Welcoming New Faculty and Housestaff; Flashback Photo; Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology's 3rd Annual Humanism in Medicine Awards
Summer 2018

Dunbar’s Number: Residency Challenge and Opportunity

A message from the chair, Dr. Steve Abramson

The above photo shows our incoming interns, 97 in all! Our program, rising and now ranked #2 in New York, is the largest in the country, at 217 house-officers. The progressive growth of our residency program reflects expansion that resulted from duty hour regulations (Libby Zion Law, 1989), and the integration with the VA (c2000) and Brooklyn (2018) residency programs. The size of our program now exceeds Dunbar’s Number, postulated to be 150 by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, which indicates the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. One implication for our residency program is that such size presents a direct challenge to housestaff camaraderie, built upon individual relationships, that has been an historic strength of our program.

Over the past three years we have approached these challenging numbers by creating smaller communities of housestaff, individualized tracks that take advantage of our diverse institutions and the interests of our applicants. These tracks now include the traditional Bellevue track, the Tisch-Kimmel track, the Primary Care track, the new Brooklyn Community Medicine tracks. For those interested in research careers we also offer the Clinical Investigator and Physician Scientist tracks. Each of these interlocking tracks, overseen by Patrick Cocks, has individual leaders and dedicated teams of faculty that help nurture the professional growth and wellness of our house-officers.

The advantages of a large program, if carefully managed, far outweigh the disadvantages. Namely, the attraction of so many talented house officers from prestigious institutions nationwide to NYU creates great opportunity. It provides us the privilege to nurture the future physicians, scholars, and scientists that represent the lifeblood of the department, divisions, and the school. So, we welcome the 97 new members of our community and look forward to the promising future ahead.

Scroll down to meet new fellows from some of our divisions


The photo above features the Class of 1988-1989 from our Internal Medicine Residency Program. Do you recognize a colleague? Are you in the photo yourself? We’d love to identify all of the alumni in the photo who are still at NYU Langone. [Click here for a closer look]

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Welcoming New Faculty


Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Lauren H. Golden, MD, has joined the faculty as clinical associate professor and Director of the Center for Diabetes & Metabolic Health. Dr. Golden received her MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Golden then pursued a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Yale University, followed by a fellowship in clinical investigation at Rockefeller University. She comes to NYU Langone from Columbia University Medical Center, where she was co-chair of the Clinical and Translational Research Group, as well as head of professional education, at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center.

Infectious Diseases & Immunology

Mark Mulligan, MD, will join the Department of Medicine this October as Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, and will also create and lead a vaccine center at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Mulligan is coming to NYU Langone after spending 12 years at Emory University, where he was a driving force in growing their Clinical Vaccinology Program into a nationally recognized center, comprised of an NIH Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Unit, Clinical Trials Unit, and Vaccinology Training Grant. In addition to his skills as a clinician scientist and administrator, Dr. Mulligan's mentorship for junior faculty and fellows has left a lasting mark at Emory.

Dr. Gabriel Cohen is a Bellevue attending and an associate hospital epidemiologist. Dr. Cohen completed his fellowship at Mount Sinai and was a medical student at NYU School of Medicine. He is excited to come back as the mission of Bellevue Hospital speaks strongly to him.

Dr. Henry Neumann joins the faculty this August as an attending physician in Transplant Infectious Diseases. He completed his fellowship at John Hopkins and has been practicing at Stony Brook University Hospital for the last several years.


Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care

Dr. Michael Scott will be joining the NYU SOM faculty in August and will be on the Bellevue Geriatrics & Palliative Care Inpatient Service. Dr. Scott attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, then moved to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for his residency in Family Medicine and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, which he completed in July.

Dr. Arpit Arora will be joining NYU SOM faculty in August, and will be splitting his clinical service equally between the Supportive Care Oncology Program at the Perlmutter Cancer Care Center and the NYU Langone Palliative Care inpatient service. He attended medical school at Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School, and completed his internship at Rutgers, and residency in Rehabilitation Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He is a recent graduate of the Hospice/Palliative Medicine Fellowship here at NYU.

Dr. Akash Shah will be joining NYU SOM faculty in September, and will be splitting his clinical service equally between the Supportive Care Oncology Program at the Perlmutter Cancer Care Center and the NYU Langone Palliative Care inpatient service. Dr. Shah attended Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica, and completed his internship and residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, after which he joined Montefiore Medical Center, where he completed his fellowship this June in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Announces Honorees of 3rd Annual Humanism in Medicine Awards

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology held their third annual Humanism in Medicine Awards ceremony on Monday, July 30. Staff, faculty, and trainees from the Division gathered with friends and families to recognize individuals for demonstrating qualities such as empathy, compassion, and caring.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Nadine Cadichon, BSN, RN, CMSRN, senior nurse clinician, Tisch Hospital endoscopy unit
  • Lauren G. Khanna, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine and attending gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Hospital and Bellevue Hospital
  • Chui Ling Ng, BSN, RN, registered nurse, Manhattan VA Hospital endoscopy unit
  • Barbara Thomas, MST, medical-surgical technician, Bellevue Hospital endoscopy unit

Read more about the awards on Inside Health

Faculty News & Notes

Annie Garment, MD, has been appointed the Section Chief for the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation at Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Garment's interests include women’s health, addiction medicine, and medical education. She sees patients and supervises residents in the Adult Primary Care Clinic, the Survivors of Torture Clinic, and the Primary Care Addiction Medicine Clinic, for which she is the medical director.
      Since creation of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation in 2004, this vital leadership role was held by Dr. Andrew Wallach, who recently stepped down follwing his appointment as Clinical Chief of Primary Care across NYC Health + Hospitals.

Catherine Constable, MD, assistant professor in DGIMCI, has been named the inaugural Rudin Faculty Scholar-in-Residence for 2018-2019. Sponsored by the Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation, Inc., this new position expands the Rudin Medical Ethics and Humanities Program to include a junior faculty member who is a clinician-educator with a demonstrated commitment to medical humanities or biomedical ethics. As the Rudin Faculty Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Constable will engage in research, teaching, and mentorship that will enhance our medical ethics and humanities programs at NYU School of Medicine. Her proposed project, titled "Weak Endorsement of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine at the State and Provider Level and Proposed Remedies," is a topic of significant clinical importance in the United States. Learn more.

David Kudlowitz, MD, has been selected as the 2018-2020 PrMEIR Merrin Bedside Teaching Faculty Development Program Fellow. The Merrin Master Clinician Fellowship is aimed at improving the quality of patient-centered care and clinical teaching, and offers a unique opportunity for NYU Department of Medicine and other faculty to develop expertise in a specific area in medical education. Dr. Kudlowitz’s role at NYU Langone Health is multidimensional in that he practices clinically in hospitalist medicine and primary care medicine. He is a Practice of Medicine Instructor for the Department of Medicine as well as the Inpatient Site Director for Tisch Hospital for the Internal Medicine residency program. The focus of his fellowship project includes building a curricula that bridges clinical reasoning with the use of ultrasound examination at the bedside with the ultimate goal of improving patient care and satisfaction.

James Tsay, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, will be the keynote oncology speaker at the A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities, which raises awareness about lung cancer and funds the A Breath of Hope lung cancer research program. One of the largest lung cancer events in the U.S., it offers patient and family support through resource tables, oncology education and for those who have lost their loved one, through the Rose Raft of Remembrance Ceremony following the walk.

Shannon Chang, MD, MBA, associate director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program, and Melissa Latorre, MD, MS, director of inpatient services for gastroenterology at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion, have been accepted to ASGE's Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program. ASGE created the LEAD program in 2013 to enhance the careers of junior physicians and to create the bench strength needed to ensure future growth in the GI profession and in ASGE. This program is an opportunity for young female gastroenterologists from all ethnic and racial backgrounds to enhance and energize their leadership and career development skills through education, coaching, and building professional networks.

Fritz Francois, MD, chief medical officer and patient safety officer at NYU Langone, and associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, recently was awarded the NYU College of Arts and Sciences – Alumni Distinguished Service Award, as well as the Tribune Press Caribbean-American Legacy Award.

Calvin Q. Pan, MD, clinical professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, received the James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine from the American College of Physicians.

In the News

Three-Dimensional–Printed Implants Shown to Help Grow 'Real Bone': Chemically coated, ceramic implants successfully guided the regrowth of missing bone in lab animals while "steadily dissolving," researchers report in a study led by senior investigator and biomedical engineer Paulo G. Coelho, DDS, PhD, and co-investigator Bruce N. Cronstein, MD, the Dr. Paul R. Esserman Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Translational Medicine.

Researchers Identify Distinct Airway & Gastrointestinal Microbiomes in Children with Chronic Cough: Different respiratory diseases associated with chronic cough create distinct microbial imbalances in the lower airways of children, according to a study by senior author Leopoldo N. Segal, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine; lead author Mikhail Kazachkov, MD, clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital; and colleagues. The study, published online in Pediatric Pulmonology, is the first to assess the bacterial population of the airway and gastrointestinal systems of children with chronic cough using bacterial DNA sequencing.

Changes in Bacterial Mix Linked to Antibiotics Increase Risk for Type 1 Diabetes in Animal Model: A single course of antibiotics early in childhood may increase risk for type 1 diabetes. This is the finding of a study in mice published online July 24 in the journal eLife, from lead study author Xuesong Zhang, PhD, assistant professor of medicine; senior study investigator Martin J. Blaser, MD, director of the Human Microbiome Program; and colleagues.

Award News

  • Benjamin Han, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine, received a K23 Career award, Chronic Disease and Health Outcomes of Older Adults with Opioid Use Disorders, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
  • Jennifer Scherer, MD, assistant professor in nephrology and palliative care, received the National Kidney Foundation Young Investigator Award for a pilot randomized controlled trial testing the impact of integrated palliative and nephrology care versus standard nephrology care on quality of life, symptom burden, and documentation of advance directives in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease not yet on dialysis.

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Summer Programs

This summer the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care hosted its third cohort of NIH T35 grant-funded Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) trainees—one of only 7 such programs in the country! Sixteen students between their first and second years of medical school joined our division to work with a mentor on an aging research project. During their nine weeks at NYU, trainees attended conferences and shadowed our faculty for fuller exposure to geriatrics and participated in social events, including a movie night in Bryant Park, to better acquaint them to all that New York City has to offer. Each trainee’s research culminated in a presentation and abstract, some of which will be presented at the American Geriatrics Society 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting.

(Above photo: Program director Caroline Blaum and faculty mentors
Benjamin Han and Jennifer Scherer with MSTAR students)


Joseph Lowy, MD, presented to a group of international students on ethics and the difficulties with supplying adequate palliative care globally at the Global Bioethics Initiative Summer Program held on July 31 in NYC. Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) is dedicated to fostering public awareness and understanding of bioethical issues and exploring solutions to bioethical challenges. (photo, right: Joseph Lowy with students)

The PrMEIR Scholars Summer Intensive Program (PSSIP) is an innovative program for enthusiastic and inspired students. This 8-week program is designed to provide students with advanced research experience, to facilitate professional development through a weekly series of workshops, and to furnish a wealth of knowledge about the variety of routes for a career in the healthcare industry.

This summer eight interns joined PrMEIR from Hunter College, CUNY Brooklyn College, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Vassar College, Colgate University, and Bowdoin College, and Lynbrook High School. Each intern will serve on one of our three projects: Unannounced Standardized Patients (USP), Database for Research on Education in Academic Medicine (DREAM) Team, or Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE). All scholars will join faculty, staff, and administrators at weekly meetings and work on projects related to their teams. In addition, every Monday they will meet with a series of guest lecturers.

Welcoming New Fellows


1st Year General Gastroenterology Fellows

Jacques C. Beauvais
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center

Janice Jang
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: New York University School of Medicine

Melissa Aurea Magrath
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Dallas

David Pineles
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: New York University School of Medicine

David Snell
Medical School: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency: New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Samantha Zullow
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency/Chief Residency: Boston University Medical Center


IBD, Advanced Endoscopy & Transplant Hepatology Fellows

IBD Fellow:
Dana Berg

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital
Fellowship: New York Medical College

Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellows
Ashley Vareedayah
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Residency: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Matthew Skinner
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital

Transplant Hepatology Fellows
Mina Botros
Medical School: Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt
Residency: State University of New York at Stony Brook University Hospital

Santosh Sharma
Medical School: Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Residency: The Brooklyn Hospital Center




The 2018-19 Geriatrics and Palliative Care fellows pose with Division Director Caroline Blaum, Palliative Care Fellowship Director Susan Cohen, and Geriatrics Fellowship Director Nina Blachman. Six Geriatrics fellows and three Palliative Care fellows will be rotating through sites across NYU Langone Health, NYCH+H, and the VA; each will focus on a research project of their choosing to be presented at national meeting in 2019.

Geriatrics 2018-19 fellows: Vianna Vadzhiya Broderick, MD; Samah Osman Musa, MD; Min Ho Cho, MD; Helen Sun, MD; Myo Ei Hlaing, MBBS; Christine Yun, MD

Palliative Care 2018-19 fellows: Sameen Farooq, MD; Hana Yu, DO; Sheena Zapata, MD



Daniel Abraham, MD
Residency: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Medical school: St. George's University School of Medicine
Area(s) of interest in ID: Hospital acquired infections, antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship
Hobbies: Travel, food enthusiast, fishing

Jaishvi Eapen, MD
Residency: NYU Langone Brooklyn Campus
Medical school: St. Sri Ramachandra University in India
Area(s) of interest in ID: Tropical ID
Hobbies: Singing, hiking, and is passionate about animal welfare

Prithiv (Joel) Prasad, MD
Residency: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia
Medical school: Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
Area(s) of interest in ID: Public health, Epidemiology, Mycobacteria
Hobbies:Hunting down good food! Occasionally play basketball and tennis

Ioannis (Yiannis) Zacharioudakis, MD
Residency: Brown University/ PGY-3 Internal Medicine Resident
Medical school: University of Athens School of Health Sciences, Athens, Greece
Area(s) of interest in ID: Hospital-acquired infections, Infection control, C. difficile infection, Invasive candidiasis
Hobbies: Traveling, Board games, Theater, Sailing, Biking



The Division of Rheumatology is pleased to welcome the fellowship class of 2020 (shown above). The fellows who entered the program on July 1st include:

Konstantin Brodetskiy was born in Ukraine and later came to the US at age 5. Konstantin is a product of NYU for his undergraduate and medical student training. His research during that time was in a fruit fly lab studying color vision where he learned to dissect fly retinas by hand under a microscope. After a brief visit to Mount Sinai for residency Konstantin is back at NYU for his rheumatology fellowship.

Rochelle Castillo was born in rural Illinois grew up in a bustling city in the Philippines. Prior to completing her internal medicine training at the University of Connecticut she completed a dermatology residency at the Philippines’ largest tertiary referral center. During that time she developed an interest in autoimmune connective tissue diseases and inflammatory arthritides which led her to the NYU Rheumatology fellowship.

Ruth Fernandez Ruiz grew up in a small town in Venezuela and moved to Caracas for medical school. After 6 years at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and a 2-year internal medicine residency she moved to Oak Park, Illinois (a Chicago suburb), where she completed a second internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa before joining our program.

Craig Smuda grew up outside Detroit and attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate. An early research experience motivated him to apply to med school and attend the MSTP at Northwestern, where his PhD work involved exploring mechanisms of allergic disease and granulocyte function. He completed his residency at Emory University prior to joining the NYU Rheumatology fellowship.



11th Annual Leo M. Evers Lecture

Farkas Auditorium, 4:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. David Relman, Stanford University


Big Gut Pancreas: "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About the Management of Pancreatic Cysts"


Big Gut Liver: "Focus on Complex Liver Diseases"


Bronchiectasis and Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria Symposium

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