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Upon Completion of the Program

Recent history has shown that nationally approximately 80 percent of the departing trainees pursue fellowship training.  Trainees from NYMC / WMC have followed the national trend with greater than 90 percent pursuing additional training  in a wide range of areas, such as minimally invasive surgery, plastic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, surgical critical care, vascular surgery and pediatric surgery.  They have been accepted into some of the finest fellowship programs in the country.  Following fellowship training, approximately 50 percent of graduates have gone on to pursue academic faculty positions around the country with the remainder pursuing private practice opportunities. 


The chart included here shows the distribution of residents who have gone on to fellowship training in various surgical specialties over the last 14 years.  

Graduates from 2002 to Present

  Medical School Fellowship Program Current Location
Class of 2017        

Alexandra Kharazi, M.D

University of California @Davis SOM CTS East Carolina University  Greenville, NC

Erwin P. Rusli, M.D. 

St. George's University Private Practice N/A  

Irony Sade, M.D. 

SUNY - Upstate Medical University Private Practice  N/A  Rapids City, SD

Dominick A. Vitale, M.D. 

University of South Carolina SOM Trauma / Surgical Critical Care San Antonio Medical Center, TX  Texas

 Class of 2016        
 Hanna Alemayehu, M.D. Weill Cornell Medical College Pediatric The Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City Kansas
 Heidi Hansen, M.D. University of Nebraska College of Medicine Vascular East Carolina University - Greenville, NC East Carolina University - Greenville, NC
 Jasvinder Singh, M.D. Maulana Azad Medical College Colorectal    
 Jeffrey Wannares, M.D. Tufts University SOM MIS NYMC / WMC   NYMC / WMC

Class of 2015        
 Arpit Amin, M.D. SUNY Upstate Medical University  Private Practice    
 Jose A. Aquino-Garcia, M.D. Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo Plastic  University of Nebraska  Nebraska
 Allison Sweny, M.D. St. Matthew's Univ SOM Private Practice    
 Irlna Ingrid Tantchou, M.D. UMDNJ-R.W. Johnson Medical School Colorectal  University of Texas SOM  Texas

Class of 2014        
 Roberto Jose Arias-Gautreaux, M.D. Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo Private Practice Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo  
 Rodrigo Ruiz Gamboa, M.D. Universidad del Mayab - Mexico  Vascular Johst Vascular Institute-Toledo, OH  
 Lorenc Malellari, M.D. UMDNJ-R.W. Johnson Medical School Colorectal University of California-Irvine (UCI)  
 Jyoti Sharma, M.D. University of Connecticut Trauma / Surgical Critical Care NYMC / WMC  
 Jai Prakash Singh, MBBS Maulana Azad Medical College - India Private Practice    

Class of 2013        
Luis F. Alberton, M.D. Monterrey University – Mexico CTS North Shore / LIJ, Long Island  
Michael Donaire, M.D. St George's University MIS Lutheran Medical Center Brooklyn, NY
Pawandeep S. Hunjan, MBBS Maulana Azad Medical College – India MIS NYMC / WMC  
Christina N. Jenkins, M.D. Albany Medical School Colorectal Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD  
Irene J. Lo, M.D. Columbia University MIS Alta Bates Summit Medical Center  
Susana Samaniego, M.D. Rosalind Franklin University Private Practice N/A Auckland, NZ

Class of 2012        
Sarah P. Cate, M.D. UMDNJ – RWJ Breast Beth Isreal Medical Center, New York, NY Beth Israel Medical Center, NY, NY
David Cho, M.D. SUNY – Downstate Trauma / Critical Care Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT
Marcie Feinman, M.D. George Washington University Trauma / Surgical Critical Care John's Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD John's Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Finny George, M.D. SUNY – Syracuse Plastics Albert Einstein – Montefiore  

Class of 2011        
Justin Azad, M.D. Rosalind Franklin University of Med & Science – Chicago, IL Plastics Albert Einstein - Montefiore  
Tal Bash, M.D. SUNY - Downstate Vascular UMDNJ / RWJ  
Edward Choung, M.D. UMDNJ – Newark MIS Tampa General, Tampa, FL Private Practice - NJ
Ayodeji O. Nubi, MBBS Ogun State University - Nigeria Trauma / Critical Care University of Pittsburg, PA  

Class of 2010        
Bishwajit Bhattacharya, M.D. SUNY – Syracuse Trauma / Critical Care Yale, New Haven, CT Yale New Haven, CT
Matthew Carlson, M.D. Albert Einstein - Montefiore Trauma / Critical Care Yale, New Haven, CT St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT
Harry Dorn, M.D. Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Ecuador Transplant and Hepatobiliary University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Private Practice, Quito, Ecuador
Camelia Lawrence, M.D. Rochester Breast John Wayne Cancer Institute, Los Angeles, CA  

Class of 2009        
Faisal Aziz, M.D. Aga Khan University Vascular Jobst Institute, Toledo, OH Penn State University, Hershey, PA
Alok Gupta, M.D. Albert Einstein - Montefiore Trauma / Critical Care R. Adams, Cowley Shock Trauma, Baltimore, MD Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston, MA
Samir Pandya, M.D. Medical College of Virginia / VCU Pediatric Emory University, Atlanta, GA NYMC / WMC
Mike Parker, M.D. UMDNJ – RWJ MIS Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL Private Practice, Middlesex, CT
Class of 2008        
Jeffrey Chaudhari, M.D. University of Connecticut MIS NYMC / WMC Private Practice – Greenville, SC
Lindita Coku, M.D. Tirana University School of Medicine - Albania CTS Boston Medical Center  
Benjamin Leong, M.D. Medical College of Ohio MIS UT Houston, Houston, TX Private Practice – Riverside, CA

Class of 2007        
Ovidiu Cristea, M.D. New York Medical College Plastics Indiana University, IN Private Practice – Indianapolis, IN
John A.  Fiorianti, M.D. Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara SOM Vascular UMDNJ – Newark, NJ Private Practice – Middletown, NY
Christopher Morris, M.D. Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara SOM MIS NYMC / WMC Private Practice – Laredo, TX
Brian Whang, M.D. SUNY – Downstate CTS Yale University, New Haven, CT Associate Surgeon – Brigham and Women's

Class of 2006        
Mark Loewen, M.D. Rush University MIS St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT Private Practice – Cape Codd
AyeMoeThu Ma, M.D. SUNY –Stony Brook Breast UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX Assistant Clinical Professor – Columbia University / St. Lukes Roosevelt
Aleksandr Rakhlin, M.D. SUNY - Buffalo MIS NYMC / WMC Private Practice – Nyack, NY
Elizabeth P. Renza, M.D. New York Medical College US Army
MIS (2010 – 2011)

Class of 2005        
Adil Haider, M.D. Aga Khan University Trauma / Critical Care John's Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD Private Practice – Charlotte, NC
Michael Paccione, M.D., D.D.S. New York Medical College Trauma / Critical Care NYMC / WMC Stony Brook
Jon Pirrello, M.D. New York Medical College MIS NYMC / WMC  
Marc Stingone, M.D. University of Med & Dentistry of NJ Burns
Trauma Critical Care
Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Class of 2004        
Min Kim, M.D. SUNY - Brooklyn None Private Practice  
Prashant Soni, M.D. Meharry Medical College Plastics University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT  
Benjamin Youdelman, M.D. St. Louis University CTS MCP Hahnemann, Philadelphia, PA  
Sergey Zhitnikov, M.D. Odessa Medical Institute, Ukraine MIS NYMC / WMC Yale University / St. Raphael

Class of 2003        
Geoffrey Kim, M.D. Dartmouth Plastics University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS  
Joel Sebastian, M.D. SUNY – Buffalo None Private Practice  
Leon Stockton, M.D. St. George's None Private Practice  
Karl Strom, M.D. St. George's MIS NYMC / WMC  

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