Meet the Faculty
Medical Director, Family Health Center
After practicing and teaching at UCLA in Los Angeles for the past four years, Nancy is delighted to return to her hometown of Baltimore and join the Department of Family Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square where she was a medical student and her grandparents were patients. Learn more about Nancy Barr, MD.
Dr. Burke is a graduate of Albany Medical College, where he developed interests in health policy and public health. During residency at Brown, Dr. Burke served as the resident delegate to the RI Academy of Family Physicians and was a member of the Primary Care Political Advisory Committee, which serves the state's health commissioner. Learn more about Matthew Burke, MD.
Director of Medical Student Education
During medical school Dr. Cardona completed a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins with a concentration in the social and behavioral effects on health. She completed an area of concentration in research during residency at Lancaster General Hospital with a focus on development of healthy behaviors. Learn more about Michelle Cardona, MD.
Director of Geriatrics
Dr. Veronica Deza is in charge of the geriatrics curriculum. She sees patients in the nursing home, goes on home visits, and gives lectures to the residents on various geriatric topics. She is also in charge of the community medicine curriculum, which entails overseeing a variety of experiences for the residents, as well as giving didactic lectures and performing site visits. Learn more about Veronica Deza, MD.
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
After completing residency, Dr. Michael Dwyer joined the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency at MedStar Franklin Square. In addition to his role as residency faculty, he also worked part-time at an Urgent Care Center for a year, followed by another year working in the ER at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. Learn more about Michael Dwyer, MD.
Dr. Gauld joined the faculty at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in November 2011. Since that time she has provided educational sessions for the Family Medicine residents and faculty in multiple areas of pharmacy, including hypertension, antibiotic selection, and adrenal and pituitary disorders. Learn more about Andrea Gauls, PharmD, BCPS.
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
After completing residency, Dr. Melly Goodell joined the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency at the University of California San Diego. In addition to her role as residency faculty, she served as Medical Director, coordinator of the OB curriculum, and taught students in all four years of the medical school curriculum. Learn more about Melly Goodell, MD.
Director of Women's Health
"After completing my residency and fellowship, I joined the faculty here at MedStar Franklin Square. I was excited to start my career in such an amazing place (although I am biased). I look upon my role here as multi-faceted. I am the director of the women's health curriculum." Learn more about Lauren Gordon, MD.
Claudia Harding, LCSW-C
Director of Behavioral Science and Community Medicine
Claudia Harding has been working in the field of mental health for over 15 years, with a concentrated focus on systems theory and the impact on health and behavior. Ms. Harding has been in private practice for 6 years and has also worked extensively with community health centers as a medical social worker, mental health provider, and as a staff trainer and educator. Ms. Harding joined the faculty at MedStar Franklin Square in October 2009. Learn more about Claudia Harding, MD.
Director of Inpatient Training
Joyce E. King, MD, graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She then completed her residency training in family medicine here at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, serving as chief resident. Learn more about Joyce King, MD.
Director of Musculoskeletal Programs
Following residency training, Dr. Niehoff opened a Family Medicine office in Dundalk, MD. This practice was well received by the community and covered a full range of outpatient and inpatient services. His interest in sports medicine also started at this time, and he became the team physician for Dundalk High School, a position he held for 15 years. Learn more about J. Michael Niehoff, MD.
Director of Chronic Disease Programs
Dr. Richie is especially interested in teaching students, Family Medicine residents, and patients about the management of kidney disease, diabetes, chronic pain, HIV infection, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, hypogonadism, and travel medicine, in addition to enjoying the breadth of Family Medicine. Learn more about Emily Richie, MD.
Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine
"I served as assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine from 1982 to 1991. My role was that of section chief for undergraduate education where I developed the ambulatory and family practice curriculum including "The Family Care Track." Learn more about Sallie Rixey, MD.
Assistant Program Director
Dr. Thakur notes how she has always enjoyed the teamwork and camaraderie of a dynamic residency program. She considers herself lucky to have been a member of three family medicine programs, either as a resident, fellow, or faculty. Learn more about Netra Thakur, MD.
Director of Scholarly Activity
Director, Family Medicine Maternal-Child Health Curriculum
Following completion of his residency training, Dr. Jay Weiner filled a number of roles during the three years that his wife completed her residency training in Pennsylvania, including office precepting, serving as inpatient attending, urgent care/ER work, and doing outpatient primary care. Learn more about Jay Weiner, MD.
Harsha Bhagtani, MD, received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in 1994, and her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1998. She was trained in pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and AI DuPont Hospital for Children and subsequently became a board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Learn more about Harsha Bhagtani, MD.
"Following completion of residency in 2003, I have been a pediatric generalist and hospitalist working in all aspects of pediatrics. For 4 years I was a clinical assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center." Learn more about Lee Fireman, MD.
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics; Faculty, Family Health Center
"Following residency I joined the newly expanding Department of Pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. For the past thirteen years, I have worked with our department and the Department of Family Medicine to provide high quality pediatric education to residents and care to patients in our community." Learn more about Scott Krugman, MD.
Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his pediatrics residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Board certified in Pediatrics, his past experience includes delivering medical care and coordinating a research study on vaccines on the Navajo Indian reservation. Learn more about Gaurav Kumar, MD.