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Primary Care Residents

The diversity of backgrounds and experiences amongst Weill Cornell Primary Care residents fosters a rich dynamic in which residents learn from each other on both professional and personal levels. All share an underlying dedication to primary care that unites our "Primary Care family" in a special way.

 

Brett Ehrmann

Brett Ehrmann

M.D., M.S., PGY-3

"I was born and raised in the suburbs surrounding Detroit, and spent 10 years in the wonderful town of Ann Arbor earning my B.A. in American Culture, M.S. in Clinical Research, and M.D. from the University of Michigan. My areas of interest within primary care include preventative medicine, stress reduction (including the use of mind-body techniques), weight management and men's health. I also enjoy teaching and mentorship as well as community outreach. Even though it can be hard in residency, maintaining a work-life balance is really important to me. I enjoy many outdoor activities including biking, tennis, and golf, enjoy traveling, and taking in the wonderful cuisine and culture that New York has to offer. It was a bit of a transition from Michigan, but the people at Cornell (and within the Primary Care track specifically) are here to help house staff position themselves for personal and professional success."

Jaime Fineman

M.D., PGY-3

"I was born and raised outside Philadelphia, and attended both college and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. For residency, I was excited to move a little further north up I-95 to New York City to spend time with family and friends and, of course, to join Cornell's Primary Care program. I live in the city now with my husband, Justin, and Russian tortoise, Sheldon. In my spare time I enjoy Broadway shows, biking around town on Citi Bikes, and playing board games with my fellow co-residents. Professionally, I am interested in medical education (particularly improving medical education in the outpatient setting) and medical ethics. My current research project involves studying how different residency clinic structures (block schedules versus weekly continuity) affect residents' ordering behaviors, and I am also doing small projects in how medical students react to death on the wards and on the ethics of U.S. homeopathy regulation."

Michael Gao

M.D., PGY-3

"I was born in Beijing and have lived in Geneva, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Ann Arbor, and now New York City! Living here has been amazing: you can dine at a world-class restaurant in the morning, take a short train ride to an amazing hike in the afternoon, and listen to the Philharmonic play in Central Park at night. As far as background and career: I went to UCLA for undergraduate and University of Michigan for medical school. My focus is healthcare technology and entrepreneurship, and I have founded a small design group and a couple of nonprofits (the Student-Run Free Clinic and Findcare.org). My research skills center around biostatistics (specifically multivariate modeling and factor analysis). While in residency, I've joined the NewYork-Presbyterian Innovation team as the Silverman Fellow in Healthcare Innovation, and get to work on a lot of cool stuff including mobile app design and telehealth. Nobody can predict the future, but I think that new technologies will soon allow us to break down traditional clinic walls and to transform how patients access care for chronic conditions."

Peggy Leung

M.D., PGY-3

"I am a native Californian who has now survived several winters in NYC! As for a bit about my background - prior to med school I served in an AmeriCorps program through the San Francisco Department of Public Health, where I provided outreach to multiple vulnerable populations (predominantly the homeless family population). During medical school at UCLA, I worked on projects to ensure safe transitions between venues of care in the geriatric population. Now, in addition to searching for all the free stuff in NYC, eating my way through town, and exploring the local hiking scene, I am interested in 'upstream' social determinants of health as it relates to access to primary care. The Cornell Primary Care program has given me the flexibility to explore health inside our health system as well as health beyond the confines of the clinic and hospital."

Rebecca Boas

M.D., M.B.A., PGY-2

"I grew up in Connecticut and went to the University of Pennsylvania for undergrad, majoring in Biological Basis of Behavior. After college, I worked in a private practice specializing in pain management. I then completed a joint M.D./M.B.A. program at the NYU School of Medicine and NYU Stern School of Business, realizing that my passions are both in medicine and the health of communities. The primary care program at Cornell provides the support and flexibility to pursue my interests in patient care and healthcare innovation. When I'm not in the hospital, you can find me running along the Hudson, trying out a new restaurant or strolling around different NYC neighborhoods!"

Derek Mazique

Derek Mazique

M.D., PGY-3

"I'm originally from Washington, D.C. (well, right outside of D.C.), and spent eight years in Philadelphia for undergrad and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. Afterwards I came to New York City to immerse myself in a diverse patient population, interesting work in healthcare operations/quality, and a supportive residency in the most exciting city in the world. NYP/Cornell, and especially the Primary Care Track, has supplied all of that, with a breadth of opportunities and faculty to interact with. I'm currently involved in the House Staff Quality Council and Minority House Staff Committee, in addition to Quality Improvement research – all while engaging in great patient care, and my never-ending quest for great food throughout the city. I am looking forward to next year when I will serve as the Quality Improvement Chief Resident for the Cornell Internal Medicine residency program."

Angela Condo

M.D., PGY-2

"I grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey with three brothers, two sisters and an American bulldog! There was never a dull moment, and I loved the excitement. I moved away for a short while to complete my undergraduate degree in psychology and cognitive science at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I had an amazing time there, but decided to come back home for medical school where I obtained my degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. There, I became interested in the psychosocial aspects of medicine. I knew I wanted to pursue primary care and practice the philosophy of caring for an individual's body, mind and spirit. I also wanted to stay close to home for residency. New York City was where I wanted to be - the city that never sleeps! Specifically, the Primary Care program at Cornell felt like a second home to me. It has fostered my interest in geriatrics and opened doors to explore other interests as well. I am privileged to be receiving such excellent training, and have wonderful resources at my fingertips to pursue innovations in primary care."

Elijah Douglass

M.D., PGY-2

"I am originally from Rehoboth, Mass., a small town about 15 minutes outside of Providence, R.I. I attended Lehigh University for undergrad, and New York Medical College for medical school. I am interested in medical education, and in the future I see myself working in the inpatient and outpatient worlds at an academic medical center. Besides saving lives, my hobbies include rock climbing, playing frisbee, cooking, reading, exploring the NYC dining scene, shopping at farmers markets, and recycling. I am really enjoying my time here at Cornell, especially as a member of the Primary Care track. We have an awesome group of faculty leading us, and I continue to be more and more impressed by my colleagues' knowledge and achievements as I learn more about them. I look forward to seeing you on interview day!"

Kevin Liou

M.D., PGY-2

I grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Mass., and went to college and medical school at Brown University, where I completed a combined B.A./M.D. program. The intersection between the sciences and humanities has always fascinated me. During my time at Brown, I created an independent concentration in 'Narrative Approaches to Medicine' and took classes at the Rhode Island School of Design to explore how creative arts can be applied to clinical practice. I also traveled to Asia to study traditional Chinese medicine. Now in residency at Cornell, I've been exploring ways to develop an integrative practice that blends the approaches of Eastern and Western medicine while incorporating perspectives from art and design. I recently enrolled in a medical acupuncture course, and hope to get licensed to practice acupuncture by the end of this year! I truly believe that this holistic approach can promote wellness and spark innovation in primary care. Cornell is a fun, forward-thinking program, and I'm so excited to work together with my amazing co-residents to bring new ideas into medicine."

Elizabeth Park

M.D., PGY-2

"Hello! I am a graduate of the seven-year medical program at Boston University. My initial experience at Boston Medical Center, the major safety net hospital in Boston, fueled my passion to serve the underserved and to provide care in places where I am most needed. It's a calling that has provided me the opportunity to work in some pretty amazing places, including Botswana on mHealth projects, and with medical students in North Korea. My interests include global health medical education, quality improvement (particularly within primary care), promoting for a single-payer national health insurance, and all the intersections in-between! Beyond all the fantastic research and faculty available here, what you will find is that your co-residents truly make this program outstanding. Within the Primary Care track you will find a family within a family, and receive dedicated mentorship to pursue all of your interests, as diverse as they may be. This is one of the reasons I transferred into the Primary Care track, after all. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Good luck!"

Melissa Rusli

Melissa Rusli

M.D., PGY-2

"I was born in Indonesia, but raised in New York City for pretty much my entire life. I majored in Biological Sciences at Cornell University for undergrad, and moved back downstate to attend medical school at ... you guessed it ... Weill Cornell (Let's Go Red!). During medical school, I was a Clinical Director of the Weill Cornell Community Clinic (student-run free clinic), and had a special interest in creating longitudinal continuity relationships for both our students and uninsured patients. I started residency in the categorical program, but I missed the outpatient setting so much that I happily transferred to the Primary Care track as a PGY-2. I'm excited to further build my knowledge in ambulatory medicine, and also to work on projects related to medical education. In my free time, I love to eat, bake (yes, I even I have time to bake during inpatient rotations), and explore NYC. Our free time during residency is so precious - NYC is a great place to spend it!"

Ryan Bober

M.D., PGY-1

"I grew up in South Jersey near a rodeo (they really do exist outside Texas), and spent as much time as I could with sports, outdoor activities and friends. I went to college in Happy Valley, and after Penn State, I spent four years in Center City Philadelphia at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. I'm very excited and happy to be at Cornell for my residency training, especially as part of the Primary Care track. I am interested in transitions of care, as well as the use of bedside ultrasound and its extension into the clinic to become a routine supplement to physical exam. Above all, the opportunity to live in NYC is incredible both for the diversity of exposure to people from every area of the world and free access to any interest you may have (or newly discover). I hope to meet all of you on your interview day!"

Masha Jones

M.D., M.P.H., PGY-1

"I was born in Russia, grew up in western Massachusetts, and studied public health at the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate. I spent a year working at a community health center and studying Spanish in Guatemala, before going to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. At Sinai, I was involved with the student-run free clinic and the Visiting Doctors program. Besides practicing clinically, I am interested in improving the delivery of quality primary care to underserved populations. Cornell's Primary Care track provides a rare combination of a strong inpatient program and rigorous primary care curriculum with an incredibly supportive group of colleagues. I am grateful to be working with a very diverse patient population and to have the many resources and opportunities that working in New York City provides. In my free time, I love to exercise, lounge in one of the city's parks, have board game nights, and explore the many art museums."

Mariella Ntamatungiro

M.D., PGY-1

"Hi everyone! I am originally from Bujumbura, Burundi in East Africa - coming to America at the age of two with my family as Tutsi refugees. The majority of my childhood was spent in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, with my high school years spent at Deerfield Academy, in Massachusetts. I attended college at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and Medical School at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. I am interested in delivering quality medical care to underserved populations here and abroad. I have career interests in global health and HIV medicine. I'm excited to be with Cornell's Primary Care Track in New York City, with its breadth of patient population and global culture. In my free time, I love eating mangos and painting! Feel free to ask me any questions!"

Colleen Tenan

Colleen Tenan

M.D., PGY-1

"I grew up in Rye, New York, which is in the suburbs of New York City. As an undergraduate at Yale, I majored in economics, in addition to completing my pre-med requirements. After graduation, I worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, in the Healthcare Group. Although I enjoyed working with large healthcare companies and learning about the finance side of medicine, it soon became clear that I was more interested in working directly with patients. After taking some time to do clinical research in the pulmonary department at UCLA, I started medical school at New York University School of Medicine. Although I am still exploring what I want to do in the future, I am very interested in studying healthcare systems and costs, as well as general preventive medicine and geriatric medicine. There were many reasons why I was excited to join the Primary Care program at Cornell, but for me the most important was the camaraderie I observed between the residents and the faculty in this closely-knit program."

Contact Information

Mailing Address

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/
Weill Cornell Medical College
Weill Department of Medicine 
525 East 68th Street, Box 130
New York, NY 10065

Residency Office

530 East 70th Street, M-528
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 746-4749
Fax: (212) 746-6692
NYPCornell-IMResidency
@med.cornell.edu

Information for Applicants

Application Deadline: October 7, 2016
Interviews: November 2016 through January 2017