Meet the Residents – 2013-2014

The New England Eye Center, Tufts University School of Medicine Residency in Ophthalmology offers a three-year program that blends clinical training, academic activities, and research opportunities. There are four residents in each of the three years of the program.

First-Year Residents

Bhavsar, Kavita  

Bradley Hansen, MD

College: Brigham Young University - Idaho
Medical School: University of Washington
Internship: Providence-Sacred Heart, WA
Home town:

Liang, Michelle  

Kirsten Dunbar, MD

College: University of Virginia
Medical School: Emory School of Medicine
Internship: Erlanger Hospital/UT Chattanooga
Home town:

Vuong, Laurel  

Lauren Branchini, MD

College: Boston University
Medical School: Boston University
Internship: Carney Hospital
Hobbies: hiking, gardening, crafting
Home town: Albany, NY


Vuong, Laurel  

Kendra Klein, MD

College: Hobart & William Smith
Medical School: University of Rochester
Internship: Memorial Sloan Kettering
Hobbies: traveling, cooking
Home town: Utica, NY

Second-Year Residents

Ho, Joseph  

Joseph Ho, MD

College: University of California, Berkeley
Medical school: Boston University School of Medicine
Internship: Alameda County Medical Center--
                  Highland Hospital
Hobbies: Running, traveling, watching movies
Hometown: Northridge, CA

Lee, Gregory  

Gregory Lee, MD

College: Princeton 
Medical school: UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson
Internship: Carney Hospital, Dorchester, MA
Hobbies: tennis, cooking, basketball, foodie, skiing
Hometown: Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Muakkasa, Nora  

Nora Muakkasa, MD

College: Cornell University
Medical school: New York University School of Medicine
Internship: Mount Auburn Hospital
Hobbies: cooking, running, traveling 
Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Tawse, Kirsten  

Kirstin Tawse, MD

College: Penn State University
Medical school: University of Pennsylvania
                         School of Medicine
Internship: St. Vincents Hospital
Hobbies: running, skiing, tennis, hiking

Third-Year Residents

Bartonlini, Claudia  

Claudia Bartolini, MD

College:  Dartmouth College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Hobbies:  Hiking, Skiing, Road Biking, Piano
Hometown: Hampton, NH

Jen Renz, MD  

Jen Renz, MD

College: Dartmouth College
Medical School: Boston University
Internship: University of New Mexico
Hobbies: Horseback riding, surfing, snowboarding, running
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY

Sitko, Kevin  

Kevin Sitko, MD

College:  University of North Carolina
Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Hobbies:  Foreign languages, spending time with his wife and daughter
Hometown: Cary, NC / Shrewsbury, MA


Sodhi, Avnett  

Avneet Sodhi, MD

College:  George Washington University
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
Hobbies:  Indian dancing, squash, indoor volleyball
Hometown: Fulton, MD

Williams, Steven  

Steven Williams, MD

College: Havard School of Medicine
Medical School: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
Internship: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Hobbies: Music, especially classical and jazz and playing the piano
Home town: Miami, FL