Faculty and Staff

The Leni and Peter W. May Department of Medical Education at Mount Sinai 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.

Learn more about our faculty and staff.

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

Executive Leadership 

Undergraduate Medical Education

  • Shashi Anand, MEd, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education Affairs
  • Tara Cunningham, EdD, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Student Affairs
  • Robert Fallar, PhD, Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation
  • Alicia Hurtado, MD, Associate Dean for Medical Student Well-being and Student Affairs
  • David Muller, MD, Dean for Medical Education
  • Valerie Parkas, MD, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions and Recruitment
  • Rainier Soriano, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Curricular Affairs
  • Michelle Sainté Willis, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Administration

Graduate Medical Education

  • Saadia Ahktar, MD, Associate Dean for Trainee Well-Being in GME
  • Frank Basloe, Assistant Dean for GME
  • Michael Leitman, MD, FACS, Dean for GME, Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
  • Adriana Malone, MD, Senior Associate Dean for GME
  • Brijen Shah, MD Associate Dean for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, GME
  • Daniel Steinberg, MD, Associate Dean for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, GME

Continuing Medical Education

  • David Thomas, MD, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education

Strategic Partnerships

  • Gary Butts, MD, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System and Director of CMCA, Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, & Community Affairs
  • Ann-Gel Palermo, MPH, DrPH, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in Biomedical Education

Undergraduate Medical Education

 
Medical Education Administration 
  • Alia Barnes, Program Manager, Integration 
  • MéLisa Best, Manager, Communications and Marketing 
  • Brendan Bullen, Director, Medical Education Administration
  • Colleen Hayden, Director for Quality, Compliance and Accreditation
  • Jeff Cavalli, Manager, Technology and Learning Systems 
  • Melissa De Palma, Executive Assistant, Dean for Medical Education
  • Susannah Feinstein, Coordinator, Infection Prevention and Compliance
  • Darinka Gadikota-Klumpers, Program Director, Infection Prevention and Global Health
  • Suzanne Garfinkle, MD, Director, Academy for Medicine and the Humanities
  • Leona Hess, PhD, Senior Director, Strategy and Equity Education Programs
  • Chloe Martin, Project Manager for Change Management Strategy
  • Jennifer Meyer, Coordinator, Global Health 
  • Jairo Munoz, Administrative Fellow
  • Jacklyn Njegric, Senior Coordinator, Business 
  • Jahriah Philip Hill, Administrative Assistant
  • Peter Zweig, Project Manager, Accreditation and Special Initiatives

Bioethics

  • Rosamond Rhodes, PhD, Professor and Director, Bioethics Education Programs
  • Karen Smalls, Administrative Assistant

Center For Anatomy & Functional Morphology

  • Daniella Curcio, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Jeffrey Laitman, PhD, Director 
  • Ki-Mark Mak, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Joy Reidenberg, PhD, Professor
  • Frankie Steinberg, Administrative Coordinator
  • Torrence Wilson, Administrative Assistant

Educational Support

  • Herman Supoyo, Lab Technician
  • Steven Yuen, Manager, Laboratory and Technology 

Conference Center

  • Shem Patterson, Service Associate 
  • Carlton Thomas, Conference Center Coordinator 

Institute for Medical Education

  • Olga Alagiozidou, Program Manager
  • Reena Karani, MD, MHPE, Director

Medical Student Research Office

  • Yahkira Encarnación-Patterson, MPH, Senior Program Coordinator
  • Jenny Lin, MD, Associate Director, Co-Director, SCHOLar Program
  • Grace Oluoch, MBA, Senior Program Coordinator
  • Mary Rojas, PhD, Director
  • Keith Sigel, MD, PhD, Associate Director, Co-Director, PORTAL Program

Morchand Center for Clinical Competence

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

Office of Assessment and Evaluation

  • Marley Akonnor, Program Coordinator
  • William Stevens, Program Manager

Office of Curricular Affairs

  • David Bechhofer, PhD, Co-Director of Curriculum
  • Dominique Bordes, ASM Program Manager
  • Djeneba Danioko, Year 2 Course Coordinator
  • Beverly Forsyth, MD, Director of Medical Student Electives 
  • Teddy Holzer, MD, Co-Director of the Curriculum
  • Staci Leisman, MD, Co-Director of Curriculum
  • Tiffany Moore, Senior Clinical Curriculum Coordinator
  • Alex Posner, Electives and Site Manager
  • Ryann Quigley, Clinical Curriculum Manager
  • Jennifer Reyes, Administrative Coordinator of Clinical Curriculum
  • Darren Thomas, Preclerkship Curriculum Manager 
  • Kira Schmidt, Year 1 Course Coordinator
  • Fatima Shafiq, InFocus and Milestones Curriculum Coordinator
  • Juliette Wertz, ASM Clinical Sites & Compliance Curriculum Coordinator

Office of Student Affairs

  • Samantha Amazan, Manager, Special Events
  • Kara Bagot, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Keisha Berglund, LCSW, Wellness Advisor
  • Tiffanie Brown, LCSW, Wellness Advisor
  • Patrick Burden, LCSW, Wellness Advisor
  • Gwendolyn Casiano, Program Coordinator
  • Jocelyn Childs, LCSW, Wellness Advisor 
  • Caroline Cromwell, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Monica Dweck, MD, Director, Career Planning Services 
  • Sharon Edwards, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Bambi Fisher, LCSW, Wellness Advisor
  • Allison Gault, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Meredith Grossman, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Craig Katz, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Kelley Lassman, PhD, Learning Coach
  • Lauren Linkowski, Director, Programs and Resources for Academic Excellence
  • Jillian Palmer, MA, Associate Director, Student Success
  • Leigh Penner, LCSW, Wellness Advisor
  • Roberto Posada, MD, Faculty Advisor
  • Lauren Powledge, LCSW, Wellness Advisor
  • Jasmine Ramirez, LCSW, Wellness Advisor
  • Greta Rosen, LCSW, Wellness Advisor
  • Carlos Tapia, MEd, Director for Student Affairs and Engagement

Student Health Center

  • Elizabeth Garland, MD, Physician
  • Rachel Solomon, MD, Director
  • Lori Zbar, MD, Physician  

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

  • Peter Brodhead, Director
  • Nelson Chin, Manager, Finance 
  • Jeanette Cotto, Program Coordinator
  • Asuncion Irene Palma Cruz, CME Program Manager
  • Marian Divinagracia-Bain, Coordinator, RSS 
  • Nicole Henry, Data Coordinator
  • Maryam Kojiashvili, Administrative Assistant
  • Annette Roman, Program and RSS Coordinator

Graduate Medical Education (GME)

  • Garber Badran, Senior Systems Software Specialist
  • John Battis, Senior GME Administrator, Medicine-Other
  • Angelic Cotto, House Staff Affairs Administrator, Surgical
  • Kate Eisenberg, Senior GME Administrator, Medicine-Internal Medicine
  • Lauren Hagen, Administrative Coordinator
  • Merdena Harrell, Senior GME Administrator, Hospital-Based
  • Judy Irons, Senior House Staff Affairs Administrator, Medicine-Internal Medicine
  • Tara Jefferson, Administrator, Events and Project
  • Paki Reid-Brossard, MS, MA, Director of Data and Analytics
  • Jacinta Russell, Administrator, Surgical
  • Cheryl Spence, LCSW, Director of Operations
  • Paul Yu, Administrator, Quality and Patient Safety/Well-Being
  • Shou-Su Yu, Senior House Staff Systems Administrator

Other Partnerships

Center for Anti-Racism in Practice (CAP)

  • Leona Hess, PhD, Founder and Co-Director
  • Jay Johnson, Education Program Manager
  • Ann-Gel Palermo, DrPH, MPH Co-Director
  • Joseph Truglio, MD, MPH, Director, Clinical Education

Center For Excellence In Youth Education (CEYE)

  • Tristan Franz, Program Coordinator 
  • Alexander Joseph, Program Manager
  • Kenya Townsend, Program Director

Center For Multicultural & Community Affairs (CMCA)

  • Fariha Ahsan, Director, Diversity Innovation Hub Program
  • Carmen Duran-Santos, Executive Assistant and Office Manager
  • Yessica Manzo, Program Coordinator
  • Ashley Michelle Fowler, Administrative Program Manager
  • Sherria McDowell, MPH, Director, Special Programs
  • Edward Poliandro, MD, Senior Director, Education and Training