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Chief Residents & House Staff

We currently have 46 residents - 15 PL1s, 16 PL2s, 14 PL3s and two chief residents. Our residents are recruited from the top universities across the globe. We try to attract residents whose broad and diverse interests and backgrounds match well with our team placing a premium on personality, communication skills and open-mindedness. We are truly a diverse global group!

PL-1

Vaishali Adlakha, MD
Vaishali Adlakha, MBBS
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Medical School: Lady Hardinge Medical College
Professional Interests: Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology (maybe) and Masters in Public Health
Personal Interests: I love Calligraphy and working out (Zumba and Yoga are my favourite exercises!). I'm also trying my hand at cooking traditional Indian recipes :)
Sophie Duron, MD
Sophie Duron, MD
Hometown: Larchmont, NY
Medical School: Ross University
Professional Interests: I would like to do a fellowship in PICU or ED in addition to doing continued work on a yearly basis globally with clinics in underserved countries.
Personal Interests: I love to play soccer (even tore both my ACLs doing so!), traveling to go on adventures and find new under-discovered/non-touristy places, relaxing with my family and hiking with my husband. I also love a full day of skiing and ending the day next to a fireplace enjoying fondue and raclette!
Danielle Fayad, MD
Danielle Fayad, MD
Hometown: Shouf, Lebanon
Medical School: American University of Beirut
Professional Interests: Infectious Diseases
Personal Interests: I love watching/ reading thrillers, spending time with my family and friends and cooking authentic Lebanese cuisine YUM!
Evan Ho , MD
Evan Ho , MD
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: In terms of specializing, either Pediatrics Intensive Care or Emergency Medicine. More generally speaking, I want to be involved in pediatric advocacy, medical education, and/or medical technology
Personal Interests: Specialty coffee, singing and guitar playing, cooking, basketball, skateboarding (and hopefully transition to snowboarding).
Richard Johnson, MD
Richard Johnson, MD
Hometown: Georgetown, Guyana
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: Undecided at the moment. For now, I’ll settle for being the best clinician and advocate I can be.
Personal Interests: I enjoy hiking, reading (JK Rowling is my first literary love), animals, especially dogs, eating (although it might not appear that way), binge-worthy TV and tennis -Federer is the GOAT! My goal is to visit all seven continents before I kick the bucket and to hopefully master at least one new language.
Maria Liverpool, MD
Maria Liverpool, MD
Hometown: Vestal, NY
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Professional Interests: Likely General Pediatrics, but I'm keeping my options open!
Personal Interests: Working out, live music, concerts, laughing, dancing, discovering new people, places, and foods!
Laura Mejia-Connolly, MD
Laura Mejia-Connolly, DO
Hometown: Central Islip, NY
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Professional Interests: Critical Care
Personal Interests: reading, traveling, exploring, food, Marvel movies, board games, spending time with family, friends, and my cat (Thor)
Jean Meneses, MD
Jean Meneses, MD
Hometown: Houston, TX
Medical School: Ross University
Professional Interests: I may be interested in doing a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology or ID
Personal Interests: Hiking and being out in nature is probably my favorite thing to do on weekends. I love Sunday nights when I get to cook with my wife and watch our favorite shows together. Backpacking through different countries and learning different cultures through traveling is something I truly enjoy.
Yisroel Miller, MD
Yisroel Miller, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate/Aureus University
Professional Interests: I enjoy general pediatrics but also have a strong passion for hematology/oncology.
Personal Interests: Playing piano, getting lost in nature, snowboarding, surfing and hanging out with family and friends. Of all the things I enjoy, I love spending time with my daughter the most.
Jina  Patel, MD
Jina Patel, MD
Hometown: Piscataway, NJ
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Professional Interests: At the moment I am interested in general pediatrics, but I am looking forward to exploring subspecialties during residency!
Personal Interests: In my free time I like to eat, drink, and be merry! I love spending time with my family and friends, and I absolutely love being a proud aunt to my nieces and nephew!
Alex Ramirez, MD
Alex Ramirez, MD
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Professional Interests: Undecided, leaning towards hospital medicine but interested in a couple of subspecialties as well (mainly cardiology, GI, infectious disease).
Personal Interests: Hanging out with family/friends, watching and playing sports, music, eating, traveling
Reena Ray Garg, MD
Reena Ray Garg, MD
Hometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics and Developmental Behaviour Peds.
Personal Interests: I love doing yoga, traveling,reading and spending time with my family.
Ruby Sangha, MD
Ruby Sangha, MD
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Professional Interests: I love microbiology and immunology , possibly a allergy and immunology fellowship. I also like pediatric emergency medicine and public health.
Personal Interests: orange theory, food ( find me at Trader Joe’s), outdoors, Disney ,Broadway, I love the holidays , reading , traveling , hanging with friends/family.
Aditi Shaily, MD
Aditi Shaily, MD
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: Keeping an open mind but considering a Fellowship in Infectious Disease, Hematology-Oncology, EM/Child Abuse or PICU.
Personal Interests: Biking, cooking (& even more, eating), music, meditation, nature strolls...or simply staying-in in my fuzzy socks with a steaming cup of tea and a good book!
Holly Stacey, MD
Holly Stacey, MD
Hometown: Kleinburg, Ontario
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: At this point, I am up in the air with a 50/50 chance of pursuing primary care vs. fellowship. I find Heme-Onc incredibly fascinating and I also enjoy endocrinology and international health.
Personal Interests: I enjoy running both competitively and leisurely and I also enjoy high-intensity workout classes and spinning. I am a huge foodie: I love trying out new restaurants as well as experimenting with new recipes. I also love travelling the world, riding roller coasters and hiking. Spending time with family, friends and my black lab puppy are by far my favourite past times! The Toronto Maple Leafs are my all-time favourite sports team.

PL-2

Rohan Akhouri, MD
Rohan Akhouri, MD
Hometown: New Delhi, India, and Boston
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: Pediatric Emergency and Health Policy
Personal Interests: I love eating, cooking, and traveling (in that order).
Sarah Baluta, MD
Sarah Baluta, MD
Hometown: Liverpool, NY
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: I really like immunology and genetics so possibly allergy and immunology fellowship.
Personal Interests: I play soccer, enjoy running and working out. I love food and finding new places to eat where I look up the ratings and pictures of the food before I go. I am always hanging out with my family, my friends, and my dogs.
Lina Bourjas, MD
Lina Bourjas, MD
Hometown: Oak Lawn, IL
Medical School: Ross University
Professional Interests: Keeping an open mind while considering general pediatrics, hematology/oncology, and neurology
Personal Interests: Hanging out with my family and friends (it’s a cliché for a reason!), art museums and fairs, exploring local coffee shops, hiking, and watching trash TV (Urban Dictionary definition: TV programmes of the worst quality)
Maxwell Burchman, MD
Maxwell Burchman, DO
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
Medical School: St. George's University
Nara Cho, MD
Nara Cho, MD
Hometown: South Korea/Toronto, ON, Canada
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Professional Interests: I'm interested in general pediatrics or child abuse pediatrics but I'm keeping an open mind.
Personal Interests: Family, friends, model building, travel, cooking, horseback riding, watercolor painting and Smart Home.
Tyler Colangelo, MD
Tyler Colangelo, MD
Hometown: White Plains, NY
Medical School: University of Queensland
Scott Corrigan, MD
Scott Corrigan, DO
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics mostly likely but have interest in nephrology and infectious disease
Personal Interests: Soccer, cooking, hiking and hanging out with my fiancee and puppy (maybe soon to be puppies)
Nadya Dillon, MD
Nadya Dillon, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Professional Interests: Emergency Medicine and International Health
Personal Interests: I enjoy dining and having great conversations with family and friends. I love the performing arts, especially choreographed dancing, and preparing home-made ice cream!
Anam Farooqui, MD
Anam Farooqui, MBBS
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School: Aga Khan University
Professional Interests: Neonatal medicine, Global medicine
Personal Interests: Food, Running, Yoga, Current affairs
Veena Gopalakrishnan, MD
Veena Gopalakrishnan, MD
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Medical School: Saba University
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics and International Health
Personal Interests: Dancing, yoga, art and design, travelling, spending time with family/friends, and of course, a Toronto Raptors fan!
Brett Holdaway, MD
Brett Holdaway, DO
Hometown: Payson, UT
Medical School: ATSU-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics
Personal Interests: Hanging out with my wife and kids, playing basketball, and watching BYU football
Aarani Kandeepan, MD
Aarani Kandeepan, MD
Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: Neonatology and Global Health
Personal Interests: I love reading, watching movies, snorkelling, baking desserts, Indian classical dance and travel with a focus on exploring different cultures and more importantly their food.
Dean  Karahalios, MD
Dean Karahalios, DO
Hometown: Northbrook, IL
Medical School: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Undecided, but considering hospitalist or subspecialty. I'm also interested in global health.
Personal Interests: I enjoy staying active, especially outdoors. I also love to travel, cook, and explore my second passion for architecture. Languages fascinate me, and one day I hope to be able to play more than just one self-taught song on the piano!
Carlee Lenehan, MD
Carlee Lenehan, MD
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Medical School: Universidad Iberoamericana
Professional Interests: Excited to explore all subspecialties to find my one true passion, but overall goal is to be the BEST pediatrician I can be!
Personal Interests: I love to bake cupcakes, play with my Golden Retriever and German Shepherd, watch Disney movies, exercise, and smile! I never say no to trying new foods and I am happiest on a new travel adventure!
Uzma Rani, MD
Uzma Rani, MBBS
Hometown: Punjab, Pakistan
Medical School: Fatima Jinnah Medical University
Professional Interests: Preventive medicine/ General Pediatrics
Personal Interests: Spending time with my lovely family and exploring different cuisines in the beautiful Upstate region
Jason Silkey, MD
Jason Silkey, MD
Hometown: Denver, CO
Medical School: Ross University
Professional Interests: Peds ER or Primary Care
Personal Interests: Visual art both viewing and creating, Outdoor activities (Skiing, SCUBA, hiking, etc), my dogs, and traveling

PL-3

Sarah Au, MD
Sarah Au, MD
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Medical School: Ross University
Professional Interests: NICU or PICU
Personal Interests: I'm obsessed with outdoorsy activities, food and puppies! I like to be out and about, but nothing beats a good night in with my pug, Pumba :)
Julia Ciurria, MD
Julia Ciurria, MBBCH
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Professional Interests: Pediatric Cardiology, International Health
Personal Interests: Travel, live music, and sharing a good meal with friends and family.
Danielle Daniels, MD
Danielle Daniels, MD
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College
Professional Interests: I'm currently undecided but interested in general pediatrics and global health
Personal Interests: Hiking, traveling, spending time with my amazing family and friends
Heba El Ayash, MD
Heba El Ayash, MD
Hometown: Lebanon
Medical School: American University of Beirut
Professional Interests: Pediatrics Endocrinology
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, hiking, biking, origami, learning new languages (Duolingo is one of my favorite mobile apps!) traveling and discovering new cuisines, food!
Joshua Griesman, MD
Joshua Griesman, MBBCH
Hometown: Toronto
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Professional Interests: Neonatology or Cardiology
Personal Interests: Toronto Sports (Leafs, Raptors, Jays). Food. TV. Movies. Hanging with family and friends. Bothering people who aren't smiling until they start smiling.
Valerie Ho, MD
Valerie Ho, MBBS
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Medical School: University of Limerick, Ireland
Professional Interests: Community Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Personal Interests: Cooking and baking, watching crazy intense cooking shows, traveling to new places, being outdoors, DIY projects, and playing the ukulele!
Kristin Hornick, MD
Kristin Hornick, DO
Hometown: Yorktown Heights, NY
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University
Professional Interests: Primary care, possibly ER/GI/Adolescent fellowship
Personal Interests: Running, hiking, tennis, cooking, theater, trying new things!
Joshua Kanji, MD
Joshua Kanji, MD
Hometown: Lake Grove, NY
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Pediatric Intensive Care
Personal Interests: Scuba diving, Rock climbing, Traveling
Phillip Mackewicz, MD
Phillip Mackewicz, MD
Hometown: Long Valley, NJ
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Critical Care or Emergency Med
Personal Interests: I'm a big skier and try to go out multiple times every season. I'm a "foodie" so I also enjoy cooking and going out to restaurants to try new cuisines. I'm also really into fitness and enjoy trying various workout classes. When that isn't enough to do, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family outdoors.
Christopher Maierhofer, MD
Christopher Maierhofer, DO
Hometown: Eau Claire, WI
Medical School: ATSU - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Med
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics
Personal Interests: Playing and seeing live music. Exploring the great outdoors. Making art. Hanging out with family.
Laura Miller, MD
Laura Miller, MD
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Professional Interests: my interests include general pediatrics, hematology/oncology and NICU but keeping an open mind. I am also interested in international medicine.
Personal Interests: traveling, hiking, kayaking, my dogs, spending time with family, tennis, horseback riding, xc skiing, gardening, musical theater, Nutella!
Heather Ross, MD
Heather Ross, MD
Hometown: Carthage, NY
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: I would love to work with LGBT and adolescents struggling with substance abuse, while also serving rural Upstate NY where I grew up. I wish to continue serving children globally through medical missions.
Personal Interests: There really isn't much I don't like, but spending time outdoors with my family, friends, and animals sounds pretty good to me. I am always ready for a new adventure in life. Apart from medicine, I find myself quite passionate about teaching, advocacy, and philanthropy.
Audrey Vandewall, MD
Audrey Vandewall, DO
Hometown: Watertown, NY
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Undecided but I'd like to specialize - considering NICU
Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love being active - running, hiking, kayaking, snowboarding. You can also find me curled up with a good book and a cup of tea. I never turn down a Boston Creme donut!

Chief Residents

Sarah Ellis, MD
Sarah Ellis, MD
Hometown: Sandwich, IL
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: My goal is to do a fellowship after residency possibly in Peds Emergency Medicine.
Personal Interests: In my spare time I enjoy reading novels, spending time with my family and cats, doing yoga, crocheting, and going to the movies. I also love musicals!
Tiffany  Hecht, MD
Tiffany Hecht, MD
Hometown: Quebec
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: Outpatient General Pediatrics
Personal Interests: I love to ski and snowboard in the winter and go to music festivals in the summer. I am embarrassed to admit, but I am a reality TV enthusiast!
Hassan El Chebib, MD
Hassan El Chebib, MD
Hometown: Marwanieh, Lebanon
Medical School: American University of Beirut
Professional Interests: Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Personal Interests: reading, movies, hiking, travel, technology, videogames and, first and foremost, spending time with my family
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