feldmanThis month’s MPPDA Member Spotlight features Dr. Lenny Feldman.  Dr. Feldman has been the Program Director of the Johns Hopkins Combined Med-Peds Urban Health Residency for the last four years.  He is also Track Director of the Osler Urban Health IM Primary Care Track and serves as an Associate Program Director for the Osler Medical Residency.  Dr. Feldman is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

“We created the Johns Hopkins Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health (UH) Residency Program to produce leaders in UH primary care. The program trains residents to care for vulnerable populations in an urban environment. Cities like Baltimore face a primary care workforce crisis while contending with well-known health problems of the inner-city. We strive to produce leaders in primary care who can serve as systems level change agents while providing effective, longitudinal, comprehensive, coordinated, patient-centered care for the inner-city patients.

As a mission-driven residency, we have developed curriculum to enable us to reach our goals. The centerpieces of the residency include our community-based med-peds clinic, our UH weekly noon conferences, and the UH rotations. In creating these rotations, we have consciously collaborated with multiple federally qualified health centers: Chase Brexton, Baltimore Medical System and Healthcare for the Homeless. Besides from providing care to unique populations like HIV-infected individuals, resettling refugees, and the homeless, the clinics provide the residents with real-life examples of innovative ways of delivering primary care.

Residents rotate with the Baltimore County Health Department to experience the breadth and depth of services that a HD can deliver. They learn the finer points of inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment on their SUD rotation, and they receive enhanced psychiatry training during a one-month experience. In addition, they are exposed to a wide-variety of community-based non-governmental organizations during their urban community medicine rotation, and they will learn about the toll that violence takes on the city and its inhabitants during their urban violence rotation.

Our Urban Health Rotations:
• Community FQHC Primary Care
• Substance Use Disorders
• Re-entry Medicine/Urban Violence
• Cross Cultural Care and Health Disparities
• Urban Community Medicine
• Women’s Health/ Adolescent Gynecology
• Adult Psychiatry/Child Mental Health
• Outpatient HIV/HCV Care
• Communication
• Health Department

Personally, I married Laura Bures in July of 2013 and moved into a new house. Emptying boxes and writing wedding present thank you notes takes up a large segment of my free time these days, but I still find time to play indoor soccer every Thursday night and broomball with the medicine residents. Laura and I met at Brown University when we were inducted into the Higher Keys, a co-ed a cappella singing group. These days I only sing Karaoke at MPPDA meetings! I am a huge baseball fan and live and die with the Baltimore Orioles. Laura is from Western Pennsylvania, so we relive the Steelers-Ravens rivalry every year at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Wish the Ravens luck when Laura and I attend the game this year on Thanksgiving night! The rest of my free time is devoted to re-certification. Don’t leave both boards to the last 3 months of the 10-year cycle. (-; ”

Dr. Feldman is also an active member of  the Society of Hospital Medicine and has been instrumental in informing the MPPDA of new developments within this evolving specialty.  If you would like to contact him to learn more about his program or activities, MPPDA members may follow this link for his contact information through AAIM Connect:  Leonard Feldman, MD.

In this section, we would like to spotlight individual MPPDA members who are doing amazing and innovative things in education, clinical programs, or community service with their Med-Peds programs.  If you would like to nominate an individual MPPDA member, please leave us a comment below or email us at info@mppda.org.