Chief Residents

 

Internal Medicine Residency Program

Chief Residents 2017-2018

 

University Hospital


Burnell

JACQUIE BURNELL
UH Chief Medical Resident

Jacqueline (Jacquie) grew up in the Wild West, Idaho, where she learned from a young age that there was nothing more important in life other than potatoes. Although born in Wisconsin and a proud cheese-head (one of six outside of Wisconsin), she moved to North Carolina where she attended Wake Forest University. As she had already adapted to the humidity, she stayed for medical school as a proud Demon Deacon. The endless infectious disease cases seen at Rutgers- NJMS drew her to the northeast, where thoughts of returning febrile travelers keep her awake at night. In her free time, she likes to get as much fresh air as possible (odd since she lives in New Jersey) accompanied by her three overweight dogs, eat and cook all kinds of food (she makes a mean bottle of kombucha), and if the season is right--watch football (it's always right).

 

Miranda

CLAUDIA MIRANDA
UH Chief Medical Resident

 

Claudia was born and raised in Lima, Peru where she lived until she was six years old.  She spent a few years in New York (learning how to ride bikes and discovering the McDonald's ball pit) before relocating to North Jersey. Growing up, she was an avid fan of butterfly hunting, 90's pop, and all things Sailor Moon.  She headed off to the Midwest for college at the University of Notre Dame (where she failed to attend a single football game) and majored in Biological Sciences and East Asian Studies while a proud member of the University's hip-hop break-dancing crew.  She returned to New Jersey to complete her medical education at Rutgers NJMS and decided to stay local for her residency at University Hospital.  On her off time, she can often be found writing (she is the proud author of over 500 short-stories and a semi-famous online-personality), watching kpop music videos, and attempting to befriend the Universe.  Pen collections are a must. 

 

 

Veterans Affairs


Bodek

DAN BODEK
VA Chief Medical Resident

 

Dan originally grew up in Bridgeport, CT before moving onto the College of the Holy Cross for an undergraduate degree in Political Science. Afterwards, he began his medical education at the University of New England. After spending much of 3rd and 4th year in Newark, he decided to stay at Rutgers NJMS with hopes of pursuing a career in Gastroenterology.During his spare time he enjoys exploring new restaurants in New Jersey and New York City. Luckily, as a New York Jets fan, his Sundays remain free year-round.

Mathenge

NJAMBI MATHENGE
VA Chief Medical Resident

Almost "fresh off the boat" as some would say (just ask her to say "category"), Njambi was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. With an adventurous spirit, she seized the opportunity to study medicine on the beautiful island of Grenada at St. George's University and thereafter moved to New Jersey during her clinical clerkships. The allure of New Jersey (and its scenic outdoors) was evident as she stayed on to join the NJMS Internal Medicine family as a resident. With a heart for urban medicine, underserved communities, cardiovascular health and teaching, Njambi is currently simultaneously pursuing her MPH degree with hopes to go on to an academic career in Cardiology and Clinical Research. In her free time, she takes every opportunity to travel (having perfected the art of beating jet-lag) and secretly wishes to live up to the stereotype of being a marathon runner.

 

Streb

GENA STREB
VA Chief Medical Resident

 

Genevieve (Gena) was born and grew up in Kansas along the yellow brick road, where she did experience her fair share of tornadoes.  She moved to the east coast and attended Penn State for her undergraduate degree and then proceeded to Drexel for medical school.  She married into a very large and loving Greek family and is now the heiress to a vast diner empire. She moved to NJ and fell in love with the residents and community at NJMS.  She hopes to pursue a fellowship in Endocrinology despite her unhealthy obsession with sour patch kids and every dish that involves pasta.  In her spare time she loves to watch movies, hike outside, beat her husband at Mario Kart, travel back to the Midwest to visit family and dance to Zorba the Greek.

 

 

Hackensack University Medical Center


Abu-Ihweij

KHALED ABU-IHWEIJ
HUMC Chief Medical Resident

 

Khaled is a native of Orlando, Florida where he also obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida. He traded one party school for another and earned master’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. Realizing that he could not live without a beach, Khaled attended St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed his clinical studies at HUMC. For his residency, he chose to stay in New Jersey at Rutgers NJMS.  His interests lie in academic medicine with a focus on teaching medical students. In his free time, Khaled enjoys bar trivia (where he proceeds to get every Florida question wrong), exploring New York City, traveling, and watching football (especially his UCF Knights).

 

Cedeno

NATALIE CEDENO
HUMC Chief Medical Resident

 

Natalie was born and raised in Secaucus, New Jersey, a stone’s throw away from Manhattan (New Jersey’s most endearing quality). She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from The College of New Jersey. With the enthusiasm and passion for life that she is known for, Natalie went backpacking through Europe, until she lost all her money to gypsies. She worked for two years in a stem cell lab prior to starting the next great adventure of her life in medical school here at Rutgers NJMS. For residency she chose to stay at her home program and plans to pursue a fulfilling career in Gastroenterology, saving lives one gluten-free diet at a time. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends/family, and catching up on her Netflix shows (she’ll say that her favorite show is House of Cards but it’s commonly known that she loves alternating L Word and Spartacus marathons).