Program Leadership

Richard Kopelman, MD is an internal medicine physician at Tufts Medical Center.

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 76 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 did his internal medicine training at the University of Chicago and completed ID fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 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 is a pulmonologist at Tufts Medical Center.Kari Roberts, MD

Dr. Kari Roberts is an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, the Designated Institutional Officer for Graduate Medical Education at Tufts Medical Center, 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 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, as well as clinical and pathogenetic differences between Group I PAH and Group II PH associated with left heart disease. 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.


Taimur Dad, MD is Associate Nephrology Fellowship DirectorTaimur Dad, MD, MS

Taimur Dad, MD, MS is an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Tufts University School of Medicine. 

Dr. Dad’s research has focused on quality metrics used in hemodialysis in the United States and specifically on the assessment of patient experience. Dr. Dad also has a special interest in education. He is the co-director for the Introduction to Clinical Reasoning course at Tufts University School of Medicine. He also serves as a coach for students at Tufts University School of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Dad maintains an active nephrology clinical practice.

Dr. Dad received his undergraduate degree in biology and neuroscience from Brandeis University in 2007 and his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2011. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Tufts Medical Center where he also served as Chief Resident. Following this he completed his clinical and research training in Nephrology also at Tufts Medical Center during which he received a Master of Science degree in Clinical and Translational Research from Tufts University.

In his free time he enjoys travelling, spending time with family, and building Legos (with his daughter). 

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

Dr. Kinji Sathi is the Director of Resident Education and an Associate Program Director for the residency program.  In her role, she runs the outpatient ambulatory experience for the residents including resident clinic and outpatient curriculum.  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 her 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 educational interests are in primary care curriculum development and resident as teacher education.

Dr. Prianka Chawla is a primary care physician in Boston at Tufts Medical Center.Prianka Chalwa, MD

Dr. Prianka Chawla is the Assistant Director of Residency Education for the residency program. Dr. Chawla received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Wellesley College. Prior to attending medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine, she worked as a lab technician at Massachusetts General Hospital where she studied animal models of Huntington’s Disease. During this time, as well as during medical school, she designed a course on Neuroscience geared towards high school students and taught in an after school program. After medical school, she completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Tufts Medical Center. She then joined the Division of Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Tufts. She continues to precept residents in primary care clinic and attend on inpatient wards. She enjoys teaching medical students and residents alike, and is a co-director for the Resident as Teacher curriculum.