Interim Program Director
Clarence Lam, MD, MPH, currently serves as the Interim Program Director for the residency program. He was chief resident for the residency program during the 2011-12 academic year. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Case Western Reserve University where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in political science and biology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland and his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
While in medical school, Dr. Lam was elected as the student body president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and he served on the health affairs staff of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives where he conducted oversight investigations on drug safety policy. He also worked as an analyst at the Center for Biosecurity where he authored several publications on biodefense policy and public health preparedness. During residency, he was a representative to his institution’s Graduate Medical Education Committee and Residency Advisory Committee. He was also elected as the Vice President of Membership and Recruitment for the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Resident Physicians Section. In the past, he served two AmeriCorps terms in health education and advocacy in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 2010, Dr. Lam successfully ran for elected office to serve on the Howard County Democratic Central Committee. He also serves as an elected member of the Maryland Democratic State Central Committee and as an Executive Director of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Leadership Council of the Maryland Democratic Party.
In addition to his responsibilities as chief resident, he currently serves as a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on drug shortages, is on the legislative staff of the only physician in the Maryland General Assembly, and serves on the boards of several community organizations, including as Vice Chair of the Howard County Community Action Council and also of Healthy Howard, an award-winning program whose mission is to ensure that access to medical and preventive care is available to all residents in Howard County, Maryland.
Elham Hatef, MD, MPH currently serves as the Chief Resident of the residency program. She earned her medical degree from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, in Tehran, Iran and her Master in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Hatef’s interest in medicine and public health has gradually developed over the course of last decade. During her years at medical school, she was involved in Students’ Scientific Research Center where she learned the first basic steps in public health and epidemiologic research. Over the course of her time there, she progressed from being a junior medical student and research scholar to one of the senior members of the central council. She also got involved in several epidemiologic studies on eye diseases at Eye Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences and later on she was one of the founding members of the “Iranian Society for the Prevention of Blindness”, a non-governmental advocacy group. Upon completing her medical degree in Tehran she served as an emergency doctor in the only hospital with an inpatient facility in a town in the west of the Kurdistan Province of Iran located near the border with Iraq. Over a period of 16 months she managed to visit and supervise the delivery of health care services to approximately 5,000 patients at hospital outpatient and inpatient facilities.
Dr. Hatef moved to the United States in 2006, where she learned to conduct clinical research projects in ophthalmology from specialists and visual scientists at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She continued to pursue these interests as a research postdoctoral fellow at Wilmer Eye Institute as well as an MPH student with a focus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also worked in close contact with Cochrane Eye and Vision Group on the systematic reviews in the field of retinal diseases.
Prior to pursuing preventive medicine training, Dr. Hatef completed a preliminary year in internal medicine at the Yale-affiliated Griffin Hospital in Connecticut. During this time she continued working on her ongoing research projects in the filed of retinal imaging and uveitis. As a preventive medicine resident, Dr. Hatef’s academic work focused on global health, health system performance in the context of chronic eye diseases, and prevention of blindness. During residency she conducted a quality improvement project on diabetic eye examination for Medicaid population at East Baltimore Medical Center, one of the Johns Hopkins outpatient clinics in East Baltimore.
Her practicum rotations included work on the Prevention of Blindness Program with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland; evaluation of diabetic eye exam initiative with Johns Hopkins HealthCare, the managed care organization at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute; evaluation of integrative medicine curriculum among preventive medicine residency programs with the American Collage of Preventive Medicine; establishment of syndromic surveillance system for environmental health with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and the assessment of food bank donations and the effect of incentives on donation patterns across the US with the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During residency Dr. Hatef was elected as Vice President for Communication with the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Resident Physicians Section. Throughout residency she also worked on ongoing research projects at Wilmer Eye Institute and with the Eye Research Center at Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
In addition to her responsibilities as Chief Resident, Dr. Hatef continues to work with Johns Hopkins HealthCare and East Baltimore Medical Center on diabetic eye exam and with Eye Research Center at Tehran University on national burden of eye diseases.