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Meet the Team

The Family Health Center at NYMC has top-quality primary care providers who bring their compassion and expertise to care for you during every stage of life.


Chair of Family & Community MedicineLori Solomon, M.D. '99, M.P.H. '09

Director, Family Health Center
Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, NYMC 

Lori Solomon, M.D. '99, M.P.H. '09, is an alumna of New York Medical College, earning both her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health. She has been an active faculty member since completing her residency in Family Medicine at Brown University, where she served as a chief resident. She has filled many roles in the School of Medicine including associate dean of community health affairs, director of the Family Medicine Clerkship, director of the Foundations of Clinical Medicine course and chair of the third and fourth year curriculum subcommittee. She has led curricular reform initiatives on cultural competency, community and preventive medicine, evidence-based medicine, clinical skill development and longitudinally integrated clerkships. 

Dr. Solomon was raised up in California, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California in San Diego. She spent a year doing HIV bench research before attending New York Medical College. She is a member of the medical honors society Alpha Omega Alpha and has been awarded for her work in the community in Westchester County and the Bronx. Her research interests include environmental determinants of physical activity in children, health literacy and medical education.brown

Post Graduate Studies: Family Medicine at Brown University
Graduate Degree: M.D., M.P.H.
Graduate Degree Institution: New York Medical College
Undergraduate Institution: University of California in San Diego

Aleena Paul, M.D., M.B.A, M.S.Ed.

Assistant Clerkship Director and Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Paul earned her M.D. and M.B.A. in healthcare management at Albany Medical College. She completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a joint general internal medicine and academic general pediatrics fellowship at Northwell Health, with a focus on medical education scholarship. She obtained a Masters in health professions education from Hofstra University. Dr. Paul has been named director of the School of Medicine (SOM) M.D. curriculum Phase 3 and as assistant clerkship director for family and community medicine. Phase 3, or the Advanced Practice Phase, encompasses a subinternship, advanced clinical courses aligned with the student’s specialty track, and several elective blocks. Board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, she practices clinically at the NYMC Family Health Center and with Boston Children’s Health Physicians. 

Post Graduate Studies: Hofstra University
Graduate Degree: M.D.
Graduate Degree Institution: Albany Medical College
Undergraduate Institution: Union College

Idelka Rodriguez, M.D. headshotIdelka Rodriguez, M.D.

Clerkship Director and Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Rodriguez obtained her degree in Medicine at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. She completed her Residency Program in Family Medicine at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and later completed a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, at Montefiore Medical Center (Wakefield Campus).  

After completing her training, she joined Montefiore Medical Group where she worked as a Primary Care Physician and served a diverse community of patients.  In 2018 she joined James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx; she provided care to female patients under the Comprehensive Women's Health Veterans Program. She enjoyed working with medical students and residents.  During her tenure, she was involved in different leadership roles. Dr. Rodriguez became the VA site director for the Prevention Medicine Residency Program at Mount Sinai and was the Manager of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program (HPDP) at the Bronx VA for two years. She was involved in multiple population health projects related to CVD prevention, Immunization uptake, Cancer Screening; etc. She was also the lead clinician for the Tobacco Cessation Program.   During the pandemic, she transitioned from that role and became the Co-Director and lead clinician of a COVID-19 After Care Program. This was a Recovery Program designed for veterans with persistent symptoms or sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) AKA Long COVID.

Post Graduate Studies: Family Medicine at The Brooklyn Hospital Center; Geriatric Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center  
Graduate Degree: M.D.
Graduate Degree Institution: Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic