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Current Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows

First Year (2020-23)

Michael Aboodi
Michael Aboodi, M.D.
  • B.S.: Yale University
  • M.D.: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
Kristin Berger
Kristin Berger, M.D.
  • B.S.: Susquehanna University Pennsylvania
  • M.D.: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Sam Chung
Samuel J. Chung, M.D.
  • B.S.: New York University
  • M.D.: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Colleen Farrell
Colleen Farrell, M.D.
  • B.A.: Williams College
  • M.D.: Harvard Medical School
  • Residency: New York University
Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen, M.D.
  • B.S.: Johns Hopkins University
  • M.D.: Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Alexander Pronko
Alexander Pronko, M.D.
  • B.S.: Wake Forest University
  • M.D.: Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Second Year (2019-22)

Joshua Davis
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Joshua Davis, M.D.
  • B.A.: Binghamton University
  • M.D.: New York Medical College
  • Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Research Interests: Medical education research – particularly around curriculum development and simulation, as well as exploring novel ways to deliver content.

Margaret Goldberg
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Margaret Goldberg, M.D.
  • B.A.: New York University
  • M.D.: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson
  • Residency: Tufts Medical Center

Research Interests: Interventional Pulmonology, Pleural Disease and Management, Medical Simulation

Di Pan
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Di Pan, D.O.
  • B.S.: University of Rochester
  • D.O.: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai/St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital

Research Interests: Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research in Critical Illness and Pulmonary Diseases, Simulation-Based Training and Medical Education

Karissa Weidman
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Karissa Weidman, M.D.
  • B.A.: Wake Forest University
  • M.D.: New York Medical College
  • Residency: Tufts Medical Center

Research Interests: The clinical and physiologic factors that contribute to post-ICU syndrome and its severity, particularly in COVID-19.

William Whalen
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William Whalen, M.D.
  • B.S.: University of Connecticut
  • M.D.: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Residency: Tufts Medical Center

Research Interests: My current interests involve the role of inflammation in SARS-CoV-2 and how this inflammation plays a role in not just acute respiratory failure but the potential role it may play in chronic respiratory failure and chronic lung disease. Other research interests involve the interplay of sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Third Year (2018-21)

Ermias Jirru
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Ermias K. Jirru, M.D., M.P.H.
  • M.D.: Addis Ababa University
  • M.P.H.: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital

Research Interests: Broadly interested in translational and outcome research in pulmonary/critical care and infectious diseases overlap. Current project in inflammaging during viral and bacterial infections.

Shashi Kariyawasam
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Shashi Kariyawasam, M.D.
  • B.S.: University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
  • M.D.: University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
  • Residency: Danbury Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine

Research Interests: My research focuses on both clinical and translational lung cancer research. In collaboration with the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, my translational work involves the development of novel immunotherapy targets in lung cancer, particularly, investigating ART1, a mono-ADP ribosyltransferase that is over-expressed in non-small cell lung cancer and facilitates tumorigenesis through immune-mediated mechanisms. I also have an interest in big database outcomes research, including the investigation of patient outcomes in screening, early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

Elyse Lafond
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Elyse LaFond, M.D.
  • B.S.: Emory University
  • M.D.: Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Residency: University of California at Davis

Research Interests: Obstetric Critical Care; Post-ICU Syndrome; Medical Education and Simulation

Stefi Lee
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Stefi Frances Lee, M.D.
  • B.S.: Texas A&M University
  • M.D.: Texas A&M Health Science Center - College of Medicine
  • Residency: Warren Alpert/Brown University

Research Interests: Mitochondrial Role in Innate Immune Response to Viral Infection.

Research Fellow

Christopher Parkhust
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Christopher Parkhurst, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Residency & Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine

Research Interests: My overall research is aimed at understanding how inflammatory changes throughout the body impact the central nervous system, with a specific interest in deciphering the mechanisms that underlie critical illness-associated cognitive dysfunction. To this end I am studying how 1) animal models of sepsis, and 2) perturbations of the gut-brain axis, alter neural circuits, synapses, and ultimately behavior and cognition.

Mentors: David Artis, Ph.D., Conor Liston, M.D., Ph.D., Augustine MK Choi, M.D., Francis Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Virgina Pascual, M.D.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Fernando J. Martinez, M.D., M.S., Chief

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Meredith Turetz, M.D., Program Director
Robert Kaner, M.D., Associate Program Director
Bradley Hayward, M.D., Associate Program Director

Patrycja Golinska, M.S., Program Coordinator
Tel: (646) 962-2738
Fax: (646) 962-0286
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