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Residency Administration/Core Faculty

Program Director:
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Dr. Scott Kopec was born in Passaic, New Jersey, and graduated college from Boston University.  He then graduated from Rush Medical School in Chicago in 1989, and after completing his Internal Medicine Internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1990, he served as the Medical Office on the USS Nashville during Operation Desert Storm.

Upon completion of his military service, Dr. Kopec joined the UMass family to complete his Internal Medicine residency, followed by a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship.  

Scott Kopec, MD
In 1997 he joined the UMass faculty, and following his dream of being a teacher, he joined the Internal Medicine Residency Program as an Associate Program Director in 2003. In 2009, Dr. Kopec added the duties of the Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship. After serving as an Associate Program Director for 15 years, Dr. Kopec took over as the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Scott likes spending time outdoors hiking, fly fishing, running, snow shoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, and doing nature photography. He especially likes spending time with his wife and 3 daughters at their camp on Moosehead Lake in northern Maine. He is pleased to announce that he survived his second climb up Katahdin in Baxter State Park this past summer.
Associate Program Directors:
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Dr Cullinane grew up in Canton, MA. She attended Stonehill College in Easton, MA, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. She worked in several university labs before attending Boston University School of Medicine. 

She left Massachusetts for her residency training at the University of Pittsburgh. She returned to BU for a General Internal Medicine Fellowship.  She has been here at UMass Memorial Healthcare since she completed her fellowship. She is a primary care physician who still see inpatients.

Paula M. Cullinane MD, MPH (General Internal Medicine)  

Her present roles are Associate Program Director, Tatnuck firm chief, Site Director for the Memorial campus, recruiter of continuity clinic providers, & residency recruitment leader. She is married and has one son.  He is off to college this year- so she is an empty nester! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, knitting, and being outdoors.


Dr. Donahue grew up in Lynn, MA and got her undergraduate degree in biology and religion at Williams College. She volunteered in a health clinic in Tamil Nadu before attending University of Massachusetts for medical school and residency.

After serving a year as chief resident, she joined the Division of General Medicine for two years as a primary care physician. She then joined the Division of Hospital Medicine as a nocturnist, later transitioning to more daytime roles. 

Christie Donahue, MD (Hospital Medicine)  

Her clinical interests include perioperative medicine and anticoagulation. She gets the most joy out of working with learners at all stages of their education. Outside of the hospital Dr. Donahue likes travel, music, Zumba & spending time with her resource-guarding dog as well as the rest of her family.

Garcia.jpg Dr. Garcia was born and raised in Puerto Rico within a military family and lived in various countries including Germany. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She completed internal medicine residency at Boston University Medical Center and obtained a master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts.  
Maria M. Garcia MD, MPH, FACP (Hospital Medicine)
She joined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and then UMass Memorial Medical Center as a Primary Care physician taking care of patients both in the outpatient and inpatient settings. She became an Associate Program Director in 2011. Her passion is serving as a clinician educator and working with residents interested in international clinical or research experiences. Outside of work, she enjoys dancing Salsa and Merengue, visiting England where her son attends a Pro-soccer training academy and traveling to New Zealand and Puerto Rico to visit family.

Dr. Murphy is a lifelong Massachusetts resident. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA as a Psychology/Pre-Med Major. She received her Medical Degree from Boston University School of Medicine. In 1995, she arrived at UMass for her internship and has not left. She completed her residency and Chief Residency here and developed her interest in and love for teaching. 

In 1999, she joined the Division of General Internal Medicine, where she continues to practice and precept in the Benedict Adult Primary Care Clinic. Dr. Murphy has been involved in ambulatory education since finishing her residency.

Elizabeth A. Murphy, MD, FACP  (General Internal Medicine)  

She completed the inaugural UMass Quality Scholars Faculty Development program in 2009 and developed a robust QI curriculum and training program for our IM residents. In 2015, she became an Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Training in the IM residency program and implemented the 4+1 scheduling/residency learning community structure we have today. In 2019, she achieved her career dream when she was asked to create and lead a new Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency at UMass! She is an avid sports and musical theater fan. She treasures time with her husband and two sons, traveling, and relaxing on Lake Winnisquam, NH with family and friends.

Assistant Program Director:
Philbin.jpg Mary Philbin, EdM is Director of Faculty Development for the department and Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency. For the Residency, Mary develops and coordinates curriculum and designs evaluations. She mentors faculty and Chief Residents, helping them improve their teaching skills and develop plans to support struggling learners. Mary also teaches in the Medical Education elective. She is Co-Director and faculty for a regional faculty development program called Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT). In the Medical School, she is “on call” as a small group facilitator for the 1st year medical student course, Doctoring and Clinical Skills, which she taught for fourteen years. She has a special interest in Health Literacy and clear communication with patients. Mary also does projects with the UMass simulation center, iCELS. Previously she was Director of the UMass Standardized Patient Program and a consultant to the National Board of Medical Education and the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Mary earned her undergraduate and Master of Education degrees at Harvard. Although not strictly part of her job, she is happy to teach/assess issues involving knitting, weaving and quilting, unless she is reading or busy in the garden.
Master Clinician Educators:

Cheeseman.jpg   Sarah H. Cheeseman, MD (Infectious Disease) Dr. Cheeseman grew up in Maryland but came to Massachusetts for college, graduating from Mount Holyoke in 1969. She had long known that she wanted to be a doctor (Infectious   Diseases no less), but valued a well-rounded education, hence her major in English literature with an honors thesis on the Old Norse sources of Beowulf. She went to Harvard Medical   School, where she finished the first year and then transferred   to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine to join her fiancé in grad school. She (and her husband) returned to Boston for her internship, residency, ID fellowship and research training at the Massachusetts General Hospital—and had twin girls in the process. She joined the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the University of Massachusetts in November 1978 and had another daughter four months later. She has been here ever since, with early involvement in both pediatric and adult infectious diseases. In the 1980s the arrival of the new disease AIDS seized her attention. She became involved in clinical studies of HIV infection and has had the pleasure of seeing it change from a death sentence to a treatable chronic disease. When Dr. Cheeseman ceased clinical work in December 2018, she handed off a panel that included patients living with AIDS for over 30 years. She continues to enjoy clinical inquiry, teaching, attending Morning Report, and working in the Medical Residency program--not to mention her six grandchildren, the oldest of whom started college and the youngest, kindergarten, in September 2019. And she sincerely hopes that everyone may find as much joy in their work and life as she has.

   Steven Hatch, MD (Infectious Disease) Dr. Hatch is an   Associate Professor of Medicine, working in the Division of   Infectious Diseases. He’s been involved in the IM residency   program since 2012. He also serves as the program director   for the Infectious Diseases fellowship. Career interests   involve teaching clinical medicine at all levels, writing about   medicine for the general public, and health in resource-   limited settings. He’s written three books about medicine and   is working on a fourth. In spare time, he likes to find a good restaurant, get on his bike, and play basketball, among other things. Dr. Hatch came to medicine as a second career after teaching English Literature and composition, and feels like the luckiest guy in the world for making that decision.



   Christine MacGinnis, DO (General Internal Medicine) Dr. MacGinnis grew up in Worcester and was born at UMass Memorial Healthcare, Memorial campus. She was a   high school softball standout and avid kick boxer until she ruptured her Achilles tendon. She attended Boston University and received a masters degree in Physical Therapy. After working two years as a physical therapist, she attended   University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine & then returned to Worcester for IM residency at UMass Memorial, Memorial campus. Her last year she served as one of the chief residents. Upon graduation she joined the Community Medical Group as a primary care physician working in outpatient and inpatient settings. She remains actively involved with teaching residents in both the clinic and the hospital. Dr. MacGinnis has a significant teaching presence in the medical school, where she serves as mentor, head of house and course director. In June 2019 she was honored to receive the Sara Stone award for medical education. She is married with 3 sons. She enjoys early morning workouts, all New England sports, and time spent with her family/friends/new puppy Pemi. If she wasn’t a physician, she thinks she may have been a prosecutor, which most of her family and friends attribute to her excessive love of Law and Order. She is however thrilled to be a physician and blessed to work with her talented colleagues as well as the gifted, dedicated residents and students that make up UMass Memorial Healthcare.

Veereddy.jpg   Prashant Veerreddy, MD, MPH, FACP (Hospital Medicine) Dr. Veerreddy grew up in India and graduated medical school from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India. After finishing medical school he moved to Dallas to   do his Masters in Public Health at University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Fort Worth, TX. After finishing up MPH he moved to Massachusetts for Internal Medicine residency at North Shore Medical Center. After living half of his life in a tropical climate he never thought he would end up staying the other half of his life loving the cold climate in Massachusetts. With an interest in academic medicine, after completing residency, he grabbed an opportunity to join the Hospital Medicine division here at University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 2006. Dr. Veerreddy focused his career on medical education. His clinical interests are in evidence-based medicine, POCUS (point of care ultrasound) in medicine, peri-operative medicine and end-of life care. Outside of medicine, he loves travelling, spending time with his family, gardening, and is a sports fanatic (cricket, football - both American Football & Soccer!).

Last in Master Clinician.jpg   Majid Yazdani, MD (Hospital Medicine) Dr. Yazdani grew up in lower New York State and came up to Boston University for his undergraduate education. At BU, he stayed on for his masters in medical sciences and then attended BU medical  school. He left Boston for his residency in internal medicine at University of Massachusetts. While working as an in-house doctor/intensivist at Deaconess Waltham hospital, an opportunity came up to return to University of Massachusetts   as one of the initial hospitalists on staff. He has been in the Division of Hospital Medicine ever since.
Dr. Yazdani has focused his career on medical education and working with learners at all levels of training. He is the director of the 4th year sub-internship in medicine. His clinical interests include peri-operative medicine and end of life care / palliative medicine. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his family and dog as well as getting into trouble working on various home improvement projects.
Primary Care Residency Track Leadership:

Elizabeth Murphy, MD (General Internal Medicine) Track Director

Laura Hallett, MD, M Ed Associate Track Director

Nancy Skehan, MD Associate Track Director

Med-Peds Program Director:

John Solomonides, MD

Site Director:

Richard Palken, MD & Jeeva Subramanian, MD Benedict Primary Care Site Directors

Andrew Siber, MD Tri-River Primary Care Site Director and Milford Hospital Site Director

Paula Cullinane, MD, MPH Memorial Site Director