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Chief Residents 2020-2021

  • Gregory Lines

    Gregory LinesBorn and raised in the Boston area, I attended Trinity College (Hartford, CT) where I designed an interdisciplinary major in human rights studies. After graduating, I served in the Peace Corps in Peru where I worked with a local health center to help train community health workers and teach HIV/AIDS prevention to adolescents. Returning to the U.S., I taught middle school Spanish before going back to school myself. I earned an MPH at the John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. My interest in population health led me to medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In my 3rd and 4th years, I joined the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program based in Milwaukee. It has truly been a privilege to complete residency at CHA among a community dedicated to promoting health equity and caring for the underserved. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, mountain climbing and fishing.

  • Janine Petito

    Janine PetitoI grew up in a suburb of New York City with my younger brother and our incredibly supportive parents. I completed my undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University, where I double majored in Biology and Science in Society. Through my exploration of the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and medicine, I developed a passionate interest in social determinants of health and decided to pursue a career that would allow me to address inequities in healthcare. While applying to medical school, I worked at a non-profit in New York City where I helped New Yorkers navigate the financial complexities of medical care and health insurance, and became further impassioned about becoming a physician advocate. In 2013, I moved to Boston for medical school, and received my MD from Boston University in 2017. I chose to do my residency at Cambridge Health Alliance because of its institutional commitment to primary care and community health. I enjoy working with the extremely diverse community of CHA patients and providers, and remain committed to fighting for equitable healthcare for all.

Third Year Residents

  • Shinn-Te Chou

    Shinn-Te ChouI grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington (U-Dub) where I studied mathematics and biochemistry. My favorite TV show at the time was House MD, but upon graduating I became an actuary instead, utilizing my mathematical background.

    After spending several years working for health and life insurance companies, I realized that my true passion lies in helping people with their health and medical needs. I began volunteering at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City before pursuing my medical degree at Chicago Medical School, which gave me the opportunity to connect with people and to learn about patients and their life stories. As a medical student, I volunteered at the student-run clinic which serves the underserved and underinsured in North Chicago and surrounding communities and was surprised by the widening health disparities. I am excited to join CHA which is committed to serving and advocating for those who need it the most. During my leisure time, I enjoy skiing (still learning) and having coffee with friends and family!

  • John Gaudet

    John GaudetI grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and I am grateful for a childhood that prioritized being outdoors and cooking and eating good food together. I went to college at the University of Georgia where I studied physics. I then attended Yale for medical school, where, by working in a community garden and as a patient navigator, I met role models who taught through example how to make real change in the underlying injustices of our healthcare system. I had the incredible opportunity to then work with these same teachers to build community engagement and amplify patients’ voices as Yale was restructuring its delivery of primary care. I am overjoyed to be part of a like-minded group at CHA where I hope to gain skills in establishing lines of communication within and between communities to help make a more responsive healthcare system. In my free time, I like to play soccer and bake bread (and teach you – yes you – how to do it)!

  • Byung-Jae Kim

    Byung-Jae KimBorn and raised in Korea, I came to states when I was 18 years old and began modeling. I traveled to many different fashion capitals to walk down runways of New York City, Paris, and Milan and pose for renowned magazines. During this time, I met my soon to be father-in-law and got deeply inspired by his genuine passion and work to help and educate others who are suffering from chronic diseases how to live healthy with lifestyle changes.

    I decided to quit modeling and went to Loma Linda University for medical school to pursue my new passion. I came to CHA because of its focus on health of community and underserved people and also opportunity to learn about the health advocacy. Moreover, its small class size was a huge factor for me.

    I love to spend time with my 2 kids and wife and enjoy snorkeling and relaxing on the beach!

  • Ariel Majidi

    Ariel Majidi Growing up in Delaware in a family of engineers, I broke the mold and studied Biochemistry and Global Public Health at the University of Virginia. After graduating, I moved to Pittsburgh, PA and served as an AmeriCorps member at a federally- qualified health center where I connected refugee patients to medical and social services. Through this experience, I discovered the power in primary care partnerships to engage communities and promote health equity. My interest in caring for underserved populations in urban settings led me to Emory University for medical school. There I served as a student coordinator for a local clinic for refugee and immigrant patients and joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to apply quality improvement methods to clinic operations. I also worked with medical and mental health providers at the Grady Ponce de Leon Center, a comprehensive medical facility for patients with HIV/AIDS, to research care retention strategies for HIV- positive youth in Atlanta. I am excited to join the Cambridge Health Alliance team to further my passion for providing integrated, patient-centered care to diverse communities and advocating for social justice in medicine. Outside of work, I love reading, exploring the local poetry and arts scene wherever I am, and rock-climbing.

  • Soumya Narayan

    Soumya NarayanI grew up in Waterloo, Canada, a city south of Toronto, known as the home of the Blackberry phone. For undergrad, I attended the University of Waterloo where I majored in Biomedical Sciences, and also studied English and the Arts. After graduating, my interest in the complexity of the brain led me to pursue neuroscience and psychiatry research at the Johns Hopkin School of Medicine. I worked with patients who had difficult psychiatric disorders and also volunteered with the Baltimore Rescue Mission Clinic to provide free medical care to homeless men. Working with disadvantaged and uninsured populations, with complex medical issues, I became passionate about disease prevention, addressing multiple determinants of health, and creating a more equitable healthcare system. I then pursued an MHS degree at the John Hopkins School of Public Health, where I learned about disease epidemiology and prevention and healthcare policy. In medical school, I furthered my interest in primary care and am excited to join CHA and be part of a community that is committed to social justice within medicine. Outside of medicine, I love to spend time with friends and family, explore local museums and coffee shops, and do anything that involves being creative (and eating!).

  • Koh-Eun Narm

    Koh-Eun NarmI spent my early childhood in Singapore and South Korea. As a missionary’s daughter, I traveled to India, where I attended a boarding school in the Himalayas and learned to speak English. My personal experiences with numerous infectious diseases in my childhood demonstrated how access to healthcare profoundly impacts underserved communities. When I was in high school, my family immigrated to the U.S. and made California our new home. I received my B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. I fell in love with Microbiology while working in a research laboratory and continued studying microbes in the U.S. Department of Agriculture for two years after graduation. Combining my passion for medicine and science, I joined the MD/PhD program in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My PhD training focused on understanding the gene interaction involved in the regulation of Salmonella pathogenesis in the initial stages of infection as it invades the host epithelium. I am excited to join CHA and become a part of community dedicated to providing healthcare to the underserved. Apart from my academics, I love exploring new places with my family, playing in a string trio with my siblings, and listening to classical music.

  • Charlotte Rastas

    Charlotte RastasI am originally from the UK and, despite completing most of my schooling in the US, still feel most at home in the English countryside. I received my undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University where I studied biology before going to medical school at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, I became interested in global health and the role that culture plays in shaping healthcare decision making. One of my electives took me to a remote part of the Himalayas where I was able to see firsthand the difficulties associated with providing healthcare in a resource-limited setting. At Chapel Hill I conducted research on the acceptability of HPV self testing as a way to improve access to care for women. My interest in the social determinants of health led me to pursue a master’s degree in medical anthropology at The University of Oxford in the UK. I am thrilled to be joining CHA for my internal medicine training and look forward to being part of a community that is committed to social justice and patient advocacy. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog, reading, and riding horses.

  • Alix Schrager

    A mid-westerner by origin, I grew up in Ohio. At Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, I studied English and dance. I then moved to NYC to continue dancing and I became a yoga teacher. This experience brought together my penchant for compassionate teaching as well as my interest in physical and mental health. Prior to beginning my premedical studies in Bennington, VT, I volunteered as a patient advocate in an ED in Brooklyn. Before moving back to Ohio to attend medical school at the University of Cincinnati, I served in Americorps at a community health center in rural Maine. I guided patients through the inaugural year of the Health Insurance Marketplace sign-ups and accessed vital medications for chronic disease management. While in medical school, I worked on behavioral interventions for weight management, school-based health education, and medical student wellness. My interests in medicine are primary care, health literacy, and women's health. I also enjoy spending time outdoors: garden, beach, mountain top, or city street. I am genuinely thrilled to be at CHA, to be serving and learning from a community new to me, and feel lucky to have the support of my family.

Second Year Residents

  • Roopa Balachandar

    Roopa BalachandarI grew up in Acton, Massachusetts and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where I studied Biology and Psychology. I was the first in my family to pursue medicine, and received my medical degree at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania where I had unlimited access to chocolate and amusement rides. While in medical school, I was part of an interdisciplinary student run team that helped individuals from low-income backgrounds with chronic illnesses generate and reach personal health goals. This experience solidified my interest in internal medicine and made me realize the satisfaction I gained in developing longitudinal relationships with patients. I am very excited to be joining the CHA community and I especially look forward to being part of a team that promotes a collaborative approach to patient care and encourages community outreach. In my free time I enjoy trivia (and watching Jeopardy!), singing Indian Classical music, and touring the local history and science museum scene.

  • Alexandra Berg

    Alexandra BergI’m from Maryland, and I was an undergraduate at Williams College in Massachusetts, majoring in Psychiatry. After graduating, I studied the pathophysiology of schizophrenia for one year at McLean Hospital. In a second gap year, I volunteered at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, for 4 months and then studied Spanish in Guatemala for 5 months in the Somos Hermanos Spanish Immersion Program. I returned to Maryland for medical school at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, where I became interested in primary care, psychiatry, HIV, and social determinants of health. At the University of Maryland School of Medicine, I volunteered with the Jacques Initiative, assisting in HIV and Hepatitis C testing in Baltimore City. My interests in serving a diverse patient population led me to Shiprock, New Mexico, where I completed a primary care rotation with the Indian Health Services on the Navajo Nation Reservation. I am excited to begin my internal medicine residency at CHA. I chose CHA for its commitment to providing outstanding medical care to a diverse patient population, as well as its integrated primary care model that emphasizes mental health. My hobbies include soccer, traveling, hiking, and photography.

  • Sofia Dar

    Sofia DarBorn and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, I ventured over to the Badger state for my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I studied biology and global health. It was there that I cultivated my passion for social justice and advocacy while teaching a sociology course centered around discussions about race and its intersection with health, policy-making, and privilege. I eventually returned home for medical school at the University of Minnesota where I continued to build on my passion for global health, particularly immigrant/refugee health. I've had the privilege of working with several free clinics for marginalized, immigrant communities and spending time in Uganda and Thailand for international global health work. During medical school, I also developed an interest in medical education, specifically in regards to cultural sensitivity and implicit bias training. Outside of medicine, I enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings! I am excited to join the CHA family and be a part of a community that is also committed to promoting health equity.

  • Andrew Glick

    Andrew GlickI grew up in Connecticut just outside of New York City (the only place allowed to be called “the city”). I had a transformative experience in high school working as an EMT, solidifying my decision to become a physician and be involved in reshaping the dysfunctional aspects of our health care system. I then went to UConn, where I studied health care management as an undergrad and then in med school I helped lead the AMA’s student section’s committee on economics and quality in medicine. During med school I spent a year at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice to earn my MPH and pursue health services research in health care system financing and reimbursements.

    I am thrilled to come to CHA where, besides the strong clinical training, there is a supportive environment for health policy research. My clinical interests are general internal medicine as well as cardiology and point of care ultrasound.

    For fun, I love to play hockey and ski, as well as listen to podcasts. And I’m excited to finally live in a city with tons to offer!

  • Stephanie Hastings

    Stephanie HastingsI was raised in beautiful New Hampshire and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where I majored in neuroscience and completed a thesis in developmental biology. During my semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina I studied the relationship between healthcare literacy and patient outcomes as an intern at a maternity hospital that provided care, education and lodging to underserved patients. After college I moved to Boston and worked on the 50-Year Medalist Study at Joslin Diabetes Center, where I met an inspiring group of individuals living for more than 50 years with type 1 diabetes. Through my work with the Joslin Medalists I developed interests in clinical research, preventive medicine and the longitudinal relationships forged in primary care. I attended medical school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, where I helped to establish a clinical immersion program at the local community health center. During my third-year I became interested in the unique challenges of rural medicine and conducted research utilizing telemedicine in a rural emergency department. I am excited to join CHA, and train at a program that emphasizes advocacy and community engagement through medicine. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family and friends, hiking, skiing and reading a good mystery on the beach.

  • Brady Olson

    Brady OlsonI grew up in the small town of Kaukauna, WI. From there I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where I studied philosophy and biology. During college I gained an appreciation for multicultural medicine when I lived in the Galapagos Islands for a research fellowship at the Charles Darwin Research Foundation. After college I spent a few years as an analytical chemist/microbiologist for a county health department which taught me the importance of epidemiology and medicine on a societal scale. Wanting to continue to learn about individual and public health led me to attend medical school at the University of Wisconsin-School of Medicine and Public Health. There I learned to view problems through a lens of social determinants and health disparities while working to increase health equity. I am looking forward to completing my internal medicine training at CHA because of the program’s deep commitment to social justice and patient advocacy, as well as providing comprehensive care to a diverse community. When I’m not at the hospital I am an avid rugby fan and former player. I also do some casual photography and particularly enjoy urban or architectural shots.

  • Lily Sung

    Lily SungI was born in Taiwan but raised in the SF Bay Area. During undergrad at UC Irvine, an initial interest in public health sparked my journey to medicine, while volunteering to provide free healthcare to homeless and uninsured in Orange County. Working with vulnerable populations allowed me to better understand the social determinants of health and barriers to accessing care. I was inspired by the ability of a physician to improve the health of both individuals and communities by advocating for patients needs. As a medical student at Chicago Medical School, I was a coordinator for an urban free clinic, working to improve medical services and ways to connect uninsured individuals with health-related resources. During this time, I also served as a student rep to the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), working with faculty to highlight wellness and introduce curriculum regarding health systems and equity. Together, these experiences have reaffirmed my passion for primary care, medical education and advocacy.

    In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking and watching independent films. In the future I hope to combine my clinical practice with work in the health services sector. I am excited to join the CHA family and training with like-minded individuals who are committed to social justice in medicine and improving care for the underserved!

  • Adam Tapley

    Adam TapleyI grew up hiking and camping in Maine as one of four boys including a twin brother. After spending two years going to school in southern France during high school, I started college at Dartmouth where I majored in comparative literature. At Dartmouth I took up rowing, a sport that I continued competitively after college. I worked for ten years in positions that included incubating public interest projects, assisting political campaigns, consulting for businesses and advocacy organizations, and managing an environmental nonprofit in Washington, DC. While in DC, I helped establish a public service fellowship program for young college graduates. I completed a premed post-bac at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania before attending UCSF for medical school. As a medical student, I co-directed a student-run homeless clinic and conducted research on social determinants of health as well as on interventions to promote empathy among medical trainees. I am excited to join the Cambridge Health Alliance because of its focus on primary care, advocacy, and social justice. In my free time, I enjoy reading nonfiction, trail running, and pretty much anything that gets me outside.

First Year Residents

  • Aaron Birnbaum

    Aaron Birnbaum, MDI grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts and I’m excited to begin residency back in my home state.  After graduating from Sharon High School, I attended Middlebury College where I studied biochemistry.  Next came a gap year, where I taught elementary school science, and was a high school varsity squash coach.  I began medical school at Mount Sinai, following in the footsteps of my parents, who both attended medical school there and went on to become primary care physicians.  For years I have taught, tutored and mentored, and I look forward to continuing my development as a medical educator at CHA.  I’m a big fan of medical podcasts, especially those that focus on medical decision making.  With my free time, I hope to play as much tennis and volleyball as I can fit into my schedule.  As I begin residency in a time of pandemic, my choice for a career in general internal medicine is more clear than ever, and I feel confident in my decision to come to CHA where I know I will continue my development into the clinician, advocate, and educator that I strive to become.

  • Lily Gage

    Lily Gage, MDA Midwesterner at heart, I grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended Carleton College in Minnesota before venturing east for an AmeriCorps gap year in D.C. and medical school at Emory University in Atlanta.  I vacillated between interests in ecology and healthcare before deciding to pursue medicine.  I fell in love with motivational interviewing and risk reduction counseling when I spent my gap year teaching sex education and conducting HIV, STI, and pregnancy testing at a youth center that served primarily Latino immigrants.  From this experience, I took away interests in both clinical education and medical Spanish, both of which I have pursued throughout medical school.  I am passionate about increasing access to healthcare and have had the privilege of providing mobile healthcare to D.C. residents seeking HIV testing, migrant farmworkers in rural Georgia, and unhoused women in Atlanta.  When I’m not thinking about medicine, I rekindle my love of ecology by spending as much time as possible being active outdoors.  I am an animated storyteller, a dedicated bike commuter, a proud dog mom, and I bake a mean challah.  I look forward to training at Cambridge Health Alliance, a community that values humanistic care of the whole person.

  • Paul Kim

    Paul Kim, MDAfter growing up in northern New Jersey, I journeyed further north to Massachusetts to complete my undergraduate degree at Brandeis University and my M.D. at Tufts School of Medicine.  My interest in medicine began from a young age when I met medical missionaries who inspired me through their desire to reach and help people all over the world.  Over the years, I sought to follow in their footsteps whether through working locally as an EMT, or volunteering on mission trips to different countries (Mexico, Haiti, Myanmar).  Throughout these experiences and medical school, I repeatedly found enjoyment in forming longitudinal relationships with patients, and was drawn towards primary and preventative care.  In between clinical years, I also developed an interest in evidence based medicine and conducted a quality improvement project with Dynamed reviewing the quality measures in the CMS Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.  Naturally, I am excited to be joining CHA, a place that values primary care and is committed to providing quality care for people from all walks of life.  In my spare time, I enjoy watching and playing sports, and trying new food!

  • Ayesha Sundaram

    Ayesha Sundaram, MDBorn to a physicist and a librarian who moved our family all around the country, I developed a love for diverse communities and recognized the need to advocate for them.  After completing my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at UMass Amherst, I got my first job at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Pain Management Center working with chronic pain patients.  While there, I witnessed the devastating range of effects in a vulnerable population and the critical role of socioeconomic factors on their health.  My interest in managing these numerous aspects of medical care led me to Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.  As a medical student, I worked extensively with underserved patients through student-run organizations like Street Medicine Detroit and HIV screening/testing in the ED.  I also worked on curriculum improvements as a clinical site representative and conducted research on the epidemiology of daptomycin resistance in the community.

    I am excited to join the like-minded individuals of CHA who integrate patient advocacy, community outreach, and research in providing effective primary care to the Boston area!  Outside of work, my hobbies include singing (from madrigals to a cappella and everything in between!), playing strategic board games, and working on my fitness.

  • Chloe Thomas

    Chloe Thomas, MDI was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts; a community that reinforced the importance of exposure to different perspectives and the impact of storytelling.  This fostered my belief that we are made stronger by listening to and valuing others’ experiences and perspectives.

    A desire to explore a new culture brought me to New Orleans where I studied biology and sociology at Loyola University.  There I fell in love with the spirit and resilience of New Orleans and its people, as well as the New Orleans Saints (Who Dat!).  After college, I worked in the Bronx as an advocate for families facing eviction.  When I returned to New Orleans for medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, I began to combine my interests in social justice and medicine, with particular interest in the effect of implicit bias and race on health outcomes and policy.

    In my free time you might see me hanging out with any cat or dog that consents to a belly rub, watching Saints games, or going for a scenic drive.  I’m so excited to be part of the CHA family and to learn and work within the community that I call home.

  • Annie Tsay

    Annie TsayI am the middle child of Taiwanese-Brazilian immigrants, a native Californian, and a swammer. I relocated to the East Coast for educational purposes and have been a transplant for 10+ years. At JHU, I majored in Public Health, studied about measles, and swam for the Varsity Swim Team. I loved my research experience and wanted to learn more from people in communities experiencing the burden of infectious diseases. My Public Health journey continued at YSPH, which led me to an urban slum community in Brazil affected by leptospirosis where I worked with the Brazilian Ministry of Health to understand the epidemiology of disease. Inspired by the impact of education on the health of the entire community, I applied to medical school and attended Penn State College of Medicine. I spend my spare time attending concerts (with cellos), collecting tote bags, and climbing. I am excited to join the Cambridge Health Alliance family because of its strong mentorship program and opportunity to care for its diverse community.

  • Jenny Wen

    Jenny Wen, MD“Read ten thousand books, travel ten thousand miles” is my favorite proverb from my mom’s infinite well of ancient Chinese wisdoms.  I grew up bilingual and bicultural in my two hometowns of Beijing and Los Angeles, which nurtured my love for all things hyphenated.  At Rice University in Houston, my studies in Psychology and Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities sparked my passion to combat the inequities that shape physical and mental health.  After graduation I embarked on a year of independent travel through the Watson Fellowship, investigating how female survivors of violence navigate resources to find healing in 8 countries from Sweden to Myanmar.  I continued my inquiry as a medical student at Johns Hopkins through building a resident curriculum on Trauma Informed Care.  My interest in public health and policy led me to a Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School, where I worked for the Bloomberg American Health Initiative’s Opioid Crisis group to advocate for increasing treatment access for people in incarceration.  I am so excited to join CHA for its commitment to justice, community, and out-of-the-box thinking.  In my free time I love food-related exploration, contemporary art museums, crafting, hiking, and finding ways to be around animals.

  • Lynn Wiwanto

    Lynn Wiwanto, MDBefore coming to the United States for medical school (Boston University), I had lived in Indonesia, Singapore, and Canada (where I attended my undergrad, University of British Columbia).  Witnessing how different countries tackle healthcare and how the U.S. has such poor health outcomes have sparked my desire to promote health equity.   To this end, I pursued a health-sector MBA degree and worked at MGH as a business analyst intern, where I accelerated several medical devices and improved patient experience in the hospital.  I am also very interested in transforming the healthcare system, which I believe is vital to improving patient outcome on a measurable scale.  During my ambulatory rotation, I gave a presentation on the U.S. healthcare system and was then invited back as a guest lecturer.  This may be an extremely small step towards my end goal but change would be impossible if even physicians don’t understand the healthcare system.  Cambridge Health Alliance’s focus on primary care and health advocacy is why I ranked its program as my first choice.  Outside of medicine, I enjoy very nerdy activities such as playing strategic board games, reading comics and watching TV.  I’m always looking for fellow board game enthusiasts!

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