Meet Our Internal Medicine Residents
Chief Residents 2015-2016
I grew up in nearby Brookline, and while leaving the Boston area has never been my strong suit, I’m happy to live in a place where my roots have grown deep. I went to Harvard College, where I focused on molecular and cellular biology, Spanish, and a student-run homeless shelter. I got interested in primary care during college through an internship at Boston Health Care for the Homeless, and my experiences since then have only reinforced this plan. After college, I spent a year in northern California with the homeless healthcare program of a safety net hospital, working on migrant farmworker health care and hepatitis C treatment, before returning to Harvard for medical school. I took a year off during med school to work on a community health worker-based intervention for Medicaid patients with multiple chronic diseases that was piloted at CHA. While the intervention ultimately hit some challenges, I had a great time training the community health workers on medical topics and writing curriculum for them to use with their patients. Should I encounter any free time in the coming years, I’m excited to continue cooking lots of lentils, reading Russian novels, trying to play guitar, biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing (snow permitting).
Born and raised in Hartford, CT I attended Yale University where I majored in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and played on the varsity basketball team. After college I received a Master’s of Arts in exercise science from the University of Connecticut, worked at Hartford Hospital doing clinical and laboratory research, and coached basketball and tennis at my former high school. I attended medical school at the University of Connecticut and I am excited about continuing my training at Cambridge Health Alliance. With interests in primary care, sports medicine, and quality improvement, I am looking forward to pursuing these areas as a resident. In my spare time I enjoy reading, traveling, practicing Spanish, running, pick-up basketball games, tennis, golf, and spending time with family including my 5 nieces and nephews.
Third Year Residents
I am a native New Englander having grown up on Cape Cod and just south of Burlington, VT. I attended Amherst College where I studied biology, culminating in my longest consecutive stint outside of New England—living in St. Lucia to study hummingbirds. After college, I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital coordinating research trials for the Gynecological Oncology group. This time was my first taste of living in Cambridge and definitely inspired me to come back to the area.
I traveled back north for medical school at Dartmouth where I devoted much of my extra-curricular efforts to curriculum improvement and re-design at the medical school. I enjoyed many aspects of clinical medicine, but had the most clinical interest in longitudinal care of patients. Increasing my personal involvement in advocacy is of my goals during my time at Cambridge Health Alliance. After residency, I plan to practice primary care and continue to be involved in medical education, but I have not yet decided on a locale. In my free time, I like to cook vegetarian meals, spend time outside, and catch up with my friends.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and have been living in the Boston area for the past decade. I am a "BU lifer" having gone to college, graduate school, and medical school at Boston University. I graduated from the BS/MPH program at BU, studying human physiology and social & behavioral sciences. Prior to medical school, I worked in basic science research, clinical research, and public health outreach. I was the outreach director for the Hepatitis B Initiative - Boston, a public health initiative to eliminate hepatitis B in the Asian American population. This experience combined with my studies in public health fueled my interests in primary care and the elimination of health disparities. I'm ecstatic to be part of the CHA community with its strong commitment to academic excellence and in training residents to be well-rounded primary care physicians. My clinical interests include community-based interventions, health care disparities, and geriatrics. I love to snowboard, practice yoga, run along the Charles River on a gorgeous day, and spend quality time with my husband.
I grew up in South Jersey and went to college at Penn in West Philly. While there, I developed an interest in math and statistics, but especially in economics. I was particularly interested in studying how individuals interact with each other be it in transactions, labor markets, education or cities.
After college, I worked for several years as a researcher in applied economics at Wharton, studying everything from the real estate crash to the economic effects of party affiliation in local politics. Initially intending to be an economist, I became fascinated with the complexity of both the provision and economics of health care.
I went to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of UMDNJ and enjoyed several research projects focusing on health care in Camden, NJ. I am very interested in medical cost-effectiveness, comparative-effectiveness, insurance and risk analysis. When not playing with numbers on my computer, I enjoy hiking, baseball, and exploring the world's cities.
I'm a Texas baby, but grew up in the Chicago area. Thanks to a wandering soul and supportive family, I was able to volunteer in Latin America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and South Africa, developing a love for languages and a passion for displaced people. I studied the History of Science at Harvard for undergrad and stayed for a year to research cultural competence at the Harvard teaching hospitals. Seeking warmer climes, I spent two years in Brazil studying the history of leprosariums. Inspired by ex-patients, I decided to go to medical school at Emory, in Atlanta, where I was able to work with immigrants and those with little access to care at Grady Memorial. Between third and fourth year, I got my masters in epidemiology, writing my thesis on using cell phones for public health campaigns. I have a passion for capoeira, ecotourism, and cooking. I hope to keep working with populations with little access to healthcare across the globe, and to continue to be challenged by patients, mentors and friends to see the world differently.
Originally from Atlanta and Los Angeles, my interests in medicine grew as an undergraduate at U Penn. While my classes were in Chemistry and American History, my education was shaped by my experience in an HIV immunology lab, leading organic chemistry workshops and volunteering as a sexual health educator. After undergrad, I received a Thouron Award to read History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University where I played water polo and developed a taste for warm, flat beer.
At Yale medical school, I became interested in understanding structural determinants of health using qualitative research. I volunteered for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, lobbying universities to improve their intellectual property licensing practices to facilitate access to essential medicines in poor countries. I received Wenner-Gren and National Science Foundation grants to write my Sociology PhD dissertation on the various mechanisms the WHO uses to govern the cross-border spread of diseases. I am particularly interested in the political economy of how uncertain science is used to make concrete policy decisions. Prior to residency, I worked with HealthMap.org at Boston Children’s Hospital doing emerging epidemic surveillance using non-traditional sources. I focused on the BioMosaic project, designing content for an iPad application bringing demographic, migration and infectious disease data into a cartographic platform. This CDC project aims to accelerate qualitative risk analysis during epidemics.
The grandson of Italian immigrants who never finished middle school, I’m passionate about working clinically with underserved populations. I’ve studied health access barriers for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, interpreted for Iraqi refugees in New Haven, and spent two months serving Syrian refugees in Za’atari camp and a spinal cord injury center in Jordan. I love languages, and hope to continue improving my Spanish, French and Arabic.
I was born and raised in Durham, NC. My parents were real movers and shakers in organizing a nascent Indian community around classical Indian music and dance. So I grew up with living legends - the likes of Zakir Hussain - coming to our house for tea, and giving workshops in our basement. By the end of high school, I got to perform classical Indian dance at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. I was also pretty serious about western classical music, playing the flute and piano. For college, I went to Princeton, where I spent my time immersing myself in music, my major. During undergrad, I received a fellowship to study more dance forms in India, and the experience changed my life. I became committed to capacity building, and knew I wanted to work in health care. I was accepted to the Humanities and Medicine program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In medical school, I was active with Doctors for America and Physicians for a National Health Program, organizing medical students in NYC in support of health care reform. I helped establish a Health, Human Rights and Advocacy elective at my school that has since blossomed into a track, with students connected to mentorship and community-based projects in East Harlem. My clinical interests lie broadly in improving health services for vulnerable populations. I still love to dance and make music, and also enjoy cooking, eating, and being outside in the sun.
I am originally from Singapore, and life dramatically changed for me at the age of 10 when my family moved to south Texas. I believe that growing up with this unique blend of cultural influences has truly shaped who I am today. For college, I was curious to see what life outside Texas was like, so I ventured on to Ithaca, NY, where I majored in Biology & Society at Cornell while simultaneously battling the seemingly endless winters! In college, I was a very active volunteer at a local nursing home and started to develop my interests in Medicine and working with the geriatric population. I then had the great fortune of moving to my dream city of New York in order to start my medical training at NYU. Throughout all four years at NYU, I was heavily involved with my school's student-run free clinic, and it was this experience that led me to aspire to a career in primary care and serving the underserved. While it has certainly been hard to be so far away from my parents and two sisters all this time, I am extremely excited to be continuing the next step of my journey at CHA!
I was born and raised in Los Angeles to Mexican and Cuban immigrant parents. My passion for health disparities work was kindled during college at the University of Southern California, where I worked with Chicanos for Health Education to organize health fairs in Tijuana, Mexico and South-Central Los Angeles. In medical school at UC San Francisco, I worked in a free clinic for day laborers and designed a project through the Albert Schweitzer fellowship to connect undocumented immigrants to healthcare resources. Thinking about health systems issues for underserved patients led me to take a couple years off of medical school to pursue research in health policy and a Master in Public Health degree at Harvard. My current interests include improving health safety net systems, the intersection of primary care and public health, healthcare in underserved populations, primary care delivery, and medical education. Eventually, I hope to practice primary care in a community health center-type of setting and work to improve primary care delivery. For fun, I enjoy listening to all types of music, going to concerts, playing guitar, exploring, the beach, cooking, and dancing salsa.
Second Year Residents
Born in Brooklyn to atheist Jews, I learned social justice from their political leanings and their contradictions. I came out at sixteen in response to the homophobic rumblings in the wake of “Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell.” When my student group made posters for National Coming Out Day, I brought them to the vice principal for approval. He questioned our right to put them up, and I realized how unprepared and fearful I was. At Oberlin College and Western Michigan University, I received my Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Fine Arts in creative writing. I also began working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. Their willingness to be themselves despite the flak they received impressed and moved me. When I returned to New York, I taught (and was schooled by) low-income young people of color many of whom spoke openly about the violence, individual and systemic, they experienced. With them, I found greater strength to articulate the violence I’d lived through and find ways to interrupt that which they perpetuated on themselves and each other. I left New York to attend the University of Vermont College of Medicine. I hope to become a clinician investigator and bring new skills to the communities that have schooled and cared for me.
Born in Ankara, Turkey, I moved thirteen times by the time I turned thirteen-- and this sparked my fascination with medicine and community/global health. My family eventually settled down in Virginia, where I attended the College of William and Mary. Here, I explored the cultural, political and socioeconomic dimensions of healthcare and medical knowledge through a double major in Medical Sociology and Neuroscience. My sophomore year, I applied to the joint BS/MD program at EVMS, effectively extending my time in Virginia. While at medical school, I held leadership positions in the Institute for Health Care Improvement, the Honor Council, and Medical Explorers. Also, I developed a burgeoning love for geriatrics through Beyond Clinic Walls, a program that helps marginalized seniors maintain their independence and quality of life via student coordinated home visits. I'm now excited to move one more time, since it means I'll be at CHA. In my free time, I practice Tae Kwon Do, take meandering strolls, and cook fusion cuisine. I can sometimes be found steering my fiancé away from Bernese mountain dogs.
Chin Ho Fung
My family and I moved from Hong Kong to New York City when I was eight. One of the most memorable experiences for me in NYC was the four years I spent in Stuyvesant High School. This is also where I met my fiancée (we are getting married directly before residency)! We then went to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, which was essentially the first time for both of us to adventure life outside the city. After college, I moved to another rural region known for its harsh winters and studied at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH. Not knowing for certain which specialty to choose, I was involved in multiple student interest groups in order to explore my interests. I ultimately became the co-leader of the Internal Medicine Interest Group, Community Service Committee, and the Art for Kids program in which volunteering students work one-on-one with children with chronic illnesses so that they can delve into their artistic sides. I recognized my passion in outpatient care and medical education during my third-year rotations, and I am excited at matching at CHA. For fun, I enjoy ice skating, snowboarding (extreme amateur), swimming, and watching The Food Channel.
Growing up just north of Seattle, Washington, I was embraced by a large family near the green foothills of the Cascade Mountains in a small town called Mill Creek. I attended the University of Washington and graduated with degrees in Biochemistry and Spanish. As a Mary Gates Scholar, I dedicated time to biochemistry research and to volunteering in a bilingual clinic. I also studied for a year in Cadiz, Spain, which solidified my love of culture and language. Volunteering and traveling in South America developed my passion for immigrant and underserved health. After graduating, I worked as a HealthCorps Patient Navigator at a Community Health Center. During this time I lost my beloved sister from complications from T1 diabetes, which deepened my passion for chronic disease management and inspired me to subsequently become a chronic care coordinator. Shortly after, I began medical school at the University of Washington with a focus on underserved and Hispanic health. I worked on several projects including creating a sustainable, culturally competent chronic care program for rural communities of Central America. In 2012, I was humbled to become a Magnuson Scholar. As a future primary care physician, I sought an academically strong residency program that is dedicated to underserved communities, health advocacy and collegiality. Cambridge Health Alliance combines all of these attributes harmoniously and I am thrilled in anticipation of the years ahead. Aside from my academic pursuits, I enjoy running, skiing, surfing, singing, painting and playing the piano.
I grew up near Dayton, Ohio. While studying Pre-Medicine at Penn State University, I served as a peer educator and counselor at the student health center. After graduation, I traveled a few hours down the road to Hershey, Pennsylvania for medical school at the Penn State College of Medicine. At Hershey, I became interested in how people learn about quality and patient safety and founded an interprofessional group for students in health policy, nursing, medicine, and industrial engineering. Between my second and third year of medical school, I earned a Masters in Education at Harvard University, focusing my studies on learning theory and curriculum design. During my fourth year of medical school, I had the opportunity to continue exploring my interests in medical education by serving a one-year appointment on the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, the accrediting body of allopathic medical schools in the United States and Canada. I am very excited to continue my training at Cambridge Health Alliance with its commitment to community health and academic excellence! In my free time, I am an avid sports fan, especially when it comes to baseball and college football.
I grew up in an Italian American family in Newton, MA and came across the river for college at Harvard, where I studied sociology, history and economics with research focusing on the experiences of immigrant groups in the U.S. Outside of class, I was active in the dance community and also loved time with CityStep (teaching dance to public school kids), Kuumba (singing music from the African diaspora), and a summer spent teaching in a rural village in Namibia. For three years after graduation, I worked in New York City doing consulting and research for nonprofits and philanthropies before deciding I wanted to pursue medicine, inspired by interests in socioeconomic determinants of disease and global health. While at Yale for medical school, I developed additional interests in women’s health, medical ethics and nutrition, culminating in a study on the nutritional status of pediatric inpatients and their caregivers at a teaching hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. I also enjoyed working at a free clinic in San Francisco and at a rural clinic outside of Bogota, Colombia. I look forward to an academic career in clinical care, research and advocacy with an emphasis on healthcare disparities and delivery both at home and abroad. When I’m not in the hospital, I enjoy dancing, hiking, travel, and writing.
I grew up in Natick, Massachusetts and attended Dartmouth College, where I studied educational psychology and government. After college, I moved back to the Boston area, to Dorchester, to teach GED classes at a non-profit called Project Hope. I fell in love with teaching, but I also got to participate in some really exciting health and wellness initiatives, and I eventually realized that I wanted to be more directly involved in community health. After 5 years teaching, I had the opportunity to spend a year working at Codman Square Health Center. It was inspiring to see the sort of impact an innovative community health center could make in promoting the health of both individual patients and the community as a whole. At both Project Hope and Codman, I saw the importance of patient education, doctor-patient communication, community outreach, and disease prevention in addressing health disparities. I went back up to Dartmouth to attend medical school, where my belief in the importance of primary care and health systems continued to grow. I’m so excited to be returning to the Boston area and to be joining the CHA community! In my free time, I enjoy trail running, cooking (especially making and eating salsa and guacamole), and hanging out with friends.
Originally from the wonderful Twin Cities, (St.Paul/Minneapolis, MN), I moved to Mass for undergrad at Brandeis University, majoring in what is best summed up as ‘pre-public health’. I stayed in Boston for a job in clinical research while I applied to public health programs. While getting my MPH at Boston University I worked with the Section of General Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center. This taught me about health disparities research and how fun and rewarding primary care can be. During this time I realized that being a provider – especially for underserved populations - was where my heart was. I continued at BU for medical school. In medical school I became very involved with our student nutrition group, SNAAC. I love food, and think it is a key determinant of health. To help share my interest, I designed a nutrition counseling module to teach all 4th years at BUSM, it is currently being beta tested. When I have free time, I enjoy spending it with my husband, friends, & family; cooking, traveling, gardening (when I can find a spot of dirt in Boston), and taking pictures.
First Year Residents
I grew up in gorgeous Northeastern Connecticut and studied molecular biology at Princeton before deciding that pure lab science was not for me. I worked for a while in human rights research before studying environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health. I was active in the Cambridge-El Salvador Sister City Project during the Central American wars and did my doctoral research on children's exposure to pesticides in rural El Salvador, in collaboration with a Salvadoran organization promoting organic agriculture. This led to years of occupational health research based at UMass-Lowell, concentrating on the cleaning and construction industries - as well as committed membership in CSAs (community-supported agriculture organic veggie co-ops). Years ago I had the privilege of working as a medical interpreter at Cambridge Hospital and fell in love with the place, so coming here for residency after med school at Case Western is a real return home.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, jogging, reading, and petting my elderly cats.
I grew up in beautiful Seattle, Washington, studied Biological sciences, Psychology and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, returned to Seattle to pursue a Medical Degree and a Master’s of Public Health at the University of Washington (UW), and am now following my little brother to Boston where I will be joining the wonderful community of healthcare workers at Cambridge Health Alliance. As service vice president of the co-ed national service fraternity at CMU, I had the opportunity to organize over forty service projects. Seeing the passion, pride, and commitment of people working within empowered communities within and around Pittsburgh cultivated my interest in community outreach and advocacy. In medical school, this interest continued to grow when I had the opportunity to collaborate with medical students, community groups, and Seattle Public Health to begin offering free HIV testing and counseling in the community. As my ultimate goal is to work as a primary care physician, clinical educator, and community advocate, I am excited to join a program that combines an academically rigorous curriculum with a commitment to serving underserved communities. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy playing almost any sport, exploring the outdoors, traveling the world, and spending time with friends and family.
I was born in Indiana, but grew up in Austria and Germany. At age 18 I came to Massachusetts to study biology and chemistry at Williams College. There, I joined the Student Global AIDS Campaign and became passionate about AIDS treatment activism. After a life-changing summer working with HIV positive activists in Khayelitsha, South Africa, I obtained a Fulbright Fellowship to spend a year in Durban, South Africa to participate in HIV research and care. I learned about the transformative nature of HIV medication and the struggles patients and providers experience when navigating complex medical systems. I also gained an up-close understanding of the politics surrounding global health research and funding. I returned to the US to complete an MD/PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. For my PhD in the History and Sociology of Science I investigated the discovery and social implications of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa. My experiences with health care on three continents have taught me the value of excellent primary care and the importance of health care providers working together with patients to make sure they are able to access the care they need. I'm excited that in CHA I found a residency program that shares these values. In my free time, I enjoy classical music, busy coffee shops, and exploring the Boston area with my daughter and husband.
I grew up in Norwich, CT and moved to Massachusetts to attend Boston University for college. Following that, I obtained my Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Brandeis University. Over the course of my graduate work I came to realize that the lab was not where I wanted to be spending my time and that I really wanted to interact with people in a meaningful and direct way and decided to make the switch to medicine. I attended UMass Medical School and during third year was inspired by an amazing resident to pursue Internal Medicine because of the impression I could see him make on patients’ life and care. I realized, though, that I wanted the continuity of care in patient relationships that primary care provided. My interests within primary care include women’s health, healthcare disparities and geriatrics and I look forward to figuring out which avenues I will pursue. Another passion of mine is the use of reflective writing in medicine as a tool of learning and professional development and I look forward to being part of a community where such pursuits are valued. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my wife gardening, baking, and reading for pleasure.
I was born in New York City and spent most of my childhood there. Growing up as an only child meant playing single-person Monopoly and me-vs-me competitions in Spit, but I was blessed to have the opportunity to frequently visit my family in Japan, whom I am very close with. I ventured into Cambridge for the first time as an undergraduate at Harvard, and then shipped myself off to San Francisco to work in consulting for a few years. During the year before medical school, I lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, working with the Haitian Ministry of Health, and then spent four years in Philadelphia going to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. I suspect that jumping back and forth across the Pacific from infancy and being raised in a bicultural environment sparked my interest in working in a global setting. Over the years, I became increasingly passionate about health, and the puzzle pieces fell together when I discovered global health, and more specifically, caring for the underserved -- which is why I am so thrilled to be joining the CHA family. Outside of work, you can probably find me running in all four seasons, trying to play the guitar, and convincing my friends to dance (badly) with me.
I was born in India and immigrated to the U.S. with my family as a toddler and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended The Ohio State University and studied Molecular Genetics and Dance. After graduating, I moved back to Cincinnati and volunteered with AmeriCorps VISTA, where I trained community agencies to help people access public benefits. Further, I learned of the barriers that impact the financial, mental, and physical health of the community members. After volunteering for VISTA, I started medical school at Wright State University where, through my interactions with the local community and my work with a community in Mumbai, India, I developed a strong interest in understanding the social and systemic aspects of health. I sought to do residency at a place that emphasizes learning from patients and understanding the patients' needs in an appropriate cultural and social context. I had the opportunity to rotate at Cambridge Health Alliance during medical school and I'm confident it is a place where I will fulfill my pursuits and also be supported by compassionate people. I’m really fortunate and excited to be spending the next three years at CHA! Aside from medicine, I enjoy jogging, trying new recipes, and learning Indian Classical Dance!
My family is originally from Bosnia, however after the war started in the early nineties, we immigrated to Canada. Following my father's career, a few years later, we ended up moving to Vermont, and afterwards Indiana. I have memories of growing up in all of these places, and somehow every one of them still feels like home. I attended college at Indiana University and initially thought I would end up pursuing a career in chemistry. However, after 4 years of laboratory research, I was ready for a career with more of a connection to people and their life stories. This led me to pursue medical school at Northwestern University where I realized I was most excited about primary care, and particularly geriatric medicine. Perhaps it is because I was raised by my grandparents, but I now find myself fascinated by the cultural differences in caring for the elderly and how we approach aging. As for time aside from work, I am mostly enjoying the outdoors, exploring new areas, and doing art projects as they come up.
I grew up in Greensboro, NC, with three fabulous sisters. I attended UNC-Chapel Hill for college, where I studied Chemistry, Music, and Anthropology. While in Chapel Hill, I became involved with The Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, a collective of neighbors, students, and friends who listened, through oral histories and time spent together, to the wisdom and concerns of the long-time residents of the historic Northside community of Chapel Hill. Through my time working with The Jackson Center, I became interested in oral histories as the grounding for community activism. I then moved to Memphis, TN, where I worked for The Church Health Center, a faith-based community health center. Both at The Jackson Center and The Church Health Center, I got the chance to see how incredible communities of care were founded and formed by the communities themselves. I returned to UNC for medical school, where I continued to fall in love with primary care and general medicine as a powerful means to work with the communities we live in. I am so pumped to be at CHA for the coming years and to be with a group of folks dedicated to rigorous academic medicine that prioritizes thoughtful care for the underserved. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my partner Will, my aforementioned fabulous sisters and friends, running and hiking, reading, and playing music.