2023-2024 Chief Medical Residents
Rosemary Farahmand, MD, MS
Dr. Rosemary Farahmand is the Primary Care Chief Medical Resident. She was raised in Massachusetts and received her BS in Management with concentrations in finance and accounting from Boston College. She worked in finance for a few years before deciding to pursue medicine. She completed the post-baccalaureate program at Harvard Extension School, after which she pursued an M.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Georgetown University. She finally attended medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at BIDMC, where she was a member of the primary care track. Her academic interests include general medicine, medical education, and quality improvement research. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, and running.
Zara Latif, MD
Dr. Zara Latif is the inpatient Chief Medical Resident at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center. Zara was born in Baghdad, Iraq and moved to the United States in high school. She attended Belmont University where she obtained a BS in Biology and Honors Studies. She then completed medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center before moving to BIDMC for Internal Medicine Residency. During her residency training at BIDMC, Zara was selected as the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Humanism in Medicine Fellow; she focused her fellowship project on studying disparities facing limited English proficiency patients. Her research is focused on enhancing cardiovascular care for limited English speakers by integrating interpreters into the care team and highlighting disparities faced by this patient population. Zara is planning to pursue a fellowship in cardiology after Chief Residency. Outside of medicine, Zara enjoys writing, pottery, and cooking.
Laura McNamara, MD
Dr. Laura McNamara is the inpatient Chief Medical Resident for the Robinson Firm. She grew up in Rochester, NY and stayed there at the University of Rochester for her undergraduate studies in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She then attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by Internal Medicine Residency at BIDMC, where she was part of the Clinician Educator Track. Prior to starting her chief year, Dr. McNamara completed her first year of Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship in the Harvard combined program at BIDMC and MGH. Her academic and clinical interests include medical education and providing patient and family centered, humanistic care in the intensive care units. Outside of medicine, she enjoys cooking a good meal with friends and outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and skiing.
Kelsey O'Leary, MD
Dr. Kelsey O'Leary is the Inpatient Chief Medical Resident for the Blumgart Firm. She grew up in Arlington, MA and obtained a dual degree in both biology and psychology at the University at Albany (SUNY). She then obtained her medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she fostered her love of general internal medicine and medical education. Following medical school, she attended BIDMC for Internal Medicine Residency and then completed a year of Hospital Medicine at BIDMC, during which she was awarded Clinician of the Year. After Chief Year, Kelsey plans to pursue a career in academic Hospital Medicine. Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking, cooking/baking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Gabriel Pajares Hurtado, MD
Dr. Gabriel Pajares Hurtado is the inpatient Chief Medical Resident for the Tullis Firm. Gabe grew up in Lima, Peru and moved to the state of Georgia at the age of nine. He obtained his degree in Biochemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and attended the Medical College of Georgia for medical school followed by Internal Medicine Residency at BIDMC. Prior to starting his Chief Year, Gabe completed his first year of Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at BIDMC and will resume his cardiology training after Chief Residency. His academic interests include cardio-oncology, geriatric cardiology, cardiac imaging, and medical education. In his free time, Gabe can be found running, trying new food/cocktail recipes, and enjoying quality time with his wife Elizabeth and their son John around the Brookline area.
Brian Russell, MD
Dr. Brian Russell is the inpatient Chief Medical Resident for the Kurland Firm. Brian grew up outside of Boston before graduating with a BA in English from Georgetown University in Washington DC. After college, he spent two years as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Neuroendocrinology. He then moved to Rhode Island where he obtained a medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Fortunately, he matched at BIDMC where he completed his Internal Medicine Residency. Before starting as a Chief Medical Resident, he finished the first of three years of fellowship training in hematology/oncology, also at BIDMC. As a graduate of the resident Clinician Educator Track with a passion for education and an interest in research, Brian plans to pursue a career as an academic oncologist. Outside of medicine, Brian enjoys running, reading, exploring local restaurants and spending time with his dog.