About the Chiefs




Jason AckrivoJason Ackrivo


I was born and raised in southern New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. I went to The College of New Jersey where I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. I then stayed in the Garden State to attend Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. While I will always love New Jersey, I was open to change for residency and immediately focused on Boston Medical Center. I knew that I was looking for a program with robust clinical training, a diverse patient population, and strong career preparation. When I interviewed at BMC, the choice was obvious. I was also impressed by the friendly atmosphere amongst residents and attendings. Quality improvement has been an interest of mine since medical school and I have had the pleasure of participating in multiple projects here at BMC. I look forward to improving the curriculum for Quality and Patient Safety this year at BMC. I am applying for a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship this year. Outside of medicine, I enjoy bike riding, traveling and rowing. I am also a big 76ers fan (despite how bad they may be).




Jessica BenderJessica Bender


I grew up in the Pacific Northwest on a blackberry farm and then in Tacoma, WA. After completing my undergraduate degree at Northwestern, I moved to Seattle to work at the American Red Cross, where I also met my husband. I attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and participated in the Global Health Pathway, spending one summer designing a public health project to promote birth spacing in Antsirabe, Madagascar and then returning to the same site for an elective 4th year. I came to BMC for its well-established Primary Care Training Program, for global health experience, and for the diversity of clinical training it offers. During residency, I had the opportunity to participate in a second continuity clinic in refugee health, which I will continue as Chief Ambulatory Resident, and to participate in a 6 week global health elective in Liberia. When I’m not at work, I love to eat out (I’m happy to provide Boston restaurant recommendations!), run, ski, and travel. In the future, I hope to work in a setting that allows me to combine my interests in primary care, global health, quality improvement, and medical education.




Gordon BurkeGordon Burke





I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. I attended Eugene Lang College of The New School in New York City. Initially, my academic interests were in public policy. However, I quickly became focused on health policy and decided to continue on to med school at New York Medical College. Throughout my education, I was always interested in working with underserved populations. When I interviewed at BMC, I found that the combination of excellent clinical education and commitment to the underserved was a perfect fit for me. During my chief year, I look forward to teaching on the wards and helping residents take advantage of all the incredible opportunities BMC has to offer. Also, I will be applying for a fellowship in cardiology. When I’m not working, I like to travel, run, and see live music. Also, I like to play hockey and watch professional sports. I’m happy to cheer for Boston teams, but my real sports loyalty is still with Chicago.



Daniel KishenbaumDaniel Kirshenbaum



I am a Triple Terrier (three BU degrees) with a passion for medical informatics. Born in Boston, I grew up in the nearby suburbs until moving into the city to study Computer Science as an undergraduate at Boston University. I attended BU School of Medicine, followed by Internal Medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. I was drawn to BMC by the unique and diverse patient population, as well as the strong clinical training. I enjoyed my time as a resident here, and am honored to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing doctors, nurses, staff and all the other members of the BMC family. As a chief resident, I look forward to supporting our residents, seeking teaching opportunities, as well as having the chance to help our program continue to excel. Outside of work, I enjoy playing the piano, skiing, traveling, and spending time with my family




Julian LelJulian Lel


I grew up in Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan, but have lived here long enough to feel like a New Englandah. After college at UMass Amherst I went to Tufts for med school. Boston Medical Center’s storied past and a tradition of serving Boston’s underserved, as well as the passion and enthusiasm of the faculty and residents, drew me towards the program. I’ve truly enjoyed my time here! After my Chief year, I plan to pursue a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care. Outside of work, I love spending time with my wife, friends and family, cooking, eating, traveling, the outdoors and of course watching Grey’s Anatomy



Taha QaziTaha Qazi


I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a small Midwestern town, where my love for basketball was ingrained. For my college education, I moved to Ann, Arbor, MI, where I became a Michigan Wolverine, bleeding maize and blue at the Big House on football Saturdays. Between college and medical school, I cultivated my interests in global health and traveling to Ulan Bator, Mongolia to volunteer at hospitals and orphanages. The experience had a lasting impression which lead me back to the Hoosier State to pursue a medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine. I was drawn to Boston Medical Center due to the diversity of both cases and the patient population I observed during my interview. Over the three years of residency training, the profound commitment of the faculty to resident education and the underserved Bostonians has had a tremendous impact on my career aspirations. I feel honored to represent the house staff at BMC and look forward to honing my skills in teaching as a chief resident. Following my chief year, I plan on pursuing a fellowship in gastroenterology.



Artur Viana

Artur Viana



I was born and raised in Northeast Brazil and later moved to Rio de Janeiro to attend Medical School. Even though I knew I would miss the Brazilian beaches, I was thrilled to pursue my training in the US, especially at Boston Medical Center. The diverse population and our amazing team make training in this program a very rewarding experience. I look forward to working closely with the residents during this year as a Chief Resident. I am currently pursuing a career in Gastroenterology and will be applying for fellowships this summer. During my free time I love running by the river and most importantly doing what I like the most – eating!