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* = integrated vascular resident
^ = PGY2 Prelim

PGY-5

  • Fareed Cheema
  • Hometown: Queens, New York
  • Undergrad: Davidson College
  • Medical School: Drexel University
  • Career Interests: MIS and robotic surgery
  • Hobbies: Soccer, world history, spending time with family
  • John Denesopolis*
  • Hometown: Staten Island, New York
  • Undergrad: Sophia Davis School of Biomedical Education
  • Medical School: Albany Medical College
  • Career Interests: Vascular surgery
  • Hobbies: Cinema, theater, football, traveling
  • Amanda Hua
  • Hometown: Fremont, California
  • Undergrad: Stanford University
  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Career Interests: Acute care, surgical critical care
  • Hobbies: Plants, landscape and astrophotography, rock climbing, traveling
  • Michael Jureller
  • Hometown: Scarsdale, New York
  • Undergrad: Cornell University
  • Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
  • Career Interests: Minimally invasive surgery, esophagogastric disease
  • Hobbies: Olympic weightlifting, golf
  • Cosman Camilo Mandujano
  • Hometown: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • Undergrad: Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, Facultad de Ciencias Medicas
  • Medical School: Plastics, oncoplastics, abdominal wall reconstruction, surgical outcomes and education
  • Career Interests: Golf, martial arts, soccer, cooking, traveling
  • Xavier Pereira
  • Hometown: Miami, Florida
  • Undergrad: University of Florida
  • Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Career Interests: MIS, hepatobiliary and hernia outcomes
  • Hobbies: Racquetball, salsa dancing, live music
  • Gustavo Romero Velez
  • Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Undergrad: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
  • Medical School: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Facultad de Medicina
  • Career Interests: Endocrine, MIS
  • Hobbies: Running, travel, gastronomy
  • Ian Solsky
  • Hometown: New Jersey
  • Undergrad: Columbia University
  • Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Career Interests: Surgical oncology, health services and outcomes research
  • Hobbies: Exploring NYC
  • Raj Vaghjiani
  • Hometown: Palmdale, California
  • Undergrad: Brown University
  • Medical School: Brown University
  • Career Interests: Surgical oncology
  • Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, camping, growing food, cars
  • Kristen Wong
  • Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
  • Undergrad: College of William and Mary
  • Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Career Interests: Minimally invasive foregut surgery
  • Paul Yoffe
  • Hometown: Scarsdale, New York
  • Undergrad: SUNY Binghamton
  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Career Interests: Vascular surgery

PGY-4

    • Francisco Alvarado
    • Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
    • Undergrad: Florida State University
    • Medical School: USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
    • Career Interests: Trauma, critical care, cardiothoracic surgery
    • Hobbies: Jetskiing, kayaking, fishing
    • Vinoth Birabaharan
    • Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania
    • Undergrad: Temple University
    • Medical School: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
    • Career Interests: Vascular
    • Hobbies: Watching sci-fi
    • Elaine Carelus
    • Hometown: Freeport, New York
    • Undergrad: St. John’s University
    • Medical School: Stony Brook School of Medicine
    • Career Interests: MIS, breast surgery
    • Hobbies: Singing, shopping, event planning
    • Caroline Dong
    • Hometown: Holmdel, New Jersey
    • Undergrad: Northwestern University
    • Medical School: Northwestern University
    • Career Interests: Trauma, critical care
    • Hobbies: Reading, traveling, watching TV
    • Noah Kintslinger
    • Hometown: Englewood, New Jersey
    • Undergrad: Rutgers University, New Brunswick
    • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    • Career Interests: Vascular surgery, clinical outcomes research
    • Hobbies: Hiking, wildlife photography, quadcopter piloting
    • Vicente Ramos
    • Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
    • Undergrad: Universidad de Guadalajara
    • Medical School: Surgical oncology, endocrine, MIS
    • Career Interests: Playing guitar, sports, traveling
    • Ethan Ravetch
    • Hometown: New York City, New York
    • Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
    • Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
    • Richard Teo
    • Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Undergrad: Singapore
    • Medical School: University of Miami
    • Career Interests: Vascular, trauma
    • Hobbies: Hiking, paddle boarding
    • Hayavadhan Thuppal
    • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
    • Medical School: University of Toledo
    • Career Interests: Trauma/ACS
    • Ariela Zenilman
    • Hometown: Long Island, New York
    • Undergrad: SUNY Binghamton
    • Medical School: SUNY Downstate
    • Career Interests: Vascular, cardiac, critical care
    • Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, running

PGY-3

  • Analena Alcabes
  • Hometown: Bronx, NY
  • Undergrad: Amherst College
  • Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Career Interests: MIS, vascular
  • Hobbies: Hiking, knitting, reading
  • Vanessa Arientyl
  • Hometown: Trenton, NJ
  • Undergrad: Rutgers University
  • Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
  • Career Interests: Trauma/ACS
  • Hobbies: Running, Baking
  • Gbalekan Dawodu
  • Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Undergrad: Bowen University, Nigeria
  • Medical School: International American University College of Medicine
  • Career Interests: Minimally invasive surgery, population health
  • Hobbies: Soccer, music, traveling
  • Dan Ganz
  • Hometown: Hadley, Massachuettes
  • Undergrad: University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
  • Career Interests: Plastic surgery
  • Hobbies: Swimming, Music production, Powerlifting, Craft beers
  • Emily Goodman
  • Hometown: Highland Park, Illinois
  • Undergrad: Tulane University
  • Medical School: Tulane University
  • Career Interests: Trauma, critical care
  • Hobbies: Live music performances, searching for the city’s best fries
  • Shuo Huang
  • Hometown: Fremont, California
  • Undergrad: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Medical School: Tulane School of Medicine
  • Career Interests: Undecided
  • Hobbies: Live music, attending concerts, festivals
  • Josh Kest
  • Hometown: Springfield, New Jersey
  • Undergrad: Rutgers University
  • Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Career Interests: Plastic and reconstructive, trauma surgery, global surgery
  • Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, writing, reading, sports
  • Smita Mascharak
  • Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
  • Undergrad: Stanford University
  • Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Career Interests: Trauma, transplant, still open to anything
  • Hobbies: Boxing, cooking, trying to pretend NYC beaches are like Cali
  • Michelle Nessen
  • Hometown: New York, New York
  • Undergrad: Amherst College
  • Medical School: University of Rochester
  • Career Interests: Undecided
  • Hobbies: Tennis, reading by body of water
  • Sarosh Sohail
  • Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Undergrad: Aha Khan University Medical College
  • Medical School: Trauma, surgical critical care
  • Career Interests: Music, sports (badminton), animal car
  • Eelin Wilson*
  • Hometown: Penang, Malaysia
  • Undergrad: University of Chicago
  • Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Career Interests: Vascular
  • Hobbies: Watching lifetime movies, Curb Your Enthusiasm

PGY-2

  • Charles Caltagirone^
  • Hometown: Roxbury, New Jersey
  • Undergrad: Rowan University
  • Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Career Interests: Trauma, critical care
  • Hobbies: Surfing, scuba diving, playing the acoustic guitar
  • Matthew Carnevale*
  • Hometown: Montreal, Quebec Canada
  • Undergrad: Concordia University
  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Career Interests: Vascular surgery
  • Ryan Chin
  • Hometown: Needham, Massachusetts
  • Undergrad: Siena College
  • Medical School: Albany Medical College
  • Career Interests: MIS, trauma, public and global health
  • Hobbies: Gold, cooking, traveling
  • Ryan Cotto
  • Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
  • Undergrad: Florida State University
  • Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
  • Career Interests: Undecided
  • Hobbies: Reading, hiking, fishing, trying new restaurants
  • Ana Garcia Cabrera
  • Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Undergrad: Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)
  • Medical School: Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)
  • Career Interests: MIS
  • Hobbies: Dancing, reading, visiting the beach
  • Rachel Grosser
  • Hometown: Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Career Interests: Surgical oncology
  • Hobbies: Downhill skiing, distance running, classic literature
  • Su Yeon (Mary) Lee
  • Hometown: Toronto, Canada
  • Undergrad: University of Toronto
  • Medical School: Boston University
  • Career Interests: Pediatric, trauma surgery, social disparities research
  • Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, yoga
  • Sophie Lin
  • Hometown: Singapore
  • Undergrad: Singapore
  • Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Career Interests: Transplant, surgical oncology
  • Hobbies: Hiking, dragonboat racing
  • Nandita Mahajan^ Hometown: Mumbai, India Undergrad: MIssissippi State University Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine Career Interests: Thoracic surgery Hobbies: Dance, painting/sketching, traveling, badminton, hiking
  • Brandon Nussenblatt
  • Hometown: New Rochelle, New York
  • Undergrad: Binghamton University
  • Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
  • Career Interests: Vascular, head and neck
  • Hobbies: Golf, NYT crossword puzzles, traveling, going to concerts
  • Blaine Phillips^ Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University Medical School: Harvard Medical School Career Interests: Metabolic and bariatric surgery, outcomes research, surgical education Hobbies: Soccer, deep sea fishing, scuba diving
      • Michelle Scott^
      • Hometown: Roswell, Georgia
      • Undergrad: University of Tennessee
      • Medical School: Meharry Medical College
      • Career Interests: Orthopaedics and hospital administration
      • Hobbies: Avid professional football fan, fantasy football
      • Jacob Schriner
      • Hometown: Vernon, New Jersey
      • Undergrad: Emory University
      • Medical School: Emory University
      • Career Interests: Quality improvement, health disparities, critical care
      • Hobbies: Cooking, photography, stand-up comedy
      • Adam Sugarman^
      • Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
      • Undergrad: University of Maryland college Park
      • Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine
      • Career Interests: Minimally invasive surgery
      • Hobbies: crossword puzzles, baking, playing/watching sports
      • Daniel Tagerman
      • Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts
      • Undergrad: Northwestern University
      • Medical School: Tulane University
      • Career Interests: Surgical education, MIS, colorectal
      • Hobbies: Waterskiing, reading, traveling
      • Jason Xia
      • Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
      • Undergrad: Cornell University
      • Medical School: Ohio State University
      • Career Interests: Pediatrics
      • Hobbies: Rock climbing, reading, traveling, exploring new restaurants
      • Yang Zhang Hometown: Syracuse, New York Undergrad: Cornell University Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine Career Interests: Hepatobiliary and surgical oncology Hobbies: Composing, tennis/squash, gaming

PGY-1

  • Ana Morales Allen*
  • Hometown: Cordoba, Argentina
  • Undergrad: Barnard College
  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Career Interests: Vascular (hemostasis and thrombosis research)
  • Hobbies: Traveling, pilates, fashion/landscape photography
  • Robin Berk
  • Hometown: Westchester, New York
  • Undergrad: Cornell University
  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Career Interests: Undecided
  • Hobbies: Beading/jewelry making, running, art
  • Robeca Dominguez-Profeta
  • Hometown: Venezuela
  • Undergrad: N/A
  • Medical School: Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado
  • Career Interests: Foregut surgery, MIS outcomes
  • Hobbies: Traveling, crossfit, listening to music
  • Kwang Kim
  • Hometown: Seoul/New York
  • Undergrad: Northwestern University
  • Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Career Interests: Trauma, health services research, surgical innovation, global surgery
  • Hobbies: Soccer, drums, sailing and traveling
  • Jack Liu
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
  • Undergrad: Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Career Interests: MIS, bariatrics
  • Hobbies: Badminton, hiking, plants, photography
  • Andrew Miller
  • Hometown: Livingston, New Jersey
  • Undergrad: Brandeis University
  • Medical School: Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Career Interests: Undecided
  • Hobbies: Family, sports, reading
  • Anne Montal
  • Hometown: Suffern, New York
  • Undergrad: Yeshiva University
  • Medical School: Technion Israel Institute of Technology
  • Career Interests: Undecided
  • Hobbies: Sports, cooking, traveling, movies, art/building tables
  • Jorge Rodriguez Quintero
  • Hometown: San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • Undergrad: N/A
  • Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi
  • Career Interests: Global surgery, surgical innovation, complex surgical oncology, transplant, microsurgery
  • Hobbies: Playing guitar, reading, theater, stand up
  • Miriam Steinberger
  • Hometown: Rockland County, New York
  • Undergrad: Yeshiva University
  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Career Interests: Breast, trauma, critical Care
  • Hobbies: Running, swimming, traveling
  • David Tran
  • Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
  • Undergrad: University of North Florida
  • Medical School: Florida International University
  • Career Interests: Academic medicine, Surgical oncology, plastics, colorectal
  • Hobbies: Exercising, cooking, exploring different cuisines
  • Sophia Zigouras
  • Hometown: Tenafly, New Jersey
  • Undergrad: Cornell University
  • Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Medicine
  • Career Interests: GI and colorectal surgery, surgical education, healthcare disparities
  • Hobbies: Running and hiking outdoors, dancing, yoga, traveling, trying new cuisines, visiting beaches

PGY-1 Preliminary Residents

  • Lamia Abdallah
  • Ain Shams University
  • Ahmad Abdelaal
  • Mansoura University
  • Kudret Arsian
  • Istanbul University
  • Laila Cochon
  • Universidad Iberoamericana
  • Mostafa Elbahrawy
  • Al-Azhar University
  • Michael Enayati
  • Sackler School of Medicine
  • Arturo Estrada
  • Universidad de San Martin de Porres
  • Nawaf Hindosh
  • University of Al Mustansiriyah College of Medicine
  • Ikechukwu Ileka
  • Saint James School of Medicine
  • Stanley Kailath
  • New York Institute of Technology College of Medicine
  • Brittany Lala
  • University of Illinois
  • Bianca Lambert
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Jualiana Melo Bianchi
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Manmoud Morsi
  • Cairo University 
  • Ajita Naik
  • K.J. Somaiya Medical College
  • Jacques Niamien
  • Howard University
  • Mahsa Sedaghati
  • Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • Mohammad Shaear
  • Ain Shams University
  • Igor Suslin
  • M. Gorky Donetsk National Medical University
  • Simon Yaguare
  • Universidad Central de Venezuela

Residents on Research Sabbatical

2019-2021

      • Shannon Kiesling
      • Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
      • Undergrad: Boston University
      • Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
      • Career Interests: Surgical oncology, tumor immunobiology
      • Hobbies: Baking, electronic music, liking cat posts on Instagram
      • Gina Kim
      • Hometown: Centreville, Virginia
      • Undergrad: University of Virginia
      • Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
      • Career Interests: Surgical oncology, MIS
      • Hobbies: rock climbing, hiking, running, playing with my dog
      • John Skendalas
      • Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
      • Undergrad: Ohio State University
      • Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
      • Career Interests: Cardiothoracic surgery, ECMO, critical care
      • Hobbies: Hiking, reading, cooking


2020-2022

      • Christian Adkisson
      • Hometown: Laguna Hills, California
      • Undergrad: University of California, Los Angeles
      • Medical School: Temple University
      • Career Interests: Thoracic, endocrine
      • Hobbies: Golf, craft beer
      • Devin Midura
      • Hometown: Sunderland, Vermont
      • Undergrad: Northwestern University
      • Medical School: Albany Medical College
      • Career Interests: Pediatric surgery
      • Hobbies: Skiing, live music, squash
      • Donna Phan
      • Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
      • Undergrad: Whitman College
      • Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
      • Career Interests: Cardiothoracic surgery
      • Hobbies: Cooking, running, painting, hiking