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Richard Kopelman, MD, FACP

Richard Kopelman, MD, is the Vice-Chairman for Education in the Department of Medicine. He is the Louisa C. Endicott Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He began his academic career at Tufts as one of the first faculty members in the newly created Division of General Medicine in the early 1980s. He has been acting chief of that division on several occasions. He has been Director of the Medical House Staff Training Program since 1981, overseeing the growth of the house staff from 30 members to its current total of 75 interns and residents. He has been an active member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, being a past Council member and participant in numerous committees and task forces.  For the past several years he has been the leader of the Assembly of University Program Directors in that organization.

His academic pursuits have been in the areas of hypertension and clinical problem solving. With Dr. Kassirer he was the co-editor of the Clinical Problem Solving series in Hospital Practice for many years and subsequently co-authored two editions of Learning Clinical Reasoning with Drs. Kassirer and Wong. In addition to his administrative responsibilities Dr. Kopelman maintains an active practice in general internal medicine and for the past several years has been regularly listed in the Best Doctors in America and by Boston Magazine in its lists of top physicians. He recently received the Dema Daley Founders Award from the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine. 

Dr. Kopelman received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in economics from Harvard College in 1970 and his medical school degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1974. He did his house staff training at Tufts- New England Medical Center followed by a fellowship in hypertension at Massachusetts General Hospital.

His wife is an academic cardiologist in Boston.  He has two sons, one of whom is a medical Resident at the University of Chicago and one who works in the computer industry.  In his free time he plays basketball and frustrates himself on the golf course.

Kari Roberts, MD

Dr. Kari Roberts is an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep at the Tufts University School of Medicine. She is an active member of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Thoracic Society for which she serves on the Members in Transition and Training Committee.  In addition she is a fellow in the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute and a member of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, a provider-patient advocacy group. Her primary clinical focus is pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure and she co-directs the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic at Tufts Medical Center.

Dr. Roberts’ research interests focus on the role of sex hormones and genetic variation as risk factors for pulmonary hypertension and hepatopulmonary syndrome. She participates in both NIH- and Industry-sponsored clinical trials for pulmonary arterial hypertension. She has authored original research articles and invited editorials in journals such as the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the European Respiratory Journal, Chest and Hepatology.

Dr. Roberts received her undergraduate degree in biology and environmental studies from Dartmouth College in 1992 and her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1997. She was an intern and resident on the Osler Medical Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1997 to 2000. In 2003 she completed her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She maintains active ABIM Board Certifications in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Joseph Rencic, MD

Dr. Joseph Rencic is an associate professor of medicine and an associate program director.  In 2004, he started his career at Tufts Medical Center as a primary care practice in the division of general internal medicine.  During his tenure at Tufts, he has served as the internal medicine clerkship director until last year and co-course director of a second year medical school course on clinical reasoning.  He has been recognized regionally and locally for his teaching winning the 2010 New England Medical Educator Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine and multiple awards from the medical students, including the special faculty recognition award from the senior medical school class of 2013. He has been actively involved Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine, and currently serves on its council.

His research interests are in teaching resident to teach and clinical reasoning. He and his collaborators have recently published articles regarding their innovative “residents as teachers” program for Tufts medical residents.  He is co-editor for a new book on teaching clinical reasoning in the American College of Physicians teaching series called "Teaching Clinical Reasoning."

Dr. Rencic received his undergraduate degree in biology from Georgetown University and his medical school degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He did his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and stayed on as chief resident for the year following his residency.

At home, Joe has lots of fun with his two young daughters.  In his spare time he is an avid ultimate frisbee player.  He loves all types of music but mostly listens to classical and jazz. 

Daniel Chandler, MD

Dr. Daniel Chandler is the Director of Ambulatory Education for the residency program.   He received his college education at Amherst College.  After receiving his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Chandler did an internship and residency in internal medicine at Tufts Medical Center.  He completed his chief residency year in 2007 and began practicing as a primary care physician in the Division of Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care at Tufts Medical Center.   In addition to managing his own clinic, Dr. Chandler also precepts residents in their continuity clinics.  His special interest is teaching residents how to teach and as part of this, he helps manage the Residents-as-Teachers curriculum and the Work Rounds Observation program.


Kinjalika Sathi, MD is a primary care physician at Tufts Medical Center.Kinjalika Sathi, MD

Dr. Kinji Sathi is the Assistant Director  of Resident Education for the residency program.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in bioengineering then went on to medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine.  She did an internship and residency in internal medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine,  After finishing residency, she started practicing as a primary care physician in the Division of General Medicine at Tufts Medical Center.  She also does medicine consults at Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in Boston as well.  Her main interests are in teaching residents how to teach and in developing curriculum for outpatient education.