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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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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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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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Veterans Day — Caring for Homeless Veterans

As I worked in the clinic of Pine Street shelter in Boston today, Veterans Day, I reflected back on the many military servicemen and servicewomen I’ve had the privilege of caring for. They have come to see me at various outpatient clinical settings, including homeless shelters such as Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House, and hospital-based clinics at the Massachusetts […]




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MLK Day and the Homeless Census in Boston

On this auspicious and historic day, we not only inaugurated the first Black President of the United States of America to a 2ndterm, but we did so on a day that commemorates a man who devoted his life to civil rights and equality – Martin Luther King, Jr. While most notable perhaps as an activist […]




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