Department of Medicine


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

Catherine Lowery, Administrative Coordinator

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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