• Affiliated With

    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

Residents

Joshua Agranat

Joshua Agranat

As a Boston area native who was raised in Needham, MA, I am incredibly excited to learn and serve patients at Cambridge Health Alliance. I graduated from Brandeis University in 2011 with a degree in Biology before attending medical school at Boston University School of Medicine.

My interest in ophthalmology was sparked as a Unite for Sight Global Impact Fellow. Spending a summer volunteering for an eye clinic in rural south India exposed me to the immense burden that untreated eye disease can have on individuals, families, and communities. I further explored the field by conducting research at BostonSight on a prosthetic device for the ocular surface to treat complex corneal diseases. Outside of classrooms and clinics, I love to spend time with friends and family and experience new places and foods.

I am eager to become part of the CHA community and I am very grateful for the opportunity to train at such a warm and mission-driven program. After internship I will continue to the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program at Mass. Eye and Ear.

Jacob Duker

Jacob Duker

I grew up in Newton, MA. I am the oldest of four siblings and seventeen cousins. I went to Amherst College (’09) where I studied psychology and Buddhism, met my amazing wife, and captained the soccer team. Fascinated by the connection between the mind and body, I decided that I wanted to go to medical school. However, my path was not linear. First, I gave a career as a professional soccer player a chance: I spent six months playing in Israel before I hung up my boots. I returned to Boston to complete the pre-med courses at Harvard Extension School at night while doing research projects in ophthalmology and psychiatry during the day. Then, in the year before starting medical school at Tufts, I lived in Wuhan, China. I loved medical school, especially the clinical rotations and my colleagues. There were several specialties that interested me, but in the end I followed my gut instincts and chose ophthalmology. After CHA, I am heading down to Miami for my training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Cambridge has been my home for six years and I am very excited to get the opportunity to serve my community at CHA.

Samantha Harrington

Samantha Harrington

I was born in Boston and raised in Belmont, Massachusetts. I attended Brown University where I majored in anthropology, focusing on immigration in Denmark. After graduation, I went to work for the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, then moved to England to get a masters in medical anthropology at Oxford. Inspired by my research on the patient-physician relationship, I returned to Boston where I completed my premedical requirements at Harvard Extension while working at the Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and volunteering at Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a hand massage therapist.

I attended UMass Medical School, where I explored my clinical interests through a variety of activities, ranging from creating a healthy cookbook for the Ghanaian population in Worcester to working on the Worcester Department of Public Health’s youth anti-drug campaign. During my clinical rotations, I fell in love with radiology and was able to combine it with my interest in global health by volunteering with pediatric radiologists in Cambodia and conducting research on global radiology. After training at CHA, I will begin my radiology training at Massachusetts General Hospital. In my free time I enjoy running, baking, and spending time with family and friends. I am thrilled to serve the patients at CHA and look forward to working with everyone!

Olivia Linden

Olivia Linden

I was born and raised in Long Beach, California as the middle of three sisters, and I made my big move to New England for college. As a member of the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), a BA/MD continuum at Brown University, I’ve been lucky to call Rhode Island my home since 2008. Phenomenal mentors in plastic surgery inspired my love of research, which, over the past 6 years, has focused on using 3D photogrammetry as a tool to characterize facial asymmetry and assess surgical outcomes of patients with craniosynostosis and cleft lip/palate. After graduating with a BA in Human Biology, I went directly on to medical school, where my continued love for anatomy translated to a passion for diagnostic and interventional radiology.

From my first moments at CHA I knew it was a place where I would be extremely lucky to train! After arriving by Uber straight from a weather-delayed red eye from California, I was greeted by the incredibly friendly, accommodating, and welcoming people that I now have the privilege of working with! I am very excited to start at CHA and I look forward to all that the year will bring, after which, I will head out West to UCSF to begin my residency in Radiology. In my free time, I love baking banana bread, traveling, and … reality tv.

Clara Men

Clara Men

I was born in Guangzhou, China, and raised in southern California. I loved biology and chemistry in high school, and majored in Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics at Yale University (‘11). I first became interested in ophthalmology while in college, where I was president of a group called Unite for Sight. We offered simple vision exams at local soup kitchens and participated in health fairs to encourage proper eye care. After college, I went straight to medical school at Harvard. During my clinical rotations, I rediscovered my interest in ophthalmology, and decided to take an extra year to pursue genetics research on inherited retinal dystrophies at MEEI. I am particularly interested in gene therapy development for ophthalmologic diseases. After CHA, I will be returning to California for ophthalmology residency at UC San Diego.

I am extremely excited to spend a transitional year at CHA. On my interview day, I was most impressed by how warm and friendly the faculty and residents are. At Cambridge, I look forward to building a strong foundation in medicine and working in a wonderful community of caring providers.

Leslie Modlin

Leslie Modlin

Born and raised outside of Chicago, I headed to Duke University for undergrad. While at Duke, I designed a triple major to evaluate health from a biopsychosocial framework, conducted neuro-oncology research, and led various volunteerism and academic organizations. Continuing my fascination with the human mind, I managed neuroimaging studies ranging from drug addiction to yoga and meditation after graduation. I then moved to California to coordinate clinical trials in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stanford, where I fell in love with the specialty. As a medical student at Stanford, I continued my clinical and translational research centering on novel treatments for brain tumors and developing technologies for liquid biomarkers. I chose CHA because of the opportunity to serve the vibrant Cambridge community and our shared mission of providing compassionate and outstanding care for all patients. I look forward to running along the Charles, exploring new restaurants and yoga studios, and searching for the perfect chocolate dessert. After CHA, I am thrilled to pursue my radiation oncology training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Edith Reshef

Edith Reshef

I was born in Israel and have since lived in Kenya, Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. I studied Brain and Cognitive Science and minored in Architecture at MIT (’11), where I also played varsity soccer and lacrosse. During and after college, I developed my interest in ophthalmology and global health and had the opportunity to participate in several surgical eye expeditions to Thailand and India. After MIT, I spent a year at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary studying optic nerve regeneration and neuroprotection before attending Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. While at Rutgers, I was a peer mentor and volunteer at the student-run Promise Clinic. After CHA, I will begin my residency training in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, traveling, photography, cooking/baking, and spending time with family and friends.