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Meet the Department

Alexandra Schieber, DO graduated from UMDNJ SOM in 2013 and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2016. She joined us as Assistant Professor and Clerkship Director at NYMC in 2021 after serving as faculty and Family Medicine Clerkship Director at Temple University in Philadelphia. As a family physician, she is passionate about providing comprehensive, individualized care to patients of all ages. As an educator, she is passionate about inspiring the next generation of physicians to embrace the complexity and importance of high-quality primary care.

Albert B.  Lowenfels, M.D.  a graduate of New York University School of Medicine, received his initial training in surgery at Bellevue hospital and additional education  at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO), the New England Epidemiology Institute, and the European Institute of Oncology. He has been a member of the department of Family and Community Medicine throughout the 21st century and is currently Director of Research for the department.  His publication record based on >200 peer-reviewed publications and several textbooks, reflects an interest in cancer, gastroenterology, infectious disease, trauma, alcoholism, and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes.

Sharon Jacob is the Administrator of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. While working on her M.B.A. in Health Administration at Eastern University, she had the opportunity to work in the area of Administration/Medical Education with Penn Medicine (Surgical Transplant/Bariatrics), Montefiore (Radiology) and Westchester Medical Center (Neurology).  

Alicia Parrish is the Medical Education Coordinator for the Family Medicine program. Alicia graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and worked in the Human Resources department most recently as the Manager, Recruitment and Onboarding for the medical college.

She joined NYMC in 2001 after the biotechnology company she worked for closed. While there, she was involved in recruitment of scientific professionals as well as managing payroll for the 35 person office.

Alicia started her career working as an employment counselor and very quickly moved into non profit working as an employment specialist for a government funded job training and placement program at RCA Service Company. While there, she strengthened her skills interviewing clients, specifically the underserved population, for job training and placement opportunities. She conducted training classes on resume writing, interviewing techniques, as well as actively sourced and scheduled student  interviews with business clients.   Having worked in several financial institutions, she was heavily involved in the recruitment activities for both exempt and non-exempt level positions. Additionally, she has coordinated and managed job placements for Summer Jobs programs and internships for high school and college students.

Maridalia Lillis, BA is the Medical Assistant at the NYMC Family Health Center. She has a BA in Biology from Nyack College. With more than 8 years of experience as a MA, she enjoys the interaction with patients and helping people achieve healthy outcomes.

Zahra Edwards serves at the Administrative Assistant of the Family Health Center. With her BA in Psychology from Hofstra University and over 2 years in an administrative capacity, she provides a well-rounded service to the team and patients alike.