Administrative Core

The purpose of the Administrative Core is to support and coordinate the NORCH and all the components of the center. This includes the three Cores, the P&F program, and the Enrichment program. We are here to provide insight into the processes that govern the center, to recruit and vet new members, and to communicate with all our members about center happenings. 

Core Leadership

Steven Grinspoon, MD

Steven Grinspoon, MD

NORCH Center Director

Dr. Grinspoon is the Chief of the Metabolism Unit MGH, MGH Endowed Chair in neuroendocrinology and metabolism and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a clinical researcher who studies hypothalamic control of body weight and fat distribution in obesity and lipodystrophy with a focus on the metabolic and cardiovascular consequences of visceral fat accumulation.

Christopher P. Duggan, MD

Christopher P. Duggan, MD

Associate Director for Enrichment and Engagement

Dr. Duggan is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Nutrition and Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also a senior physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he serves as Director of the Center for Nutrition and Medical Director for the Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation. He is heavily involved in nutrition education and enrichment at Harvard and internationally through his research in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. 

Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD

Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD

Associate Director for Research-Based Development

Dr. Kaplan is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute (OMNI) at MGH, and Chairman Emeritus of the Campaign to End Obesity. He also serves as Chair of the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Section of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and Chair of the Bariatric Surgery Section and Chair of the Clinical Committee of the Obesity Society.

Elizabeth Lawson, MD

Elizabeth Lawson, MD

Associate Director for Core Development

Dr. Lawson is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. At MGH, she serves as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Oxytocin Research Program, a clinician in the Neuroendocrine Clinical Center, and a faculty member in the Neuroendocrine Unit.

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA

Director of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

Dr. Stanford is an obesity medicine physician scientist, educator, and policy maker at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is an expert in obesity medicine who bridges the intersections of medicine, public health, policy, and disparities, earning her national and international recognition and praise.

Takara Stanley, MD

Takara Stanley, MD

Associate Director for Mentorship and Inclusion

Dr. Stanley is a pediatric endocrinologist and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is also the Program Director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at MGHfC and an active member of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.

Ewelinka (Nika) Grzejka, MS

Ewelinka (Nika) Grzejka, MS

Administrative Manager

Ms. Grzejka received her BS in Health Management and Policy from The University of New Hampshire and recently received her Masters of Science in Research Administration from Emmanuel College. Ms. Grzejka manages all budgetary aspects of the Center, supervises the P&F program and tracks recharge supplements to the various cores including core usage.

Iman Sigman, BA

Iman Sigman, BA

Program Manager

Ms. Sigman received her BA in Chemistry and a Certificate in Molecular Biophysics from Wesleyan University. She coordinates all internal and external projects, programs, events and outreach efforts for the Center.

Questions, ideas, comments, or concerns regarding the NORCH and our services can be submitted to the Administrative Core at HarvardNORC@mgh.harvard.edu. We welcome feedback from everyone.

CENTER MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE NORCH GRANT CONTRIBUTION IN THEIR PUBLICATIONS (P30DK040561)