Our Team

Chief Division of General Internal Medicine
Mia Coetzer, PhD
Medical Director, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Timothy P. Flanigan, MD received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York, New York, and completed his residency and fellowship training in infectious diseases at University Hospital of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. He is a dean’s professor of medical science, professor of medicine and professor of health services, policy and practice at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Mary Flynn, PhD, RD, LDN
Chief Research Dietitian, The Miriam Hospital
Helen E. Burgwyn Fuchs, PhD
Research Scientist, Rhode Island Hospital
Medical Director, Infectious Diseases/Immunology Center, The Miriam Hospital
Fizza Gillani, PhD
Director, HIV Resistance Laboratory
Director, Inpatient Infectious Diseases Consultation Service, Rhode Island Hospital

Jerome Larkin, MD received his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in Piscataway, New Jersey. He completed his residency training at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He is an assistant professor of medicine (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He treats pediatric patients at the center.

Ming Li, PhD
Chief of Infectious Diseases, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital

Eleftherios Mylonakis, MD, PhD, FIDSA, is the chief of infectious diseases at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals and Charles C.J. Carpenter Professor of Infectious Disease. He is a professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University. He is the representative of the American Society of Clinical Investigation at Lifespan and Brown University, and a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Gerard Joseph Nau, MD, PhD, is an attending physician and infectious diseases consultant at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. He is an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He specializes in innate immunity and bacterial pathogenesis. Dr. Nau is a member of the American Society of Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Chief Science Officer, Lifespan, and Medical Director, Lifespan Clinical Research Center

Bharat Ramratnam, MD is chief science officer at Lifespan, medical director of the Lifespan Clinical Research Center, and vice chair of research for the department of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, with appointments in the divisions of infectious diseases and hematology/oncology. He also leads the laboratory of retrovirology for the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research and Rhode Island Hospital’s NIH-funded COBRE Center for Cancer Research Development.

In his role as chief science officer, Dr. Ramratnam provides scientific guidance to the vice president for research administration and to senior Lifespan management on matters of biomedical and translational science. In addition, he serves as co-chair of Lifespan's Research Advisory Committee, helps determine the goals and status of institutional core labs, and advises on the ongoing laboratory space management and new construction.

Dr. Ramratnam received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Brown University; and completed his internal medicine residency and chief residency at The Miriam Hospital. He was a clinical scholar at Rockefeller University in New York and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in virology at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Rockefeller University in New York.

Dr. Ramratnam has received numerous awards including the NIH Career Development Award, the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Award, the Daland Fellowship in Clinical Investigation from the American Philosophical Society, and the Culpepper Award from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Locally, he received the Lifespan Bruce Selya award for Research Excellence and the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He serves as a permanent member of the NIH AIDS Immunology and Pathogenesis Study Section.

Dr. Ramratnam’s current research focuses on host factors that impact HIV-1 replication, including histone metabolism and noncoding RNA. His laboratory has made important contributions in multiple fields including virology, basic RNA biology, extra-cellular communication and translational.

Rebecca Reece, MD, received her medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she also completed her residency. She completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, and a post-doctoral research fellowship at The Miriam Hospital.

Physician-in-Chief Department of Medicine RIH/TMH
Director, Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, Immunology Center, The Miriam Hospital
Director, RISE/TB Clinic, The Miriam Hospital
Xiaoli Tang, PhD
Director of Clinical Trials, Immunology Center

Karen Tashima, MD, is the director of clinical trials at the Immunology Center, and is the clinical research site leader for The Miriam Hospital, a research site of the Harvard/Boston/Providence AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) Unit. She also oversees the Lifespan Clinical Research Center collaboration with the specimen processing laboratory at The Miriam Hospital.

Dr. Tashima is a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Associate Dean for Medical Education, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Edward J. Wing, MD
Infectious Diseases Specialist, The Miriam Hospital