Program Leadership

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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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Alexandra Bachorik, MD EdM
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.

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James Hudspeth, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director

I have lived a wandering life –born in SoCal, nurtured in NorCal, raised in Texas, and then polished in NYC for my high school and college. After a year of work as an EMT and theater technician, I did my medical training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, followed by residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital here in Boston. I arrived at BMC in 2011 for my first faculty position, drawn by the promise of a diverse population and a focus on working with the underserved, a promise that the institution delivers on! My interests include global health, with my personal work around medical education in Haiti via the NGO EqualHealth; medical education, especially in the inpatient clinical setting; and faculty development. I’m married to a BMC primary care doctor, Sarah Kimball, and we jointly enjoy travel and pampering our two cats.

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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.

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Craig Noronha, MD 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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Tom Ostrander, MD MPH
Assistant 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.

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Asher Tulsky, MD
Director of Resident Development

I moved to Boston 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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Nicole Nguyen
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!


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Julia Xu
Residency Program Coordinator

I was born in California and later split my childhood in Shanghai and Suzhou China. After graduating from high school, I returned to the States and attended Smith College where I earned my BA degree in Fine Art, Asian Literature, and Museum Studies. I am delighted to join the Residency Program Office and to work with our wonderful house staff. Outside of work I love to explore new music, dance, read, and binge-watch crime drama.



Kate Romain
Residency Program Coordinator

Originally from Michigan, I was raised in the UK, and returned to Ann Arbor after completing 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, and 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.

I was Born in Haiti and moved to Boston when I was 12 years old, and have lived in MA since. I Graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Political Science and Sociology. For my Co-op at Northeastern I chose to work at Dana Farber, from there I began my very fulfilling career in healthcare. I am very enthusiastic about continuing my career at Boston Medical Center, and to work with such incredible people. Nonprofessionally I’m an avid reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, I enjoy travelling and hope to visit as many countries as possible in the future, I also enjoy cooking and enjoy being physically active. (Dannie Benoit, Senior Administrative Coordinator)