About the Chiefs

 

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Payal Parikh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in New Jersey (and thus I will always defend the Garden State!).  Over the last 16 years, I have bounced back and forth between NJ and Boston.  I went to a medical high school in NJ and then received a neuroscience degree from Boston University.  From there I went back to Robert Wood Johnson in NJ for medical school, and came back to Boston University for IM residency training.  I chose BMC for training because there are ample learning opportunities from our very diverse, underserved patient population. I have been truly blessed to meet and learn from various patients and their families over the last 3 years. Outside of medicine, I enjoy traveling and the arts, mainly oil painting.  During residency I visited Jamaica, Costa Rica, India, and Iceland.  As such, this year I will be working on building our humanism and medicine group.  In the year following chief year, I plan to do a hospitalist year and then hope to enter a renal fellowship program. Ultimately, I would like to remain a medical educator.
 

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Francisco Yun

 

 

 

 

I was born in Seoul, South Korea but moved to Buenos Aires when I was 6 years. I was baptized in Argentina, which is where the name Francisco comes from. I finally settled in Toronto, Canada and went to college at the University of Toronto. After graduation, I spent a year doing genetics research on the calcium sensing receptor and the vitamin D binding protein. I went to medical school in Chicago and residency brought me to Boston. At BMC, I learned to diagnose exotic diseases, manage critically ill patients, and provide “exceptional care without exception”. I look forward to the teaching and administrative experiences I will gain as chief resident. This year, I will be applying for fellowship in cardiology. Outside of medicine, I am a die-hard sports fan and can talk about any sport from baseball to golf to curling. I envy the success the Boston sports teams have had (Toronto has not won any championships in over 20 years) but have grown to love Boston for its academics, diversity, and culture.

 

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Aaron Kirkpatrick

I was born and raised in Skokie, Illinois which is only 15 minutes north of Chicago. Naturally, I grew up rooting for all Chicago sports teams which means I had to secretly root for the Blackhawks. I attended the University of Illinois where I received a degree in General Engineering. Realizing that engineering was not a fit for me, I pursued a career in medicine. I attended medical school at Rush University in Chicago. I really never thought of leaving the windy city, but my interview at Boston Medical Center made a lasting impression on me.  The combination of the diverse patient population and resident autonomy were enough to lure me from Chicago. I decided to exchange deep dish pizza and Lake Michigan for fresh seafood and the Atlantic Ocean.  I knew I made the right decision as I immediately felt comfortable in this program, and it is one of the reasons I decided to stay for an extra year as Chief Resident. Outside of medicine I enjoy traveling and have backpacked through Europe on two separate occasions. I look forward to a year with great teaching opportunities. I will be applying for fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine this year. 

 

 

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Ann Woolley

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I am the youngest in a family of seven children. I studied mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University. Passionate about travelling, particularly to developing countries, I started a non-profit foundation, RAFIKI Foundation, that serves a school and clinic in Kibera, Kenya. It was through my experiences while an undergrad in Kenya that my passion for medicine was triggered which motivated me to want to pursue a career as a physician with the ultimate goal of working with underserved populations.  I completed my MD/MPH at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Originally from the Boston area, my husband wanted to “return home” so we were happy to move to Boston to start residency at Boston Medical Center. I was drawn to this institution because of its legacy of unconditional service to a diverse patient population underscored by the history of academic achievement. While a resident, I continued to engage in global health interests, music, and the arts in addition to spending time with my family and friends. After my chief year, I plan to pursue a fellowship in Infectious Diseases. 

 

 

 

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Roberta Florido

I am originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where I grew up and attended medical school. I moved to the United States to complete my medical training. I was immediately attracted to Boston Medical Center for the diverse patient population and the hands on clinical training. I am excited to begin my journey as a chief resident and to be able to contribute to the outstanding learning environment at our institution. An added bonus is one more year of snow and winter sports! This year, I will also be applying for a cardiology fellowship. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy ballet and running, and have recently completed my third half-marathon.  As a true Brazilian, I could not leave out my beloved soccer team, Flamengo! 

 

 

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Jason Grossman

 

 

I grew up in Long Island, where I lived until going to Amherst College. After a year of clinical research, I went to New York Medical College followed by residency at Boston Medical Center. I was drawn to BMC for its strong clinical training, an under-served patient population, a balance of autonomy and supervision, and most of all, by the friendly and welcoming people I met on my interview day. As a chief resident I look forward to many teaching opportunities and working to improve an already great program. This year I am applying for a cardiology fellowship. Outside of work, I love to travel and am a big sports fan, generally rooting for teams hated in Boston. Also, while in residency I learned to ski, taking many winter weekend trips to New Hampshire and Vermont.