Suzanne McLaughlin, MD, MSc
Suzanne McLaughlin is the Program Director for the Med-Peds residency. She received her undergraduate degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. Work in prenatal care at People’s Community Health Center and prenatal genetics at Johns Hopkins Hospital led her to a Masters in Maternal and Child Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and her MD from the University of Connecticut. She completed Med-Peds residency training here at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals, and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Her clinical research interests are in health care transition and primary care, supported by the Picker Institute, Gold Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is part of the Cancer Survivorship Transition team and national consortiums on transition care. She’s a recipient of the 2014 Department of Medicine Beckwith Teaching award and the 2020 ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award.
She’s happiest working with patients and residents (virtual visits have been a stretch!) and hiking, kayaking or wandering with her 4 kids, dog Mack and husband Martin.
Associate Program Director
Sybil Cineas, MD
Dr. Cineas is the Associate Program Director for the Med/Peds Residency. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Medical School. She completed her Med/Peds residency at the Harvard Combined Program (BWH/Children’s Hospital/MGH). She joined the faculty in 1999 and has been an advisor and mentor to many classes of Brown Med/Peds residents. She oversees the Med/Peds ambulatory experience for the residents including the curriculum, a focused Enhanced Primary Care Rotation (E-PCR) for second year residents, and Med/Peds focused block rotations. She also enjoys working with and mentoring medical students. Dr. Cineas serves as a Career in Medicine faculty advisor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is currently an Assistant Director for the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) as part of the medical school’s new Primary Care-Population Medicine track. She is active in the National Med/Peds Program Directors Association – where she has presented her piloted Enhanced Primary Care curriculum. Dr. Cineas is the recipient of multiple teaching awards including the 2011 Department of Medicine Beckwith Family Teaching award. Since 1999, Dr. Cineas has been a regular volunteer at the Rhode Island Free Clinic and serves on the clinic’s Medical Advisory Committee. Dr. Cineas serves on the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs Advisory Group and is an advisor to the Brown Minority House Staff Association (BMHA). She also has a strong interest in international health and has participated in clinical experiences in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Armenia.
Amina was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and immigrated to the US at the age of 9-months-old. She loves helping others and has been working in health care for over 25 years, with experiences in residency coordination, Public Health research coordination, GME, and within the department of Cardiology. Amina and her two daughters, have served as standardized patients at Brown’s medical school for over 10 years. She thoroughly enjoys summertime and loves spending time with family and close friends. She’s also committed to her 6am morning workouts with Providence Fit Body Boot Camp. In her free time, you can find her baking cakes and cookies from scratch, relaxing on the many beaches of Rhode Island, and listening to Spanish music. Her husband is a chef by trade and, as a family, they love hosting dinner parties and cookouts.
Amina’s fun facts are that she shares a birthday with the Colombian pop singer, Shakira, and Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog in PA! She is excited to be working with Med-Peds faculty and looks forward to getting to know and assisting residents in their graduate medical education and training.