Our Leadership

The Office of International Affairs' leadership team brings to its mission a wealth of experience in international health care and expertise in serving the needs of medical graduates seeking to further their careers in the United States.

Richard M. Dupee, MD, FACP, AGSF, FRSM, Dean

Dr. Dupee, a graduate of Tufts College and Tufts University School of Medicine, is clinical professor of medicine at TUSM and chief of the Geriatrics Division at Tufts Medical Center. He teaches and mentors students and medical residents, in the classroom and in the clinic, and hosts a fourth-year geriatrics rotation in his practice in Wellesley. He also is on the faculty of the Physician Assistant program, providing geriatrics lectures, and mentoring students in his office during their clinical rotations.

Dr. Dupee is former governor of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and currently president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Geriatrics Society, where he has been instrumental in establishing national guidelines for geriatric education, both at the medical student and residency levels. He is the founder and CEO of Wellesley Medical Associates, a highly respected internal medicine and geriatrics practice associated with Tufts Medical Center, and the founder and medical director of the Alliance for Quality Care (AQC), a local care organization, as part of the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA).

Dr. Dupee has won numerous awards in geriatrics and internal medicine, including selection as a “Top Docs” in geriatrics by Boston Magazine for the past four years, and by Castle Connolly as one of the foremost geriatricians in the United States. He won the “Rx for Excellence” recipient award for superiority in risk management and patient safety for the Medical Law Report, and is consistently listed in “America’s Top Physicians”: Consumers Research Council, and “Top Doctors in Boston, As Chosen By Their Peers”: Boston Consumer’s Checkbook. In May of 2013, Dr. Dupee was presented the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the New Hampton School, in recognition of exceptional achievement in his personal and professional work.

Ghenwa K. Hakim, JD, Assistant Director 

Ghenwa manages the visa process for some 300 international graduates studying and working at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and its training hospitals, as well as compliance with immigration laws and regulations.

Outside of TUSM, she provides volunteer legal services to nonprofit organizations and is a host, writer and reporter for a local cable TV station’s “Arabic Hour” program.

She received her law degree from Suffolk University and a BA in International Relations from Boston University. While in law school, she served as a student attorney in Suffolk’s Immigration Law Clinic; and while an undergraduate, conducted research for Tufts’ Institute for Applied Research in Child Development and the American Islamic Congress, a nonprofit dedicated to interfaith and intercultural understanding. Besides her first language, English, she is a native Arabic speaker.