Mount Auburn Hospital Appoints New Board Chair, Trustees

December 13, 2022

Cambridge, Mass. – At its Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees, Mount Auburn Hospital announced four new members to the Board of Trustees and a new Board chair. John DiGiovanni, Rachel Haft, MD, Michael Shortsleeve, MD, and Leslie Wolfe, MD, have joined the Board of Trustees. Kenneth Barron has been named Chair of the Board of Trustees.

“We are grateful to have talented and dedicated people in our community who are committed to supporting Mount Auburn Hospital and are a big reason we are able to provide extraordinary care,” said Ed Huang, MD, interim president of Mount Auburn Hospital. “Our hospital community is made up not only of the physicians, nurses and patients, but also members of the community who selflessly give of their time and energy to make Mount Auburn Hospital the special place it is.”

Kenneth Barron was elected chair by the Board and has served on the board for 10 years. He is the managing partner of CARU Associates, a property management firm in Cambridge. Barron previously worked at Putnam Furniture Leasing Co., which his father founded in 1938 and was located in Central Square for decades. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Board and Ed Huang, MD, to advance the goals of the Mount, particularly at this exciting time of the hospital’s evolution.” Barron is succeeding former Board chair James Rafferty who has served on the Board for 20 years, two as chair.

In addition to Barron’s appointment as chair, the Board has elected four new trustees:

John DiGiovanni (Belmont)
John DiGiovanni is the president of Trinity Management Company, a commercial real estate firm that manages properties in and around Harvard Square. DiGiovanni has served as the President of the Harvard Square Business Association since 2002, and serves on the Campaign Committee at MAH.

Rachel Haft, MD (Lexington)
Rachel Haft, MD, is Chief of the Division of Internal Medicine at MAH and as Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She joined the hospital in 1992, and specializes in Infectious Disease. Haft is a member of the Executive Committee of MAH Physician’s Leadership Circle.

Michael Shortsleeve, MD (Lincoln)
Michael Shortsleeve, MD, served as Chair of the Department of Radiology for 21 years and program director for the Radiology Residency Program for 18 years. He has served as an officer on the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Trustee Philanthropy Committee, and founded the Physician’s Leadership Circle.

Leslie Wolfe, PhD (Medford)
Leslie Wolfe is Senior Vice President of Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls at Generation Bio where she built and manages a team of scientists engaged in the manufacturing of a novel DNA gene therapy product for non-clinical studies.

About Mount Auburn Hospital

Mount Auburn Hospital was founded in 1886. A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, its mission is to provide clinically excellent care with compassion and to teach students of medicine and the health professions.

Mount Auburn Hospital is a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a healthcare system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,700 physicians and 39,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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