Faculty and Staff

The Department of Medical Education encompasses Undergraduate Medical Education (MD Program), Graduate Medical Education, and Continuing Medical Education. Below you will find key faculty and staff who focus on the MD Program.

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Learn about the Department of Medical Education's organizational structure.


  • David Muller, MD, Dean for Medical Education
  • Michelle Sainté Willis, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Administration
  • Suzanne Garfinkle, MD, Director, Academy for Medicine and the Humanities
  • Brendan Bullen, Director for Academic Administration
  • Samantha Amazan, Special Events Manager
  • MéLisa Best, Marketing Coordinator
  • Jeff Cavali, Technology and Learning System Manager
  • Darinka Gadikota-Klumpers, Global Health Program Manager
  • Leona Hess, PhD Education Program Director for Strategy and Equity Programs
  • Jennifer Meyer, Global Health Coordinator
  • Jacklyn Njegric, Business Coordinator
  • Viergeline Privat, Education Program Assistant
  • Peter Zweig, Project Manager, Accreditation and Special Projects

Office of Admissions

  • Valerie Parkas, MD, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions and Recruitment
  • Carrie Ernst, MD, Co-Chair Admissions Committee 
  • Jessica Maysonet, Associate Director of Admissions
  • Jackie Chudow, Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment
  • Kathleen Jackson, Director of Admissions Processing and Systems
  • Deborah Alleyne, Admissions Coordinator
  • Jacqueline Duran, Admissions Assistant
  • Ruslan Kipnis, Admissions Assistant
  • Julio Arteaga, Associate Recruitment Coordinator
  • Cristina Gallo, Medical School Admissions Coordinator

Office of Assessment and Evaluation

  • Robert Fallar, PhD, Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation
  • William Stevens, Evaluations and Assessment Program Manager 
  • Marley Akonnor, Evaluations and Assessment Program Coordinator

Center For Anatomy & Functional Morphology

  • Jeffrey Laitman, PhD, Director of the Center for Anatomy and Functional Morphology
  • Ki-Mark Mak, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Joy Reidenberg, PhD, Professor
  • Daniela Curcio, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Frankie Steinberg, Administrative Coordinator
  • Torrence Wilson, Administrative Assistant

Center For Excellence In Youth Education

  • Alyson Mehr, MSW, Program Director
  • Kenya Townsend, Program Manager
  • Alexander Joseph, Program Coordinator

Center For Multicultural & Community Affairs

  • Gary Butts, MD, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System and Director of CMCA
  • Ann-Gel Palermo, MPH, DrPH, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in Biomedical Education
  • Carmen Duran-Santos, Executive Assistant to the Director of CMCA 
  • Sherria McDowell, MPH, HCOP Program Manager
  • Edward Poliandro, MD, Director of Culture Diversity in Medicine Program
  • Yancy Aracena, Administrative Manager

Office of Curricular Affairs

  • Rainier Soriano, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Curricular Affairs
  • Shashi Anand, MEd, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education Affairs
  • David Bechhofer, PhD, Co-Director of Curriculum
  • Beverly Forsyth, MD, Director of Student Electives
  • Staci Leisman, MD Co-Director of the Curriculum
  • Megan Sacco, PMP,  Assistant Director, Pre-Clerkship Administration
  • Djeneba Danioko, Year 2 Course Coordinator
  • Tiffany Moore, MPA, Senior Clinical Curriculum Coordinator
  • Peredeba Raventhirajah, MPH, Clinical Curriculum Coordinator
  • Jennifer Reyes, Administrative Coordinator of Clinical Curriculum
  • Kira Schmidt, Year 1 Course Coordinator

Disability Services

  • Christine Low, Medical Education Disability Officer
  • Wendy Ramirez, Disability Officer

Educational Support

  • Steven Yuen, Laboratory & Technology Manager
  • Eddie Lugo, Lab Support Coordinator
  • Herman Supoyo, Lab Technician

Office of Enrollment Services (Registrar & Financial Aid)

  • Stephanie Autenrieth, Associate Dean for Enrollment Services and Student Information
  • Laverne Waler, Director, Student Financial Services
  • Noel Davila, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
  • Nelson Pe, Registrar
  • Kamila  Bryson, Assistant Registrar
  • Kristy DiPalma, Assistant Registrar
  • Leonara Dasu, Student Loan Coordinator
  • Yannick Forbes, Financial Aid Coordinator
  • Phillip Parke, Bursar

Institute for Medical Education

  • Reena Karani, MD, MHPE, Director, Institute for Medical Education
  • Robert Fallar, PhD,  Assistant Director, IME
  • Olga Alagiozidou, Program Manager, Institute for Medical Education

Medical Student Research Office

  • Mary Rojas, PhD, Director, Medical Student Research
  • Jenny Lin, MD, Associate Director, Medical Student Research
  • Keith Sigel, MD, PhD, Associate Director, Medical Student Research
  • Grace Oluoch, MBA, Senior Program Coordinator
  • Yahkira Encarnación-Patterson, MPH, Senior Program Coordinator

Morchand Center For Clinical Competence

  • Beverly Forsyth, MD, Medical Director, Morchand Center; Director of Student Electives
  • Terry Sommer, Director, Morchand Center
  • Nikki Martin, Education Program Manager
  • Meghan Green, Program Coordinator
  • Fariba Khan, Administrative Coordinator

Office of Student Affairs

  • Tara Cunningham, EdD, Senior Associate Dean for Undergrad Medical Education and Student Affairs
  • Alicia Hurtado, MD, Associate Dean for Medical Student Well-being and Student Affairs
  • Lauren Linkowski, Director, Programs and Resources for Academic Excellence
  • Caroline Cromwell, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Monica Dweck, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Sharon Edwards, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Allison Gault, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Meredith Grossman, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Craig Katz, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Maria Maldonado, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Roberto Posada, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Talia Swartz, MD, PhD, Faculty Advisor
  • Jillian Palmer, MA, Assistant Director, Student Affairs
  • Gwendolyn Casiano, Student Affairs, Program Coordinator 
  • Daniel Conover, Student Affairs, Program Coordinator
  • Devin Cox, Student Affairs Program Assistant

Student Health

  • Rachel Solomon, MD, Director  
  • Elizabeth Garland, MD, Staff Physician
  • Aparna Sarin, MD, Staff Physician
  • Jeanifer Tang, RN, Clinical Coordinator

Student and Trainee Mental Health Program

  • Anand Sukumaran, MD, Director
  • Jessica L Ables, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist
  • Samantha Buchman, PsyD, Psychologist
  • Maria Edman, PsyD, Psychologist
  • Jeffrey Newcorn, MD, Psychiatrist
  • Alla Prokhovnik-Raphique, PhD, Psychologist
  • Kelly E Taylor, MD, Psychiatrist
  • Rachel Weller, PsyD, Psychologist
  • Rachel Wien, PsyD, Psychologist
  • Kerissa Roberts, Program Manager
  • Nicole Jackson-Gilford, Administrative Secretary

Graduate Medical Education (GME)

  • Michael Leitman, MD, FACS, Senior Associate Dean for GME, Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
  • Scott Barnett, MD, Associate Dean for GME/MSH
  • Saadia Ahktar, MD, Associate Dean for GME/MSBI
  • Michael Berman, MD, MBI, FACOG, Associate Dean for Quality and Patient Safety, GME
  • Brijen Shah, Associate Dean for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, GME
  • Frank Basloe, Assistant Dean for GME
  • Irene Kontje, MBA, Director, Administration
  • Cheryl Spence, Director of Operations
  • Jennifer Coppola, Director, Finance and Operations
  • Merdena Harrell, Senior House Staff Affairs Administrator
  • Judy Irons, House Staff Affairs Administrator
  • Beverly Ramdeen, House Staff Coordinator
  • John Battis, GME Administrator
  • Angelic Cotto, House Staff Affairs Administrator
  • Pascal Ferreira, GME Administrator
  • Tara Jefferson, GME Events and Project Administrator
  • Jacinta Russell, GME Administrator, Surgical
  • Kate Eisenberg, GME Administrator, Medicine and Internal Medicine
  • Muhammad Khalid, GME Administrator, Well-being and CLER
  • Garber Bardan, GME Senior Systems Software Specialist
  • Shou-Su Yu, House Staff Systems Administrator

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

  • Peter Brodhead, Director, Continuing Medical Education
  • Lynette Bobbit, Enduring Materials Coordinator
  • Nelson Chin, Financial Analyst
  • Jeanette Cotto, Program Coordinator
  • Nicole Henry, Data Coordinator
  • Marian Divinagracia-Bain, Grand Rounds Coordinator
  • Maryam Kojiashvili, Administrative Assistant
  • Annette Roman, Program and Grand Rounds Coordinator
  • Wini Sapong, Program Coordinator
  • Maryam Kojiashvili, Administrative Assistant