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 2018-19 Chief Residents are:

Name: Perry Fisher, MD
From: Astoria, NY
Medical School: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

Born and raised in Astoria, Queens, I attended an accelerated B.S./ M.D. program at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. I completed my clinical medical school training at Albany Medical College. I was drawn to Mount Sinai Beth Israel for its combination of clinical excellence and rigor, an established culture of camaraderie, and an aura of approachability. I am now proud to serve as a Chief Resident, where I hope to strengthen my leadership and didactic skills. I plan on pursuing a career in Cardiology.

 

Name: Nina Nguyen, MD
From: New Orleans, LA
Medical School:  Louisiana State University School of Medicine
 
I was born in Austin and grew up in New Orleans.  I earned my Bachelor of the Arts in Economics from the University of Texas in Austin then went back home to attend medical school.  As I interviewed for residencies, Mount Sinai Beth Israel stood out to me as the program that had the most welcoming and warm residents.  I felt that there was so much camaraderie amongst the house staff, and I discovered throughout my residency that this was in fact true.  I am interested in hematology and oncology and hope to pursue a career in this after my chief year.  I look forward to teaching and interacting with the residents and hope to make their journey with this program as fulfilling as mine.

 

Name: Leslie Seijo, MD
From: Miami, Florida
Medical School: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
 
My name is Leslie and I was born in Miami, Florida but raised in Honduras. I went to Miami Dade College and University of Miami where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. I went to medical school in Puerto Rico. When the time came to choose a residency program, I looked for the following qualities: served a diverse group of patients, had multiple fellowship programs, and fostered a friendly environment. In Mount Sinai Beth Israel, I found all three.


Working at MSBI has given me the opportunity to serve patients from many different countries and socioeconomic backgrounds. The diversity in clinical pathology has helped me acquire the experience needed to be a great physician.  The best quality that this program offers is its people. We are friendly people! Now as a Chief resident I have the opportunity to continue to improve the program that I love and help the residents be the best physicians that they can be. After completing this Chief year, I am planning to pursue a career in Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine.

Our PGY3 class, 2018-19:

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 Tsushima, 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
Julietta Rubin, MD  Sackler School of Medicine - American Branch, NYS
Hailey Shah, 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 PGY2 Class, 2018-19:

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

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

Our PGY1 Class, Categoricals, Preliminaries and Neuro-Prelims, 2017-18:

Categorical Interns

 

Name

Medical School

 Amna Aijaz, MBBS  Aga Khan Medical College
 Muhammad Akhter, MBBS F.M.H. College of Medicine and Dentistry
 Benjamin Benhuri, MD  The University of Toledo College of Medicine
 Daniel Benhuri, MD  The University of Toledo College of Medicine
 Tiffany Chen, MD  University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
 Hao Chi, MD  Northeast Ohio Medical University
 WooYoung Choi, MD  Korea University
 Justin Gaspar, MD  University of Washington School of Medicine
 Larab Giniyani, DO  New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
 Jonathan Golani, MD  Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 Reina Gonzalez, MD  University of Puerto Rico Medical School
 Carolina Gonzalez Lopez, MD  University of Puerto Rico Medical School
 Urian Kim, MD  University of Kentucky College of Medicine
 Toshiki Kuno, MD, PhD  Keio University School of Medicine
 Angela Lee, DO  New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
 Hayato Mitaka, MB  Nagasaki University
 Martha Catalina Morales Alvarez, MD  Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia)
 Anthony Nicolaysen, MD  Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
 Obinna Ofoche, MD  Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
 Steven Omansky, MD  University of Connecticut School of Medicine
 Myladis Reyes, MD  Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
 Mitsuhiro Shimada, MD  Kyoto University
 Kurt Suter, MD  West Virginia University School of Medicine Morgantown
 Daniel Tsang, DO  Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
 Lesley Wu, MD  Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
 Takayuki Yamada, MD  Yamagata University
   
 Preliminary Interns  
 Craig Bearison, MD  New York University School of Medicine
 Juliana Berk-Krauss, MD  Yale School of Medicine
 Marc Buettler, MD  Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
 Mathew Birnbaum, MD  Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 Katherine Burke, MD  Georgetown University School of Medicine
 David Doobin, MD, PhD  Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
 Christina Douglas, MD  Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo
 Samuel Heilbroner, MD Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
 Ethan Koch, MD  Howard University College of Medicine
 Kathryn Konicke, MD  Medical College of Wisconsin
 Andrew Lee, MD  Boston University School of Medicine
 Sarah McCord, MD  Emory University School of Medicine
 Thomas Mehuron, MD  New York Medical College
 Catherine Mills, MD  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
 Krystal Morales-Rivera, MD, PhD  University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
 Koji Ota, MD  State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
 Cristina Shea, MD  Harvard Medical School
 Lauren Strazzulla, MD New York University School of Medicine
 Eric Wei, MD Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - Piscataway
 Reginald Widemon, MD  Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
 Zachary Wolner, MD   State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
   
Neuro-Prelims  
Melissa Ng, MB, ChB University of Cambridge
 Thomas Purvis, MB, ChB  University of Manchester
 Risako Shirane, MD  Kobe University
Adinna Wise, MD  Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

 

 

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.)