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Office of Continuing Professional Development

Our Staff

The PHS CPD Office employs a Vice President, a full time Director, three full time Course Coordinators, a Research Coordinator, and a Ph.D. Educator, who is the Administrative Chair of the PHSCPD Committee  

  • Robert J. Birnbaum, MD, PhD

    Robert J. Birnbaum, MD, PhD

    ​Robert J. Birnbaum, MD, PhD is the Vice President of Continuing Professional Development at Partners Healthcare. Dr. Birnbaum is a practicing psychopharmacologist. His PhD research was in molecular neurobiology. He has devoted much of his career to managing large-scale CME efforts, developing courses and studying education methodology and impact. Dr. Birnbaum is the founding Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Psychiatry Academy and the founding Executive Director of the MGH Academy.

  • ​Catherine A. Flood, BSN, RN

    ​Catherine A. Flood, BSN, RN

    Catherine A. Flood, BSN, RN is the Director of the Partners HealthCare Office of Continuing Professional Development. Before joining Partners in 2012, she was at the Massachusetts Medical Society, managing the continuing medical education for various specialties. Her clinical experience, as a registered nurse at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA, was in orthopedics/trauma and medical and surgical care.

  • ​Magen B. Lapointe, BA

    ​Magen B. Lapointe, BA

    Lead Course Coordinator


  • Heather L. Giza, BS

    Heather L. Giza, BS

    Senior Course Coordinator


  • Elizabeth Kraiza, BS

    Elizabeth Kraiza, BS

    ​Senior Course Coordinator


  • Erica J. Krist, BA

    Erica J. Krist, BA

    ​Research Coordinator