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SCIPP Specialists

Dr. Kerri Batra Kerri Batra, MD is a rheumatologist at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Batra graduated from Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and fellowship at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston.

She has special interests in the role of biomarkers in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), pulmonary disease in RA, and gout, and has published on all of these topics. In addition, Dr. Batra enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows, and was recently named the Director of Fellows' Research for the Rheumatology Fellowship Program at Rhode Island Hospital.

Some Rheumatology Conditions We Discuss at SCIPP
Joint Pain and/or Joint Swelling Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
Antinuclear Antibody (ANA) test positive Lupus Anticoagulant (LAC) test positive
Raynaud's Disease Scleroderma
Arthritis Osteopenia
Rheumatoid Arthritis Other Connective Tissue Diseases (UDCTD)
Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD)  



Dr. Athena Poppas Athena Poppas, MD is the Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Poppas graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics and a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Chicago Hospital.

Dr. Poppas has a special interest in peripartum cardiomyopathy. Her research/clinical interests focus on cardiovascular disease in women, valvular heart disease and echocardiography. She has published many peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and electronic media on these and other cardiovascular topics. She is a frequent invited speaker locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Poppas is active in leadership nationally in the American Heart Association and Women's Health Council of Rhode Island. Consistently, from 2003 through 2009, in a Rhode Island Monthly survey, her peers voted her the best cardiologist for women in Rhode Island. Dr. Poppas holds board certifications in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine. She is fluent in English and Greek.

Some Cardiology Conditions We Discuss at SCIPP
Palpitations Valvular Heart Disease
Heart Murmur Congenital Heart Disease
Syncope Cardiomyopathy
Shortness of breath / Exercise intolerance Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
Abnormal EKG or Echocardiogram results Dysrhythmias
Atrial Septal Defect History of a Myocardial Infarction
Ventricular Septal Defect  



Dr. Bachir Sakr Bachir Sakr, MD joined the Program in Women's Oncology in 2007. Dr. Sakr received a degree in Medicine from The Lebanese University in Lebanon, and completed his Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sakr sees patients at Women & Infants in his capacity as a full-time Hematology and Oncology specialist. He is fluent in three languages, Arabic, English, and French.

Some Hematology Conditions We Discuss at SCIPP
Anemia Thrombophilia (Factor V Leiden, Prothrombin Gene Mutations, and others)
Leukocytosis History of post-surgical or post partum hemorrhage
Thrombocytopenia Bleeding Disorders
Thrombus (DVT, VTE) Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
Anticoagulation in pregnancy Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)
Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) Von Willebrand's Disease
Lupus Anticoagulant  



Dr. Geetha Gopalakrishnan Geetha Gopalakrishnan, MD is an Associate Professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is the Director of the Bone Health Program in the Center for Women's Medicine and Director of the Endocrine in Pregnancy Program in the Division of Obstetric and Consultative Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan completed her residency in internal medicine at Brown University and her fellowship in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism at Stanford University. She joined the faculty at Brown University in 2002 and is currently the Director of Clinical Education for the Division of Endocrinology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan has a special interest in women's health issues including calcium disorders, vitamin D deficiency, osteoporosis as well as endocrine disorders in pregnancy. Her research interests focus on therapeutic options for various endocrine disorders including osteoporosis, thyroid disease and diabetes. She has published many articles and book chapters on these topics.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan holds board certifications in internal medicine and endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. She is a certified Clinical Densitometrist and certified in nuclear medicine and radiation safety.

Some Endocrinology Conditions We Discuss at SCIPP
Calcium disorders Thyroid disorders
Parathyroid disorders Diabetes Insipidus
Adrenal Insufficiency Hyperaldosteronism
Cushing's Disease  
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