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Meet Our Fellows 2021-22

Amanda Koziel, MD

Dr. Koziel was raised in southern New Jersey. During her undergraduate studies at East Carolina University she had the opportunity to study abroad in Córdoba, Argentina which grew her interest for global health early on. She completed her B.S. in Biology and went on to attend medical school at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in México. From these experiences Dr. Koziel felt inspired to use her Spanish fluency and cultural knowledge to help underserved communities within the United States.

She completed her Family Medicine residency training at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania and had the opportunity to work at a FQHC, gaining more experience caring for refugee and immigrant populations, as well as learning more about substance use disorder treatment and Hepatitis C. During her global health elective in Kenya she developed an interest in HIV, tuberculosis and tropical disease. She felt that the Community Medicine-HIV/Hepatitis fellowship at the Family Health Center of Worcester would provide her the knowledge, collaborative team approach and resources to incorporate these interests and provide quality care of special populations in an urban underserved area. She plans to use the skills obtained to provide both comprehensive Family Medicine and expert HIV/Hepatitis care to patients in community-based settings in Worcester and beyond.  

Jaya Rawla, DNP, AGPCNP-BC

Dr. Rawla is a board-certified nurse practitioner working at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center. As an undergraduate student, Dr. Rawla studied epigenetics in the context of antimicrobial resistance, sparking a long-standing interest in infectious diseases. After graduating from Smith College with degrees in Biology and History she earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. 

While working in an outpatient office-based addiction treatment program at the Kennedy CHC, Dr. Rawla found her passion in caring for people within a community-based medical-home setting. In addition to comprehensive primary care, HIV, viral hepatitis and TB treatment, Dr. Rawla’s areas of clinical interest include gerontology, substance use disorder treatment, and providing culturally humble care to LGBTQIA* people.