Keynote Speaker

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Geren Stone, M.D.

Medical Director of the BHCHP Clinic at NECHV. MGH Global Medicine Program Director

Geren Stone, M.D. is the Medical Director for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s (BHCHP) Clinic at the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV). In this role since 2013, Dr. Stone and his team have sought to meet the urgent care, primary care, and behavioral health needs of Veterans experiencing homelessness. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Stone and his clinic team have worked diligently and creatively to meet the new challenges that have arisen.  While other clinics closed and Boston went on lockdown, the clinic at NECHV has remained open every day and available as a support to our Veterans’ ongoing health needs. The clinic team helped promote effective infection control measures including early adoption of face masks and distancing at NECHV. The clinic team also developed systems for isolation, quarantine, contact tracing, and ongoing surveillance testing for both Veterans and NECHV staff.  Whether sunny and 60 degrees or chilly with gale force winds, the clinic team can be found outside in their testing test tent near Government Center each week.  Moreover, Dr. Stone and his team have worked to promote and provide COVID vaccinations in this high-risk congregate setting. Under Dr. Stone’s leadership and through the deep partnership between NECHV and BHCHP, we are proud of achieving nearly an 80% vaccination rate of Veterans living in the transitional housing at NECHV. Additionally, despite many high-risk characteristics prevalent in the Veterans living at NECHV, we are proud to note that we are not aware of a single death due to COVID thus far.

Outside of his work at NECHV, Dr. Stone also serves a primary care provider and Medical Director for BHCHP’s Clinic at St. Francis House as well as the Director of the Global Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine-Primary Care residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine with specialized training in tropical medicine and global health. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and throughout his career, he has worked to provide medical care in such settings as prisons in Tajikistan and rural villages in Uganda. Outside of work, his wife and four children keep him laughing and playing, and he can be found coaching soccer each Saturday.