Family Medicine: Third Year Residents

Class photo of the Family Medicine Residents of 2024

  • Iman Ali, MD

    Iman Ali At the age of 6, Iman immigrated to the United States of America from Ghana, but spent a majority of her childhood in Newark, NJ. She completed her undergraduate education at Rutgers, The state university of New Jersey before obtaining her medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She has always had a passion for community health and has participated in numerous service projects focused on advocating and improving the health outcomes in the greater New Brunswick area. During her medical school career, she served as the co-president of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and as the community service coordinator of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), a student run organization focused on addressing the needs, concerns and activism of underrepresented students in medicine. During her time working in these organizations, she strived to educate the members of her community regarding their chronic health conditions. She has played an instrumental role in the development of various services including blood drives, blood pressure screening and bone marrow match events aimed at serving minority populations. Iman is also very passionate about mentorship and the advancement of other minority students in the healthcare field. She dedicated a summer of her medical school career to serve as a TA and mentor for the Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) at RWJMS. BCP is a program for minority and underrepresented college juniors interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Additionally she coordinated the Saturday Scholars Program which enabled medical student volunteers to teach physical exam maneuvers and mentor high-school students interested in STEM. It is truly fulfilling for her to be able to help students envision themselves in a career involving the sciences.

    Iman is excited to make Tufts CHA her home for the next three years as she trains to become a primary care physician. She cannot wait to explore the Boston area!

    Iman enjoys cooking, reading fantasy novels, watching netflix.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • Duane Davis, MD

    Lopez Davis Duane was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He spent much of his childhood playing sports and trying to be as cool as his older sister. In middle school, after reading several autobiographies of Black doctors, Duane grew fascinated by medicine. His family encouraged and supported his newfound passion and helped him find mentors in the profession. In high school, Duane worked as a camp counselor in the North Carolina mountains for high-achieving, low resourced students. That experience and the bonds he forged with his campers sparked his love of mentoring minority students.

    Duane attended Morehouse College and UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in psychology and minoring in chemistry. He continued his work with youth by volunteering at a local after-school center where he tutored and mentored first-generation immigrant students.

    Duane graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in 2021. Working with the urban underserved in Washington, DC, especially during a global pandemic that disproportionately affected members of the community in which he was working, Duane grew more aware of the importance of social determinants of health and the deep need for diversity within the healthcare system.

    Duane is excited to be in Boston and start his training at Tufts/CHA. He was sold on the program after his first conversation with residents and the program director and hearing about their sincere commitment to social justice and healthcare reform. Inside and outside of clinic, he’s excited to continue mentoring and advocacy work. In his spare time, Duane loves watching and playing soccer and basketball, traveling with his partner, and listening to Hip-Hop and R&B.

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

  • Emily Marbas, MD

    Emily Marbas Emily was raised in a military family, splitting her childhood between Texas, Virginia, and Colorado. Growing up, she was continually inspired by the impact that her mother, a Family Medicine physician, had on each community they lived in. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she earned her bachelors degree in Integrative Physiology with a minor in Leadership Studies. Throughout college, she became interested in the broad scope that Family Medicine has to offer by getting involved in sleep and circadian disruption research, volunteering with a harm reduction coalition, and working with the CU women's soccer team as a sports medicine intern.

    After graduating college, Emily continued working in the University of Colorado Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory as a full-time research assistant. There, she coordinated subject recruitment and ran in-laboratory sleep studies for a variety of projects examining the impact of insufficient or disrupted sleep on decision making, metabolic regulation, and cognitive functioning - a topic she would become all too familiar with first-hand when she began medical school the following year.

    During her time at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine, Emily became a regular volunteer at the TTUHSC Free Clinic, which solidified her passion for making high-quality primary care accessible to historically marginalized populations. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Emily volunteered for several months with the Public Health Department at their drive-through testing clinic, as well as developed a research project studying the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of pregnant people. When not at the hospital or clinic during medical school, she enjoyed creating recipes as a teaching assistant for the Culinary Medicine elective, planning class social events for the Medical Student Government, and defeating undergraduate students in intramural sports.

    Emily is thrilled to have couple's matched in Boston with her partner (an OB/GYN resident at Brigham and Women's/Massachusetts General) and to continue her medical training at Tufts/CHA FMR. She is excited to join such an enthusiastic group of residents and faculty, and to be surrounded by individuals passionate about health equity and social justice. She is constantly adding to her list of interests within Family Medicine, which includes integrative and lifestyle medicine, reproductive health, and LGBTQ+ care. In her free time, she loves being outside (whether it be snowboarding, hiking, or running), listening to podcasts, discovering new restaurants, and chasing around her two cats, Finn and Remy.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • Kara Carew, MD

    Kara McClain Kara was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia and spent most of her childhood there until moving to Western Pennsylvania with her mom and brother. Raised by a superhero single momma, she went on to pursue her nursing degree as a first-generation college student at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). While working alongside doctors as a student nurse, she was specifically drawn to examples of strong team-based care and effective leadership. Supported by the McNair Scholars Program at IUP, she explored multiple graduate opportunities and decided to continue her medical training.

    She completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, identifying her passion for preventative care and health equity during the clerkship years. She chose Family Medicine because of the people; patients, colleagues, and mentors that connected, humbled, challenged, and empowered her.

    When she first arrived in Pittsburgh for medical school, she established a women’s cycling team and served as a cycling association board member to advocate for female representation in the sport. What began as a group of amateur cyclists grew into a team of avid competitors, and ultimately one of her closest families. In parallel, she notes that her medical training presents the privilege of sharing in the lives and hardships of strangers. Throughout medical school, she focused on opportunities to improve childhood literacy, K-12 health education, and increasing health equity for underserved individuals. Kara was recognized for her dedication to the community by induction to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

    Kara is thrilled to join the #fmrevolution at her top choice program, Tufts FMR! She is looking forward to full-spectrum training, while supporting her specific interests in reproductive justice, change management, and health equity leadership.

    In her free time, Kara enjoys cycling, power/olympic weightlifting, running, hiking, and equal parts cooking/exploring new restaurants in Boston!

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • Corey Pasakarnis, MD

    Corey Pasakarnis Corey grew up in Easton, Massachusetts. However, she spent the last 15 years living in Boston. She was always interested in biology and chemistry, starting from a young age although she never imagined going to medical school. She was the first in her immediate family to graduate college and is the first physician in her family. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and eventually went on to become a high school teacher in Chelsea, MA. There, Corey taught chemistry and developed a true love for working with adolescents in an underserved setting.

    While in medical school, Corey became passionate about addiction medicine, subsequently becoming a co-leader of an addiction medicine group at Tufts Medical School to promote discussion around addiction with the goal of educating and raising awareness around substance use disorder. She further pursued her interest in addiction medicine by volunteering at a local jail, having discussions with inmates around substance use and recovery. This love for health education, advocacy and working with the underserved is what drew her to a career in family medicine, and more specifically to Tufts. She plans to become a full-spectrum family physician including pediatric and women’s health care.

    Outside of work, Corey loves spending time outdoors, exploring new places, and trying new recipes while relaxing at home with her partner.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • Madhuri Rao, MD

    Madhuri Rao Madhuri was born in Worcester, Massachusetts but spent most of her life growing up in the sunny Silicon Valley in California. After high school, she attended Scripps College in southern California where her love for music, science, feminism, and sunshine continued to grow. She double-majored in Biology and Music Composition because she loved both too much to choose.

    She attended medical school at George Washington University, where she had the opportunity to immerse herself in the happenings of the nation's capital. She unexpectedly lived through several historic events, including the Women's Marches, the BLM parades, the storming of the Capitol, and the inauguration of our first black-desi female VP. Her class also got to work with Dr. Fauci (before he was cool) on a public health project about reducing HIV transmission in the US. She conducted research about glucose metabolism in mice at Children's National Medical Center, and later designed a curriculum for medical residents to learn to practice weight-inclusive and weight-neutral care. Additionally, she was involved in the DC Health COVID-19 response, and she founded the first medical student disability advocacy group at GW.

    She was inspired to go into family medicine after feeling how special it is to promote change both on a personal and policy level. Her medical interests include Health At Every Size, eating disorders, behavioral health, LGBTQ+ and women's health, disability, and health policy. She can't wait to return to her birth state and come full circle!

    In her free time, she plays the piano, violin, and guitar, and likes to sing sometimes too. She has also been dancing since the age of 6 and is a professional-level Indian Classical dancer. She has a small wire-haired dachshund named Barry, who is very excited to be a Boston dog!

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • Abigail Solomon, MD, MPH

    Abigail Solomon Abby was born in Boca Raton, Florida, where she grew up with her two younger sisters. She attended University of Florida for college, majoring in Biological Sciences. During her junior year, she participated in a study abroad program called Semester at Sea, where she lived on a small cruise ship with 500 other students. While the ship was sailing, they took classes on world history and religions, environmental and public health issues; while the ship was docked, she was able to explore 10 different countries across the world. After college, Abby worked as an algebra and chemistry tutor for the student athletes at the University of Florida.

    Abby attended Tulane University in New Orleans for medical school, where she earned a dual MD/MPH degree, focusing on disaster management. She led her school’s chapter of Medical Students for Choice, where she engaged her classmates in reproductive health advocacy and worked to defend access to abortion for people in Louisiana. At Tulane, she also became passionate about Palliative Medicine, and worked to create more learning opportunities for students interested in improving their medical communication skills.

    Abby is thrilled to move to Boston to start her residency training with Tufts/Cambridge Health Alliance Family Medicine Residency. She chose this program because of its commitment to health equity, resident wellness, and the focus on outpatient training. She is excited to explore her interests of reproductive justice and behavioral health. Abby enjoys cycling, listening to comedy podcasts, and hanging out with her sweet cat, Bernie.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • Tess Spargo, MD

    Tess Spargo Tess was born in Arizona but moved with her family to Spokane, WA when she was eight. She grew up there with her five siblings and grew to love hiking and camping in the Pacific Northwest. Family was always the most important part of her life and with such so many siblings she grew proficient at mediating disputes and empathic listening. She also grew up helping to care for her eldest brother with disability at home and thinks this is when her interest in being a doctor first sparked. Throughout high school she was an avid tennis player and coached by her Dad she enjoyed playing both USTA tournaments with her younger sister and for her high school team.

    She attended Cornell University in New York where she studied Biology with a specific concentration in Nutrition. During her time there she lived in a special residential house dedicated to ecology and ecological living. She developed an interest in urban gardening and helped build the Eco House Greenhouse to grow food for the house. She hopes to continue this interest in her practice of family medicine to help with the nutritional health and food insecurity faced by patients.

    After college, Tess took some time off to go back to Washington to help her family before she prepared to leave again for medical school. During this time, it became more apparent to her how the social determinants of health were affecting her family and how as a future physician she could help people like her family to navigate them and prevent a lot of illness.

    Tess was fortunate enough to be accepted by the Health Professional Scholarship Program through the United States Air Force to become a commissioned officer and receive financial assistance to attend Albany Medical College in New York. There she grew her passion for working with the underserved. She also became more involved in increasing medical education and training for LGBTQIA+ health, working with Cooks for a Cause in teaching kids about nutrition and cooking skills, and pursued further training in Addiction medicine.

    Whenever Tess wasn’t on rotation at school she was exploring Boston while visiting her wife who is also a resident. She is overjoyed to be joining Tufts/CHA FMR and growing her passions within family medicine! In her spare time, Tess likes baking and cooking new recipes, hiking and camping with her wife, lifting weights, playing board games, and spending time outside.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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