Geriatric Fellows

2014-2015 Fellows

Candace Kim, MD completed medical school at the American University of the Caribbean and did her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  She then joined the Family Medicine Department at UMass as an Assistant Clinical Professor, and was a founding member of the UMass Family Medicine Hospitalist group.  She subsequently became an academic hospitalist at UCSF Family and Community Medicine, working at San Francisco General Hospital.  It was during her hospitalist experience that she realized a need for focused expertise in effective care of older patients.  After fellowship, she plans on working as an academic Geriatric Hospitalist.

Sameera Ali, MD was raised in Pakistan, where she did her medical training.  She first came to UMass as a clinical research coordinator, working for the Division of Hematology/Oncology, and also worked alongside their physicians at a local Free Medical Program.  She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at UMass Memorial, where her work with several of the Geriatric Medicine faculty opened her eyes to the joys of multi-dimensional differentials and out-of-the-box solutions in the care of older patients.  She looks forward to future training in Palliative Medicine and a career with a dual practice in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine.

2013-2014 Fellows

Chidimma Okoli, DO completed medical school at University of Nigeria College of Medicine. During this training her curiosity and determination to help others led her to join in malaria research at several rural communities. She followed this interest in research work as a Clinical Research Program Coordinator with the Department of Gastroenterology at UMass Medical School. She worked on several clinical trials and was a co-investigator of a pilot study for Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis. She went on to complete her Internship and Residency Training in Internal Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  After fellowship, she joined the Reliant Medical Group with whom she will practice long-term and subacute care.

Randall J Morse, MD was born in Worcester and grew up just 20 minutes south of the city. After attending Boston University for his undergraduate, he graduated medical school at Saint Louis University, School of Medicine, where he became interested in Geriatric Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Flaherty and Dr. Paniagua. Dr. Morse then decided to move closer to home and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts, including an additional year as a Chief Resident with special focus on education. Following fellowship, he joined the UMass Division of Geriatric Medicine as a clinical educator with a focus on undergraduate medical education.

 2012-2013 Fellows

Jarrod Faucher, DO is a Worcester native who attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, and graduated in 2008. He completed his internship and residency at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester. He stayed at Saint Vincent Hospital for an additional year as a Chief Medical Resident before starting his Geriatrics Fellowship at UMass in July. Dr. Faucher has joined a local practice as a geriatrician.

Abhijeet Patil, MD, MS was born and raised in a small town ‘Beed’ in India. With the intent to study medicine and passion to help others, he attended Grant Medical College in Mumbai. He then went to Miami University in Ohio where obtained two Master degrees in Exercise & Health Studies and Sport Psychology. He chose to pursue the challenging and rewarding Family Medicine path because he believes in holistic care of an individual, continuity care for his patients, and is committed to service to the community. He worked as a Chief resident at Hennepin County Medical Center program in Minneapolis and was a recipient of the prestigious ‘Eldon Berglund’ resident of year award. Dr. Patil has joined the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and begun practicing at one of their clinics.

 2011-2012 Fellows

Elizabeth Howard MD obtained her undergraduate training at Brown University in Providence Rhode Island and her medical school degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda Maryland. Dr Howard served as a Commander in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps .She completed her Internal Medicine internship and residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma Washington. She was stationed in Tahlequah Oklahoma with the USPHS and served as a physician clinical provider and department of internal medicine chief for the W.W. Hastings Hospital. Her civilian career has included a medical practice in a multispecialty medical group setting in Canandaigua New York and an internal medicine practice with Fallon Clinic in Worcester with a focus on caring for the elderly population. She has been in clinical practice for 25 years. Dr. Howard will complete fellowship training to continue her focus on the improvement of medical services for our elders in the community, both through evidence based medicine and education.  Dr. Howard has joined the Geriatric Medicine faculty at UMassMemorial Medical Center

Bhavani Peddagovindu completed medical school at Osmania Medical College in India. She has also completed a master’s in public health from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She then completed her internal medicine residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, MA. Dr. Peddagovindu has moved to Portland, Oregon to begin a practice there.