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Faculty Highlights

A residency program is, in many ways, nothing more than the constellation of people that work together to make it happen. Across the spectrum of general medicine and in its subspecialties, our dedicated and diverse faculty brings enthusiasm for teaching and learning, commitment to providing high quality patient care, and interest in mentoring resident physicians. As the profiles below depict, they also bring passion for the mission of the institution and creativity in research and advocacy that advances that mission.

Rose Goldman, MDRose Goldman, MD

"Understanding our patients means seeing them in their environmental and social context. At Cambridge Health Alliance we reach beyond the office."

Dr. Goldman has spent 20 years bridging the worlds of environmental medicine and public health with clinical medicine through teaching, research, clinical practice, and public service. After completing residencies in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, she joined the faculty at The Cambridge Hospital in 1981. She founded the hospital's program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine where she continues an active clinical practice. At Harvard Medical School, at Harvard School of Public Health, and within our residency program, she is recognized as an enthusiastic educator and mentor. Her research interests include in neurotoxicity, heavy metals, repetitive strain injuries, and pediatric environmental health.

McCormick_DannyDanny McCormick, MD, MPH

"Cambridge Health Alliance is unique, driven by a mission of service for the oppressed. It fulfills this mission not just by seeking excellence in the clinic, but also by nurturing research and advocacy on behalf of the underserved."

Danny McCormick, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Division of Social and Community Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the CHA, co-director of the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care and he leads the Department of Medicine's general medicine research team. He received his internal medicine training at the Boston City Hospital, his general medicine fellowship training at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a Master’s Degree in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He also served as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in Washington, DC and a staff member of United States Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions under Senator Edward M. Kennedy (2005-2006).

Dr. McCormick is a primary care internist at one of CHA’s community health centers that serves a socioeconomically and racially and ethnically diverse community. He is also a health services researcher and serves as research mentor to general medicine fellows, residents and Harvard Medical students.

Dr. McCormick’s research has focused on the evaluation of access to and quality of medical care for disadvantaged populations (the uninsured, racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, prisoners and veterans), physician support for alternative models of health care financing, public disclosure of health plan performance, the impact of industry funding on the design of pharmaceutical trials, media reporting on conflicts of interest in such trials and the impact of the Massachusetts health care reform on access to care.

He is also actively involved in teaching clinical medicine, health policy, and physician advocacy. He developed an innovative curriculum in research-based physician advocacy that has become a core element of the CHA Internal medicine residency program training.

Marie Louise Jean-Baptiste, MDMarie Louise Jean-Baptiste, MD

"Cambridge Health Alliance has given me the tools and the opportunity to work with an ethnically diverse community. I take great pride in being able to serve in such an extremely rich milieu and am fortunate to be able to fulfill my deepest aspirations in serving this community."

Dr. Jean-Baptiste graduated from the School of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Haiti. After completing her primary care training at The Cambridge Hospital, she joined the faculty. Her areas of interest are HIV medicine and culturally competent care. She serves as the residency program's Director for Minority Affairs and works to recruit and mentor resident physicians from under-represented minority backgrounds. She has also helped establish a support system that includes events to facilitate relationships between minority residents and faculty. Dr. Jean-Baptiste teaches cultural competence at Harvard Medical School.

Elizabeth Gaufberg, MDElizabeth Gaufberg, MD

"I feel proud and fortunate to be part of an institution where human relationships are recognized as centrally important to what we do. Our physicians genuinely care about their patients, our teachers about their students, colleagues about each other."

Dr. Liz Gaufberg trained in both internal medicine and psychiatry at CHA and has been on the faculty of both departments for the past 12 years. She directs both psychosocial social training for the CHA Medicine Residency Program and social science training for the Harvard Medical School Cambridge Integrated Clerkship. Liz has a strong interest in medical professionalism and has developed an interactive professional boundaries curriculum for medical trainees. Liz is a co-founder of the CHA medical humanities initiative which strives to incorporate art and literature into medical student and residency education, and is a co-editor of Auscultations, the CHA employee literary arts journal.

Michael C. Payne, MD, MPH, FACG, FACPMichael C. Payne, MD, MPH, FACG, FACP

"Without a doubt this has been one of the most professionally rewarding jobs I've ever held. The staff is outstanding in both their level of expertise and their commitment to patient care and academics. The community is supportive and diverse. And the program for medical education seems to have found that delicate balance between high expectations and humane treatment."

Dr. Michael Payne and patientMichael Payne was born and raised in Chicago. He earned BA, MD, and MPH degrees from Harvard and completed both an internal medicine residency and a gastroenterology fellowship in Boston. He worked for 15 years in a private multispecialty group in Williamstown, MA where he served as the hospital's chief of endoscopy. He spent three years with a gastrointestinal specialist group in Nashville, TN before joining the Cambridge Health Alliance staff in 2006. He has had a long interest in education and has lectured widely in colleges across the country on diversity and academic performance. He serves as a nonresident tutor and pre-med advisor at one of Harvard College houses. When he is not teaching or taking care of patients, he enjoys astronomy, scuba diving, fencing, and helping his four children with homework.

Maren Batalden, MDMaren Batalden, MD

"I love working at Cambridge Health Alliance – it’s a place where I feel like my own core values are in sync with the core values of the institution.  The opportunity to join together with other like-minded people in the shared work of bringing about important change is deeply, deeply satisfying."

Maren Batalden came to Cambridge Health Alliance in 2003 after graduating from Harvard Medical School and completing a residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She works as a hospitalist and is very active as an inpatient clinical teacher for medical students and residents. She served as Associate Program Director for the residency program from 2005-2011. During her tenure as a residency program leader, she was involved in developing a formal teaching hospitalist program, a service learning initiative, a competency-based evaluation program, and our Tuesday School curriculum. She has completed fellowship training in both medical education and medical ethics and (as a former high English teacher) has a deep commitment to humanism in clinical medicine. She leads resident retreats and other reflective exercises including a monthly noon-time conversation with residents entitled Food for the Soul. She has received several teaching awards from both residents and medical students, including the 2010 Charles McCabe Faculty Prize for Excellence in Clinical Teaching from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Batalden is also passionate about improving the health care delivery system to bring about better quality, safety, and value; better outcomes for patients; AND better and more satisfying work for staff. She brings her background in public health and community-based program development to this work, which began at CHA in 2009 with the organization of multidisciplinary unit-based improvement teams on our two inpatient med-surg units. In August 2011, she was named Senior Medical Director of Inpatient Quality at the Cambridge Health Alliance and is now leading improvement work across the institution. Always committed to medical education, she looks forward to finding new ways of engaging residents as partners in institutional transformation

Pieter Cohen, MDPieter Cohen, MD

"Training at Cambridge Health Alliance allows you to become an excellent clinician while working at an institution that is devoted to providing superb care to the underserved."

Dr. Cohen is one of the three preceptors at Somerville Hospital Primary Care clinic. His clinical interests include the health of Brazilian immigrants, weight loss, supplements and preventive care. He has extensive educational experience in curriculum design, small group teaching and precepting. Dr. Cohen's teaching is highly respected by students and residents. He is a past recipient of the Society for General Internal Medicine’s New England Regional Medical Educator Award and Harvard Medical School’s Charles McCabe Prize for Excellence in Clinical Teaching.

Dr. Cohen’s research involves dangers of weight loss techniques and safety of dietary supplements with particular interest in pharmaceutically spiked weight loss supplements. Dr. Cohen’s research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and the Dr. Oz Show.