MomDocFamily

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 19 years since residency in Brown’s General Internal Medicine program.

Dr. Lynn E. TaylorDr. Lynn E. TaylorLynn E. Taylor, MD, MDF Co-Founder and Co-Director, is an HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis specialist, and internal medicine physician, in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brown.  She focuses on prevention and treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in vulnerable populations and on the primary care of HIV-infected persons. Her patient care, research, teaching, policy and community-based efforts involve expanding access to HCV care to persons with HIV and substance use, and improving HCV screening, diagnosis, treatment and cure rates. 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: ltaylor@lifespan.org

Dr. Alice KimDr. Alice KimAlice 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 ages 6, 9 and 10.  Dr. Kim is committed to helping MDF grow as a valuable network and professional resource for momdocs and our families. E-mail: aykimmd14@me.com

MomDocFamily (MDF) Advisory Board

Dr. Neha RaukarDr. Neha RaukarNeha Raukar, MD, MS, FACEP, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Division of Sports Medicine at the Warre Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is an educator, researcher and a clinician in the Lifespan emergency departments and Director of the Center for Sports Medicine. A member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Concussion in Youth Sports, her research interests span the spectrum of acute injuries related to athletes and the management of orthopedic injuries in the emergency department. She is committed to supporting physician moms and their families and is focused on narrowing the gender gap in academic medicine. She has two daughters. E-mail: nraukar@lifespan.org.

Dr. Beth RyderDr. Beth RyderBeth Ryder, MD practices general and minimally invasive surgery at the Miriam Hospital and at the Providence VA Medical Center.   She serves as the Co-Director of the third year Core Clerkship in Surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Her clinical and research interests are in the fields of bariatric surgery and surgical education, as well as how to best support students and residents as they enter surgical careers.  She is the mother of two children.  E-mail: bryder@lifespan.org

Dr. Jordan WhiteDr. Jordan WhiteJordan White MD, MPH, is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In this role, she works with medical students and Brown PLME (Program in Liberal Medical Education) students during all phases of their medical education. She also co-directs the third-year master's degree course in the primary care/population medicine program at the medical school. She is a family physician also trained in preventive medicine, and practices family medicine in the residency clinic at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. She is passionate about mentoring students and residents as they navigate careers in medicine and in parenting.  She is the mother of two daughters. E-mail: jordan_white@brown.edu

Dr. Betsy TollDr. Betsy TollMDF liaison to Brown University’s
Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS)

Betsy Toll, MD has spent most of her career at The Medicine-Pediatrics Primary Care Center where she has maintained her own multigenerational practice and taught Brown residents in combined internal medicine/pediatrics, while helping to develop this residency program.  Along the way she has developed professional interests in the interface of mental health and primary care, the care of disadvantaged populations, including refugees, medical humanities, and the connection between creativity and medicine. She is the mother of 3 children ages 23, 21 and19.  She has always believed there is great synergy between mothering, doctoring, and teaching, while being realistic about the full-time nature of each of these privileged undertakings. Being a mom and mentoring female trainees has given her a deep interest in the challenges of balancing life and work, and she is excited to take on the role of liaison between Brown’s Office of Women In Medicine and Science and MDF. E-mail: etoll@lifespan.org.

Dr. Cassandra CarberryDr. Cassandra CarberryCassandra 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: carberryc@gmail.com.

Dr. Neha HudepohlDr. Neha Hudepohl Neha S. Hudepohl, MD, is a reproductive psychiatrist at Women & Infants Hospital, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at Alpert Medical School, Medical Director of the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health, and program director for the fellowship in women's mental health.   She specializes in the mental health care of women at a vulnerable time of life: their transition to motherhood. Dr. Hudepohl looks forward to supporting MDF members to navigate this transition and is committed to the ideals of MDF: to create a supportive network of professionals and mothers that allows for shared, mutual respect and support of women working to make the pieces of their lives fit together.  She is the mother of a two-year-old son, and a newborn daughter.  E-mail:  NHudepohl@Wihri.org.

Members of the First MDF Advisory Board







From L-R:
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
hospitals/medical settings

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, please click here.

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, please click here.

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, please click here.

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, please click here.

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:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/216160.php

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", please click here.

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.

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.
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp078163   

Lahav G. How to survive and thrive in the mother-mentor marathon. Mol Cell. 2010 May 28;38(4):477-80. PubMed PMID: 20513421. http://www.cell.com/molecular- cell/retrieve/pii/ S1097276510003746
To read

SAEM Web Survival guide for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine
Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Survival Guide
Editors: Kathleen Clem, Ellen Weber, Sandra Schneider
Published 2009 – SAEM - To read, please click here

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For more information or specific inquiries, please
e-mail: ltaylor@lifespan.org or aykimmd14@me.com