The Primary Care Core Faculty are role models and mentors to the residents, intimately involved in their education and training. Each faculty member has dedicated his/her career to clinical primary care and to medical education, shaping the next generation of primary care leaders.
Lee Shearer, M.D.Program Director, Primary Care Track, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, WCIMA
Dr. Lee Shearer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and did her postdoctoral training in primary care internal medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. She served as Chief Resident for the Weill Cornell Internal Medicine residency program, thereafter joining the faculty. She is Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine residency track. In addition to precepting the residents and developing a young adult health curriculum and clinic, she devotes much of her time to mentoring the Primary Care residents in their research, academic, career, and life endeavors. She highly values her interaction with the residents and her door is always open.
Helene Strauss, M.D.Associate Program Director, Primary Care Track, Instructor in Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, WCIMA
Dr. Helene Strauss is a graduate of Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. After completing residency, she served as Chief Resident of the Internal Medicine-Primary Care program at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital. She is currently Associate Program Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine residency track at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell. She is passionate about mentoring residents. Her academic interests include psychosocial medicine, fostering residents’ teaching and leadership skills, and curriculum development.
Susana Morales, M.D.Vice Chair for Diversity, Co-Director, Center for Multicultural and Minority Health, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, WCIMA
Dr. Susana Morales was born and raised in New York City. She attended public schools and then Harvard University where she received her AB degree in Biology. She obtained her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and did her residency training in Internal Medicine at the Presbyterian Hospital of the City of New York. She spent the early part of her career at Columbia as Assistant Division Director for Education and Training, and joined the Weill Cornell/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital faculty in 1998. She is now Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine residency program, and appointed in 2016, Vice Chair for Diversity for the Department of Medicine. In these roles, she coordinates psychosocial teaching for the medical housestaff and teaches both primary care and inpatient medicine. She has a special interest in cross-cultural medicine and health disparities.
Dr. Morales served as a member of the governing Council of the Society of General Internal Medicine from 2000-2003 and was a member of the Commonwealth Fund's "Bettering the Health of Minority Americans" Advisory Board. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Columbia University Institute on Medicine as a Profession Physician Advocacy Fellowship, as well as a member of the Boards of Directors of Public Health Solutions, the United Hospital Fund, and of the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the J. James Smith Memorial Award presented annually by the NewYork-Weill Cornell housestaff to a member of the attending staff who exemplifies the qualities of Teacher, Scholar, and Physician; of the National Medical Fellowships Community Service Award, presented for extraordinary commitment in the area of public health; and of the 2015 Elnora M. Rhodes SGIM Service Award for outstanding service to SGIM and its mission of promoting patient care, research, education and community service in primary care internal medicine.
Lauren Acinapura, M.D.Site Director, WCIMA at Wright, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Lauren Acinapura is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency training at the University of Chicago followed by a fellowship in general internal medicine at Mount Sinai. She leads the Ambulatory Curriculum Committee and is the Educational Site director at Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates at the Wright Center where she practices. Her interests focus on enhancing medical education through curricular innovations, precepting improvements and providing more meaningful feedback to residents in their outpatient practice.
Pamela Charney, M.D.Professor of Clinical Medicine
Dr. Pamela Charney is a primary care Internal Medicine physician and medical educator whose academic interests include medical education and how patient diversity impacts on medical care. Dr Charney is the Medical Director of the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, a student run clinic that provides care to uninsured adults. She graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1978, completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Cook County Hospital, Chicago and the University of Connecticut, and graduated from the Primary Care Fellowship at the University of Connecticut. She worked for many years at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, one of the public hospitals in NYC, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, was the Series Editor for the American College of Physician's Women's Health Book Series, and received the NYS Laureate award for her teaching physicians about Women's Health for the American College of Physicians. Her publications include articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Byron Demopoulos, M.D.Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, WCIMA
Dr. Byron Demopoulos graduated from Cornell Medical College in 1991, completed residency at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital from 1991-1994, and has been an attending at Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates ever since – in other words, he is a "lifer." He has dedicated his career to clinical education of both medical students and residents. He has directed the Primary Care Clerkship for the medical college since its inception and currently co-directs the Primary Care Residency Program with Dr. Lee Shearer. He spearheaded the creation of the Ithaca rotation for primary care residents to provide residents an opportunity to explore more rural and community medical care delivery to complement their urban education. He has developed generalist curricula for the medical college and residency for the past 20 years, with a particular emphasis on evidence-based medicine, clinical controversies, and guideline critique. In addition to his outpatient work, he continues to direct one of the inpatient hospitalist units which is staffed entirely by WCIMA faculty, particularly those who have an interest in inpatient/outpatient continuity of care. He has been a champion for the underserved and has lectured extensively on the role of primary care in facilitating cost economy and improved medical outcomes.
Brian Eiss, M.D.Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Brian Eiss is a geriatrician and primary care internal medicine physician, whose academic interests include medical education and quality improvement. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his post-doctoral training in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell followed by fellowship in Geriatrics also at Cornell. He served as Quality Improvement Chief Resident for the Weill Cornell Internal Medicine residency program, thereafter joining the faculty. He splits his clinical time between Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates and the Wright Center Geriatrics practice. He acts as a QI research mentor for the Primary Care research projects.
Peggy Leung, M.D.Instructor in Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Dr. Peggy Leung is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. She completed her Primary Care-Internal Medicine residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center and then served as the inaugural Ambulatory Chief Resident for the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Residency Program. Her interests lie in community medicine and medical education which melds well with her current roles as the Site Director for the Long Island City Health Center (one of the resident primary care practice sites next to the largest public housing development in the country) as well an Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency (where she curates the intern educational units).
Keith Roach, M.D.Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (Courtesy)
Dr. Keith Roach went to medical school and did his residency at the University of Chicago. He joined the faculty at Cornell in 2000. He was Director of the Primary Care Residency Program from 2001-2009. Currently, he works two sessions per week at Cornell, and the rest of the time acts as Chief Medical Officer for Sharecare, a health, medical information and health coaching company. His research interests are in prevention and screening. He teaches on many subjects in general medicine and acts as a research mentor for primary care research projects.
Madeline Sterling, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, WCIMA
Dr. Madeline Sterling is a general internist and a health services researcher in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She received a B.A. from Cornell University and obtained an M.D. and an M.P.H. from Rutgers University. She completed residency in Internal Medicine (Primary Care Track) at The New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine and fellowship in General Internal Medicine (GIM) and Health Services Research (HSR) at Weill Cornell Medicine, during which she obtained an M.S. in Clinical Epidemiology and HSR from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Dr. Sterling’s research focuses on identifying and addressing the social determinants of health outcomes among adults with cardiovascular disease. To do so, she uses quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as community-engaged approaches.
In addition to conducting research and caring for patients, Dr. Sterling is deeply committed to mentoring trainees towards careers in GIM and research. She currently serves on the Society of General Internal Medicine’s (SGIM) Council as the Associate Member Representative (Term: 2016-2019) and on the Young Investigators Committee of the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (Term: 2018-2020).
Judy Tung, M.D.Vice Chair, Weill Cornell Lower Manhattan Hospital, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Section Chief, Ambulatory Medicine
Dr. Judy Tung is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her residency training in the Primary Care Program at the University of California, San Francisco. She served as a Primary Care Chief Resident at Bellevue Hospital/New York Medical Center prior to joining faculty at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She was the Director of the Primary Care Residency at Cornell for seven years before serving as Medical Director of the faculty/resident primary care practice, Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates. In 2016 she was appointed Section Head of the Section of Ambulatory Medicine and Chief of Internal Medicine at NYPH-Downtown campus. She remains involved in residency teaching and is dedicated to the cultivation of academic general internists and. She particularly enjoys mentoring the Primary Care senior residents in their leadership and teaching roles as Assistant Chief Residents.
Dr. Tung remains involved in residency teaching and is dedicated to the cultivation of academic general internists. She particularly enjoys mentoring the primary care senior residents in their leadership and teaching roles as Assistant Chief Residents.