WHO WE ARE
 
HARLEM
ATTENDINGS

Edward Chew MD

Chair, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Anjali Hulbanni MD

Patient Safety Officer, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Avinash Viswanath MD

Ultrasound Director

Destiny Judkins MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Felicia Hercules MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Robin Kim MD

Director of Pediatric ED

Michael Meguerdichian MD

IMSAL Simulation Director, Harlem Simulation Center Medical Director

Jeanette Haslett MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Taiwo Odufunade MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Daniel Lakoff MD

Associate Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Dennis Brown MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Georgia Davies MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Reynold Trowers MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Christina Eng MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Mike Chang MD

Medical Student Site Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Tony Wright MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Jimmy Feng MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Cara Taubman MD, MPH

Assistant Program Director

Sharla Bryan DO

Assistant Professor of EM

Laura Riley MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Steve Ko MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

Abraham Chacko MD

Assistant Professor of EM

Zachary Blankenship DO

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University

 
 
METROPOLITAN 
ATTENDINGS

Gregory Almond MD, MPH, MS
Chief of Service, Chair

Getaw Hassen MD, PhD

Research Director, Professor of EM, Simulation Site Director

Frosso Adamakos MD, FACEP

Vice Chair of Education, Assistant Professor of EM

Toussaint Reynolds MD

Assistant Professor of EM

Sonja Jauhal MD

Assistant Program Director, Ultrasound Site Director

Samrina Kahlon MD, MPH

Patient Safety Officer, Associate Professor of EM

Dileep Aiyagari MD

Austin Choi DO

Director of Faculty Development, Assistant Professor EM

Jean-Paul Menoscal MD

Patient Experience Officer, Assistant Professor of EM

Rajnish Jaiswal MD

Associate Chief of EM, Assistant Professor of EM, Deputy Medical Director

Roger Chirurgi MD, FAAEM

Program Director, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Professor of EM

Hossein Kalantari MD

Associate Director of Research, Professor of EM

Mona Singh MD

Assistant Professor of EM

Monica Parraga MD

Assistant Professor of EM

Christina Ciraco DO

Assistant Program Director, Clerkship Director

Rajeswari Pingle MD

Assistant Professor of EM

Rania Habal MD, FACEP

Assistant Professor of EM

Ronald Shaw MD

Assistant Professor of EM

Robert Leviton MD

Physician Advisor

Anthony Almeida DO

Usama Bin Tahir MD

Defne Nayman MD

Assistant Professor of EM

 
PGY-3

Dahlia Bergmann-Dumont MD

Chief Resident

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

I was born in Mexico City and lived there till I was 10. I grew up in Miami, Florida and love the outdoors. Anything involving the beach or water sports, I am there. On my free time, I like running in central park, which is my favorite part of the city. I also love true crime, so if I am not working or running, I am watching shows on ID.

 

My passion for medicine started when I was young and I have the privilege to be doing what I love at MetHarlem!

Mauricio Gonzalez Arias MD

Universidad Autonoma de Campeche Facultad de Medicina

Being an internal medicine graduate and emergency medicine resident, gives me great perspective about short term and long term care of my patients. As well as their clinical course. 

 

Our MetHarlem program provides a broad patient population with a wide variety of clinical conditions due to different in training locations (Metropolitan Hospital, Harlem Hospital and Westchester Medical center) that allow me to obtain a world class training. 

 

Our program is well known for fostering a “family like” environment that makes learning and working enjoyable. If you choose our program, I can guarantee you won’t regret it! 

Roshni Guha Thakurta MD

Chief Resident

New York Medical College

Im the 3rd year Academic Wellness Chief and a graduate of NYMC medical school. My interests outside of medicine include watercolor, horror, and cats. 

Alexander Meyers DO

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York

Born and raised in New Jersey, I studied Economics and Finance during undergraduate, then lived and worked in New York City for several years before deciding to pursue medicine. During my post-baccalaureate I fell in love with emergency medicine.

 

I couldn’t be happier being part of the “Met family” and a program that offers a broad range of experiences; training at a community hospital, trauma center and tertiary care center. In my free time I love to spend time with family and friends, see live music, travel, hike and surf.

Golnar Pashmforoosh MD

Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine

Yousuf Sayeed MD

Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine

Hi everyone - my name is Yousuf. I was born in Karachi in '88 and my family moved to the states in '92. I grew up in Chicagoland and went to college at Loyola University Chicago where I studied Philosophy and Biology. I then did a Masters in Science at New York Medical College after which I had the opportunity to study both medicine and Spanish at Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. Prior to graduating, I did research at New York University and University at Buffalo. After residency at MetHarlem, I hope to serve as an ER physician for both American and International communities. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling and learning new cultures, live music specifically punk rock and ska, and hanging out with family, friends, and my dog Chimichurri.

 
PGY-2

Alejandro Cardenas MD

Universidad de Antioquia Facultad de Medina

I am from Colombia and came to New York four years ago. I did research in Emergency Medicine before starting my residency. 

I like to dance, rock climbing, reading, movies, art. 

 

I love my classmates. We are family! 

Dan Mor DO

Resident Clerkship Director

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born and raised in New York. For undergrad, I went to Binghamton University for medical school, I studied at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Outside of medicine, my interests include travel, food, paint balling, motorcycles, cars,  and playing the guitar.

Danny Choy DO

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York

I am a self-proclaimed geek; I love video games and board games because they are great ways to have fun with your friends. I'm also a consummate adventurous foodie, so you can often find me at some new restaurant in town if I ever find time and money. While it’s not quite as thrilling, I’m also a heavy couch potato. Nothing recharges my secretive introvert-ness than relaxing and watching tv/movies with my fiancé. 

 

My brain speaks a million miles a minute, so I am drawn to the organized chaos of the ED. Beyond the emergency medicine, my interest also involve global and public health. I majored in Public Health and joined Peace Corps Zambia after graduated undergrad. There, I extended health education to communities through numerous programs involving HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health, nutrition, water sanitation, and personal hygiene. Being a returned Peace Corps volunteer, I'm all about making systems better. 

 

What I love about MetHarlem is how familial and supportive we are with each other. Everyone is down to earth, willing to go above and beyond to help each other, and the staff continually push us to become better. We might not have the state of the art etc. but we have state of the art people. 

Ali Elnatour DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

I'm the CIR Delegate/Coordinator and the Off-Service Education Director. My Emergency Medicine interests are international medicine/ global health, residents education and wellness. 

When I'm not working in the ED, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two beautiful daughters. Some of my favorite things to do include spontaneous trips up or out of state with my family or just relaxing with friends after a shift.

Yitzy Goldsmith DO

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Middletown

I graduated from Touro COM in Middletown, NY and I commute to NYC from Rockland County, NY.
I live with my wife and four kids. Between the constant homework, broken things around the house, and maintaining three aquariums, I never have a quiet moment.

 

I enjoy kayaking, hiking, fishing, playing guitar or piano, welding and fixing broken things. Having spent many years as a volunteer EMT, I am interested in pursuing a career in EMS together with ER.

Lana Mizraie Joinani MD

American University of Antigua College of Medicine

I was born and raised in Sweden. Moved to California for College because I watched too much Baywatch. I ended up in the Caribbean for medical school because nothing went as planned, yet I ended up with my dream career (minus the pandemic). I have surfed once and now I like to say that I love to surf in my spare time.

Jennifer Pusztay DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi! I’m originally from Connecticut and graduated from UNECOM. My ED interests include ultrasound and peds EM.  

 

Outside of the ED I like traveling (pre-covid), exploring NYC, boxing, and spending time with my residency fam. 

George Russo DO

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York

I came to New York City for med school and fell in love with the fast-paced, big living lifestyle. MetHarlem was my obvious choice for the multiple learning sites with a diverse patient population and incredibly knowledgable faculty. There is never a dull moment.

Something that has made residency even more special is the camaraderie between the classes whether its working in the ED, studying together, enjoying a wellness day or hanging in my backyard. MetHarlem draws hard-working, compassionate and all around amazing people to the program that I've had the privilege of getting to know and learning alongside.

When Im not in the ER, you can find me looking for the best gyro in the city, gardening or paddle-boarding where I can.

Evan Yates DO

Western University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Why medicine? Growing up, the only thing I ever wanted to be as an adult was a super hero (you can imagine the disappointment when a young Evan realizes this isn't a normal career trajectory). After finally accepting this fate, I decided that being a doctor is probably the next closest thing to a super hero, so here we are. 

 

After MetHarlem I am planning on pursuing an Ultrasound Fellowship. MetHarlem gives me a high level of autonomy in pursuing healthcare related projects not directly related to medicine. I took a year off of medical school and completed an MBA, during that time I became acquainted with Met and was instantly trusted with spearheading research projects- at the time was the implementation and development of our 3D-printing simulation center. There is no other program that I found that gives you the freedom and has the resources at their disposal to facilitate success other than Met. 

Outside of medicine: spending time with my dog (Thor), exploring Manhattan (pre-Covid), doing my best to have some semblance of an athletic capacity. 

 
PGY-1

Britt Andersen MD, PhD

Washington University

My path to MetHarlem has been a little winding, but very rewarding. I grew up in Denmark and completed the International Baccalaureate. At age 19 I moved to Uganda where I spent six months volunteering at an HIV clinic. At this time I decided that I wanted pursue a career in medicine. I then moved to the US for my undergraduate education. I got my BS from UMBC in Baltimore, and it was during this time that I discovered research by working at an HHMI lab studying HIV. I then moved to Saint Louis, Missouri to join the MSTP at Washington University. Here I completed my PhD in microbiology. For my thesis project I studied lymphatic filariasis and my main study sites were in the Ivory Coast and Indonesia. At this time I decided that I also wanted to pursue a career in global health.

 

Emergency Medicine was a great option to combine my interests. I wanted to complete my training in New York City because I wanted to work with a diverse patient population and be able to live in an amazing city. I love living in Harlem!

Billel Djemil DO

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York

I was born in Algeria and my hometown in Brooklyn. I recently graduated from TouroCOM harlem and when Im not in the hospital, I love swimming, handball, hiking, and anything else having to do with nature.

 

It is a true blessing from God to be where I'm at. Looking forward to learning and serving NYC alongside amazing faculty and colleagues.

Stephany Jaramillo MD

Universidad Icesi

I was born in Cali, Colombia and spent two years as a researcher with the University of Pittsburgh, time in which I discovered my passion for academia. At MetHarlem, I have found brilliant and amazing individuals that have become not only friends but family; I found a supporting and encouraging community where I can thrive as an outstanding emergency physician.

 

Im interested in medical education, austere medicine and cardiac arrest. I'm a competitive Cross-fit athlete and running enthusiast; I love backpacking and couch-surfing as the way to connect to a global community of travelers. Photography, cooking and salsa dancing are my favorite things to do outside of the hospital and the gym. 

Negar Mafi MD

Iran University of Medical Sciences

I Graduated from Iran University of Medical Sciences, worked as a general practitioner and realized I needed the adrenalin!

I enjoy hiking, nature photography, and cooking international recipes.

Tymour Malik DO

Nova Southeastern University

I grew up in Saratoga, California and studied molecular biology at UCLA. After undergrad I did research in NYC followed by a Master's degree in Chicago. I then moved back to California and began scribing at an ER in Santa Rosa and trimming trees with the Davey Tree Co. Most recently I graduated medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

 

I love climbing rocks and trees, I like most things outdoors, and I play the guitar once in a while. Now I'm grateful to be back in New York City for my residency training with MetHarlem EM!

Amin Mohamadi MD, MPH

Tehran University of Medical Sciences

I was born and raised in Iran. After graduating from medical school I moved to Boston to pursue a post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. My studies have been published in more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, several media releases, and multiple presentations at national and international conferences.

 

Top-notch training within different hospitals and high patient volume with different acuity, in addition to academic research opportunities and exemplary sense of community among residents and attendings motivated me to pursue my emergency medicine training at MetHarlem EM program. In my free time, I enjoy running and cooking while I keep my eyes on gym openings.

Sonam Jindal DO

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello there! I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Being a true Ohioan, I attended THE Ohio State University for undergrad and then made my way over to the southwest for medical school. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, running, grilling, traveling, trying (and frequently failing) to play new instruments, and playing Assassin’s Creed (can’t wait for Valhalla). Within EM, I’m interested in International/Global Medicine and Ultrasound. I’m so excited to train in New York and work alongside the MetHarlem EM family!

Wafa Muhammad MD

Allama Iqbal Medical College

NYC has a special place in my heart. I never have second thoughts when it comes to living in the city and training in one of the pioneer EM programs of NY. 

I feel so lucky to have friends like family at my workplace, which is undoubtedly the biggest strength of the program.

My professional interests are administration, austere/global medicine, leadership and medical education.

When I’m out of work, you’ll find me painting, traveling, trying different cuisines and spending time with my family.

Nora Mustafa MD

Rowan School of Medicine

Hi there! I’m Nora. My interests in Emergency Medicine include Feminism in EM and POCUS. I chose the MetHarlem program because of the diverse patient experience throughout our three sites. Other than that, I love playing with my one year old son, traveling the world with my husband, good food, hiking, online shopping, and binge watching shows.

Elissa Owen MD

St. George's University - School of Medicine

Originally from Austin, Texas, I came to NYC by way of California, Pennsylvania, and Grenada. I worked as an EMT before going to med school and although I tried to keep an open mind about what type of medicine to go into, my heart was pretty much dead set on Emergency Medicine from the start.

 

When I’m not at the hospital I enjoy being active outdoors (hiking, biking, snowboarding, surfing), reading, cooking, and growing pumpkins in my backyard in Brooklyn.

Angadpreet Sidhu DO

Touro University - California

I grew up in the bay area in Pleasanton, California and attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo for undergrad, majoring in Biological Sciences with the concentration of anatomy, physiology and Microbiology. I attended Touro University California for both masters and medical school.
 

My EM interests are admin, quality control, and medical education. My outside interests are basketball, going to the gym, hiking, video games (Nintendo switch and NBA 2k), binging tv shows, making bad jokes, and just hanging out with friends.
 

What I love about MetHarlem is having three different hospital centers with three different patient populations, including a true trauma center at Harlem. The place, Manhattan. And most importantly, the people.

Kourosh Yazdani MD

St. George's University - School of Medicine

I have cultural ties to Dubai, Iran, and India. When it comes to EM, I love that I have the opportunity to interact with people on their worst days and help make that day a little better by providing the best care possible.

Outside of EM, I enjoy scuba diving whenever I get the chance and caring for exotic animals like Ravens, Snakes, Iguanas, and many more! 

A few things I absolutely love about MetHarlem is the camaraderie and love I've felt in my first few weeks of being a part of the team. From having supportive seniors to who I confidently believe is the most enthusiastic and caring Program Director one could ever wish for. They have made the transition into residency as smooth as it possibly be and I'm excited to spend the next few years working alongside this team! 

Joseph Rodriguez DO

Ohio Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

I'm Joe Rodriguez. I went to Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, OH.  I received my bachelor's and master's degrees in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University.

I'm so excited to be in NYC to get amazing EM training. I have a strong interest in Ultrasound and Disaster Medicine. I was born and grew up in Cleveland, OH. I watch and play all sports, with football and baseball as my favorites (Go Tribe and Brownies)!  CrossFit has been my stress reliever and passion outside of medicine, competing in team competitions along with getting training certificates to coach it as well.

 
ALUMNI

MetHarlem’s alumni span across the country and the world. They have gone on to do fellowships in wilderness medicine, EMS, ultrasound, toxicology and critical care as well as many more while others pursue administrative or academic positions right out of residency often at prestigious coveted academic institutions.

 

Other alumni have taken the community medicine route and work in local communities all around the country including high paying jobs and some have even chosen exciting international careers around the world. Quite a few even stay on per-diem or come on as full time faculty! We have a long history of residents getting their top career choices upon graduation.