Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo, MD, MS, MAS
Adult Psychiatry (Resident PGY 4)
Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo, MD, MS, MAS, is a fourth-year resident and the MGH Administrative Chief Resident, in the MGH/McLean Psychiatry Program. She relocated to Boston following the completion of her Master’s degree and medical education at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. In her role as the Chair of the Resident and Fellow Committee (RFC), she is actively engaged in different initiatives around MGH, advocating for the creation of a more nurturing climate and culture, whereby trainees of color’s personal and professional development can thrive, as well as fostering culturally sensitive community outreach engagements.
She is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Fellow, with a project focused on the development and implementation of a psychoeducation and skills-based curricula for high school students with underrepresented identities. She also serves as a Co-Editor of the Racism and Mental Health Equity column with Psychiatric Services, the monthly publication of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). As a health professional, she wants to use her life experiences and medical training to bring attention to issues facing those from marginalized communities, while advocating for policies promoting equitable access to care, particularly mental healthcare.
Michelle Diop, MD, ScM
Internal Medicine (PGY 3)
I am a PGY-3 resident in the Primary Care Program in Internal Medicine 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 the Vice Chair! 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!
Linda Herrera Santos, MD, PhD
Adult Psychiatry (Resident PGY 3)
Education and Career Development (Officer)
I am a PGY-4 resident at the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Program. I am currently the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service Chief Resident and a fellow in the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship 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 ten years, where I completed my undergraduate studies and obtained a Ph.D. in pathobiology at the University of Texas at El Paso. I then attended Texas A&M for medical school. As a 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 a second year. Through this role, I hope to contribute to the ongoing efforts towards creating new educational opportunities for URM physicians and 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 build their careers.
Outside of clinical work, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, teaching my daughters Spanish, baking, trying new foods, traveling, and working out.
Richard Bido-Medina, MD, PhD
Adult Psychiatry (PGY 3)
Education and Career Development (Officer)
I am a PGY2 psychiatry resident and member of the physician-scientist training program at MGH. 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 one of the CDI RFC Education and Career Development Officers! 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-MGH 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 MGH residents/fellows and the resources available for their professional growth.
Giovanni (Vanni) Rodriguez, MD
Emergency Medicine (PGY 2)
Public Relations Co-Officer
I am a PGY-2 EM resident at the Harvard’s Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program, and I work clinically at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I am a first generation Mexican American and moved to the US when I was 6 years old. I attended undergrad at UW-Madison and major in Biology. After graduation, I enter the Masters of Science in Medical Science Program at Indiana University as I prepare to apply to medical school and study for the MCAT.
I fortunately gained a spot in the class of 2020, and only completed one year of the program and started medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. As a MS4 I had to opportunity to rotate in the MGH/BWH system as a Sub-I and fell in love with the institution but also the culture and welcoming nature of the faculty and staff. Most importantly, I loved that CDI at Mass General was a resource for minority students like myself.
I am excited to be a part of RFC as one of the Public Relations Co-Officer! I hope to continue to build our CDI community and create a family away from home. I want to ensure that we highlight and foster the wonderful community we have. I hope to help plan networking opportunities were residents from all specialties can connect and feel like they are a part of a larger family outside their own programs.
Outside of medicine, I love to travel (anywhere with a beach!), spend time with my family and friends and exploring restaurants because I love to eat!
Tafadzwa L. Chaunzwa, MD, MHS
Radiation Oncology (PGY 3)
Public Relations Co-Officer
I am a PGY-3 in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. I am passionate about improving cancer outcomes by integrating clinical work in oncology with novel research to create tools for real-time clinical decision support, and interventions.
I am excited and honored to serve as a Public Relations Officer for the Mass General CDI, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds with a shared goal of serving our communities, and improving the lives of patients through compassionate care. I was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and came to the U.S. as a teenager to study biomedical engineering and mathematics at Duke University. I completed my medical school education at Yale, where I also earned a research-based master’s degree focusing on biomedical data science.
My experiences as an engineer, research fellow, and in biomedical data science, underpin my keen interest in biomedical innovation and the use of technology to solve complex healthcare problems. As a resident at Mass General/Harvard and in Boston, I am privileged to access many meaningful clinical experiences, including the delivery of leading-edge cancer treatments in a multidisciplinary setting, intellectually and technically challenging cases across disease sites, as well as humbling moments in end-of-life care. I also get to appreciate the complexities faced by under/uninsured patients in navigating the medical system. I am therefore invested in and committed to playing a role in improving health delivery in underserved populations and to addressing the cancer burden in novel ways using affordable technology.
Outside of my clinical and research interests, I enjoy traveling, watching and playing sports, and discovering Boston’s hidden treasures.
Jossie Antoinette Carreras Tartak, MD, MBA
Emergency Medicine (PGY 3)
Community Outreach Officer
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, came to the United States to pursue my undergraduate studies at New York University, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine with an MBA from The Wharton School, and am currently a PGY3 Emergency Medicine resident.
I'm interested in addressing healthcare disparities that affect our most vulnerable populations, particularly in the emergency department, via systemic solutions. Current projects include addressing racial biases in physical restraint use, addressing triage biases, and improving the process of discharging homeless patients from the emergency department.
My long-term goal is to return to Puerto Rico to improve healthcare services in my home island
Ana-Lucia Garcia Guarniz, MD
Neurology (PGY 4)
Community Outreach Officer
Dr. Ana-Lucia Garcia Guarniz is a rising PGY-4 neurology resident at MGH. She was born in northern Peru, where she spent the first five years of her childhood before moving to Lima. She did Medical School at Cayetano Heredia University, where she was the director of a student volunteer project named IRIS (Rural Interventions of Health and Research) aimed to help underprivileged communities in the Andean mountains. Dr. Garcia Guarniz oversaw the organization of this bi-annual 7-day program with the participation of students from multidisciplinary areas of healthcare, which was structured with workshops in native Quechua, IRB-approved research projects, and health campaigns.
Her training background brings a unique perspective on implementing activities for diverse underserved communities in Boston, hoping to involve more of our medical students and trainees. She will also continue building a solid mentorship program for URM HMS students for clinical and research guidance.
Dr. Garcia Guarniz's ambition is to provide a networking environment for career development for trainees to reflect a nurturing environment that attracts more URM residency applicants.