Tejas S Mehta M92, A19P of Newton, MA
BS, Biology, Adelphi University, 1988; MD, Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), 1992; MPH, Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard School of Public Health, 2001
Current Occupation: Chief of Breast Imaging, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC, 2012-present); Co-Director, Linsey BreastCare Center, BIDMC (2014-present); Diagnostic Radiologist, Breast/Women’s Imaging, BIDMC (1998-present)
Previous Occupations: Co-Director, Needham BreastCare Center, Beth Israel Deaconess-Needham (2016-2019); Women’s Imaging Fellow, Beth Israel Hospital, 1997-1998; Diagnostic Radiology Resident, Beth Israel Hospital, (1993-1997; Chief Resident, 1996-1997); Intern, Faulkner Hospital (1992-1993)
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Tufts Medical Alumni Association Executive Council (2007-present; Secretary-Treasurer, 2015-2017; President-Elect, 2017-2018; President, 2018-present); TUSM Reunion committees; mentor to Tufts undergraduate and medical school students
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: BIDMC Trustee Advisory Board (2018-present); Physician Director-at-Large, Harvard Medical Faculty of Physicians Board (2012-2017); Beth Israel Lahey Performance Network Board – Medical Management and Policy Sub-Committee (2019-present); American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria Expert Panel on Breast Imaging (2017-present); Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Breast Imaging Committee (2016-present); MMS Quality and Safety Council (2017-present); Senior Teaching Faculty for Harvard Core Radiology Clerkship (1998-present); Co-Director, Breast Imaging Fellowship (2008-2015); Joint Committee on the Status of Women – Harvard Medical School (2015-present); Ombudsperson - BIDMC (2014-2017); American Association for Women Radiologists (2014-present); “Medical All-Star” at Fenway Park (2015); Parent representative volunteer The Roxbury Latin School (2011-present); Multiple professional and community presentations/lectures on women’s health and cancer screening.
Tufts Family: Husband, Matthew D. Rosen, M92. Son, Devin M. Rosen, A19.
Candidate Statement: Tufts has been and will always be a huge part of my life, and it would be a privilege to be able to “pay it forward” by serving as an Alumni Trustee.
To share some background about me, although some may call me a Bostonian, I have traveled and lived in many parts of the world. I was born in India, my parents immigrating to the United States when I was young for “the American dream” and to provide their children with a better life. Growing up, I went to school in many of the Northeastern states as well as Kansas and also spent a year in Taiwan. This unique opportunity to immerse with people of different cultures, regions, socioeconomic classes, faiths and beliefs has strongly influenced the person I am today.
The value of education and good citizenship were cornerstones of my upbringing. My family’s financial situation was a large factor in my choice of undergraduate school. I received a scholarship to Adelphi University. I was blessed to have wonderful teachers, mentors, and friends there. When it came time to select a medical school, I was determined to overcome the financial obstacles, as Tufts was at the top of my list. Tufts’ value proposition and philosophy resonated with me. Even though it was over 30 years ago, I vividly recall my interview day and, shortly after, my receipt of acceptance to Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). I cancelled all future interviews, and declined all other offers, as Tufts was where I wanted to be. It was one of the best decisions I have made, and it has been an amazing journey.
TUSM gave me more than just a top-notch, well-rounded education. The list is long and includes meeting my husband and soulmate. We are loyal, engaged Jumbos who have been involved with the school for many years. I have served on the Tufts Medical Alumni Association (TMAA) Executive Council since 2007 and currently am president. I have been a chair for all of our reunions, and at our last (25th) reunion was honored with the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Service to Medicine. I have had the privilege to get to know many alumni and mentor many Tufts students, both from the undergraduate and medical schools. When it came time for our eldest son to explore colleges, Tufts University quickly rose to the top of his list. He too, is a Jumbo, having graduated in 2019, now working in Boston, and living with other Tufts alums who I am sure will be lifelong friends. Having him attend the undergraduate School of Arts and Science has provided me with a deeper understanding of Tufts University as a whole. I am in awe by the caliber of students and alumni I have met in my Tufts-affiliated activities. As an Alumni Trustee, I pledge to strengthen alumni engagement, and further integrate our Jumbo network of the Tufts undergraduate and graduate schools. Our unification, with our combined educational degrees and expertise, and perspectives from different generations, provides us with strategic synergy.
As you know, Tufts is a research university committed to its students, faculty, and alumni, to innovation, to the creation and application of knowledge, to inclusion and collaboration, to environmental sustainability, and to making an impact on the world. It would behoove me to mention the financial challenges that come with achieving these goals. These are difficult times for all educational institutions, and Tufts is not exempt. My experiences as a healthcare provider, researcher, educator and leader, and as a member of other boards and policy-making committees, make me well-equipped to understand the resources needed to support teaching, research, and service excellence. As an Alumni Trustee, I pledge to partner with other members of the Board of Trustees and University leadership and use these skills in support of Tufts’ mission and vision.
Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world." This is inscribed on a mantra band I wear around my wrist every day. Despite some uncertainties, I consider this as an exciting and pivotal time for Tufts University. Many of the Tufts’ schools are seeing record levels of applications, stronger caliber candidates with higher test scores. There is a commitment to increase diversity of our student body and faculty, and to prioritize need for financial aid. There is a plan to expand our physical spaces to complement our programmatic growth. There is strategic investment being made to showcase specific multidisciplinary programs across schools. We have embarked on one of the largest Capital Campaigns in our school’s history. I have served as an ambassador of Tufts and represented my fellow alum in my current capacities. I am grateful for this nomination and would be honored to represent you as an Alumni Trustee. I thank you for strongly considering my candidacy.