Program Leadership

Craig Noronha, MD 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.

Head shot of Alex Bachorick, MD EdM
Alexandra Bachorik, MD
Associate Program Director

I grew up in the DC area and came to New England for college at Brown University in Providence, RI. I settled in NYC for medical school at Mount Sinai, where I absolutely loved my rotations at Elmhurst Hospital, a safety net affiliate in Queens. After completing my primary care internal medicine residency and medical education fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital here in Boston, I was excited to return to the safety net setting at Boston Medical Center in 2019. As faculty here, I have relished the opportunity to work with our patients as part of the Women’s Health Group, and to work with our residents as part of a vibrant community of educators dedicated to BMC’s mission and diverse patient population. My interests include ambulatory education, care for adolescent and young adults, and improving access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare through integration of these services in primary care practice and education. Outside of work, I enjoy reading about, preparing, and trying new foods, and spending time outdoors with my husband Nick, a herpetologist and high school science teacher.


Headshot of Katherine Modzelewski, MD, Associate Program Director
Katherine Modzelewski, MD Associate Program Director

After growing up in the New York suburbs, I spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between Boston and New York. I completed my undergraduate degree at Boston College and medical school at New York Medical College. Having developed an interest in working with underserved populations, I came to BMC initially for my internal medicine residency and then stayed for endocrinology fellowship. After training, I joined the BMC faculty and served as the associate program director for the endocrinology fellowship before rejoining the medicine residency. My academic interests include the design and implementation of curricula, particularly using technology to support medical education, and expanding use of diabetes technology in diverse patient populations. Outside of work, my husband and I are currently working our way through visiting all of the National Parks and love taking our two corgis on adventures with us.

Headshot of Tom Ostrander, MD MPH Assistant Program Director
Tom Ostrander, MD MPH
Associate Program Director

A lifelong New Englander, I was born in Providence, RI and raised on the New Hampshire seacoast. I attended the University of New Hampshire and after graduation moved to Boston to attend Tufts for a Masters of Public Health. It was while I was earning my MPH at Tufts that I first began my relationship with BMC, working per diem as a CNA in the Emergency Department. After graduate school, I worked at a health insurance and then a biotech company before I realized that I missed patient care and needed to make a change. I was fortunate to return to Tufts for medical school in 2006; I then came home to BMC in 2010 as an Internal Medicine resident. After graduating residency, I stayed on as a hospitalist, where I fostered my passion for clinician education, bedside procedures, and clinical excellence. I am presently the Director of General Medicine Teaching Services as well as an Assistant Program Director of the residency where I advise our preliminary interns. Outside of work I am blessed to have a wonderful young daughter, and I am an avid sports fan and weightlifter.

Catherine Rich, MD Associate Program Director
Director, Primary Care Training Program

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 physician advocacy, ambulatory education, and social determinants of health.  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.

Margot Rogers, MD Associate Program Director

I grew up in Schenectady, NY but first made my way to Boston after college in Vermont to work as a clinical research coordinator. I completed my undergraduate medical training at Albany Medical College and then returned to Boston as an internal medicine resident at Boston University. Since completing residency, I have remained here as a faculty member in the Section of General Internal Medicine working in primary care with a focus on medical education. I have been lucky to work closely with our residents in clinic and on the wards. My academic interests include improving resident medical education, facilitating transitions of care and improving patient, faculty and resident experiences in ambulatory medicine. It has been an honor to continue working with all of our dedicated and mission driven residents and faculty and I am thrilled to build upon this work as an Associate Program Director. When not at work I enjoy adventuring around Boston with my husband and our two kids, exploring new restaurants and coffee bars, and spending time biking and running as often as the weather allows.

Rachelle Joseph, Administrative Director

As a Boston native I attended college at Northeastern University for both undergraduate and graduate school. For undergrad, I majored in Accounting and continued on to become a Double Husky majoring in Education. After teaching elementary education in the Boston Public School system I transitioned into research at Boston Medical Center. There I enjoyed supporting Infectious Disease faculty in International research on TB infection and diagnostics from 2011 through 2017. This experience helped me gained a passion for Research Administration which motivated me to broaden my skills in the Department of Medicine. In 2017 I became the Director of Research Administration. Over the past 6 years, I have worked with a team of Grant Managers to support researchers and Department Leadership with research projects that span across 14 areas of Medicine. I am now beginning to venture into the area Medical Education and am excited to work with our trainees and medical educators. In my free time I enjoy dining at new restaurants, playing tennis, and traveling.

Headshot of Nicole Nguyen Senior Administrative Coordinator
Nicole Nguyen
Senior Program Manager

I was born and lived most of my life in Connecticut. I spent a few years living in Houston, TX and then returned to New England for school. I graduated with a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism at Central Connecticut State University. I then relocated to Boston to join the Residency Program Team. Prior to accepting my position at BMC, I interned at Make-A-Wish Connecticut as well as Yale School of Management in Executive Education. In my spare time I enjoy playing billiards, hiking, and traveling. I’m very excited for my future here at BMC!


Kate Romain
Program Manager

Originally from Michigan, I was raised in the UK, and returned to Ann Arbor after earning a BA degree in History and Politics and an MA degree in Creative Writing, both at the University of East Anglia. I found myself increasingly drawn to the East Coast and city life, and made the move to Boston in the fall of 2021. I am incredibly excited to be a part of BMC, where I’m fortunate to work with such a supportive and knowledgeable team. Outside of work I love to write, sing, cycle, and explore Boston’s many wonderful museums.


Alyssa Pace, Residency Program Coordinator

grew up in South Florida and completed my BS degree in Health Education at the University of Florida. I moved to Boston in the fall of 2021 to pursue MS in Medical Sciences at Boston University. After finishing my program, I was eager to become involved in medical education and I feel so fortunate for the opportunity to be a part of the team at BUMC. Outside of work, I love spending time outdoors and finding new ways to explore the city.


Jamie Chan, Residency Program Coordinator

I am originally from Hong Kong and moved to California after high school. I attended Mt. San Antonio College in LA and graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Sociology. Being active in student leadership, I found a lot of fulfillment in supporting my fellow student’s’ academic career journeys. I developed my passion for the healthcare industry since my internship in HR Consulting in Kaiser Permanente. With my interest in exploring the East Coast, I relocated to Boston for my previous role at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Project Coordinator leading operations of an NIH-funded study on racial socialization and Asian American adolescent mental health. In the Internal Medicine Residency team at BMC, I am thrilled to continue working with like-minded colleagues, shaping better educational experiences, and improving health equity. As someone who loves adventures and arts, I enjoy dancing, traveling, and going to museums and aquariums in my spare time.

Sander van der Lee, Residency Program Coordinator

I was born and raised in the Netherlands where I earned my BA degree in Human Resource Management and my MA degree in Educational Sciences. Most of my professional life I’ve had the privilege of working with Medicine students in the hospital industry in HR and support roles. The dynamic challenges, comradery, and the ability to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives make working in the hospital industry immensely fulfilling to me. My life took an exciting turn two years ago when I decided to first move to Spain and then to the United States. Eager to continue my career in the hospital industry I feel very fortunate to be a part of BMC. When I am not at work I enjoy hiking, biking, traveling, watching sports and visiting local breweries.