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Depression in Primary Care
Advising Patients on Advance Directives
Physician Counseling to Enhance Adherence to Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines


John Wiecha, MD, MPH

John Wiecha, MD, MPH

Dr. Wiecha is the Developer of the CME TiPS program and Director of Predoctoral Education and Direction of eLearning in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He received his MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and M.P.H from the University of Massachusetts. He completed residencies in Family Medicine and in Preventive Medicine at the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Wiecha has received a number of awards and fellowships, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Control Career Development Fellowship, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Award, and the University of Massachusetts Fellowship in Asian-American Studies. Dr. Wiecha has developed a number of distance education courses, including courses on diabetes, EBM, and communication skills, and is currently helping the World Health Organization develop a world-wide training program on antenatal care.

Larry Culpepper, MD Dr. Culpepper is the founding Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine. He received his M.D from Baylor College of Medicine and his M.P.H. from Boston University. He has served as President of the North American Primary Care Group (NAPCRG), Chairman of the Research Committee of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), and Chairman of the Board of Rhode Island Public Health Foundation. He is a Primary Care Fellow of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, and has chaired or served as a member of research grant review committees for 5 NIH and other federal agencies. He has received the STFM Excellence in Education, the STFM-NAPCRG Hames Research awards, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1998. He has conducted research in otitis media, and school-based and community interventions to improve pregnancy outcomes and to prevent teen pregnancies. He currently is the principal investigator of an AHRQ funded center for patient safety research devoted to low income and minority vulnerable populations in ambulatory care settings, principal investigator of interventions to improve the care of uninsured patients and urban patients with diabetes and depression, co-principal investigator of a study to decrease delays in CHC patient follow-up for abnormal mammography, and co-investigator of a long term study of the course of anxiety disorders in primary care settings. Dr Culpepper co-chairs a panel on Otitis Media with Effusion for the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and is a member of the AAP-AAFP panel on acute otitis media. He is the family medicine editor of UpToDate, and the editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry Primary Care Companion.

Jeremy Golding, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Golding is associate professor of family medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and inpatient director for the department of family medicine at UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is also co-chair of the UMass Memorial Health Care Heart Failure Task Force.
Laura Goldman, MD Dr. Goldman is the Director of Geriatrics. A graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Brown University Family Practice Residency Program, Dr. Goldman came to the Family Medicine Department in 1998 after directing a clinical practice for 14 years. She became the Director of Family Medicine at South Boston Community Health Center and Assistant Residency Director until 2004. After completing a year as a Boston University Center of Excellence in Geriatrics Faculty Scholar and the Stanford Faculty Development Program in Geriatrics for Primary Care, she became our Director of Geriatrics. Dr. Goldman designs and teaches the geriatrics curriculum for the pre-doctoral and residency programs. She also directs the department's nursing home practice.
Milagros C. Rosal, PhD

Dr. Rosal is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Department of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her research interests include:

• Treatment adherence
• Health behavior change (smoking, diet, physical activity)
• Stress
• Women’s health
• Minority health
• Adjustment to chronic illness
• Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease prevention
• Diabetes self-management
• Mood and anxiety disorders

Elliot Sternthal, MD

Elliot Sternthal, MD, a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Canada, completed an endocrinology and metabolism fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA. He is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology.

Dr. Sternthal was in private practice of endocrinology for 13 years before joining the Joslin Clinic as a senior physician in 1994. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Dr. Sternthal was fellowship coordinator at Joslin from 1994-1999. He was an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and has participated in many continuing medical education programs. His areas of interest are the progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes, postprandial hyperglycemia, insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome.

In July 2000, Dr. Sternthal joined the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition at Boston Medical Center as Clinical Director of Diabetes Services. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. His objective is maintaining an integrated approach to care of diabetic patients on the inpatient and outpatient services. He maintains a very busy clinical practice restricted to diabetes. He also is very committed to teaching medical students, residents, and fellows as well as continuing his involvement with continuing medical education programs and clinical research.

Charlie Williams, MD

Dr. Williams is Director of Ambulatory Services and Medical Director of the Family Medicine Department at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. His teaching interests include practice management and quality improvement, and interviewing skills. He coordinates our Evidence-Based Medicine Series. A graduate of University of Wisconsin - Madison (B.S. - Bioethics 1990, M.D. 1994) and the Brown Practice Medicine residency program, Dr. Williams comes to Boston Medical Center with research experience in Medical Ethics. He is a member of the American Board Family Practice, the American Academy of Family Physicians, Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the CARE study group. He spends all of his spare time with his family with whom he enjoys playing French horn, participating in quasi-competitive sailing, and working on his house.













This project was made possible through a grant from the Physicians' Foundation for Health Systems Excellence and is supported in part by unrestricted educational grants from Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, The Olympus Medical Charitable Foundation, and Beckman Coulter. Copyright 2007-2010 Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine.

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