The mission of MomDocFamily is to provide mentorship and support for women physicians facing the challenges and rewards of combining a medical career with motherhood. We are a multi-disciplinary group of women doctors representing all stages of careers and medical training. We are committed to supporting one another's efforts to attain professional success and personal satisfaction. Included in our mission is our dedication to learn from each other's experiences by openly discussing career and parenting strategies.
MomDocFamily (MDF) Co-Directors:
Drs. Lynn E. Taylor and Alice Kim have been friends and colleagues in medicine for 22 years since residency in Brown’s General Internal Medicine program.
Lynn E. Taylor, MD, MDF Co-Founder and Co-Director, is an HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis specialist, and internal medicine physician. She is a Research Professor at the University of Rhode Island, Director of HIV and Viral Hepatitis Services at CODAC Behavioral Health, and Director of RI Defeats Hep C. She focuses on prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis in vulnerable populations, primary care of people who inject drugs, and infectious consequences of addiction. Her patient care, research, teaching, policy and community-based efforts involve expanding access to HCV care to drug-involved populations, and improving HCV screening, diagnosis, treatment and cure rates to eliminate HCV. She has a son and a daughter. Lynn is committed to supporting physician mothers through all stages of training and career, and to system-level improvements to level the playing field for physicians who are mothers. She works to develop dedicated lactation rooms in our workplaces. E-mail: [email protected]
Alice Y. Kim, MD, FACC, MDF Co-Director, is Director of Advanced Valve Disease for Care New England and the Co-Director of Women's Heart Health of Women and Infants and is a non-invasive cardiologist on staff at Memorial, Kent, Women and Infant's and Brigham and Women's hospitals. She is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kim enjoys finding the balance of being a momdoc in Rhode Island and Boston. She is the proud mom to three spirited boys. Dr. Kim is committed to helping MDF grow as a valuable network and professional resource for momdocs and our families. E-mail: [email protected]
MomDocFamily (MDF) Advisory Board
MDF liaison to Brown University’s
Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS)
Cassandra L. Carberry MD, MS, FACOG, is Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is an attending in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Women & Infants Hospital and the Director of Clinical Services for her division. Her professional practice as a women’s healthcare provider gives Dr. Carberry another perspective on issues pertinent to our membership. She is enthusiastic about developing and implementing programs and policies that are family-friendly and help address the gender gap in medicine. Dr. Carberry is also committed to the education of future women’s health care providers, actively engaged in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents and fellows. She is the mother of a daughter and a son. E-mail: [email protected].
Tina Rizack, MD, MPH, FNCBC is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She practices hematology and oncology at South County Hospital where she is the Director of Women's Cancers. She has a special interest in hematological and oncological complications during pregnancy. She serves on the admissions committee for the Alpert Medical School, the Medical Faculty Executive Committee, and is a mentor for the doctoring program. She is the mother of two sons.
Caroline A. Chang, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and associate staff dermatologist at Rhode Island Hospital. She practices general and cosmetic dermatology with a special focus on melanoma and the use of dermoscopy for mole monitoring. Dr. Chang is excited to support MDF members using her experience as a community based dermatologist as well as a budding physician entrepreneur and practice owner. She is committed to the MDF goal of helping physician mothers by creating a shared network of personal and professional support through collaboration and mentorship. She is the mother of a son and a daughter. E-mail: [email protected]
Garima Dosi, MD, RPVI is a vascular surgeon on staff at Kent Hospital, Warwick, RI and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA. She is mother to a newborn baby girl and is embracing joys of motherhood along with juggling profession and work-life balance. Dr. Dosi believes in and is committed to MDF principles and goals. She is thankful to this growing family of beautiful professional physician moms for their continuing support, trust and advice in both personal and professional fronts. E-mail: [email protected]
Noelle Pruzan, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist who practices at Center for Sight in Fall River, MA. She is a fellowship-trained glaucoma and cataract surgeon who provides comprehensive eye care as well as specialized diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, including state-of-the-art minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). Dr. Pruzan is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University. She has two young daughters. She is happy to speak with medical students, residents, and fellows who may be navigating, or planning to navigate, motherhood while in private practice and/or the early stages of a surgical specialty (including pregnancy, maternity leave, pumping). She is passionate about issues of family leave, lactation support, gender equality at surgery centers, and the need for mentorship among female physicians. Email: [email protected]
Molly Tracy, MD, is an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician in Neurology, Epilepsy, and Clinical Neurophysiology at Boston Children’s Hospital. She practices in North Dartmouth, MA, in a community-based practice where children and families are supported in their diversity. She is mother of two beautiful children, and feels very lucky to have been part of the MomDoc community through many years of growth as a parent, physician, and woman. Dr. Tracy feels that it is an honor to carry on the tradition of providing support to other Momdocs through career challenges, domestic dilemmas, relationship stresses, and inevitable parenting challenges. Email: [email protected]
Members of the First MDF Advisory Board
Drs. Anne Wold, Lynn E. Taylor, Julie Taylor, Amy Gottlieb, Beatrice Lechner,
and Neha Raukar
Missing: Dr. Carolyn Blackman
Photo credit: Scott Kingsley
Upcoming MomDocFamily (MDF) events/programs
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MDF - News/Resources/Updates
Lactation Accommodations in Rhode Island
Together with The Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition and Rhode Island hospitals, MDF has developed an initial list of lactation accommodations available to physicians and other employees of hospitals/medical settings located throughout Rhode Island. Please see the pdf below.
To read, "278.00 Obesity, Not Otherwise Specified, published in JAMA, March 20, 2013 - Vol 309, No. 11, authored by Elizabeth Toll, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics.
To read, "The Cost of Technology", published in JAMA, June 20, 2012 - Vol 307, No.23, authored by Elizabeth Toll, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics.
To read, "Using a Professional Organization, MomDocFamily, to Understand the Lives of Physician-Mothers", published in Medicine & Health RI, Volume 95, No. 6, June 2012.
To read, "Establishing Paid Parental Leave for Male and Female Physicians", published in Academic Medicine and authored by MomDocFamily members, Amy S. Gottlieb, MD, and B. Star Hampton, MD, and UMass Medical School, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Joanna M. Cain, MD.
To read, a publication in Medicine & Health RI authored MDF members Marina M.C. MacNamara and Lynn E. Taylor, “State-Wide Support for Physician-Mothers Who are Breastfeeding,”please click here.
Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI sent out a press release about MomDocFamily that was "picked up" by several media outlets. To read the release, please visit:
In the October 19, 2010 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine MomDocFamily member, Dr. Michelle Daniel, has written a powerful essay describing her experience as a physician and a mother in Haiti following the earthquake. To read, "A Mother in Haiti".
To read "Effectively Mentoring Physician-Mothers," published in Academic Medicine and authored by MomDocFamily members Beatrice E. Lechner, MD, Amy S. Gottlieb, MD, and Lynn E. Taylor, MD - please click here.
To read "Barriers to Breastfeeding for US Physicians Who Are Mothers" published
Articles Related to Mothers in Medicine
Jagsi R, Griffith KA, Stewart A, Sambuco D, DeCastro R, Ubel PA. Gender Differences in the Salaries of Physician Researchers. JAMA, June 13, 2012- Vol 307, No. 22. PubMed PMID: 22692173 http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1182859
Carnes, Molly, MD, MS. What Would Patsy Mink Think? JAMA, February 8, 2012 - Vol 307, No. 6 - 571-572. PubMed PMID: 22318277 http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/307/6/571.full
Jagsi R, Tarbell NJ, Weinstein DF. Becoming a doctor, starting a
family--leaves of absence from graduate medical education. N Engl J Med. 2007 Nov 8;357(19):1889-91. PubMed PMID: 17989381.
Lahav G. How to survive and thrive in the mother-mentor marathon. . PubMed PMID: 20513421. To read
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