New Senior Faculty and Program Leaders

Kenneth Michelson, MD, MPH
Associate Chair, Intern Selection Committee, Boston Children’s Hospital

Kenneth Michelson is an Associate Chair of the Intern Selection Committee for the BCRP.  He attends clinically in the Boston Children’s Hospital Emergency Department. Ken has a love for recruiting, mentoring and teaching residents.  He is also a former chief resident. His research interest are in improving emergency system performance by reducing diagnostic error. In his free time, he loves spending time with his wife Kate and daughter Ava, photography, smoking ribs, and minor home improvement projects/boondoggles.


Ron Samuels, MD
Associate Program Director, Boston Children’s Hospital

Ronald Samuels is a general pediatrician, Associate Director of Children’s Primary Care and an  Associate Program Director in the Boston Combined Residency Program. Ron was born in Cooperstown, NY, and grew up outside of Utica in upstate NY. He has a BA in Biology from Harvard University, went to SUNY Upstate Medical School, and was a pediatric resident at Cornell Medical Center in New York City. He came to Boston Children’s Hospital in 1992 for a general pediatrics and advocacy fellowship, while at the same time getting an MPH from Harvard in Community Health. Ron’s primary interest in in providing care and access to underserved and complicated populations. He is also on the faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health where he teaches a course in Social Determinants of Child Health, and does work at the local, and state level on immunization delivery and access. Ron lives in Newton with his wife, Laurie Cohen, and whichever of his three teenage children are currently at home. He enjoys science fiction, playing tennis and skiing.


Christine Cheston, MD
Associate Program Director, Boston Medical Center

Christine Cheston is a recently graduated Chief Resident of the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP). She is joining the BCRP leadership as an Associate Program Director and will become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center as a hospitalist and urgent care attending. Chris completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, and her medical training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency in the Urban Health and Advocacy Track of the BCRP. As a senior resident, she received a Harvard Medical Student Teaching Award. She has published important work on the emerging role of social media in medical education and in the BCRP has had early success as a QI leader, most notably with a medical interpreter project, which aims to consistently incorporate interpreters into family-centered rounds with non-English speaking families. She is passionate about formulating innovative educational strategies that teach residents how quality improvement solutions can address problems of health inequity to address social determinants of health. In her new role as Associate Program Director, Chris will continue to lead the Keystone Quarter, mentor residents in BMC-based QI initiatives, and establish resident wellness programs. In her spare time, she and her husband, Tim, love running the Harvard Stadium, exploring New England’s most picturesque locales, sampling craft brews, and checking out each foodie find written up in Boston Magazine.


Scott Hadland, MD
Associate Program Director, Boston Medical Center

Scott Hadland is an adolescent medicine specialist at Boston Medical Center and an Associate Program Director for the Boston Combined Residency Program. He is also the Director of the Urban Health and Advocacy Track (UHAT). Scott completed pediatric training in the UHAT track from 2009-2012, and then served as a Chief Resident before completing Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard-Wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Scott received his MD from Washington University i

n St. Louis, as well as an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. His clinical and research interests focus on youth substance use and he is currently concentrating his efforts on improving access to care for young people who use heroin and prescription opioids. Scott is also a member of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, an independent state agency aimed at promoting the health and well-being of LGBTQ adolescents and young adults in Massachusetts schools and communities. Scott lives in the South End with his husband.


Clare Blomberg
Program Coordinator, Boston Children’s Hospital

Clare Blomberg came to the Boston Combined Residency Program after graduating from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, where she majored in Communication. She is originally from Long Island, NY. During her time at Merrimack College, she played collegiate women’s lacrosse, and interned at marketing companies in the northeast. Immediately after graduating from Merrimack College in 2017, she moved to Boston and became involved in healthcare administration at Boston Children’s Hospital. Clare lives in South Boston, in her free time she coaches a girls club lacrosse team, enjoys visiting new restaurants and spending quality time with family and friends.


Kate Gillis
Program Coordinator, Boston Medical Center

Kate Gillis came to the Boston Combined Residency Program after working in administration in the Plastic & Oral Surgery department at Boston Children’s Hospital for three years. She grew up north of Boston in Andover, MA and attended Providence College in Providence, RI. She obtained a B.S. in Health Policy & Management with a minor in Business Studies. Kate interned a Women & Infants Hospital during her time in Providence, which sparked her interest in hospital administration. After graduating, she moved back to Boston to begin her career. Kate currently lives in Charlestown and enjoys exploring the city and spending time with family and friends.