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Current Residents and Program Alumni

PGY1

Harris Wild, DO  

Harris Wild, DO

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harlem)
Hometown: Tenafly, New Jersey
Interests in Psychiatry: psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders, research in novel treatments
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: Helping to bring mental health care to some of those in NYC who need it the most.
Leisure/Hobbies: painting, playing the guitar

     
Charles Surette, MD  

Charles Surette, MD

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Hometown: Millbury, Massachusetts
Interests in Psychiatry: Child/adolescent psychiatry, addiction psychiatry
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: The chance to live in New York and take care of its diverse population
Leisure/Hobbies: Watching sports, trying new restaurants and breweries  

     
Conner Bracy, MD  

Conner Bracy, MD

Medical School: Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Interests in Psychiatry: Addiction, Consultation-Liaison
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: I love that Metropolitan is in NYC, and has all the diversity that comes with that, yet still has a close-knit, neighborhood feeling.
Leisure/Hobbies: Photography, biking around the city, skiing 
     
Genevieve Jing, MD   

Genevieve Jing, MD

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hometown: I was raised between Beijing, Fukui and Chapel Hill. 
Interests in Psychiatry: Global mental health
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: Harlem patient population and access to opportunities in NYC
Leisure/Hobbies: Traveling, Japanese food, capsule wardrobe, skincare, doting over my golden retriever, learning French 
     
Gauhar Raina, MD  

Gauhar Raina, MD

Medical School: St. George’s University
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Interests in Psychiatry: Acute inpatient care, first break psychosis
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: Diverse patient population, Training in NYC
Leisure/Hobbies: Tennis, Basketball, Cooking, finding new music, exploring the city
     
Nicholas F. Homsy, MD  

Nicholas F. Homsy, MD

Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Graduate School: Tufts University School of Medicine (MS, MPH)
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Interests in Psychiatry: Neuromodulation, Psychopharmacology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Public Health
Leisure/Hobbies: Boston Sports, Formula 1, Classical Antiquity, Philosophy, Traveling, Writing

     

PGY2 

Liana Lau, MD  

Liana Lau, MD

Medical School: New York Medical College
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Interests in Psychiatry: Child & adolescent psychiatry, mood disorders
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: culturally diverse and underserved patient population, training in NYC 
Leisure/Hobbies: cooking/baking, photography (primarily food and cats), board games, reading, museums, musicals, cheese 
     
Michael Hughes, MD   

Michael Hughes, MD

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Hometown: Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Interests in Psychiatry: Personality Disorders, Ethics
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: Working with Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Al-Salem on 6W!!!
Leisure/Hobbies: Playing with my dog, movies, baseball
     
Robert Toro-Santiago, MD  

Robert Toro-Santiago, MD

Medical school: Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
Hometown: Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Interest in Psychiatry: Palliative/Psych-Oncology
What I like about Metropolitan Hospital: Multicultural patient population
Leisure/Hobbies: music, art, biking, swimming
     
Elaine Li, MD  

Elaine Li, MD

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Hometown: Hong Kong
Interests in Psychiatry: Forensic psychiatry
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: Location (middle of NYC)
Leisure/Hobbies: Yoga, reading, trying new food places, exploring NYC
     
Jason Reece, MD  

Jason Reece, MD

Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine, New York State Program
Hometown: Port Washington, New York
Interests in Psychiatry: Reproductive Psychiatry, first break psychosis
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: close-knit hospital community, training in NYC, patient population
Leisure/Hobbies: Figure Skating, Tennis, Japanese food, celebrity gossip, Reality TV
     
Valentino Vasy, MD  

Valentino Vasy, MD

Medical School: St. George’s University, Grenada
Hometown: New York, New York
Interests in Psychiatry: Adolescent drug abuse. Gut microbiome and the brain.  
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: Multicultural environment, team support, location.
Leisure/Hobbies: Nature, movies, cooking, and intermittent fasting.
     
Brandon Jun, MD  

Brandon Jun, MD

Medical School: Albany Medical College
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Interest in Psychiatry: Psychosis, Trauma
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: Working with the most vulnerable patient population
Leisure/Hobbies: Cooking, musical theater, wine enthusiast, full-time cat dad

     
Briana Mizrahi, MD   

Briana Mizrahi, MD 

Medical School: Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Interests in Psychiatry: Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Adolescent Psychiatry
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: great co-residents, diverse patient population, living in NYC
Leisure/Hobbies: travelling, playing piano, exploring NYC
     

PGY 3

Nisha Patel, MD  

Nisha Patel, MD

Medical School: St. George’s University
Hometown: Panama City, Florida
Interests in Psychiatry: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry
Best things about Metropolitan Hospital: The close-knit relationship between the residents and the attendings making for a harmonious work environment and living in NYC!
Hobbies: Travel, Hot Yoga and Crime Thrillers! 

     
Raul Madrigal, MD   

Raul Madrigal, MD

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Hometown: Laredo, Texas
Interests in Psychiatry: General or Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
Best things about Metropolitan Hospital: co-residents, location, diversity in patient population
Hobbies: travelling, exploring the city, trying new restaurants/bars, going to the beach, jogging in Central Park, Netflix on a rainy day 

     
Damien Lee Young, MD  

Damien Lee Young, MD

Medical School: St. George’s University
Hometown: Port of Spain, Trinidad, and London, Canada
Interests in Psychiatry: Eating disorders, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: working in NYC and that being a public hospital you get to experience a diverse range of psychopathology.
Leisure/Hobbies: playing music, aviation, cooking 
     
Shehram, Majid, MD   

Shehram Majid, MD

Medical School: UT Houston Medical School
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Interest in Psychiatry: Consultation Liaison Psychiatry or Geriatrics
What I like best about Metropolitan: The diverse patient population that I get to work with everyday! My co-residents, attendings, and the rest of the people I work with.
Interests/Hobbies: working on cars, geeking out on tech, cooking, traveling, and reading cool books! 

     
Jonathan Martin, MD   

Jonathan Martin, MD

Medical School: St. George’s University
Hometown: Naples, Florida
Interests in Psychiatry: Geriatrics, neurocognitive disorders
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: Seeing (nearly) the whole DSM-5 in the first two years of training; the incredible colleagues
Hobbies: Traveling, happy hours, exotic food, thought-provoking reality TV, working out

     
Lisett Planche, MD   

Lisett Planche, MD

Medical School: American University of Antigua
Hometown: Born in Cuba, raised in Bronx, New York
Interests in Psychiatry: Addiction, Assertive Community Treatment, ECT
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: Diversity/cultural background of our residents/staff. Diversity in patient population. Amazing location
Leisure/Hobbies: Exploring art/music museums, outdoor dining, wedding crashing

     

PGY4

Sylvia Kim, MD  

Sylvia Kim, MD

Medical school: St. George’s University
Home Town: Seoul, New York
Interests in Psychiatry: Geriatric Psychiatry
What I like about Metropolitan Hospital: working with co-residents and supportive attendings, training in NYC
Leisure/ Hobbies: Spending time with my dog, Oreo the Havapoo, visiting Farmer’s Markets and cooking healthy cuisine​ and of course Netflix

     
Tawnya Pancharovski, MD  

Tawnya Pancharovski, MD

Medical School: St. George’s University
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Interests in Psychiatry: Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, first break psychosis
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: diverse patient population, training in NYC
Leisure/Hobbies:  90s rock, the Balkan Peninsula, Italian food, interior design, celebrity gossip
     
Julia Gleichman, MD  

Julia Gleichman, MD

Medical School: New York Medical College
Hometown: Redondo Beach, California
Interests in Psychiatry: Psychosis, mood disorders, mental health needs of Spanish-speaking populations
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: Respect and gratitude from patients.
Leisure/Hobbies: Fishkeeping, board games, going to jazz clubs, hiking
     
George Ide, MD   George Ide, MD

Medical School: Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG), Pre-internship at New York Medical College
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Interests in Psychiatry: Research in treating substance use disorders and schizophrenia, psychiatric clinical trials including rTMS
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: serving a diverse community, training in NYC with accessibility to conferences/fellowships  
Leisure/Hobbies: Photography, cycling, hi-fi audio, amateur radio, and traveling
     
Jennifer Kraut, MD  

Jennifer Kraut, MD

Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Interests in Psychiatry: Anxiety disorders, Psychosis
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: how much we are integrated into the East Harlem community
Leisure/Hobbies: Exploring new areas of Central Park, watching Indie films, summertime smoothies and going to see the newest shows on Broadway! 
     
Yalda-Safai, MD   

Yalda Safai, MD

Medical School: St. George’s University
Hometown: Orange County, California
Interests in Psychiatry: Forensics, medical journalism 
What I like best about Metropolitan Hospital: Community Setting, living in NYC
Leisure/Hobbies: Reading, writing, NYC food scene

 

Program Alumni:

2020:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital (LIJ/Northwell)
Addiction Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s – West
Addiction Psychiatry at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s – West
Addiction Psychiatry at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

2019:

Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Hospital/Northwell
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center
Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles

2018:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC
Addiction Psychiatry at New York University
Geriatric Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Psychosomatics at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

2017:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, NYC
Geriatric Psychiatry at New York State Psychiatric Institute (Columbia), NYC
Addiction Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

2016:

Geriatric Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Addiction Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center, NYC
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, NYC

2015:

Palliative Care at Metropolitan Hospital, NYC
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Elmhurst Hospital, NY

2014:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at LIJ, NY
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Michigan, MI

2013:

Geriatric Psychiatry at Emerson, GA
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
Addiction Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center, NYC