First Year Residents

Benjamin Adler

Benjamin Adler

Ben grew up with his parents and younger brother in Worcester, MA, affectionately known as the 'Paris of the 80s.' He moved to the Midwest for college at Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned a BA in Anthropology with minors in Architecture and Public Health. After graduating, he pursued his interest in community health and quality improvement at a family health center in Fitchburg, MA. Next stop was Washington, DC where he learned more about research and policy in Family Medicine at the Robert Graham Center. Back in Worcester once more, he completed medical school at the University of Massachusetts.

Ben has a strong interest in full spectrum primary care, global health, GIS mapping, and humanism in medicine. He is thrilled to join the CHA team!

In his free time, he enjoys exploring Boston with his fiancee (especially running along the Charles or trying new restaurants in Cambridge), watercolor painting, and cheering on Boston sports teams. He was a proud member of the UMass medical school soccer team, the Beta Blockers, and hopes to continue playing soccer.

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Brittanie Dillon

Brittanie Dillon

Britt was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and stayed there long enough to appreciate the cheesesteaks, rich history and sports teams. At the age of eight she moved with her family to rural Kansas where there were tornados, Dorothy references and no cheesesteaks. She stayed in the Midwest for college, attending Creighton University in Nebraska to study biology and philosophy. During college she wavered between medicine and dentistry. Volunteering at a pediatric long-term care facility in college influenced her decision to pursue a career in medicine.

She abandoned the frigid Nebraska winters for sunny south Florida and medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. A new combined program was being introduced that awarded an osteopathic medical degree and a dental degree in six years with the aim of producing primary care physician-dentists. Since Britt had considered both careers at length, she applied. Six years later she graduated the program and went on to complete a medical internship year on the west coast of Florida at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Her intern year reaffirmed her desire to pursue family medicine.

Knowing she needed a year to advance her clinical skills in dentistry, she moved up to Beantown to pursue an innovative dental residency program with Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. While she has enjoyed clinical dentistry this year, she is thrilled to be joining the Tufts/CHA family. She hopes to explore integrative medicine and work on bringing oral health to the primary care setting. She loves running around the Charles, attempting to cook Italian like her grandma, exploring Boston with friends and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Dana Marcinkowski-Desmond

Dana Marcinkowski-Desmond

Dana is a proud New Englander, never seeing a good reason for moving out of a one hour radius around her place of birth: Malden. She was raised in Southern New Hampshire, and is delighted to now be returning to Malden as a rare “triple jumbo,” having earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Tufts University prior to starting residency at Tufts/Cambridge Health Alliance FMR.

Dana spent her summers in high school working in a summer camp for children with special needs, which piqued her interest in pursuing a career in medicine. She attended Tufts University, where her free time was split between working in a lab doing bench research on yeast genomes and working at the Sharewood clinic in Malden. The time at Sharewood was her first true clinical experience, and her enjoyment working there combined with her realization that yeast are poor conversational partners solidified her decision to attend medical school. She completed her medical education at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she continued her work at the Sharewood clinic. There, she saw the difference that a primary care physician could make in a patient’s health, and the impact that socioeconomic circumstances had on a person’s ability to receive medical care. During her third year clerkships, she found that family medicine was the specialty that seemed best able to provide care to their patients as whole human beings, not as individual diseases.

Dana’s passions within family medicine include behavioral health, women’s heath, and medical education. When she’s not working, she loves to bake donuts, go on urban hikes, and read anything she can get her hands on.

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Israel Molina

Israel Molina

Israel grew up in Chelsea, MA and raised by a single mother who always encouraged him to follow his dreams. He has a track record of taking on challenges to improve his cognitive abilities. He attended summer sessions with MS^2 at Phillips Academy in Andover and majored in physics at MIT. He explored his interest in medicine by participating in volunteer activities such as serving as an EMT, volunteering at free clinics, and conducting research in medical imaging and in drug discovery. These experiences led him to medical school at Umass Medical in Worcester where he found great satisfaction in his interactions with patients.

Israel will be a resident at CHA in Family medicine where he will train in the full spectrum of Family Medicine. He hopes to use modern research tools to conduct patient research, to design a point-of-care ultrasound curriculum, and to improve his communications skills through medical blogging.

Israel’s interests outside of medicine include problem solving, sports, music, and exploring new places and activities with his fiancée and children. He speaks Spanish and English.

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Mustafa Nakawa

Mustafa Nakawa

Mustafa was born in Daraa, Syria. He grew up in a small community where everyone knows and helps each other. His curiosity and caring led him to choose medicine as a career. He received a scholarship to study medicine at Omdurman Islamic University Faculty of Medicine in Sudan, a school renowned for its commitment to improving the health of the underserved. Following graduation, Mustafa returned to his roots and joined National Daraa Hospital, the largest hospital in Daraa Province. During this time Mustafa provided general medical care, the beginning of his pathway to family medicine. He later moved to Jordan, where he worked in a refugee clinic, developing a mobile medical team providing residential medical care for disabled people without access to health care. Realizing the central role of primary care, Mustafa’s passion for family medicine was cemented through those experiences.

Mustafa decided to pursue his medical training in the US. He moved to Cambridge, MA, where he was introduced to Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an organization with which he shares a strong commitment toward the communities we are entrusted to serve. At CHA he provided health education and basic health screenings to vulnerable populations as Volunteer Health Advisor (VHA). Also his interest in human rights led him to work in Boston with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), where he reviewed and edited curricula for the medical documentation of human rights violations.

Outside medicine, Mustafa enjoys biking, running, discovering neighborhoods, exploring nature and reading literature. He also loves cooking and spending time with friends. Mustafa is thrilled to join the Tufts FMR team and start his residency in a program that shares his commitment to innovation in healthcare. Tufts FMR offers cohesion, encouragement and opportunity for leadership--everything Mustafa dreams of.

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Chukwueloka Obionwu, Jr.

Chukwueloka Obionwu, Jr.

Junior was born in Nigeria and moved to Queens, NY at the age of 2. After his father passed at the early age of 39 from colon cancer, his mother—a newly minted nurse midwife—relocated the family to the suburbs of Chestnut Ridge, NY. He discovered his love for running during his junior year of high school and would eventually go on to run for Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY. As a student-athlete, he excelled in the 400-meter dash while pursuing a degree in English Literature & Rhetoric. After graduation Junior completed a post-baccalaureate program in Buffalo, NY, worked as web developer in Houston, TX then went on to attend Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.

During his time at Tufts, Junior served as a co-president for SNMA, which is an organization geared towards supporting current and future minority and underrepresented medical students. He helped organize youth outreach events, multicultural performances and worked as a clinical anatomy instructor between his first and second year of medical school. Junior is extremely excited to be joining the Tufts Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance team. He is interested in sports medicine and wants to help young athletes while advocating for youth sports in a climate where participation and support is rapidly diminishing. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing, basketball, running, biking, weight lifting, sneaker collecting and watching sports.

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Jessica Platt

Jessica Platt

Jessica grew up in Maryland, where she played violin around the state and went to art camps over the summer. She continued to embrace her liberal arts side at UC Berkeley, majoring in English and Psychology. The east coast called her back after graduating, and she moved to New York with hopes to go into publishing. She ended up writing for a psychology magazine, which eventually opened the door to writing research papers for an oncologist. The experience with this particularly compassionate physician proved to be the drive that pushed her into medicine; she moved to Boston to complete her post-bacc and then was so honored to continue her medical journey at Tufts University School of Medicine. She found herself drawn to family medicine because of her desire to take care of patients of all ages and with a holistic approach.

She is so excited to join TuftsFMR at CHA, and work alongside passionate and driven healthcare providers who share her values in patient care and wellness. She hopes to continue pursuing particular interests in women's health, integrative medicine, preventative medicine, and medical education.

Jessica also enjoys spending time with her husband and pug, taking trips to the cape, visiting family in Switzerland, trying new restaurants, snowboarding, doing yoga, and painting.

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Dominic Wu

Dominic Wu

Dominic was born in Vancouver, Canada, and spent most of his childhood moving around Asia (ultimately to Hong Kong), picking up different dialects along the way. In high school, he discovered his love for service while building with Habitat for Humanity and filming a documentary about children living in a landfill in Cambodia.

He was accepted into the Sc.B./M.D. Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University and moved to the gorgeous ocean state of Rhode Island. He explored many interests but ultimately focused his undergraduate studies on public health, human biology, and evolutionary biology. When he wasn't working in the paleontology lab or the ED, he could be found singing under college arches with his a cappella group. He continued on to medical school at Brown with a scholarly concentration in Integrative Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. In med school he coordinated blood donation drives, created a holistic health assessment tool, helped teach junior med students, and taught healthy cooking to high school students. He enjoyed all of his clinical rotations, but was most inspired by the motivated, caring, and brilliant people in family medicine who shared his passion for patient-centered care. Dom is thrilled for his next adventure with the excellent residents and faculty at CHA. His interests are broad and include medical education, integrative medicine, global health, and working with the underserved. In his free time, Dom enjoys cooking, traveling, playing his ukulele (read: trying to play), and spending some relaxing quality time with his partner!

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