Program Directors

Suzanne Mitchell, MD

Dr. Suzanne Mitchell is a board certified family physician and federally funded clinical researcher, studying disparities in patient safety and the impact of patient-doctor communication on medical decision making and health disparities. She is a lead investigator in the newly launched clinical trial of the Re-Engineered Discharge for Depressive Patients at Boston Medical Center and has authored peer-reviewed papers on the predictors of early unplanned hospital re-admissions. She has over a decade of clinical experience caring for vulnerable populations and practices family and palliative medicine. Dr. Mitchell received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Research from UCLA. She completed family medicine residency at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and the Academic Medicine Fellowship in Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Mitchell’s teaching focus is in inter-professional education and advanced communication skills in healthcare, including brief encounters using motivational interviewing and advanced directives discussions. She has special interest in the use of novel technology for simulation learning for both patients and medical students.

Keith Nokes, MD, MPH

Dr. Nokes received his MD and MPH degrees from the University of Connecticut and completed residency training in family medicine at the University of Rochester in the program's underserved track. He completed a four year National Health Service Corps scholarship repayment at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center—a community health center in Lawrence, Massachusetts—where he has continued to practice since that time. He has served in a number of faculty and leadership roles in Lawrence, including Chief of Family Medicine at Lawrence General Hospital. He currently is Director of Medical Student programs for the health center and a faculty member at the health center-based Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program, where he directs pediatric training experiences for the residents, precepts residents in the hospital and clinic, and is a PCMH clinical team leader. His interests include care for underserved patient populations, health disparities, and medical student/resident education.

Randy Wertheimer, MD

Randy Wertheimer attended medical school at Boston University before completing her training at UMass Family Medicine Residency in Worcester. She has since held major medical leadership positions in primary care for over twenty years, having served as Vice Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass from 1998-2005 before being appointed Chief of Family Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, and, most recently, Jaharis Chair of Family Medicine at TUSM. She has served as President of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians and Chair of the Legislative Action Committee, as the only physician member on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Board, and as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Medicine. As PI on the RWJ national initiative Reach Out: Physicians Initiatives to Expand Care for Underserved Americans, Dr. Wertheimer developed a collaborative network of physicians to provide free medical care to uninsured and underinsured residents of central Massachusetts. She worked with PhRma to streamline the online application process for free medications and with the CVS Pharmacies to offer medications at reduced cost for those in need. She has spearheaded the successful implementation of advocacy programs, acquiring substantial funding to establish community-based health service sites in public housing projects and school-based clinics, and convening community stakeholders in the common mission of caring for the medically underserved.

Damian Archer, MD

Associate Director

Dr. Damian Archer is a board certified Family Medicine physician. He is a Bahamian national and 1998 Bahamas National Merit Scholar. He completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada with a B.Sc. Chemistry (Dist.) in 2001 and was a successful MBBS (MD) and B. Med Sci (Hons) candidate at the University of the West Indies, Bahamas Clinical Campus in June of 2006.

After completing his medical internship and Senior House Office duties with the Department of Anaesthesia at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas, he transitioned to the St. Luke’s Family Practice Residency Program at Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July of 2008. He completed his residency as chief resident in July of 2011 and later that year started independent family practice with North Shore Community Health, Massachusetts, USA. In April of 2016 he was promoted to Acting CMO and transitioned to CMO in May of 2017.  He also serves as Director of the Medication Assisted Treatment Program.

Dr. Archer’s wider interests in medicine include medical education and he is currently the Associate Director of the Tufts Student Service Scholars Program and Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine with Tufts University School of Medicine.

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