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Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program

Residency Program Faculty & Staff

Patrice Thibodeau, M.D., Program Director, Kelly Barnes, Program Coordinator, and Katie Diamond-Falk, M.D., Associate Program Director

Program Director

Patrice Thibodeau, MD has been Program Director since 2005.  In addition to directing the Med-Peds program she also works as a Pediatric Inpatient Attending, Newborn Teaching Attending, and precepts in the MMC Med-Peds clinic.  Prior to moving to Maine, Dr. Thibodeau practiced Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at Genesee Medical Associates in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Thibodeau received her M.D. degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Rochester. She is an American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow and a Member of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Associate Program Director

Katie Diamond-Falk, MD began her position as Associate Program Director in 2013.  After completing medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, she moved to Portland for her Med-Peds Residency.  She continues to work as a Hospitalist for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, keeping her involved with Med-Peds residents throughout the hospital.  She also serves as a faculty advisor and occasionally steps in to precept for the MMC Med-Peds Clinic.

Program Coordinator

Kelly Barnes, C-TAGME began her career at Maine Medical Center in 2006 as the Coordinator for the the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program.  Through that role she has become nationally involved in a number of different arenas, including becoming a certified Training Administrator for Graduate Medical Education and sitting on the Executive Board of the Med-Peds Program Directors' Association (MPPDA).  Kelly is also the Exective Assistant for the National Med-Peds Residents' Association (NMPRA).  In 2013 she added Residency Program Coordinator for MMC's Pediatric Residency Program to her list of responsibilities.  Kelly can be reached at (207) 662-2405 or by email at

Program Faculty

Fred Emerson, MD graduated from our Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program in 2009 after attending medical school at Albany Medical College.  He is currently working as a primary care provider at Lakes Region Primary Care, a continuity clinic site for several of our Med-Peds residents.  Dr. Emerson is a faculty advisor and continuity clinic preceptor for our residency program.

Edward Fels, MD joined Rheumatology Associates in Portland in 2009 and is a faculty advisor for our program as well as a residency candidate interviewer.

Dr. Fels completed a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric Fellowship at Duke University after graduating from Maine Medical Center's Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program in 2005.  He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance, and the Tourette Syndrome Association.

Carol Hubbard, MD is a developmental specialist in the Maine Pediatric Specialty Group in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. She has been at MMC since 2000. She plays an integral role in the developmental/behavioral rotations and is a Med-Peds residency candidate interviewer.

Dr. Hubbard received her M.D. degree at the University of North Carolina and completed her residency training in the Harvard Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program. She completed her Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston University. She is a Fellow in Pediatrics and Member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Jill Kerekes, MD joined Lakes Region Primary Care in Windham, Maine in January of 2009.  She currently serves as a faculty advisor and clinical preceptor for the Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program by working with residents who have continuity clinic at her practice.  She is also a member of of the Med-Peds Evaluation/Promotions Committee and a residency candidate interviewer.

Dr. Kerekes is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio.  She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Illinois and worked for three years at Ball Medical Clinic in Ohio before moving to Maine in 2008.  She is a member of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians and has a special interest in both adolescent medicine and pediatric behavioral issues.

Ann Lemire, MD is an Internist-Pediatrician who served as the first Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program Director from 1999-2005.  She is currently the medical director for the Division of Public Health in the City of Portland and serves as a faculty advisor to our residents.  Since 1994, her work has involved caring for adults and children who are homeless or underserved, as well as caring for HIV patients.  Since 2004 she has been volunteering at the Justinian Hospital in Cap Haitien, Haiti as part of the Konbit Sante  project.  Prior to this work, she had an Internal Medicine-Pediatric practice in Windham, Maine.

Dr. Lemire received her M.D. degree from the University of Vermont and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York.  She is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians.

Melanie Murray, MD works out of Lakes Region Primary Care in Windham, Maine, where she practices primary care full time and serves as a Med-Peds Continuity Clinic preceptor.  In addition, Dr. Murray is a preceptor in the Internal Medicine-Pediatric Continuity Clinic here at Maine Medical Center and devotes some of her time to the Newborn Nursery teaching service.  She is also a vital member of both our Med-Peds Education Committee and Evaluation/Promotions Committee, serves as a faculty advisor to our residents, and is a residency candidate interviewer.

Dr. Murray completed her Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency at Maine Medical Center in 2007 after receiving her M.D. degree from Wright State University in Ohio.  She joined Lakes Region Primary Care immediately following her residency training. 

Eugene Paluso, MD has practiced Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at Lakes Region Primary Care in Windham since 1993. He currently serves as a clinical preceptor for the Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program and is a residency candidate interviewer.   

Dr. Paluso received his M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his training in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is a Member of the American College of Physicians. 

Christine Twining, MD  joined Maine Medical Partner's Endocrinology and Diabetes Center in Scarborough, Maine in 2008, where she sees both adult and pediatric endocrinology patients.  Dr. Twining is a faculty advisor for our Internal Medicine-Pediatric program, is a member of the Med-Peds Evaluation/Promotions Committee, and is a residency candidate interviewer.

Originally from Bangor, Maine, Dr. Twining is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine.  She completed her combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric residency at  Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.  She then went on to complete a 2-year Adult Endocrinology Fellowship at WJB Dorn Veteran's Hospital/Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina and immediately moved back to Maine to practice. Dr. Twining is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the Endorine Fellows Foundation.

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