the Associate Director of the Academy at HMS and his areas of investigation in medical education include understanding students' curiosity, critical thinking skills and use of technology in learning. 

Dr. Roberts has won many teaching awards including "Teacher of the Year" (2005) in the Combined Harvard Program in Pulmonary Medicine, HMS Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2006), the S. Robert Stone Award at BIDMC (2007), and the HMS Award for Best Clinical Instructor at BIDMC (2010).


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Michael J. Parker, M.D.

Dr. Michael Parker is a Senior Interactive Media Architect in the Center for Educational Technology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Parker received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Before becoming a physician, he worked in the software industry and then studied exercise physiology at University of Colorado while performing biomechanical analysis of U.S. team cyclists at the Olympic Training Center. He went to medical school at University of Colorado and returned to Boston for internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital.  He now combines his computer and medical knowledge to create interactive Web-based animations and simulations to enhance medical education.  He also has multiple teaching roles at HMS, including lecturer and tutor in the Human Systems pathophysiology course. As a 2005-2006 Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education, Dr. Parker worked on developing an electronic tutor guide to help first-time basic science tutors become more effective teachers.

Dr. Parker's current interests include development of clinically-oriented interactive web simulations to teach doctors in training how to understand and effectively treat challenging medical conditions.  He is working on material related to commonly encountered renal, cardiovascular, and respiratory conditions, and their underlying physiology.

The interactive diagrams Dr. Parker created as co-author of Respiratory Physiology: A Clinical Approach (with Dr. Richard Schwartzstein; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2006) were honored with the 2006 Frank Netter Award and with the position of Finalist in the National Science Foundation Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge 2006.


Drs. Roberts and Parker would like to thank the many individuals who have helped contribute to this online resource, including numerous patients with pulmonary hypertension and their family members. Additionally, many of our medical colleagues have helped contribute their time and ideas to this project, and we would like to thank them for their efforts. In particular, we would like to thank Drs. Avi Patel, Mark Saadeh, and Barbara Cockrill for their suggestions and support in this endeavor.