Otolaryngology Residency Program at the Icahn School of Medicine

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/New York Eye and Ear Infirmary houses a distinguished residency training program in otolaryngology. As the largest program in the country with six residents per training year, it represents a combination of two previously independent programs with complementary strengths.

Our extensive faculty includes multiple fellowship-trained surgeons in each subspecialty (otology-neurotology, rhinology, facial plastics, head and neck surgery, laryngology, pediatrics, and sleep), many of whom are nationally and internationally renowned experts. In addition to traditional surgical techniques, residents are exposed to advanced technology, such as virtual reality and robotics. We also maintain an active clinical research program with access to a large variety of research projects during training. In fact, the Head and Neck Cancer Research Program is the leading global resource for dormant tumor cell research.

The resident community is a cohesive group of ambitious and innovative young physicians who collaborate not only in delivering patient care and accomplishing pioneering research, but also in providing guidance for continual growth and improvement of the training program. Located in New York City and drawing from patient populations near and far, the surgical training and opportunity for advanced education in subspecialty otolaryngology is exceptional.

Our training hospitals enrich the medical learning experience while fostering continuity of care and encouraging the development of interpersonal skills, professionalism, and system-based practice.

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Our program includes classes, Annual Head and Neck Dissection course, regular sub-specialty conferences, robust wellness curriculum, practice building seminars, journal clubs and Grand Rounds.

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Our rotations offer comprehensive instruction in all the areas of subspecialty otolaryngology, utilizing resources from the entire health system.

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We offer housing, insurance and competitive salaries and benefits.

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Applications should be submitted online via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

 PGY 5 (Class of 2019)  

Joseph Capo, MD

Originally from Long Island, NY, Dr. Joseph Capo is resident-physician in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Mount Sinai. He originally matched into the New York Eye and Ear program. Growing up, he traveled frequently to play competitive golf as a member of the American Junior Golf Association and International Junior Golf Association. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Saint Joseph's University with a degree in Chemical Biology, he remained in Philadelphia to attend Drexel University College of Medicine. He plans to continue to live in Manhattan after residency with his wife and son. He will be joining his Father's otolaryngology practice on Long Island.

Clare Dean, MD

Dr. Dean was born in Shenyang, China. She received her undergraduate degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She continued on to earn her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Jonathan Garneau, MD

Jonathan Garneau graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rochester with a degree in Mathematics-Statistics in 2010 prior to earning his medical degree from the University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine in 2014. His research interests are focused on head and neck imaging innovation, mainly volumetric analysis of chronic rhinosinusitis and image segmentation methods to predict oncologic outcomes in patients with head and neck cancer. He has worked on a several studies investigating the role of imaging in HPV positive oropharyngeal carcinoma, quality improvement, and surgical technology in skull base surgery. He also serves as a peer reviewer for journals Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Otolaryngology Case Reports.

Samuel Helman, MD

Dr. Helman grew up in Silverton, Oregon. He attended McGill University where he majored in Neuroscience and then received his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine with distinction in Otolaryngology. He has published in the fields of Head and Neck surgery and Rhinology. He spends his free time traveling with his fiancé and now spends his time teaching his golden retriever puppy how to sit (he has not yet succeeded).

Kirkland Lozada, MD

Born and raised in Honolulu, HI, Dr. Lozada moved to the east coast for college and hasn't left since! His academic interests include facial plastic surgery, medical education, and residency curriculum development. Next year he will pursue a facial plastics & reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Annika Meyer, MD

Dr. Annika Meyer is a fifth-year otolaryngology resident at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, where she was also nominated to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She received her medical degree from Saint Louis University, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha. Her research interests include free tissue transfer monitoring using novel techniques. Next year she will pursue a fellowship in Facial Plastics and Reconstruction with Dr. Stephen P. Smith in Columbus, OH.

Kathryn Morton, MD

Dr. Morton is from Hammonton, NJ. She graduated with honors from Yale University earning her undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and continued on to receive her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following residency Dr. Morton plans to pursue a career in General Otolaryngology.

Katelyn Stepan, MD

Originally from Houston, Texas and Zionsville, Indiana, Dr. Katelyn Stepan is a Chief Resident in the Department of Otolaryngology at Mount Sinai. Her research interests include patient safety and quality improvement, as well as medical education and training research. She plans to complete head and neck fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis after residency.

 

PGY 4 (Class of 2020)

 

Jay Agarwal, MD

Originally from Nyack, NY, Dr. Agarwal graduated from the Physician Scientist Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute earning his undergraduate degree in Biology. He continued on to earn his medical degree from Albany Medical College.

Michael Amato, MD

Dr. Amato was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. He received his undergraduate degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University. He continued on to earn his medical degree from the New York College of Medicine.

Arvind Badhey, MD

Dr. Arvind Badhey is currently a PGY-4 otolaryngology resident at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Badhey is originally from Syosset, NY. He graduated with honors from CUNY Brooklyn College with degrees in biology and philosophy and then received his doctoral degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. There, he served as Project Director of the student run free clinic, serving the uninsured patient population of the Bronx, which inspired a desire to continue working in underserved populations. His clinical interests include Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Surgery, and Resident Education. His clinical research focuses around intraoperative imaging modalities to assist in adequate oncologic resections.

Mingyang Gray, MD

Ming Gray grew up in the Bronx and attended Duke University, where she graduated with a degree in public policy studies. Following graduation, she taught high school social studies with Teach For America in New York City for three years before returning to the south to attend medical school at Tulane University. While there, she completed an MD/MPH dual degree program and pursued several initiatives in quality improvement and patient safety. Her interest in QI continued in residency and her research is focused on incorporating innovation into clinical practice.

Ashley Guthrie, MD

Ashley was born and raised in Oakland, New Jersey and received her undergraduate degree in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her medical degree at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. She plans to pursue a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery after residency. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing the piano, and decorating.

Sarah Kidwai, MD

Sarah Kidwai was born and raised on Long Island in New Hyde Park. Between her third and fourth years of medical school, Sarah spent a year doing both basic translational research involving HPV-tumor immunology and clinical research with the Department of Otolaryngology at Mount Sinai. As a resident she has designed and implemented multiple clinical trials. She continues to have an interest in treatment regimens for chronic rhinosinusitis as well patient outcomes after facial nerve reanimation.

Scott Roof, MD

Originally from southern California, Dr. Scott Roof is a PGY-4 resident in the Department of Otolaryngology at Mount Sinai Hospital. He attended Northwestern University and NYU School of Medicine where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, respectively. While at NYU, he worked in Dr. Milan Amin’s Research Lab where he helped design a prospective clinical trial evaluating the persistence of oral HPV infections in RRP patients, which was awarded a CORE grant in 2015. While at Mount Sinai Hospital, his research interests have been in head and neck microvascular surgery outcomes and quality improvement projects. His future plans include pursuing a head and neck microvascular fellowship.

Douglas Worrall, MD

Originally from a Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Douglas Worrall is a resident in the Department of Otolaryngology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His clinical interests are broad, examining both general and subspecialty otolaryngology as well as health care delivery. Before residency, Dr. Worrall pursued biological engineering at Cornell and worked for Merck and Co. in the chemical purification and biofermentation departments. During medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, he examined health care delivery and quality of care initiatives through the Health Care Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology certificate. He recently implemented a standardized enhanced recovery protocol for all patients undergoing major head and neck surgery. His other research interests include postoperative pain management, cochlear implant patient satisfaction, and medical education.

 

PGY 3 (Class of 2021)

 

Shirley Hu, MD

Dr. Hu received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art and Chemistry from Dartmouth College and completed the Interdepartmental Medical Science Program at Drexel University. She then continued on to receive her medical degree from New York Medical College.

Ameya Jategaonkar, MD

Dr. Ameya Jategaonkar was born in Rochester, New York but raised in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.  He attended Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University and graduated cum laude with a degree in Biochemistry.  While there he participated in research developing molecular probes for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  His thesis focused on the development of MRI detectable calcium sensors.  He subsequently attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.  His future plans include pursuing further training in head and neck surgery/microvascular reconstructive surgery.  His research interests mirror this. 

Vivian Kaul, MD

Dr. Kaul's research interests include medical device innovation, resident training, patient satisfaction and education. She is presently studying the effects of how mobile electronic videos educating patients on their disease process will effect their disease outcomes. She is also researching how to efficiently streamline the current otolaryngology medical student match application.

Jaclyn Klimczak, MD

Dr. Klimczak received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Biochemistry from William and Mary University and a masters degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. She then continued on to receive her medical degree from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University.

Derek Kong, MD

Dr. Kong received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Tufts University and a masters degree in Cancer Biology from Johns Hopkins University. He then continued on to receive his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine.

Zachary Schwam, MD

Originally from New York City, Zachary Schwam, M.D. received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Biology and Germanic languages and literatures. He then went on to study at the Yale School of Medicine. Zachary is interested in medical student and resident education and plans to apply for neurotology fellowship. His research focuses include intraoperative navigation of the temporal bone and clinical outcomes research.

 

PGY 2 (Class of 2022)

 

Daniel Alicea, MD

Dr. Alicea was born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico in the Natural Sciences. He then went on to pursue his medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Caleb Fan, MD

Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Dr. Fan received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. He then continued on to earn his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Andrey Filimonov, MD

Andrey was born in Moscow, Russia and immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of seven. After living in Brooklyn for several years his family and him moved to New Jersey. Andrey obtained a Pharm.D. at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University and worked as a pharmacist at St. Josephs Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. After graduating pharmacy school Andrey enrolled in the M.D. program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Upon completion Andrey started his Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery training at Mount Sinai Hospital. His interests include head & neck, pediatrics, and skull base surgery.

Peter Filip, MD

Peter Filip is a resident-physician in otolaryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Originally from Havirov, a small town in former Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), he and his family moved to rural Illinois when was 8. He graduated with a major in Chemistry as well as Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his medical training from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.  His clinical and research interests lie in the field of head and neck malignancies as well as skull base tumors. Outside of medicine, he enjoys ceramics, cycling, hiking, and travel.

Enrique Gorbea, MD

Dr. Gorbea was born in raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and attended the University of Notre Dame where he graduated with an interdisciplinary degree in Science-Business.  He then returned home to obtain his medical doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico, graduating magna cum laude. During this time he was inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.  His research interests include wound healing in Head and Neck Surgery and outcomes research in Otolaryngology-HNS, among others. Personal interests include playing the guitar, golfing, and following Notre Dame football.

Eliezer Kinberg, MD

Originally from Queens, New York, Dr. Kinberg lived in Israel for High School before moving to South Florida. He graduated from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, where he was a member of the Curriculum Committee and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism honor societies. He is currently program representative to the American Academy of Otolaryngology Section for Residents and Fellows, and is also a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York’s Committee on Health Care Disparities. Dr. Kinberg will serve as an Air Force otolaryngologist upon graduation. 

Anni Wong, MD

Dr. Wong graduated from the Honors Program at Cornell University, earning her undergraduate degree in the Biological and Nutritional Sciences. She then earned a masters degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She then continued on to receive her medical degree from Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School.

 

PGY 1 (Class of 2023)

 

Rocco Ferrandino, MD

Dr. Ferrandino graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University earning his undergraduate degree in the Biology of Global Health. He then continued on to earn a dual masters and medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Benjamin Laitman, MD, PhD

Benny Laitman attended the University of Pennsylvania where he double majored in in Biological Basis of Behavior and Anthropology, and also received a Master's degree in Physical Anthropology. He attended Mount Sinai for both his MD and his PhD in Neuroscience where he focused on white matter development. While he is involved in many projects, his primary ENT research focuses HPV vaccine education efforts to help prevent head/neck cancer. He has a strong interest in medical education, publishing multiple papers in that field, and even serves as the Associate Director of Embryology for the Mount Sinai medical school course "Structures."

David Lerner, MD

Dr. David Lerner grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 2014 with a degree in Neuroscience and Chemistry. He went on to attend the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as a 21st Century Scholar. While in medical school, he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and participated in a variety of research projects, including studying the use of endoscopic endonasal surgery for skull base tumors in pediatric patients.  

Noel Phan, MD

Noel grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for her medical degree, graduating in May 2018. During medical school she worked on basic science research projects involving necrosis and necroptosis in arteries. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, cooking and traveling.

Kevin Wong, MD

Dr. Kevin Wong is a resident physician in Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at Mount Sinai. He graduated from Boston University in 2014 were he was a member of the accelerated seven-year combined BA/MD program. During medical school, he coordinated the FDA clinical trials on auditory brainstem implantation in adults and children. He has received several awards for his research, including 1st place poster at TRIO and 2nd place oral presentation at the ARO MidWinter meeting. He also won the prestigious Massachusetts Medical Society Information Technology Award for developing a smartphone-based augmented reality app for learning anatomy.

Joshua Zeiger, MD

Dr. Joshua Zeiger grew up in New York City and graduated from Georgetown University with a major in English and a minor in Business Administration. He then returned to New York and matriculated at the NYU School of Medicine. Prior to graduation, he spent a research year conducting clinical research within the Rhinology division of the Otolaryngology department at Mount Sinai. Outside of medicine, he enjoys traveling, reading and New York City sports.