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Department of Medicine

Current Fellows

First Year (2020-23)

Michael S. Aboodi, M.D., M.S.

B.S.: Yale University

M.D.: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Kristin N. Berger, M.D.
Kristin Berger

B.S.: Susquehanna University Pennsylvania

M.D.: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Samuel J. Chung, M.D.
Sam Chung

B.S.: New York University

M.D.: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Colleen M. Farrell, M.D.
Colleen Farrell

B.A.: Williams College

M.D.: Harvard Medical School

Residency: New York University

Erik K. Nielsen, M.D.
Erik Nielsen

B.S.: Johns Hopkins University

M.D.: Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University

Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Alexander J. Pronko, M.D.
Alexander Pronko

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, M.D.
Joshua Davis

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 H. Goldberg, M.D.
Margaret Goldberg

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, D.O.
Di Pan

B.S.: University of Rochester

M.D.: Lake Erie College Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai/St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital

Karissa Lee Weidman, M.D.
Karissa Weidman

B.A.: Wake Forest University

M.D.: New York Medical College

Residency: Tufts Medical Center

William Whalen, M.D.
William Whalen

B.S.: University of Connecticut

M.D.: Tufts Medical Center

Residency: University of California, Davis

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 K. Jirru, M.D., M.P.H.
Ermias Jirru

M.P.H.:Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

M.D.: Addis Ababa University

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, M.D.
Shashi Kariyawasam

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.

Mentors: Brendon M. Stiles, M.D., Timothy E. McGraw, Ph.D.

Elyse LaFond, M.D.
Elyse LaFond

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 Frances Lee, M.D.
Stefi Lee

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 Parkhurst, M.D., Ph.D.
Christopher Parkhust

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.

Contact Information

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Fernando J. Martinez, M.D., Chief
Michael S. Niederman, M.D., Associate 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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