Lynne Stevens Memorial Program

About Us

Lynne Stevens was the Director of the Responding to Violence Against Women Program, and an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Lynne was a clinical social worker who was a tireless advocate as well as clinician and researcher in the field of improving health care’s response to women experiencing violence. She specialized in evaluation of the quality of care offered in medical settings to women impacted by partner and sexual violence  and died in 2009 at the age of 63. Working with such groups as the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), she developed and implemented programs in many countries, including Nepal, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Armenia. Educational materials that she developed for program developers and staff have been widely distributed by UNFPA, the CDC, and state anti-violence programs, and been translated into a variety of languages.

On moving to Boston University in 2005, she championed the integration into medical settings of programs responsive to victims of violence. She led initiatives evaluating and strengthening services for victims of violence in a variety of settings, including the Family Medicine Department’s Ambulatory Care Clinic and other Department practices, Manet Community Health Center, and Boston University’s student health services, and dental clinics. Lynne maintained active and substantial community commitments, supporting programs offering free yoga for women with issues of poverty, homeless, domestic violence or  substance abuse histories. She also served as a member of the boards of directors of several domestic violence organizations in New York State and in Boston  where she became Vice-President of the Board of Casa Myrna Vasquez.

To keep Lynne’s voice and work alive for us, the Family Medicine Dept started a dedicated annual Grand Rounds, inviting a speaker to remind, instruct and inspire us to improve the care we provide to the women who were her life work.. Thanks to a generous donation in Lynne’s memory, our ambitions expanded to include providing the kind of lovely lunch that she always offered her friends and inviting some of the wider community of service providers and coalitions that Lynne participated in across the campus and city.

An additional exciting development was the establishment of a grant program for a research or practice improvement project. Funded in 2011 for to provide annual $5000 grants for 5 years or the life of the fund,  the focus is on evaluating, studying and improving care for women who experience partner and sexual violence receiving care in any of the hospitals, student health services and community health centers affiliated with Boston Medical Center or Boston University. This is a University-wide program, so that all faculty, staff, trainees and students of the University and affiliated services are eligible to apply if they receive endorsement by clinicians regarding clinical relevance.  Like Lynne, we want to make sure that what we do makes a difference.

The BUSM Medical Education Office is Seeking Clinical Faculty to Join the Inaugural Cohort of BUSM’s Academy of Medical Educators


To: BUSM Faculty
From: Priya Garg, MD, Associate Dean of Medical Education
Date: March 21, 2019
Re: Academy of Medical Educators (AMEs)

The BUSM Medical Education Office is seeking clinical faculty to join the inaugural cohort of BUSM's Academy of Medical Educators (AMEs) to serve as core faculty in the re-designed M1 and M2 doctoring courses. The course design is primarily case-based small groups, standardized patients and skills training.

After required faculty development, AMEs will teach communication, physical exam and clinical reasoning skills and advise students in cohorts of 8, and observe mid- and end-of-year assessments one afternoon per week throughout the academic year, covering the full scope of practice students need to enter the clinical phase of the curriculum.

Academy Educators will be hired for 10% FTE starting July 1, 2019 at the rate of $170k for instructors/assistant $180k for associate, and $190k for full professors plus fringe. Ideal applicants are MD or equivalent faculty who are passionate about clinical medicine, teaching and mentoring students and supporting their professional development. Applicants should have experience teaching and mentoring medical students.

If interested, please send your CV and a statement describing your interest and experience in the teaching required for this role to Ms. Rebecca Halley at by Monday, April 1.

BMC Cancer Care Center




 Please see below a letter from Bod David, the manager of Cancer Support Systems to BMC Social Workers to remind us all of the Cancer Support Programs BMC offers. Also please see the flyer that was attached. 

Bereavement Gp Flyer

Hello BMC Social Workers,

This is a reminder that the Cancer Support Programs office is offering free ongoing Bereavement Groups for patients and staff who have lost someone to cancer or other long-term or chronic illness. Please keep in mind when deaths occur amongst your patients (and family of fellow staff).

 They are generally offered to bereaved family members 6 weeks to 13 months after the loss occurs. Minimum suggested participation is 4-8 weeks. Registration is required. There is a Monday 10:00-11:30am group and a Thursday 6:00-7:30pm group. Once a group is established, it closes to newcomers for several weeks, then reopens. Currently, the Thursday group is open; the Monday group will start again when there are enough requests.

 Attached is a sheet with the info. Please feel free to copy and distribute as is appropriate.



  Bob David

Manager, Cancer Support Programs

Boston Medical Center

FGH Building, 2nd Floor

820 Harrison Avenue

Boston, MA 02118

Tel. 617-638-7540

Fax  617-638-8512 


Take advantage of BU’s Institutional Membership with the NCFDD






Dear Colleagues,

Last year, Boston University joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) for a pilot year. The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. I write now to remind those of you who have not yet taken advantage of our institutional membership that you can still join (details below).

Our institutional membership provides access to all Boston University faculty, postdocs, and graduate students to utilize the NCFDD’s broad range of online virtual programs and resources.

For example, this semester’s remaining webinars are:

Daily Writing for Academic Scientists
2/6/2019 (Wednesday)
Alice Pawley, PhD
Associate Professor
Purdue University

How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities
2/14/2019 (Thursday)
Joy Gaston Gayles, PhD
North Carolina State University

How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice
3/14/2019 (Thursday)
Rosemarie Roberts, PhD
Associate Professor
Connecticut College

How to Craft and Submit a Winning Book Proposal in 4 Weeks
3/19/2019 - 4/9/2019 (Tuesdays)
Badia Ahad, PhD
Associate Professor
Loyola University Chicago

Mastering Academic Time Management
4/11/2019 (Thursday)
Anthony Ocampo, PhD
Associate Professor
California Polytechnic University, Pomona

Additional resources include:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Access to Multi-Week Courses
  • Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, & moderated writing challenges
  • Monthly accountability buddy matches
  • Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges
  • Access to the Member Library, which includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings

To unlock your free Institutional Membership, please complete the following steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Choose your institution from the drop-down menu
  3. Select “Activate my Membership”
  4. Complete the registration form using your institutional email address (that e-mail address must include
  5. Go to your institution email to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click “Activate Account” in the email.

During our trial year, we will monitor the extent to which this membership has been utilized. At the end of the year, we will solicit feedback about the usefulness of the NCFDD’s resources for BU faculty, graduate students, and postdocs and, through your comments, determine whether or not to continue our institutional membership.

If you have any questions about the membership, please feel free to contact me directly at Any technical questions, meanwhile, may be directed to NCFDD via email at


Crystal A. Williams
Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion
Professor of English


Clinical Pharmacy Specialists

•       Chronic disease management

•       Medication therapy management (MTM)

•       Device teaching

•       Drug information consults


Brian Kopcza


Brian is a board certified ambulatory care clinical pharmacy specialist and certified diabetes educator. He is available for consults/visits Monday through Friday in Family Medicine. He completed a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at the University of Washington Medicine at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Special interests include diabetes management, asthma/COPD, transitions of care, patient counseling, and mentoring. Outside of work he enjoys traveling, learning about cultures and good food.



Melanie Greer

(PGY2 Ambulatory Care Resident)

Melanie is the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident at BMC. She received her doctorate from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2017 and completed her Community Pharmacy PGY1 residency at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. In her spare time, she likes to travel, be outside, spend time with family and friends and try new foods.

Complex Care Management Clinical Pharmacist

·         Medication management
(adherence, access, transitions of care, med regimen optimization)

·         Able to perform home visits and clinic visits

·         Part of the embedded CCM team to work with top utilizers in BACO


Kyle Bertram

Kyle is a board certified ambulatory care clinical pharmacy specialist, focused on Complex Care Management (CCM) for Family Medicine. His focus is medication management for the top 2% of MassHealth utilizers in the BMCHP ACO (BACO).  He works with the embedded CCM team to see patients at home, in temporary housing/shelters, or can also hold clinic appointments.  He completed a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at Grady Health System in downtown Atlanta, GA.  Special interests include lipid management, diabetes mellitus, health literacy, and patient education.  Outside of work, he enjoys the beach, traveling, and cooking.



Medication Refill Pharmacist

·         Review, approve and send refills to pharmacies


Gregory Mainella

Gregory is an outpatient pharmacist that is part of the Medication Refill Center Team for GIM. He received his doctorate from MCPHS University and started working as a floater for a Supermarket/Pharmacy chain after graduation. He joined team BMC as a Yawkey Outpatient Pharmacist and later transitioned into his current role last year. Special interest include pharmacy regulation for which he is certified in. He has a twin and an older brother, both of which are nurses currently going to school to become NPs.





·         Direct pharmacy support for patients and providers

·         Prior Authorizations

·         Dispill, Medication refill synchronization

Kayla Blanche

Kayla is the pharmacy care liaison for Family Medicine. The pharmacy liaison acts as a link between the outpatient pharmacy, patient, insurance company, and clinic by resolving prescription related issues and offering services that promote medication adherence. Kayla came to us from Rite Aid pharmacy where she worked for about 4 years, before joining the BMC team in May 2014. Kayla just became a mom to a beautiful baby girl and on her spare time enjoys spending time with her family.



Anita Palanukorn

Anita is a pharmacy patient liaison in the Shapiro Specialty Pharmacy team. The pharmacy patient liaison acts as a link between the outpatient pharmacy, patient, insurance company, and clinic by resolving prescription related issues and offering services that promote medication adherence. Anita came from a retail pharmacy where she worked for about 2 years, before joining the BMC team in May 2018. Outside of work, Anita enjoys hiking throughout New England, bird-watching, reading, and visiting family in Thailand.




Pharmacy Management

Sonia Alva

Sonia is the manager of ACO/CCM and ambulatory clinical pharmacy.  Special interests include diabetes management, complex care management, population management, practice transformation and integrated health.  She is proficient in Spanish and speaks conversational Portuguese.  Sonia enjoys spending time with her family, learning about people, cultures and traveling to new places.


Leandra Battisti

Leandra is the Manager of Specialty Pharmacy Operations and Project Management at BMC. She currently oversees the GIM HCV program, GIM liaisons, and the Medication Refill Center, amongst other Specialty Programs at BMC. She graduated from Northeastern in 2009 and started at BMC in February of 2013, beginning in Shapiro Pharmacy. She previously worked in GIM as a clinical pharmacist for the HCV treatment program for almost 2 years before recently transitioning to management. Special interests include HCV and addiction.


Joseph Falinski

Joseph P. Falinski, Pharm.D., is the Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Boston Medical Center, managing all personnel and operations in the development of enhanced ambulatory pharmacy services. Prior to BMC, he was a clinical pharmacist managing chronic disease patients at Cambridge Health Alliance, a referral-based primary care service in Cambridge, MA. He earned his Pharm.D. from Northeastern University, where he also completed his residency in 2012 with a focus on ambulatory care and teaching with Harbor Health Services in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.  He has worked with Health Volunteers Overseas in Kampala, Uganda to help implement best practices at the Mulago National Referral Hospital and Makerere University School of Pharmacy. His interests include population health, policy improvement, and incorporating pharmacists into team-based primary care practices.

Congratulations to Paula Gardiner and her co-authors in the DFM!

Congratulations to Paula Gardiner and her co-authors in the DFM -- Katherine Gergen Barnett, Brian Penti,  Rob Saper,  Pam Adelstein, Ivy Brackup, Christine Farrell-Riley, Lance Laird, and Suzanne Mitchell – for publication of their important article article “Design of the integrative medical group visits randomized control trial for underserved patients with chronic pain and depression” that was published in Contemporary Clinical Trials.

Click the link provided to read the full provider: Published IMGV RCT Methods Paper.

Congratulations to Jeff Markuns, MD, MEd for getting his article “Development and validation of the Vietnamese primary care assessment tool”published!


“Congratulations to Jeff Markuns MD MEd for publication of the important article “Development and validation of the Vietnamese primary care assessment tool” in which he and his colleagues adapted the PCAT Primary Care Assessment Tool for Vietnam.   This work will allow formal assessment of the rapidly growing family medicine sector within Vietnam that Jeff and his team have been so involved with for many years.

Click here to read the full article!

Boston Student Selected for Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Jin is one of 30 Participants

Jin HelenBoston, MA- Helen Jin is one of just 30 scholarship winners nationwide selected to participate in he Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. Jin is a 4th year medical student at Boston University. As a scholarship winner, Md. Jin will participate in a year-long leadership development program.

The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute is a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. It is funded by family physician donors and aims to identify and train Family Medicine residents and medical students who have leadership potential, but may not yet have served in a major leadership role.


Click here to read the full story.

Family Physician Named as new BUSM Dean of Admissions

Kristin goodellI am pleased to announce the appointment of Kristen H. Goodell, MD, as Assistant Dean for Admissions at BUSM, effective Sept. 5. Dr. Goodell will become Associate Dean of Admissions upon Dr. Robert Witzberg's previously announced retirement (after 16 years in that role) on June 30, 2018.


In addition to her role in Admissions, Dr. Goodell will be an Assistant Professor of family medicine and an attending physician in family medicine at Boston Medical Center.


Dr. Goodell has served on Harvard Medical School's Admissions Committee since 2014. She also serves as Director of Medical Education and Co-Director of the Harvard Home for Family Medicine in Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care. In this role, she has developed and implemented educational programs in primary care and family medicine including the creation of new courses at all levels of medical education; from medical students through CME, with a particular focus on clinical skills, information mastery, and interprofessional education. Throughout her career Dr. Goodell has served as a mentor for medical students, particularly during points of career transition, as well as serving as faculty advisor for student organizations and committees. In addition, Dr. Goodell has served as the School Physician for the City of Medford since 2008 and a family physician at Winchester Physician Associates since 2007.


Dr. Goodell received her bachelor's degree from Colby College and her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed a residency in family medicine from the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency Program and a Tufts Master Teacher Fellowship from Tufts University School of Medicine.


Dr. Goodell is Chair of the national Council on Graduate Medical Education and Co-Chair of the Leadership Development Task Force of the Council on Academic Family Medicine. She is an ad hoc reviewer for the journals Academic Medicine, Family Medicine and Annals of Family Medicine. Dr. Goodell also served as a faculty consultant on medical education for the USAID-funded Health Advancement in Vietnam, and worked to address the oral health competency gap in primary care training with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).


Dr. Goodell shares our dedication to the comprehensive and holistic admissions model and I am confident she will maintain and expand the successful, nationally respected program Dr. Witzburg has established. We will always be deeply committed to selecting and recruiting an exceptional and diverse student body.


I would like to thank the members of the committee for their work in developing a strong candidate pool and for their time for interviews and thoughtful discussion.


Please join me in welcoming Dr. Goodell to the BUSM and BU Medical Campus community