Our Residents

The residents at Mount Sinai Beth Israel give the program its unique character and feeling. Our housestaff is a truly representational group, hailing from some of the best medical schools with the United States and around the world. The Internal Medicine Residency Program is designed to foster a team approach to patient care and learning. An essential component of that is creating an environment of friendship, camaraderie and well-being among residents and between residents and faculty.

The Chief Medical Residents are a major force in our residency training program. In addition to scheduling conferences and speakers at grand rounds, they are an invaluable resource for teaching, conducting rounds, disseminating medical literature and overseeing administrative and educational aspects of the program. Through the initiatives of the Chief Medical Residents, new program improvements are proposed and accomplished.

The 2017-18 Chief Residents are:

Name: Krystle Hernandez
From: Cresskill, NJ
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

 

My name is Krystle Hernandez and I was born in Mount Sinai Hospital and raised in New Jersey. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the College of New Jersey and then went to medical school at Drexel University in Philadelphia. I chose Mount Sinai Beth Israel based largely off the great interview day; I really felt comfortable with the academic atmosphere and the obvious camaraderie amongst the house staff. I am excited to serve as Chief Resident this year and hope to enhance the clinical learning opportunities for the residents as I continue to build my own knowledge base through teaching. I plan to pursue a career in academic hospital medicine.

 

Name: Rifat Mamun
From: Manhasset Hills, NY
Medical School: Albany Medical College

My name is Rifat Mamun, and I am from Long Island, NY.  I attended a 8-year B.S./M.S./M.D. program at Union College, ultimately graduating from Albany Medical College. When applying for residency, I searched for a seemingly impossible triad of qualities in a program: academic excellence and rigor, an established culture of camaraderie, and an aura of approachability.  That search led me to Mount Sinai Beth Israel.  I am now proud to serve as a Chief Resident, where I hope to strengthen my skills in the teaching of residents and medical students, as well as learn about medical administration.  I plan on pursuing a career in Gastroenterology.

 

Name: Ana I. Velazquez
From: Mayagüez, PR
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

 

My name is Ana I. Velazquez and I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus and completed my medical education at UPR School of Medicine in San Juan. During my medical school training I attended graduate school at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN completing a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences. As I interviewed for residency programs I was very impressed by the welcoming atmosphere and camaraderie amongst residents at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. These combined with the clinically and culturally diverse population of lower Manhattan made MSBI a clear choice for me. Given my interests in clinical research and medical education, I am excited for the learning and career development opportunities this Chief year will provide. After completion of this year, I plan to pursue a career in hematology-oncology.

 

Name: Rebecca Voaklander
From: Cardiff, CA
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

 

Originally from the San Diego area, I moved to the East to attend Harvard University and play softball. I joined the Mount Sinai family as a medical student and was thrilled to match as a resident at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. I am interested in gastroenterology and hepatology. It is a privilege to serve as a chief medical resident this year as I loved my training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. The camaraderie here is unrivaled!

Our PGY3 Class, 2017-18:

Name

Medical School

Margarita Borovka Chernovolenko, MD

SUNY Buffalo

Joan Bosco, MD

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Perry Fisher, MD

Albany Medical College

Matthew Frank, MD

Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School

Shmuel Golfeyz, MD

New York Medical College

James Kaus, MD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Takaaki Kobayashi, MD

Juntendo University School of Medicine

Samuel Kolman, MD

Temple University School of Medicine

Nikhil Kothari, MD

Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Michael Ma, MD

University of Vermont College of Medicine

Jeffrey Ma, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Neena Malik, MD

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Nina Nguyen, MD

Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Janvi Paralker, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine

Anjanet Perez-Colon, MD

Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine

Jenny Placido Disla, MD

San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

Devi Sampat, MD

University of Alabama School of Medicine

Matthew Schaikewitz, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

David Schwarzbaum, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Danielle Seiden, MD

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson Univ.

Leslie Seijo, MD

San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

Vianna Sharif, MD

SUNY Downstate

Meytal Shtayer, MD

University of Arizona College of Medicine

Rajbir Sidhu, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine

Sandeep Soman, MD

New York Medical College

Tina Su, MD

New York Medical College

Yuji Yamada, MD

Keio University School of Medicine

Kevin Yan, MD

Florida State University College of Medicine

Xiao Yang, MD

University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine

Yulong Yang, MD

University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine

 

 

Our PGY2 class, 2017-18:

Name

Medical School

Kevin Andujar, MD San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Derya Arkonac, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Jose Barrientos Paz, MD San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Christine Chen, DO Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Kwan Cheng, MD SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Joseph Constantino, DO Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Sukhmani Gill, MD Boston University School of Medicine
Amanda Goldstone, MD Wayne State University School of Medicine
Adam Haviland, MD Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
Misa Hyakutake, MD Keio University School of Medicine
Yumiko Kinugawa, MD  Shiga University of Medical Science
Jonathan Kirshner, MD  Eastern Virginia Medical School
Orysia Kozicky, MD  New York Medical College
Jeffrey Lio, MD  Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Ada Londono, MD  Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
Charles Mimken, MD  New York Medical College
Nitzy Munoz Casablanca, MD  Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine
Edward Nabet, DO  New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Neil Patel, MD  Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Ileannette Robledo Vega, MD  San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Carlos Rodriguez-Bonilla, MD  San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Juletta Rubin, MD  Sackler School of Medicine - American Branch, NYS
Hailey Shah Gupta, MD  Ross University School of Medicine
Anup Shah, MD  SUNY Upstate Medical University
Gorav Sharma, MD   New York Medical College
Yael Simons, MD  FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Aiza Tariq, MD  University of Florida College of Medicine
Steven Tsisrakis, MD  Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Nelson Valentin Feliciano, MD University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Kristie Vu, MD  USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Adrienne Wang, MD   FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Ari Young, MD  St. George's University School of Medicine

Our PGY1 Class, both categorical and preliminary interns, 2017-18:

Name - Categorical

Medical School

Jacob Bell, MD

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Kelsey Collins, MD

St. George's University School of Medicine

Rajan Ganesh MD

St. Louis University School of Medicine

Isabel Guerrido Martinez, MD

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Lindsay Hammons, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin

William Keefe, MD

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Ira Khanna, MBBS

Lady Hardinge Medical College

Ian Kwok, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ryan Leibrandt, MD

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Kevin Liu, MD

Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Clarissa Lock-O'Hanlon, MD

University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

Tetsuro Maeda, MD

Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine

Pooja Mahadeshwar, MD

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Services

Richard Manfready, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Natalie Marte, MD

San Juan Batista School of Medicine

Yoldez Meroueh, MD

University of Florida College of Medicine

Satoshi Miyashita, MD

Nippon Medical School

Ankita Nagirimadugu, MD

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Reiichiro Obata, MD

Keio University School of Medicine

Caroline Park, MD, PhD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Joselyn Reyes Bahamonde, MC

Universidad de San Martin de Porres Facultad de Medicina Humana

Mariana Rivera, MD

San Juan Batista School of Medicine

Frederick Rozenshteyn, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Manuel Santos Carrasquillo, MD

Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine

Charit Taneja, MBBS

Maulana Azad Medical College

Yi Chia Wu, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 

Preliminary

Medical School

Yasmin Amir, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Marianna Atiya, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Samantha Erosa, MD

New York Medical College

Madeline Gantz, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine

Lawrence Geyman, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Bryanna Gulotta, MD

SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

Alessandra Haskin, MD Howard University College of Medicine
Vaughn Hodges, MD SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Joseph Kristan, MD Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Robert Lorenz, Jr., MD McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Maria Mitry, MD New York Medical College
Kimberly Murdaugh, MD Yale School of Medicine
Jamie Nichols, MD  University of Maryland School of Medicine
Puja Parikh, MD Mercer University School of Medicine
Jared Rowley, MD SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Jarod Santoro, MD University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
James Schiffenhaus, MD St. George's University School of Medicine
Kunal Sindhu, MD The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Emily Tongdee, MD Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Francis Wu, MD Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Elizabeth Yuan, MD University of Massachusetts Medical School
   
Med-Prelim/Neuro Medical School
Hernan Nicolas Lemus Equivel, MD Universidad de Los Andes Facultad de Medicine
Christina Marsh, MD Georgetown University School of Medicine
Cristina Schreckinger Rodas, MD Universidad Internacional del Ecuador Facultad de Ciencias Medicas y de la Salud
Stephen Yang, MD Emory University School of Medicine

Please view a list of our recent residency program alumni.

Despite the demands of residency training, there is still an opportunity to become involved in extra-curricular activities and have a personal life. And at Mount Sinai Beth Israel we value input from our housestaff on a variety of subjects including scheduling, curriculum and operations. Your life as a resident is not a one-dimensional experience; there is time to give back, time to explore New York City and to make lifelong connections.

Housestaff Council and the Importance of Resident Feedback

A peer-elected Internal Medicine residency housestaff council meets regularly with the program leadership to explore new ideas and problem solve. The council may bring any issue to the table for collaborative discussion. All PGY classes are represented on the council including preliminary interns.

Resident feedback about all aspects of the program is regularly sought and highly valued. Housestaff input and feedback is considered and incorporated when new initiatives or policies are considered.

As an example, we have an anonymous "online suggestion box" web survey, through which housestaff can express views or concerns. This survey is checked weekly, and new submissions are discussed by the chief residents and program directors at their weekly cabinet meeting.

Institution Level Involvement of Medical Residents

We encourage our residents to take advantage of the chance to help shape the institution they are training in. Many of our residents sit on institution-level committees, placing them at the table with hospital leaders and giving them opportunity to provide direct resident input into various initiatives. Institutional committees that medical residents sat on during past years included: Blood Utilization, Cancer, Code/RRT, Ethics, Lesbian/Gay/Bi-Sexual/Transgender Health, Patient Safety, Medication Error, Beth Israel Medical Board, Graduate Medical Education, Quality Performance and Improvement, among others.

Community Involvement

Our residents have the chance to serve the New York City community in multiple ways beyond traditional rotations. Our medical residents have regularly served as doctors at the New York City Marathon, providing care to runners in the finish line medical tent. Residents have also staffed blood pressure, HIV and colon cancer screening booths at community events, such as the HOWL! Art Festival on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Our program offers a unique elective in Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Health, in which residents spend time learning and providing care at the world class Callen-Lorde Community Health Care Center in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.

Life in NYC

Our location in lower Manhattan offers innumerable activities for time away from work. Virtually everything you will need on a day-to-day basis will be within walking distance from where you live. For longer trips in the city, you absolutely don’t need a car, as our public transportation system is fast, reliable and very safe. Cyclists will find lower Manhattan to be extremely bike friendly, with dedicated bike lanes throughout the neighborhoods that surround Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Restaurants and shops abound within walking distance in our immediate neighborhoods of Gramercy Park, Union Square, and the East Village. Union Square, a few blocks from the hospital, has a Whole Foods store, a Trader Joe's, and an enormous multi-level Barnes & Noble bookstore. Nothing like writing up a case report or research project on your laptop overlooking Union Square! In addition, New York City's flagship Greenmarket, a collection of vendors selling fresh produce and other foods from local and upstate farms, is found in the center of Union Square.

With a little research (check out Time Out New York, Yelp, New York Magazine, or City Search) even a couple of hours off can become a wonderful dinner at a tapas bar, a trip to a wine bar, or a Broadway show. A short subway ride can result in a stomach full of fantastic, truly authentic Indian or Pakistani food in Jackson Heights, Queens, or a complete cultural immersion experience in the peaceful and fascinating Russian neighborhood of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn.

Like the outdoors? Well, this isn't Colorado of course, but there are plenty of options. A peaceful or active day in Central Park cures many woes and people have been known to actually forget they are in New York City after a few hours (granted there have been no randomized trials for this, but we draw this conclusion based upon good, anecdotal evidence). Ninety minutes north of the city is the Mohonk Preserve, home to spectacular hiking. Some of the best rock climbing in the country, and an exceptionally cool town, can be found in and around New Paltz, NY, also just 90 minutes north of Manhattan.

For those of you who crave the beach, Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Park are all just a short way from the city and make nice day trips.

Salary, Benefits and Contractual Information

Mount Sinai Beth Israel salary and benefits are very competitive with other area programs. For more information on these topics please visit the Graduate Medical Education website (applicants who have been invited for an interview will receive a password to this site in their invitation e-mail, and it is recommended that you review the information on this site.)