Committees/Workgroups

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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

David Gilchrist , MD, MBA, FAAFP, CPE

President


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. He currently works at Hahnemann Family Health Center in Worcester, MA, where he serves as the medical director, and provides full spectrum outpatient care, postpartum inpatient care of mothers and babies as well as provides treatment for substance abuse disorders. Dr. Gilchrist has done additional training in quality improvement through LEAN and is a black belt in LEAN Six Sigma.


Jennifer Sparks, MD

President-Elect


Dr. Sparks is a native Floridian who has fallen in love with New England. Her teaching interests include curriculum design, application of education theory, and teaching chronic pain management. Her clinical interests include international medicine, provision of care to immigrants in a culturally based context, maternity care, and community outreach. When not teaching, studying, or practicing, Jen pursues international travel and service, the arts, symphony, and community volunteering.


Pablo Hernandez-Itriago, MD, FAAFP

Vice-President


Pablo Hernandez, MD, MHCM, FAAFP is a seasoned community health center clinician. A graduate of Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, Caracas, Venezuela, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Jose Vargas School of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Connecticut, and also earned a Master of Science in Health Care Management from Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA.

Bilingual in English and Spanish, Dr. Hernandez joined the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (EMKCHC) in 2016 bringing with him a hands-on approach to medical leadership, believing that a strong team is the key to a successful organization. As Chief Medical Officer at EMKCHC his goal is to continue to provide excellent and compassionate primary healthcare as a Family Physician and use his educational and past experience to help the organization transition to the new care models of the 21st century. His personal healthcare goal: EXCELSIOR!

Dr. Hernandez's past professional experiences include serving as the VP of Medical Services and Medical Director for the South End Community Health Center, Senior Medical Director for Boston Medical Center Health Net Plan, an instructor of medical terminology for Central Mass AHEC, and a faculty physician at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Hernandez also participates in State and National Committees related to Health Care


Michele Parker, MD, FAAFP

Treasurer


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.


Flora Sadri, DO

Board Chair


Dr. Sadri is working as lead physician at CleanSlate drug addiction treatment centers in Athol and Worcester. For her, medicine was always a key personal interest.

MassAFP Directors

Khalil Alleyne, MD

Director


Dr. Alleyne is a native Kansan who has come to enjoy his time in Massachusetts. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and did his residency at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut. He currently practices in a large, multi-specialty group in Norwell, MA and has a special interest in direct primary care (DPC), political advocacy for family physicians, and EHR implementation


Emily Chin, MD

Director


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.


Johvonne Claybourne, DO

Director


Dr. Claybourne provides urgent care services to a multi specialty group in the South Shore area.


Miguel Concepcion, MD

Director


Dr. Concepcion graduated from University of Massachusetts Medical School. He attended Tufts Family Medicine Residency. He later completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Halifax Health in Florida. Previously served as faculty at a family medicine residency program and now will transition into a practice in Swampscott, Ma. He is currently a clinical instructor for Tufts Medical School and serves on several state committees.


Deborah Erlich, MD, MMEd, FAAFP

Director


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.


Gail Fayre, MD

Director


Dr. Fayre is the Chief Medical Officer at Anna Jaques in Newburyport. Prior to joining Anna Jaques, Dr. Fayre served as the Residency Program Director at NH-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency in Concord, New Hampshire. She was responsible for budgetary and human resources oversight in two community health center sites, dental services, behavioral health services, and residency education. She also oversaw a pediatric hospitalists group.

She is a highly decorated veteran who served our country as a Staff Physician, Director of Emergency Services and Medical Director of three different programs with the 39th Medical Group Hospital at the Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey. Dr. Fayre received her medical degree from the University of Miami, School of Medicine, completed her family practice residency at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, and is a graduate of the Faculty Development Fellowship Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice Certification and the National Board of Medical Examiners.


Julie Johnston, MD

Director


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.


Michael Richardson, MD

Director


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.


Randi Sokol, MD

Director


Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd is a faculty at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency Program where she is dual certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. She has her own panel of patients, teaches residents and undergraduate student, and actively pursues research and health policy/advocacy, particularly around opioid use disorder. She is directs the pain and addiction curriculum for the residents and is the Director of Faculty Development. Randi serves on several institutional and national committees related to Addiciton and Medical Education. In her free time, she is an avid exerciser, loves spending time with her elderly rescue lab, and is a Big Sister in the Big/Little Sister program.


Abirami Raveendran, MD

Resident Director


Dr. Abirami Raveendran is currently a resident at the University of Massachusetts Family Medicine Residency in Worcester, MA. She has a Masters in Global Health from McMaster University and has special interests in public health, and medical education.


Elena Hill, MD

Resident Alternate Director


Elena Hill, MD/MPH trained at Tufts University School of Medicine and is currently a PGY-2 resident at Boston Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. Her professional interests include alternative/complementary medicine, hispanic/latino health care and health equity research.


Ashley Millette

Student Director


Ashley Millette is a third year medical student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has developed a strong interest in family medicine because of its commitment to longitudinal physician-patient relationships and preventive care.


Tiantian White

Student Alternate Director


Tiantian White is a first year medical student at Harvard Medical School. Tiantian grew up in Western rural China and is interested in innovative primary care delivery models in resource-limited settings.

AAFP Delegation

Dennis Dimitri, MD

AAFP Delegate


Dennis Dimitri is a past president of the MassAFP as well as a past president of the Mass Medical Society. He currently serves as a MassAFP delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. He is Professor and Vice Chair for clinical services in the department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. He joined the department in his current role in 2006 after over 20 years of full spectrum family medicine in private practice in Worcester.


Thomas C. Hines, MD

AAFP Delegate


Dr. Hines, a Massachusetts family physician for over thirty years, is a past President of the MassAFP. He has been the Residency Director of the Boston Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program since 2001, and sees patients at one of the residency continuity sites, the South Boston Community Health Center.


Joseph W. Gravel Jr., MD, FAAFP

AAFP Alternate Delegate


Dr Gravel is Chief Medical Officer and Chair of Family Medicine & Community Health at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. He was a Residency Director for 20 years. Dr Gravel currently serves nationally on the Boards of Directors of ABFM and STFM and is Chair of the Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee (AFMAC). He is a past president of MassAFP, AFMRD, and FMEC.


Kami S. Phillips, MD

AAFP Alternate 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.

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 Executive Director, Becky Wimmer.

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