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IM Residency Faculty

A residency program is, in many ways, nothing more than the constellation of people that work together to make it happen.

Across the spectrum of general medicine and in its subspecialties, our dedicated and diverse faculty brings enthusiasm for teaching and learning, a commitment to high quality patient care and a passion for mentoring. They also embody the mission of the institution and creativity in research and advocacy that advances that mission.

Our Program Directors

  • Rachel Stark, MD, MPH

    Director, Residency Program in Internal Medicine  
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    Dr. Rachel Stark completed her medical degree at Boston University and internship and residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. An interest in medical education and public health led her to pursue a fellowship in General Internal Medicine and a Master's degree in Public Health, both at Mount Sinai.

    Dr. Stark has had a longstanding commitment to providing clinical care to underserved populations and has been actively involved in resident education in Internal Medicine for over a decade, serving in residency program leadership roles at both Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx and Boston Medical Center. She joined the faculty at Cambridge Health Alliance in 2011 as the Associate Director for the Residency Program in Internal Medicine and became the Program Director in 2017. She is a practicing General Internist.

    Dr. Stark has a particular interest in curriculum innovation and teaching evidence-based medicine and clinical reasoning. She is a passionate teacher, experienced clinician and committed mentor.

    Dr. Stark has received multiple honors and awards for her work as a medical educator. In her first year at CHA, Dr. Stark was the recipient of the Outpatient Attending of the Year, awarded by the residents. In 2013, she was honored by CHA as one of four awardees of the prestigious first-annual Academic Council Award for Academic Excellence. Additionally, she was the PI for a two-year project at CHA using the art of public narrative to address the hidden curriculum in residency training, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and was the co-PI for the Harvard School of Medicine Academic Innovations Collaborative at the Somerville Campus Primary Care site. In 2014, she was honored by the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) as the New England Clinician Educator of the Year. In 2019, Dr. Stark received the Harvard Medical School Excellence in Mentoring Award.

    Dr. Stark has published on her work on teaching evidence-based medicine, medical professionalism, and ambulatory education and has presented this work at numerous regional and national meetings. 

  • Priyank Jain, MD

    Associate Program Director  
    Clinical Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
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    "Medicine has imperceptibly led us into the social field and placed us in a position of confronting directly the great problems of our time." - Rudolf Virchow 1848

    Dr. Priyank Jain graduated from medical school in India at All India Institute of Medical Science in New Delhi. He came to US for his internal medicine residency at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Then he went to India for a year and worked in variety of healthcare settings including remote villages and metropolitan hospitals. He no longer sees illness as an accidental inconvenience of humans, but rather an expression of socio-economic conditions affecting communities.

    Dr. Jain believes that the ultimate duty of physicians is to advocate for their patients. The responsibility does not end at providing compassionate and effective medical care but further to address the behavior and systemic barriers which compound illness. To this end a physician has to become a change agent within his professional and social community. Medical education should prepare future healthcare providers empowered to lead such a change. This is his guiding principle for medical education.

    Cambridge Health Alliance provides care to the most vulnerable members of our society, in an environment which strives to find systemic solutions, and thrives on exceptionally committed residents and faculty. Dr. Jain came to CHA in 2009 to work as a hospitalist. He enjoys learning with the residents to further their education and delivering the Alliance's mission. The residents have honored him with the 'Attending of the year' award in 2011 and welcomed him as the Assistant Program Director of residency program soon thereafter.

    Dr. Jain is interested in capacity building for healthcare in underprivileged communities, and is involved in projects in rural India. He is also involved in medical education reform in India, inspired by his experience in the United States.

  • Rebecca Rogers, MD

    Assistant Program Director 
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    When Dr. Rogers first started as a medical student at Harvard Medical School, it was not with the intention of becoming a primary care physician. However, after witnessing firsthand the intimate and longitudinal relationships that are forged between patients and their PCPs, the range and depth of clinical knowledge required of the general internist, and the excitement and uncertainty that a seemly average day at the clinic can bring, it became clear that this was the path for her.

    After finishing medical school, she took a year to live in London and do research at that London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, studying how primary care systems can deliver public health. It was also an eye-opening experience to learn about the UK’s National Health Service, to see how medicine operates in a world where access to affordable health is guaranteed to everyone. Dr. Rogers returned from London to do her residency here at CHA, where she was awed by the commitment of her faculty and co-residents to CHA’s mission to provide high quality care to the most marginalized populations. She became interested in resident continuity clinic as an educational entity, and let a pilot project of resident-to-resident hand-offs between ambulatory blocks. During her chief resident year at CHA, Dr. Rogers took part in the Harvard Macy Program for Post-Graduate Trainees. Through that course she developed a curriculum to help interns learn the skills required to be effective, efficient and resilient primary care doctors, which she continues to teach. During chief year she also received a Clinical Learning Environment grant to use public narratives to improve working relationships between residents and nurses on the inpatient wards.

    After finishing her chief resident year Dr. Rogers took a job as a primary care doctor at CHA, where her daily interactions with patients continue to inspire her to become a better clinician and continue to advocate for health and social systems that truly care for those that need it most. She joined the program leadership in 2017 and is thrilled to be helping to shape the residency program and ambulatory experience that nurtured her own passion for primary care.

Faculty Highlights

  • Danny McCormick, MD, MPH

    "Cambridge Health Alliance is unique, driven by a mission of service for the oppressed. It fulfills this mission not just by seeking excellence in the clinic, but also by nurturing research and advocacy on behalf of the underserved."

    Danny McCormick, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Division of Social and Community Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the CHA, co-director of the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care and he leads the Department of Medicine's general medicine research team. He received his internal medicine training at the Boston City Hospital, his general medicine fellowship training at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a Master’s Degree in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He also served as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in Washington, DC and a staff member of United States Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions under Senator Edward M. Kennedy (2005-2006).

    Dr. McCormick is a primary care internist at one of CHA’s community health centers that serves a socioeconomically and racially and ethnically diverse community. He is also a health services researcher and serves as research mentor to general medicine fellows, residents and Harvard Medical students.

    Dr. McCormick’s research has focused on the evaluation of access to and quality of medical care for disadvantaged populations (the uninsured, racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, prisoners and veterans), physician support for alternative models of health care financing, public disclosure of health plan performance, the impact of industry funding on the design of pharmaceutical trials, media reporting on conflicts of interest in such trials and the impact of the Massachusetts health care reform on access to care.

    He is also actively involved in teaching clinical medicine, health policy, and physician advocacy. He developed an innovative curriculum in research-based physician advocacy that has become a core element of the CHA Internal medicine residency program training.

  • Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD

    "I feel proud and fortunate to be part of an institution where human relationships are recognized as centrally important to what we do. Our physicians genuinely care about their patients, our teachers about their students, colleagues about each other."

    Dr. Liz Gaufberg trained in both internal medicine and psychiatry at CHA and has been on the faculty of both departments for the past 12 years. She directs both psychosocial social training for the CHA Medicine Residency Program and social science training for the Harvard Medical School Cambridge Integrated Clerkship. Liz has a strong interest in medical professionalism and has developed an interactive professional boundaries curriculum for medical trainees. Liz is a co-founder of the CHA medical humanities initiative which strives to incorporate art and literature into medical student and residency education, and is a co-editor of Auscultations, the CHA employee literary arts journal.

  • Maren Batalden, MD

    "I love working at Cambridge Health Alliance – it’s a place where I feel like my own core values are in sync with the core values of the institution.  The opportunity to join together with other like-minded people in the shared work of bringing about important change is deeply, deeply satisfying."

    Maren Batalden came to Cambridge Health Alliance in 2003 after graduating from Harvard Medical School and completing a residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She works as a hospitalist and is very active as an inpatient clinical teacher for medical students and residents. She served as Associate Program Director for the residency program from 2005-2011. During her tenure as a residency program leader, she was involved in developing a formal teaching hospitalist program, a service learning initiative, a competency-based evaluation program, and our Tuesday School curriculum. She has completed fellowship training in both medical education and medical ethics and (as a former high English teacher) has a deep commitment to humanism in clinical medicine. She leads resident retreats and other reflective exercises including a monthly noon-time conversation with residents entitled Food for the Soul. She has received several teaching awards from both residents and medical students, including the 2010 Charles McCabe Faculty Prize for Excellence in Clinical Teaching from Harvard Medical School.

    Dr. Batalden is also passionate about improving the health care delivery system to bring about better quality, safety, and value; better outcomes for patients; AND better and more satisfying work for staff. She brings her background in public health and community-based program development to this work, which began at CHA in 2009 with the organization of multidisciplinary unit-based improvement teams on our two inpatient med-surg units. In August 2011, she was named Senior Medical Director of Inpatient Quality at the Cambridge Health Alliance and is now leading improvement work across the institution. Always committed to medical education, she looks forward to finding new ways of engaging residents as partners in institutional transformation

  • Marie Louise Jean-Baptiste, MD

    "Cambridge Health Alliance has given me the tools and the opportunity to work with an ethnically diverse community. I take great pride in being able to serve in such an extremely rich milieu and am fortunate to be able to fulfill my deepest aspirations in serving this community."

    Dr. Jean-Baptiste graduated from the School of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Haiti. After completing her primary care training at The Cambridge Hospital, she joined the faculty. Her areas of interest are HIV medicine and culturally competent care. She serves as the residency program's Director for Minority Affairs and works to recruit and mentor resident physicians from under-represented minority backgrounds. She has also helped establish a support system that includes events to facilitate relationships between minority residents and faculty. Dr. Jean-Baptiste teaches cultural competence at Harvard Medical School.

  • Michael C. Payne, MD, MPH, FACG, FACP

    "Without a doubt this has been one of the most professionally rewarding jobs I've ever held. The staff is outstanding in both their level of expertise and their commitment to patient care and academics. The community is supportive and diverse. And the program for medical education seems to have found that delicate balance between high expectations and humane treatment."

    Michael Payne was born and raised in Chicago. He earned BA, MD, and MPH degrees from Harvard and completed both an internal medicine residency and a gastroenterology fellowship in Boston. He worked for 15 years in a private multispecialty group in Williamstown, MA where he served as the hospital's chief of endoscopy. He spent three years with a gastrointestinal specialist group in Nashville, TN before joining the Cambridge Health Alliance staff in 2006. He has had a long interest in education and has lectured widely in colleges across the country on diversity and academic performance. He serves as a nonresident tutor and pre-med advisor at one of Harvard College houses. When he is not teaching or taking care of patients, he enjoys astronomy, scuba diving, fencing, and helping his four children with homework.

  • Pieter Cohen, MD

    "Training at Cambridge Health Alliance allows you to become an excellent clinician while working at an institution that is devoted to providing superb care to the underserved."

    Dr. Cohen is one of the three preceptors at Somerville Campus Primary Care clinic. His clinical interests include the health of Brazilian immigrants, weight loss, supplements and preventive care. He has extensive educational experience in curriculum design, small group teaching and precepting. Dr. Cohen's teaching is highly respected by students and residents. He is a past recipient of the Society for General Internal Medicine’s New England Regional Medical Educator Award and Harvard Medical School’s Charles McCabe Prize for Excellence in Clinical Teaching.

    Dr. Cohen’s research involves dangers of weight loss techniques and safety of dietary supplements with particular interest in pharmaceutically spiked weight loss supplements. Dr. Cohen’s research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and the Dr. Oz Show.

  • Rose Goldman, MD

    "Understanding our patients means seeing them in their environmental and social context. At Cambridge Health Alliance we reach beyond the office."

    Dr. Goldman has spent 20 years bridging the worlds of environmental medicine and public health with clinical medicine through teaching, research, clinical practice, and public service. After completing residencies in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, she joined the faculty at The Cambridge Hospital in 1981. She founded the hospital's program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine where she continues an active clinical practice. At Harvard Medical School, at Harvard School of Public Health, and within our residency program, she is recognized as an enthusiastic educator and mentor. Her research interests include in neurotoxicity, heavy metals, repetitive strain injuries, and pediatric environmental health.

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