Program Mentors

Core Mentors

Lilia Cardenas, MD

Dr. Cardenas was born in Pihuamo, Jalisco Mexico and moved to Texas when she was 9 years old. She majored in Environmental Science at the University of California at Berkeley and attended medical school at the University of Utah. She completed her residency training at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center where she is now practices full spectrum family medicine and provides obstetric care to patients with low and high-risk pregnancies. She is a coordinator for the Volunteer Program Compañeras/Labor Companions at GLFHC. Before attending medical school, she worked for the UC San Francisco Department of OB/GYN as a research assistance and coordinator for projects pertaining to women’s health and reproductive health. She is particularly interested in women’s health and Latino health outcomes. She enjoys spending time with her husband, doing yoga, cooking, learning about viticulture, hiking, and gardening.

Bonnie Engelbart, MD

Dr. Engelbart was born and raised in Pompton Plains, NJ. She attended medical school at George Washington University and completed her residency training at St. Margaret in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been practicing medicine for 11 years and is currently a full-time clinician at Everett and Revere Health Center where she precepts Tufts third year medical students daily. She previously worked at Lynn Community Health Center for over five years. She served as a group leader for the Healer’s Art course at TUSM in addition to providing geriatrics training for pre-clinical students. She is interested in dermatology and geriatrics and spends her free time reading, running, swimming, participating in church activities at the progressive UCC church in Davis Square, and spending time with her husband and three sons.

Ken Freedman, MD, MS, MBA, FACP, FASAM, AGAF

Dr. Freedman has served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital since August 2009.  Ken also serves as Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Treasurer for the Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine, and Regional Director for New England for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).  Over the past 20 years, Ken has used his wide range of clinical and managerial skills to serve the needs of behavioral health and substance abuse patients.  Ken teaches clinicians on the medically appropriate and humane treatment of pain disorders.  Ken’s professional commitment is to help move health care delivery towards the integration of medical care and substance abuse treatment in respectful and innovative ways.

Kiame Mahaniah, MD

Dr. Mahaniah was born in Philadelphia, PA but grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Geneva, Switzerland, before returning to the United States at age 19. He attended Haverford College and received his degree in Political Economy of the Third World, taking a special interest in the transformation of agrarian/traditional society into modern economies. He went to Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, PA and completed his residency at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mahaniah served as a staff physician and residency faculty member at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center from 2003-2012. He has served as the Chief Medical Officer of the North Shore Community Health, Inc. in Salem, MA. He is now the Chief Medical Officer of Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, MA. His overarching interest in medicine is the pursuit of social justice and the interaction, communication, and complexity of doctor/patient relationships. Dr. Mahaniah enjoys reading, particularly philosophy and science fiction, playing soccer, and spending time with his family.

Glennon O’Grady, MD

Dr. O'Grady was born and raised in Long Island, NY. A TUSM graduate, he completed his family medicine residency training at Brown and has been practicing medicine for 25 years since. For seventeen years prior, he served as Medical Director at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. He has also served as Director of the Hospitalist Program at Lawrence General Hospital and as a faculty member in the FM department at Boston Medical Center. Dr. O'Grady is especially interested in prevention of diabetes and prenatal maternity care. He enjoys gardening, bird-watching, fishing, and kayaking.

Friends of Tufts Student Service Scholars

Kathryn Brodowski, MD, Preventive Medicine, Greater Boston Food Bank
Amy Chi, MD - Pulmonary/Critical Care at Tufts Medical Center
Avra Goldman, MD - Family Medicine at East Cambridge Health Center
Amanda Klein, MD - Family Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, Malden
Abigail Love, MD - Family Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, Malden
Dave Munson, MD - Internist at Boston Health Care for the Homeless
Geoff Pechinsky, MD - Family Medicine at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
Liz Quinn, MD, Family Medicine, Lynn Community Health Center
Amit Sachdeo, DMD, Associate Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Tony Schlaff, MD, MPH, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Pamela Smith , MD - Emergency Medicine at Lawrence General Hospital

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