Staff and Contributors

Here’s a brief introduction to the core staff of Young Men’s Health (YMH), who generate content and features on the site. Medical fellows and other Boston Children’s Hospital health care professionals contribute to the development of content.


Dr. EmansDr. S. Jean Emans, Co-Founder

Dr. Emans is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, Chief Emeritus of the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, and the Director of the Office of Faculty Development at Children’s Hospital Boston. She is the author of several textbooks, including Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (5th edition, 2005), and more than 150 medical articles. She has lectured extensively around the world on many reproductive health topics. A co-founder of Young Men’s Health, Dr. Emans edits all of our health guides. In 2006, she was honored with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Adele Dellenbaugh Hofmann Adolescent Health Award. Dr. Emans feels passionately about empowering adolescents to take care of their health.

Phaedra Thomas, RN, BSN, Co-Director

Phaedra Thomas is a nurse educator, experienced project leader, and lead author and editor of our curricula and health guides. As Co-Director of the Center for Young Women’s Health and Young Men’s Health Site, she coordinates the Children’s Hospital League’s Resource Center, the Youth Advisory Program, and the Peer Mentoring Program. In 2003 Phaedra received the David Weiner Award for her leadership and innovations in teen health. She is passionate about empowering adolescents to understand and take the best possible care of their heath.

Forman_Sara-sqSara Forman, MD, Clinical Chief, Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine

Dr. Forman works in the Adolescent Clinic at Children’s Hospital Boston. She is the Clinical Chief for the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine. Dr. Forman works with our male peer educators on how to improve doctors’ communication with teens. She supervises the peer educators when they do practice interviews with the doctors in training at Children’s Hospital. She is very committed to improving the care that the clinic gives to young men. She is also a very enthusiastic Red Sox fan!

Katy Doughty

Katy Doughty is the CYWH’s graphic designer and media coordinator. She manages the CYWH and YMH websites, designs all print and web material, and helps ensure that all information posted is clear and accurate. Katy is passionate about helping young people worldwide to understand their bodies and their health through accessible and educational online information.


Jill R. Kavanaugh, MLIS, AHIP, Media Consultant

Jill R. Kavanaugh is the part-time Media Consultant for the YMH. Jill provides support to the Media Coordinator and the Web Developer, assisting with both technical and content tasks. Additionally, Jill has a background in media studies, and creates evidence-based content for teens and parents on how media and technology can affect the health and development of children and adolescents.

Brian Keller, Web Developer

Brian Keller builds new features for the CYWH and YMH websites. He is very experienced in developing educational and nonprofit websites and is devoted to using the modern web as an essential tool to help and educate people everywhere.


Additional Contributors

Josh Borus MD, MPH

Dr. Josh Borus  is currently Director of Residency and Medical Student Teaching in Adolescent Medicine at BCH, an attending in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  His primary interests are teaching, mental health in primary care, and work in clinic.


Gabriela Vargas MD, MPH

Dr. Gabriela Vargas  is an Attending Physician in the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Director of the Quality Improvement Program for the Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine Clinic.    During her Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Vargas focused her research efforts on adolescent/young adult male health, including their sexual health and access to care.  Dr. Vargas also has interests in reproductive endocrinology and eating disorders.

Cameron Nereim, MD

Dr. Cameron (“Cam”) Nereim  obtained his medical degree from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, where he was nominated by his peers for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He remained at USF for his pediatric residency training, after which he served 1 year as Chief Pediatric Resident. Within the field of Adolescent Medicine, Cam has a special interest in emerging patterns of media and internet use and their potential impact on the mental health and well-being on adolescents and young adults.