Department of Medicine

Fellows

Year 1

Kaveh Hajifathalian

Kaveh Hajifathalian
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Undergrad: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
MD: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
MPH: Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Residency: Cleveland Clinic
Hobbies: Playing Guitar, Movies
Clinical/Research Interests: Predictive Models, Risk Stratification, Survival analysis, Obesity

Rachel Niec

Rachel Niec
Hometown: Bay Area, CA
Undergrad: Mills College, CA
MD: Weill Cornell Medical College/Tri-Institutional MD PhD Program
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
Hobbies: rock climbing, kayaking, running, hiking, spending time outdoors with family
Clinical/Research Interests: IBD, Inflammation, Immunology, Immune Regulation, Microbiome

Zaid Tafesh

Zaid Tafesh
Hometown: Amman, Jordan
Undergrad: Premedical program, Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar
MD: Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
Transplant Hepatology Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University & Weill Cornell
Hobbies: Traveling, basketball
Clinical/Research Interests: Transplant Hepatology, Outcomes research in cirrhosis and liver transplantation

Year 2

Vikas Gupta

Vikas Gupta
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Undergrad: Pennsylvania State University
MD: Duke University
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Hobbies: Science, Biking, Movies
Clinical/Research Interests: Tissue Regeneration

Shawn Shah

Shawn Shah
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Undergrad: University of Miami
MD: Florida State University College of Medicine
Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Hobbies: medical journalism, playing beach volleyball and basketball, traveling, watching Miami sports
Clinical/Research Interests: obesity and endobariatrics, digital health technologies, patient experience of GI disease

Nicole Shen

Nicole Shen
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergrad: Vanderbilt University
MD: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
Hobbies: Running, travel, yoga, reading
Clinical/Research interests: Liver, alcohol liver disease, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, probiotics

Year 3

Shirley Cohen-Mekelburg

Shirley Cohen-Mekelburg
Hometown: Michigan
Undergrad: University of Michigan
MD: University of Michigan Medical School
Residency: Weill Cornell Medical Center
Hobbies: cooking, travel, my dog
Clinical/Research Interests: Inflammatory bowel disease, quality improvement, health policy, health services and outcomes research

Aleskey Novikov

Aleksey Novikov
Hometown: Denver, CO
Undergrad: Brown University
MD: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
Hobbies: cooking delicious meals
Clinical/Research Interests: obesity management with focus on endobariatric procedures and obesity microbiome, pancreatitis care, quality improvement in endoscopy.

Russell Rosenblatt

Russell Rosenblatt
Hometown: Nanuet, NY
Undergrad: University of Maryland - College Park
MD: SUNY Downstate
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
Hobbies: Basketball, History - specifically antiquity and medical history, Art History, Chasing after my 2 kids
Clinical/Research Interests: NASH, HCC, Healthcare policy

Recent Alumni

Monica Saumoy

Monica Saumoy
Hometown: Short Hills, NJ
Undergrad: Princeton University
MD: Weill Cornell Medical College
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
ADV ENDO Fellowship: Weill Cornell Medicine
Hobbies: Baking/Cake decorating, Movies
Clinical/Research Interests: Therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound, Bariatric Endoscopy

Yecheskel Schneider

Yecheskel Schneider
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergrad: Brooklyn College, CUNY
MD: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
IBD Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania
Hobbies: Scrabble, Sudoku, spending time with family
Clinical/Research Interests: IBD, Cost-effectiveness, health outcomes research

Contact Information

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

David E. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Chief

Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program

Carl Crawford, M.D., Program Director
cvc9002@med.cornell.edu

Catherine Lowery, Administrative Coordinator
cal2048@med.cornell.edu

1305 York Avenue, Room Y-426
Tel: (646) 962-4700
Fax: (646) 962-0110

Instructions for Applicants

For Fellowship Start Date of July 1, 2018

Applications Accepted: July 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017
Interview Dates: September - October 2017

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
Program Code: 1443521171

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
Match Number: 1492144F0

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