Welcoming New Faculty – Kentaro Ikeda, DDS, MPH, FDS RCSEd

Please join us in welcoming Kentaro Ikeda, DDS, MPH, FDS RCSEd, as a new faculty member in the Department of Surgery.

Kentaro Ikeda, DDS, MPH, FDS RCSEd
Associate Surgeon, Division of Oral Medicine
Clinical Director, Division of Oral Medicine

Dr. Ikeda received a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Tokyo Dental College in Japan. He completed an infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, followed by a special needs pediatric dentistry residency at the Kanagawa Children’s Medical Center in Yokohama, Japan. Dr. Ikeda then completed a general practice residency and an oral medicine residency at the Carolinas Medical Center. He also holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Global Public Health.

Dr. Ikeda is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Academy of Oral Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Oral Medicine and a fellow of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  

Before coming to the Brigham, Dr. Ikeda was an assistant professor of diagnostic and biological sciences/oral medicine and family medicine at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. At the Brigham, he will also serve as clinical director of the Division of Oral Medicine. In this role, he will lead clinical improvement projects, advise regarding opportunities to promote clinical service, work with clinic managers to ensure adequate scheduling, develop clinic policies and practice guidelines, coordinate division clinical rounds and monitor faculty and staff compliance.

Dr. Ikeda’s clinical and research interests include diagnosis and management of oral mucosal diseases, orofacial pain and oral complications of systemic diseases and their management/treatment.

Welcoming New Faculty – Farhad Rikhtegar Nezami, PhD

Please join us in welcoming Farhad Rikhtegar Nezami, PhD, as a new faculty member in the Department of Surgery.

Farhad Rikhtegar Nezami, PhD
Lead Investigator, Division of Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Nezami graduated from the Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Iran with a BSc in aerospace engineering, for which he also obtained an MSc from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich in Switzerland.

Before coming to the Brigham, Dr. Nezami worked at the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center as a research scientist and project leader. At the Brigham, he will leverage his expertise in bioinformatics, computational modeling and vascular biology from a pathophysiologic perspective to achieve clinical impact by using multifaceted systems with complex biological and mechanical interactions. Dr. Nezami’s primary focus is on using computational methods to develop tractable and provably reliable test systems and novel data-driven design and optimization platforms to provide mechanistic understanding of pathologies; asses the efficacy and optimize medical devices; and deliver predictive means, diagnostic tools and surgical guidelines to clinicians.

Dr. Nezami’s research interests thus include computational pathophysiology (biofluid dynamics, biomechanics, mathematical modeling); machine learning to analyze clinical data, diagnostics/prognostics and clinical decision making; deep learning for medical image processing (fusion of modalities, plaque characterization, etc.); data-driven design/optimization of medical devices and interventions; virtual surgery using Al and in silico predictive/prognostic tools; as well as drug delivery, solute transport, pharmacokinetics and optimization.

Welcoming New Faculty – Maria Edelen, PhD

Please join us in welcoming Maria Edelen, PhD, as a new faculty member in the Department of Surgery.

Maria Edelen, PhD
Associate Director, Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value & Experience (PROVE) Center

Before coming to the Brigham, Dr. Edelen worked as a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation, where her research focused on patient-reported outcome (PRO) development, refinement and evaluation in health settings. Dr. Edelen’s recent work has focused on the use of PROs for quality measurement in a number of contexts, including primary, specialty, post-acute and hospice care.

At the PROVE Center, Dr. Edelen will be directly involved in all activities related to the center to acquire PROs for selected surgery patients at Brigham Health and to implement a culture that embeds PROs as a standard. She will lead efforts to expand the center as a resource for faculty members in all surgical disciplines, establish collaborations inside and outside of Brigham Health and Mass General Brigham, and advance PRO reporting for outcomes research, clinical care, quality improvement and value-based health care.

Dr. Edelen graduated from Boston College with a BA in psychology. She holds a master’s degree and a PhD in quantitative psychology from the L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.