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Dean’s Community Service Award — Harvard Medical School

On Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, I was one of 9 recipient’s of the Dean’s Community Service Award, presented by the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership. This was a *tremendous* honor, and is a reflection of the MANY compassionate colleagues (nurses, social workers, admin, doctors) who work tirelessly to care for Boston’s […]




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Coverage in “Spare Change News”, May 20th, 2016

Honored to speak to Emerson journalism student, Ross Cristantiello, about my work as a doctor to Boston’s most vulnerable population: homeless men and women. His wonderful piece has been published in “Spare Change News”! It’s been a privilege and honor to care for these brave individuals who struggle daily with chronic medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, kidney […]




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“The Tragedy of Opioid Addiction in the Young and Homeless” by Lipi Roy, MD, MPH

Read my recent piece on a young female patient’s ongoing struggle and downward spiral with heroin addiction here.           Resources for Addiction Treatment and Recovery: Opiate Addiction and Treatment National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment4Addiction – […]




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Musical Marvin — from Homelessness to Jazz Drummer

At the Massachusetts General Hospital homeless clinic, I am privileged to care for a genuinely delightful elderly gentleman, “Marvin”. A 74-year-old man with high blood pressure, diabetes, gout and depression, Marvin had recently came in for a physical exam, to get medication refills, and to update me on the events of his life. Many of my homeless patients, […]




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Humanity of Homelessness Photoessay — Massachusetts State House

On Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, a project of passion finally came to fruition — in large part due to two kind, visionary men who’ve made careers out of caring for people. I’ll get to these two men in a moment. My project, “Capturing the Humanity in Homelessness: A Photoessay”, was displayed at the Massachusetts State House. This […]




Cuffs Not a Casket: A Son’s Addiction

My patient, Beth, has faced her share of obstacles. At 44, she has battled tobacco use, depression and hepatitis C. She also struggled with crack and heroin addiction and paid a hefty price — her nursing licence was revoked. So when her son was using drugs, she knew what had to be done. At the Mass […]




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April Fool’s! — An Amusing Surprise in Caring for a Homeless Man

A few days ago, a homeless gentleman came to see me at the Pine Street Shelter clinic in Boston. I had never met him before. He described his multiple medical problems including chronic neck pain that required surgical repair, seizure disorder, sleep apnea and an unusual respiratory fungal infection that resulted in lung surgery. Prior to coming to […]




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Homeless Patients Overcome Obstacles and DO Get Better!

My Friday morning clinic last week at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Homeless Clinic was a reminder of why I went into medicine and specifically why I care for the underserved. In spite facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles – medical, psychological, social – these very special patients demonstrate the true meaning of resilience. Here are their […]




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Recently Homeless — And Now Making Positive Lifestyle Changes

I will forever be inspired by my patients. The majority are homeless, living in shelters or the streets. Some are transiently housed (halfway house, sober house, detox treatment center, crashing on a friend’s sofa). Some others — through years of patience, perseverance and hard work — have found stable housing. Charles falls into the latter […]




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Homelessness and Youth

One afternoon while I was seeing female clients at the women’s clinic of Pine St Inn shelter, I met a very sweet, young girl who had left quite an impression on me. “Mindy” was in her early 20s, a New Englander who moved to Boston to be with her boyfriend, but it “didn’t work out.” She had […]




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