Chief Residents

  • Andrew Gillis-Smith, MD

    Hometown: Portland, Maine
    Undergrad: Swarthmore College
    Medical School: Mount Sinai

    Why I came to Brown: I came into residency not knowing what field I wanted to pursue, but when I first visited Brown, I encountered residents with diverse interests and could sense that the faculty were committed to helping each resident find the path that best fit them. I was struck by the camaraderie here, and how the residents enjoyed the work that they were doing. During my time here, I've appreciated the breadth of clinical training that comes from having multiple clinic sites, and our second ambulatory site program has been essential in my preparation for fellowship through the mentoring from my preceptor and the longitudinal exposure to outpatient oncology.

    Professional Interest: Hematology/Oncology

    Fun fact most people don't know about me is: I get up at 3:30am to watch live rugby from New Zealand

  • Mark Godfrey, MD

    Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
    Undergrad: Boston University, Chemistry and Biology
    Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine

    Why I came to Brown: At the end of my interview day I knew that I would be able to get excellent medical training at Brown: high volumes of diverse patients, with high acuity, excellent autonomy as an intern and resident, and stellar teaching conferences and resources for research. All of these things have borne out during my residency, and I feel more than equipped for fellowship or practice. What I didn’t know then, and have come to know over the last few years, is how much the people here would mean to me and how critical a role they would play in my education. I go to work every day with people who are fanatical about learning and caring for patients, who share a deep sense of institutional pride, and who care for and look out for each other. As a resident and a chief I have seen the million ways that our people go to bat for each other, and trust me: you want to train in a place with that kind of culture. It makes the impossible days bearable, the tough days good, and the great days unforgettable.

    Professional Interest: Pulmonary and Critical Care

    Fun fact most people don’t know about me is: I can flip a pancake with just the pan and have read an embarrassing number of sci-fi and fantasy novels.

  • Karen Kimel-Scott, MD

    Hometown: Waynesville, North Carolina
    Undergrad: UNC- Chapel Hill, BA in Chemistry with Minor in Art History
    Medical School: East Carolina University (Brody School of Medicine)

    Why I came to Brown: I came to Brown because I wanted to be in a place with genuine pride in General Internal Medicine; where program leadership and mentors worked in inpatient and outpatient medicine. I came to Brown because of the Women's Health Track and its unique place in the General Internal Medicine program. I came to Brown because I felt the warmth between the Residents and welcoming of the Program Directors that made me feel like family. I wanted to be a part of that Brown family and this family truly got me through residency.

    Professional Interest: Primary Care and Women's Health, Cancer Survivorship

    Fun fact most people don’t know about me is: If I wasn't in medicine I would be a journalist for an economic podcast like Planet Money. I played college Ultimate Frisbee and continue to play on the RI Women's Club team, Hope!

  • Margaret “Brenna” McNamara, MD

    Hometown: Exeter, New Hampshire
    Undergrad: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
    Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

    Why I came to Brown: I came to Brown to participate in our excellent General Internal Medicine program and to train among the devoted, intelligent, and emphatic physicians that comprise our program.

    Professional Interest: Internal Medicine, Women's Health

    Fun fact most people don’t know about me is: I was a competitive gymnast until the age of 17.

  • Page Widick, MD

    Hometown: Saint Cloud, Minnesota
    Undergrad: Haverford College in Haverford, PA; Major: Psychology
    Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Why I came to Brown: The residency program at Brown was the only one that I visited that didn't attempt to tell me the many ways that I could fit into a specific mold. Instead, everyone I met emphasized the many opportunities available that would help me discover my true passion. The program here at Brown is full of caring and supportive administrators, supervisors, and colleagues that have truly helped me grow into my best self. Even though most of us like to think that we are omniscient, the truth is that not all newly minted physicians arrive to residency with a clear and certain plan for our careers. Brown is a place where there is no penalty for exploring your options; instead, there are residents and attendings that are willing to not only teach you, but also provide guidance and counsel to assist you as you plan your future in medicine.

    Professional Interest: Medical Education, Hospital Medicine, Cancer care

    Fun fact most people don’t know about me is: I grew up in central Minnesota and played girls ice hockey from a young age. By the time I got to high school, there were enough female hockey players to petition the state to start a women's high school hockey league. I wanted to be a part of it, but went to a very small high school (48 in my graduating class). The summer before I started I requested that my athletic director find me a hockey team. He joined forces with two other area high schools and I got to play varsity women's hockey for all four years!