Residency Leadership









Fadya El Rayess, MD, MPH 
Residency Program Director


Fadya El Rayess has been a member of the residency leadership team since 2011, serving as Assistant and Associate Residency Director before becoming Residency Director in 2017. A National Health Service Corps Scholar, Dr. El Rayess worked in RI community health centers for 12 years prior to joining the residency leadership. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of New Mexico Family Medicine Residency and completed a Faculty Leadership Development Fellowship at Brown.  She also has an MPH in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from George Washington University.  Her clinical interests include global health, advocacy, health disparities, reproductive health, LGBT health and care of immigrants and refugees. She is the Co-Director of the Scholarly Concentration on Caring for the Underserved at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and volunteer faculty for the student clinic at Clinica Esperanza.  Dr. El Rayess is responsible for the department’s global health initiatives for residents and the Family Medicine Global health Fellowship. She serves on the Brown Council for Diversity in Medicine and Brown University’s Global Health Initiative Executive Committee. In 2009, Dr. El Rayess and her family spent a year in Lesotho, Africa, where –as assistant residency director – she provided educational support for the development of a Family Medicine Residency in a small, resource-limited medical school. An avid kayaker and potter, she enjoys running, yoga, reading women’s literature in translation and spending time with her family.

Jodi Roque, MD 
Associate ResidencyProgram Director

Jodi Roque, MD, has been named Assistant Residency Director for the Brown Family Medicine Residency. After graduating from the Brown Family Medicine Residency in 2012, Dr. Roque saw patients in Central Falls, RI, practiced inpatient medicine and taught doctoring at theAlpert Medical School of Brown University. In 2014, she joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Family Medicine Department and became the Assistant Residency Director. During her time at UNC, she secured a getLARC grant for furthering contraceptive training in residency. She recently returned to the Rhode Island, where she cares for patients at Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket, RI, a federally qualified health center.  Her areas of interest are in women’s health and care of the underserved.

Judith Walker
Education Coordinator
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Judy has been the Education Coordinator for the residency since 2012. In her role, she oversees the main administrative functions of the residency. Prior to her role as Education Coordinator, Judy worked in the department, coordinating the projects of two HRSA grants focused on PCMH and residency training. In a former life, she coordinated, managed, and advocated for various federally funded programs that serve low income Rhode Islanders. In her spare time, she raises three children. Judy holds a degree in Anthropology from the Dartmouth College.

Stacie Demarais

Assistant Education Coordinator
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Stacie has been the assistant education coordinator for the residency since 2006. In that role, she manages the educational conference series, coordinates resident and faculty evaluation, and organizes the Clinical Competency Committee. She also updates this web site! Stacie holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island, and previously worked in public relations for several non-profits. She enjoys learning new things (most recently knitting), yoga, and listening to nerdy podcasts.