What is happening at Dartmouth College’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and why is the MSM silent? Three professors resigned after investigations into them over alleged sexual misconduct, two are currently under investigation by the college for reasons unknown, and one was fired for plagiarism. Dartmouth is an Ivy League school with over 40 departments and 930 faculty members, and three of the six were coincidentally from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences while the other three were from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. What are the odds? Despite this, the MSM remains silent and the only reports appear to be coming out of the local Valley View website and local papers.
One of these Professors, a 30-year veteran at Dartmouth, worked with Jim Yong Kim back in 2009 when Kim was President of Dartmouth, just three years prior to former President Barack Obama appointing him to President of The World Bank in 2012. This same professor was also instrumental in getting the Affordable Care Act passed for the Obama administration in 2009. Yet the media is silent?
The connections to Dartmouth only grow more interesting, and magically circle back to Barack Obama, the Clintons, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and several others. This is a web. What is going on at Dartmouth?
Dartmouth’s Three Professors from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Resigned and Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Misconduct
On June 14, 2018, Todd Heatherton, a Professor in Dartmouth’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, retired after the dean of faculty of arts and sciences said that his tenure be revoked and that he be terminated immediately. He was also banned from entering campus property. According to Valley View, this was due to an investigation into claims that he had acted “unprofessionally in public” while intoxicated during academic conferences. Heatherton came to Dartmouth in 1994 after serving as an assistant professor of psychology and as a director of the undergraduate program of psychology at Harvard. He studied human impulse control at Dartmouth.
Heatherton, Kelley, and Whalen had been placed on leave in October of 2017 amid allegations of “serious misconduct”. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office opened a criminal investigation because some of the allegations involved possible “sexual misconduct.” In November, 15 Dartmouth students anonymously alleged that the three professors had created a “hostile environment in which sexual harassment is normalized.”
On June 26, 2018, the second Dartmouth professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences resigned, effective immediately, for alleged sexual misconduct. Paul Whalen had worked at Dartmouth since 2005 and his areas of expertise included affective neuroscience, facial expressions, and the amygdala. Diane Lawrence college spokeswoman stated in an email, “to protect the privacy of all parties, we are not sharing the details of the investigations.”
July 17, 2018, just weeks after the prior two professors were fired, a third professor resigned “effective immediately”. As with the other two professors, Bill Kelley’s tenure was revoked and employment terminated due to sexual misconduct allegations. Kelley was also a professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences.
All three professors are prohibited from entering the campus property. The Deputy Attorney General Jane Young confirmed to the Valley View that the investigation is ongoing.
Dartmouth’s Two Professors Under Investigation for Unknown Reasons
Just two weeks later, on August 1st another report came out by the Valley View stating that “Dartmouth College barred a nationally known health care policy researcher and another top official from its campus and office buildings pending an investigation into a complaint about conduct in the workplace.”
The investigation is being conducted by an external investigator on Elliott Fisher Director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and Adam Keller, the institute’s Chief of Strategy and Operations. Both had been put on administrative leave and are prohibited from entering Dartmouth property. According to Valley View, “they also are excluded from teaching, research, and service responsibilities.” Fisher, a 30-year veteran, and Keller a 20-year veteran of Dartmouth, are both graduates of Harvard.
This is an ongoing investigation that is unrelated to the other three professors. According to Valley View, “neither Hanover nor the Lebanon police departments had complaints, pending charges or ongoing investigations against either Fisher or Keller, and the college had not been in touch with any law enforcement agency regarding this workplace complaint.” This remains a mystery.
Dartmouth’s Health Policy Researcher Resigned for Alleged Plagiarism
On September 13, 2018, Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, a prominent Dartmouth health policy researcher resigned in protest after the college determined he had plagiarized the work of a colleague. A 28-year veteran of Dartmouth, he is known for his research on medical screenings and overdiagnoses. He submitted a full statement to Valley View stating that the writing was that of his and his co-authors and there was no plagiarism. He went on to state that The United States Office of Research Integrity (ORI) judged the matter as an authorship or credit dispute, not plagiarism, and the New England Journal of Medicine had the same findings. Therefore, it was an authorship dispute, not plagiarism.
In June, Dartmouth’s Provost Office found Welch engaged in professional misconduct by failing to credit a colleague’s work in a paper titled “Breast-Cancer Tumor Size, Overdiagnosis, and Mammography Screening Effectiveness.” Welch submitted a letter to his colleagues stating, “I cannot in good conscience accept the demand that I make the complainant an author — much less the demand that I make him the first author. Doing so requires that I falsely attest that he meets the requirements of authorship: namely, that he materially participated in the work and is able to defend it. Much as I have enjoyed working at Dartmouth, I am not willing to falsely attest to anything simply to stay here.” Dartmouth told Welch he could continue his employment but would be barred from teaching. Welch did not accept those terms and resigned.
Elliott Fisher’s Connections with Jim Yong Kim and Barack Obama
Fisher, a 30-year veteran at Dartmouth, graduated Harvard College in 1974 and Harvard Medical School in 1981. He has a master’s of public health from the University of Washington in 1985. He worked as a staff physician at the White River Junction VA Medical Center from 1986 until 2004. He has published over 150 research articles and commentaries, and his research and opinions have appeared in The New York Times, 60 Minutes and multiple national media outlets. He has an extensive 19-page resume.
Fisher worked on a long-term study called the ‘Dartmouth Atlas Health Care’ which was influential in the debate of passing Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, while he served as the director of the centers for population health and healthy policy research at Dartmouth from 2007–2009. Current World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, also a Harvard Medical School graduate, was named the 17thPresident of Dartmouth College in March, 2009. The Affordable Care Act was introduced on October 29, 2009, and passed on November 7, 2009. As stated in his Dartmouth bio, “The landmark research was cited by Peter R. Orszag as President Barack Obama’s administration crafted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Fisher was one of the originators of the concept of “accountable care organizations” (ACOs) and worked with colleagues to carry out the research that led to their inclusion in the Affordable Care Act.”
Jim Yong Kim, along with Dr. Paul Farmer, Todd McCormack, Thomas J. White and Ophelia Dahl, co-founded Partners In Health in 1987. Most people are familiar with Bill Clinton’s buddy Dr. Paul Farmer, who has been operating out of Haiti for many years. In January 2010, while President of Dartmouth, Kim worked with students and faculty, together with Partners In Health and other organizations, to form the “Dartmouth Haiti Response”, raising $1 million in donations. In May 2010, Kim also managed to secure a $35 million anonymous grant to establish the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science for developing high-quality low-cost care.
Jim Yong Kim has quite an extensive background, but to put this particular story in perspective, in 2009 Elliott Fisher worked on the research that played an integral role in seeing that the Affordable Care Act was passed. As of August 1st, this renowned professor is under investigation for unknown reasons and has been put on leave by Dartmouth. Just prior to 2009, Thomas Frieden Health Commissioner of NYC played an integral role in Obama’s electronic health record (EHR), and was later appointed in 2009 by former President Barack Obama to serve as the new CDC Director. Frieden was arrested on August 24th for alleged sexual abuse. You can read the full story on Frieden here. In 2012 Obama appointed Jim Yong Kim to serve as The World Bank President. Meanwhile, since 2010, Kim’s partner Dr. Paul Farmer has worked hand-in-hand with the Clintons in Haiti. This is one small web that will be expanded upon in future articles.
Elliott Fisher & The Rippel Foundation Connections
Elliott Fisher has served on the Board of Trustees for the Rippel Foundation since 2011. The Fannie E. Rippel Foundation was established in 1953 after the death of Julius S. Rippel in memory of his wife. Julius Rippel was born in Newark, graduated in 1923 from Dartmouth College, and ran Rippel & Company, his very successful investment banking firm in New Jersey.
The Rippel Foundation’s focus is on the healthcare industry with a three-part strategy encompassing targeted research and development projects, partnering with others involved in exploration, experimentation, deep engagement and learning, and influence.
Prior to serving on the board of the foundation, Fisher was, and still is, a “Pioneer” with ReThink Health, a Rippel initiative founded in 2007, which seeks to understand what barriers stand in the way of creating an optimal health system. This consists of a team of 10 pioneers and over 30 team members with experience with over 30 communities across the country and a dozen leading academic institutions.
The President & CEO Laura Landy has been a Rippel board trustee since 1998 and serves as a trustee of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System. Their senior communications consultant Lauren Tobias spent nearly 20 years in media and non-profit communications with most of her work focused on health, which consisted of working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation, and others. Tobias began her career working as a researcher at CNN and for an NBC foreign correspondent. Jane Erickson is one of their project coordinators. Erickson oversees the strategy and implementation for ReThink Health Ventures. Prior to joining the ReThink team, she ran the grants department for Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).
Coincidentally, one of the ten pioneers working alongside Elliott Fisher, is Amory Lovins, founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute. In December 2014, the Rocky Mountain Institute merged with Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room to work on ‘The Ten Island Challenge’ with the Clinton Climate Initiative which was founded in 2006 under the Clinton Foundation. This is an ongoing project whereby they are raising funds from the UN, GEF (arm of the World Bank), government of Norway, and others to construct solar farms and wind farms on ten islands in the Caribbean along the drug and child trafficking transits. They are currently working with over 20 islands at this point.
Who is Mala Gaonkar?
Stay on this twisty path and follow along, as the connections are staggering. Stephen Mandel, owner of Lone Pine Capital hedge fund and Lone Pine Foundation is a former board chair of Dartmouth College. He is a graduate from both Harvard Business School and Dartmouth College, is board chair of Teach for America, and a former trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy and The Children’s School in Stamford, CT. In the mid 80s, he was a mass-market retailing analyst at Goldman Sachs and consultant at Mars. Lone Pine Foundation is a private foundation that supports organizations located in CT, NY, CA, and London, UK, with a mission to fight poverty through education by awarding grants to education programs serving low-income children and families.
On September 20, 2018, Mandel announced that he will be stepping down from day-to-day operations at Lone Pine Capital in January 2019. Meet Mala Gaonkar, a co-portfolio manager at Lone Pine Capital, who will be managing the portfolio and daily operations, along with David Craver and Kelly Granat, after Mandel steps down in January. This trio is already well established at Lone Pine, and Goankar has been with them since 1998.
Mala Gaonkar, another graduate of Harvard, was born in the U.S. but grew up in Bangalore, and has connections with Dartmouth as well. In fact, as recent as 2016, Gaonkar and David Byrne of the Talking Heads collaborated on a neurosociety project using audiences minds as the canvas for experiments relating to perception. The development involved 35 neuroscientists over the course of 2 years, representing 15 labs throughout the world, including those at New York University, Princeton University, and Dartmouth College. It kind of puts a whole new perspective on the Talking Heads music videos.
As busy as Gaonkar appears to be, she is also a trustee of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Rand, Tate Foundation, and founding trustee of Ariadne Labs and The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Technology. She is on the advisory board of The Economist. Not only is Gaonkar a trustee for CHAI, she is listed on the Clintons CHAI donor list as being a donor in the $1-5 million category alongside the World Bank, Rockefellers, and about 25 others between 2010-2017.
In CHAI’s 2013 annual report, they have Mala Gaonkar listed under the Board of Directors as a Board Member, along with good friend Dr. Paul Farmer. Under the acknowledgements to donors, they add Gaonkar to the list, as well numerous other organizations, foundations and governments.