Chief Residents

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Kathryn Fantasia, MD

I grew up in Vermont, between Mount Snow and Stratton mountains-skiing every week with school, embracing apple picking season and crafting. I received my undergraduate degrees in Art History and Biology at Brandeis University and then went to medical school at Albany Medical College in upstate New York. I knew that I had to return to Boston for my residency training, both to return to the city I had fallen in love with during my undergraduate studies, and to join my husband, a Boston native. I fell in love with BMC for the amazing people who work, train and come here for their care, and feel so fortunate to continue on for another year as one of the chief residents. I am enjoying my new role in education and administration and look forward to a future career in academic endocrinology. Outside of medicine, I enjoy cooking, travelling, and spending time with family and my wonderful husband.
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Payel Roy, MD

I was born in Bethesda and raised in upstate NY. I went to NYU for undergrad where I was a Biology major and fell in love with ecology – I love bird watching and identifying bird calls.  I went to Stony Brook for medical school in NY where I ran a health literacy group and also worked in occupational medicine.  I came to BMC because I wanted to work with disadvantaged populations, specifically victims of human trafficking and domestic violence victims.  I am most proud of my work with the Primary Care Training Program here, which has allowed me to be involved in National and Regional SGIM conferences, the MMS’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Committee, and the Proud to be GIM campaign. I am excited to serve as the Ambulatory Chief this year and am looking forward to being a mentor and working on curriculum development and enriching the PCTP (and giving back what I’ve been given here). After that, I will likely work in Addiction Medicine as my main area of focus in primary care.  I love being a NY sports fan in Boston (Go Yankees!) and dreaming of life at Hogwarts.
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Samuel Schueler, MD

I grew up just outside of Syracuse, NY (Bleed Orange!). I attended Cornell University for college, and then returned home to Syracuse for medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University before coming to Boston Medical Center for residency. Some of my most prized possessions include a framed photograph of Hakim Warrick (Syracuse) blocking Michael Lee (Kansas) to clinch the 2003 NCAA college basketball championship, an elder wand, and a golden snitch (the latter two of which are only replicas as far as I can tell).  I have had the privilege of working with amazing patients and colleagues these past three years at our hospital, and I’m honored that the BMC community kept me around for a chief year. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring Boston or getting out of the city to explore New England (breweries, hiking, lobster…and other stuff but what else do you need?). Going forward I plan to pursue a gastroenterology fellowship, unless of course my letter from Hogwarts finally arrives.

Steven Simon, MD

I grew up in Denver and spent my youth as many from Colorado do – skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, and supporting the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. Since then, I have bounced back and forth from the east coast. I studied economics as an undergraduate at Cornell University, then returned to the University of Colorado for medical school before landing in Boston for residency. I was attracted to the diverse patient population and the focus on the underserved community at Boston Medical Center. It was ultimately the incredible people at BMC – the patients, the residents, the faculty, that convinced me to stay on for an extra year as chief resident. In the future, I plan to pursue a career in academic cardiology. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my wife and baby boy, and taking advantage of the opportunities that New England has to offer.

Lakshmana Swamy, MD

I grew up in Ohio – born in Cleveland, college in the small town of Wooster, and medical school in Dayton where I got an MD/MBA. While in med school I co-founded Radio Rounds ( and had the chance to interview incredible physician leaders across the country. I also became a student leader in quality improvement, working closely with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), where I fell in love with Boston. Coming to residency was my first big move out of the Midwest! I knew BMC was a great fit for me because of the dedication on a program and hospital level to quality improvement and social justice. Now, in my shared role with Chris Worsham as a Chief Residents in Medicine and Quality and Patient Safety, I look forward to a year of education, mentorship, and improvement. My future career will integrate the clinical and research aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine with healthcare improvement and delivery science on a large scale. Outside of work, I’m a proud husband and father of two wonderful daughters – both born at BMC during residency! We live with our puckish wheaten terrier in Brookline, and when I’m not changing diapers, you’ll find me playing board games, biking around town, or tweeting about all of the above!

Irina Vovnoboy, MD

I was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the Boston area when I was six years old. I am a proud “BU Lifer,” having been at BU for undergrad and medical school, and at BMC for internal medicine residency. I am excited to be returning to the internal medicine residency program after completing a 1-year geriatrics fellowship (at, you guessed it, BMC). At BMC, I have loved working with fantastic co-residents, a great program office, and the diverse patient population. Outside of medicine, I enjoy watching excellent and terrible TV, hiking, biking, swimming, vacationing, exploring South End restaurants, and rooting for the Buffalo Bills with my husband.

Chris Worsham, MD

I grew up in Washington, D.C. with my younger brother as the children of two journalists. I went out to the University of Michigan for college, where I majored in statistics but also studied biology and French. Enjoying the cold weather, I went medical school at Dartmouth where I was a member of our Urban Health Scholars program and was also introduced to the world of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. As a resident at Boston Medical Center, I have continued this work as a member of our QIPS pathway while also falling in love with pulmonary and critical care medicine.  I’m very excited to be based out at the VA Boston this year serving as a combination Chief Medical Resident and Chief Resident in Quality and Safety. I plan for a career in pulmonary and critical care medicine focusing on improving healthcare through outcomes and health services research.