Department of Medicine Residency Program

2014-2015 Chief Residents


  • Dhaval Kolte, MD
    Dr .Kolte received his MBBS degree from B.J. Medical College, Pune, India in 2008. After graduating from medical school, he did a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Mississippi, prior to starting residency in Internal Medicine at New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center in 2011. His research interests include: 1) cardiovascular quality of care and outcomes in acute coronary syndrome and heart failure, and 2) cardiovascular pharmacology. He has authored or co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals such as American Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Cardiology, International Journal of Cardiology, Cardiology in Review, Journal of the American Heart Association, and Heart Rhythm. He has presented more than 50 abstracts and has won multiple awards at national and international meetings. He is also actively involved in teaching junior residents and medical students, and was chosen as the ‘Best Overall PGY-3’ in the Department of Medicine. His future plan is to pursue a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, hiking and photography.


  • Prakash Harikrishnan, MD
    Dr. Prakash Harikrishnan graduated from Madras Medical College, Chennai, India. Before coming to the United States, he completed 3 years of Internal Medicine residency training at the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He completed 3 more years of Internal Medicine residency training at Westchester Medical Center and is currently a Chief Resident in the Department of Medicine at Westchester Medical Center. He wants to excel as a teacher and a researcher in the field of Medicine. His research interests include clinical and outcomes research in Cardiovascular Diseases. He has presented several of his research abstracts at national conferences. He has also authored and co-authored publications in indexed medical journals. Outside of work, he enjoys playing chess, solving math puzzles and meeting friends.


  • Abdallah Sanaani, MD
    Dr. Abdallah Sanaani graduated from Garyounis University, Benghazi, Libya. He moved to the United States in 2010, after completing additional clinical rotations and a short experience in bench research at the University of Chicago, he joined Westchester Medical Center for Residency; he is currently serving as a chief resident in the department of medicine and was appointed an instructor of medicine at New York Medical College. He enjoys teaching residents and students and is interested in perusing fellowship training in cardiovascular disease. Outside work he enjoys hiking and relaxing in the beautiful natural parks of Westchester.


Our chief residents are currently involved in a variety of projects designed to enhance patient safety on the internal medicine service. They provide a vital service of support and coordination not only to our residents but the faculty and staff.









Page updated: October 30, 2014


Internal Medicine:

Specialists in internal medicine are commonly called internists. Because their patients are often seriously ill or require complex investigations, internists do much of their work in hospitals. In modern practice, most internists are subspecialists: that is, they generally limit their medical practice to problems of one organ system or to one particular area of medical knowledge.