Program Directors

  • Dominick Tammaro, MD - Internal Medicine Residency Director


    Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
    Undergrad: Brown University
    Medical School: Brown Medical School
    Email: dominick_tammaro@brown.edu
    Phone: 401-444-5577

    Dominick Tammaro, MD completed his residency at Saint Vincent Hospital/UMASS, completing a PGY4 Chief Resident Year. He subsequently returned to Providence to join the Brown faculty, where he has been involved in residency education ever since. He has served Brown and our residents as Residency Director since 1991 and over those years has overseen development of The Rhode Island Hospital Geographic Ward Service (Med B), founded the Brown Med-Peds Residency, and received several program development grants, most recently for development of our new Procedure Service. He regularly attends on the Medicine Wards and Medical Consult Service. He has received numerous teaching awards and has been elected to both AOA and Gold Humanism Society. His professional interest is in Perioperative Medical Care. He is proud and most fortunate to work with an outstanding and dedicated team of Associate Directors who keep him out of trouble.

    Dr. Tammaro is a former Eagle Scout and enjoys backpacking throughout the northeast. He and his daughter recently completed the 500 mile Camino de Santiago route in France and Spain.

  • Kelly McGarry, MD - Program Director, General Internal Medicine/Primary Care & Associate Residency Director


    Hometown: Warwick, RI
    Undergrad: Brown University
    Medical School: Yale University
    Email: kmcgarry@lifespan.org
    Phone: 401-444-5953

    Dr. McGarry joined the Division of General Medicine at Brown in 1996 and has been here ever since! She became the Associate Program Director for the GIM/Primary Care program in 1998 and then Program Director for GIM/Primary Care in 2007. She sees primary care patients at University Medicine Academic Practice in the Women’s Health Division, precepts residents in the Center for Primary Care, and serves as a ward attending on our Med B Service. She has received numerous teaching awards from the medical students and residents. Her scholarly areas of interest include primary care and medical education, care of vulnerable populations, including the LGBT community, and women’s health. She values the connection to patients and her learners and finds joy and fulfillment in helping students and residents grow professionally and personally. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and anything outdoors, especially running, biking and hiking.

  • Beth Gentilesco, MD - Associate Residency Director


    Hometown: New York City
    Undergrad: Amherst College
    Medical School: Cornell Medical School
    Email: BGentilesco@lifespan.org
    Phone: 401-793-4039

    Dr. Gentilesco grew up in New York, and completed her undergraduate degree in Geology from Amherst College. She attended Cornell Medical School, and went west to complete residency at Stanford University. She has worked as an academic hospitalist since 2004, and has been on the faculty at Brown since 2007. Dr. Gentilesco has ongoing projects in medical education, quality improvement, and humanistic communication. She coordinates and guides resident abstract submissions for the Annual Rhode Island ACP Associates Competition. In addition to her central role in residency leadership, she serves as Miriam Hospital Site Director for the Brown Internal Medicine Clerkship. She enjoys caring for patients on the inpatient wards at the Miriam Hospital, where she teaches residents and students. She embraces the Brown ethos of open-minded and open-hearted thinking and care. She is an avid reader of fiction and loves crossword puzzles.

  • Ross W. Hilliard, MD - Associate Residency Director


    Hometown: Oak Ridge, TN
    Undergrad: Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
    Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC
    Email: ross_hilliard@brown.edu
    Phone: 401-444-4083

    Dr. Hilliard is the newest Associate Program Director, joining the group in 2016. A graduate of the General Internal Medicine (GIM) program at Brown and a former Chief Resident, he enjoys the chance to work with residents in all areas of their Internal Medicine education. He considers it a privilege to watch residents progress through their time at Brown, finding their own professional “fit,” and building plans for future independent practice. Particular interests include patient safety and quality improvement along with the Medical Informatics and the Electronic Medical Record (EMR). As the Director of Medical Informatics for the Lifespan health system, he works with a team to improve the hospital system’s EPIC EMR so that it can better serve patients, physicians, and other allied health professionals. In addition, Ross enjoys working with students as the faculty advisor for the Rhode Island Chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Open School for Health Professionals, precepting medical students at the RI Free Clinic, and further extending outreach to the community as the Medical Director for the Lifespan Community Health Institute.

  • Jennifer Jeremiah, MD - Associate Residency Director


    Hometown: Cranston, RI
    Undergrad: Brown University
    Medical School: Brown Medical School
    Email: jjeremiah@lifespan.org
    Phone: 401-444-5577

    Dr. Jeremiah has been an Associate Program Director for the last nine years. She also chairs the Brown IM Residency Clinical Competence Committee and directs our Community Based Teaching Program (aka Second site) – which is the consistently top-rated rotation by our residents. In addition to her residency responsibilities, Dr. Jeremiah sees primary care patients in the University Medicine Academic Practice (UMAP). When asked about her favorite aspects of her role, Dr. Jeremiah states “I have the thrill of watching our residents become accomplished independent, caring and confident clinicians.

    Dr. Jeremiah currently lives over the RI border in Rehoboth MA with her husband who is a hematologist oncologist and two teenage children Vincent and Penelope. She loves all kinds of outdoor activities, has hiked in 14 national parks, and is a devoted fan of western mountain ranges and peaks.

  • Fred J. Schiffman, MD - Associate Residency Director


    Hometown: New York City
    Undergrad: Wagner College
    Medical School: New York University
    Email: fred_schiffman@brown.edu
    Phone: 401-793-4035

    Fred J. Schiffman, M.D. is a hematologist/oncologist at Brown and Lifespan. Dr. Schiffman is the Sigal Family Professor of Humanistic Medicine at Brown, Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine of the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, and Associate Director of the Categorical Residency Program at Brown. He is the Associate Physician in Chief at The Miriam Hospital. His areas of expertise include malignant and non-malignant hematological problems and disorders of the spleen. Dr. Schiffman has published in a broad range of hematologic areas and also on a variety of subjects regarding the education of students and house staff. The recently awarded Sigal Family Professorship in Humanistic Medicine has allowed him to lead and participate in several programs in the arts dealing with the interface between humanities and medicine, such as the Cops and Docs Program at the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design.

  • Stephanie Catanese, MD - Assistant Residency Director


    Hometown: Parkland, FL
    Undergrad: University of Florida
    Medical School:Temple University School of Medicine
    Email: scatanese@lifespan.org
    Phone: 401-649-4050

    Dr. Stephanie Catanese has been named Assistant Residency Director. A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and the Brown General Internal Medicine/Primary Care Track, Dr. Catanese will focus her role on Performance Assessment and Academic Support. She is a member of our Residency Clinical Competency Committee and leads our Directed Reading Program. She continues to be a formidable force on the Volleyball court as a member of the ACE Inhibitors.