Department of Medicine

Our Team

The leadership of the Department of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center provides our Divisions with strong guidance and support. They work hard with the Divisional leadership to ensure that the clinical, research and training goals of the Department are met.

Deeb N. Salem, MD, FACP, FACC, FAHA

Dr. Deeb Salem has had a distinguished career as an academic cardiologist. He served as the Chief of Cardiology at Tufts Medical Center (then New England Medical Center) from 1987 to 1995. He was appointed as the Physician-in-Chief of Tufts Medical Center in 1999.

Dr. Salem was the founding President of the New England Affiliate of the American Heart Association. His academic accomplishments include over 170 scientific publications. He is a recognized national expert in coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and congestive heart failure. Dr. Salem has repeatedly been listed in Boston Magazine as one of "Boston's Best" physicians.

Administrative Assistant: Ashley Johnson 

Richard Kopelman, MD, FACP 
Vice-Chairman for Education

Dr. Richard Kopelman is the Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine and the Louisa C. Endicott Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kopleman was one of the first faculty members of the Division of General Medicine when it was created in the early 1980s. Since then he has been acting chief of the division on several occasions. His academic pursuits have been in the areas of hypertension and clinical problem solving. He also maintains an active practice in general medicine and is regularly listed as one of Boston's "Best Doctors".

Administrative Assistant: Anita Yu

Vice Chair for Quality Improvement and Faculty Affairs
Dr. Karen Freund is the Vice Chair for Quality Improvement and Faculty Affairs in the Department of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center.  She is trained and board certified as a general internist and primary care physician, and is also board certified in preventive medicine.  She joined Tufts Medical Center in 2012 and maintains an active practice in general medicine.
Dr. Freund is a national expert in women’s health and health care to minority and low income populations.  She has an active research program with over 120 publications.  She is recognized for her skills in mentorship and oversees mentorship programs within the Department for medical educators and clinician scientists

John L. Ohman Jr., MD
Chief, Allergy

James E. Udelson, MD 
Chief, Cardiology
Director, Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory

Harry Selker, MD, MSPH 
Chief, Clinical Care Research

John B. Wong, MD 
Chief, Clinical Decision Making

Edward Saltzman, MD 
Chief, Clinical Nutrition 
Director, Adult Nutrition Support Services

Anastassios G. Pittas, MD
Chief, Endocrinology

Robert Yacavone, MD
Interim Chief, Gastroenterology

Deborah Blazey-Martin, MD
Chief, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care

Helen Boucher, MD 
Chief, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Disease

Rachel Buchsbaum, MD
Chief, Hematology/Oncology

Mark J. Sarnak, MD, MS
Chief, Nephrology

Nicholas Hill, MD 
Chief, Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Timothy McAlindon, MD, MPH 
Chief, Rheumatology