meet our team
Our team works hard to make sure you have the resources you need to make your program thrive.
Michael Fischer, MD, MS
Founder & Director
Dr. Fischer is a general internist, epidemiologist, and health services researcher. He is Chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and a Professor of Medicine at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. He practices primary care internal medicine at BMC’s safety-net clinic and supervises residents in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. With extensive experience in designing and evaluating interventions to improve medication use, he has conducted numerous studies demonstrating the potential gains from improved prescribing. In 2010 he and Dr. Jerry Avorn co-founded NaRCAD and since then he has led its growth and has published on the principles of academic detailing and its application to a range of clinical areas. Read more.
Jerry Avorn, MD
Co-Founder & Special Adviser
Dr. Avorn is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief Emeritus of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics (DoPE) at Brigham & Women's Hospital. A general internist, geriatrician, and drug epidemiologist, he pioneered the concept of academic detailing and is recognized internationally as a leading expert on this topic and on optimal medication use, particularly in the elderly. Read more.
Aanchal supports NaRCAD’s communications and program development, ensuring resource curation is current and supports NaRCAD's global network. She manages NaRCAD's website toolkits and social media pages, and co-manages the DETAILS best practices blog and Peer Connection Program. Aanchal coordinates logistics and resource sharing for all educational events and analyzes evaluation data from NaRCAD’s events to inform future programming.
Zack Dumont, BSP, ACPR, MSPharm
Zack is a clinical pharmacist with the RxFiles Academic Detailing Service in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been involved with the RxFiles since 2008, with experience in both academic detailing and content development of RxFiles’ evidence-based drug therapy comparison tools. Read more.
Mary Liz Doyle Tadduni
PhD, MBA, MSN, RN
Mary Liz is a nurse with experience in nursing education, and in nursing and hospital administration. Since 2004, she has worked in Academic Detailing with the Independent Drug Information Service in Pennsylvania. In 2010, with the inception of NaRCAD, she has served as a faculty facilitator in Academic Detailing Training Techniques. She has also been a faculty facilitator in Academic Detailing Training Techniques with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
Julia Bareham, BSP, MSc
Julia is a pharmacist with RxFiles Academic Detailing Service in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She also works casually as a community pharmacist for a large retail chain. Her work at RxFiles involves providing academic detailing services across the province of Saskatchewan, and the development of evidence-based drug therapy educational materials. Read more.
Shuchin Shukla, MD, MPH
Shuchin currently serves at Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) as faculty physician and Clinical Director of Health Integration. He is an associate clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Board-Certified in Addiction Medicine. Additionally, he is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. He leads on various initiatives and projects around addiction, HIV, Hepatitis C, homelessness, and the criminal justice system. Read more.
Amanda Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS
Amanda is a residency and fellowship-trained board-certified pharmacist. She serves as the Director of the Vermont Academic Detailing Program at the University of Vermont Office of Primary Care. She has been conducting academic detailing visits with primary care providers since 2003. Read more.
Bevin K. Amira
Bevin manages NaRCAD’s strategic partnerships, building collaborations with public health leaders at the national and federal level. With career experience in building learning communities to increase engagement and sustainability, Bevin has expertise in creating interactive, interdisciplinary training curricula at healthcare-based non-profits. In collaboration with the dynamic NaRCAD team, Bevin facilitates NaRCAD's virtual and in-person learning sessions to encourage hands-on skill development and best practices sharing amongst peer programs.
Anna Morgan-Barsamian, MPH, RN, PMP
Senior Manager, Training & Education
Anna manages the NaRCAD community's educational initiatives, from conferences and trainings to learning sessions. Anna's work has enabled NaRCAD to increase their training reach exponentially, and has included leading content development, managing the DETAILS blog, leading the facilitation team, and building community partnerships.
Loren Regier, BA, BSP
Loren is a Pharmacist and Consultant Editor with RxFiles Academic Detailing Service in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Loren has guided the development of this provincial academic detailing service since the first “ground breaking” pilot project began in 1997. Loren is active as a member of the Canadian Academic Detailing Collaboration and provides training and consultation to various programs and initiatives.
Jacki Travers, PharmD
Jacki joined Pharmacy Management Consultants (PMC) in 2015 and serves as the chair of the academic detailing committee. She has been active in the development and implementation of PMC’s academic detailing program in service to Oklahoma Medicaid providers. Read more.
Vishal Kinkhabwala, MD, MPH
Vishal Kinkhabwala is the HIV Prevention Activities Coordinator with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) based in Lansing MI. Through this position, he has been active with academic detailing for 2 years and has helped to develop and further the program which aims to increase patient access to PrEP and other HIV Prevention strategies throughout the state of Michigan. Read more.
Jessica Alward, MS
Jessica Alward, MS has been an academic detailer with the State of New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services since 2018. Her primary topics include HIV, STIs, HCV and other infectious diseases. Jess helped to develop the Public Health Education & Detailing program which strives to provide education to providers, organizations, and New Hampshire residents.
Chirag S. Rathod, PharmD
Chirag is a clinical pharmacist, academic detailer and instructor with Illinois ADVANCE at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). He graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University in 2012 and has been working at UIC ever since. During his time at UIC, he has been involved in a number of collaborations with the College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, and College of Medicine in addition to teaching Medical Improv, which utilizes the techniques of improvisation to improve communication skills amongst current and future healthcare practitioners. Read more.
“I know that when I work with NaRCAD, it's all quality work."
- NaRCAD Community Member