Program Leadership

Yadavalli Gopal Yadavalli, MD
Program Director
I was born in Wisconsin and spent my formative years in Colorado and Pennsylvania. After completing my undergraduate studies at Penn State University, I attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. I subsequently did my residency, chief residency, and Infectious Diseases fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Following my training, I continued in academia as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Associate Program Director in Internal Medicine. After sixteen years in Cleveland, I made the move to Boston in 2011 to take on my current role as Program Director of the BU Internal Medicine Residency Program. Along with resident education, my passion lies in HIV care, global health, and medical humanities. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, exploring New England to its fullest, getting engrossed in new literature (Life of Pi and The Kite Runner are a couple of my favorites), attempting to play tenor saxophone, and cheering on the Cleveland Indians (even now living in a city as passionate about their sports teams as Boston). You could also say I’m somewhat of a music enthusiast and can catch me in my office listening to anything from John Coltrane to Metallica, depending on the day of the week.
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Asher Tulsky, MD Director of Resident Development

I am the most recent addition to the program leadership having recently moved from Pittsburgh where I spent much of my academic career in graduate medical education. Originally from Chicago, I trained at Chicago Medical School with residency at Michael Reese Hospital. After a general medicine fellowship at the University of Rochester I moved to Pittsburgh where I was program director of the community based track of the University of Pittsburgh, ran the ambulatory medicine clerkship and most recently associate program director at the university site where I focused on advising and competency assessment. My passion is not only in patient care and education but in the professional development of students and residents. At BMC I will oversee a system that encourages and guides residents to develop and achieve personal and professional goals and realize their full potential. My wife is a geriatrician and my daughter is a graduate student in geosciences at Virginia Tech. I love road biking and try to participate in as many charity rides as I can in a season.
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Associate Program Director
I was born and raised in Rochester, New York but have been living in Boston since coming to college here. I did my undergraduate and medical school training at Boston University. I completed my training as an internal medicine resident in the primary care track followed by a year as a chief resident also at Boston University.  I stayed on as a faculty member of Section of General Internal Medicine.  My academic interests include perioperative medicine and ambulatory based medical education.  Obviously I have spent most of my educational years and working years here at Boston University for good reason.  It is exciting and fun to work with a group of students, trainees, and peers who share my passion for learning, teaching, scholarly work, and most importantly caring for a diverse group of underserved patients. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, and supporting my Buffalo Bills.
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Jenny Siegel, MD Associate Program Director
I am originally from North Dakota and enjoyed living “life the vast lane” until college when I moved to western Massachusetts to attend Smith College.  After an intervening year in NYC where I learned to ride the subway and developed a passion for public transit, I moved to Boston for the first time to attend Harvard Medical School (and met and married my partner who is a family medicine doc).  My next stop was San Francisco where I did my primary care internal medicine residency based at San Francisco General Hospital and a subsequent chief resident year.  In 2011 I returned to Boston to join the faculty at Boston University/BMC and have been thrilled to be a part of the residency program here every since.  My professional interests include education around social determinants of health and care of vulnerable populations, LGBT health, and humanism in medicine.  Outside of work, I love hiking, biking, growing veggies with variable success, cooking, knitting, reading, and playing with my baby daughter, Batya.
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Catherine Rich, MD
Associate Program Director
After growing up in the South End of Boston, I happily returned to my roots in 1998 to complete my medical training at the BU School of Medicine and in BMC’s Primary Care Training Program.  Since 2005, I have been on the faculty of the Section of General Internal Medicine and have practiced primary care at the BU Medical Group.  I am honored to be part of the faculty which includes so many wonderful clinicians committed to BMC’s mission.  My scholarly interests have focused on resident education and curriculum development especially in the areas of communications, medical ethics and ambulatory education.  I derive great enjoyment and inspiration from working with residents in the clinics and in our teaching venues.  A little know fact about me is that I have an undergraduate degree in Comparative Religion, an interest that led me to complete a Medical Ethics fellowship in 2007 at Harvard Medical School’s Division of Social Medicine.  As Program Director for the Primary Care Training Program and Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency, I am delighted to work with our talented and committed house staff, our fabulous Chief Residents and my terrific colleagues in the Program Office and in the Department of Medicine.
rsimmonsRachel Simmons, MD Associate Program Director I am originally from the Midwest and received my undergraduate degree from Purdue University.  I attended medical school at Johns Hopkins and moved to Boston in 2004 to begin Internal Medicine Residency Training at the Massachusetts General Hospital.   I was a Chief Resident and completed an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at MGH as well.  I was thrilled to join Boston Medical Center in 2012 as an Associate Program Director and an Infectious Diseases clinician.  My professional interests include how to best evaluate residents, medical education, and HIV clinical care.  In 2012, my husband and I also welcomed our first child and spend much of our free time playing with him. Exploring national parks (the Grand Canyon is my favorite thus far), hiking, international travel, reading fiction and literature, searching Boston bakeries for the best loaf of bread (Iggy’s is amazing), and growing tomatoes are my favorite pastimes.
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Ashish Upadhyay, MD
Associate Program Director
I was born and brought up in Kathmandu, Nepal. After completing undergraduate medical education from Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine in Nepal, I came to the United States in 2003 to attend Internal Medicine Residency at Tufts University’s St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Program. I then moved to Boston University for Nephrology Fellowship. Concurrently, I also completed a year of research fellowship at the Framingham Heart Study evaluating vascular risk factors in kidney disease. Following this, I joined Tufts Medical Center as faculty where my scholarly focus was in performing and directing evidence review for a number of international kidney disease clinical practice guidelines. I am thrilled to be back at BU as Associate Program Director starting in February 2012. I admire the camaraderie in our residency program, deeply respect the hospital’s sense of mission, and enjoy the diversity of our patient population. In addition to my role in the residency program, I am actively involved in both inpatient and outpatient nephrology practice, and continue with research activities as a member of the Framingham Heart Study’s Renal Workgroup. Outside of work, I enjoy playing with my two children, listening to music, reading about history and contemporary politics, and watching football.
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Laurie Dubois, C-TAGME
Administrative Director
I have lived in Boston now for over 10 years, though I am still a Mainer at heart (Go Blackbears!).  After graduating from the University of Maine with a degree in Business Management, I moved to Albany, Georgia for a year where I worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. I then decided to return to New England where I began my career with Boston University. Prior to transitioning into my current role as Administrative Director of Medical Education, I spent five years working as the Education Program Manager in Geriatrics. I love working in the field of medical education and consider myself fortunate to work with such a passionate group of colleagues who share my dedication to the mission of Boston Medical Center. I love to travel, explore Boston, and run marathons.
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Xaviera Strouble , MS
Senior Administrative Coordinator
I  am a lifelong Bostonian and currently live in Foxboro (home of the New England Patriots).  I attended Northeastern University and received my Bachelor’s degree in Management and a Master of Science degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication.  Before accepting my position at BMC, I worked for the City of Boston in Real Estate and Neighborhood Development. Outside of work I enjoy finding apartments for rental clients, planning events, and spending time with family.  I’m so excited to be a part of the Residency Program Office Team!
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Vanessa DuguerreProgram Coordinator
I am originally from Boston, born and raised. My family roots are of Haitian and Jamaican descent. I bring my prior experience as an administrator from the Harvard Medical School’s Distance Learning Program with a CME online focus.  I hold a Master of Science degree from Harvard Extension School and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Northeastern University. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, as well as exploring my love for entrepreneurship through real estate and fashion ventures.
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Crys Draconi, C-TAGME
Program Coordinator

I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, where I started my career in Healthcare in 1999, after many years of traveling around the United States for work and leisure.  After several years working in many clinical areas of a free standing Pediatric Hospital in Ohio, I started my career in Graduate Medical Education, where I have been ever since.  I made the move to Boston in 2011 after meeting my, now, husband in which I continued my career in Graduate Medical Education.  During this time I have worked in residency program administration as well as at the institutional level.   It is my passion to constantly advance the field of graduate medical education during such an exciting time and love working with the residents, faculty and coordinators everyday.  In my spare time I enjoy much of the creative arts including painting, drawing, knitting, and various music.
Nansubuga_Annette-2-5x3-5Annette Nansubuga Program Coordinator I am originally from Uganda and I have lived, studied, and worked in United Kingdom for over 12 years.I graduated with a Masters of Science in International Health where I gained multi-disciplinary skills in recognizing and defining developing health concerns in disadvantaged populations. This enhanced my knowledge in health matters that through my interactions with people, I contribute to their wellbeing directly or indirectly by improving their knowledge, attitudes, and behavior in order to make a difference in their lives.I am pleased to be part of the Residency Program in Internal Medicine. I am also excited to transfer my Medical Education and training skills to my role of providing support and coordinating the Primary Care Training Program and ensuring that the residents benefit from unique world class and innovative training.
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Sandra Ordonez,

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Program Coordinator

I was born in Bogota, Colombia.  I was an only child until I was 10, when my handsome brother was born. I played basketball during my grammar and high school years, which some find surprising since I am only 5’1. I have been a fan of the Boston Celtics for as long as I can remember and never imagined I would live in their town. I graduated as an Industrial Engineer during the time that my country was having issues with drugs and the civil war which made finding a job impossible.  In 1986, I moved to USA, first arriving in Queens, NY and then on to Boston, MA. For the past 26 years I have worked all types of jobs, from doing fruit displays to cleaning offices in the evenings. I have been working with non-profits for the past 15 years. Working in this environment and knowing that what I do helps others is very satisfying. My last job before BMC was at BIDMC, where I learned everything possible about the Internal Medicine and Primary Care Residency Program. At 25, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Cindy, and through her years as a Pop Warner cheerleader, I became a football fan – and of course a Patriots fan. I love sports and one of my hobbies is watching them, as well as traveling, reading, learning from every culture as much as I can. I enjoy almost everything in life. My latest joy is being a grandmother. My granddaughter, Melanie, has given me some of the best times of my life. My role model is my amazing mother, who until today at 71 is the best mother a girl can have.