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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.

 

 

 

 

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Rebecca Boas

M.D., M.B.A., PGY-3

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 MD/MBA program at New York University School of Medicine and New York University 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!

 

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Ryan Bober

M.D., PGY-2

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!

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Angela Condo

M.D., PGY-3

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, DC. 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.

 

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Elijah Douglass

M.D., PGY-3

I am originally from Rehoboth, MA which is a small town about 15 minutes outside of Providence, RI. 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. Looking forward to seeing you on interview day!

 

Birttney Frankel

Brittney Frankel

M.D., PGY-1

I grew up just outside the city in Hewlett, a town on Long Island. I went to Dartmouth College, where I studied political science and had a true liberal arts education - from taking classes in costume design and studying abroad twice to finding my passion in public health and evidence-based medicine. I then did the Bryn Mawr Post-baccalaureate program to complete my premedical requirements and "linked" to Weill Cornell Medicine. I found a home in the Primary Care department thanks to the inspiring faculty, residents, and patients from all walks of life. I couldn't imagine continuing my training anywhere else and felt so lucky to match to Cornell PC. My continued interests are in patient education, evidence-based medicine, women's health, sampling French fries everywhere I go, and marathon... sleeping.

Deborah Fung

Deborah Fung

M.D., PGY-2

I was born in Seoul, South Korea and came to NYC at the age of ten. I have lived in 3/5 boroughs since then and currently commute from Brooklyn. I went to NYU for undergrad and studied Biochemistry and Spanish. Then, I attended SUNY Downstate for medical school where I met my husband and we couples-matched to stay in New York. As an immigrant growing up in diverse neighborhoods, I always took interest in learning different languages and ultimately picked up Spanish as my third language. I traveled to many Central American countries to participate in medical mission trips, including Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala. I chose to transfer to the primary care track because there is an extra layer of mentors and like-minded residents who are equally passionate about primary care. Also, people here genuinely care about you as a person and are dedicated to design a residency curriculum specified to your interest. In my free time, I love to go hiking or stroll in the park with my new shiba inu puppy, read yelp reviews and try new restaurants, traveling, and cooking/baking. Feel free to ask me any questions!

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Masha Jones

M.D., M.P.H., PGY-2

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. In addition to practicing primary care, I am interested in improving the delivery of high-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 program leadership and great 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, have board game nights, spend time outside, and explore the city.

Lauren Kelly

Lauren Kelly

M.D., PGY-1

Hello! I'm Lauren. I grew up in Connecticut, went to college at Barnard where I studied English Lit, and then did a Masters in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. For medical school, I studied at the University of Pennsylvania where I also pursued a degree in Public Health. My interests are in writing, podcasting, health communications, and health policy, particularly as it pertains to vulnerable populations with serious illness. As a resident, I hope to continue working on my podcast "When I Die Let Me Live," which focuses on patient and provider stories about coping with serious illness, death, and dying. I also hope to get involved at some point with prison and jail medicine in New York City. Please reach out any time if you'd like to talk!

Alexandra King

Alexandra King

M.D., PGY-1

I grew up in Westchester, about an hour outside New York City. For undergrad, I went to Vassar College and majored in Biology before going medical school at Hofstra-Northwell on Long Island! Early on in medical school I became involved in research and advocacy regarding women’s health, and also found myself interested in healthcare innovation and how to provide optimal care to patients in an evolving healthcare system. In my free time I enjoy eating good food (easy to do in NYC), going to museums, lounging around in the park, and seeing friends.

I feel so lucky to have found the NYP-Cornell Primary Care program; it has provided me with unparalleled flexibility to pursue the niches of medicine that most excite me, rigorous clinical training with a diverse patient population, and an extremely supportive work family that I know will always have my back. I can’t wait to meet all everyone on interview day!

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Kevin Liou

M.D., PGY-3

I grew up in the suburbs of Boston, 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 the 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. With the support of our residency program, I was able to enroll in a medical acupuncture course during my first two years of training. I just recently completed the course and got licensed to practice acupuncture in New York! 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.

 

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Mariella Ntamatungiro

M.D., PGY-2

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, CA and medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. I am interested in delivering quality medical care to underserved populations here and abroad. I have career interests in Health Disparities and Health Equity. 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 mangoes and painting! Feel free to ask me any questions!

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Elizabeth Park

M.D., PGY-3

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. It's a calling that has provided me the opportunity to work in some pretty amazing places, including Botswana on Health projects, and with medical students in North Korea. I transferred into the primary care track as a categorical because I loved outpatient medicine and wanted to provide multi-systemic, holistic care for my patients. I will be pursuing a fellowship in rheumatology next year, with a concentration on quality improvement within rheumatologic care. 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!

Ilana Prior

Ilana Prior

M.D., PGY-2

I grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut. I went to Middlebury College in Vermont where I majored in International Studies, and went to Dartmouth for medical school. I am happy to now be in NYC. I started out in the categorical program but realized during my intern year that I love the relationships that develop between patients and providers in the outpatient setting. Switching into the Primary Care program has allowed me to commit more time to fostering these relationships and learning from providing continuous outpatient care to my patients while still getting the inpatient medicine training afforded by our excellent medicine residency program.

Melissa Rusli

Melissa Rusli

M.D., PGY-3

I grew up in the Upper East Side of NYC, and left briefly to major in Biological Sciences at Cornell University for undergrad. For medical school, I moved back downstate and went to ... you guessed it ... Weill Cornell (Let's Go Red!). I first found my love for primary care as the Clinical Director of the Weill Cornell Community Clinic (student-run free clinic), and had a special interest in creating longitudinal continuity relationships for our students and uninsured patients. I started residency in the categorical program, but missed the outpatient clinic so much that I happily transferred to the Primary Care track as a PGY-2 and have continued to pursue my interests in medical education and endocrinology.

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, and there’s always something new to try, even for a NYC native!

Colleen Tenan

Colleen Tenan

M.D., PGY-2

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 the 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.

 

Shanna Tucker

Shanna Tucker

M.D., PGY-1

I grew up in Los Angeles, CA, went to UC Berkeley for undergrad, and Harvard for medical school. I lived and worked in NYC for a few years before going to medical school and I knew I wanted to come back for residency because I love this city so much! I want to go into Primary Care so I wanted a residency program that had an excellent Primary Care program with a lot of outpatient time. I also wanted a Primary Care program that had a focus on research and very strong inpatient training. Cornell had all of these things and more! I was so impressed when I met the Primary Care residents on my interview day because they were all doing such interesting research projects and the topics were so diverse. I knew that their program would support me in whatever I wanted to pursue. All of these things made Cornell my #1 choice! I also wanted a program that made diversity a priority and had a supportive environment. Our Minority House Staff Committee was also instrumental in my decision because it would allow me to continue working with SNMA (Student National Medical Association) and help with residency recruitment efforts.

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-507
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 746-4749
Fax: (212) 746-6692
NYPCornell-IMResidency
@med.cornell.edu

Information for Applicants

Application Deadline: October 6, 2017

Interviews: November 2017 through January 2018