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profileDavid H. Roberts, M.D.

TitleDean for External Education
InstitutionHarvard Medical School
DepartmentExternal Education
AddressHarvard Medical School
Gordon Hall, 1st Floor, Dean for External Education
25 Shattuck St
Boston MA 02115
Phone617/432-3638
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TitleSteven P. Simcox, Patrick A. Clifford and James H. Higby Associate Professor of Medicine
InstitutionBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
DepartmentMedicine
DivisionPulmonary


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Dr. Roberts' work focuses on the intersection of pulmonary medicine and medical education. Dr. Roberts is a Harvard Macy Scholar (2008) and a graduate of the Rabkin Felloship in Medical Education at BIDMC. Dr. Roberts' clinical work focuses on caring for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension and unexplained dyspnea.

Dr. Roberts teaches across the spectrum of HMS courses including first year human physiology, second year respiratory pathophysiology and Dr. Roberts is the Director of the BIDMC PCE for third year students.

Dr. Roberts is the Associate Director of the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at BIDMC, Director of the BIDMC Academy for Medical Educators, and Associate Director of the Academy at HMS.

Dr. Roberts' interests in medical education include faculty development, curriculum development, measurement and enhancement of curiosity and critical thinking skills, and the use of technology in medical education.


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  1. Schwartzstein RM, Roberts DH. Saying Goodbye to Lectures in Medical School - Paradigm Shift or Passing Fad? N Engl J Med. 2017 Aug 17; 377(7):605-607. PMID: 28813217.
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  2. Mostaghimi A, Olszewski AE, Bell SK, Roberts DH, Crotty BH. Erosion of Digital Professionalism During Medical Students' Core Clinical Clerkships. JMIR Med Educ. 2017 May 03; 3(1):e9. PMID: 28468745.
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  3. Topor DR, Roberts DH. Faculty Development Programming at Academic Medical Centers: Identifying Financial Benefits and Value. Med Sci Educ. 2016 Sep; 26(3):417-419. PMID: 27695642.
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  4. Newman LR, Brodsky D, Jones RN, Schwartzstein RM, Atkins KM, Roberts DH. Frame-of-Reference Training: Establishing Reliable Assessment of Teaching Effectiveness. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2016; 36(3):206-10. PMID: 27583997.
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  5. McSparron JI, Ricotta DN, Moskowitz A, Volpicelli FM, Roberts DH, Schwartzstein RM, Huang GC. The PrOSTE: identifying key components of effective procedural teaching. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Feb; 12(2):230-4. PMID: 25564926.
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  6. Yeh GY, Wayne PM, Litrownik D, Roberts DH, Davis RB, Moy ML. Tai chi mind-body exercise in patients with COPD: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2014 Aug 28; 15:337. PMID: 25168853; PMCID: PMC4158042.
  7. Auerbach A, Roberts DH, Gangadharan SP, Kent MS. Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome in a patient presenting with familial spontaneous pneumothorax. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Jul; 98(1):325-7. PMID: 24996715.
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  8. Rajagopal R, More RS, Roberts DH. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation through a transcarotid approach under local anesthesia. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2014 Nov 15; 84(6):903-7. PMID: 24399743.
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  9. Fessler HE, Le T, Roberts DH. Editors' introduction to ATS Reports: Medical education. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014 Feb; 11(2):222-3. PMID: 24575989.
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  10. Roberts DH, Schwartzstein RM, Weinberger SE. Career development for the clinician-educator. Optimizing impact and maximizing success. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014 Feb; 11(2):254-9. PMID: 24575995.
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  11. Ridge CA, Hobbs BD, Bukoye BA, Aronson MD, Boiselle PM, Leffler DA, Sternberg SB, Roberts DH. Incidentally detected lung nodules: clinical predictors of adherence to Fleischner Society surveillance guidelines. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2014 Jan-Feb; 38(1):89-95. PMID: 24424558.
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  12. Richards JB, Wilcox SR, Roberts DH, Schwartzstein RM. Twelve tips for overnight teaching. Med Teach. 2014 Mar; 36(3):196-200. PMID: 24164552.
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  13. Anstey MH, Weinberger SE, Roberts DH. Teaching and practicing cost-awareness in the intensive care unit: a TARGET to aim for. J Crit Care. 2014 Feb; 29(1):107-11. PMID: 24075293.
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  14. Richards JB, Kelly E, Fessler H, Roberts DH. A novel survey tool to assess pulmonary and critical care fellows' attitudes regarding acquiring teaching skills during fellowship training. J Grad Med Educ. 2013 Sep; 5(3):506-9. PMID: 24404319; PMCID: PMC3771185.
  15. Landon BE, Roberts DH. Reenvisioning specialty care and payment under global payment systems. JAMA. 2013 Jul 24; 310(4):371-2. PMID: 23917283.
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  16. Boiselle PM, Litmanovich DE, Michaud G, Roberts DH, Loring SH, Womble HM, Millett ME, O'Donnell CR. Dynamic expiratory tracheal collapse in morbidly obese COPD patients. COPD. 2013 Oct; 10(5):604-10. PMID: 23837455.
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  17. Boiselle PM, Michaud G, Roberts DH, Loring SH, Womble HM, Millett ME, O'Donnell CR. Dynamic expiratory tracheal collapse in COPD: correlation with clinical and physiologic parameters. Chest. 2012 Dec; 142(6):1539-1544. PMID: 22722230; PMCID: PMC3515027.
  18. Haspel RL, Bhargava P, Gilmore H, Kane S, Powers A, Sepehr A, Weinstein AR, Schwartzstein RM, Roberts DH. Successful implementation of a longitudinal, integrated pathology curriculum during the third year of medical school. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2012 Nov; 136(11):1430-6. PMID: 23106589.
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  19. Akuthota P, Litmanovich D, Zutler M, Boiselle PM, Bankier AA, Roberts DH, Celli BR, DeCamp MM, Berger RL. An evidence-based estimate on the size of the potential patient pool for lung volume reduction surgery. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Jul; 94(1):205-11. PMID: 22571881.
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  20. Newman LR, Brodsky DD, Roberts DH, Pelletier SR, Johansson A, Vollmer CM, Atkins KM, Schwartzstein RM. Developing expert-derived rating standards for the peer assessment of lectures. Acad Med. 2012 Mar; 87(3):356-63. PMID: 22281550.
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  21. Theisen-Toupal J, Rosenthal ES, Kelly E, Zwicker JI, Akuthota P, Roberts DH. Pulmonary zygomycosis in a non-neutropenic patient with myelodysplastic syndrome on lenalidomide. Respir Care. 2012 Jul; 57(7):1175-7. PMID: 22369887.
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  22. Roberts DH, Newman LR, Schwartzstein RM. Twelve tips for facilitating Millennials' learning. Med Teach. 2012; 34(4):274-8. PMID: 22288944.
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  23. Womble HM, Schwartzstein RM, Johnston RP, Roberts DH. Effect of therapeutic hyperoxia on maximal oxygen consumption and perioperative risk stratification in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lung. 2012 Jun; 190(3):263-9. PMID: 22249909.
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  24. Huang GC, Almeida JM, Roberts DH. Reaching the limits of mandated self-reporting: clinical logbooks do not predict clerkship performance. Med Teach. 2012; 34(3):e185-8. PMID: 22364475.
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  25. Roberts DH, Kane EM, Jones DB, Almeida JM, Bell SK, Weinstein AR, Schwartzstein RM. Teaching medical students about obesity: a pilot program to address an unmet need through longitudinal relationships with bariatric surgery patients. Surg Innov. 2011 Jun; 18(2):176-83. PMID: 21343171; PMCID: PMC3372903.
  26. Simone MJ, Roberts DH, Irish JT, Neeman N, Schulze JE, Lipsitz LA, Schwartzstein R, Aronson MD, Tan ZS. An educational intervention for providers to promote bone health in high-risk older patients. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Feb; 59(2):291-6. PMID: 21288231.
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  27. Yeh GY, Roberts DH, Wayne PM, Davis RB, Quilty MT, Phillips RS. Tai chi exercise for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a pilot study. Respir Care. 2010 Nov; 55(11):1475-82. PMID: 20979675; PMCID: PMC3280096.
  28. Kumar A, Wojciuk J, Morgan KP, Khan S, More RS, Sogliani F, Bury RW, Roberts DH. Contained aortic rupture as a late complication of transcutaneous aortic valve implantation. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2010 Aug; 3(8):878-9. PMID: 20723862.
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  29. Roberts DH, Gilmartin GS, Neeman N, Schulze JE, Cannistraro S, Ngo LH, Aronson MD, Weiss JW. Design and measurement of quality improvement indicators in ambulatory pulmonary care: creating a "culture of quality" in an academic pulmonary division. Chest. 2009 Oct; 136(4):1134-1140. PMID: 19809055.
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  30. Lai PS, Cohen DW, DeCamp MM, Fazio S, Roberts DH. A 40-year-old woman with an asymptomatic cystic lesion in her right lung. Chest. 2009 Aug; 136(2):622-627. PMID: 19666763.
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  31. Day CS, Yu YR, Yeh AC, Newman LR, Arky R, Roberts DH. Musculoskeletal preclinical medical school education: meeting an underserved need. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009 Mar 01; 91(3):733-9. PMID: 19255239.
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  32. Haspel J, Bauer K, Goehler A, Roberts DH. Long-term anticoagulant therapy for idiopathic pulmonary embolism in the elderly: a decision analysis. Chest. 2009 May; 135(5):1243-1251. PMID: 19017863.
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  33. Bell SK, Krupat E, Fazio SB, Roberts DH, Schwartzstein RM. Longitudinal pedagogy: a successful response to the fragmentation of the third-year medical student clerkship experience. Acad Med. 2008 May; 83(5):467-75. PMID: 18448900.
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  34. Patel AS, O'Donnell C, Parker MJ, Roberts DH. Diaphragm paralysis definitively diagnosed by ultrasonography and postural dependence of dynamic lung volumes after seven decades of dysfunction. Lung. 2007 Jan-Feb; 185(1):15-20. PMID: 17294337.
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  35. Prager LM, Wain JC, Roberts DH, Ginns LC. Medical and psychologic outcome of living lobar lung transplant donors. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2006 Oct; 25(10):1206-12. PMID: 17045933.
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  36. Nishino M, Roberts DH, Sitek A, Raptopoulos V, Boiselle PM, Hatabu H. Loss of anteroposterior intralobar attenuation gradient of the lung: Correlation with pulmonary function. Acad Radiol. 2006 May; 13(5):589-97. PMID: 16627200.
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  37. Nishino M, Siewert B, Roberts DH, Gautam S, Boiselle PM, Raptopoulos V, Hatabu H. Excessive collapsibility of bronchi in bronchiectasis: evaluation on volumetric expiratory high-resolution CT. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2006 May-Jun; 30(3):474-8. PMID: 16778624.
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  38. Nishino M, Kuroki M, Roberts DH, Mori Y, Boiselle PM, Hatabu H. Bronchomalacia in sarcoidosis: evaluation on volumetric expiratory high-resolution CT of the lung. Acad Radiol. 2005 May; 12(5):596-601. PMID: 15866132.
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  39. Roberts DH, Wain JC, Chang Y, Ginns LC. Donor-recipient gender mismatch in lung transplantation: impact on obliterative bronchiolitis and survival. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2004 Nov; 23(11):1252-9. PMID: 15539123.
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  40. Ginns LC, Roberts DH, Mark EJ, Brusch JL, Marler JJ. Pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis with atypical endotheliomatosis: successful antiangiogenic therapy with doxycycline. Chest. 2003 Nov; 124(5):2017-22. PMID: 14605083.
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  41. Lipson DA, Roberts DA, Hansen-Flaschen J, Gentile TR, Jones G, Thompson A, Dimitrov IE, Palevsky HI, Leigh JS, Schnall M, Rizi RR. Pulmonary ventilation and perfusion scanning using hyperpolarized helium-3 MRI and arterial spin tagging in healthy normal subjects and in pulmonary embolism and orthotopic lung transplant patients. Magn Reson Med. 2002 Jun; 47(6):1073-6. PMID: 12111953.
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  42. Roberts DH, Lepore JJ, Maroo A, Semigran MJ, Ginns LC. Oxygen therapy improves cardiac index and pulmonary vascular resistance in patients with pulmonary hypertension. Chest. 2001 Nov; 120(5):1547-55. PMID: 11713133.
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  43. Bemiller LS, Roberts DH, Starko KM, Curnutte JT. Safety and effectiveness of long-term interferon gamma therapy in patients with chronic granulomatous disease. Blood Cells Mol Dis. 1995; 21(3):239-47. PMID: 8673477.
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  44. Stoeckle JD, Ronan L, Ehrlich C, Roberts D. The uses of shadowing the doctor--and patient: on seeing and hearing their work of care. J Gen Intern Med. 1993 Oct; 8(10):561-3. PMID: 8271089.
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  45. Gonzalez-Campoy JM, Long C, Roberts DH, Berndt TJ, Romero JC, Knox FG. Role of Renal Interstitial Hydrostatic Pressure and PGE2 in Pressure Natriuresis. American Journal of Physiology: Renal, Fluid, Electrolyte Physiology. 1991; 5:643-649.
  46. Roberts DH, Knox FG. Renal phosphate handling and calcium nephrolithiasis: role of dietary phosphate and phosphate leak. Semin Nephrol. 1990 Jan; 10(1):24-30. PMID: 2404327.
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