Meet our Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residents

Class of 2023

 

 

 

Eduardo Garza, MD – Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Eduardo was born and raised in the border town of Laredo, TX, and spent his childhood between Mexico and the US. He came to New England in 2008, when he was accepted into the Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University, where he majored in Human Biology: Brain and Behavior and completed his medical degree. He took a couple of years off before starting medical school to work as a medical scribe in the emergency department of Rhode Island Hospital which cemented his desire to become a physician. Eduardo is interested in the combined Family Medicine/Psychiatry program because of its holistic focus and the overlap between both specialties. He has been involved in various community interventions including faith-based classes on hypertension and using games to teach teenage boys social skills, and hopes to be able to work with the patient community at BMC to better serve their needs both inside and outside of the clinic. He has also led a Medical Spanish Interest Group for two years and is fluent in Spanish. Outside of medicine, Eduardo enjoys board games, cooking, yoga, Latin dancing, and exploring the city for new interesting spots!

 

 

Saikrishna Kugabalasooriar, MD –Boston University School of Medicine
Saikrishna pursued his undergraduate degree here at Boston University majoring in Psychology he then continued on to Medical School at the same institution. Sai has always been interested in family medicine. During medical school he volunteered in meditation initiatives and participated in Healer’s Art where he was a student leader for two years a course that emphasizes humanism, values clarification, personal wellness and professionalism. Prior to medical school he volunteered at Sancta Maria nursing facility where he developed activities that met biopsychosocial needs of the elderly residents in the context of cognitive / motor impairment. He also volunteered at Haley House soup kitchen where among other things he recruited volunteers to work in a soup kitchen in Boston. While in medical school, he worked as a student intern re-evaluating the first year curriculum to determine efficacy and helped develop online modules to supplement streamline in-class content. Sai was a student leader for the Family Medicine Interest Group and a member of Gold Humanism Honor Society. Sai speaks advanced Spanish and Tamil. In his spare time he enjoys singing, yoga, meditation, writing poetry, cooking, reading, playing guitar, discussions on ethics and values, acting and dancing.

Class of 2024

Rohit Abraham, MD, MPH – Michigan State University 

Rohit immigrated to the US at a young age from India, but he spent his entire childhood reflecting on the disparities between his two homes. He studied Neuroscience and Statistics at the University of Michigan, where he became heavily invested in social justice work. Dedicated to addressing the social determinants of health, Rohit taught high school biology through Teach For America in Detroit—working to close the academic achievement gap during the days, while earning a Master of Arts in Teaching in night school. These experiences inspired him to pursue MD and MPH degrees and to engage in national advocacy organizations like the American Medical Association. Rohit was fortunate to receive scholarships to attend Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he trained as a Zuckerman Fellow and fell in love with Boston. Rohit sees combined FM/Psychiatry as an ideal way to provide comprehensive primary care to address physical and mental health needs of urban underserved populations, with an intersectional focus on substance use disorders. Outside of work, he loves playing the latest Nintendo games, appreciating live music and performances, and running on the Charles River Esplanade!

 

 

Bijan Ghaffari, MD – University of Colorado School of Medicine
Bijan is originally from Boulder, Colorado where he grew up in a multicultural household. He spent his undergraduate years in San Luis Obispo, CA pursuing a biochemistry degree from Cal Poly before venturing south for two years working for Timmy Global Health in Quito, Ecuador. Between leading medical service trips, Bijan developed a passion for community medicine, primary care, and healthcare systems that continued to grow throughout medical school. During his first year at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, his interests shifted from global health to underserved primary care and immigrant and refugee health in the U.S. This led to his commitment as a scholar in the National Health Service Corps. During medical school Bijan was an instructor for a medical Spanish course, and also volunteered regularly as a certified Spanish interpreter at the DAWN student-run free clinic. He also enjoyed advocating for health equity and Family Medicine as a leader of the Family Medicine Interest Group, and board member of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. Bijan’s efforts in medical school were recognized with induction into AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Bijan hopes to get to know Boston and the North East through long walks with his dog, as well as food, culture, and building community.

Class of 2025

Aisha Lott, MD, MPH – Georgetown University School of Medicine

Aisha is originally from Milpitas, a small town in Northern California. She grew up playing soccer and continued her career at the University of California, Davis where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. She became interested in the social determinants of health at Imani Clinic, a student-run clinic in the heart of Sacramento’s historically black community of Oak Park. This solidified her interest in medicine and brought her to the Medical Investigations of Neurodevelopmental Diseases (MIND) Institute where she worked as a research assistant. She subsequently traveled to the East Coast to attend Georgetown University School of Medicine. While there she completed a master’s degree in Systems Medicine. She continued to explore her interests in fighting health inequities doing medical evaluations with asylum-seeking populations alongside Physicians for Human Rights as well as giving health talks to incarcerated populations. These experiences taught her to advocate for patients. She was subsequently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for her efforts. In her spare time, she enjoys soccer, yoga, running, reading, and cooking.

 

 

Bryan Rego, MD – Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Bryan Rego is from Fall River, MA, and is the son of Azorean immigrants. He attended Brown University for his undergraduate studies and majored in Neuroscience. In a gap year before starting at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, he worked as a medical scribe in the emergency department and later visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to study a sports-for-development program for favela youth. In medical school, Bryan followed his passion for immigrant and refugee health by concentrating in Global Health. In this capacity, he started a medical Portuguese elective, lead a refugee health elective, studied addiction stigma in Lisbon, Portugal following drug decriminalization. He also co-founded and continues to lead Connect Soccer Academy, a mental health and soccer program in Providence, RI for newly resettled refugee youth in partnership with youth soccer clubs, psychologists, and local community organizations. He is a proud Portuguese-American and is devoted to mentoring other first-generation high school, college, and medical students. He is excited to join BMC to expand on his interests and advocacy for immigrants, refugees, and drug-dependent patients.