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Dr. William LaHouse Family Medicine Residents Fund

The LaHouse Residency Fund fund supports one three-year trainee in family medicine.   Family medicine physicians are needed to insure that all Georgians have affordable access to primary care that is patient-centered and focused on preventing disease.

Meet Kevin Pharris, MD, MPH, the third LaHouse Resident, 2017-2020


As the newest LaHouse Resident, Dr. Pharris already has shown himself to be an exemplary resident and leader in his class. “Kevin demonstrated determination and perseverance in matching with our residency program despite the setbacks that most people in a similar position would have given up on,” says Lianne Beck, former director of the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program. “He is someone who never gives up on their dream and works hard to achieve it.”

 Dr. Pharris graduated from Emory School of Medicine in 2012, and when he did not match as a resident, he earned a master’s degree in public health (epidemiology). Dr. Pharris remained engaged in medicine, studying and passing his medical licensing step exams and volunteering on the internal medicine service at Grady Memorial Hospital. There, H. Kenneth Walker, MD, noted that “Kevin’s biggest strength is his ability to relate to people. He has a very sincere, compassionate demeanor, keen intelligence and superior literature research skills. Kevin is smart and intent on becoming a good physician.”

Since birth, Dr. Pharris has dealt with food allergies, which gave him empathy for people with chronic health conditions. In elementary school, after his father died from pancreatic cancer, Kevin Pharris decided that he wanted to help people as a doctor. “I believe I can make a difference,” he says. “I’m inspired that family medicine provides for continued multifaceted care of individuals and their families, allowing the doctor patient relationship to flourish. I look forward to a career in such a dynamic field of medicine.”

Meet Mohammad Ali, the second LaHouse Resident, 2016-2019

Mohammad Ali

Dr. Ali has been a thoughtful leader in developing programs for diabetes, but because he completed his medical education in South Africa and the United Kingdom, he has not experienced a traditional U.S. residency program. As the LaHouse  Scholar of Family and Preventive Medicine, Dr. Ali will follow an individualized curriculum to learn the practical aspects of being a physician, so that he can bring his epidemiological work to the bedside as he continues his research. The LaHouse  Scholarship gives the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine the flexibility to bring a non-traditional resident into our program, where he can benefit from our expertise in training and we can benefit from his knowledge and leadership.

In addition to being Associate Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Dr. Ali is involved with the Diabetes Translation group at CDC as well as the Action to Control Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetes  (ACCORD) Quality of Life and Cost-Effectiveness group. In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Ali serves as a faculty mentor to the Emory Global Health Institute's Student Advisory Committee and has been a key player in  the development of the Emory Global Health Case Competition.

Meet Priya Gulati, the first LaHouse Resident, 2015-2018

Priya GulatiThe first LaHouse Resident is a longtime member of the Emory family. Dr. Priya Gulati. Gulati grew up in Augusta, raised by parents who are physicians, and graduated from Emory in 2010 with a degree in human biology and anthropology.

Gulati volunteered with Project Open Hand to prepare and deliver meals to people in need, and helped initiate Project Sunsmart, which educates elementary school children about sun protection and skin health as an undergraduate.

She returned to Emory after graduating from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her diverse research interests include physical medicine and rehabilitation, women’s health, underserved populations, addictions, dermatology, and quality improvement. She previously received fellowships from the American Dermatological Association and Institute of Research, Education, and Training in Addictions.

“I love the state of Georgia and look forward to serving the place that has given me so much,” Dr. Gulati said. “I am grateful to come home to a state that has so much potential, and my hope is that Emory will continue to grow its emphasis on primary care specialties and train primary care physicians who will practice throughout Georgia. My scholarship makes a difference to me and this community by allowing me to represent the Emory Department of Family and Preventive Medicine to a larger audience and highlight all the unique aspects of our program. My hope is to serve as an ambassador by engaging at the ground level in primary care. Please know how much I appreciate the opportunity to represent a new partnership between Emory Family Medicine and the LaHouse residency scholarship donors, stemming from a common goal of highlighting the importance of primary care.”