Email me. Rob was born in New York, but raised in the small town of Essex located on the Connecticut shoreline. From an early age, Rob was interested in medicine, which combined his love of science with his desire to help and serve the community. In pursuit of this goal, Rob attended Skidmore College in upstate NY, where he studied biology and worked in research lab studying mRNA degradation pathways.
After college, Rob moved to the Boston area where he worked in a molecular biology research lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital while also exploring the rich medical environment of Boston. During this time, Rob fell in love with Boston, and he stayed in town to attend Tufts University for medical school. While at Tufts, he spent a summer in South Dakota working with the Asniya program on a science and medicine themed summer camp for Sioux children; in addition to his teaching responsibilities, he was able to learn more about the underserved Sioux population and the health care infrastructure available through the Indian Health Services. While at Tufts, he also served as a facilitator for the first year medical course Problem Based Learning, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He is tremendously excited to be training in Family Medicine, with particular interest in adolescent medicine and medical education, and is ecstatic to be part of the amazing Tufts/CHA family.
Outside of medicine, his interests include cooking, going on hiking or camping/backpacking excursions, and of course rooting for the local Boston teams.
Email me. Andrew grew up and attended medical school in Worcester, MA, a city affectionately known by one of his medical school professors as “the Paris of the Millennium” for its rich history and cultural diversity.
Before pursuing a career in medicine, Andrew studied finance and graphic arts as an undergraduate at Syracuse University, spending summers working in administration at a Federally Qualified Community Health Center. Following college, he spent time in California volunteering with Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where he explored social justice, spirituality and simple living – an experience that later informed his decision to become a physician. With an enjoyment for the field of health care and a passion for systems-level change, Andrew studied health management and policy at the University of Michigan. He subsequently completed a fellowship in hospital administration at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, working on projects spanning performance benchmarking, process improvement, and health care reform.
At medical school at University of Massachusetts, Andrew was involved with cross-class mentoring via groups of students called Learning Communities. He also enjoyed studying integrative medicine, which he hopes to continue.
When not working, you can find Andrew running, biking, playing various musical instruments, spending time with friends and family, or wandering the isles of the Home Depot, getting ideas for his next home improvement project.
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Email me. Sam grew up as a southern boy in Houston, TX, and Clemson, SC. He stayed in the "Carolinas" and attended Duke University for college, majoring in Public Policy Studies. He took a year off before medical school to dabble in health policy and luckily stumbled upon the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, MA, where he worked on interventions to reduce re hospitalizations. It was there that he was introduced to the importance of quality improvement in healthcare.
Eager to improve healthcare, he enrolled at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland for medical school and was president of the IHI Open School chapter where he introduced his fellow classmates to quality improvement methodology. Sam's interest in primary care began, however, during a trip to the Lamay Clinic in Peru after his first-year of medical school. He fell in love with helping the undeserved population and began volunteering on a regular basis at an inner-city faith-based free clinic in Cleveland.
Sam is excited to join the Tufts/CHA family and can sense the energy that everyone has to improve healthcare. He will be joining his significant other, Deborah, who is a student at Harvard Law. Outside of medicine, Sam loves the game of basketball and relishes coaching YMCA basketball teams during his free time. He also enjoys playing the guitar and going on outdoor adventures!
Email me. Being raised in England by French and German parents, Florentine grew up with many cultures and languages around her. This inspired her to travel and take part in many cross-cultural and overseas projects, including working as an elementary school teacher for a year in a remote Mapuche indigenous community in Southern Chile at the age of eighteen.
Whilst at The University of Edinburgh Medical School in Scotland, as well as learning how to Ceilidh dance (“swing your partner!!”), Florentine also continued to fuel her passion for discovering different cultures and undertook numerous global health ventures abroad. These included medical internships in Malawi and Senegal, a youth empowerment dance project in Namibia, and working as a rural doctor and public health volunteer in Nicaragua.
After finishing two years of general residency training in England, her love for global public health and for a certain Iranian-Ecuadorian-American gentleman (now her husband!), brought her to the Harvard School of Public Health. Here she discovered new interests in health policy and human rights, and was endlessly stimulated by the multicultural buzz.
Florentine is thrilled to be starting a career in Family Medicine, especially in a program that so closely fits her interests.
In her spare time, Florentine enjoys spending time with her husband, hosting dinners with friends, and singing and dancing at every opportunity she can get!
Email me. Kate was born in Boston and raised in Arlington and Carlisle, MA and is thrilled to be returning to the Boston area for residency. She went to college in the beautiful Berkshires at Williams where she majored in anthropology and spent her summers sleeping on the beach as a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide. After studying abroad in Mongolia she thought she would work in international development but went with medicine when she was accepted to the Humanities and Medicine program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
She spent most of medical school trying to get out of New York City (seeing as it's filled with Yankees fans) by working on rural health projects in Arizona and North Dakota. It was during this time that she started to dream of having a broad-spectrum practice as a family doctor. She hopes to realize this dream after residency when she fulfills her National Health Service Corps obligation as a Student-to-Service program participant. In the middle of medical school, Kate spent a year attaining her MPH at Harvard with a focus on Maternal and Child health, working on primary care innovations with the Harvard Center for Primary Care and working on community-level interventions for youth violence with CHA's Institute for Community Health.
With the support of CHA's excellent faculty she hopes to continue to make community health, women's health and primary care innovation a part of her practice. When she's not working on the cutting edge of primary care, she enjoys cooking healthy snacks and knitting, as well as skiing, climbing, and hiking (read: amassing an ever-growing collection of gear) with her boyfriend Will.
Email me. I was born in Barrancabermeja, Colombia, growing up in a farm-house with my three older sisters and grandparents. As a teenager, I immigrated to the United States with my parents in search of a safer and more prosperous place to live. I completed High School in Central Mass. and then moved to study biology at UMass Boston, thanks to a full scholarship from the Mass. Science Fair. I had the honor of addressing the UMass graduating class in 2006, alongside then US Senator Barack Obama. Following graduation, I married Jay, worked in clinical research at Mass General and had my son, Camilo. After delaying the start of medical school to devote a year to my young family, I started the journey at Harvard Med. Motivated by great experiences during the third year of medical school at the integrated clerkship in Cambridge Health Alliance, and following the birth of my daughter, Mia, I decided to pursue the specialty of family medicine. Balancing medical training and raising a young family has been a rewarding challenge influencing my career goals, to focus on improving maternal and child health in local and global communities.
Email me. The beginning of Emily’s pathway to family medicine was set at the 16th Street Community Health Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When she first walked into the clinic as a high school sophomore, she entered a place where culture and community guide the practice and delivery of compassionate healthcare to the diverse neighborhood just south of Emily’s childhood home. She was introduced to a place that made tangible her innate desire to help others and her interest in other cultures.
In her final year of medical school, Emily was awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the Massachusetts Medical Society Scholars Award and the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service from Tufts University.
Before starting her family medicine residency at Tufts, Emily worked as a health coach at Iora Health’s clinic in Brooklyn, New York, an innovative healthcare model that focuses on primary and preventive care via a team-based, patient-centered approach, and uses health coaches as an added support to the patient care process.
Emily is thrilled to be joining the Tufts at Cambridge Health Alliance family as a resident, and is looking forward to working together as a team to provide patient-centered and culturally compassionate care, and to re-imagining healthcare together.
When there isn’t a stethoscope draped around her neck, Emily enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Mark, her family (including two very loveable Golden Retrievers) and friends- especially lakeside; art and design; and anything outdoors, especially running.