Chief Residents 2022-2023


Name: Matthew Asirwatham, MD, MBA
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
About Me: I am originally from Buffalo, NY where I went to undergraduate at the University of Buffalo and later the Jacobs School of Medicine. I participated in the couple's match for residency and matched into Internal Medicine at UMass, while my wife Alison also matched at UMass into OB-GYN. We have loved making Worcester our home and are grateful for the friendships we have made. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors and spend my free time cycling through Central Massachusetts. I love playing ice hockey and have been on the resident team for the last three years. I am excited to stay on as one of the chief medicine residents and plan on pursuing a career in cardiovascular medicine.


Name: Sara Esposito, DO
Medical School: UNECOM
About Me: I grew up in Foster/Glocester in RI, which is a very small town in the smallest state. I went to Providence College for my undergraduate degree and studied health policy and management and biology. Throughout undergrad I worked mainly in public health and public health research then worked as a clinical research assistant before attending medical school at UNE COM in Maine. I met my husband, Colin, while both working at a pizza restaurant during undergrad (it is the cheese that binds us!). He works as a police officer in RI where we recently bought our first home. We also just welcomed our daughter, Susie, into our lives and couldn't be happier! In my free time, I enjoy golfing, clamming, checking out the local restaurants/breweries and spending time with friends and family. I have loved making Worcester and UMass my second home and family and am overjoyed at the opportunity to spend a year as chief medicine resident. After my chief year, I plan on pursuing a career in hospital medicine.


Name: Robert Fitzpatrick, DO
Medical School: UNECOM
About Me: I am from Belchertown, MA and went to undergraduate at The University of New England before transitioning to UNECOM for medical school. While in medical school I met my wife Erika who is a radiology resident at Brown. Worcester has become a second home for us. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer and ice hockey as well as listening to country music and traveling with my wife. The last three years of residency at UMass has been filled with life changing friendships and learning experiences. It has been very special to be able to go through residency with my brother Mike who is a current 3rd year. I am so honored and humbled to have the opportunity to complete a chief residency year here and moving forward I hope to pursue a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine.


Name: Dani Leary, DO 
Medical School: Touro University Nevada
About me: I was born and raised in a big Irish family just down the road in Shrewsbury, MA. I was fortunate to spend my high school years rowing on Lake Quinsigamond and rowed by UMass everyday. I was then able to continue rowing in college at the University of Notre Dame, and once I graduated college I moved to Las Vegas to attend Touro University Nevada for medical school. I commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy in 2014 and continued my journey west to complete my internship in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego. After finishing my intern year, I was lucky enough to be elected as a Flight Surgeon and attended the Navy's Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) in Pensacola, FL where I learned to fly the Navy's T6 and HT-57 aircraft alongside their pilots in training. Once I graduated from NAMI, I was assigned to Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN as their Flight Surgeon and we deployed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Deployment was one of the most challenging undertakings in my life, but I was consistently humbled and inspired by the strength, talent, and grit of the sailors and pilots around me. I was drawn to UMass because the residency had a very similar feeling of comradery and it truly felt like a team. Like my experience in the Navy, it is truly an honor to work with my co-residents every day and I am in awe of their passion for their patients and teammates as well as their enthusiasm for their work. I now live back in Shrewsbury with my husband and our dog Buster. In our spare time we have fun taking on remodeling projects in our home (while at the same time trying not to destroy it!) and spending time with family. I'm excited to go into academic Primary Care next year and am happy to be staying in the UMass Memorial Health system.