Dr. Antonella ‘Nelli’ Fine
Class of 2000
Dr. Antonella ‘Nelli’ Fine ‘00 received her medical degree from George Washington University in 2011, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Brown University in 2014, and completed her fellowship in adult Infectious Diseases at Brown University in 2016. Since 2016, she have served as the sole Infectious Diseases Physician, Director of Infection Control, and Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, a community hospital in Attleboro, MA that serves a large catchment area between Boston and Providence.
Since February 2020, she has been charged as the leader of Sturdy's COVID-19 Taskforce with preparing for, and responding to, the COVID-19 pandemic in one of the states hit hardest by the first wave. This enormous responsibility has included creating protocols for all aspects of patient care and isolation, being the gatekeeper of all emerging diagnostics and therapeutics, procuring adequate personal protective equipment and testing supplies, and advising the Attleboro superintendent of schools and Wheaton College president on reopening. Nelli says, “This has been an incredibly humbling experience fraught with many challenges and shortages, but watching all of the members of my healthcare community rise to the occasion, take public health measures to heart, and work together to beat down the pandemic in our state has been utterly inspiring. I am so very proud of what we have been able to accomplish together and how well we have protected our patients, employees, and community. While I worry what the fall and winter will bring, I know that this pandemic has made us stronger and more united than ever before, and we are prepared. I urge the MKA community to wear masks, wash your hands regularly, and continue to socially distance as this pandemic is far from over, and these seemingly small acts help save lives.”