Otolaryngology Residency Program at the Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai

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/augmented 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 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 4 (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 3 (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.

 

PGY 2 (Class of 2024)

 

Christine Barron, MD

Dr. Barron grew up in Texas and graduated from Harvard University. Prior to attending medical school at The Ohio State University, she worked in finance and public health for five years. During this time, she pursued quality improvement projects for underserved patients, and worked with states to write healthcare payment reform policy. Her personal interests include playing violin and guitar, rock climbing, hiking, video games, and cooking. She also loves to travel; she has been to over 40 countries and previously worked as a travel writer for Let's Go travel guides.

Usmaan Basharat, MD

Usmaan Basharat was born in Pakistan and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University where he graduated with a BS in Biological Sciences. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies, Usmaan attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Phoenix for his MD. His professional and personal interests include medical education, mentoring, basketball, camping, hiking, exercising, and exploring the city.

Alexander Goel, MD

Alex grew up in Saint Louis, MO and graduated from Yale University in 2014 with a degree in Economics. He attended UCLA for medical school where he researched the regeneration of the injured tongue using stem cells.

Aparna Govindan, MD

Dr. Govindan grew up in New Jersey and matriculated at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School seven year BA/MD program. She studied chemistry and political science as an undergraduate. In medical school she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, and participated in a variety of research and service organizations, including serving as director of the student run clinic, providing medical and social services to the surrounding community. In her free time she enjoys learning and teaching Indian classical dancing, hiking, biking and attending concerts.

Anish Raman, MD

Anish was born in Pennsylvania and briefly lived in England before moving to the northern suburbs of Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, where he developed his interest in cancer research. Upon returning to Chicago for medical school at Rush Medical College, he participated in research on benign central airway obstruction, HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer, and chronic rhinosinusitis.

Likun Tian, MD

Dr. Tian was born in northern China, and grew up in Melbourne Australia and Montreal Canada. She graduated from Yale university with a B.A. in Economics, and was CCO for Edrolo, an education tech company, before attending medical school at Columbia University. Prior to graduating, she completed a research year investigating the neuromodulator pathways for axon regeneration after recurrent laryngeal nerve injury.

 

PGY 1 (Class of 2025)

 

Sida Chen, MD

Dr. Chen was born in China, came to New York soon after, and never left. She studied visual art and biology at Columbia University, then graduated from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Sunder Gidumal, MD

Dr. Gidumal grew up in Manhattan and attended Dartmouth College, majoring in neuroscience. He attended Mount Sinai for medical school. As an MS3, Sunder was one of two medical students selected nationally for the MD Scholar Fellowship at the Boston Consulting Group. Sunder spent two years in BCG's healthcare practice in San Francisco, pursuing quality improvement projects for hospitals, research institutes, and pharmaceutical companies before returning to Mount Sinai for his fourth year of medical school. His interest in quality improvement research has continued in residency. His personal interests include skiing, brewing beer, and learning how to surf.

Alexandra Hamberis, MD

Dr. Hamberis was born and raised in South Carolina. She graduated from the Honors Program at the University of North Carolina with a double major in Biology and Spanish Literature and a minor in Chemistry. She attended the Medical University of South Carolina where she served as President of her class. During medical school, she completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Her research interests include dysphagia, pharyngeal manometry, and pediatric hearing loss in various congenital syndromes. Personal interests (list 3): singing, running, Greek and Lebanese cooking

Catharine Kappauf, MD

Dr. Kappauf was born in New Jersey before moving with her family to Connecticut and then North Carolina. She attended college at Duke University, where she double majored in Biology and Spanish and spent her free time working in a microbiology lab and dancing. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering before enrolling at Mount Sinai for medical school. During medical school, she was involved in various research projects, including assessing opioid prescribing practices after sinus surgery and studying the multidisciplinary care of primary thyroid lymphoma.

David Z. Liao, MD

Dr. David Z. Liao was born in Utah and raised in suburban Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University where he studied biomedical engineering. Afterwards he moved to the Bronx, NYC to attend the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. There, he pursued a research year to investigate head and neck cancer treatment delay, bedside tracheotomies, surgical simulation, and cost-effectiveness in head and neck surgery. David also has research interests in robotics, 3D printing, and video game-integrated therapy. He is extremely excited to stay in NYC to continue his medical training!

Ann Powers, MD

Dr. Powers graduated from Northwestern University prior to matriculating to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During medical school, Ann completed a year of research in Dr. Richard Wong's laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering where she developed a novel mouse model for studying perineural invasion, the process by which cancer cells invade nerves. Ann's clinical research interests are principally focused on oncology including head and neck cancer outcomes and the epidemiology of thyroid cancer.

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