George E. Thibault, MD

Dr. George E. Thibault is currently the Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education Emeritus at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He previously served as the seventh President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston, and Director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School. He previously served as chief medical officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as chief of medicine at the Harvard-affiliated Brockton/West Roxbury VA Hospital. He was associate chief of medicine and director of the internal medical residency program, among other roles, at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his roles in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty members.

For nearly four decades at HMS, Dr. Thibault played leadership roles in many aspects of undergraduate and graduate medical education. He played a central role in the New Pathway Curriculum reform and was a leader in the new Integrated Curriculum reform. He was the Founding Director of the Academy at HMS, which was created to recognize outstanding teachers and promote innovations in medical education.

Dr. Thibault was chairman of the Board of the MGH Institute of Health Professions from 2005 to 2018 and chairman of the Board of the New York Academy of Medicine from 2014 to 2018. He is a past president of the Harvard Medical Alumni Association and a past chair of Alumni Relations at HMS. He served on the Boards of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession, the New York Academy of Science, McLean Hospital, and Partners Community Health Inc. He served on the President’s White House Fellows Commission during the Obama Administration, and for 12 years he chaired the Special Medical Advisory Group for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He currently serves on the Board of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Dr. Thibault graduated summa cum laude in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1965 and magna cum laude from HMS in 1969. He completed his internship and residency in medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at MGH.