CDI Resident and Fellow Committee

CDI Resident and Fellow Committee

  • Utibe Essien, MD

    Utibe Essien, MD

    Fellow, General Internal Medicine

    I was born and raised in New York City and moved to Boston to become a resident in Internal Medicine/Primary Care. I completed my undergraduate training at New York University and went to medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Growing up as a physician’s son, I saw the impact my father had on his patients and the community and decided that this was the job I would one day have. The mentorship he provided his young patients is similar to what I hope to offer as a member of the CDI board. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to develop this CDI family and increase its influence at our institution and beyond.

  • Camilo Jaimes, MD

    Camilo Jaimes, MD

    Diagnostic Radiology, PGY 4
    Vice Chair

    I was born in Bucaramanga, a small city in the northeast of Colombia. I went to medical school in Bogota, where I spent 6 fantastic years exploring a variety of healthcare settings, from community hospitals to large referral centers. In my last year of medical school I decided I wanted to become a radiologist. In 2010 I moved to Philadelphia, where I was involved in research to better understand normal development of children through imaging. I stared my residency at the MGH in 2013, and I have collected only good and great memories. It was exciting to find a large community of trainees from diverse backgrounds and to see that the number continues to grow. With the staff from CDI, we will work to create new spaces for people to get know each other, and we can make sure everyone who comes to MGH feels “at home”.

  • Nkemdilim (Nkem) Mgbojikwe, MD

    Nkem Mgbojikwe, MD

    Internal Medicine, PGY 2
    Education and Career Development Officer

    I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and moved to the US in my late teens for college. I attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette were I studied Dietetics, and afterward started my slow migration up north, starting with earning my medical degree at Howard University and now here in Boston completing my first year in Internal Medicine. The one continuing thread in my life through all my experiences has been giving back, and I want to use whatever position and experience I have to help others. To this end, I am thrilled to be working for the next year (at least) with the RFC serving as the Education and Career Development Officer, helping to shape and guide the careers of those coming up behind me. When I have free time, I love to travel (internationally if I can) or engage in some outdoor activity

  • Henrietta “Hetty” Afari, MD

    Henrietta “Hetty” Af

    Internal Medicine, PGY 2 Community Outreach Officer

    I was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. I attended high school in Wales, UK, first came to the US for college at Harvard and stayed on for medical school. I am now a resident in the Department of Medicine and have an interest in global health. In my free time, I love to travel and cook!

    I have found throughout my training that my best moments have come from opportunities to work in the community. These have included tutoring students, advocacy work in homeless shelters, and more recently as community service chair of the Harvard Chapter of the SNMA, organizing various community engagement exercises.

    I have been inspired, challenged and humbled by my experiences, and as co-Officer of Community Outreach with RFC, I am excited for the chance to continue to contribute through the CDI to extend its positive influence to the communities at MGH, Boston and beyond.

  • Alister Martin, MD, MPP

    Alister Martin, MD,

    Emergency Medicine, PGY 2
    Community Outreach co-Officer

    Hi I'm Alister! I’m a second year in the combined MGH/BWH Emergency Medicine program. My commitment to public service and community outreach stems from my experiences growing up in a rough New Jersey town called Neptune. Like many underserved communities, it faced a tangled web of difficult socioeconomic issues: a failing education system, a dearth of positive role models, and inadequate access to health care, among others. As a first-year student at Harvard Medical School I saw many similarities between the town I call home, and neighboring Roxbury, and, motivated to serve as the type of mentor I needed when I was younger, I co-founded a mentorship and motivational speaking program called weDREAM at City On A Hill High School.

    My Masters in Public Policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School gave me a practical toolkit to further transform my desire for public service into a strategic framework for community outreach. As Community Outreach co-Officer I get to apply these lessons learned to further serve our students, our patients, and our community. When I’m not in the hospital you can find me on a tennis court or on Visual Studio Code playing with machine learning algorithms.

  • Shaina Lipa, MD

    Shaina Lipa, MD

    Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, PGY3
    Public Relations Officer

    I hail from the greater Los Angeles area (specifically Long Beach, CA). I attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for my undergraduate education and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for medical school. In addition to my passion for being a physician, I am equally as passionate about health care disparities and diversity in medicine as I feel that that these issues are intimately tied to my career and purpose as a physician. While in medical school, I served as the president of the UCSF chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and also held numerous leadership roles in the regional branch of the organization, including assistant regional director. Building on those leadership experiences, I am thrilled to be able to contribute to and learn from the MGH community as your Public Relations Officer.