Chief Residents & House Staff

We currently have 46 residents - 16 PL1s, 14 PL2s,15 PL3s and a chief resident. In addition, six of our current third year residents are associate chiefs. 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!

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PL-1

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)
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!
Usma Rani, MD
Usma 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
Heather Ross, MD
Heather Ross, MD
Hometown: Carthage, NY
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: In a perfect world 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.
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-2

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
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!
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
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!
Janet Tsang, MD
Janet Tsang, MD
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Allergy and Immunology
Personal Interests: Cooking and trying new recipes, Barre, Spending time with family
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!

PL-3

Jacob Anderson, MD
Jacob Anderson, MD (Assoc. Chief)
Hometown: Lindon, Utah
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Emergency medicine or Critical Care
Personal Interests: Spending time with my beautiful wife Veronica and rambunctious cat Skeletor. We also enjoy anything outdoors and anything associated with pizza.
Samara Appelstein, MD
Samara Appelstein, DO (Assoc. Chief)
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: I'm currently interested in hematology/oncology or hospital medicine, but I'm open to anything.
Personal Interests: I love baking, cooking, traveling, Broadway musicals, spinning, and gymnastics. I also love spending time with my family and being a proud aunt!
Sara Batool, MD
Sara Batool, DO
Hometown: Queens, NY
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Pretty open but possibly Pediatric Endocrinology
Personal Interests: Spending time with my amazing friends and family, finding new favorite restaurants, befriending every single dog around
Timothy Bright, MD
Timothy Bright, MD (Assoc. Chief)
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Medical School: Ross University School Of Medicine
Professional Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care
Personal Interests: Running, Hiking, Salsa Dancing, Snowboarding, Travelling
Hassan El Chebib, MD
Hassan El Chebib, MD
Hometown: Marwanieh, Lebanon
Medical School: American University of Beirut
Professional Interests: Pediatric ID but open for General Pediatrics
Personal Interests: reading, movies, hiking, travel, technology, videogames and, first and foremost, spending time with my family
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!
Sasidhar Goteti, MD
Sasidhar Goteti, MD (Assoc. Chief)
Hometown: Bhimavaram, India/Toronto, Canada
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. I'd also like to contribute towards global health by either being a part of Doctors without borders or any NGO.
Personal Interests: A huge cricket fan! Tennis, racquetball, traveling, and most importantly...spending time with family and friends!
Yekaterina (Kate) Okhman, MD
Yekaterina (Kate) Okhman, MD
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics
Personal Interests: I enjoy singing at my local church, creating photo books, watching movies, and exploring nature (hiking, swimming, camping). Most importantly, I cherish every minute I have while spending time with my daughter and husband.
Ripal Patel, MD
Ripal Patel, MD (Assoc. Chief)
Hometown: Queens, NY
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: Neonatology or Pediatric Intensive Care; International Health
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, cooking/baking, outdoor activities, TV shows
Elizabeth Paulsen, MD
Elizabeth Paulsen, MD (Assoc. Chief)
Hometown: Manchester, NH
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Neonatology, global medicine and research.
Personal Interests: My dog Winnie, traveling, tennis, skiing, baking, coffee, and Boston sports, especially the Patriots
Moshe Roberts, MD
Moshe Roberts, MD
Hometown: Syracuse
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: To be a great pediatrician either in primary care or a pediatric emergency room
Personal Interests: Cooking, baking, drawing/painting/photography, travel, chess, anything outdoors (hiking, camping, going to the beach), and of course, supporting my home-teams at Syracuse (I bleed Orange!)
Max Shenberger, MD
Max Shenberger, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Pediatric cardiology, but still keeping an open mind regarding other sub-specialties.
Personal Interests: Carpentry, cooking, and activities/trips with my family.
Ryan Surujdeo, MD
Ryan Surujdeo, MD
Hometown: Hollis, NY
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean
Professional Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine/ Critical Care, but it's a long road and I'm keeping an open mind.
Personal Interests: I'm really interested in the intersection of economics and healthcare. In my personal life I am trying to learn new things such as playing the guitar and brewing my own beer. I'm a huge NY sports fan and will drop everything to catch a game. I will binge watch anything on television that involves zombies, aliens, or superheroes.
Richard Tyler, MD
Richard Tyler, MD
Hometown: Burnt Hills, NY
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: I would like to get a broad education as I am interested in General Pediatrics.
Personal Interests: Family, Friends, Soccer, anything that can be done in the Environment/Nature, traveling and learning other cultures, Golf or any sport
Kimberly Wells, MD
Kimberly Wells, MD
Hometown: Auburn, Washington
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Professional Interests: I am interested in being a hospitalist, but am looking forward to exploring other options during residency.
Personal Interests: Spending time with my husband and our two boys, remodeling our old farmhouse, baking, camping, hiking, running, canoeing, skiing and anything else outside!

Chief Residents

Aicha Mahfoudi, MD
Aicha Mahfoudi, MD
Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics with focus on Development and Behavior
Personal Interests: I love traveling and spending time with family and friends! I also enjoy swimming and cooking! I greatly enjoy a good cup of Tunisian mint tea!
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