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Physicians Join Maine Medical Partners

September 16, 2020

Contact: Caroline Cornish

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Medical Partners announces the following new hires.

Christopher Cummings, MDChristopher Cummings, MD, recently joined Maine Medical Partners – Neurology. Board certified in Vascular Neurology, Dr. Cummings is a fellowship trained neurologist who evaluates new patients with cerebrovascular disease, providing continuity of care for stroke patients, participates in MaineHealth Telestroke program, and supports the inpatient neurohospitalist program and stroke services. His experience includes the role of Director of Geisinger Central Region Medical Stroke Program at the Geisinger Neuroscience Institute in Danville, PA. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School Medicine in New York, NY. Dr. Cummings completed his residency in Neurology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburg, PA and his fellowship in Vascular Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH.

Thomas Albert, MDThomas Albert, MD, recently joined Maine Medical Partners – Scarborough Family Medicine. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in cognitive science and English, he went on to earn his medical degree at the University of Virginia. He completed his residency in family medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, acting as chief resident. He culminated his training by completing the Master Teacher Fellowship with Tufts and Cambridge Health Alliance. Most recently, he practiced for six months as a primary care doctor in rural New Zealand. His clinical interests include medical education, the treatment of substance use disorders and narrative medicine.

Rebecca Bystrom, MDRebecca Bystrom, MD, recently joined Maine Medical Partners as an oncology hospitalist. After earning her Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and Bachelor of Behavioral Science in psychology from the Flinders University of South Australia, she went on to earn her medical degree from the Flinders University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center and is now studying for a Master of Science in precision cancer medicine at the University of Oxford. Her clinical interests include hematology, precision cancer medicine, palliative care and oncologic critical care.

Kaitlin Taplinger, DOKaitlin Taplinger, DO, recently joined Maine Medical Center – Psychiatry. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Bowdoin College, she went on to earn her osteopathic medical degree at the University of New England. She then completed her residency in psychiatry at Maine Medical Center, while serving as the chief resident. Her clinical interests include consult liaison psychiatry and neuropsychiatry.

Tapan Mehta, MDTapan Mehta, MD, recently joined Maine Medical Partners – MaineHealth Cardiology. He completed his fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He completed his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College. He will work in the Scarborough office with a sub-specialty of heart failure. His clinical interests include heart failure, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.

About Maine Medical Partners
Maine Medical Partners (MMP) is the largest network of primary care and specialty practices in Maine with more than 50 practice and outreach locations across Maine and New Hampshire. Maine Medical Partners is a department of Maine Medical Center and a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit


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