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Emergency Medicine Residency Leadership

NYU Langone’s Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services is staffed at all hours by more than 150 full-time faculty attending physicians, all of whom have appointments in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine.

Our faculty members are all board-certified in emergency medicine and trained in the best residency programs in the nation, including many who trained here at NYU Langone. They are accomplished clinicians and educators dedicated to promoting resident education and the best possible patient care.

Message from the Program Director

Welcome to NYU Grossman School of Medicine! The Emergency Medicine Residency has been the heart and soul of our department for 30 years and counting. During 4 years of training across 6 complementary clinical learning environments, our 72 emergency medicine residents collaborate and learn from more than 150 diverse and accomplished faculty. Together we have the privilege to care for more than 500,000 patients per year in the largest, most diverse city in the country. NYU Langone by the numbers alone is impressive, but NYU Langone in practice is so much more. Our department is large and growing, but we are united by a common vision: the belief that outstanding clinical care, rigorous scholarship, committed advocacy, and imaginative innovation for the future of emergency medicine go hand in hand.

Emergency medicine is practiced in a wide variety of clinical settings, and the field continues to grow with advancements in observation medicine, telehealth, and the myriad subspecialty fellowships available to residency graduates. Our department leads the field in many of these advancements, and our residents are often at the forefront of research and innovation. From day one of residency, we strive first and foremost to build a solid clinical foundation and ensure that every resident graduates with the skills and experience needed to be successful wherever they go on to practice or find their niche. Our core sites Ronald O. Perelman Emergency Center, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, are the foundation of resident training. Residents gain diverse supplemental experience at our freestanding emergency department at NYU Langone Health—Cobble Hill, as well as our dedicated orthopedic emergency department at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital.

At the Ronald O. Perelman Emergency Center, residents gain experience in a premier and world-renowned academic medical center, with high patient acuity, advanced tertiary care, and a dedicated pediatric emergency department staffed by pediatric emergency medicine faculty. At Bellevue, residents work and learn at the nation’s legendary and oldest public hospital, which also happens to be a Level 1 Trauma Center with a pediatric emergency medicine–staffed pediatric emergency department, high-level tertiary care, and a diverse patient population ranging from Rikers Island inmates to United Nations diplomats. Just across the East River, our residents train in the high-volume, high-acuity NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, our second Level 1 Trauma Center experience, with aspects of a community emergency department experience and a dedicated team of Brooklyn-based faculty and nurses. In developing and improving clinical rotations year after year, our department is fortunate to draw upon our numerous diverse sites and their respective unique advantages to give our residents the best possible learning experience.

To complement and augment the clinical experience, our education team curates an innovative, evidence-based, and comprehensive weekly didactic experience, featuring world-class educators, integrated simulation medicine (both lab and in situ), and training level–based monthly Multimodal Day, where residents rotate by class through procedure skills stations, small group discussions, and a variety of other learning exercises. The cornerstone of our didactic training is the daily protected hour for the Lewin Morning Report, a collaborative case-based learning experience wherein senior residents, under faculty mentorship, develop the valuable skill of teaching to a group of multilevel learners. Residents also receive didactic learning at weekly pediatric emergency medicine conference, toxicology consultants conference, ultrasound quality improvement, and more.

At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, we aim to mold the next generation of leaders in emergency medicine. The four-year format allows us to invest fully in the comprehensive education and professional development of every single resident who graduates from our program. With focused, well-defined, graduated responsibility, our senior residents capably lead the emergency department team as they continue to receive advanced mentorship in their subspecialty or niche, develop scholarly projects, and learn advanced leadership skills that allow them to truly soar when they leave the nest. We strive to provide enough structure and support to promote growth, and enough freedom (and elective time!) to allow for professional self-exploration.

In a department that has weathered community crises and cultural inflection points ranging from 9/11 to Ebola, from Hurricane Sandy to COVID-19 and beyond, graduates of our residency are truly the most resilient, well-rounded, clinically astute, compassionate, and capable leaders emergency medicine has to offer. We not only recognize, but embrace the fact that our care extends far beyond the borders of our emergency department. Just as research in the department is focused on social determinants of health and solving complex problems such as homelessness, alcoholism, and addiction, so are our residents trained to partner with and serve their community in ways large and small. From our Prevention and Education Partnership (PEP) interventions with at-risk high school students to our mentorship program Project Healthcare, we strongly believe that emergency medicine is more than acute treatment and stabilization. Emergency medicine at its finest is a true partnership with our community—a shared commitment to strive for health justice and to improve our patients’ wellbeing in every way.

The Emergency Medicine Residency will undoubtedly train you to be an exceptional emergency physician. You will save lives, and you will change many more, including your own. You will push yourself to become the best version of yourself, you will realize your potential, and you will do it among friends. Together, we will learn, we will grow, we will innovate and transform, and above all we will embody the spirit of emergency medicine: to provide the best care for anyone, anywhere, anytime. As Atul Gawande says, “Better is possible. It does not take genius. It takes diligence. It takes ingenuity. And above all, it takes a willingness to try.”

Jeffrey A. Manko, MD
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency

Our Leadership

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Robert J. Femia, MD, MBA

Chair and Associate Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Femia received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Connecticut, his MBA from Indiana-Wesleyan University, and completed his emergency medicine residency at Michigan State University in 1991. Dr. Femia has held numerous leadership positions within emergency medicine. He has led teams that have designed and implemented numerous innovative programs that have strengthened operations, patient care and safety, outcome metrics, financial performance, and external relationships. His areas of interest include administrative leadership, new process design and implementation, cross-departmental problem solving, and mentoring future leaders. Dr. Femia is married and has three children and enjoys coaching youth athletics.

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Selin T. Sagalowsky, MD

Vice Chair for Education, Scholarship, and Academic Development
Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Sagalowsky joined NYU Grossman School of Medicine faculty in 2019 as director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship before becoming vice chair for education, scholarship, and faculty development for the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine in March 2022. She has held national and regional leadership roles in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Subspecialty Milestones 2.0 and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency Pilot Programs and is a recipient of the AAMC’s Medical Education Research Certificate. Dr. Sagalowsky has published and lectured in domains of interest including simulation-based and patient-centered education, learner assessment, physician wellness, and burnout prevention. Previously, she was director of Pediatric Emergency Medical Student Education at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is a graduate and former chief resident of the Boston Combined Residency Program. She holds an MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an MPH from Harvard University, focused on health education program measure and evaluation. Outside of medicine, Dr. Sagalowsky enjoys spending a lazy Sunday with her family, skiing, poetry, and tennis.

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Jeffrey A. Manko, MD

Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
Clinical Associate Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

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Sharland Johnson, MD

Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
Clinical Instructor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Johnson is the assistant program director of the Emergency Medicine Residency. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University and completed her residency at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine/Kings County Hospital Center where she served as chief resident. Her academic interests include disaster management and bedside clinical teaching as well as recruitment and mentorship.

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Joseph Offenbacher, MD

Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
Clinical Instructor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Offenbacher graduated from Yeshiva College with a degree in history concentrating in comparative Near Eastern history. Following graduation, he served as a fellow in university and community development in the Office of the President of Yeshiva University. He continued his education as a postbaccalaureate, pre-med student at NYU and received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine/Kings County Hospital Center. This is where he developed a passion for emergency medicine and both graduate and undergraduate medical education. Dr. Offenbacher completed his emergency medicine residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Jacobi/Montefiore, where he served as the resident representative to CORD, the resident director of undergraduate medical education. During his fourth year of residency, he was selected as an ALLNYCEM medical education fellow. In addition, he was a participant, and later a faculty member, of the Harvard Macy Institute: Program for Post-Graduate Trainees—Future Academic Clinician Educators. His academic interests include bedside, simulation, and didactic teaching, as well as research with a focus on the development of clinical decision-making. He currently serves as a senior reviewer for Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Sean Schnarr, MD

Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
Clinical Instructor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Schnarr has served as assistant program director of the Emergency Medicine Residency since April 2022. His academic interests include bedside teaching and FOAMed applications, as well as health disparities and social emergency medicine. He completed his residency training at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His interests include computer science and hardware, track and field, basketball, electric guitar. Fun fact: He was his high school national champion in the 60-meter hurdles.

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Anneli Von Reinhart, MD

Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
Clinical Associate Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. von Reinhart earned her undergraduate degree in English at Stanford University, and her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she was nominated to join the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She completed her residency at Yale-New Haven hospital, where she served as a chief resident. She subsequently completed a fellowship in medical education at UCSF Fresno, and spent five years on faculty there, serving as the medical student clerkship director and as an assistant program director for the residency. Dr. von Reinhart is passionate about medical education, compassionate clinical care, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine. She has two children and enjoys music, reading, napping, justifying watching trash TV by calling it anthropological studies, and exploring New York City.