Welcoming New Faculty – Piamkamon Vacharotayangul, DDS, PhD

Please join us in welcoming Piamkamon Vacharotayangul, DDS, PhD, as a new faculty member in the Department of Surgery.

Piamkamon Vacharotayangul, DDS, PhD
Associate Surgeon, Division of Oral Medicine

Dr. Vacharotayangul received her DDS from Mahidol University and a graduate diploma in clinical sciences from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. She then completed a fellowship in oral medicine at UC San Francisco, where she also completed a PhD in oral and craniofacial sciences.

She is board certified by the American Board of Oral Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM), the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) and the American Dental Association (ADA).

Before coming to the Brigham, Dr. Vacharotayangul worked as head of the Division of Oral Medicine and instructor at Srinakharinwirot University. She was also a part-time oral medicine specialist in various private hospitals in Thailand.

Dr. Vacharotayangul’s clinical and research interests include improving the oral and general health in people living with HIV, as well as those with chronic oral lesions and oral morbidities after head and neck cancer treatments.

Welcoming New Faculty – Jennifer Guerriero, PhD

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

Jennifer Guerriero, PhD
Lead Investigator, Division of Breast Surgery

Dr. Guerriero graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in biochemistry. She obtained a PhD in immunology and pathology and molecular and cellular biology at Stony Brook University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Guerriero is an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR); the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), where she is the chair of the Early Career Scientist Committee; and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She is a working group member of the Immuno-Oncology interest group and the TNBC breast group of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC), which conducts innovative and high-impact clinical trials for breast cancer.

Dr. Guerriero is also the director of the breast immunology laboratory for the Dana-Farber Susan F. Smith Women’s Cancer Program, and she serves on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science (HiTS). She will continue in both these roles after starting her new role at the Brigham.

Dr. Guerriero’s research interests include harnessing the anti-tumor potential of tumor-associated macrophages for breast cancer immunotherapy, understanding how breast cancer cell intrinsic mutations regulate the tumor microenvironment, and elucidating the biology, diversity and ontogeny of tumor macrophages in breast tumors. The major goal of the breast immunology lab is to perform in-depth analysis of animal models and patient samples to efficiently guide rational use and development of immunotherapy modalities for the treatment of breast cancer.

Welcoming New Faculty – Nakul Raykar, MD, MPH

Please join us in welcoming Nakul Raykar, MD, MPH, as a new faculty member in the Department of Surgery.

Nakul Raykar, MD, MPH
Associate Surgeon, Division of Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care

Dr. Raykar graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in ceramic and materials engineering. He received his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He completed his general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship from the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he completed a trauma/critical care medicine, acute care surgery and global health surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

He is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. Dr. Raykar’s research interests include access safe blood transfusion, trauma systems development and surgical systems strengthening in low-resource settings.