Family Medicine

Rebecca Lach, MD

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Biography

I am thrilled to be joining the Brown Family Medicine Residency! I chose Brown because I loved the people I met at my interview. I also felt their mission aligned seamlessly with my goal to care for underserved individuals. I love all aspects of family medicine but am especially passionate about addiction medicine, preventive medicine, and adolescent health.   I was fortunate to learn early on about the challenges and joys of practicing family medicine through my mother, a family physician and a strong role model for me. She often shared patient anecdotes and taught me the value of treating everyone with respect, compassion, and dignity.   Another influence that led me to family medicine was through my Master of Public Health at Dartmouth. This helped me gain a deeper understanding of the interconnection between population and individual health and showed me the importance of looking beyond the four walls of the exam room when caring for patients. During medical school I was lucky to be a part of an interdisciplinary team that worked with patients identified as “healthcare super-utilizers.” We made home visits over several months to help improve health literacy and address barriers to care. It was eye-opening to learn that the patient labeled “noncompliant” in the office was simply unable to take her medications as her dog kept chewing through the packaging! During medical school I also led an education/exercise group for underserved women with diabetes. And to promote wellness amongst my peers, I founded the Jefferson Triathlon Club.   I’m so happy to be coming home to New England with my fiancé, Sam, and our dog, Gnocchi! Outside of medicine, I love going on adventures with Gnocchi, swimming in the ocean, experimenting with new recipes in my kitchen, and tending to my succulent plant collection.