Director of Medical Student Education and Medical Director, Family Health Center
After practicing and teaching at UCLA in Los Angeles for the past
four years, Nancy is delighted to return to her hometown of
Baltimore and join the Department of Family Medicine at MedStar
Franklin Square where she was a medical student and her
grandparents were patients.
Dr. Burke is a graduate of Albany Medical College, where he
developed interests in health policy and public health. During
residency at Brown, Dr. Burke served as the resident delegate to
the RI Academy of Family Physicians and was a member of the
Primary Care Political Advisory Committee, which serves the
state's health commissioner.
Director of Geriatrics
Dr. Veronica Deza is in charge of the geriatrics curriculum. She
sees patients in the nursing home, goes on home visits, and gives
lectures to the residents on various geriatric topics. She also
oversees a variety of experiences for the residents, as well as
giving didactic lectures and performing site visits.
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
After completing residency, Dr. Michael Dwyer joined the faculty
of the Family Medicine Residency at MedStar Franklin Square. In
addition to his role as residency faculty, he also worked
part-time at an Urgent Care Center for a year, followed by
another year working in the ER at MedStar Union Memorial
Gauld, PharmD, BCPS
Andrea joined the faculty at MedStar Franklin Square Medical
Center in November 2011. Since that time she has provided
educational sessions for the Family Medicine residents and
faculty in multiple areas of pharmacy, including hypertension,
antibiotic selection, and adrenal and pituitary disorders.
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
After completing residency, Dr. Melly Goodell joined the faculty
of the Family Medicine Residency at the University of California
San Diego. In addition to her role as residency faculty, she
served as Medical Director, coordinator of the OB curriculum, and
taught students in all four years of the medical school
Director of Women's Health
"After completing my residency and fellowship, I joined the
faculty here at MedStar Franklin Square. I was excited to start
my career in such an amazing place (although I am biased). I look
upon my role here as multi-faceted. I am the director of the
women's health curriculum.
Claudia Harding, LCSW-C, BCD
Director of Behavioral Science and Community Medicine
Claudia has been working in the field of mental health
for over 15 years, with a focus on systems theory
and the impact on health and behavior. Ms. Harding has been in
private practice for 6 years and has also worked extensively with
community health centers as a medical social worker, mental
health provider, and as a staff trainer and educator. Ms. Harding
joined the faculty at MedStar Franklin Square in October 2009.
Director of Inpatient Training
Joyce E. King, MD, graduated from the University of Michigan
Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She then completed her
residency training in family medicine here at MedStar Franklin
Square Medical Center, serving as chief resident.
Michael Niehoff, MD
Director of Musculoskeletal Programs
Following residency training, Dr. Niehoff opened a Family
Medicine office in Dundalk, MD. This practice was well received
by the community and covered a full range of outpatient and
inpatient services. His interest in sports medicine also started
at this time, and he became the team physician for Dundalk High
School, a position he held for 15 years.
Director of Chronic Disease Programs
Dr. Richie is especially interested in teaching students, Family
Medicine residents, and patients about the management of kidney
disease, diabetes, chronic pain, HIV infection, Hepatitis C,
Hepatitis B, hypogonadism, and travel medicine, in addition to
enjoying the breadth of Family Medicine.
Rixey, MD, MEd
Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine
"I served as assistant professor of family medicine at the
University of Maryland School of Medicine from 1982 to 1991. My
role was that of section chief for undergraduate education where
I developed the ambulatory and family practice curriculum
including "The Family Care Track."
Samyra Sealy, MD
Dr. Sealy completed her Family Medicine residency here at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in 2012, having served as Chief Resident during the 2011-2012 year. She joined MedStar PromptCare in 2012, following completion of her residency training, and also began serving as part-time faculty in the Department of Family Medicine.
Tobie-Lynn Smith, MD
Medical Director, HCH-BC
Dr. Smith is a graduate of Stony Brook School of Medicine and CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency. As a resident she developed an interest in caring for underserved populations and improving their access to care. She was actively involved in the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Thakur, MD, MPH
Assistant Program Director
Dr. Thakur notes how she has always enjoyed the teamwork and
camaraderie of a dynamic residency program. She considers herself
lucky to have been a member of three family medicine programs,
either as a resident, fellow, or faculty.
Director of Scholarly Activity
Director, Family Medicine Maternal-Child Health Curriculum
Following completion of his residency training, Dr. Jay Weiner
filled a number of roles during the three years that his wife
completed her residency training in Pennsylvania, including
office precepting, serving as inpatient attending, urgent care/ER
work, and outpatient primary care.
Harsha Bhagtani, MD, received her Bachelor of Science in
Biomedical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in 1994,
and her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University in
1998. She was trained in pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson
University Hospital and AI DuPont Hospital for Children and
subsequently became a board certified pediatrician and a Fellow
of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Lee Fireman, MD
"Following completion of residency in 2003, I have been a
pediatric generalist and hospitalist working in all aspects of
pediatrics. For 4 years I was a clinical assistant professor at
Johns Hopkins University at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics; Faculty, Family Health
"Following residency I joined the newly expanding Department of
Pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. For the
past thirteen years, I have worked with our department and the
Department of Family Medicine to provide high quality pediatric
education to residents and care to patients in our community."
Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine and completed his pediatrics residency
training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Board certified in
Pediatrics, his past experience includes delivering medical care
and coordinating a research study on vaccines on the Navajo