Carney Internal Medicine Residency

The Categorical Internal Medicine, Preliminary Medicine and Transitional Year Residency programs share many faculty members. Our faculty hold appointments at the Tufts University School of Medicine, are committed to graduate medical education and take pride in educating the next generation of physicians. The following are some highlights:

Michael Barza MD, Chief of Medicine and Program DirectorDr. Barza

Dr. Barza is a graduate of McGill University School of Medicine. He did an internship and junior residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, then spent a year as a physician working in Sarawak, Malaysia.

After completing a fellowship in infectious diseases at Tufts-New England Medical Center (now called Tufts Medical Center) in Boston, he joined the staff of that institution and became the Associate Chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine. In 1998, Dr. Barza moved to Carney Hospital to assume his current roles. He is the Sara Jordan Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Dr. Barza is an author or coauthor of over 200 peer-reviewed papers in infectious diseases. He is Deputy Editor of Clinical Infectious Diseases, a premier infectious disease journal. He is known as a superior clinician with a special interest in complex infections and is named in all recent editions of the national compendium of “Best Doctors”.

In his roles at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Barza supervises the medicine clerkships throughout the Tufts system. He has taught for over 25 years in the Infectious Disease Pathophysiology course He is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for 2007, the Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize for Outstanding Accomplishment in 2008 and Outstanding Tufts University School of Medicine Lecturer for 2009-2010.

Renee Goetzler MD, MPH, Associate Program DirectorDr. Goetzler

Dr. Goetzler completed medical school, an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in preventive medicine at Boston Medical Center. She earned a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in biostatistics and epidemiology from Boston University. She has been the Associate Program Director at Carney Hospital since 1990. In addition to her administrative and teaching duties, Dr. Goetzler maintains a primary care practice; her clinical interests include women’s health issues and preventive medicine.

Marvin Diaz-Lacayo MD, Associate Program Director for Curriculum DevelopmentDr. Diaz-Lacayo

Dr. Diaz-Lacayo, a graduate of New York Medical College, is a former Carney Hospital internal medicine resident and chief resident. He brings his considerable talents and enthusiasm for both teaching and clinical medicine to his role as Associate Program Director for Curriculum Development, focusing on continuously upgrading the educational offerings of the training programs. For example, he recently designed and implemented a "Resident as Teacher" series to improve the teaching skills of upper level residents. He is also the clerkship site director for Tufts University School of Medicine’s third year medical student program. He has received teaching awards from both Tufts University School of Medicine and the Carney Hospital training programs. He is bilingual and has a busy primary care practice that includes many Spanish-speaking patients. He precepts residents in the hospital’s primary care clinic and supervises a very popular primary care elective.

Martin Williams MD, Chief of Surgery

Dr. Williams graduated from Harvard Medical School. He completed residencies in both internal medicine and general surgery followed by a fellowship in surgical critical care. Dr. Williams joined Carney Hospital as Director of Surgical Education in 1997 and was appointed Chief of Surgery in 2000. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council and is the hospital liaison to the Commission on Cancer. He has a large surgery practice and enjoys supervising Transitional Year Residents in the hospital’s newly renovated operating suites.

Heidi O’Connor, Chief of Pulmonary MedicineDr. O'Connor

Dr. O’Connor graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine, a chief residency year and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Tufts Medical Center. She is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care and sleep medicine. She directs the critical care rotation for house officers and is known for her clinical skill and interest in evidence-based medicine. Her clinical interests are in the areas of chronic lung diseases, chronic respiratory failure and sleep disorders.

Archana Agarwal MD, Director of Hospitalist ServicesDr. Argawal

Dr. Agarwal graduated with honors from Calcutta National Medical College. She completed her residency at Jacobi Medical Center in New York where she was awarded the best teaching resident award. She joined Carney Hospital’s hospitalist program in 2010 and is the Assistant Program Director in addition to her role as Director of Hospitalist Services.

Apart from supervising residents on the inpatient medical wards, Dr. Agarwal oversees the first year resident research projects. She enjoys teaching residents and has won the best teaching attending award in 2011 and 2013. Dr. Agarwal encourages residents to become involved in research and has published several articles within the past year. She recently earned a Certificate in Clinical Investigation from Boston University. She supervises a board review series to help residents excel on their certification examination. Dr. Agarwal is multilingual and speaks 4 Indian languages.

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