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 2019-20 Chief Residents are:

Adiac Espinosa Hernandez, MD
Dr. Espinosa was born and raised in Cuba. He earned his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine “Juan Guiteras Gener” affiliated with the Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana. After graduation, he was assigned to work in remote areas of the Venezuelan Guayana as part of the mission “Inside the neighborhood”. He subsequently moved to the United States as a refugee. Dr. Espinosa completed residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai St Luke’s-Mount Sinai West. He is the chief resident for the PGY-3 class and is in charge of organizing noon conference. He is interested in Pulmonary and Critical care medicine and medical education. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his son, fishing, playing baseball and chess.
Marcelo Hernandez MD
Dr. Hernandez was born and raised in El Salvador. He received his medical degree from the University of El Salvador before moving to New York City to pursue his residency training. During his time as an Internal Medicine Resident at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s – Mount Sinai West, he was part of the Medical Education Track, served as a QI Leader in the ambulatory setting, and was a member of the House staff Council. His academic interests include medical education, clinical reasoning, electrolyte disorders, and management of chronic kidney disease patients. After his chief year he plans to pursue a hospital medicine position within an academic institution to further his interests in medical education. During his free time, he enjoys watching movies, listening to music, and playing the guitar, and watching sports.
Basera Sabharwal, MD
Dr. Sabharwal was born and raised in Calcutta, India and received her Medical Degree at Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute in Chennai before moving to New York to pursue her residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Mount Sinai West. During residency, she served as a QI Leader for the Heart Liaison Project with an aim to decrease readmissions of patients admitted with an Acute Myocardial Infarction. After her Chief year, she plans on pursuing a fellowship in Cardiology, and is interested in Critical Care & Imaging. Some of her hobbies are swimming, Ice skating, snorkeling, scuba diving and travelling.
Valeria Santibanez Briones, MD
Dr. Santibanez was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador where she received her Medical Degree. Her passions include medical education, resident wellbeing and gender disparities in the medical field. Aside from medicine, she enjoys dancing, hiking and spending time with family and friends. She is the Chief Resident leader for Journal Club and Women in Medicine interest groups. She is currently applying for a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Her long-term plans include being part of a residency training program to further promote medical education and career advancement opportunities for residents”

Avinash Singh, MD
Dr. Singh was born in Jorhat, India and received his medical degree from Gauhati Medical College & Hospital. He worked as Medical Officer in the tea estates in his home state of Assam, before moving to New York to complete residency training in Internal Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s – Mount Sinai West Hospitals. He has served as Quality Improvement leader in his ambulatory clinic, and continues to work closely with the inpatient Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT). After his year as Chief Resident, he will be pursuing a fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Singh is an avid reader of ancient history, and enjoys long-distance running. His academic interests additionally include global health, health policy, and medical innovation.

Meet our 2019-20 PGY3s:



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

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
Julianna Hirsch Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Technion Israel Institute of Technology
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
Xiaocen Zhang Shanghai Second Med Coll, Shanghai, China




Meet our 2019-20 PGY2s:


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

Bing Chen

Shanghai Jiao Tong

Abraham Derman

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Paul El Tomb

American University of Beirut

Simeon Gotzev

University College Dublin

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


Gassan Kassim

University of Debrecen

Paaras Kohli

Government Medical College Chandigarh

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

Zoe McKinnell

St. George's 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

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

Suraj Shah

Rowan University School

Jacqueline Sheehan

University College Cork

Michel Skaf

LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury

Angad Uberoi

Maulana Azad Medical College

Xavier Vela Parada

Universidad de El Salvador

LingLing Wu

Medical College of Nanchang University

Heba Yassin Jioussy

Ruth and Bruce Rappaport, Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Binbin Zheng

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid








Meet our 2019-20 Categorical and Preliminary Interns:



Medical School

Fatma Alzahraa Abdel Qader Alexandria University
Julia Aronson University of Arkansas
Javier Arreaza Caraballo Universidad Central de Venezuela - E Luis Razetti
Peter Barelli St. George's University
Gabriela Bernal Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Raul Chibas Sandoval Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua, Managua
Subrat Das Armed Forces
Jeewendra Dulal All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Maan El Halabi LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury
Tomohiro Fujisaki Kumamoto University
Yasmin Herrera Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC)
Abhinav Hoskote Seth G.S. Medical College
Jonathan Alpert Jamito University of the East/Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
Matthew Karr Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York
Frida Kassim Unversity of Debrecen
Yeraz Khachatoorian Yerevan State Medical University Named for Mkhitar Heratsi
Andrew Kim A.T. Still University - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Ga Hee Kim Universidad de Buenos Aires
Nirupama Krishnamurthi Goa Medical College
Priyanka Lakshmanan Seth G.S. Medical College
Shu Min Lao New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Taoran Li Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Lauren Margetich Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Pratyusha Nunna Katuri Medical College, Guntur
Pavan Paka Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Archana Pattupara All India Institute of Medical Schools, Rishikesh
Rebecca Pietro Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Viriginia Campus
Joseph Poon University of Sydney
Ines Robles Aponte Ponce Health Sciences University
Guilherme Sacchi de Camargo Correia Universidade de São Paulo Faculdade de Medicina São Paulo (FMSP-USP) 
Dishant Shah All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal
Michelle Sterpi Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia 
Hendrik Sy Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin Medizinische Fakultät 
Paulino Tallon de Lara Universidad de Córdoba  
Anna Tavdy Resisi New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Nicholas Theodoropoulos Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Patrick Tobin-Schnittger University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School 
Ciaran Twomey Brenner University of Manchester
Mengden Xie Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University
Sara Zalcgendler Georgetown University
Sophia Zhitomirsky Hadassah Medical School
Elizabeth Zipf San Juan Bautista
Preliminary Medical School
Nathan Agi Stony Brook University
Jeffrey Bloom Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Cynthia Chen Columbia University
Daniel Childs Albert Einstein Medical College
Krupali Chokshi Stony Brook University 
Jason Fan Columbia University
Mona Fayad Wayne State University
Alexander Fein SUNY Upstate
Erin Flynn George Washington University
Julia Goldberg New York University
Marcus Konner Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York
Carolyn Kushner Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 
Bao Han Le University of Hawaii
Michelle Lee Cornell University
Andrea Leyton-Mange Columbia University
Corinna Psomadakis Imperial College London
Farah Tamizuddin New York University
Ami Trivedi New York Medical College
Connie Wang Columbia University





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.