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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents & Alumni

Meet the current residents in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation.

Chief Residents

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Forrest Brooks, MD

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Internship: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Areas of interest: palliative care, general inpatient rehabilitation, medical education, research
Hobbies: cooking, indoor plants, volleyball, museums, and musical theater
Why I chose NYU Langone: The culture at NYU Langone and Rusk is outstanding. I also wanted to continue my training in my favorite city.

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Emma Desjardins, DO

Hometown: Providence, RI
Medical school: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Berkshire Medical Center
Areas of interest: sports medicine, performing arts medicine, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation
Hobbies: playing with my two daughters, hiking, yoga, and the arts
Why I chose NYU Langone: I wanted the opportunity to train at a large institution with a great reputation in a vibrant city with diverse patients.

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Haruki Ishii, MD

Hometown: Tokushima, Japan
Medical school: Medical College of Georgia
Internship: Medical College of Georgia
Areas of interest: sports medicine and sports and spine rehabilitation
Hobbies: running, rugby, baseball, and traveling
Why I chose NYU Langone: I wanted to have New York experiences and be trained at a program with a great reputation and a variety of pathology.

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Michael Pico, MD

Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Internship: Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Areas of interest: sports and spine medicine and pain management
Hobbies: tennis, board games, and eating
Why I chose NYU Langone: I wanted to live in the city and be part of a program with great people, training, and research opportunities.

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Yingrong Zhu, MD

Hometown: Livingston, NJ
Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Internship: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Areas of interest: prosthetics
Hobbies: kendo, rock climbing, gastronomy, cosplay, and escape rooms
Why I chose NYU Langone: The program offers great culture, strength of training, plenty of opportunities.

Class of 2022

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James Healy, DO

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Medical school: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Mercy Catholic Medical Center
Areas of interest: general physiatry and spinal cord injury
Hobbies: skiing, snowboarding, cooking, gardening, and eating
Why I chose NYU Langone: I can get great training at a historic rehabilitation program with diverse inpatient and outpatient experiences, and work with amazing faculty and residents.

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Ethan Koch, MD

Hometown: New York, NY
Medical school: Howard University College of Medicine
Internship: Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Areas of interest: musculoskeletal and sports rehabilitation
Hobbies: writing, playing and recording music, working out daily, playing basketball, and swimming.
Why I chose NYU Langone: It all started here! I wanted to train at a program with a great reputation.

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Christopher Kyriakides, DO

Hometown: Tenafly, NJ
Medical school: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: CarePoint Health
Areas of interest: pain management and spine and sports medicine
Hobbies: fishing, grilling, skiing, golfing, basketball, baseball, tennis, boxing, carpooling, and eating
Why I chose NYU Langone: I was drawn in by the teamwork culture, hands-on teaching, resident autonomy, wide range of patient populations, ample resources, and reputation of excellence.

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Francis Lee, DO

Hometown: Upland, CA
Medical school: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Yale Waterbury Internal Medicine
Areas of interest: musculoskeletal rehabilitation, and sports and spine medicine
Hobbies: tennis, hiking, snowboarding, travelling, and exploring
Why I chose NYU Langone: The program offers diverse experiences with top-notch attendings and a focus on resident education.

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Milan Ristic, DO

Hometown: Novi Sad, Serbia
Medical school: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: St. Vincent Indianapolis
Areas of interest: interventional spine and sports
Hobbies: soccer, hockey, basketball, weight-lifting, and traveling
Why I chose NYU Langone: The city’s large and diverse population offers plenty of opportunities to see all different types of patients with various diagnoses.

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Brendan Skeehan, DO

Hometown: Millstone, NJ
Medical school: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Middletown, NY Campus
Internship: Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Areas of interest: sports and spine medicine
Hobbies: soccer, lacrosse, country-rap, board games, video games, hiking, snowboarding, movies, and food
Why I chose NYU Langone: The program offers a rich tradition and great education.

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William Tsai, MD

Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Internship: Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and West
Areas of interest: traumatic brain injury, general rehabilitation, and sports medicine
Hobbies: cooking, hiking, reading, and traveling
Why I chose NYU Langone: The program offers a collaborative environment and diverse patient population.

Class of 2023

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Vaibhav Batheja, DO

Hometown: Washington, DC
Medical school: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Ohio Riverside Methodist Hospital
Areas of interest: pain medicine, sports and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, and the intersection of technology and medicine
Hobbies: traveling, exercise, reading, going to breweries, and taking beach vacations
Why I chose NYU Langone: The program offers well-rounded training, innovative culture, and the experience of living in New York City.

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Christopher Bekampis, DO

Hometown: Ocean Township, NJ
Medical school: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Areas of interest: functional ultrasound and ultrasound-guided interventions, pediatric rehabilitation, and general rehabilitation
Hobbies: guitar, tennis, golf, snowboarding, swimming, taking spin class, movies, and television
Why I chose NYU Langone: I was drawn by its long-standing reputation of excellence, and its location in the heart of New York City, living among one of the most diverse populations in the country. It’s also located close to my home and support network.

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Arielle Berkowitz, DO

Hometown: Suffern, NY
Medical school: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Maimonides Medical Center
Areas of interest: traumatic brain injury and pediatric rehabilitation
Hobbies: hiking, taking fitness classes, swimming, doing yoga, biking, and singing
Why I chose NYU Langone: The hospital has an excellent reputation, the residents and attendings are great, and I get an outstanding education.

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Krupali Chokshi, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Medical school: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Internship: Mount Sinai West/Mount Sinai Morningside
Areas of interest: pain medicine, sports and spine medicine, acupuncture, education
Hobbies: traveling, exploring New York City, playing tennis, trying new restaurants, and walking my dog, Shanti
Why I chose NYU Langone: The program offers strong clinical training, a diverse patient population, supportive faculty, and numerous opportunities to excel professionally and personally—all in a vibrant and exciting city.

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Jacob Hattenbach, DO

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Medical school: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Kaweah Delta Medical Center
Areas of interest: spine and musculoskeletal medicine, sports medicine, ultrasound, and cancer rehabilitation
Hobbies: road cycling, golfing, watching University of Michigan athletics, traveling, and spending time with my dog, Clementine
Why I chose NYU Langone: I am impressed by the program’s faculty and residents. The program offers a high caliber of training in each subspecialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as exposure to a uniquely diverse patient population. And New York City is one of the most robust cities in the world.

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Eric Kessler, MD

Hometown: Melville, NY
Medical school: Tulane University School of Medicine
Internship: North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health
Areas of interest: sports medicine and pediatric rehabilitation
Hobbies: baseball, volleyball, snowboarding, and movies
Why I chose NYU Langone: It offers a historic program with endless opportunities and a supportive environment.

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Benjamin Klyachman, DO

Hometown: Hewlett, NY
Medical school: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: University of Central Florida
Areas of interest: pain medicine and interventional musculoskeletal rehabilitation
Hobbies: exercising, creating music, and growing plants
Why I chose NYU Langone: I wanted to learn at an amazing institution and live in one of the greatest cities in the world.

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Jing Lin, MD

Hometown: Flushing, NY
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Internship: North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health
Areas of interest: traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, general rehabilitation, acupuncture, and pain management
Hobbies: cooking, exploring restaurant, playing card and board games, and movies
Why I chose NYU Langone: The hospital is in one of the best areas in New York City with a diverse patient population. I can also explore various fields within rehabilitation, including acupuncture.

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Susan Liu, DO

Hometown: Ozone Park, NY
Medical school: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Lincoln Medical Center
Areas of interest: general rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation, and pain management
Hobbies: cooking, doing yoga, traveling, dancing, and horticulture.
Why I chose NYU Langone: I wanted to train in an environment rich in resources, opportunities, support, and diversity.

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Martin Pico, MD

Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
Medical school: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Internship: Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Areas of interest: sports, spine, and pain medicine
Hobbies: powerlifting, tennis, soccer, hiking, running, board games, and food
Why I chose NYU Langone: I have the opportunity to learn and work in a strong program with an extremely diverse population in an amazing city.

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Brian Sunwoo, DO

Hometown: Hazlet, NJ
Medical school: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Morristown Medical Center
Areas of interest: cancer rehabilitation, pain medicine, pediatrics, adaptive sport, and palliative care
Hobbies: rock climbing, volleyball, playing music, going to concerts, reading, and Reddit
Why I chose NYU Langone: It is a large program in one of the most diverse cities in the world with a tremendous number of social and professional opportunities.

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Christopher Yih, DO

Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Medical school: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: HonorHealth
Areas of interest: sports, pain medicine, and interventional spine and musculoskeletal rehabilitation
Hobbies: soccer, fly-fishing, fitness, discovering delicious and healthy foods, coffee, motorcycles, surfing, and biohacking
Why I chose NYU Langone: The name speaks for itself. This residency program is built on the foundations of excellent training, a wide breadth of pathologies, solid didactics, and an internal structure designed to maximize each resident’s experience and learning.

Class of 2024

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Dian Bueno Gonzalez, DO

Hometown: Montevideo, Uruguay, and Richmond, VA
Medical school: VCOM-VA
Internship: USF Morsani
Areas of interest: sports medicine, spine, interventional pain management.
Hobbies: traveling, soccer, hiking, live music, dancing.
Why I chose NYU Langone: Great residents and a strong reputation in the best city in the world. Also, the diverse patient population from different ethnicities and backgrounds.

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Christopher Doh, DO

Hometown: Tarrytown, NY
Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Seaton Hill
Internship: Flushing Hospital Medical Center, internal medicine prelim
Areas of interest: pain medicine, interventional sports and spine, musculoskeletal ultrasound
Hobbies: golf, Netflix, gym
Why I chose NYU Langone: Strong residency with high amounts of exposure to all types of rehab cases. Also, it’s New York City. Tons of opportunities to meet new people, eat world-class food, and broaden your horizon as a person. Really a place to become a better human being.

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Elizabeth Fierro, DO

Hometown: Northport, NY
Medical school: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: MacNeal Hospital
Areas of interest: sports medicine, women's sports medicine, injury prevention, pain management
Hobbies: running, skiing, learning how to golf, cooking
Why I chose NYU Langone: The program's well-rounded training opportunities, history, supportive faculty, and collaborative culture among residents.

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Leigh Graziano, DO

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Medical school: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: The University of South Florida, Blake Medical Center
Areas of interest: general rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury
Hobbies: mountain biking, road cycling, visiting museums, reading fiction and The New Yorker magazines, kayaking, hiking
Why I chose NYU Langone: The program offers outstanding training in general physiatry and brain injury medicine, comprehensive clinical rotations, and world-class academic resources. The optional acupuncture track is also a unique facet of the program that provides residents with the opportunity to learn a valuable clinical skill.

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Elijah How, DO

Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Medical school: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Medical City Weatherford
Areas of interest: sports medicine, general physiatry
Hobbies: running, basketball, listening to podcasts, museums, meditation
Why I chose NYU Langone: For the opportunity to treat a diverse patient population, to learn at a storied institution, and to experience New York City.

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Jason Kessler, MD

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Medical school: University of Michigan Medical School
Internship: Spectrum Health Transitional Year
Areas of interest: interventional pain, sports medicine
Hobbies: weightlifting, basketball, exploring NYC
Why I chose NYU Langone: I got great vibes from my interview. Faculty and residents were approachable, and I wanted to experience living in New York City. I knew that training at NYU Langone would be like playing on “hard” difficulty, but I welcome the challenge and will graduate here with tremendous proficiency and confidence.

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Zuhair Khan, DO

Hometown: Manhattan, NY
Medical school: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Staten Island University Hospital, Northwell Health
Areas of interest: sports, sports and spine
Hobbies: reading, cooking, hiking, playing football, and voluntarily suffering as a Mets fan
Why I chose NYU Langone: Training with a group of faculty with a range of expertise and depth of experience, treating patients from every background, and getting to live in 20 minutes from where I grew up.

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Siulam Koo, DO

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Medical school: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Mather Hospital, Northwell Health
Areas of interest: traumatic brain injury, general rehabilitation
Hobbies: badminton, swimming, hiking, video games
Why I chose NYU Langone: The program offers an incredibly diverse patient population and a wide range of educational opportunities that I am eager to explore. The food scene here is also unparalleled.

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Danni Lu, MD

Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY
Medical school: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Internship: NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island
Areas of interest: Sports Medicine, Pain, ultrasound
Hobbies: golf, cooking, sourdough bread making
Why I chose NYU Langone: You get to work with a diverse population with world-class training in one of the most culturally-rich cities in the world.

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Ariane Osterwald, DO

Hometown: Allentown, PA
Medical school: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Peconic Bay Medical Center of Northwell Health
Areas of interest: connective tissue diseases, prosthetics and orthotics, pediatrics
Hobbies: baking, cooking, gardening, orchids, sewing, knitting, crocheting, soccer
Why I chose NYU Langone: One of the best and oldest programs with an immense history in the field of rehabilitation medicine. Located within a wonderful city with immense resources to help care for patients. Faculty, staff, and colleagues are intelligent, hard-working, and dedicated to creating an atmosphere that benefits the patients and the entire care team.

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Jessica Rivetz, MD

Hometown: Dix Hills, NY
Medical school: Albany Medical College
Internship: NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island
Areas of interest: brain Injury, sports, acupuncture,
Hobbies: true crime, travel, cooking, music—I was a jazz vocalist in college before switching to acapella in medical school
Why I chose NYU Langone: New York City. Large program that allows for greatest diversity of thought and experience. Acupuncture track. Brain injury and sports fellowships. Birthplace of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Amazing culture among residents and attendings. Breadth and depth of training and exposure.

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Julia Tsinberg, MD

Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
Medical school: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Internship: St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital
Areas of interest: sports and spine medicine and pain management
Hobbies: traveling, spending time with family, going to museums, exploring the city, and watching old movies
Why I chose NYU Langone: Well-rounded training at a historic institution and living in one-of-a-kind New York City.

Recent Alumni

Our alumni have gone on to pursue fellowships, including Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)–accredited programs, in a variety of subspecialties and to secure positions in academic and private practice settings.

2021

Malaka Badri, DO: Pain Fellowship, Center for Advanced Pain Management and Rehabilitation

Zachary Belford, DO: ACGME-accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Andrew Duarte, MD: ACGME-accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship, USF Morsani College of Medicine

Richard Ellis, MD: academic practice, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

Jennifer Horng, MD: academic practice, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull

Jordan Hui, DO: Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic

Jaimie John, MD: Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Rosa Pasculli, MD, MBA: Sports Medicine Fellowship, Emory University

Emily Ryan-Michailidis, DO: practicing at National Health Rehabilitation

Fabienne Saint-Preux, MD: ACGME-accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship, University of Texas Health Sciences Center/MD Anderson Cancer Center

Anna Weingart, MD: practicing at Berkshire Health Systems

Perry Zelinger, MD: Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship, OSS Health

2020

Elizabeth Chan, MD: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship, the Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Luke Kane, DO: practicing privately at New York Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Rehabilitation

Jin Liu, MD: practicing privately at Progressive Care Medical Group

Samantha Mastanduno, DO: Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery

Raj Panchal, DO: practicing privately at One Oak Medical

Daniel Pastorius, DO: practicing at Marshfield Clinic

Yekaterina Plavnik, DO: Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

Kyle Seko, DO: ACGME-accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, Montefiore Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Jared Tannenbaum, MD: practicing privately at Progressive Care Medical Group

Amy Tenaglia, MD: Pediatric Rehabilitation Fellowship, Columbia University’s Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine in collaboration with Blythedale Children’s Hospital

Cory Ullger, DO: ACGME-accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship, USF Morsani College of Medicine

Emily Wang, MD: completing academic practice, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

2019

Margarita Cantir, MD: practicing privately at Yes Wellness

Yu Chiu, DO: ACGME-accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin

Qusai Dahodwala, DO: practicing privately at National Health Rehabilitation

Michael Flamm, DO: ACGME-accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship, University of Washington

Daniel Giangrasso, DO: Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship, Hudson Medical

Raphael Jaramillo, DO: Musculoskeletal Fellowship in Sports, Spine, and Occupational Rehabilitation, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Baruch Kim, DO: ACGME-accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Anna King, DO: Non-Operative Orthopedic Fellowship, Boston Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

Stacie Marzolf, DO: practicing privately at Aspen Medical Group

Jason Roth, DO: ACGME-accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

Ray Stanford, DO: Pediatric Rehabilitation Fellowship, Columbia University’s Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine in collaboration with Blythedale Children’s Hospital

Surein Theivakumar, DO, MA: Sports Medicine Fellowship, NYU Grossman School of Medicine