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Rheumatology Fellowship Current & Past Rheumatology Fellows

Current & Past Rheumatology Fellows

In NYU Langone’s Division of Rheumatology, we recruit the most promising talent from around the nation and world to our fellowship program. Our fellows have received the American College of Rheumatology’s Distinguished Fellow Award 8 times in the past 10 years, which is among the highest rates of any rheumatology training program in the country.

Rheumatology Fellows Class of 2022

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Brittany Banbury, MBBS

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Dr. Banbury spent many years of her childhood in the United States and majored in kinesiology at Occidental College in Los Angeles before returning home for medical school at the University of the West Indies. She remained in Jamaica to complete an internship in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University Hospital of the West Indies, where she spent time managing patients with traumatic spinal cord injury, chronic back pain, and cerebral palsy. Dr. Banbury completed her internal medicine residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC, where she was a chief resident in charge of morbidity and mortality conferences and quality improvement.

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Ghadeer Hasan, MD, MPH

Dr. Hasan grew up in New Jersey and attended Rutgers University where she majored in Middle Eastern studies and public health. She completed a master’s degree in public health at NYU, with a concentration on community and international health, to gain a better understanding of population health and learn practical skills in research, epidemiology, and biostatistics. While enrolled at NYU, she interned at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in Amman, Jordan, working on a study to evaluate a community health program at a clinic serving the refugee population. Dr. Hasan returned to New Jersey to attend medical school at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she remained to complete her residency before joining our fellowship.

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Gary Ho, MD

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Dr. Ho graduated summa cum laude with a major in biological sciences from Binghamton University, State University of New York. He attended medical school at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Long Island, followed by a residency in internal medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. While at Tufts, Dr. Ho performed ultrasound research with Steven C. Vlad, MD, PhD, studying synovitis in hand osteoarthritis and calcium pyrophosphate deposition, establishing an interest in crystal diseases. Before entering our fellowship, Dr. Ho spent a year honing his medicine skills as a hospitalist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Sara Stream, MD, Chief Fellow

Dr. Stream is originally from Long Island. She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, where she majored in neuroscience and behavior. Following college, Sara spent a year working on neuroscience and epilepsy research, and then enrolled at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where she graduated with honors and remained for her internal medicine residency. During her residency she worked on ethics research, examining the demographic factors and treatment decisions associated with do not resuscitate and do not intubate code status. Upon completion of her residency, she worked for two years as a hospitalist at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare system where she performed clinical work and taught NYU Grossman School of Medicine medical students and residents. As a hospitalist, she continued her clinical ethics research, focusing on managing patients’ requests for liberalized movement during inpatient admissions.

Rheumatology Fellows Class of 2023

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Tasneem Ahmed, MD

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Tasneem grew up in Brooklyn, where she moved with her parents when she was 2 months old. After high school, she matriculated into the BS/MD Sophie Davis program at the City College of New York. There she earned the prestigious Sophie and Leonard Davis Medical School Scholarship, which helped fund her medical education. She graduated with summa cum laude honors and then moved to NYU School of Medicine for the last two years of her clinical education, where she fell in love with rheumatology and the division. Tasneem completed her residency at Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she participated in research studies in rheumatoid arthritis, diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, as well as quality improvement projects at the federally qualified health center where she practiced primary care medicine. She also worked with Ashira Blazer, MD, on a research project exploring the sequelae of ApoL1 on phenotypes in a Ghanian SLE population.

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Meghan Anderson, DO

Meghan graduated magna cum laude from St Mary’s College of Maryland, where she majored in biology. For her medical education Meghan made her way south to Nova Southeastern, where she was a classmate of class of 2023 fellow Kelly Corbitt. At medical school Meghan was inducted into the Psi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, received the Alvin Greber Cardiology Award, and graduated with highest honors among the top 3 percent of her class. While in medical school Meghan served as a team leader on medical mission trips to Jamaica, where she led the set-up of free clinics. She completed her residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where she received the Tosounian Award for contributions to house staff wellness. Meghan was selected to serve as chief resident, a role she is currently fulfilling, including playing a critical role in resident wellness and adjusting training to cope with COVID-19.

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Kelly Corbitt, DO

A native Floridian, Kelly attended the University of Florida at Gainesville where she majored in psychology and rode on the equestrian team. After college she spent two years with the Salvation Army as a Social Services Director, working with underserved and homeless families, writing grants, and managing data on the populations she served. Kelly then moved on to medical school at Nova Southeastern, where she participated in studies of lymphedema, tissue elasticity, and fibrosis, resulting in several publications. From medical school Kelly moved on to residency at the University of Miami, where she has conducted several retrospective studies of Sjogren’s syndrome; all told Kelly has 5 publications. Kelly was chosen as resident of the month and was later selected to serve as chief resident, a position she is currently fulfilling, including developing new electives for residents.

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Jammie Law, MD

A native New Yorker, Jammie grew up in Chinatown. She attended the Bronx High School of Science and, completed her undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University, where she studied biology and graduated magna cum laude. She completed medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, where she received the Wolmer Summer Research Fellowship, which she used to study the impact of soluble immune mediators on innate genital mucosal antimicrobial activity. Jammie stayed in the Bronx for residency, joining the program at Montefiore Medical Center and being selected as resident of the month. During residency Jammie participated in a prospective cohort study, published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, of organ dysfunction and disability after hospitalization among older adults. She has also worked with Anna Broder, MD to study non-ischemic cardiovascular complications in lupus, and with Shereen Mahmood to study interstitial lung disease in patients with inflammatory myositis (presented this year at ACR Convergence).

Research Fellows

The following physicians are continuing their rheumatology research training with our division.

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Rebecca Blank, MD, PhD, Class of 2021

Dr. Blank, a native New Yorker, attended the University of Pennsylvania majoring in biology and psychiatry and then moved west to the University of California, San Francisco, for PhD training in immunology. After postdoctoral training in the lab of Yasmine Belkaid, PhD, at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases studying regulatory T cells in gut lymphoid tissue), she spent time as a science and technology policy fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a scientific program manager for a Gates Foundation–funded global health project on malnutrition and diarrheal disease at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Blank attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed her residency at Cornell University.

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Rochelle Castillo, MD, Class of 2020

Dr. Castillo was born in rural Illinois and grew up in a bustling city in the Philippines. Before 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 Rheumatology Fellowship at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

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Ruth Fernandez Ruiz, MD, Class of 2020

Dr. Fernandez Ruiz, who is our chief fellow, grew up in a small town in Venezuela and moved to Caracas for medical school. After six years at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and a two-year internal medicine residency, she moved to the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, where she completed a second internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa before joining our program.

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Robert Freilich, MD, PhD, Class of 2021

Robert first studied electrical engineering, getting both a bachelor's and master’s degree in the field before changing his focus to medicine and medical research. He completed his MD/PhD in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at Boston University School of Medicine. His thesis research concerned the role of microRNA (miRNA) in fine-tuning the neuro-inflammatory response of microglia. In 2015 Rob joined NYU Langone’s Internal Medicine Residency in the Basic Science Fast Track program, where he completed his residency after two years. Rob was in our American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway fellowship track and completed the program in 2021. Rob is currently pursuing research looking at the role of macrophages in autoimmune-induced pulmonary fibrosis.

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Craig Smuda, MD, PhD, Class of 2020

Dr. Smuda grew up outside Detroit and attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate. An early research experience motivated him to apply to medical school and attend the medical science training program at Northwestern University, where his PhD work involved exploring mechanisms of allergic disease and granulocyte function. He completed his residency at Emory University before joining NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Rheumatology Fellowship.

Fellowship Alumni 2016–2021

Class of 2021

Rebecca Blank, MD, PhD
Robert Freilich, MD, PhD
Allison Guttmann, MD, Chief Fellow
Mayce Haj-Ali, MD
Ben Plotz, MD

Class of 2020

Rochelle Castillo, MD
Ruth Fernandez Ruiz, MD, Chief Fellow
Konstantin Brodetskiy, MD
Craig Smuda, MD, PhD

Class of 2019

Rebecca Haberman, MD, Chief Fellow
Justine Shum, MD
Anastasia Slobodnick, MD

Class of 2018

Benjamin Friedman, MD
Julie Nusbaum, MD
Michael Toprover, MD, Chief Fellow
Shudan Wang, MD

Class of 2017

Nicola Berman, MD, Chief Fellow
Vinicius Costa Diniz Domingues, MD
Julia Manasson, MD
Anna Zezon, MD

Class of 2016

Adey Berhanu, MD, Chief Fellow
Aaron Garza Romero, MD
Sabina Sandigursky, MD