TUSM & Community Based Faculty

Tufts Department of Family Medicine Faculty

  • Wayne Altman, MD

    Professor of Family Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
    Jaharis Family Chair of Family Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
    Foundations of Patient Care Course Director
    Clinical Skills Interclerkship Director
    Undergraduate: Brandeis University
    Medical School: University of Massachusetts
    Residency: University of Massachusetts/Hahnemann Family Health Center

    Dr. Altman has received 17 teaching awards during his 19 years at Tufts, including the Milton and Natalie Zucker Prize for Teaching Innovation, the Special Faculty Recognition Award, the Dean’s Outstanding Mentorship Award, the Outstanding Teaching in the Clinical Sciences Award, and the Dr. Jack Mitus Special Faculty Recognition Award. He has also been recognized as a Boston Top Doc five times. Dr. Altman served as the Family Medicine Clerkship Director for 17 years during which it was a top-ranked clerkship at Tufts. In 2009, Dr. Altman began directing the Foundations of Patient Care Curriculum and led a team of faculty to create the Competency-based Apprenticeship in Primary care (CAP) Course. In his roles leading CAP and the Family Medicine Clerkship, Dr. Altman recruited and collaborated with over 300 community primary care faculty in New England. Dr. Altman has been teaching at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency for 17 years and has also collaborated with faculty at Tufts-affiliated residencies at Maine Medical Center and Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. Dr. Altman has been the Director for the Primary Care Precepting Faculty Development Conference over the last 19 years, hosting about 100 TUSM primary care faculty each year. In 2001, Dr. Altman joined Family Practice Group, The Sagov Center for Family Medicine. He became co-owner and President of the practice in 2006. The practice received Level 3 NCQA certification in 2012 as a Patient Centered Medical Home. At FPG, Dr. Altman has co-led over 50 Wellness Groups over the last 9 years. Dr. Altman is the Co-Founder of Wellness Campaign.org, a non-profit created to support patients and providers with practical online resources in their attempts to increase wellness and lose weight. Dr. Altman cofounded Care That Matters, a multi-disciplinary group of health care professionals across the country advocating for pay for performance quality measures that are both patient-centered and evidence-based. Dr. Altman’s research interests include wellness groups, medical scribes, disability, medical education, and vaccination. He has been invited to speak on these subjects both nationally and internationally. Dr. Altman has helped support faculty at Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, India (one of India’s top medical schools and sister school of TUSM) to form one of India’s first Departments of Family Medicine. He was also asked to be an Advisory Board Member for the Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI).

Community-Based Faculty

  • Maria Bachman, MD

    Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago
    Medical School: Mayo Medical School
    Residency: Boston Medical Center

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  • Fa'iz Bayo-Awoyemi, MD

    Clinical Instructor, Tufts University School of Medicine
    Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate: Brooklyn College, City University of New York
    Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Residency: Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance

    Fa'iz is a proud graduate of TUFMR and is currently an attending physician at CHA Windsor Street Health Center. He came to CHA because of its dedication to under-served and immigrant populations. He enjoys taking care of a diverse patient population, providing comprehensive care including prenatal, office based dermatology and GYN procedures and teaching medical students. His interests include palliative care, medical group visits, quality improvement and health equity. When not working he enjoys spending time with his partner and friends. Otherwise, you can probably find him playing basketball at the Tufts gymnasium.

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  • Cari Benbasset-Miller, MD

    Clinical Faculty
    Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
    Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Family Medicine
    Fellowship: Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson University Fellowship in Women's Health

    Cari Benbasset-Miller, MD practices at the Malden Family Medicine Center. Her clinical interests include access and education in reproductive healthcare, obstetrics, and HIV primary care and prevention. She enjoys spending time with friends and family around her hometown of Cambridge.

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  • Bari-Sue Brodsky, MD

    Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Tufts University
    Medical School: Medical College of Pennsylvania
    Residency: Abington Memorial Hospital, Family Medicine, chief resident

    Bari-Sue Brodsky, MD has been teaching Tufts medical students and Family Medicine residents since 1995. The former medical director of the CHA Riverside Health Center, she now practices in a broad spectrum Family Medicine group in Arlington. Dr. Brodsky has been active with CRUDEM, a healthcare organization in Milot, Haiti. She has worked on site at Hôpital Sacré Coeur supervising Tufts MD/MPH students and Family Medicine residents. Her clinical interests include Women’s Health, Pediatrics and Lifestyle Medicine. She enjoys vegan cooking, hiking, running, knitting, and traveling with her husband and children.

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  • Matt Desir, MD

    Clinical Instructor – Tufts University SOM
    Clinical Faculty, Tufts University Family Medicine Residency Program
    Undergraduate: Williams College
    Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
    Residency: Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance

    Matthew Desir, MD is an attending physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance Assembly Square Primary Care Clinic and Clinical Faculty at Tufts University Family Medicine Residency where he precepts residents. During medical school, Matt was drawn to the TUFMR because of its focus on social justice and health equity. Upon completing residency, he continued working at CHA at the Assembly Square clinic and precepting residents at the residency, while staying involved in the health equity work. Matt enjoys all aspects of clinic, but especially likes procedures of all kinds. Outside of clinic Matt likes to spend time with his wife and new baby, and stays active playing basketball and going for bike rides.

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  • Bonnie Engelbart, MD

    Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Colgate University
    Medical School: The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center St Margaret

    Bonnie Engelbart MD is a community preceptor and Associate Professor at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency program. She has worked in community health for fifteen years and for the past 10 years has been caring for primary care patients at the CHA Everett Health Center. She teaches Tufts third year medical students during their family medicine clerkship, and teaches residents at the Malden Health Center. She runs a weekly dermatology procedure clinic in Somerville and frequently precepts the dermatology clinic at Malden. She also runs a monthly clinic at the Everett High school Teen center providing long acting contraceptive procedures. She is a mentor in the Tufts Student Service Scholars program teaching medical students about the care of underserved patients. Bonnie is married and has three young sons. In her free time she spends times with her family, is a deacon in her church, participates in a book club that has been together for 18 years, and enjoys running for exercise.

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  • Ken Gerweck, MD


    Undergraduate: University of Colorado
    Medical School: University of Massachusetts
    Residency: University of Massachusetts
    Fellowship: Geriatric Medicine, OHSU

    Ken Gerweck, MD if a full time physician with CHA. He sees patients of all age groups at the East Cambridge Health Center. He also works at a neighboring nursing home. He also spends time in the hospital setting, functioning as one of the Tufts Family Medicine teaching atttendings. Dr Gerweck enjoys teaching in various capacities, including precepting family medicine residents, providing didactics for the family medicine geriatric curriculum, and teaching in the nursing home setting. Dr Gerweck is the lead person for the geriatrics curriculum and co-leader for the home visit curriculum for the family medicine program. In his free time, Ken enjoys going for runs, listening to music, fishing, and spending time with his family.
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  • Lael Greenstein, MD

    Clinical Faculty
    Undergraduate: Wellesley College
    Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
    Residency: Crozer-Keystone Family Health
    Fellowship: Reproductive Health and Advocacy Fellowship at Tufts University Cambridge Health Alliance

    Lael Greenstein, MD is clinical faculty at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency, where she precepts residents at both the Malden site and the Reproductive Health clinic at the Cambridge Hospital. She provides full-spectrum family medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance's Revere Health center, where she is working to expand reproductive health services. She also serves as a "Hepatitis C specialist" for Revere as part of CHA's program to treat Hepatitis C in the primary care setting. Outside of her clinical activities, Lael continues to work on a longitudinal project with the Reproductive Health Access Project that she started during her fellowship to improve reproductive health advocacy within the American Academy of Family Physicians, and sits on the legislative committee of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians. She is an avid reader, hiker and eater, and loves spending time with her family, friends and 2 cats.
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  • Richard Gumpert, MD

    Clinical Instuctor, Tufts University School of Medicine
    Instructor, Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate: University of Maryland
    Medical School: Medical School for International Health, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
    Residency: Brown Family Medicine Residency, Pawtucket, RI

    Richie Gumpert is a preceptor at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency and a staff physician at Union Square Family Health in Somerville where he sees his own patients and teaches medical students. His clinical interests include prenatal care, dermatology and skin procedures, medical overuse and underuse, Hepatitis C in primary care, and clinical informatics. Outside medicine, he enjoys running, biking, reading good books, watching bad TV shows, and most of all, spending time with his wife Lauren and two children.

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  • Abbie Love, MD

    She received an undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Princeton University. She then received her MD and MPH degrees from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. At Mount Sinai, she was a member of the Medicine and Humanities program, and her MPH in community medicine focused on needle exchanges and harm reduction. She then moved to Chicago and completed her family medicine residency at the Cook County-Loyola-Provident Family Medicine Residency. She stayed on at Cook County as faculty for four years to complete her commitment to the National Health Service Corps. In 2012, she and her family decided to relocate to Massachusetts and she joined CHA because of the organization’s commitment to underserved and immigrant populations as well as its strong academic mission. She also wanted to continue to practice full-spectrum family medicine – including delivering babies! She now coordinates the maternity curriculum for the residency and her clinical interests include prenatal care, colposcopy, Latino mental health, and contraception. She spends her free time gardening, cooking and shuttling her two children to various sporting events.

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  • Patrick Sabia, MD

    A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook who completed his residency at St. Francis Hospital. He joined CHA in 2004 and sees patients at Union Square Family Health in Somerville, MA. He provides the full range of family medicine care, including prenatal care and deliveries. Dr. Sabia served as a faculty member at the Lawrence Family Medicine residency for 8 years, where he was a member of the Outpatient Curriculum Committee and supervised residents in both the outpatient and all inpatient settings. He also served as the medical student clerkship coordinator at the Lawrence program for 4 years. He has a special interest in womens health, obstetrical care and pediatrics. He has been a colposcopist for almost 10 years and continues to provide these services at his current practice. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is fluent in Spanish and speaks some Portuguese as well. He is currently on the Perinatal Committee and Pediatric Quality Improvement Committee at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Sabia is married to a Swiss and has two young boys, Gian and Andrino. He is currently trying to add German and Rumansch to his language skills!

  • Stanley Sagov, MD

    Stanley is a dazzling jazz pianist and composer who is skilled on a number of other music instruments and who is also skilled with surgical instruments, as he simultaneously has a full time career as a medical doctor. He constantly amazes his colleagues in both music and in medicine with his ability to lead such an intense dual life both as a physician and as a musician.

    Dr. Sagov is always releasing a new CD and he produces enough music to fill the contents of a full CD almost every month in his home studio. Sagov is also a top notch photographer who shoots nature, people and places with the eyes of an unusually sensitive personality.

    Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1944 to a Jewish family that had immigrated there to escape the chaos and anti-Semitism that followed the Russian Revolution, the young Sagov grew up in the midst of the horrid South African regime of Apartheid and its resulting police state.

    The young boy was born with Gordon’s Syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder which can cause club feet, cleft palate, dysplasia of the hip and also thumb in palm deformity. He suffered greatly as he was forced to endure the horrors of sixteen different surgeries in London, New York and Boston during his first 13 years to help correct various deformities. At school he was stigmatized and teased by other boys because of his awkward gait and the necessity of wearing leg irons for many years. Marked by this great difficulty, he had a sudden insight at an early age.

    “This was not my fault,” says Sagov, “Suddenly there was a realization about this around age 9. I remember walking uphill from a violin lesson one day and suddenly understanding the parallel between my being stigmatized for looking unusual and the terrible way that black people in South Africa were being treated by whites. How could others think that this was something that I had willed or caused and for which I should be blamed?” It is actually a genetic disease affecting both my daughters and my grand daughter.

    “No one in my family played music professionally though my mother dabbled in it a bit, but when I was age six, I suddenly asked to play the violin. I have no idea why I did this! I was a bad but enthusiastic violinist! I remember wearing a British school uniform with a dark jacket and gray pants in the winter and riding on the top level of the English style double-decker buses with my quarter-sized violin. I had leg irons on because of the multiple surgeries and I must have been a strange sight.”

    “I always felt a kinship with the black people of my country. The Passover story with its themes of being strangers in a strange land and needing to be freed from slavery and oppression and the cruelty and mass murder of my fellow Jews and family members in anti-semitic Europe resonated with my perceptions of the unjust society in which I was living. All white people in South Africa had servants, even if you were extremely poor and on welfare, you had servants. Our servants would carry me around and take care of me and I sensed a kind of nobility about the Bantu people in Cape Town. They had a lot of pride. In those days [the ‘50s] there were so many more black people than white. The ratio was about 4 to 1.”

    Cape Town was the legislative capital and in those days there were only three white members of parliament who strenuously opposed the ruling nationalist party. One of them came to stay with the Sagov family during the 6 month legislative session every year and had a great impact on the young Stanley.

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  • Christopher Simons, MD

    Family Physician, Revere Care Center
    Department of Family Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Undergraduate: Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
    Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
    Residency: Tufts Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance

    Christopher Simons, MD is a community faculty member and proud graduate of the Tufts Family Medicine Residency program and sees his own panel of patients at another CHA clinic in Revere. He is the community liaison for the clinic and is working to expand community connections in the greater Revere area. Current clinical areas of interest include work around health literacy and the social determinants of health, especially food insecurity. He completed extra training during residency in Integrative Medicine and Practice Improvement and continues to incorporate these into practice. In his spare time, you can find him cheering on local professional and college sports teams, singing along at a concert downtown or sampling food at one of the many restaurants north of Boston.

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  • Rachel Vogel, MD

    Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Northwestern University
    Medical School: University of Massachusetts
    Residency: Boston Medical Center
    Fellowship: Maternal Child Health, Brown University

    Rachel Vogel MD is a community preceptor, who sees primary care patients at Union Square Family Health in Somerville, MA and comes to the Malden Family Medicine Center weekly to precept our family medicine residents. She also provides prenatal care, practices obstetrics, provides newborn nursery care at the Cambridge Hospital. She teaches residents and medical students in all of these settings. Additionally she is an ALSO instructor (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics), a course designed to train residents to work in teams during emergencies in obstetrics. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese and she conducts group prenatal care for Brazilian patients in Portuguese. In her free time Rachel loves trail running, ultimate frisbee, and chasing her toddlers around the playground.

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