Current Residents | Family Medicine/Preventive Medicine Residency | MedStar Health

Fourth-year combined family medicine and preventive medicine resident

Michael Harding

Michael Harding, M.D.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Brigham Young University

I grew up in Bethesda and am a proud Marylander. While I’ve always wanted to become a physician, it was during a two-year service mission to the West African nations of Togo and Benin that I became passionate about care of the underserved and public health.

After graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Public Health, I accepted a commission as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences for medical school. My position there was sponsored by the Indian Health Service, so upon completion of training, I will work in a hospital and/or clinic that serves American Indian/Alaska Native populations.

I chose the combined Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine Program at MedStar Franklin Square and Johns Hopkins because it will provide me opportunities to better understand social determinants of health, health disparities, and community-based interventions. This training will allow me to both provide excellent, patient-centered care as well as effect change on a larger level.

When I’m not working, I enjoy rock climbing, whitewater kayaking on the Potomac River, hiking, and playing guitar.

Third-year combined family medicine and preventive medicine resident

Stephen Kane, M.D.

Georgetown University School of Medicine
University of Maryland: College Park

I am so thankful for the opportunity to return to Franklin Square Family Health Center and serve its community. I was raised on a farm in Westminster, Maryland. Although physicianship is new to my family, compassion, empathy, and intentional listening were instilled in me throughout my childhood. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to attend University of Maryland: College Park for undergraduate studies in Physiology and Neurobiology. During this time, I became interested in health equity and understanding our communities' systemic causes of diseases. I continued this work during medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine- finding my passion for primary care during a 6 month rotation at Franklin Square Family Health Center- and finding my passion for advocacy with various population health, justice-involved health, and racial justice initiatives. I hope to learn from each and every patient during my time here and look forward to becoming a part of the Baltimore community.

Second-year combined family medicine and preventive medicine resident

Emmanuel Asenso

Emmanuel Asenso, D.O.

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

I am a first-generation, Ghanaian American, born and raised in Northern Virginia. I attended Virginia Tech and majored in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. There, I became passionate about the field of public health and health disparities, through my major and research with the Translational Obesity Behavioral Research Lab. As part of the lab, I planned, implemented and evaluated an 8-week, group dynamics-based healthy lifestyle program for racial minority students at my institution. These experiences led me to pursue my MPH at George Washington University during my gap year to learn more about attaining health equity, social determinants of health and program planning and evaluation. I then attended Rowan SOM for medical school where my love for primary care and preventive medicine grew. I was fortunate to serve as a leader in initiatives and clubs that aimed to address racial health disparities and support marginalized communities like SNMA, and co-founded IMPACT Week and The Black Collective. I was also a research intern at the Neuromusculoskeletal Institute at Rowan, where I was able to develop CME’s and toolkits as part of initiatives to reduce opioid overdose deaths in South Jersey. 

I spent a month at MedStar Franklin Square as a 4th year student and I am so ecstatic to return to serve the community and learn from the amazing faculty, residents, and patients. The combined program was an ideal fit for me because it will provide me with opportunities to strengthen my knowledge and skills to improve the health of marginalized communities. As a person who stutters, I am also passionate about improving the health and well-being of people with disabilities.

In my free time, you can find me watching sports and rooting for my DC teams, playing basketball, listening to music, trying plant-based restaurants, and going to amusement parks.

First-year combined family medicine and preventive medicine resident

Ruth Watson

Ruth Watson, M.D.

Georgetown University School of Medicine
University of Tennessee

I grew up in a multi-generational family in rural Tennessee where I learned how to love and take care of my neighbors. I then moved to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee where I majored in microbiology and minored in public health. Interested in public policy and public health, I moved to Washington, D.C.  to attend medical school at Georgetown. During medical school, I was a Health Justice Scholar which provided me the opportunity to advocate for harm reduction and healthcare equity at the local and federal levels. During my 3rd and 4th years of medical school, I was lucky to complete rotations at the Family Health Center. I could not be more thrilled to be returning to Franklin Square for residency!

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