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Faculty - Family Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square

Nancy Barr, MDNancy Barr, MD
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.

Matthew Burke, MDMatthew Burke, MD

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.

Veronica Deza, MDVeronica Deza, MD
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.

Michael Dwyer, MDMichael Dwyer, MD
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 Hospital.

Andrea Gauld, PharmD, BCPSAndrea 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.

Melly Goodell, MD

Melly Goodell, MD
Chair, Department of Family Medicine

After completing her 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 curriculum.

Lauren Gordon, MDLauren Gordon, MD
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-CClaudia 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.

Joyce King, MDJoyce King, MD
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.

J. Michael Niehoff, MDJ. 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.

Emily Richie, MDEmily Richie, MD
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.

Sallie Rixey, MD, MEdSallie 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, MDSamyra 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 Smith, MD

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. 

 Netra Thakur, MD, MPHNetra 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.

Jay Weiner, MDJay Weiner, MD
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, MDHarsha Bhagtani, MD

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.

Robin Chernoff, MD
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 Center."

Scott Krugman, MDScott Krugman, MD
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics; Faculty, Family Health Center
Director, Medical Education, Designated Institutional Official, Graduate Medical Education
​Associate Dean, Medical Education Professor, Pediatrics, Georgetown University Medical Center​

"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."

Gaurav Kumar, MDGaurav Kumar, MD

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 Indian reservation.