Department Faculty & Staff

ADMINISTRATION

Interim Chairman: Michelle Roett, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CPE
Vice Chairman: Jay Siwek, MD
Administrator: Vanessa Tunstall, MPH

MEDICAL STUDENT EDUCATION

Division Director: Yumi Jarris, MD
Director, Population Health Scholar Track: Yumi Jarris, MD
Directors, Patients, Populations & Policy (P3): Kenny Lin, MD, MPH & Sarah Kureshi, MD, MPH
Director, Fellowships: Kim Bullock, MD
Director, Service Learning: Donna Cameron, PhD, MPH
Director, Selectives: Sarah Kureshi, MD, MPH
Director, Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship and Patients, Populations, and Policy: Kenny Lin, MD, MPH
Director, Ambulatory Care: Erica McClaskey, MD, MS
Director, Global Health Initiatives: Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS
Director, Evidence-Based Medicine: Jeff Weinfeld, MD, MBI & Erica McClaskey, MD, MS, FAAFP
Director, Family Medicine Clerkship: Erica McClaskey, MD, MS
Associate Director, Family medicine Clerkship: Caroline Wellbery, MD, PhD
Program Manager, Medical Student Education: Andrea Cammack
Clerkship and Communications Coordinator: Lisa Prince

COMMUNITY HEALTH

Director: Kim Bullock, MD
Director, Service Learning: Donna Cameron, PhD, MPH
Program Coordinator: Debbie Vargas-Collins, MPH

RESEARCH DIVISION

Director: Daniel Merenstein, MD
Research Associate: Tina Tan
Project Coordinator: Keisha Smith, MA

AMERICAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Editor: Jay Siwek, MD
Associate Editor: Sumi Sexton, MD
Associate Deputy Editor, AFP Online: Kenny Lin, MD, MPH
Associate Deputy Editor: Caroline Wellbery, MD, PhD

RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Director, Residency Program: Rachelle Toman, MD, PhD
Director, Behavioral Health: Elise Morris, MD
Director, Residency Medical Student Education: Jamie Hill-Daniel, MD
Residency Faculty: Bill Gallagher, MD
Residency Administrator: April Wallace, MPA
Administrative Assistant: Joan Barnes

MEDSTAR HEALTH CENTER: FAMILY MEDICINE AT SPRING VALLEY 

Medical Director: Christina Gillespie, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Sarah Kureshi, MD, MPH
Kenneth Lin, MD, MPH
Erica McClaskey, MD, MD, MS, FAAFP
Alphonse Mehany, DO
Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, FAAFP
Jeff Weinfeld, MD, MBI, FAAFP
Caroline Wellbery, MD, PhD
Practice Administrator: Vanessa Tunstall, MPH

STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

Asst. Vice President for Student Health: Vince WinklerPrins, MD
Director, Student Health Center: James Marsh, MD
Elisa De Angelis, MD
Danielle Dooley, MD
Blair Heinke, MD
Roanna Kessler, MD
Justin Mullner, MD
LaTasha Seliby, MD

ASSOCIATED FACULTY

Senior Scholar in Residence, Robert Graham Center, and Professor and part-time faculty, Georgetown-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program: Doug Kamerow, MD, MPH
Director, The Robert Graham Center: Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH
Vice President of Research Policy, American Board of Family Medicine: Robert Phillips, Jr., MD, MSPH
Chief Medical Officer, Providence Hospital: Pat Evans, MD, MA

HEALTH POLICY

Director: David Rabin, MD, MPH

PRIMARY CARE INFORMATICS

Director: Alan Zuckerman, MD

2015-2016 FELLOWS

Robert L. Phillips, Jr. Health Policy Fellow: Yalda Jabbarpour, MD

FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENTS

First Year Residents
Cassandra Batichon, MD, MHS, The Commonwealth Medical College
Matthew Brennan, MD, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicin
Joanna Choi, MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine
James Gray, MD, University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Emmanuelle Noar, MD, MS, MA, Tulane University School of Medicine
Matthew Pazderka, MD, University of Nebraska College of Medicine
​Elizabeth Suh, MD​, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine 

Second Year Residents
Simone Ellis, MD, Boston University School of Medicine
Aida Girma, MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Brian Kroener, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
Emily Platz, MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Mia Riley, MD, Howard University College of Medicine
Kevin Stephens, MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Mary Veghte, MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Jennifer Yee, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Third Year Residents
Isha Choudhary, MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Juliana Llano, MD, Howard University College of Medicine
Will Narracci, DO, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christina Huntley Noguera, MD, Mercer University School of Medicine
Sadhana Rajamoorthi, MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Adam Visconti, MD, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Recent Residency Graduates
Tracy Cassagnol, MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Rebecca Divers, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
Andrew Eastman, MD, Jefferson Medical College
Stefanie Kreamer, MD, Howard University School of Medicine
Jennifer Lewis, MD, Jefferson Medical College
Troy Russell, MD, The University of Texas School of Medicine, San Antonio
Opal Williams, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine


 

Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH is the Director of the Robert Graham Center: Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care. He remains on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Family Medicine (where he completed his residency training and faculty development fellowship), the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University, and in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health. A member of the AAFP, he practices and precepts weekly at VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Bazemore received his BA from Davidson College, his MD from the University of North Carolina, and his MPH from Harvard University.

Kim Bullock, MD is a graduate of Yale University (BA) and the University of Michigan Medical School. In the past, she worked as an attending physician for the emergency departments of Providence Hospital and Caremont Indian Hospital. Currently, Dr. Bullock serves as Community Health Division Director, Community Health Leadership Development Fellowship Director, and Associate Professor for the Department of Family Medicine. At Providence Hospital, Dr. Bullock serves as Medical Director for the Seton House Substance Abuse Center, Vice Chairperson/Assistant Director for the Emergency Department, and Director of Ambulatory Emergency Services.

Donna Cameron, PhD, MPH is a graduate of Columbia Union College (BA, Elementary Education), Loma Linda University (MPH, Community Health Education), and the University of Maryland (PhD, Health Education). In the past, she has served as an adjunct faculty member and course director at two colleges, a consultant for domestic and international health organizations, a co-principal investigator on several grants, and an invited lecturer. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Dr. Cameron directs the Service-Learning Module in the Doctoring Curriculum. She is also a motivational speaker and pianist.

Andrea Cammack has been with the Medical Student Education Division in the Department of Family Medicine since April 2004. Before joining Georgetown University in 2003, she worked at Columbia University, The School of the Arts for two academic years. Prior to relocating to the US, she taught English as a foreign language in Moscow, Russia and in Bratislava, Slovakia where she earned her degree in EFL and dedagogy. Mrs. Cammack lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two daughters.

 

Pat Evans, MD, MA was the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program Director from 2003-2013. Dr. Evans is the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for Providence Hospital. She is also the Designated Institutional Official for the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Evans graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She also completed an obstetrics fellowship at Franklin Square Hospital. During her medical school training, she completed a master’s degree in anthropology with a special emphasis on deaf culture and the anthropology of birth.

Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD co-directs a Master of Science program in natural products. She also directs the Urban Herbs project, which maintains campus gardens that demonstrate urban gardening, xericulture, and permaculture techniques. An expert on botanical medicine, Dr. Fugh-Berman is the author of the 5-Minute Herb and Dietary Supplement Consult. Previously, Dr. Fugh-Berman was a medical officer in the Contraception and Reproductive Health Branch, NICHD, NIH. She worked with the Reproductive Toxicology Center and edited an award-winning CME newsletter on women’s health. Dr. Fugh-Berman graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed a Family Medicine internship in the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx.

William J. Gallagher, MD is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Procedures Curriculum and PCMH Leadership Curriculum for the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Gallagher is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine residency at the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital program where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Gallagher spent several years in private practice in California and worked in the Emergency Department at Alexandria Hospital before returning to Georgetown. He is currently residency faculty with the Family Medicine Residency program. His areas of interest include sports medicine, procedures, and resident well-being.

Christina Gillespie, MD, MPH, FAAFP is the Medical Director of the MedStar Health Center–Family Medicine at Spring Valley practice. She graduated from Tufts University’s joint MD/MPH program and completed her residency at the Georgetown-Providence Family Medicine Program where she served as Chief Resident. She worked several years at an urban underserved site with Unity Health Care in Washington, DC before joining our faculty full-time. Dr. Gillespie is the former Deputy Director of Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program at Fort Lincoln Family Medicine Center where she also served as Medical Director. She practices full spectrum Family Medicine including obstetrics.

Nancy Harazduk, MEd, MSW is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, is the Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Program, and the Ombudsperson for the medical students. She directs and teaches Mind-Body Medicine courses for first, second, and third year medical students, law students, physiology master’s students, and for the faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine and Georgetown Law Center. In this course, participants are taught to integrate mindfulness meditation, imagery, autogenic training, biofeedback, journal writing, and movement into their personal and professional lives. Ms. Harazduk completed post-graduate training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD; the Healer’s Art Professional Training course with Rachel Naomi Remen, MD; and the Clinical Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine with Herbert Benson, MD She is certified in Interactive Guided Imagery by the Academy of Guided Imagery in Mill Valley, CA.

Jamie Hill-Daniel, MD is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and residency faculty at Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Hill-Daniel received her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed a family medicine residency at Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Hill-Daniel is board certified in Family Medicine and practices full scope family medicine. She teaches medical students and residents and has a special interest in Community Medicine. She is currently participating in a faculty development fellowship sponsored by HRSA at the Cultural Medicine Training Center at White Memorial Medical Center.

Yumi Shitama Jarris, MD is a Professor of Family Medicine. She was the Division Director of Medical Student Education from January 2009 until September 2015 while she was also directing the Patients, Populations and Policy required medical school course. Dr. Jarris is now the Director of the Population Health Scholar Track, a longitudinal curriculum for medical students. Dr. Jarris is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Fairfax Family Medicine Residency and completed a faculty development fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She was on the faculty at the Swedish Cherry Hill Residency Program in Seattle, was Associate Director of the Valley Family Medicine Residency in Renton, WA, and worked in community health centers in Seattle and Burlington, VT. She practices at the Student Health Center. Dr. Jarris has published articles in Medical Education and Academic Medicine. She completed the MedStar Health Teaching Scholars Program and received a Medical Education Research Certificate from the AAMC. She is a co-chair of the Workforce Education and Training Committee for the ASTHO Primary Care and Public Health Integration National Collaborative Group and is a member of the Association of Medical Colleges Expert Panel on Public/Population Health. She is a member of the GUMC Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) steering committee and chaired the task force to create the CENTILE Teaching Academy for Health Sciences for GUMC. She received the Henry Walton Prize for the most downloaded article from the journal Medical Education in 2012. She has been active with the Georgetown Women in Medicine and received its John Eisenberg award for Mid-Career Professional Development in 2012. Her interests include population health in medical education, adolescent medicine, critical reflection in medical education, and work-life balance. 

Douglas Kamerow, MD, MPH is a Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at Georgetown. He graduated from Harvard College, the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Highland Hospital. He received an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and is board certified in both Family Medicine and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. After 20 years in the US Public Health Service, Dr. Kamerow retired as Assistant Surgeon General in 2001. He is now Senior Scholar in Residence at the Robert Graham Center, part-time faculty at the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, a regular columnist for the medical journal BMJ, and author of the book Dissecting American Health Care.

Sarah Kureshi, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She is a graduate of University of Central Florida (BS, Biology), Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (MD), and Harvard School of Public Health (MPH, International Health). She completed her residency in Family Medicine at UCSF in 2010 and then a Fellowship in Community Health Leadership Development at Georgetown in 2012. Dr. Kureshi is the Course Director of the Doctoring Selectives and Co-Director of the Patients, Populations & Policy course. She also serves as Advisor to the Family Medicine Student Interest Group and precepts students at HOYA Clinic, the Georgetown student-driven free clinic. Dr. Kureshi is a clinician at the department practice, MedStar Health Center - Family Medicine at Spring Valley where she enjoys seeing patients of all ages. She is also an attending physician at Providence Hospital with the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program through which she teaches on the inpatient medicine team and precepts at the Fort Lincoln Family Medicine Center. Dr. Kureshi serves as a Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network Provider and also works on health issues affecting Muslim communities. Her professional interests include preventive medicine, health disparities, health and human rights, gender based violence, and refugee/immigrant health.

Kenny Lin, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Director of the Robert L. Phillips, Jr. Health Policy Fellowship, and Associate Deputy Editor of the American Family Physician journal. Dr. Lin is a graduate of Harvard University, New York University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his residency at Lancaster General Hospital (PA) and a fellowship in medical editing and faculty development at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Lin was previously a medical officer at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, supporting the activities of the US Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Lin currently chairs the Subcommittee on Clinical Practice Guidelines of the AAFP’s Commission on Health of the Public and Science. He has worked in a variety of clinical practice settings and currently sees patients at MedStar Health Center-Family Medicine at Spring Valley in Washington, DC. Dr. Lin records monthly video commentaries for Medscape Family Medicine and shares his views on health and health policy topics on his blog Common Sense Family Doctor.

Erica McClaskey, MD, MS, FAAFP is an Associate Professor and the Course Director for Ambulatory Care I and II, co-Director for Evidence Based Medicine II, and the Medical Director of the MedStar Georgetown University Cancer Screening Center. Dr. McClaskey is a graduate of Howard University and received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine,  and received a Master of Science degree in cellular and developmental biology from the University of Houston in Texas. Dr. McClaskey has a long standing relationship with Georgetown: She was a chief resident at Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, and completed a fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine's Community Health Center Director Development Program in 2007. She is board certified and sees patients at the Family Medicine Spring Valley faculty practice.  She precepts residents at Fort Lincoln Family Medicine Center, and is an attending physician at Providence Hospital where she is the Chair-Elect for the Department of Family Medicine. Her interests include adolescent medicine and preventive health.

Alphonse Mehany, DO is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, and a graduate of UCLA and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Loma Linda University Family Medicine residency in California.  Dr. Mehany previously served as the Director of Medical Education at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital and the Medical Director at MedStar Health Center at Chevy Chase, MD.  He has taught at Baylor College of Medicine and Howard University.  Dr. Mehany trains medical students on the importance of a positive patient experience.  He speaks English, Spanish, and Arabic.

Dan Merenstein, MD is a tenured Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University. He sees patients one day a week, teaches medical students in years 1-3, and also teaches two undergraduate classes. Prior to coming to Georgetown in 2005, he spent three years in private practice, followed by two years at Johns Hopkins as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. His primary research goal is to provide answers to common clinical questions that lack evidence and improve patient care. Dr. Merenstein is primarily a clinical trialist focusing on functional foods and respiratory infections. In these studies he has enrolled and retained over 1,200 participants. Dr. Merenstein was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to do health systems research at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel in order to compare evidence based medicine compliance in the Israeli capitated payment system with fee for service care delivery here in the US. Dr. Merenstein serves on the National Quality Forum: Eye Care, Ear, Nose and Throat (EENT) Conditions, Measures Endorsement Project, Standing Committee Family Physician, and AAFP Representative. He also serves on The Pew Charitable Trusts and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee planning for a national goal for reducing antibiotic usage in outpatient settings.

Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, FAAFP is a Professor of Family Medicine and practices full spectrum Family Medicine, including obstetrics, in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. She is an attending physician at the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and sees patients several times a week at MedStar Health at Spring Valley. Dr. Mishori is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, and holds a Master’s degree in International Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She leads the Department of Family Medicine’s Global Health Initiatives and is the Director of the Health and Media Fellowship. She has worked abroad extensively over the past two decades on a variety of projects as a journalist, health care provider, and teacher. Her areas of interest include health and human rights, refugee health, health disparities, global health education, public health, and health communications.  Dr. Mishori was selected in 2013 to serve a 4-year term on the AAFP Commission on the Health of the Public and Science. The scope of work of the Commission includes health of the public, evidence-based clinical recommendations and care, generation of new knowledge and science with dissemination and implementation, health disparities, and the underserved populations.  Members of the Commission develop and review evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and recommendations for clinical preventive services, including immunizations, tobacco use, exercise, and obesity. Members also represent the AAFP to federal, medical specialty, voluntary health, and other organizations, and serve on a number of advisory committees to Academy programs.  Dr. Mishori serves as AAFP’s liaison to American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice-Bulletin Committee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Lupus Public Health Agenda Committee, and the US Breastfeeding Committee.

Elise Morris, MD is Director of Behavioral Health and Director of Women’s Health for the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency. She is a graduate of both the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine and its Residency Program. She completed the Georgetown University Community Health Leadership Development Fellowship, and is a former FQHC Medical Director. She practices full-spectrum Family Medicine, including obstetrics. Her interests include Women’s health, Obstetrics, and the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care.

Robert L. Phillips, Jr, MD, MSPH is the Vice President of Research Policy for the American Board of Family Medicine.  He is a nationally recognized leader on primary care policy and health care reform. Dr. Phillips was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science in 2010.  A Fulbright Specialist to the Netherlands in 2012, he trained in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri, had a two-year fellowship in health services research and public health, and served as Director of the Robert Graham Center, in Washington, DC, from 2004-2012. Dr. Phillips currently practices part-time in a community-based residency program in Fairfax, VA and is a Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University, as well as Clinical Professor in Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University. He served on the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education; President of the National Residency Matching Program; and Vice Chair of the US Council on Graduate Medical Education. He is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Lisa Prince is a  graduate of The George Washington University where she earned her BA in International Affairs with a minor in Semitic Languages and Cultures. She joined the department as the Clerkship and Communications Coordinator in 2014. Her work experience includes GW School of Medicine and the Institute for the Study of War. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business.

 

David Rabin, MD, MPH graduated from Washington University School of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago and Cornell University residency programs. He received an MPH from Harvard University School of Public Health and then became Assistant Medical Director of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and a member of the SPH faculty. He became Coordinator of the World Health Organization International Collaborative Study of Medical Care Use while faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene. He was a Milbank Foundation Fellow and Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. At Georgetown he has been Associate Professor, Professor, Director of the Division of Health Care Studies, and Associate Chair. Currently he is semi-retired part-time in the department, advising the American Medical Student Association Group and pursuing his interest in universal health care by working with Congressional members, Chairing an Institute for Universal Health Care, promoting student interest in health care reform and doing research on the effects of high deductible health plans.

Michelle A. Roett, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CPE is Professor and, as of 1/1/16, Interim Chair for the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC.  She practices full spectrum Family Medicine at the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program at Fort Lincoln Family Medicine Center, and is the former Residency Program Director. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University, completed her residency training with Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency program, and her Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Roett is board certified in Family Medicine, completed a Georgetown University faculty development fellowship in Community Health Leadership Development, and the AFMRD National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship. She is the former Clinical Chief of Service for inpatient Family Medicine at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC, former Chair of the Providence Hospital Department of Family Medicine and Family Medicine Department Peer Review Committee.  She is the current Chair of Providence Health Services Quality and Safety Committee and on the Board of Directors as a Past-President and Alternate Delegate for the District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Roett has been awarded Top Doctor by the Washingtonian Magazine, and has received several inpatient teaching awards from residents. She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and delivers invited lectures on faculty development, resident feedback and evaluation, and teaching evidence-based medicine. Her interests include Underserved Care, Community Partnerships and Engagement, Medical Student Recruitment to Family Medicine, Evidence-Based Medicine, Health Information Technology, Faculty Development, Women’s Health, Health Literacy, Chronic Diseases, and the Patient-Centered Medical Home.

Sumi Sexton, MD is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is also an Associate Deputy Editor for one of the most-widely read journals in primary care, American Family Physician. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1996 and completed her training in Family Medicine at the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. She later completed a faculty development and medical editing fellowship at Georgetown University. She is a founding partner and President of Premier Primary Care Physicians. She sees patients of all ages, including newborns, teenagers, adults, and elderly patients. Dr. Sexton has special interests in well newborn and infant care, adolescent medicine, and women’s health, and she is fluent in Spanish. She wrote the book, Pacifiers Anonymous: How to Kick the Pacifier or Thumb Sucking Habit.

Jay Siwek, MD is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine (1976), and Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine Residency. He served as Department Chair (1993-2008), Medical Director of the Fort Lincoln Family Medicine Residency, and Director of Medical Student Education. Since 1988, Dr. Siwek has been editor of American Family Physician. He founded the divisions of community health and research, along with CAPRICORN, the Capital Area Primary Care Research Network. Dr. Siwek created three fellowships (in medical editing, community health center director development, and primary care health policy), and helped create a geriatric medicine fellowship. For 15 years, Dr. Siwek wrote a weekly health column in The Washington Post, and for 10 years was tour physician with the National Symphony Orchestra. A recipient of AAFP’s Merit Award and STFM’s Recognition Award, he has been listed in Best Doctors in America, Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Doctors, and Washington Consumer Checkbook’s Best Doctors.

Keisha Herbin Smith, MA is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she earned a BA and MA in Psychology. For three years, she worked for the State of North Carolina as a Birth Defects Monitoring Program Research Specialist. She worked with Dr. Merenstein as a Research Assistant, and currently serves as a Study Project Coordinator.

 

Tina Tan is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she earned her BA in Mathematics with a minor in East Asian Studies. Prior to joining Georgetown, she worked for a private wealth management firm in her hometown of New York and then as a research assistant for an international development organization in DC. She currently serves as Research Associate for the Department of Family Medicine and Network Coordinator for CAPRICORN, a practice-based research network in the DC metropolitan area.

 

Rachelle Toman, MD, PhD obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from Georgetown University and completed her medical training at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (formerly the Medical College of Virginia). She completed her residency at the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Program where she served as Chief Resident. She spent four years as the Medical Director at Community of Hope, Inc., a multi-site Federally Qualified Health Center in Washington, DC. During her tenure, COH implemented an EMR, successfully completed their HRSA site visit with six best practice citations (including Quality Management), and obtained NCQA Level 3 PCMH recognition. She received the 2013 Distinguished Caregiver Award from the DC Primary Care Association prior to returning to the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency as Medical Director and Assistant Program Director. She practices full spectrum Family Medicine including obstetrics. Her interests include Community Medicine, Quality Management, and effective patient-clinician communication.

Debbie Vargas-Collins, MPH holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Education/Communications from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and a BA in Communications from Fordham University. Prior to graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, where she worked on HIV/AIDS education and maternal and child health issues in rural indigenous communities. Debbie also spent a year of national service as an AmeriCorps Volunteer In Service to America (VISTA). Assigned full time to the March of Dimes, Debbie worked on developing and implementing prenatal education programs to improve the health of babies and prevent premature birth. Before joining the School of Medicine, Debbie worked in the Midwifery Department at the GeorgetownSchool of Nursing and Health Studies.

April Wallace, MPA is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. Ms. Wallace has a long standing commitment to resident education, and has managed the Georgetown-Providence residency program for more than 20 years.

 

Jeff Weinfeld, MD, MBI, FAAFP is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine.  He is Course-Director of the Evidence Based Medicine courses for first and second year students, teaches in the Family Medicine Clerkship, and teaches medical students about Informatics. He has held positions in quality and informatics for governmental, non-profit, and community organizations, including working with HRSA’s Office of Health Information Technology and MedStar Health in Quality. He is a board-certified family physician and practices part-time at MedStar Health Center – Family Medicine at Spring Valley in Northwest Washington, DC. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, and completed his Family Medicine residency at the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital program. He completed a fellowship in online services at the American Academy of Family Physicians and in 2014 received a master’s degree in biomedical informatics from the Oregon Health & Science University where he completed a capstone research project on clinical decision support in primary care. He has served as the President and Delegate of the DC Academy of Family Physicians. His interests include evidence-based medicine, medical informatics, and caring for the underserved.

Caroline Wellbery, MD, PhD is a Professor of Family Medicine and has been involved in all aspects of teaching in the Department of Family Medicine, both at the medical student and residency level, since 1994. She is also Associate Deputy Editor of American Family Physician. Her long-standing interest in medical humanities goes back to her graduate student days, when she received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. Her humanities work is represented in the website Interacting with the Arts in Medicine. Other current interests include medical uncertainty, cognitive error, and communicating through the arts with vulnerable groups as a mechanism for social change. She has partnered with many artists to develop educational performances and workshops for students and residents. Recently she spent a month at Djerassi Artist-in-Residence program as part of a collaborative project bringing together artists and scientists.  She has published on art observation, medical education, and human interest topics in national and international journals, including Academic Medicine, BMJ, The Lancet, JAMA, and American Family Physician.

Peggy A. Weissinger, EdD, MBA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She is the inaugural Director of the GUMC Teaching Academy for the Health Sciences, which operates under the umbrella of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE), for which she is Associate Director. She is an Associate Dean for Educational Scholarship and Co-Director of the Office for Educational Scholarship at Georgetown School of Medicine. She co-directs both the Medical Education Research Scholar Track for undergraduate medical students and the MedStar Health Teaching Scholars for faculty and fellows. She mentors students and faculty on educational research. She is a Consulting Editor of College Teaching and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. Dr. Weissinger is also a facilitator with the American Association of Medical Colleges Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program and is regional director for the AAMC LEAD program. She is serving as Chair, Program Committee for the upcoming 2015 International Conference on Promoting Resilience, Empathy and Well Being in the Health Professions: An Interprofessional Forum to take place fall 2015 in Washington, DC. Dr. Weissinger received her BA from Purdue University, a Master’s degree from DePauw University, an MBA from Georgetown University, and a doctorate from Indiana University.

Vince WinklerPrins, MD is the Family Medicine Clerkship Director, and became the Director of the Medical Student Education Division as of September 15, 2015. He is a native of Michigan and did his undergraduate and medical school work at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2010 he was in private practice in small town Wisconsin for 10 years with stops along the way in the Brazilian Amazon for six months and the Netherlands for one year. Most recently, he was Associate Chair for Academic Affairs and Clerkship Director at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where he had been since 2000. He is interested in all aspects of medical student education, pediatrics, international health, and health policy and reform. He has also been involved as an author and editor for the Family Physicians Inquiries Network for many years and is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Alan Zuckerman, MD is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Primary Care Informatics.  Dr. Zuckerman’s primary research interests focus on pediatrics and medical informatics (using information technology in the service of medical practice).