Meet Lahey’s Chief Academic Officer

Just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold in March 2020, Anne Mosenthal, MD, FACS joined Lahey as chief academic officer to direct Lahey’s education and research efforts across all medical specialties. To say she hit the ground running would be an understatement.

“My first six months have shown me what Lahey is capable of,” said Dr. Mosenthal. “Today, I see endless possibilities in our future.”

A nationally recognized leader in surgical palliative care, Dr. Mosenthal brings her expertise and passion for the discipline to Lahey. “Palliative care places a great emphasis on relieving pain, suffering, and emotional and psychological distress for all patients living with serious illness, and it helps families tremendously, as well,” said Dr. Mosenthal with enthusiasm.

“We are so fortunate to have Dr. Anne Mosenthal join our leadership team here at Lahey,” said David L. Longworth, MD, president of LHMC. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that truly sets her apart, and I am looking forward to witnessing her many successes as chief academic officer.”

Before joining Lahey, Dr. Mosenthal was chair of the Department of Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. The timing of her arrival was such that she was awaiting her license to practice medicine in Massachusetts, just as cases of COVID-19 surged. “I quickly tried to figure out where I could be useful in the areas where I have expertise,” said Dr. Mosenthal. She was welcomed onto the ethics team, which worked to develop crisis standards to advise the hospital’s COVID-19 response. She was also part of the group that started the Medical Liaison program (see page 8), extending the palliative care team’s reach, which was necessary given the dramatic influx of critically ill patients admitted to Lahey.

Dr. Mosenthal is committed to advancing education, and training the next generation of caregivers in Lahey’s unique approach to care. She is encouraging our researchers to publish more, to share unique innovations in care taking place here with the broader medical community.

Dr. Mosenthal wants to see Lahey’s collaborative clinical model studied and published in academic journals, both to raise awareness of how Lahey providers practice medicine and serve as a model to other organizations. “Here, we are completely focused on the patient and their family,” she said. “I would like to see us build a Lahey academy of education where we train the whole team together, not only physicians and medical students, but also nurses and staff. Everyone should come together to learn our special way of caring for patients.”