Chief Resident

University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency - Chief Resident - DeckerFrancesca I. Decker, M.D., M.P.H.
State University of New York, Downstate Medical

Francesca grew up in a log cabin on a horse farm outside Ithaca, NY. She attended Cornell for undergrad, majoring in Biology and Society, then took a year off, interned at the NIH, studied Spanish and traveled through Peru before confirming her decision to apply to medical school. She had an exciting four years completingher MD/MPH at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, and then returned upstate to Rochester for the program's excellent opportunities in global health, policy and research.

Her currentcareer interests include health policy and research, sexual health, nutrition, complementary medicine, and end of life care. She loves to read, write,talk, sing, get outdoors, and eat.After couples' matching to Rochesterfor residency,Francesca and her husband are celebrating their one year anniversary in 2014. They've enjoyed the delicious food in Rochester, friendly people,and many festivals, performances and other cultural events in the community. She is happy to be staying on as one of the chief residents for 2014-2015, and looking forward to working more closely with the wonderful faculty and administrative staff, as well as our new intern class! Email Francesca.

University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency - Chief Resident - Rodrigues Natercia R. Rodrigues, M.D.
University of Connecticut

Rooted in Hartford, Connecticut, Natercia is looking forward to venturing outside of New England.  Her academic passions have always been evenly split across the sciences and humanities--she graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a double major in Biochemistry and French.  While in medical school at the University of Connecticut she continued to write and paint and even speak French.  One summer, she WWOOFed (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) in France, building a stone-wall alongside a river and riding bikes through Champagne and Aveyron.  Back at home she continues her interests in farming and the outdoors by planting, hiking, and cooking delicious meals from farmer’s market finds with her partner, Arn (a Rochester native). 

Her interests in medicine include women’s reproductive health, political advocacy and hospice/palliative care.  She is looking forward to pursuing these passions and discovering many more. Email Natercia.