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.
Ryan Bober, M.D., PGY-3
I grew up in South Jersey near a rodeo (they really do exist outside Texas) and spent as much time as I could with sports, outdoor activities and friends. I went to college in Happy Valley and after Penn State I spent four years in Center City Philadelphia at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. I'm very excited and happy to be at Cornell for my residency training, especially as part of the Primary Care track. I am interested in transitions of care as well as the use of bedside ultrasound and its extension into the clinic to become a routine supplement to physical exam. Above all, the opportunity to live in NYC is incredible both for the diversity of exposure to people from every area of the world and free access to any interest you may have (or newly discover). I hope to meet all of you on your interview day!
Brittney Frankel, M.D., PGY-2
I grew up just outside the city in Hewlett, a town on Long Island. I went to Dartmouth College, where I studied political science and had a true liberal arts education - from taking classes in costume design and studying abroad twice to finding my passion in public health and evidence-based medicine. I then did the Bryn Mawr Post-baccalaureate program to complete my premedical requirements and "linked" to Weill Cornell Medicine. I found a home in the Primary Care department thanks to the inspiring faculty, residents, and patients from all walks of life. I couldn't imagine continuing my training anywhere else and felt so lucky to match to Cornell PC. My continued interests are in patient education, evidence-based medicine, women's health, sampling French fries everywhere I go, and marathon... sleeping.
Deborah Fung, M.D., PGY-3
I was born in South Korea and came to NYC when I was ten years old. I attended NYU for undergrad for Biochemistry and Spanish, and SUNY Downstate for medical school where I met my husband! As an immigrant growing up in diverse neighborhoods, I always took interest in learning different languages and ultimately picked up Spanish as my third language. I am interested in global health as I have traveled to many Central American countries to participate in medical mission trips, including Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala. I chose to transfer to the primary care track because there is an extra layer of mentors and like-minded residents who are equally passionate about primary care. Also, the people here genuinely care about you as a person and are dedicated to design a residency curriculum special to your interest. In my free time, I love to go hiking, rock-climbing, going on a stroll with my shiba inu puppy, and trying new restaurants! Feel free to ask me any questions!
Lauren Kelly, M.D., PGY-2
Hello! I'm Lauren. I grew up in Connecticut, went to college at Barnard where I studied English Lit, and then did a Masters in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. For medical school, I studied at the University of Pennsylvania where I also pursued a degree in Public Health. My interests are in writing, podcasting, health communications, and health policy, particularly as it pertains to vulnerable populations with serious illness. As a resident, I hope to continue working on my podcast "When I Die Let Me Live," which focuses on patient and provider stories about coping with serious illness, death, and dying. I also hope to get involved at some point with prison and jail medicine in New York City. Please reach out any time if you'd like to talk!
Alexandra King, M.D., PGY-2
I grew up in Westchester, about an hour outside New York City. For undergrad, I went to Vassar College and majored in Biology before going medical school Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra-Northwell on Long Island! Early on in medical school I became involved in research and advocacy regarding women’s health, and during residency have fostered further interests in informal caregiving and social determinants of health. In my free time I enjoy eating good food (easy to do in NYC), going to museums, lounging around in the park, and seeing friends.
I feel so lucky to have found the NYP-Cornell Primary Care program; it has provided me with unparalleled flexibility to pursue the niches of medicine that most excite me, rigorous clinical training with a diverse patient population, and an extremely supportive work family that I know will always have my back. I can’t wait to meet everyone on interview day!
Neil Lim, M.D., PGY-1
Hi, I’m Neil! I’m from the Bay Area and went to UC Berkeley for undergrad, where I studied molecular biology. I’ve always been a teacher at heart, and I even spent a few years teaching chemistry before realizing that medicine was a little more fun than permuting Diels-Alder reactions. I attended Northwestern University in Chicago 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 perfect balance between inpatient and outpatient that initially drew me to Cornell, it was the warmth and relentless 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. Of course, 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!
Greg McWilliams, M.D., PGY-2
I grew up in rural Upstate New York in a town of 1,200 people. After high school, I attended Harvard where I studied biology and Spanish. I decided to move to Washington, D.C. directly after college to work for the federal government. Four years later; however, I decided to return to medicine and enrolled in medical school at Georgetown. There I developed my interests in LGBT health and HIV medicine and worked at large clinic in DC catering to gay men.
After medical school, I matched into the Cornell categorical Internal Medicine residency. I found myself enjoying my outpatient rotations and the continuity of care among my patients, so I elected to transfer into the Primary Care Track.
Outside of residency, I enjoy traveling, checking out new restaurants in NYC, and hanging out with my Jack Russell named Mango.
Cecilia Nicol, M.D., PGY-1
I grew up in New Jersey and went to undergrad at Georgetown University. I studied International Health and was able to spend some time in Ghana and Burkina Faso. I went to medical school at Weill Cornell and am so happy to continue here in the Primary Care track. The program faculty, residents, and opportunities for global health drew me to this program and I look forward to the next three years! Practicing in New York allows us to meet an incredibly diverse group of patients and form really strong and valuable relationships with some of them. In my free time I love watching movies, going to the Met, doing crosswords and looking for new coffee places...
Mariella Ntamatungiro, M.D., PGY-3
Hi everyone! I am originally from Bujumbura, Burundi in East Africa, coming to America at the age of 2 with my family as Tutsi refugees. The majority of my childhood was spent in Pine Bluff, Arkansas with my high school years spent at Deerfield Academy, in Massachusetts. I attended college at Pomona College, in Claremont, CA and Medical School at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. I am interested in delivering quality medical care to underserved populations here and abroad. I have career interests in health disparities, global health, and am working towards a career as a clinician educator. Im excited to be with Cornell's Primary Care Track in NYC with its breadth of patient population and global culture. In my free time, I love eating mangoes and painting. Feel free to ask me any questions.
Ilana Prior, M.D., PGY-3
I grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut. I went to Middlebury College in Vermont where I majored in International Studies, and went to Dartmouth for medical school. I am happy to now be in NYC. I started out in the categorical program but realized during my intern year that I love the relationships that develop between patients and providers in the outpatient setting. Switching into the Primary Care program has allowed me to commit more time to fostering these relationships and learning from providing continuous outpatient care to my patients while still getting the inpatient medicine training afforded by our excellent medicine residency program.
Masha Slavin, M.D., PGY-3
I was born in Russia, grew up in western Massachusetts, and studied public health at the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate. I spent a year working at a community health center and studying Spanish in Guatemala before going to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. At Sinai, I was involved with the student-run free clinic and the Visiting Doctors program. In addition to practicing primary care, I am interested in improving the delivery of high-quality primary care to underserved populations. Cornell's Primary Care track provides a rare combination of a strong inpatient program and rigorous primary care curriculum with an incredibly supportive program leadership and great group of colleagues. I am grateful to be working with a very diverse patient population and to have the many resources and opportunities that working in New York City provides. In my free time, I love to exercise, have board game nights, spend time outside, and explore the city.
Shyam Sundaresh, M.D., PGY-1
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 NYP-Cornell Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency was a fit. I have already felt ownership and even some continuity over my outpatient panel, only a few weeks into residency; our faculty and residents—both primary care and categorical—have been so supportive in learning how to be an intern. When I have time, I still play the piano. Ask me questions, please! Hope to see you on interview day.
Colleen Tenan, M.D., PGY-3
I grew up in Rye, New York, which is in the suburbs of New York City. As an undergraduate at Yale, I majored in economics in addition to completing my pre-med requirements. After graduation, I worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Healthcare Group. Although I enjoyed the working with large healthcare companies and learning about the finance-side of medicine, it soon became clear that I was more interested in working directly with patients. After taking some time to do clinical research in the pulmonary department at UCLA, I started medical school at New York University School of Medicine. Although I am still exploring what I want to do in the future, I am very interested in studying healthcare systems and costs, as well as general preventive medicine and geriatric medicine. There were many reasons why I was excited to join the Primary Care program at Cornell, but for me the most important was the camaraderie I observed between the residents and the faculty in this closely-knit program.
Shanna Tucker, M.D., PGY-2
I grew up in Los Angeles, CA, went to UC Berkeley for undergrad, and Harvard for medical school. I lived and worked in NYC for a few years before going to medical school and I knew I wanted to come back for residency because I love this city so much! I want to go into Primary Care so I wanted a residency program that had an excellent Primary Care program with a lot of outpatient time. I also wanted a Primary Care program that had a focus on research and very strong inpatient training. Cornell had all of these things and more! I was so impressed when I met the Primary Care residents on my interview day because they were all doing such interesting research projects and the topics were so diverse. I knew that their program would support me in whatever I wanted to pursue. All of these things made Cornell my #1 choice! I also wanted a program that made diversity a priority and had a supportive environment. Our Minority House Staff Committee was also instrumental in my decision because it would allow me to continue working with SNMA (Student National Medical Association) and help with residency recruitment efforts.
Xiaohui Wang, M.D., PGY-1
Hello! I was born in China and immigrated to the States when I was 11. My family and I settled 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 pursuit Medicine at the University of Kentucky. Now I am part of this residency at NYP-Cornell! I am deeply interested in outpatient medicine, integrative medicine and providing long-term care for my patients which is why I am ecstatic to be part of the Primary Care Track here at Cornell. The faculties and the residents here are extremely supportive. I've found myself among a group of individuals who are passionate about primary care and providing the best care possible to the community. My other interests include singing, cooking, picking up different skills via youtube tutorials and exploring New York City.