Jorge Torres, MD
Neurology (Resident PGY 4)
I am a PGY-4 Neurology resident in the Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital program. I grew up in Southern California. I am a first generation Mexican American and first to earn a college degree in my family. I attended undergrad at UC Berkeley while simultaneously conducting research at UCSF in neurology. Afterwards, I stayed at UCSF conducting research in neurology for the next 3 years. I then attended medical school at UCLA. I was fortunate to have been offered a Sub-I rotation at Mass General through the VCP program, and my amazing experience with the CDI at Mass General was one of the main reasons that I choose Mass General for residency.
As Chair, and previously Public Relations Officer, I hope to continue to engage and reconnect our community about all of the amazing opportunities and work done by the RFC and CDI. My goal is to continue to make Mass General a place of helping prepare the next generation of physician leaders through advocating for improvements in diversity and inclusion throughout the hospital.
Outside of clinical work, I have a strong passion for mentorship and technology in fostering the next generation of physician leaders and thus serve on an advisory board for 501(c)(3). In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, friends, watching and playing sports, trying new restaurants and sailing in different harbors.
Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo, MD, MS, MAS
Adult Psychiatry (Resident PGY 3)
I am currently a PGY-3 in the Mass General/McLean Adult Psychiatry Program. I grew up in Oakland, California after immigrating from Nigeria at the age of 11. I relocated to Boston following the completion of medical education at the University of California, Davis. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion issues, inspired my own personal and educational background, as a Black woman, an immigrant, growing in the poor inner-city of Oakland California, and navigating intricacies of the educational and healthcare system in this country. I have spent over a decade before and during medical school working in different leadership roles targeted towards fostering academic and scientific interests in students from disadvantaged background, as well as building coalition with community agencies with the goal of improving access to care and implementation of policies enriching overall quality of life for disenfranchised populations.
As the Vice Chair of the RFC Board, I am reaffirmed in my commitment toward working strategically with the CDI team in establishing long-term sustainable connections with local communities and groups, while reaffirming previous collaborative networks. It is important to acknowledge that we have a long way to go at Mass General in advancing diversity and the needs of trainees from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. Nevertheless, I believe that with all of us actively engaged and willing to use our platform to advocate for change, we can galvanize enough momentum to move things in the right direction—especially around creating a more nurturing climate and culture, whereby trainees’ personal and professional development can thrive.
My hobbies include reading non-fiction & novels, running, yoga, movies, listening to National Public Radio, and cooking (hopefully) delicious meals for loved ones.
Linda Herrera Santos, MD, PhD
Adult Psychiatry (Resident PGY 3)
Education and Career Development (Officer)
My name is Linda Herrera Santos and I am a PGY-2 resident at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Adult Psychiatry Program. I am originally from Mexico, where I lived until the age of 18. Seeking better opportunities, I immigrated to the United States to attend college. I lived in El Paso TX for 10 years, where I completed my undergraduate studies and obtained a PhD in pathobiology at the University of Texas at El Paso. I then attended Texas A&M for medical school. As a fourth-year medical student, I knew I wanted to train at a program that offered opportunities to foster my interest in mental health care disparities in racial and ethnic minorities. After completing a sub-internship through the Visiting Clerkship Program, I knew that Mass General had the opportunities and resources that would help me grow into the physician I want to become.
I am honored to serve as the Education and Career Development Officer for the upcoming year. Through this role, my hope is to contribute to the ongoing efforts towards creating new educational opportunities for URM physicians, as well as to continue to disseminate and develop existing resources. I also want to contribute to the overall goal of creating a welcoming environment where URM physicians feel welcomed and can successfully develop their careers.
Outside of clinical work, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, teaching my daughter Spanish, baking, trying new foods, traveling and working out.
Ijeoma Eleazu, MD
Internal Medicine (PGY 3)
Public Relations Officer
My name is Ijeoma Eleazu, and I am a PGY-3 in the Internal Medicine residency program at Mass General. I am a Jersey girl by way of Nigeria. I was born in Nigeria and later immigrated to the United States with my parents and siblings to pursue the American dream, like so many others. I attended undergraduate and medical school in New Jersey at Rutgers, and was fortunate enough to have mentors who guided me through the rigors of medical school and encouraged me to apply to Mass General.
Here, I have found a sense of community and exemplary role models who are incredibly interested in my personal growth. The community which CDI fosters and nurtures was undoubtedly one of the major factors in my choosing to do my residency training at Mass General. I look forward to strengthening this community between faculty, residents and students alike if I am granted the opportunity to serve as public relations officer. Just recently, I traveled to Philadelphia to participate in recruitment efforts at the Student National Minority Association conference. This opportunity refueled my desire to be a champion for diversity in medicine through mentoring and teaching the next generation of minority physicians. I also hope to establish a stronger relationship between residents and faculty at all Harvard-affiliated institutions through events, seminars and workshops.
My prior experience ranges from serving as an eboard member (in the vice president and treasurer roles) for the SNMA as well as co-founding a mini medical school program which promoted careers in STEM for underserved high school students in the tri state area during my medical school career. It has been a pleasure to be a part of CDI so far and I hope to increase my responsibility within the coming year
Outside of medicine, I enjoy traveling, dancing (especially African dance!), reading and spending time with my three wonderful younger siblings.
Michelle Diop, MD, ScM
Internal Medicine (PGY 2)
Public Relations Co-officer
Hi everyone! My name is Michelle Diop, and I am a PGY-1 in the Primary Care Track in the Internal Medicine residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. I flew south to the Big Apple to attend Columbia University, where I majored in Anthropology. I then went on to pursue the Population Medicine MD-ScM program at Alpert Medical School. I plan to specialize in Palliative Care and Hospice and am committed to making holistic care accessible to all.
I am thrilled to be one of the Public Relations Officers! The CDI and RFC have made me feel so at home at Mass General, and I hope that I can make others feel equally connected. I’m excited to continue building and supporting the wonderful CDI community. More specifically, I look forward to organizing unique networking opportunities, ensuring trainee well-being, and empowering a diverse group of physician leaders.
Outside of medicine, I love watching sunsets by the water, learning about people and their stories, exploring mindfulness practices, playing board games and basketball, cheering on Boston teams, and finding yummy restaurants!
Richard Bido-Medina, MD, PhD
Adult Psychiatry (PGY 2)
Community Outreach Officer
My name is Richard and I am a PGY2 psychiatry resident and member of the physician-scientist training program at Mass General. I am originally from Villa Tapia, a small town in the Dominican Republic, where I was born and raised. I went to Medical School in my home country and graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo. Later, I obtained a Fulbright Fellowship to complete a PhD in Neuroscience at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I had the opportunity of working as the Youth Delegate of the Dominican Republic to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly for social, cultural and humanitarian affairs in New York. I hope I can use my background as a physician, diplomat and neuroscientist in the fields of global psychiatry, research, capacity-building, technical assistance and international cooperation, to advocate for the outreach and awareness of mental health in armed conflicts and in the creation of affordable diagnostic and therapeutic methods for developing countries.
I am thrilled to have been elected as the CDI RFC Community Outreach Officer! From this position, I expect to create opportunities for students and physicians from underrepresented minorities to take advantage of the multiple resources in the Harvard-Mass General community. I am particularly interested in developing programs to support talented International Medical Graduates (IMG’s), a community that historically experiences innumerable challenges in their pursuit of medical training in the US. I am also hoping to strengthen the connections between Mass General residents/fellows and the Boston community.