Ronald Adler, MD, FAAFP
Director, Primary Care Practice Improvement
Center for the Advancement of Primary Care
University of Massachusetts, M.D., 1989
Family Practice Residency: Hahnemann Family Health Center/UMass, 1992
Areas of Interest and Research: Women’s Health and Obstetrics
About Hahnemann: Residents of this program are deeply committed to learning to be providers of superior care to their patients. They are attracted to the health center by the diverse patient population and the excellent support staff. What I value most about Lincoln Street is the full spectrum of family care delivered to people of various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
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Katharine Barnard, MD
Medical Director, Plumley Village Health Services
Brown University, Providence RI
University of Massachusetts
Residency: Umass Worcester Family Medicine Residency - Hahnemann Family Health Center
Areas of Interest and Research: Women's health including obstetrics, community health, care of young families, substance abuse, working with urban Spanish-speaking patients, and teaching students and residents about office-based family medicine and obstetrics
Hometown: I guess I would have to say Worcester -- I've lived here longer than I've lived in any other place in my life (12 years now)
About Hahnemann: Worcester has all the right ingredients for teaching family medicine: a city big enough and multicultural enough to have interesting variety of people and medical problems, but small enough that you can get to know the medical community and the city itself. The Family Medicine department is large and ful of experienced clinicians and researchers who can help to shape a resident's education.
Why Family Medicine? I love the diversity of my patient panel. I love helping people through transition times of their life. I love seeing families grow and change over time. I like to be an advocate for my patients. I enjoy doing office procedures and deliveries. I really enjoy my colleagues. They are inquisitive, innovative, empathetic, and community-minded, and they challenge me to continue to grow and learn.
Personal Facts: I like to do just about anything outdoors, especially gardening and sailing. I play the oboe, and my favorite show to perform is Handel's Messiah.
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Alexander Blount, Ed.D
Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry
Director of Behavioral Science
Director, Primary Care Behavioral Health Certificate Program
UMass at Amherst and Connecticut Valley Hospital.
Dr. Blount is a psychologist and is also the Editor of "Families, Systems, and Health, the Official Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare Association", a national organization dedicated to promoting collaborative care between medical providers and behavioral health clinicians. Dr. Blount is also former Chair of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.
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Stephanie Carter-Henry, MD, MS
Commonwealth Honors College at University of Massachusetts-Amherst (BS, 2003) (MS, 2004)
Family Medicine Residency, UMass Worcester Family Medicine Residency, 2011
Areas of Interest and Research: Dr. Carter-Henry's academic interests are in curriculum development, graduate medical education in maternal health, and medical student specialty choice. Her clinical interests include family centered maternity care, behavioral and mental health, and group prenatal care.
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Michael Ennis, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Assistant Dean of Student Advising, UMass Medical School
Williams College, 1979
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1983
Family Medicine Residency, UMass Medical School, 1986
Areas of Interest and Research: Student/Resident Mentoring, Family Centered Maternity Care, Travel Medicine
Hometown: The Bronx, NY
About Hahnemann: Teaching residents and students feels like a special privilege that I get to enjoy every day. It is definitely one of the top reasons that I have continued to work at Hahnemann for 23+ years. Bearing witness to, and occasionally helping, our residents transform into highly competent clinicians is a blast!
Why Family Medicine? My reasons for choosing family medicine continue to constantly morph and evolve. Perhaps, as a student, I initially came to this work enchanted by the idea of caring for the broadest of spectrums: “the cradle to the grave.” Nowadays, it is much more the continuity that I have with my families that sustains my passion for being a family doctor. Caring for extended families, sometimes 4 generations, delivering the babies of women whom I delivered as babies....these things too feel like a unique privilege that family doctors get to enjoy.
Personal Facts: I worked as a taxidriver in NYC for several years prior to going to medical school.
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David Gilchrist, MD
Medical Director and Education Director, Hahnemann Family Health Center
Gordon College, 2002
UMass Medical School, 2006
Residency: UMass Worcester Family Medicine Residency, 2009
Areas of Interest and Research: Pediatric Health, Pediatric Obesity, Maternity Care
Hometown: Revere, MA
About Hahnemann: UMass has a great tradition of training family doctors in the full breadth of family medicine and preparing them for any future career they choose.
Why Family Medicine? One of the greatest parts of being a family doctor is the variety of patients I care for.
Personal Facts: I'm an identical twin and I enjoy playing the guitar.
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Gerald Gleich, MD
Medical Director, St. Mary Health Care Center
Interim Clinical Chief of Geriatrics, UMass Division of Geriatrics
Boston University, 1975
University of Massachusetts Medical School, 1984
UMass Worcester Family Medicine Residency – Barre Health Center, 1987
Areas of Interest and Research: Geriatrics, Practice Redesign, Chronic Pain Management
Hometown: Long Beach, New York
About Hahnemann: I love my practice at Hahnemann. It is a well-organized, stimulating environment in which to practice, teach, and learn. I get to work with a terrific group of colleagues on the faculty who are committed educators and talented clinicians. I enjoy working closely with residents helping them grow and develop the skills and confidence they will need for their careers in Family Medicine. Worcester is the birth place of Family Medicine in Massachusetts and the UMass Family Medicine community continues to provide the leadership and support we need to help us train the family physicians of the future, and transform the way we deliver care to our patients.
Why Family Medicine? I initially chose to be a family physician because of my political belief that good health care is a right for all and it begins with primary care. Over the years family medicine has been an extremely fulfilling career for me. As I have changed and grown, I have been able to focus my career in different ways keeping me interested and engaged in my work. I enjoy talking to people, and learning about their lives, hearing their stories, and helping them make sense of, and come to terms with the ailments, stresses, discomforts, conflicts, and disabilities they face in their daily lives. I am a big picture person and also enjoy helping to make systems work better. I love being involved in medical education because I believe the physicians I help train today will carry on the traditions and philosophy of holistic patient centered-care that is central to family medicine.
Personal Facts: I play the guitar and sing and have written many songs over the years. Some of them are actually good. I enjoy downhill skiing in Vermont in the winter with my family, and cycling, golf, walking and playing basketball in the driveway with my youngest son (the one still at home) in the other seasons.
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Jeremy Golding, MD
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Family Medicine Quality Officer
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, MD, 1987
Family Medicine Residency (1990) and Fellowship (1991); Highland Hospital and University of Rochester
Areas of Interest and Research: Evidence-Based Medicine, Adolescent Medicine, Women's Health, Computers and Electronic Technology in Medicine, Electrocardiography, Dermatology, Office Surgical Procedures
About Hahnemann: Keeping my teaching current, exciting, and learner-centered is my greatest professional challenge. It is also what I love most about my job. Having been in the private practice of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine for 10 years before coming to UMass, I feel well-equipped to teach in the Inpatient and Outpatient settings.
As a medical writer and editor (The 5 Minute Clinical Consult (Lippincott/Wolters Kluwer Health)), I am continually reading and reviewing evidence-based medicine. Many of our residents have chosen to write with me, gaining valuable writing experience. All of our residents come with diverse interests and needs, and they are well-supported by an equally diverse, intelligent, creative, and compassionate faculty committed to resident education.
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Debbie Ordogh MD
Residency: Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, NY
St. George’s University
Professional Affiliations: AAFP, STFM, Massachusetts Medical Society
Areas of Interest and Research: Resident education, dermatology. community medicine
About Hahnemann: The wonderful people at UMass make this an ideal place to receive and give care. I am thankful to work with such a supportive group of colleagues and have so many resources available.
Personal Facts: Born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I have a Bachelor in Education and was previously a high school biology and physical education teacher. My favorite thing to do, outside of being a mom to Leah, is travelling to explore different cultures and communities.
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Christine Purington, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine, 1986
UMass - Hahnemann Family Health Center, 1989
Areas of Interest and Research: Adolescent Medicine, College Health, International Health
Hometown: Rutland, the geographic center of Massachusetts!
About Hahnemann: Mixing teaching with clinical practices at the college health centers and Hahnemann is invigorating and challenging. The medical students and residents are resourceful, and bring such strengths into the program. Watching learners mature over time is so rewarding!
Why Family Medicine? I enjoy Family Medicine as it incorporates the strength from relationships into the science of medicine. It is so gratifying to have attained the expertise to aid patients through their milestones in life.
Personal Facts: Prior to medical school, I worked as a chemical engineer for private and public organizations. Now I love to travel and learn from the world!
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Eileen Rafferty, RN, MSN
Family Nurse Practitioner
Univeristy of Michigan – BSN, University of Pennsylvania – MSN, UMass Amherst – CAGS School of Education
Areas of Interest and Research: Adolescent Health. Psych, Nurse/Physician collaboration
Hometown: Flint, Michigan
About Hahnemann: I’ve been at HFHC over 30 years and I have seen a lot of excellent physicians graduate from our program. The faculty cares about the residents’ education and it shows!
Personal Facts: Looking forward to being an empty nester this year – children 22 and 18 out of the house/in college I love Girl Scouting as much as Nursing.
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Christine (Tina) Runyan, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Director of Behavioral Science
Director of Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology
University of Maryland, 1992
Virginia Tech, 1998
Areas of Interest and Research: Health behavior change, Trauma and PTSD in primary care, training psychologists to work in primary care, training residents to work in collaborative care teams
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Personal Facts: Being a mom, trail running, and yoga are my passions outside of work.
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Hugh Silk, MD, FAAFP
Harvard University, 1991
McMaster University Medical School, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1998
Residency: UMASS Family Practice Residency (Hahnemann Site), 2001
Areas of Interest and Research: Public/Community Health and Oral Health
Hometown: Milton, Ontario, Canada
About Hahnemann: I left HFHC after graduating but returned after 5 years because I wanted to practice with a group of people that I would trust my family’s care to and that I realized are extremely dedicated to medical education and the well-being of the patients they serve. I enjoy each and every day at HFHC because we continue to look for ways to be innovative with education which makes life interesting and we get to help people in Worcester who are often underserved.
Why Family Medicine? I grew up in Canada; everyone had a family doctor. The care my family received is the kind of care I wanted to offer others; care that is founded in the family unit and their cultural and community context, that is practical, patient-centered and yet grounded in evidence based medicine.
Personal Facts: I enjoy spending my free time with my family either making good food or outside gardening or hiking.