Meet some of the past fellows of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship.
Addiction Medicine Fellows 2020-2021
Dr. Sarah Axelrath received her medical degree from the University of Colorado in 2017, after which she completed her residency training in Internal Medicine through the Primary Care track at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2020. She is passionate about providing high quality, full-spectrum primary care for patients with substance use disorders, focusing specifically on patients experiencing homelessness and incarceration.
Dr. Julianne “Jules” Elofson grew up in Lincoln, RI and went to Brown University for undergrad before moving to Boston for her medical training. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and then completed Internal Medicine Residency in the Primary Care Track at Mass General. She has always been interested in caring for vulnerable patient populations and entered residency intending to practice primary care in an underserved community setting. Over her residency, she developed an additional interest in Addiction Medicine while working as a resident PCP at Charlestown HealthCare Center and doing rotations with the Mass General inpatient Addiction Consult Team.
She is thrilled to have been accepted to the Mass General Addiction Medicine fellowship. In 2020-2021, she will also be participating in the Yale REACH program to gain additional training in providing culturally-informed addiction treatment to patients from underrepresented minority populations. In the future, Jules envisions herself working in a mostly clinical role practicing primary care and Addiction Medicine, possibly in a community health center or criminal justice setting.
Dr. Bridget Foley grew up on Cape Cod, MA. She was an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire and attended University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her interest in addiction medicine began while working with pregnant patients with SUDs during an internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology. During her family medicine residency, her research focused on examining the delivery of preventative care to patients with SUDs and improving rates of screening for SUDs in her continuity clinic. She was an advocate for a formalized addiction medicine curriculum within her residency program. She is passionate about providing primary care, prenatal care and addiction treatment and hopes to continue to expand her knowledge and serve as an advocate for her patients.
Dinah Applewhite is a graduating primary care resident. Her interest in substance use disorders began while attending The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She was an active member of Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, worked on Baltimore’s mobile syringe exchange program and conducted research on topics including alcohol withdrawal and naloxone distribution. During residency, she has been involved in advocacy efforts to bring supervised consumption spaces to Massachusetts, and has researched the use of psychoactive medications among individuals attending a syringe exchange program. She hopes to provide primary care and addiction treatment to high risk individuals and continue her work in harm reduction advocacy and research.
Jiunling Janet Ho is completing an addiction medicine fellowship part-time while practicing as a palliative care physician and internist at Mass General. She left sunny California to complete residency training in primary care and a chief resident year at Yale University, after which she completed a fellowship in general internal medicine and a public health degree at Harvard University. Her goals for pursuing (yet more) training with this fellowship are to improve the care of patients at the intersection of addiction, pain and co-morbid serious illness, advocate for better cancer survivorship care relating to substance use and dependence and to strengthen provider knowledge and skills in treating patients with addiction within palliative care and oncology. She will be practicing palliative and addiction medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
Gene Lambert is a staff consultant with the Addiction Consult Team of the Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative. He completed the Addiction Medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2019. He has been a practicing hospital clinician since 2002. He provides acute care medicine and substance use care at Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical interests include the acute management of substance use disorders, medical complications of alcohol use disorders and provider education of the care of hospitalized patients with substance use disorders.
Eric S. Lott, MD, completed his residency training in internal medicine residency at Maricopa Medical Center and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ and subsequently completed the Addiction Medicine Fellowship in 2019. He is now the associate program director of the Honor Health/CBI Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Lott participates extensively in educating residency and fellowship programs about the neurobiology of addiction, stopping stigma and treatment/management of substance use disorders. He is also the associate medical director of the Physician and Professional Health Program in AZ. Dr. Lott treats patients with substance use disorders along with a wide range of medical conditions associated with addiction (hepatitis C, liver cirrhosis, infections). He has a primary focus on implementing evidenced based addiction care in every medical setting. He continues to advocate for improved health care treatment models for substance use disorders as a chronic disease process.
Rachel Simon was born in New York, NY. She was an undergraduate at Brown University and attended Harvard Medical School. Throughout her academic training, she has focused on the effect of incarceration on patient health, particularly substance use disorders. As a resident at Mass General, she was a recipient of the Jackson White Coat grant, which funded her qualitative research examining the reasons hospitalized patients with SUDs are at risk of leaving against medical advice. She is passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care for patients with SUDs in both the community and correctional setting.
John Weems was born in Katy, TX and, after graduating from Loyola Marymount University, worked as a case manager for people struggling with homelessness and addiction. He attended Harvard Medical School, where he worked to improve medical student education in substance use and substance use disorders. He completed residency in internal medicine-primary care at Mass General and Charlestown Community Health Center. He is interested in improving the care of patients with addiction by training health care workers and incorporating wisdom from the harm reduction movement into routine medical care.