Board Roster

The MassAFP's Board of Directors works to further the organization's mission, comprising family physician members from around the Commonwealth and across the spectrum of practice settings. 

This group is responsible for the direction of the organization and governs, develops policy and sets the course – always framed around MassAFP’s mission.

Committee and Workgroup Chairs take responsibility for supplementing the work of the board. They, along with their committee members, align their work with the strategic goals of the organization and work on addressing any specific immediate needs of the organization.

MassAFP Leadership

Julie Johnston, MD, FAAFP


Dr. Johnston is a graduate of Brown University's Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island. She completed her residency at Lawrence Family Medicine Residency, Massachusetts, and participated in the Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy. At the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency, she coordinates the women's health rotation and the women's health area of concentration. Her areas of interest include the empowerment of women, reproductive health access, immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception provision, and political action. Dr. Johnston is the 2018 women's delegation co-convener and delegate for the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL). In addition, she has leadership roles at the state level, including serving as the family medicine representative on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Perinatal Advisory Committee and the Special Legislative Commission on Postpartum Depression.

Emily Chin, MD, MPH, FAAFP


Emily received her MD/MPH from Tufts School of Medicine and completed her training at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency. She practices in Beverly, MA and has interests in population health and women's health.

Hannah Biederman MD

Vice President

Hannah Biederman, MD is a family physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance. She completed her residency training at the Mt Sinai Downtown residency in urban family medicine. She is the current Assistant Fellowship Director of the Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship at the Cambridge Health Alliance where she trains residents and fellows. Dr. Biederman holds a Harvard medical school lecturer appointment, participates in the Harvard Primary Care Clerkship and is a volunteer for the HMS Asylum clinic. Hannah currently chairs the MassAAFP public health work group.

Michele Parker, MD, FAAFP

Board Chair

Michele Parker, MD, FAAFP, has practiced full spectrum family medicine in private practice with her husband in Gardner, Massachusetts, for the past 20 years. She completed a Rural Family Medicine Fellowship in Tacoma, WA, and 2 years in the Indian Health Service in Shiprock, NM, before settling in central Mass. Her recent interests include medical education, addiction medicine, Direct Primary Care, migraine, women's health in menopause, and physician well-being.

Kristen Newsom, MD


Kristen Newsom, MD is a third generation family physician, with her father and grandfather providing care to the community where she grew up in South Carolina. She received her MD from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her training at Brown University Family Medicine Residency. She is currently the Regional Executive Medical Director for the Greater Worcester Region at Reliant Medical Group and has interests in furthering physician wellbeing and innovative practice styles.

MassAFP Directors

Ghazala Alam, MD


Dr. Ghazala Alam, MD is a Family Medicine Specialist in Chelmsford, MA and has over 37 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from the University of Karachi medical school in 1983. She is affiliated with Lowell General Hospital. She is accepting new patients and has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments.

Manju Mahajan, MD


Dr. Mahajan is a Family Physician, recently moved to Massachusetts with her family, and previously worked in rural Iowa for 5 years. Her interests are leadership, public health, teaching, adult medicine and office based clinical procedures.

Deborah Erlich, MD, MMEd, FAAFP


Deborah Erlich MD, MMedEd, FAAFP is the Tufts Family Medicine Clerkship Director, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, and Co-Chair of the Educational Strategic Planning Committee; previously she was Program Director of the Carney Family Medicine Residency Program. A Boston native, she studied psychology at Harvard, earned a medical degree from Tufts and a master's degree in Medical Education from the University of Dundee (UK), and completed residency and fellowship training at Cambridge Health Alliance. She sees patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Health Care in Jamaica Plain, where her clinical practice spans newborns to the elderly and oscillates between English and Spanish.

Michael Richardson, MD


Dr. Richardson graduated from University of Massachusetts Medical school before completing a family medicine residency at Boston University Medical Center. He is a physician at One Medical in Boston and is involved with the MassAFP's legislative committee.

Wayne Altman, MD, FAAFP


Wayne Altman, MD, FAAFP is Professor and Jaharis Family Chair of Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his medical school and residency training at UMASS. He is the co-owner of Family Practice Group in Arlington. His interests include Wellness Group Visits, Health Policy, Family Medicine Advocacy, Quality Measures, and Medical Education. He has three sons and is a very dedicated Boston sports fan.

Joshua St. Louis, MD


Joshua St. Louis, MD, MPH, AAHIVS is a family physician and certified HIV specialist who practices in Lawrence. A Massachusetts native, he studied evolutionary biology at Harvard, earned his MD/MPH from Tufts, and completed his residency in family medicine at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency. He is core faculty at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency where he maintains a primary care practice that focuses on HIV, viral hepatitis, addiction medicine, and transgender care. Twitter: @jhstlouis

Virginia Van Duyne, MD


Dr. Van Duyne is a Faculty Family Physician and Education
Director at the Family Health Center of Worcester, a Federally
Qualified Health Center. She is also an Associate Program
Director at the University of Massachusetts Worcester Family
Medicine Residency Program and an Assistant Professor in the
UMass Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.
Dr. Van Duyne graduated from University of Vermont College of
Medicine and completed her residency at UMass Worcester
Family Medicine Residency. She is dedicated to teaching the next
generation of family physicians to give compassionate,
evidence-based care to vulnerable populations.

Rebecca Kano, MD


Rebecca Kano, MD, received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Scottsdale Healthcare in Arizona, as well as a fellowship in Faculty Development through the University of Arizona Health Sciences program. She is currently an urgent care physician with a group of four AFC Urgent Care centers in the metro-Boston region.

Alain Chaoui, MD, FAAFP


Board certified in family medicine, Alain A. Chaoui is a primary care physician and President of Congenial Healthcare, LLC, a private practice group with multiple sites on the north shore of Boston. Besides his medical practice and activity in organized medicine, Dr. Chaoui is dedicated to medical education, instilling in future physicians and nurse practitioners a love of medicine and pride in the profession and teaching them how to be thorough and excellent health care providers. Also active in the community, Dr. Chaoui serves as the physician for the city of Peabody.

Shannon Hogan, MD, MPH

Resident Director

Shannon Hogan received her MD/MPH at Tulane University in New Orleans. She is originally from the Boston area and returned for residency with CHA/Tufts Family Medicine Residency, where she is now in her second year. Her clinical interests include women's health, reproductive health and community medicine.

Kara Carew, MD

Resident Alternate Director

Kara Carew earned her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She moved to Boston in 2021 to begin her training at CHA/Tufts Family Medicine Residency as a current PGY-1 resident. Her clinical interests include reproductive justice, change management, and health equity leadership.

Collin Leibold

Student Director

Collin is a 4th year medical student at UMass Medical School planning on going into Family Medicine, with particular interests in sports, addiction, and rural medicine. He is originally from Falls Church, VA and currently lives with his wife in Concord, MA.

Mara Farcasanu

Student Alternate Director

Mara is a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical School who is aspires to enter Family Medicine. Her clinical interests include urban and community medicine, women's health, and physician/trainee wellness.

AAFP Delegation

Kami S. Phillips, MD

AAFP Delegate

Dr. Phillips is in private practice at Chair City Family Medicine in Gardner. She has served as President and Board Chair of the MassAFP.

Thomas C. Hines, MD

AAFP Delegate

Dr. Hines, a Massachusetts family physician for over thirty years, is a past President of the MassAFP. He served as the Residency Director of the Boston Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program from 2001 to 2018, and continues to see patients and work with residents at one of the residency continuity sites, the South Boston Community Health Center.

David Gilchrist , MD, MBA, FAAFP, CPE

AAFP Alternate Delegate

Dr. David Gilchrist is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his residency at UMass Family Medicine Residency in Worcester, Massachusetts. He completed his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Business and is currently the Chief of Primary Care at Reliant Medical Group.  Dr. Gilchrist continues to provide full spectrum outpatient care to families including treatment for substance use disorders.  He has done additional training in quality improvement through LEAN and is a black belt in LEAN Six Sigma.

Jennifer Sparks, MD, FAAFP

AAFP Alternate Delegate

Dr. Jennifer Sparks is a graduate of the University of South Florida Medical School, and completed her residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She completed her Fellowship at the University of FM Residency, at Medford, Massachusetts.  She currently works at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, in Lawrence, MA, where she serves as the Medical Site Director, and specializes in Family Medicine – caring for people of all ages, at all stages of life.  

Past Presidents Roster

Conflict of Interest

In accordance with MassAFP policy, members of the MassAFP Board of Directors are required to provide MassAFP with a statement regarding actual or potential conflicts of interest. Conflict of interest statements for individual directors are available upon request.

Requests should be directed to Acting Chapter Executive, Lynda Layer, CAE

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