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.
Mara Bensson, M.D., PGY-2
I grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts and went to Colby College for undergrad where I majored in Biology. After graduating, I moved to Connecticut where I worked as a middle school science teacher for two years with Teach for America. I then spent two years doing more clinically focused work before going to medical school at Brown University. I loved the Weill Cornell Primary Care program immediately because of the energy, compassion, and enthusiasm I found in the residents and faculty. I'm so excited to be a part of the program because I have the ability and support to explore my interests in primary care which include women's health, patient education, and working with the underserved. Apart from medicine, I love traveling, enjoying delicious restaurants, and spending time with my new kittens.
Mashhood Bodla, M.D., PGY-1
Hi, I am Mashhood! I was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, and went to medical school at King Edward Medical University, Lahore. I spent a year working at an outpatient clinic after graduating from medical school which gave me an insight into outpatient medicine and furthered my desire to provide excellent care to all patients in an outpatient setting. The Cayuga Cornell residency attracted me greatly as it gave me the opportunity to learn from two vastly different patient populations, and through my training at these contrasting medical centers I hope to develop the skill set necessary to provide exceptional healthcare to all my patients.
I am particularly drawn towards rheumatology and would like to pursue a career providing access to care to under served populations.
Outside of medicine, I consider myself a soccer and cricket aficionado. I like to travel and try different restaurants.
Erica Corredera, M.D., PGY-2
My family is from Cuba and I grew up in Miami, FL. I studied microbiology at the University of Florida and went on to study medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Aside from hospitalist medicine and primary care, my interests include academic medicine and caring for the latino patient population. The great sense of community and incredible mentorship is what drew me to applying for the primary care track midway through my intern year at NYP-Cornell. I adore serving my Spanish-speaking patients at WCIMA, and I am looking forward to expanding this patient panel at our Federally Qualified Health Center in LIC. While not at work, I enjoy musical theater, running through Central Park, checking out new restaurants, and exploring this very special city!
Megan Creasman, M.D., PGY-1
I am from Berkeley, CA and studied Neurobiology and Modern Thought & Literature at Stanford before attending UC San Francisco School of Medicine.
After discovering Cornell's Primary Care program I knew I had no choice but to pick up my life and move across the country. I was drawn to the opportunities to focus in an ambulatory specialty, the support for meaningful research, and the rich, engaged community.
I am interested in rheumatology, particularly in improving access to rheumatological care for underserved populations, and patients with disabilities. I also love narrative medicine, and integrative approaches to improving quality of life.
In my free time I watch people and squirrels in parks, read fiction, and take long walks with my husband.
Melanie Koren, M.D., PGY-2
Hello! I was born in South Korea and grew up in Oregon. I studied English and an interdisciplinary major called Science in Society at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. My path to medicine, however, began during my first ever job wait-staffing at an assisted living center. Since then, I’ve been pursuing opportunities to work with older adults and am deeply interested in interdisciplinary and community-based solutions for healthy aging. Beyond geriatrics, I am passionate about end-of-life care and advocating for those experiencing homelessness. I attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for medical school and am overjoyed to be joining the Primary Care family at Cornell. I knew from day one that this truly is an amazing place to train and learn. The people here are wonderful, and I know I will have the support and mentorship to pursue my interests and thrive. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!
Neil Lim, M.D., PGY-3
Hi, I’m Neil! I’m from the Bay Area, and I studied biochemistry and education at UC Berkeley. I’ve always been a teacher at heart, and I even spent a few years teaching chemistry before realizing that medicine was more fun than permuting Diels-Alder reactions. I attended Northwestern University for medical school before completing my journey across the US to land at Cornell.
Although it was the Primary Care program’s exceptional flexibility and substantial outpatient time that initially drew me to Cornell, it was the warmth and enthusiasm from the residents and faculty which made my final choice easy. Within primary care, I’m particularly drawn to psychiatry and palliative medicine, and to working with underserved populations. I also love teaching medicine, and I can’t wait to help to shape the future of medical education… even if I can’t draw as well as SketchyMicro!
Kerry Meltzer, M.D., PGY-2
I grew up in Baltimore and then went to Bowdoin College, where I majored in biology and played on the varsity rugby team. During college, I interned at the White House Office of Health Reform to explore my interest in health policy. After graduating, I worked at the NIH on hepatitis C clinical trials and stayed in D.C. for medical school at George Washington University, where I was in the health policy track, and fell in love with primary care.
I was impressed with the numerous opportunities available to me at the NYP-Cornell Primary Care program, including the chance to have my outpatient practice at a Federally Qualified Health Center. The faculty and residents have been incredibly supportive and have made me feel right at home. During residency, I've continued my interest in health policy and high-value care. In my free time, I like to run and bike through Central Park, search for the best ice cream in New York City, and play with my new puppy, Tivvy!
Lauren Mitchell, M.D., PGY-1
I grew up outside Chicago, then attended Harvard for undergrad where I majored in Linguistics. After college, I worked for a year in Peru with Partners In Health, then spent a year in Chicago working with the Affordable Care Act, then spent a year working a sexual assault hotline. I went to Harvard for medical school, where I took (yet another) year off to do depression research in India. I felt the pull of the magic of New York City and I loved the Cornell primary care program – the supportive clinical learning environment, the strong focus on research, and the wonderful people I met when interviewing made it my number one choice! I am interested in working with underserved populations through primary care practice and chronic disease management research. Outside of the hospital, I like dining out, walking around the city, and vintage/thrift shopping. Please let me know if you have any questions – I’d be happy to talk anytime!
Cecilia E.W. Nicol, M.D., PGY-3
I grew up in New Jersey and went to undergrad at Georgetown University where I studied International Health. I went to medical school at Weill Cornell and was so happy to stay on for residency in the Primary Care track. Through my training I've had the opportunity to do global health work in West Africa, Tanzania, and India. We have a strong global health program at Cornell - I was initially drawn to this in addition to the supportive program faculty and residents. Practicing Primary Care in New York City also allows us to meet an incredibly diverse group of patients and form strong and valuable relationships with them. In my free time I love watching movies, going to the Met, doing crosswords and looking for new coffee places. I'm also really looking forward to staying at Cornell next year as the Ambulatory Chief Resident. Let me know if you have any questions!
Akash Patel, M.D., PGY-3
I grew up in New Jersey and went to college at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where I studied biology. I decided to return home to New Jersey for medical school at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson. I started out residency in the categorical track, but quickly found that I enjoyed my time and the relationships that I was forming in the outpatient setting. This, in addition to the outstanding mentorship in the primary care track led me to transfer into this program.
Outside of residency, I love sampling different cuisines, exploring the outer boroughs, and watching our local sports teams.
Amna Riaz, M.D., PGY-1
Hi, I am Amna! I was born and raised in Pakistan, and attended medical school at King Edward Medical University, Lahore. Given my interest in primary care, after graduating from medical school, I worked in an outpatient clinic in Pakistan. While applying for residency, the Cayuga Cornell residency track especially stood out for me because of its unique combination of both urban and rural medical training. I hope to use this excellent residency program to develop into a capable physician, catering to a wide array of patients and medical conditions.
I plan to practice as a primary care provider after I finish residency.
When I have the time, I like to travel, take long walks, and watch animals at the park!
Shyam Sundaresh, M.D., PGY-3
Hello! I grew up in a small town on the west coast of Florida, near Tampa. I went to Northwestern for college and majored in music cognition, a subfield of music theory that looks closely at the perception of music. During my undergraduate studies I began to teach music to individuals with special needs. I did this for two years after college, too, before going to medical school at Case Western. The continuity of seeing students every week was something I wanted to carry into my medical career, and the Cornell Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency was a fit. This program clearly values continuity and patient care and has allowed me ample opportunity to pursue interests including those in psychosocial medicine. When I have time, I still play the piano. Ask me questions, please! Hope to see you virtually on interview day.
Brittany Toffey, M.D., PGY-1
I grew up in a town in New Jersey. I attended Dartmouth College, where I studied biochemistry. After college, I attended Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where I received my MD/MPH. I am passionate about epidemiology, primary care, and preventative health. I was attracted to the Cornell PC family because of the enthusiasm and support of the residents and faculty. I was very fortunate to match at Cornell PC and join a talented, amazing group of people. When I am not in the hospital, I love to run, hike, and travel.
Xin Wang, M.D., PGY-2
Hi! I was born in China, and grew up in a small town near Tampa, FL before venturing out to Southern California for undergraduate at Pomona College, where I studied neuroscience and Japanese language/literature. I then spent two years working for a nonprofit organization focusing on community health/education in rural Alabama, before attending UCLA for medical school. I chose to apply to primary care programs because I enjoy continuity of care, and wanted specialized training in outpatient medicine. NYP-Cornell became my #1 choice after my interview day due to the sense of camaraderie/support I felt during my visit, as well as the individualized curriculum targeted to help prepare you for your future aspirations. I am grateful to be able to pursue my residency here at NYP-Cornell, with supportive faculty, wonderful co-residents, and an extremely diverse patient population. My hobbies include eating my way throughout the boroughs, cooking/baking, and occasionally exercising to balance it out. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!
Xiaohui Wang, M.D., PGY-3
Hello! I was born in China, immigrated to the States when I was 11, and grew up in Kentucky. I studied economics at the University of Kentucky. A major part of my undergraduate study was joining the Gaines Fellowship of Humanities where I was able to broaden my education experience with a research trip to Beijing and complete a capstone thesis in Traditional Chinese Medicine. My interest in science and humanities ultimately led me to pursue medicine. When I joined the Primary Care Track here at Cornell, I found myself among a group of individuals, both faculty and residents alike, who are passionate about primary care and providing the best care possible to the community. The curriculum and the faculty have nurtured my interests and growth as a doctor. Next year, I plan to stay in New York and be a primary care provider for the community.
Outside of medicine, I've learned to play guitar and I love to sing at karaokes. I enjoy picking up different skills via youtube tutorials.
Raymond Zou, M.D., PGY-1
Hi! I’m Raymond. I was born and raised in New York City. I went to Sophie Davis/CUNY School of Medicine, a combined program in Harlem, where I learned the importance of continuity of care. What drew me to the Primary Care Track at Cornell was that the outpatient training was not just an afterthought. The extensive outpatient time and assuming the role of assistant ambulatory chief resident for a few months as a PGY-3 were other important factors that made me rank Cornell #1. Most importantly, I felt the camaraderie and support the PC residents had from the program leadership on interview day. Even now as an intern, the program directors have helped me make the difficult transition from medical student to physician and I expect that they will continue to nurture my growth not only as a physician, but also as a person.
Outside of residency, I like to run, enjoy the waterfront views that NYC has to offer, and cook (currently attempting to perfect a mapo tofu recipe). I’m also on a near-decade’s long journey to find the best ice cream in NYC.