Dr. Nathan Theodore Connell ’01

Dr. Nathan Theodore Connell

Cornell degree: BS ’01 (CALS)

“Cornell University’s Board of Trustees must carefully balance the current and long-term needs of the university community in a way that encourages academic exploration by students, recruits and develops diverse faculty scholars, and facilitates innovative research in an ethical and responsible way to address questions of global significance.”

Professional experience:

  • Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor of Medicine, 2017–present; Instructor in Medicine, 2014–2017
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Associate Physician, Hematology Division, 2014–present
  • Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Clinical Chief of Hematology, 2014–present
  • Active staff, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2014–present
  • Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Cancer Care Delivery Research member, 2021–present
  • Associate Faculty, Ariadne Labs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2020–present
  • Brown University, Teaching Fellow in Hematology and Medical Oncology, 2011–2014; Assistant Instructor in Medicine, 2010–2011; House Staff Officer in Medicine, 2007–2010

Alumni service:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Advisory Council, member, 2021–present
  • Cornell University Council, 2013–present; Nominating Committee Chair, 2020–present; Immediate Past Chair, 2020–present; Chair, 2018–2020; Vice Chair, 2015–2018; member, 2013–2017; Ambassador Program Chair, 2015–2016; Administrative Board member at large, 2014–2015
  • Cornell Club of Boston, member, 2017–present
  • Cornell Pride LGBTQIA+ Alumni Association (formerly CUGALA), member, 2012–present
  • Class of 2001, 2001–2021; Class Council, 2006–2021; Nominating Chair, 2016; 10th Reunion Campaign, member, 2010; Vice President, 2001–2004; Cornell Annual Fund Representative, 2001–2006
  • Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award selection committee, 2019–2020
  • CALS Outstanding Alumni Award recipient, 2019
  • Cornell Alumni Magazine Committee, member, 2010–2013
  • Cornell Association of Class Officers, 2007–2013; Vice President, 2009–2013; Director at large, 2007–2009

Community/public service/philanthropic priorities:

  • National Hemophilia Foundation, Advisory Panel member, 2020–present
  • New England Hemophilia Association, volunteer, 2019–present
  • American College of Physicians, 2003–present; Fellow, 2017–present
  • John Winthrop House, Harvard College, non-resident tutor, 2015–present
  • International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 2013–present
  • The Michael H. Flanagan Foundation, Board member, 2012–present
  • American Society of Hematology, 2011–present

Other education:

  • Master of Public Health, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2014
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Miami, 2007
  • Master of Science, Barry University, 2002

Student involvements/activities:

  • Biology Student Curriculum Council
  • CALS Alumni Association Student Leadership Committee
  • CALS Ambassadors
  • CALS Director of Admissions Search Committee
  • Campus Life Student Advisory Committee
  • Class of 2001 Council
  • Cornell Catholic Community
  • Cornell Herpetological Society
  • Resident Advisor, West Campus (Edgemoor, Lyon, Mennen, McFaddin, Sperry)
  • Senior Class Campaign
  • SlopeFest Planning Committee
  • Student Assembly Committee on Residence and Community Life
  • University Commencement Committee

Additional information:

I am an academic hematologist focused on bleeding and clotting disorders such as von Willebrand disease and hemophilia. My research evaluates cost-effective strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders, and I have been involved in the development of international clinical practice guidelines to facilitate quality care delivery. After graduating from Cornell, I moved to Miami, Florida, where I went to medical school, started my Cornell volunteer career, and immersed myself in my Cuban heritage. Currently, I live in Boston, Massachusetts, with my husband, Jorge Alex Alvarez, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.