Kristen Anderson, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics

Justin Berk, MD, MBA, MPH

Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Medicine and Pediatrics

Sybil Cineas, MD

Associate Professor (Clinical) of Medicine and Pediatrics Associate Professor of Medical Science

Michelle Forcier, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine

Nicholas Grumbach, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Matt Lorenz, MD

Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Medicine and Pediatrics

Suzanne McLaughlin, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Elizabeth Toll, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Erica J. Hardy, MD, MA, MMSc

Clinical Assistant Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics

Robin Kremsdorf, MD

Clinical Instructor in Medicine and Pediatrics

Jerry Larkin, MD

Associate Professor (Clinical) of Medicine and Pediatrics

Natasha Rybak, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH

Rhode Island State Health Director
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Kristen Anderson, MD

Position: Clinical Assistant Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics

Dr. Anderson has a baccalaureate of arts in Anthropology from Skidmore College and is an AOA inductee through Albany Medical College. While a resident at Brown, she conceived and founded the Young Doctors Club and undertook research in program development promoting healthy eating. She provides direct care and precepting in Med-Peds clinic as well as supporting resident advocacy and continuing in her own role as CEO of FIT Club for Kids (Teachfitclub.org). She has authored curriculum on health policy and practice management with an ongoing commitment to didactic teaching

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Justin Berk, MD, MBA, MPH

Position: Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Medicine and Pediatrics

Justin Berk is a member of the core faculty of the Brown Med-Peds program and is a clinic preceptor. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins with a focus on urban health primary care. He completed his undergraduate and MPH at Yale and his MD/MBA at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He has a passion for primary care, addiction medicine, and medical education. He is a producer of the Internal Medicine podcast, “The Curbsiders.”

Justin was born in Tennessee, raised in Texas, will always love Baltimore, and is grateful for his new home in Rhode Island. Justin enjoys spending time at coffee shops, running short distances, thinking about hiking, and sharing an office with the incredibly delightful Matt Lorenz

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Sybil Cineas, MD

Position: Associate Professor (Clinical) of Medicine and Pediatrics Associate Professor of Medical Science

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. http://news.brown.edu/features/2011/05/haiti

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Michelle Forcier, MD

Position: Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Forcier is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellow with an MPH from the University of North Carolina. She was awarded a Brown University Dean’s Teaching Award in 2012. She precepts in the MPPCC, offering residents added exposure to content on LGBTQ care, sexual health and reproductive health, including training opportunities in long-acting reversible contraceptives such as IUDs and Implanon. She is co-PI on a GME grant to enhance resident curriculum on LGBTQ care, and provides consultative care for transgender issues.

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Nicholas Grumbach, MD

Position: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Dr. Grumbach is a graduate and former chief resident of the Medicine/Pediatrics Residency at Brown. He received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where he was raised. He has had various jobs, including working on a whale watching boat in Bar Harbor, ME and as a ski instructor in Vail, CO. He practices at Anchor Medical Associates in Warwick, RI and he has been precepting in the MPPCC since he completed his residency, where he also sees his own panel of patients. He volunteers regularly at Amos House in Providence. He has three children, all native Rhode Islanders and is one of a growing number of Medicine/Pediatrics-trained clinician-educators in practice in Rhode Island. Nick is a recipient of the Alpert Medical School’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and a board member of Anchor Medical Associates.

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Matt Lorenz, MD

Position: Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Medicine and Pediatrics

Matt is a clinic preceptor at the Medicine-Pediatrics Primary Care Center and a teaching hospitalist at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He studied mathematics as an undergraduate and attended medical school both at the University of Tennessee. As a med-peds resident at Brown (Class of 2019), he completed the Clinician Educator Track and BRIGHT (Brown Residency International Global Health Training) pathway. He is passionate about medical education, refugee health, and narrative medicine. Matt loves playing the guitar, hiking, traveling, and getting the best of his office-mate, Justin Berk.

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Suzanne McLaughlin, MD, MSc

Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Suzanne McLaughlin is the Program Director for the Med/Peds residency. She received her undergraduate degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. After working in prenatal care at People’s Community Health Center and prenatal cytogenetics at Johns Hopkins, she received her 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 care delivery in primary care settings, her work has been supported by the Picker Institute, Gold Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She collaborates with the National Health Care Transition Research Consortium and is an Academic Pediatric Association Educational Scholar. She received the 2014 Department of Medicine Beckwith Family Teaching award and is the physician-champion for our clinic’s grant supported Patient Centered Medical Home initiative.

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Elizabeth Toll, MD

Position: Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Inspired by her experience teaching high school, Dr. Toll decided to pursue a medical career caring for children, adults, and families. She completed her medical degree and residency at the University of Rochester and then worked for four years in the San Francisco Bay area with a family practice group. Upon settling in Providence in 1996, she initially worked in the city’s community health centers. She joined the Brown Medicine/Pediatrics program in 1997 and helped to found our clinic, the Medicine/Pediatrics Primary Care Center, in 1998. Since then, she has worked in the clinic combining a clinical practice with teaching. She enjoys the diversity of ages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds our patients bring to us. Her interests include improving diabetes care through informatics, developing a refugee health program, and integrating mental health care in the primary care setting. During the remainder of her time, Dr. Toll is mom to three kids and finds the combination of mothering and doctoring to be one of great synergy. She was honored in 2009 with the Department of Medicine’s Beckwith Teaching Award. She has grants through the GME and the Rhode Island Foundation for her research in resident education in providing mental health care in primary care settings.

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Erica J. Hardy, MD, MA, MMSc

Position: Clinical Assistant Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics

Dr. Hardy is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and infectious diseases, having completed her MedPeds training here at Brown, and her infectious disease fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She currently practices infectious disease and obstetric medicine at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI, where she is the Associate Director of Women’s Infectious Disease Consultation Services. Dr. Hardy’s research and clinical interests include infectious disease issues in obstetric and gynecologic patients, including congenital infection, complicated sexually transmitted infections, as well as outcomes, post-exposure prophylaxis and follow-up care of sexual assault survivors.

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Robin Kremsdorf, MD

Position: Clinical Instructor in Medicine and Pediatrics

Robin Kremsdorf, Associate Program Director of the Pediatric residency, completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (Go Tribe!), followed by residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Chidren’s Hospital/University Hospitals of Cleveland.  After residency, Robin spent 2 years moonlighting as a pediatric hospitalist and a home-visit doctor, and also raising her daughter.  She returned to her native West Coast to complete nephrology fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  During fellowship, Robin conducted clinical research relating to chronic kidney disease/ mineral bone disorder, completed epidemiology coursework at the University of Washington, and had another daughter.

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Jerry Larkin, MD

Position: Associate Professor (Clinical) of Medicine and Pediatrics

Dr. Larkin is an infectious disease physician here at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. After completing his residency and chief resident year at Baystate, he went to Dartmouth to complete fellowship training. He is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics as well as adult infectious disease. He then moved to Rhode Island where he is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and co-director of the pediatric HIV Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Dr. Larkin has received numerous awards for teaching including multiple Dean’s Teach Awards from Brown University. He has authored multiple publications and book chapters including articles on ticks, tick-related illnesses and Lyme disease in children and pregnant women. He is actively involved in advising for students, residents and fellows

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Natasha Rybak, MD

Position: Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Natasha Rybak, MD trained in the field of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  She then joined the Division of Infectious Diseases in July 2016 as an attending in adult and pediatric infectious diseases at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Rybak received her medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University as part of the Brown-Dartmouth medical program in 2007. She then stayed on at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University to complete her residency in Combined Medicine and Pediatrics in 2011 followed by Fellowship in Combined Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, which she completed in 2016. Dr. Rybak’s clinical and research interests are in global health with a specific interest in tuberculosis (TB), HIV and TB, and multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis among adults and children in Eastern Europe. She helped to create the Brown University Ukraine Collaboration, a global health initiative program at Brown University to address these issues of TB, TB/HIV co-infection and MDR-TB in Ukraine. She will also serve as the Medical Director of the RISE TB Clinic.

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Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH

Position: Rhode Island State Health Director

Dr. Alexander-Scott completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University Hospital at Stony Brook and then proceeded to complete a combined adult and pediatric fellowship in infectious disease at Brown University. After completing her training, she came on as faculty in both adult and pediatric infectious disease departments. She has been active in teaching at Brown University as well as advising for residents and fellows at Lifespan. During her time in Rhode Island, Dr. Alexander-Scott also served as the medical director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis and an active medical consultant for the Division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the Rhode Island Department of Health. In 2015, Dr. Alexander-Scott took on her new role as the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.

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George Hardy, MD

Dr Hardy graduated from the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in 2005. He finished his med/peds residency in 2009 and followed this with a year as pediatric chief resident at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Since then he has been working in a med/peds private practice in Warwick, RI. He has 2 children and is married to a fellow med/peds graduate.

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Stephanie Tecun Favreau, MD

Dr. Tecun graduated from the Brown MedPeds program at Brown in 2013.  Born in Boston, she grew up in Guatemala and returned to Rhode Island at age 9.  Adapting to the Rhode Island mentality (driving more than 15 minutes was a long trip), she stayed in the state for all higher education including residency.  After graduation in 2013, she was a pediatric Chief Resident at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and in the summer of 2014, she transitioned to a primary care position in Warwick.  She enjoys being in the outdoors, reading & spending time with family and friends.