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Office of Clinical and Health Affairs

The RBHS Office of Clinical and Health Affairs leads and supports a diverse array of interprofessional clinical, health, education, and research initiatives that promote Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences as a premier academic health system.

Working collaboratively with partners from across Rutgers, our clinical affiliates, and other stakeholders, we also advance innovative, strategically-important projects and initiatives that ensure an exceptional clinical learning environment and improve the health and well-being of our Rutgers community and New Jersey constituents.

To learn more about our patient care activities, visit Rutgers Health. To learn more about Rutgers University’s COVID-19 efforts, please visit the Universitywide COVID-19 Information website.

Our Team 

Vicente H. Gracias, M.D., FACS, FCCP, FCCM, is the Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS); Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University; and Chair of the Health Education Executive Council. In these roles, Dr. Gracias leads the growth and evolution of the Rutgers clinical enterprise and clinical learning environment during this time of systematic change in healthcare. Dr. Gracias works closely with the Deans, institute directors, faculty leaders and health system partners to encourage collaboration, advance quality and excellence, and provide strategic direction. Dr. Gracias helps steward mission areas including but not limited to innovation in the paradigm of patient-centered, population-based, and value-driven health care practices throughout RBHS, the University, and surrounding health systems. He is also the Chief Academic Officer for RWJBarnabas Health and a Professor of Surgery.

Kim Tuby, M.B.A., is the Chief of Staff/Director of Special Projects for the RBHS Office of Clinical and Health Affairs. She supports Dr. Gracias in leading, planning and developing key initiatives in support of RBHS and Rutgers Health’s operational and strategic priorities. In particular, she has been heavily involved in GME/health education planning, policy development, COVID-19 response support, and the office’s overall strategic planning and communications. Kim also serves as lead administrator for the office’s operations, budgeting, and cross-team coordination.

Michele Donald is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Gracias, a role to which she brings over 16 years of executive-level administrative experience, with a background in both private and public sectors. She is also responsible for organizing and scheduling many of the special events for the office.


Chantal Brazeau, M.D., serves as the RBHS Chief Wellness Officer. She has been a faculty member of New Jersey Medical School since 1995 where she is Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry. She has served as Director of Medical Student Education and Interim Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. She has served as Assistant Dean for Faculty Vitality at New Jersey Medical School since 2016 and assumed that role at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in January 2020.  She was announced as the inaugural Chief Wellness Officer at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in December 2019. Since 1995, she has taught about professional well-being, conducted research and presented at national and international venues on this topic. Her seminal article on matriculating medical student distress has become a turning point in the field.

Visit the RBHS Professional Well-Being website.

Andrew M. Evens, D.O., M.Sc., F.A.C.P., is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Innovation and Data Analytics, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; Associate Director for Clinical Services at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; and he is Medical Director of the Oncology Service Line and Oncology Lead for the Combined Medical Group for RWJBarnabas Health. In these roles, he helps to foster a culture of innovation across multiple medical and health disciplines and provide leadership on operational data analytics and clinical decision-making support systems. Dr. Evens works closely with RBHS leadership, the combined practice, and RWJBH hospital leadership to advance evidence-based practices for qualitative implementation improvement to ensure robust, dynamic, and high-value clinical decision support. Nationally, he is a core member of the Hodgkin Lymphoma Working Group for the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute; co-chair of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium lymphoma committee; and an elected member to the North American Scientific Advisory Board for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. He is also Professor of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

Ethan A. Halm, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., is a Professor of Medicine and the inaugural Vice Chancellor for Population Health at Rutgers Biological Health Sciences. In this role, he aims to advance Population Health initiatives in research, education, and clinical care across the Rutgers University schools of medicine, public health, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, health professions, and graduate studies, and their affiliated clinical partners. He is also the Deputy Chief Population Health Officer for the RWJBarnabas Health System, a 12 hospital regional healthcare network that is the leading academic health system in NJ.  At Rutgers, Dr. Halm is also member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research and Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Dr. Halm is an experienced clinical and scientific leader and accomplished researcher and mentor. His research focuses on: 1) understanding patient, provider, and system factors that influence the quality, efficiency, equity, patient-centeredness, and outcomes of care; 2) implementing and evaluating interventions to improve the health and healthcare of individuals and populations; and 3) using predictive analytic techniques to identify and reduce the risk of adverse outcomes. His work has been funded by the NIH, AHRQ, RWJ Foundation, and many other national and state entities. Prior to joining RBHS, he was the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine (GIM) and Director of the Outcomes and Health Services Research (HSR) program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas.

Sherry Huang, M.D., is the inaugural Vice Chancellor for Graduate Medical Education and Enterprise-Wide Designated Institutional Official at Rutgers Biomedical Health and Sciences. In this role, Dr. Huang works to advance the training of the 1,600 GME residents and fellows in the Rutgers Health system to achieve the best GME educational and clinical experiences. Additionally, Dr. Huang practices clinical Pediatric GI as a Professor of Pediatrics at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with expertise in early risk colon cancer. She is passionate about teaching and serves as a mentor to students, residents, fellows and junior faculty.

Mary O’Dowd, M.P.H., is the Executive Director of Health Systems and Population Health Integration for RBHS. O’Dowd leads and supports multi-disciplinary population health-related programs and research projects. She develops partnerships with healthcare and public health partners at the state, local, and community level. O’Dowd serves on the Board of Directors for University Hospital, in Newark, as the designee of the President of Rutgers University and is a member of several advisory boards including the Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership, New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science, and the New Jersey Action Coalition - Future of Nursing for the Health of Our State. In 2021, O’Dowd launched a new podcast series, On the Pandemic, which engages university experts and New Jersey health leaders in conversations regarding the critical challenges in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to joining Rutgers, she served as the Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Health. 

Noa’a Shimoni M.D., M.P.H., is the Associate Vice President for Student Health Services at Rutgers University. In her role, Dr. Shimoni works closely with the Student Health Services across Rutgers.  She directs Student Health at the Rutgers Biomedical Health and Sciences Campus and provides medical care to RBHS students as an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at New Jersey Medical School. She is passionate about student well-being and leads the RBHS JED Campus Project. Dr. Shimoni’s work centers on advancing a Wellness Community and utilizing informatics to prioritize student population health. 

Project Leads

Jack Hemphill is a Project Coordinator for the RBHS Office of Clinical and Health Affairs. In this role, Jack supports a variety of projects spanning student and occupational health, population health, clinical operations, and other administrative functions pertaining to the office.

Jaclyn Manzo, M.Ed., is the Institutional Administrator for Graduate Medical Education. She supports the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Medical Education in developing and maintaining the educational quality of all Rutgers Health physician training programs and ensuring compliance with ACGME accreditation standards and other regulatory requirements. She functions as a liaison between program directors, program coordinators, trainees, faculty, and the GME Office.

Marc Masciocchi, M.B.A., is the Director of Graduate Medical Education Finance.  He supports the Vice Chancellor of Graduate Medical Education in developing budgets and financial models to ensure the short- and long-term fiscal health of all Rutgers Health physician training programs.  He functions as a liaison between program directors and finance professionals representing New Jersey Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and health system partners.

Boris Paskhover, M.D., serves as the RBHS Liaison to the New Jersey Veteran Affairs and has a desire to optimize clinical care for veterans across New Jersey. Dr. Paskhover is an academic Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon who has been with RBHS since 2017. Prior to joining RBHS, he was trained at Yale and NYU and is double board certified. He has a strong familial connection to New Jersey and attended Rutgers New Brunswick as an undergraduate student.

Joyce Porter, M.B.A., is the Project Manager for the RBHS Office of Clinical and Health Affairs. In this role, Joyce drives projects pertaining to clinical operations, student health, and population health. Through her previous experiences in acute care settings, she has developed a passion for improving healthcare access and effectiveness. 

Administrative Support

Tissany Chatman is the Staff Assistant for the RBHS Office of Clinical and Health affairs, a role to which she brings over 20 years of administrative experience. In addition, she also works with Procurement and Human Resources.  

Fayola Edwards, B.Sc., M.Ed., is the Management Assistant to Dr. Sherry Huang and brings experience in higher education administration, financial reporting, budgeting and human resource management. She also provides advanced, diversified and confidential administrative and management support within the Office of General Medical Education.

Contact Us 

Child Health Institute of New Jersey
89 French Street, Suite 4100
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

112 Paterson Street, Suite 102
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Email: svcca@rbhs.rutgers.edu