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Kara Nance, MD FACP is double board certified in both Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. Dr. Nance grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she graduated as valedictorian in 1992. After graduation, she attended Princeton University where she graduated with honors as a molecular biology major in 1996. Dr. Nance also concentrated in the neurosciences while at Princeton and did her senior thesis on the genetic basis of alcoholism which culminated in two published research papers in the journal, Nature Genetics. After Princeton, Dr. Nance attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where she graduated second in her class in 2000. Dr. Nance completed her internal medicine residency in 2003 at the University of Chicago and then came to the Northwest Chicago suburbs to practice primary care.
In 2011 Dr. Nance opened her current practice, WellessenceMD, with the objective of providing personalized care in a highly progressive environment. Dr. Nance strives to empower individuals to adopt lifestyle changes that can keep them well and limit the need for prescription medication or expensive medical treatments. Because we now live in a country where 1/3 of the population is obese and 2/3 are overweight, Dr. Nance embarked on an intensive study of nutrition and weight management, and passed the first American Board of Obesity Medicine exam in 2012.
Dr. Nance completed her certification to use Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the treatment of stress related disorders like depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia in 2016. She also uses Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Therapies (MB-EAT) in her weight management programs, and became the Chief Medical Officer for Claritas Mindsciences in 2015. Since joining the company, Dr. Nance has combined her talents with Dr. Judson Brewer’s to develop a novel digital health app called Eat Right Now which enables patients to control their disordered eating behaviors and cravings through mindfulness techniques and the support of an on-line community. TedMed
Because of her multi-disciplinary approach, Dr. Nance sees incredible success in her weight management patients. Dr. Nance is a true student of wellbeing and also offers personalized coaching services for individuals looking to improve their lives in a wide variety of personal and professional domains. She also enjoys public speaking and is happy to speak at your next event on a wide variety of health and wellness topics.
Dr. Noronha was born and raised in Rochester, NY. He attended Boston University for his undergraduate and medical school training. He stayed at Boston University for his internal medicine residency and chief residency. After chief residency he accepted a position at Boston Medical Center as a medical educator splitting his inpatient time between primary care and inpatient ward attending. Dr. Noronha was the director medicine consult service including being the clinic director for the Boston Medical Center Pre-procedure clinic for several years. Dr. Noronha is currently an associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Boston University School of Medicine. He has served on Association for Program Directors in Internal Medicine E-Learning and Communication Committees. Dr. Noronha is the Director for Quality Improvement Education at Boston Medical Center. He directs the quality improvement curriculum for the residency and leads the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) pathway. He also directed the ambulatory curriculum for the residency program.
Dr. Noronha’s academic work focuses on career preparation, residency scheduling and quality improvement. He has presented several national workshops on subjects including fellowship and job preparation, trainee professionalism, ambulatory curriculum, and residency scheduling systems. Dr. Noronha acts as a mentor for medical students and residents. While he has a great appreciation for academic medicine, he believes strongly that each trainee should choose a career path that best fits with their individual values and goals. He takes pride in seeing his mentees move on to a variety of fields and areas of practice.
In his free time Dr. Noronha enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 young daughters. He is an amateur aquarium enthusiast, enjoys exercising, and is still an avid Buffalo Bills fan despite decades of futility.
Jess Zeidman, MD is the Associate Program Director for Subspecialty Training at the Internal Medicine Residency at The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), as well as a primary care provider at The MGH Chelsea Healthcare Center. She completed her medical school training in 2009 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and after completing her Internal Medicine Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012 was the Ambulatory Chief Resident for the program. Following her training she was the Chelsea Site Director at the Crimson Care Clinic, a student-faculty partnership clinic at the Chelsea Healthcare Center, and subsequently worked as the Resident Education Coordinator for the MGH Internal Medicine Residency Community Health Centers, developing a rotation to support the full integration of residents into community based health centers caring for vulnerable communities. Last year she wrapped up work as the Resident Experience Champion of the Academic Innovations Collaborative (AIC), an initiative to support transformation to patient centered medical homes and improve the primary care educational experience across over 20 practices in the Boston area. In her current role as Associate Program Director she oversees all electives at the MGH Internal Medicine Residency, precepts residents in their primary care clinic at Chelsea Healthcare Center, attends on the inpatient wards as a general medicine attending, and teaches in the MGH Ambulatory Curriculum.
Karen attended both undergraduate and medical school at the University of California, San Diego. Knowing that she wanted a career in primary care, she chose her residency at the University of Colorado, Denver based on their excellent primary care internal medicine residency program. After completing her residency, she was chosen as the chief resident and then joined faculty in 2000.
She joined the educational group at the University of Colorado early in her career as an associate program director, and she transitioned into the program director role for the primary care internal medicine residency in 2006. In that role, she has led several curricular changes including the implementation of an HIV track, oversight of the development of a new student run free clinic with the help of one of her residents, maintained a dynamic curriculum, and even involved the clinical rotations to keep up with the changing landscape of primary care. She has mentored well over 100 residents who have gone onto successful primary care careers, and career development and guidance remain one of her passions to this today.
Karen is currently on the national APDIM (Association of program directors in internal medicine) Council, works with the national APDIM survey committee, is on the SGIM program planning committee for the upcoming year, and her medical education interests lie in residency curriculum design and administration, evaluation and development for trainees, and ambulatory curriculum and outpatient medical care.
Stacy Higgins, MD is the Director of the Primary Care Residency Track of the Internal Medicine residency program at Emory University, the Director of the Women’s Health Clinic at the Primary Care Center of Grady Hospital, and the Director of the Emory Resident Clinic at the International Medical Center at Grady Hospital. She also serves as co-chair of the SGIM Education Committee, is a member of the Georgia ACP Education Committee, and is a member of the AAIM Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She completed medical school at Weill Cornell Medical School and internal medicine residency and chief residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
Kerri Palamara, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She completed her medical school degree at New York Medical College and Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After graduation, she served as the Ambulatory Chief Resident at MGH and then joined the MGH Residency Training Program as an Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Training, where she now directs the Primary Care Residency Training Program. Her academic work focuses on professional development coaching of physicians, faculty development, physician burnout and resilience, and innovating ambulatory education. Dr. Palamara created, directs and participates in the Professional Development Coaching Program for Internal Medicine residents at MGH, which was designed to improve resident awareness of their growth and development, reduce burnout, encourage residents to become lifelong learners, and improve their resiliency. She also directs the MGH DGIM Faculty Coaching Program and is currently designing a coaching program for medicine and pediatrics subspecialty fellows. The MGH coaching program has expanded nationally to eighteen residency programs and Dr. Palamara is actively involved in onboarding, evaluating, and sustaining these programs. Dr. Palamara is engaged in quantitative research of these coaching programs and has developed and run faculty development workshops nationally on this topic. She is a member of the AAIM and SGIM Education Committees and has won teaching awards at MGH and the David E. Rogers Junior Faculty Workshop Award through SGIM.
Dr. Lo is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Internal Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine and an Ambulatory Care Staff Physician at the Malcolm Randall VAMC in Gainesville, FL. In addition to her role as an Residency Associate Program Director at UF, Margaret currently serves as Director of its Primary Care Track and Program Co-Director for the VA Chief Resident of Quality Safety. As a GIM faculty and clinician educator, Dr. Lo has championed for innovations in residency ambulatory education and cultivation of residents’ interest in general internal medicine/primary care. Her career has been focused on optimizing the quality of ambulatory education, both for residents and faculty. She has presented and published residency curricular innovations on team-based ambulatory learning and quality improvement in chronic disease management, particularly in diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Ishani Ganguli MD, MPH is a physician and health services researcher at Brigham and Women’s Division of General Internal Medicine and Harvard Medical School. She studies how patients and physicians make medical decisions. Prior to this work, Ganguli led patient engagement initiatives at Massachusetts General Hospital around video-based patient education and patient-reported outcome measures. In addition, she practices internal medicine/primary care and writes about health care for The Boston Globe, Reuters, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications. She is an associate faculty member at Ariadne Labs, a contributing editor at the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and a reviewer for Health News Review.