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Third-Year Residents


Yamamah Alam, MDYamamah Alam, MD

Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan, MD

I was born in Pakistan and earned my medical degree from the Fatima Jinnah Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. I moved to St. Mary's County in Southern Maryland after marriage and immediately fell in love with the beautiful and serene surroundings just an hour away from the busy streets of DC. I am excited to begin practicing medicine! I aspire to complete my training and go back to my hometown in Southern Maryland to serve a varied patient population in what I believe is an underserved rural area.

In my free time I enjoy watching documentaries, reading books, eating out, and spending time with my family and friends.


Kathryn Boling, MDKathryn Boling, MD

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, MD
Western University of Health Sciences, MS
Excelsior College, BS

Born in New York, I've lived all over the country from Florida to California--but now call Maryland my home. My course to residency has not followed a traditional path. Before beginning medical school I had already worked as a nurse practitioner for many years, raised two beautiful daughters, stood by my mother during her fight against, and subsequent death from, lung cancer, and trekked through the jungle of Nicaragua to provide medical services to outlying villagers. I am still evolving professionally and am very excited to continue that journey as part of the Family Medicine team at MedStar Franklin Square. Here, I will have the opportunity to care for patients across their lifespan, from birth to old age. I will also include obstetrics in my practice, as it is a fascinating area of medicine that I especially love. It is my intent to establish caring and trusting relationships with my patients and ultimately to interact with children, their parents and grandparents in profound and meaningful ways.


Sharon Chung, DOSharon Chung, DO

Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California, DO
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, BS

I am a new Baltimore resident. Up until now, I have lived in California all my life. I am excited to learn and experience Baltimore's lifestyle and culture as I start my Family Medicine residency at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Family Medicine is a very versatile specialty, allowing me to do a little bit of everything while establishing long-term relationships with my patients and their families. I am currently interested in serving the underserved population, preventive medicine, and OB/women's health. However, I am excited to see how my interests will be refined as I further my training. From the beginning, I knew MedStar Franklin Square was the right place for me. There is a strong community feeling, and I feel that here I can get the best training to be a competent, compassionate, and caring family physician. In addition to medicine, I enjoy playing with my daughter, taking pictures, traveling, trying different types of ethnic foods, and camping.


Margarete Everts, MD, MPH

University of Auckland (New Zealand) School of Medicine, MBChB
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MPH
University of Auckland, BA, BHB

After growing up in a small town in New Zealand I moved to the city for university, and during medical school took a year off to travel and work in a hospital in Nigeria. After the 2004 tsunami I also had the opportunity to help with the relief efforts as part of a team offering medical care. Both experiences highlighted the importance of population health combined with individual care - a broad perspective which I believe will be essential in the implementation of the new healthcare reforms, and in developing a healthier America.

I am enjoying the challenge of the breadth of Family Medicine, and the eclectic population that we serve. Looking forward to meeting you!


Katherine Jacobson, MD

University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD
University of Maryland College Park, BS

I grew up in the Baltimore area and completed all of my education in the state. It's not too surprising, then, that now I want to serve the community that has invested so much in me. As a family physician I desire to care for people of all ages and life situations, but I have a special interest in obstetrics, as well as caring for mothers and their children. After teaching summer school for two years in Baltimore City, I have been able to transfer my passion for teaching into patient education. I have participated in several medical missions to the Dominican Republic, and I continue to be highly interested in international medicine. I am blessed to follow in the footsteps of my mother, Linda Walsh, who is an outstanding family physician and a superb role model.


Matthew Loftus, MDMatthew Loftus, MD - Chief Resident

University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD
University of Maryland Baltimore County, BS
Harford Community College, AS

I'm a lifelong Maryland resident and alumnus of Harford Community College, UMBC, and University of Maryland School of Medicine. Before that, I was homeschooled (along with my 14 siblings!), and I've spent a lot of time in Africa & the Middle East on various mission trips and educational endeavors. I currently live in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore, and my wife & I are deeply involved there with New Song Community Church and its outreaches to the community. Our neighborhood is full of challenges, but it's also full of dynamic, interesting people who are meeting those challenges and teaching us through it all! In my free time, I enjoy playing music, reading, writing, hanging out with kids on my block, and gardening.

I chose Family Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square because I want to have a patient-centered, holistic training. I'm especially interested in community health, education, and women's care. My long-term goal is to live overseas in a small community, working with my neighbors to promote health, provide care, and educate a generation of leaders. I'm very excited to be a part of MedStar Franklin Square's team!


Merritt McLaughlin, MD - Chief Resident

Medical College of GA

I'm originally from a very small town in Georgia. Following medical school, I completed my intern year in family medicine at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC.  My plan had always been to stay in the South near my hometown, but after meeting my husband, my plans changed.  My husband is a dentist in the army, and after completing his residency in Georgia, he was stationed at Ft. Meade, MD.  I was fortunate enough to find a position at Medstar Franklin Square.  I started in June 2012 and began my chief year in 2013.  My long term goal is practice complete Family Medicine (non-OB) in a small town, but for now we'll be following the army and likely going on to Urgent Care for a few years of experience. ​


Courtenay Morrow, DO

Touro University-Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO
University of Virginia, BA

Family Medicine is a well-rounded specialty that can be tailored to the interests of the physician, and that's why I love it! Before medical school in Nevada, I worked at a low-income family health clinic in rural Washington while my husband was stationed there with the Navy. Prior to that, I was an Air Force brat, and I lived in about ten places before I graduated from high school. Virginia is the family home base now, though. My husband, three and a half year old daughter and I are thrilled to be back on the East Coast for residency. In our spare time, we walk our dog Rocky through Patterson Park, watch Food Network, and watch UVA sports. Wahoowa!


Joseph Nichols, MD, MPHJoseph Nichols, MD, MPH

Baylor College of Medicine, MD
University of Texas School of Public Health, MPH
University of Texas-Pan American, BS

While studying public health and medicine in my home state of Texas, I became interested in working at the intersection of public health and primary medical care. I was fortunate to find that the Family Medicine residency program at MedStar Franklin Square supports and values both of these interests. So after I earned my Masters in Public Health and medical degree in Houston, my wife and I were overjoyed to start our married life together in Charm City, along with our cats, Semmelweis and Bayes.

In medical school, I spent one month in rural Texas and three months in rural India studying Family Medicine and community development. If we can make development work in such resource-limited settings, we should be able to do this in our inner cities. I'm interested in exploring how we can live together better in urban settings. At home, I enjoy cooking, baking, reading and writing non-fiction, West African drumming, and learning about the community development activities happening in Baltimore City and County.

I plan to follow in my wife's footsteps and pursue additional training in epidemiology with the Epidemiology Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I look forward to a varied career working to build healthier communities by blurring the line between medicine and public health.


Sarah Ramirez, MDSarah Ramirez, MD

Ross University School of Medicine, MD
Montclair State University, BS

I have long aspired to be a physician. Growing up in Jersey City, NJ, where the murder rate, high-school dropout rate, and teenage pregnancy rates are all high, I knew I wanted to end up in a position to be an agent for change. Living there, I saw the effects of lack of health insurance, lack of adequate employment and resources, and lack of understanding of the importance of both medical screening and follow-up. As a child I watched my parent's inability to master the English language mean they could not communicate well with their physicians, and as their translator I saw the crippling effect this had on the doctor-patient relationship.

After graduating from college I chose to pursue my research interests at The Johns Hopkins University where I spent four years working on an array of projects and enrolled in graduate courses in Biotechnology. My time on the island of Dominica, at Ross University, afforded me a great education, and the lessons I learned beyond the textbooks will endure throughout my life.

Holding dear the lessons that I learned in Jersey City, I hope to one day serve as a resource and inspiration to inner-city youth. I aspire to be consistent with the AAFP philosophy that through the patient-physician relationship, medical care is both personal and comprehensive, based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the family and the community, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. I look forward to embarking on this new journey as a member of the MedStar Franklin Square Family Medicine Residency Program family.


Kelly Ryan, DOKelly Ryan, DO - Chief Resident

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO
Villa Julie College, AAS, Medical Laboratory Technology
Villa Julie College, BS

Born and raised in Baltimore County, I am honored to have the chance to serve the community that helped to shape me into the physician and individual I am now and will become. I have always been involved in the area, as a Sunday School teacher at St. Michaels the Archangel, coach and gymnast for Sokol Gymnastics, and coach and player for Overlea Recreation and Parks. A former Parkville Knight , my interest in medicine started as a young gymnast and lacrosse player interested in sports medicine. I graduated from Villa Julie College with a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and Biotechnology and have been working in a microbiology lab for 7 years now. I graduated from medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and will practice under the philosophy of "Mind, Body and Spirit".

My interest in the MedStar Franklin Square program came from seeing the dedication of the hospital and physicians to serving the area and their commitment to a family-oriented program among their patients and faculty. In the future, I hope to be covering sporting events and providing athletic care for local high school and college teams as well as providing preventive health care and education, and overseeing treatment of my patients in the MedStar Franklin Square community.