Rheumatology Fellowship at The Mount Sinai Hospital

The Rheumatology Fellowship is a two-year training program that is based at the Mount Sinai Health System.  Trainees encounter a diverse spectrum of clinical rheumatology in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings, and our teaching faculty includes outstanding clinicians and leading researchers.  Members of our faculty have diverse backgrounds, thus providing our trainees with the mentorship and opportunities needed to fulfill their career goals – in academic medicine, as physician-scientists or clinical educators, or in clinical practice.

Applicants to the program will usually have completed two or three years of Internal Medicine, and should be board eligible by the end of the first year of fellowship.  During the first year, trainees will focus on attaining clinical proficiency, and in the second year, clinical investigation or basic science research will be emphasized.  A third year of research training may be offered to fellows who demonstrate commitment and distinction.  

Our rigorous curriculum provides a thorough training in the treatment of all rheumatological conditions in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. Please click here for more information about schedules, conferences, and our curriculum.

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Second Year Fellow 

Varun Bhalla, MD
MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ
Residency, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Seema Malkana, DO
DO, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ
Residency, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 

First Year Fellows

Michael H. Kaplan, MD
MD, Sackler School of Medicine, New York State American Branch, Israel
Residency, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Celine Zhou, MD
MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Residency, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 


Emilie Chan (2017-2019)- Faculty, Elmhurst Hospital Center

Anna Kazaryan (2017-2019)- Faculty, UCSF Fresno 

Jennifer Ben Shimol, MD (2016-2018)

Weiwei (Wendy) Chi, MD (2016-2018) - Faculty, Ichan school of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Micaela Bayard, MD (2015-2017) - Mount Sinai Queens, New York, NY

Daniel Bunker, MD (2014-2016) - Georgetown University Hospital

Nana Jinjolava, MD (2014-2016) - St. Barnabas, Bronx, NY

Anil Mankee, MD (2013-2015) - St. Augustine Private Hospital, Trinidad & Tobago

Deepika Arora, MD (2012-2014) - MultiCare Rehumatlogy Specialists, Tacoma, WA                  

Kelly Johnson-Steed, MD (2012-2014) - Rheumatology Associates of Long Island, Port Jefferson Station, NY

Janet Mapa-Bartov, MD (2011-2013) - Center for Rheumatic Disease, Morristown, NJ         

Manika Zeri, MD (2011-2013) - NorthEast Rheumatology, Concord, NC          

Zain Abideen, MD (2010-2012) - Kymera Independent Physicians, Roswell, NM                    

Ruchi Jain, MD (2009-2011) - Maple Medical,White Plains, NY            

Okey Oparanaku, MD (2009-2011) - Las Vegas Rheumatology Associates, North Las Vegas, NV             

Suma Dasari, MD (2008-2010) - Atlantic Rheumatology & Osteoporosis,Cedar Knolls, NJ      

Olivia Ghaw, MD (2007-2009) - Faculty, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NJ

Gisela Zapata-Arroyo, MD (2006-2008) - Vida Women's Health Center, New York, NY       

Waseem Mir, MD (2006-2008) - New York Integrated Rheumatology, New York, NY          

Vandana Singh, MD (2005-2007) - Morristown Medical Center, Cedar Knolls, NJ     

Jenny Diep, MD (2004-2006) - Rheumatology Associates, New York, NY

Howard Blumstein, MD (2003-2005) - Rheumatology Associates of Long Island, Smithtown, NY

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai rheumatology program participates in the NRMP Specialties Matching Service.  Applications are made though the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Fellowship Applicant Site.

For questions about the curriculum, contact:

Margrit Wiesendanger, MD, PhD, Program Director

For administrative questions, contact:

Dayana Ruiz


All fellowships begin July 1.  We will review all new, completed applications submitted through September 15, and interviews will be offered to selected applicants.