New Faculty Profiles
Division of Urology
Dr. Alwaal is a board-certified and fellowship-trained reconstructive urologist and andrologist. He joined Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as an associate professor of urology. Dr. Alwaal earned his medical degree at King Abdulaziz University. He obtained a master's degree in surgical research from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He completed his residency in urology at McGill University in Montreal. He then continued his training and completed two fellowships – one in Urologic Reconstruction, Trauma, and the other in Andrology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with Drs. Benjamin Breyer and Tom Lue.
Dr. Alwaal is experienced in performing complex urethral and penile reconstruction for urethral stricture and cosmetic disfigurement, male incontinence, and surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction. He also specializes in andrology, which includes the treatment of male sexual dysfunction (penile prosthesis), male infertility, low testosterone, Peyronie's disease, and voiding dysfunction. He previously practiced in Saudi Arabia and at Marshall University in West Virginia where he was the director of men's health and reconstructive urology and the chief of urology at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Dr. Alwaal is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons, Sexual Medicine Society of North America, International Society of Sexual Medicine, the American Urological Association, and the Société Internationale d'Urologie. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and book chapters on urologic reconstruction, sexual dysfunction, trauma, and prosthetics.
Dr. Alwaal is developing and expanding several clinical and research programs at Rutgers- NJMS, including transitional urology and voiding dysfunction, men's health, trauma research, and gender affirmation surgery (with plastic surgery).
Division of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Arpit N. Amin, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery for the Division of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He graduated from the State University of New York – Upstate Medical University. He completed his General Surgery residency training at New York Medical College – Westchester Medical Center and his fellowship training in Multi-organ Abdominal Transplant Surgery and Hepatobiliary Surgery at the University of California – Los Angeles. He further completed advanced fellowship training in cadaveric split and living donor liver transplantation, pediatric liver transplantation, pediatric kidney transplantation and pediatric/adult intestinal transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2020.
Dr. Amin's area of expertise includes pediatric liver transplantation, adult liver transplantation, living donor liver transplantation, pediatric kidney transplantation, adult kidney transplantation, living donor kidney transplantation, pancreas transplantation, pediatric intestinal transplantation, adult intestinal transplantation, liver resections, bile duct surgery, pancreas resections, portal hypertension shunt surgery and intestinal rehabilitation surgery.
Dr. Amin is committed to maintaining excellence in pediatric and adult transplant patient care, advancing research in transplantation, and progressing medical student as well as surgical resident education.
Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery
Dr. Gore completed a Master's of Science degree from Georgetown University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from New Jersey Medical School. After medical school, Dr. Gore completed her surgical residency in 2018, also at NJMS. During her training, she held an NIH T32 research fellowship for two years where she studied the effect of mesenchymal stem cells on anemia and wound healing following trauma, shock, and chronic stress. Following residency, Dr. Gore completed an AAST-accredited Trauma/Acute Care Surgery fellowship at the University of Colorado/Denver Health in Denver, CO. Dr. Gore's academic interests include trauma and ICU survivorship, global surgery, violence prevention, the effect of the social determinants of health on surgical outcomes, surgical education, and wellness/burnout.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery
Dr. Zia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery. An attending at University Hospital, and the Program Director for the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program. After completing his medical education at King Edward Medical University, Dr. Zia completed basic surgical training at Whipps Cross University Hospital in London, UK, during which he completed the Member of Royal College of Surgeons of England examinations. He completed his general surgery internship at University of Virginia, followed by residency at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Zia completed a vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship at Staten Island University Hospital. Prior to joining Rutgers NJMS. He developed a very busy practice as an attending, vascular surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Zia is Board Certified by The American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Zia is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons and is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI).
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Liver Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery
Dr. Lunsford is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and a liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon who was recently on faculty of the J.C. Walter Jr. Center for Transplantation in the Department of Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital with academic affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College. She additionally worked with the Center for Transplantation Immunobiology in the Houston Methodist Research Institute as a clinician-scientist specializing translational liver transplant immunology. Her clinical interests include liver transplantation, hepatocellular and cholangiocarcinoma, recipient frailty, simultaneous liver kidney transplantation, and liver transplant futility. Her research revolves around translational studies of the effects of liver transplant recipient frailty on the immune system and clinical outcomes research involving liver transplant and liver cancer.
Dr. Lunsford received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; MD and PhD degrees were received from The Ohio State University, where she was a part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. There, she received a PhD in Biomedical Science with Research Emphasis in Immunology with research focusing on the interaction of cellular allografts with the immune environment of the liver. Dr. Lunsford then completed her general surgery residency and a surgical research fellowship at Duke University followed by a clinical fellowship in multi-organ abdominal transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Lunsford is well published in the fields of transplant immunology and clinical liver transplantation, and her research is currently funded by the Association of Women Surgeons and the National Institutes of Health NIDDK.
Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery
Dr. Sheikh is one of our new trauma and critical care surgeons in the Department of Surgery. She is an RBHS Instructor in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery and an Attending at University Hospital (UH). As a surgery resident, Dr. Sheikh trained at multiple institutions including Mayo Clinic Arizona, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, and graduated from the general surgery program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She also completed a two-year research fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. Most recently, she was a surgical critical care fellow at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine in Honolulu, HI.
Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery
Dr. Zhang is one of our new trauma and critical care surgeons in the Department of Surgery. She is an RBHS Instructor in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery and an Attending at University Hospital (UH). Dr. Zhang most recently completed her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. She obtained her medical degree from Tufts University and completed her General Surgery Residency at the University of South Florida. In addition, she completed a Burn Surgery Fellowship at Weill Cornell/New York Presbyterian Hospital and a Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
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