Our Residents

Our residents match the diversity of the patients we serve. They come from New York City, the tri-state region, across the United States and all over the world. Our residents embrace the opportunity to learn about different cultures and traditions as much as from each other as from their patients.

Five exceptional and dedicated housestaff are chosen annually to stay on an additional year. They are role models, educators, leaders and housestaff advocates.  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.

The 2018-19 Chief Residents are:

Farid Gholitabar, MD

Dr. Gholitabar was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to Toronto, Canada as a teenager with his family. He earned his B.Sc. from McMaster University in Biology with a specialization in Physiology and went on to earn his M.D. degree from St. George’s University. He continued his career at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s & West where he completed his residency and was named as one of Chief Residents of the Internal Medicine program. Dr. Gholitabar plans to specialize in Cardiology and continue to pursue his interests in integrating technology in medical education and streamlining patient care. Outside of clinical duties, research and community outreach Dr. Gholitabar enjoys building computers, non-fiction reading, traveling to far lands, playing on a soccer league as well as playing recreational tennis and squash.

Shawn Lee, MD

Dr. Lee was born and raised in New York City, and received his undergraduate degree in Biology at SUNY Binghamton. He went on to pursue his medical degree at St. George’s University. During his time as an internal medicine resident, Dr. Lee has been a Quality Improvement leader in his ambulatory clinic, has been a member of the residency Housestaff Council and has been involved in multiple research projects within the field of cardiovascular diseases. After his Chief year, he plans on pursuing a fellowship in Cardiology, and is interested in electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, and heart failure. In his free time, he likes to go to the gym, run, watch and play all sports, and travel.

Joseph Sassine, MD

Dr. Sassine was born in Paris, France and raised in Lebanon. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology then his M.D. degree from the Lebanese American University in Byblos and Beirut, Lebanon. He subsequently moved to New York City to complete his residency training in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s - Mount Sinai West. He served as a Quality Improvement Leader in the ambulatory setting, was elected as a member of the Housestaff Council, and is an active member of the antimicrobial stewardship committee. After his chief year, he plans to pursue a fellowship in Infectious Diseases. His academic interests include medical education, bacteriology, antimicrobial resistance and HIV. During his free time, he reads about history and geopolitics, he is also an avid soccer fan and enjoys the opera.

Astha Thakkar, MBBS

Dr. Thakkar was born and raised in Anand, India and received her Medical Degree at Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai before moving to New York to pursue her residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Mount Sinai West. She served as a QI Champion for the Hospital Sepsis Team during residency. She is the Chief Resident leader for Journal Club and Women in Medicine interest groups. She is planning to pursue a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology after her Chief year. Additionally, she is interested in travel, cooking and adventure sports.

Heather Viola, DO

Dr. Viola, originally from Long Island, received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  She obtained her medical degree from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine before moving to New York City for residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Mount Sinai West.  Her interests include primary care, women’s health, and quality improvement in the ambulatory setting.  She served as a QI leader in her outpatient medical training from 2016-2018.  After her Chief year she plans to pursue a primary care position within an academic institution to further her interests in medical education and residency program leadership.  In addition to medicine, her interests include the NY Mets, the beach and all things summer, trying new restaurants in NYC, and spending time with friends and family.

Meet our 20118-19 PGY3s:



Medical School

 Olufunke G. Adeusi  Warwick Medical School
 Setareh Alipourfetrati  Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
 Laura Bock  University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
 Felipe Bolivar Rincon  Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
 Punya Dahal  Tribhuvan University
 Adiac Espinosa Hernandez  Facultad de Ciencias Medical Matanzas, University of Havana
 Xiaowen Fan Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University
 Shuyang Fang  Xi'an Jiaotong University College of Medicine
 Stephen Franco  St. George's University College of Medicine
 Natasha Garg  Post Graduate Institute, Chandigarh, India
 Raina Garg  Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
 Charles J. Gaulin  University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School
 Marcelo Hernandez  Universidad de El Salvador, Facultad de Medicina
 Syed Hammad Kazmi  Aga Khan University Medical College
 Mariam Khandaker  Bangladesh Medical College (BMSRI)
 Chayakrit Krittanawong  Phramongkutlao Medical College
 Lorenz Leuprecht  Medizinishe, Universitat Wien, University of Bristol Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
 Yuzhou Liu  Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
 Yiming Luo  Peking Univ. Health Science Center
 Priyadarshini Pathak  B.J. Medical College
 Sathish K. Pondaiah  Post-graduate Institute, Chandigarh, India
 Naveen Premnath  All-India Institute of Medical Sciences
 Alvaro Ramos-Rodriguez  Univ. Autonoma de Guadalajara Facultad de Medicina
 Tabinda Riaz  American University of Antigua College of Medicine
 Mario Rodriguez  Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Honduras Facultad de Ciencias Medicas
 Basera Sabharwal  Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute
 Valeria Santibanez Brionez  Univ. Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil Facultad de Ciencias
 Jayanthi Sethunarayanan  Univ. of Edinburgh College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
 Avinash Singh  Gauhati Medical College and Hospital
 Ritu Singh  Post Graduate Institute, Chandigarh, India
 Surksha Sirichand  Aga Khan University Medical College
 Karan Sud  All-India Institute of Medical Science
 Nikolai Tolkachev  Moscow State University of Medicine & Dentistry
 Liubou Uslar  Univ. Hamburg Medizinische Fakultat
 Fernando Vazquez De Lara Padilla  Univ. Popular Autonoma de Puebla Fac. De Medicina
 Elijah Verheyen  St. George's University School of Medicine
 Qian Wang  Lanzhou Medical College
 Xin Wei  Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
 Yumeng Wen  Peking University Health Science Center
 Eelin Wilson  Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
 Bing Yue  Peking University Health Science Center
 Petra Zubin Maslov  Medicinski Fakultet u Splitu




Meet our 2018-19 PGY2s:



Medical School

Ana Belen Arevalo Molina

Universidad del Azuay Facultad de Medicine

Dhrubajyoti Bandyopadhyay

RG Kar Med College, University of Calcutta, India

Hassan Beydoun

American University of Beirut

Makda Bsrat

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Kun Chen

SUNY Downstate Medical College

Laura Chen

New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Gustavo Contreras Anez Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Ricardo de la Villa Pagan University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Jason Dietz National University of Ireland
Caroline Dooley St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Mohammad Ghanbar University of Manchester, England
Mike Gorenchtein University of Limerick, Ireland
Faris Haddadin University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Rida Jamil Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC
Karan Jatwani Gov Med Coll, Chandigarh University, Pujab, India
Changchuan Jiang Soochow Univ. Med College, Jiangsu, China
Vipul Jindal All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Dehli, India
Gaurav Kakked Medical College Baroda, Vadodara, India
Scott Kaplin Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Swiri Konje University of Limerick, Ireland
Alexander Manguba University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
Vivek Modi Medical College Baroda, Vadodara, India
Alba Munoz Estrella Unv. Catol Madre y Maestra, Santiago de las Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Shane Murray University of Limerick, Ireland
Christian Olivo Freites Univ. Latina de Panama, Fac. de Med y del la Salud, Ciudad, Panama
Elizabeth Omoniyi University of London, St. George's Hospital Medical School, London, England
Hardikkumar Patel Medical College Baroda, Vadodara, India
Stuthi Perimbeti Blde Assoc Med Coll, Karnataka Univ., Bijapur Karnataka, India
Michael Rainone University College Dublin, Ireland
Sridevi Rajeeve Malankara Orthodox & Syrian Church Medical College, Kolenchery, India
Wojciech Rzechorzek Medical University of Warsaw, Poland
Bertin Salguero Porres Univ. Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala
Tal Shachi Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel 
Ruchit Shah Pramukh Swami Med Coll, Sardar Patel Univ, Karamsad, Gujarat, India
Rishi Shrivastav Pramukh Swami Med Coll, Sardar Patel Univ, Karamsad, Gujarat, India
Isha Singh All-India Inst of Med. Sciences, New Dehli, India
Michele Stanchina New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Guneesh Uberoi Sri Ramachandra Med Coll, Dr. M G R Med Univ, Madras, TN, India
David Weininger Cohen Univ. Central Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela
Xiaochuan Yang Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel
Sean Zajac Florida International University College of Medicine
Xiaochen Zhang Shanghai Second Med Coll, Shanghai, China




Meet our 2018-19 Categorical and Preliminary Interns:


Medical School

Robert Abed

LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury

Shruti Anand

Nilratan Sircar Medical College

Nikhil Bachoo

All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Joshua Berookhim


Kirtipal Bhatia

Maulana Azad

Monica Chan

New York University

Bing Chen

Shanghai Jiao Tong

Daniel Chiu

SUNY Downstate

Jeffrey Chukwuneke

Columbia University

Abraham Derman

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ryan Devenyi

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Hermandeep Dhami

Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Paul El Tomb

American University of Beirut

Stephen Ellwood

Rutgers New Jersey

Simeon Gotzev

University College Dublin

Michael Gowen

Tufts University

Angelica Gutierrez

Universidad del Zulia

Shivani Handa

Armed Forces Medical College

Kam Ho

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Claire Huang Lucas

Faculté de Médecine Paris-Sud

Ameesh Isath

Madras Medical College

Michael Kahen


Rabia Karani

Johns Hopkins University

Gassan Kassim

University of Debrecen

Yesul Kim

Pennsylvania State University

Paaras Kohli

Government Medical College Chandigarh

Roxanne Lee

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Southwestern

Jan Lopes

Faculdade de Medicina de Bahia

Rafael Madero-Marroquinm

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Omar Mahmoud

Università degli Studi di Brescia Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia

Iman Makki

American University of Beirut

McKinnell, Zoe

St. George's University

Mark Messina

Hofstra Northwell at Hofstra University

Sananda Moctezuma

Universidad de Navarra

Bharat Narasimhan

Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute

Rawann Nassar

American University of Beirut

Shabnam Nasserifar

University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School

Roberto Ochoa Jimenez

Escuela Autónoma de Ciencias Médicas de Centro América

Eisse Park

Georgetown University

Eduardo Pascual Van Sant

Columbia University

Ramya Patel

Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College

Giulia Eva Maria Petrone

Università degli Studi di Brescia

Priti Poojary

Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education & Research (MIMER)

Itay Rabinovitz


Mubasshar Rehman

Nishtar Medical College & Hospital

Edith Robin


Yeriko Santillan

New York Medical College

Rachel Severin

Columbia University

Suraj Shah

Rowan University School

Jacqueline Sheehan

University College Cork

Michel Skaf

LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury

Karina Somohano

Columbia University

William Tsai

New York University

Angad Uberoi

Maulana Azad Medical College

Xavier Vela Parada

Universidad de El Salvador

Bella Wolf

Albert Einstein

LingLing Wu

Medical College of Nanchang University

Heba Yassin Jioussy

Ruth and Bruce Rappaport, Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Cindi Yim

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Emily Yin


Binbin Zheng

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid








Click here to view the list of our former housestaff members and what institution they went to upon completing the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Internal Medicine Residency Program.

While the demands of residency are great, it is possible to take advantage of living in one of the greatest, most culturally vibrant cities on the planet. Throughout the year there are numerous planned activities that build camaraderie among the residents and allow you to have a good time. From the talent show to the holiday party to the end-of-the-year party, our residents truly enjoy each other’s company and like to spend time hanging out with each other. In addition, residents participate in a soccer club, happy hours and promotional group activities such as theater, museum and Central Park events.


The hospital provides housing for residents across the street from Mount Sinai West. The two buildings located at 515 West 59th Street and 10 Amsterdam Avenue have apartments for residents at a subsidized rate, below market-value. Studios, one and two bedroom apartments are available, each with modern amenities like heating/air-conditioning units, laundry machines in the building and 24-hour security.


There is a bus service (“the Jitney”) provided between our St. Luke’s and West campuses and most housestaff use that or public transportation to get around. For those residents who choose to live off-campus, and to drive to work, there is subsidized parking at lots conveniently located near the hospitals.

Benefits & Salary

Residents at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West are all part of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) union. Representatives are chosen from the department and serve as delegates for the residents. The compensation package includes comprehensive medical, dental and vision benefits, as well as life insurance. In addition, residents receive four weeks of paid vacation, malpractice insurance paid by the hospital, disability insurance and reimbursement for travel to academic conferences.

See complete list of benefits available by clicking here.