Our Faculty

As a medicine resident at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West, you will work with and be mentored by physicians who are dedicated to your education and training. The following is a sample of our program and divisional faculty leadership.

Jagat Narula, MD, PhD, is Professor and Division Chief of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West, the Philip J. and Harriet L. Goodhart Chair in Cardiology, and the Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Program in Mount Sinai’s Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. He is the Associate Dean for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of cardiovascular immunology and imaging.

Jacqueline E. Tamis-Holland, MD, is an interventional cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West. She is the Associate Director for the Mount Sinai Morningside Cardiac Cath Labs as well as Program Director for the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship. Dr Tamis-Holland is a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and is on the writing committee for the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology’s “Guidelines for ST Segment elevation Infarction.”

Matthew Tomey, MD, is a specialist in the diagnosis and management of acute cardiovascular disease. He serves as the Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Morningside. His principal clinical and research interests include acute coronary syndromes, acute heart failure and shock.

Johanna Contreras, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Heart Failure Program as well as Director of the Hispanic Heart Center. Her clinical interests include the elimination of disparities in cardiovascular care among minorities and improvement of access for minorities to advanced heart failure therapies, including mechanical devices and transplantation.

Davendra Mehta, MD, PhD, is the Director of Electrophysiology Section and Arrhythmia Service at Mount Sinai Morningside. He has been a member of the Cardiology faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine since 1992 where he is currently a Professor of Medicine (Cardiology). His clinical focus is catheter ablations for the management of atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias and his research focuses on cardiac sarcoidosis.  

Pedro Moreno, MD, is the Director of Interventional Cardiology at Morningside and West and Professor of Medicine (Cardiology).  He is a world-renowned expert in atherosclerosis. He performs more than one thousand coronary procedures annually.  His research focus has been inflammation and acute coronary syndrome.

Edgar Argulian, MD, MPH, is the Program Director for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Mount Sinai Morningside and Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology). His areas of interest include non-invasive cardiology, echocardiography, stress testing, dyspnea, pericardial disease, valvular disease and cardiomyopathies 

Vaani P. Garg, MD, is the Associate Program Director for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Mount Sinai Morningside and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology). In addition to being a member of the structural heart team that manages echocardiography, she is interested in novel teaching approaches in medical education, echocardiography, and trainee wellness and mentorship.

Amir Ahmadi, MD, is Director of Cardiovascular CT and MRI Research, Director of Valve Clinic, and Director of Lipid Clinic at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology). His clinical practice includes cardiac intensive care unit (CICU), multimodality cardiovascular imaging and outpatient cardiology.

 

Peter Goulden, MD, is the Medical Director for the Endocrinology Division at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West. His clinical interests are type 1 and type 2 diabetes, obesity and endocrinology disorders. He is particularly interested in harnessing the power of technology in improving patient care and exploring the application of novel care models for large population groups.

Deena Adimoolam, MD,is the Associate Program Director for the Endocrinology Fellowship based at Mount Sinai Morningside, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Her clinical interests are obesity, weight loss, diabetes and thyroid disorder. She received the Presidential Service Award presented by former President Bill Clinton for her community service efforts.

Michael Smith, MD, MBA, is the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West and is Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology). He has published extensively on esophageal diseases and has consistently led funded research. His clinical and research interests include Barrett’s Esophagus and GERD.

Samuel Daniel, MD, is the Assistant Chief of Gastroenterology and a Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine. His clinical and research interests include Hepatitis C infection.

Samuel L. Seward, Jr., MD, is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West and Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is a world authority in a rare genetic disorder, Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. He has won numerous local, regional and national awards in teaching, patient care and leadership.

John Andrilli, MD,is the Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West as well as an Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and Medical Education.

Alejandro Prigollini, MD, is the Senior Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and the Site Director at Mount Sinai Morningside. Dr. Prigollini has served as an APD since 2003. He has been responsible for faculty development in the Division of General Medicine, focusing on the learning environment and direct observation.

Tamara Goldberg, MD,is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. She is a graduate of the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital, where she also served as a Chief Resident. She has served as faculty at Mount Sinai Morningside and West since 2009. She is currently the Director of the Primary Care Track as well as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Her areas of interest include ambulatory curriculum development, structural and social determinants of health and health disparities, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in Medicine.

Erica Vero, MD, is an Associate Program Director and Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine). Dr. Vero is a former Chief Resident at Morningside and West and has been deeply involved in the medical education of both students and residents. Over the years she has received awards for her teaching of physical diagnosis to students as well as ambulatory clinical medicine to residents. She developed and established the Wellness Curriculum for our residents that began in 2015.

Dipal Patel, MD, is Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division of General Internal Medicine. She also serves as Site Director for Ryan Adair Community Health Center. She is actively engaged in teaching residents Ambulatory Medicine with a focus on physician communication. Dr. Patel is actively engaged in curriculum development and QI in the outpatient setting.

Heather Viola, DO, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Marist College. She completed her medical degree at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency training in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Morningside-Mount Sinai West. She then completed a fourth year as a Chief Resident of the Internal Medicine residency program at Mount Sinai Morningside-Mount Sinai West. She has served as faculty at Mount Sinai Morningside-West since graduating from the program in 2019. She is currently an Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is also part of the Mount Sinai Faculty practice at Mount Sinai Doctors Ansonia.

Geeta Varghese, MD, is Assistant Program Director for Ambulatory Care and Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine). She is Site Director at the Ryan Chelsea Clinton Community Health Center.

Deborah Edelman, MD,is an Assistant Program Director for Ambulatory Care and Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine). She is the Site Director at William F. Ryan Community Health Center.

Kevin Yan, MD,is Assistant Professor of Medicine and a graduated of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. His clinical interests include medical education and improving access to primary care.

Katherine Mark, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Inpatient Site Director for Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine and Medical Director for inpatient hospices. She is interested in quality improvement and patient safety, and has focused on improving communication with and access for elderly patients.

Omar Amir, MD, MS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Medical Director for the Age Friendly Acute Care Unit at Mount Sinai Morningside. Dr Amir’s current interests are in medical education including inter-professional education in healthcare, working with underserved populations to achieve health equity in aging outcomes, and health system transformation.

Christie Mulholland, MD, is Assistant Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.

Peter Kozuch, MD, serves as the Assistant Fellowship Director of the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship program. Dr. Kozuch’s research involves the practice advancements and effort of colleagues in diagnostic radiology, surgical pathology, radiation oncology, colorectal surgery, surgical oncology and hepatobiliary surgery.

Gabriel Sara, MD, is Medical Director of the Mount Sinai West Chemotherapy Infusion Site and Executive Director of the Patient Services Initiative of the Mount Sinai Chelsea cancer program. Dr. Sara is treasured by housestaff for his unwavering dedication to teaching and the care of his patients. He was awarded the “Wholeness of Life Award” by the hospital’s chaplaincy in recognition of his holistic approach to patient care.

Lawrence I Cytryn, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine and expert in hematologic disorders. An enthusiastic educator, Dr. Cytryn consistently earns praise from students, residents and fellows for his passion for the subject matter, his devotion to patient care and his investment in his students’ learning.

Brian Markoff, MD, is the Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Mount Sinai Morningside and Associate Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine). Until recently, he was the Associate Program Director for Quality at the Internal Medicine Residency Program at The Mount Sinai Hospital. His interests include quality improvement and high-value care.

Faye Reiff-Pasarew, MD, serves as the Associate Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Mount Sinai Morningside. Dr. Reiff-Pasarew has demonstrated a commitment to fostering humanism in medicine through academic inquiry as well as through creative and interdisciplinary projects. Her quality improvement initiatives improve end-of-life care and her research focuses on the use of the arts and humanities in medical education.

Vasundara Singh, MBBS,is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine within the division of Hospital Medicine at Mount Sinai West and serves as the Associate Program Director for inpatient medicine for the Internal Medicine residency program at Mount Sinai Morningside/West.

Ashwin Sawant, MD, is Clinical Instructor of Medicine and a proud graduate of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West. His clinical interests are in quality improvement and patient safety.

Erna Milunka Kojic, MD, is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Morningside and West and is Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases). She has published extensively on HIV/AIDS and has consistently been funded by NIH. Her clinical and research interests includes HPV and HIV co-infection including prevention of HPV infection.

Amy Rosenberg, MD, is Vice Chair for Administrative Affairs for the Department of Medicine at Morningside and West. She is extensively involved in quality improvement and patient safety activities for the department. Dr. Rosenberg also remains actively involved in teaching residents, fellows and students on the Infectious Diseases Consult Service.

Georgina Osorio, MD, MPH, is the Associate Program Director for inpatient services at Mount Sinai Morningside for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and currently co-Chair of the Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition. She is actively involved in teaching the residents and first-year medical students at the Icahn School of Medicine. She received the “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the Class of 2016 for her outstanding contributions.

Alexandra Abrams-Downey, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease and the Associate Director of the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy at Mount Sinai Morningside. Dr. Abrams-Downey's current interests include medical education, research on HIV prevention, quality improvement projects to increase engagement in HIV care and treatment as well as ongoing participation as a co-investigator on a number of clinical trials at the Clinical and Translational Research Center at Mount Sinai.

George McKinley, MD, is Director of the Tuberculosis Management Program at Morningside and West and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases). His clinical interests are tuberculosis, travel/tropical medicine and HIV. Dr. McKinley is also the President of the SLW Alumni Association. In addition to being a renowned Infectious Diseases specialist, he is one of our most dedicated faculty and a treasured favorite among housestaff, fellow and students alike.

Vanhi Gandhi, MD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Institute for Advanced Medicine’s Morningside Clinic. She specializes in the integrative treatment of chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.

Ira S. Meisels, MD,is the Division Chief of Nephrology and Director of Dialysis at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West, co-Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Greater New York and Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology). He is a beloved teacher of housestaff.

Karim El Hachem, MD,is Assistant Professor of Medicine. He treats patients with acute kidney injury, electrolyte disorders, chronic kidney diseases and end stage renal disease. He is also interested in quality improvement and patient safety.

David Steiger, MD, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He is an expert in interstitial lung disease, perioperative medical management, critical care medicine and a researcher in cognitive dysfunction in orthopaedic surgical patients.

Joseph P. Mathew, MD, serves as Associate Director of the Intensive Care Unit and the Center for Advanced Medical Simulation (CAMS) and is Director of the Critical Care Ultrasonography Program at Morningside and West. His areas of interests include critical care ultrasonography, healthcare simulation, and critical care outcomes.

Mirna Mohanraj, MD, is the Associate Program Director of the Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care). She is also Director of the Lung Nodule Program and Director of the Procedure Service. She is actively involved in teaching the residents, quality improvement projects and research.

Janet M. Shapiro, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care) and Director of Critical Care Unit at Mount Sinai Morningside and beloved teacher of the housestaff. Dr. Shapiro is a prolific author with special interests in status asthmaticus and critical care of the obstetric patient and is always actively involved in our weekly Morbidity and Mortality Conferences. In practice, she is a paradigm of excellence and ethics in medicine, continuously demonstrating to us by example the art of compassion and empathy during difficult crossroads in patients’ lives.

Raymonde E. Jean, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care). Her clinical research interests spans studying the impact of obesity on critical illness, respiratory failure and research related to sleep. She received an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the Class of 2016 for her outstanding contribution to the residency education.

Susanna Kurtz, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine and an expert in critical care medicine. She is the Assistant Director of the Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and is interested in providing high quality medical training to our residents and fellows.

Yousaf Ali, MBBS, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology. He has received numerous teaching awards including the prestigious Beckwith Family Award. He conducts clinical research in rheumatoid arthritis.