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Residents


Adrian

Robert Adrian, MD

  • Medical school: Chicago Medical school at Rosalind Franklin University
  • Undergraduate school: Arizona State University
  • Undergraduate major: Bioinformatics & Genomics, Sociology
  • Outside interests: Surfing, art, news and politics, fantasy/sci-fi books (to escape the news and politics)
Baddoura

Phillip Baddoura, MD

  • Medical school and Graduate School: Georgetown University
  • Undergraduate school: Johns Hopkins University
  • Undergraduate major: Biophysics
  • Outside interests: Fishing, running, travel
Choi

April Choi, MD (Chief Resident)

  • Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Undergraduate school: Rice University
  • Undergraduate major: Chemistry
  • Outside interests: Arts & crafts, hiking, watching musicals, spending time with friends and family
Frishman

Anna Frishman, MD

  • Medical school: University of Iowa
  • Undergraduate school: Johns Hopkins University
  • Undergraduate major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Interests in Medicine: Teaching
  • Outside interests: Anything outdoors including skiing, hiking, camping; reading stuff; hanging out with family and friend
Grossi

Evan Grossi, MD (Chief Resident)

  • Medical school: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
  • Undergraduate school: University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Undergraduate major: Integrative Physiology (Minor: Business Administration)
  • Outside interests: Basketball, Football, Baseball, honestly any sport, camping, skiing, hiking, traveling especially to South America, Asia and Europe
Hedni

Megana Hedni, MD

  • Medical school: Boston University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate school: Boston University
  • Undergraduate major: Medical sciences
  • Outside interests: Golf, tennis, traveling, hanging out with family and friends
Lee

Edward Lee, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers NJMS
  • Undergraduate school: Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  • Undergraduate major: Biology
  • Outside interests: Weight lifting, basketball, yoga, hot yoga, meditation, TV (HGTV, Game of Thrones, West World), exploring NYC/Hoboken
Lleras

Samantha Lleras, MD

  • Medical school: Meharry Medical College
  • Undergraduate school: Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  • Undergraduate major: Biomathematics
  • Outside interests: Being outdoors, binging on Netflix shows, trying new restaurants and cheering for the J-E-T-S
Yu

Catherine Yu, MD (Chief Resident)

  • Medical school: Rutgers NJMS
  • Undergraduate school: Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  • Undergraduate major: Biology
  • Outside interests: Travel, eating,music, Broadway, celebrities,dogs, Costco

Kyrillos Attaalla, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Undergraduate school: Rutgers - Newark
  • Undergraduate major: Psychology
  • Interests in Medicine: Ultrasound and Simulation Medicine
  • Outside interests: Lifting and gym, 3D printing, Random shows on Netflix, reading, napping, food, exploring food, cooking, and traveling/outdooractivities

Marc Berenson, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Undergraduate school: Roanoke College
  • Undergraduate major: Sociology
  • Interests in Medicine: Medical Education, LGBTQ+ Health, EMS, Critical Care
  • Outside interests: Random adventures, travel, drag shows, visiting museums and playing piano

Naila Ghafoor, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Undergraduate school: Rutgers School of Engineering, New Brunswick
  • Undergraduate major: Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Outside interests: Cooking/eating, gardening, hiking, running, dogs, napping, reading, spending time with family/friends

Lindsey Hastings-Spaine, MD

  • Medical school: Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate school: Columbia University
  • Undergraduate major: Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Interests in Medicine: Global Health,Urban/Community Health, HealthPolicy,Medical Education
  • Outside interests: Travel, concerts/live shows, brunch,playingbasketball and soccer, riding-scooters, spending time at the beach,binge watching tv, hanging with family and friends

Ronald Ikechi, MD

  • Medical school: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • Graduate school: Tulane University of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • Undergraduate school: University of Delaware
  • Undergraduate major: Biology and Psychology; Spanish Minor
  • Interests in Medicine: Social Emergency Medicine, Global Health, Health Policy/Administration, Innovative Healthcare Delivery
  • Outside interests: Karaoke (Battle song: Bohemian Rhapsody), eating/talking with foodies, running

James Liebow, MD

  • Medical school: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate school: Hamilton College
  • Undergraduate major: Biology
  • Interests in Medicine: Palliative care, medical education
  • Outside interests: Baking bread, cooking, sports

Linda Qiu, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Undergraduate school: New York University
  • Undergraduate major: Chemistry
  • Interests in Medicine: Medical Education, Ultrasound, Toxicology
  • Outside interests: Pilates, musicals, painting, cooking, plants, reading, makeup/hairstyling, watching standup, the life-changing magic of tidying up, hanging out with friends and family

Jessica Tu, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Undergraduate school: NYU
  • Undergraduate major: Psychology
  • Interests in Medicine: storytelling and wellness, pediatric emergency medicine, medical simulation, end-of-life care, healthcare policy, academic emergency medicine and education
  • Outside interests: music, food, tea, petting dogs, exploring/traveling, reading, playing/watching people play video games, fashion, cosplay, Netflix/Hulu, Asian Pacific American representation, trying new things, spending time with friends and family, and napping

Peter Alsharif, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Undergraduate school: Amherst College
  • Undergraduate major: Biology - Neuroscience
  • Interests in medicine: Medical education, Simulation, Emergency medical services
  • Outside interests: Hiking, Studio art, Reading/Podcasts

Aakash Amin, MD, MBA

  • Medical school: Tulane University
  • Undergraduate school: University of California, Berkeley
  • Undergraduate major: Biology
  • Interests in Medicine: Social EM, Global medicine, Addiciton medicine
  • Outside interests: Basketball, movies, hiking, animals, dining

Sharmi Elamin, MD

  • Medical school: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • Undergrad: Rutgers University- Camden
  • Major: Criminal justice
  • Interests in Medicine: Community/urban medicine, Healthcare disparities, Medical education
  • Outside interests: Spending time with my family, Exercising/weight lifting, Trying new restaurants

Rachel Harth, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Undergraduate school: Vassar College
  • Undergraduate major: Comparative Religions, Chemistry
  • Interests in medicine: Critical care, reproductive health
  • Outside interests: Yoga, Birding, Cooking

Nina Liu, MD, MBA

  • Medical school: Duke University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate school: Harvard College
  • Undergraduate major: Neurobiology
  • Interests in medicine: Administration, Global health, Technology
  • Outside interests: Hiking, Climbing, Cooking, Tennis, Binging TV shows, Catching up on a long reading list

Travis Mok, MD

  • Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Undergraduate school: Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  • Undergraduate major: Biological Sciences
  • Interests in medicine: Ultrasound, EMS
  • Outside interests: Sleeping, Jogging, Mario Kart, and the frozen foods section of Trader Joe’s

Leen Samha, MD

  • Medical school: University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate school: Southern Utah University
  • Undergraduate major: Chemistry - Healthcare Emphasis
  • Interests in medicine: Disaster Medicine, EMS, Ultrasound, Socioeconomic disparities in medicine, Arab/Muslim/Palestinian Women health/advocacy/mentorship. First-Generation in Medicine mentorship.
  • Outside interests: I love to sing epic rock and symphonic rock (but I honestly sing anything-- especially Breaking Benjamin and Within Temptation). I love Final Fantasy 7, Kingdom Hearts, and all sorts of video games. STEM Youth Outreach. Katniss is my hero and fashion idol. I am part of a podcast called Bundle of Hers which is aimed at providing a platform for the voices not often heard in medicine.

Wendy Wheeler, MD

  • Medical school: Albany Medical College
  • Undergraduate school: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Undergraduate major: Biology
  • Interests in medicine: Administration, Quality Improvement & Safety, Medical Education, Narrative Medicine
  • Outside interests: Cake decorating, Modern calligraphy, Ally Love & Emma Lovewell Peloton rides, Sartorial journalism, Prospective toxophilite, anything Peter Attia

Marwa Ali, MD

  • Medical school: Boston University
  • Undergraduate school: University of Virginia
  • Undergraduate major: Biology
  • Interests in medicine: Ultrasound, Social EM
  • Outside interests: Painting, knitting, gardening

Larissa Baker, MD

  • Medical school: University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Undergraduate school: Harvard College
  • Undergraduate major: Earth & Planetary Sciences, Global Health & Health Policy Minor
  • Interests in Medicine: Community and Global Health, Access to Healthcare
  • Outside interests: Running, Baking tarts and pastries, Watching Survivor, Reading fiction and biographies, Learning to keep a garde

Duniel Coke, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Undergrad: Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  • Major: Biology
  • Interests in Medicine: EMS, Urban/Community Health, Toxicology
  • Outside interests: Basketball, weight lifting, travel, sneakers

Alexandria Cooper, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Undergraduate school: Skidmore College
  • Undergraduate major: Chemistry
  • Interests in medicine: Social EM, reproductive health, SIM/MedEd, peds
  • Outside interests: I am constantly upping my home cooking game with an emphasis on practical, delicious meals. I am an aspiring dressage rider and mom to one beautiful daughter and many assorted fur babies. When I'm not at the hospital, cooking, or riding, you'll find me hanging out with my family at home or jumping into the nearest body of water as soon as it comes into view.

Rebecca Eager, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Undergraduate school: University of Miami
  • Undergraduate major: Microbiology and Immunology
  • Interests in medicine: Medical Education
  • Outside interests: Going to the beach, watching baseball, reality television

Ishaan Jain, MD

  • Medical School: SUNY Downstate
  • Undergraduate school: Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  • Undergraduate major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Interests in medicine: AI in Medicine, Critical Care
  • Outside interests: Reading (anything fantasy), hiking, soccer, my PS5

Helen Lu, MD

  • Medical school: University of Louisville
  • Undergraduate school: University of Louisville
  • Undergraduate major: Bioengineering
  • Interests in medicine: Social EM, Administration, Ultrasound, Reproductive Health, Quality Improvement
  • Outside interests: Cooking/eating, video games, traveling, snorkeling, reading, spicy foods, tea, crushing friends in board games

Shivam Patel, MD

  • Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Undergraduate school: Rutgers - New Brunswick
  • Undergraduate major: Cell Bio and Neurosciene
  • Interests in medicine: EMS, U/S, Medical Education
  • Outside interests: Working out, piano, traveling, cooking, watching sports, movies and tv shows

Nduka Vernon, MD, MPH

  • Medical school: Emory University
  • Graduate School: Emory Rollins School of Public Health
  • Undergraduate school: Morehouse College
  • Undergraduate major: Biology
  • Interests in medicine: Policy, Health Disparities, Mentoring and Education
  • Outside interests: Martial arts, Exercise, Meditation, Bass guitar, Finding great cityscape and nature views

Alumni Classes:

Class of 2021

  • Cindy Amilcar, MD
    • Post-residency: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TX (Fellowship in Medical Education)
    • Medical school: Rutgers RWJMS
  • Chifaa Bouzidi (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Baptist Health - Emergent Physicians of South Florida, Miami, FL
    • Medical school: Rutgers NJMS
  • Mariya Cherneykina, MD, MBA
    • Post-residency: St. Clare's Health, Denville, NJ
    • Medical school: Temple University
  • Michelle Davis, MD
    • Post-residency: Maimonedes Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY (Fellowship in Pediatric EM)
    • Medical school: George Washington University
  • Katharine Juarez, MD
    • Post-residency: off-cycle
    • Medical school: University of New Mexico
  • Van Kenyon, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Locum tenems (Team Health)
    • Medical school: SUNY Upstate
  • Rochelle Kling, MD
    • Post-residency: Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ
    • Medical school: SUNY Downstate
  • Enoch Obeng, MD
    • Post-residency: Stanford University (Fellowship in Global EM)
    • Medical school: Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Kiara Rogers, MD
    • Post-residency: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TX
    • Medical school: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Lana Shaker, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Hackensack Meridian @ Seton Hall University/Hackensack Medical Center, NJ
    • Medical school: Rutgers NJMS

Class of 2020

  • Mikhail Blyakher, MD
    • Post-residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    • Medical school: SUNY Upstate
  • Jeremy Carter, DO (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: University of Arizona Medical Center, AZ (Fellowship in Ultrasound Medicine)
    • Medical school: Western University of Health Sciences
  • Georgia Davies, MD
    • Post-residency: NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem Hospital, New York, NY
    • Medical school: University of Rochester
  • Blase Ferraris, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Lincoln Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    • Medical school: Rutgers NJMS
  • Helena Gvili, MD
    • Post-residency: City University of New York/St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY
    • Medical school: University of Buffalo
  • Brian Kaiser, MD
    • Post-residency: City University of New York/St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY
    • Medical school: SUNY Downstate
  • Ariel Sena, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Rutgers NJMS
    • Medical school: St. George's University
  • Michael Ullo, MD
    • Post-residency: Hackensack Meridian @ Seton Hall University/Hackensack Medical Center, NJ
    • Medical school: Rutgers RJWMS

Class of 2019

  • Tiffany Chan, MD
    • Post-residency: Medstar/Georgetown University, DC (Fellowship in Simulation & Patient Safety)
    • Medical school: George Washington University
  • Jigar Desai, DO
    • Post-residency: North Mississippi Medical Center, MS
    • Medical school: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Laura Fagen, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Rutgers NJMS, NJ
    • Medical school: St. George's University
  • Frank Forde, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: University of Cincinnati Medical Center, OH (Fellowship in Emergency Medical Services)
    • Medical school: University of Cincinnati
  • Katie Myers, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Rutgers RWJMS, NJ
    • Medical school: University of Missouri
  • Chandni Ravi, MD
    • Post-residency: University of Nebraska (Fellowship in Critical Care)
    • Medical school: Kasturba Medical College, India
  • Rasheed Sanyaolu, MD
    • Post-residency: Mt. Sinai Hospital Brooklyn, NY
    • Medical school: University of Illinois @ Chicago

Class of 2018

  • Andreia Alexander, MD, PhD, MPH (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, IN
    • Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Eddie Garcia, MD
    • Post-residency: Univ. of California San Francisco School of Medicine, CA (Fellowship in Medical Toxicology)
    • Medical school: Univ. of California Los Angeles
  • Kenadeed Hersi, MD
    • Post-residency: Envision Healthcare/Schumacher Clinical Partners
    • Medical school: Univ. of Virginia
  • Michael McLaughlin, MD, MHA
    • Post-residency: Canyon Vista Hospital, CA
    • Medical school: Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical school
  • Michael Mirza, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Rutgers RWJ Medical School, NJ (Fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound)
    • Medical school: Rutgers NJMS
  • Avi Ruderman, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, MO (Fellowship in Critical Care)
    • Medical school: Rutgers NJMS

Class of 2017

  • Adam Kenney, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Rutgers NJMS/University Hospital, NJ
    • Medical school: George Washington University
  • Wesley George, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Ocala Regional Medical Center, FL
    • Medical school: St. George's University
  • Denise McCormack, MD
    • Post-residency: Jacobi Medical Center & North Central Bronx Hospital, NY
    • Medical school: SUNY Buffalo
  • Erika Nuber, MD
    • Post-residency: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, DC (Fellowship in Sports Medicine)
    • Medical school: Thomas Jefferson University
  • Sergio Pereira, MD
    • Post-residency: Ocala Regional Medical Center, FL
    • Medical school: Ross University
  • Gaurav Tyagi, MD
    • Post-residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, NY
    • Medical school: Wayne State University
  • Kristen Wilkes, MD
    • Post-residency: Jersey City Medical Center, NJ
    • Medical school: Indiana University

Class of 2016

  • Marvinia Charles, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, TX (Fellowship in ED Administration)
    • Medical school: SUNY Upstate
  • Subhanir Chitnis, MD (Chief Resident)
    • Post-residency: St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, NY
    • Medical school: Albany Medical College
  • Dawn Kabba, MD
    • Post-residency: Univ. of Maryland, MD (Fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound)
    • Medical school: Howard University
  • Wanja Mwangi, MD
    • Post-residency: Newton Regional Hospital, GA
    • Medical school: Medical College of Georgia
  • Ilya Ostrovsky, MD
    • Post-residency: Rutgers NJMS/University Hospital, NJ
    • Medical school: Rutgers NJMS
  • Joseph Rogers, MD
    • Post-residency: Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center, CA
    • Medical school: SUNY Downstate

Class of 2015

  • Suzanne Lilley, MD (Chief Resident)
  • David Woodkotch, MD (Chief Resident)
  • Paul Hsu, MD
  • Devon Isaacson, MD
  • Vito Petrozzino, MD
  • Kevin Tierney, MD

Class of 2014

  • Matt Cummins, MD
  • Michael Santoni, MD
  • Sanjay Sharma, MD
  • Gary Sharpe, MD
  • Sandy Sicular, MD
  • Amina Watkins, MD

Class of 2013

  • Lee Donner, MD
  • Michael Murphy, MD
  • Deylin Negron, MD
  • Hugo Razo, MD
  • Yan Sun, MD
  • Abbie Wright, MD

Class of 2012

  • Alex Chiu, MD
  • Matthew Davis, MD
  • Cassandra Donnelly, DO
  • Max Ginsburg, MD
  • Rolando Valenzuela, MD
  • Anna Yarygina, MD

Class of 2011

  • Selwena Brewster, MD
  • Amanda Eis, MD
  • Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont, MD
  • Alex Madgy, MD
  • Amy Pound, MD
  • Mariela Torres, MD

Class of 2010

  • Carrie Cregar, MD
  • Charles Fleischner, MD
  • Carmen Gonzales, MD
  • Tom Parry, MD
  • Ilia Sahari, MD
  • George Stapleton, MD
  • Wendy Velasco, MD

Class of 2009

  • Tina Cocuzza , MD
  • Dimpi Kalira, MD
  • Kishan Kapadia, MD
  • Anthony Rosania, MD
  • Greg Sugalski, MD
  • Sangeeta Lamba, MD