Board of Directors

Anthony P. Adamis, M.D., is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Jerini Ophthalmic. Prior to that, he served as co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Eyetech Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Adamis was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 13 years, where he was an NIH-supported Senior Investigator in the Ocular Angiogenesis Laboratory. Dr. Adamis received an MD from the University of Chicago.

For more than four decades, Ann S. Buxbaum has assisted nonprofit organizations and public-sector agencies to build leadership, plan and manage programs, develop consulting skills, and communicate public health information. She has worked in more than a dozen developing countries as well as in underserved communities in the US. She has led the development of face-to-face and virtual training programs, and has created widely distributed tools, approaches, and learning materials for health program managers. Ms. Buxbaum is currently an active member of an organization through which volunteer professionals work with nonprofit organizations to improve their social impact. She earned her BA at Bryn Mawr College, her MSS at Bryn Mawr's School of Social Economy, and her MPA at the Kennedy School of Harvard University.

Lisa A. Catapano, M.D., Ph.D., is Vice President of the Foundation. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at George Washington University, specializing in women's reproductive mental health. She received her Bachelor's in Physics from Dartmouth College, and an MD and PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard Medical School. She trained in psychiatry at George Washington University and completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, studying the biological basis of mood disorders.

Alexander S. Ghiso is President of the Foundation. He is currently a Senior Advisor to Ripplewood Holdings LLC, a private investment firm based in New York. Previously, he was the Head of Strategy and Investments at Commercial International Bank in Egypt and an Executive Director in Mergers & Acquisitions with Morgan Stanley in Chicago. Alex received a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BS in Mathematics and Political Science from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the board of the Near East Foundation and of the investment committee of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Alexander R. Guimaraes, M.D., Ph.D., is currently a clinician scientist within the Department of Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical interests are divided between interventional radiology, where he directs the efforts of Interventional MRI, and diagnostic body imaging. His research interests are in the evaluation of novel, targeted agents against both cancer and inflammatory diseases in the clinical setting as well as in the translation of these technologies into the clinical setting. He received a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MD from Harvard Medical School. His clinical training was completed solely at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he completed an internship in Pediatrics, a residency in Radiology, and a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging and Interventional Radiology.

Timothy M. Hurd is a Managing Director with Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago. Previously, he was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. In his current position, he concentrates on investments in the financial services sector and serves on the Boards of Directors of CapitalSource Inc, Nuveen Investments Inc and Children's Memorial Foundation. Tim received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Rinaa S. Punglia, M.D., M.P.H., is an Assitant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her work consists of research in health services and decision analysis, with a clinical focus on breast malignancies. Rinaa received an MPH and an MD from Harvard University and a BS and an MS from Stanford University.

Vera Slywynsky teaches Kindergarten in Elmhurst, Queens. Vera participated in the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, which places teachers in high need communities. Previously, she served as a grantwriter for a non-profit organization dedicated to national women's health and rights for three years. Vera received a BA in Honors Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MA in Education from the City University of New York.

Jon F. Strasser, M.D., is an Attending Radiation Oncologist with Christiana Care Health System, and Director of Pediatric Radiation Oncology at AI duPont Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. He treats a broad range of cancers in both adults and children. Board certified by the American Board of Radiology, he is also a certified user of the Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery system. He is involved in clinical trials through the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and Childrens' Oncology Group. Jon earned his MD from Harvard University/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Peter F. Talmers is a Management Consultant in the Human Performance practice of Accenture in Chicago. Peter received a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

In Memoriam

Until the age of 84, Robert C. Buxbaum, M.D., continued to practice internal medicine, with a subspecialty in palliative care. He was a long-time member of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, served on the staff of a branch of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Boston, and was an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Buxbaum attended Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He served in the US Public Health Service at San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona and completed his medical residency at the University of Wisconsin. Throughout his life, he was an activist in public health, taking cutting-edge policy positions on end-of-life care, health for the poor, and urban planning for healthier lifestyles.

Rosemarie Tocci was the Director of Marketing at Gray, Gray & Gray, a certified public accounting firm. Prior to that position, Rosemarie worked as a hospice nurse. In the Fall of 2002 she organized a wonderful fundraiser entitled "Celebrate Life", which was sponsored by Gray, Gray & Gray. A substantial portion of the proceeds from the event went to benefit the Neil Samuel Ghiso Foundation. Sadly, Rosemarie passed away on February 4, 2003.


President: Alex Ghiso
Vice President: Lisa Catapano
Secretary: Luz Maria Santamarina
Treasurer: Saad Ghiso