Meet Our Current Residents

Class: PGY 4 | PGY 3 | PGY 2 | PGY 1

 

PGY 4

Leslie Andriani
Hometown: Greenwich, CT
Undergraduate School: Duke University
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Areas of Interest (OBGYN): Everything! Trying to decide what I want to be "when I grow up"! 
Hobbies: Running, yoga, puppy instagrams
Why I Chose NYU: NYU felt like home immediately on my interview day and that feeling has only gotten stronger since starting residency here. We are passionate about our patients and have a healthy atmosphere that encourages compassionate, evidence based, high quality care to ALL patients.  If I had to go through match again - I would choose NYU over and over again!

Kayla Cagle-Colon
Hometown: Locust Grove, Oklahoma
Undergraduate School: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Medical School: University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Areas of Interest: Indigenous Women’s Health, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology 
Hobbies: Spending time with my family (Josh (husband), Payton (cat), Maui (chocolate labrador), and Lilo (yellow labrador); Watching movies, musicals, plays, and sporting events; Gardening; Fishing; and Skeet Shooting
Why I Chose NYU: My faculty meetings during the interview provided great inspiration and made me confident that I would find a “family,” when I would be far away from mine.

Sarah Druckenmiller
Hometown: New York, New York
Undergraduate School: Columbia University 
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine 
Areas of Interest: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Hobbies: Cats, Board Games, Waterskiing 
Why I Chose NYU: brilliant and inspiring mentors, supportive community and strong sense of family, diverse patient population, located in my favorite city in the world 

Derwin Gray
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Undergraduate School: Morehouse College
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Areas of Interest (OBGYN): Minimally invasive GYN surgery, labor
Hobbies: Photography, music, movies, travel
Why I Chose NYU: I was particularly drawn to NYU because of the rigor of the residency curriculum and incredible warmth of the faculty and residents. The emphasis on hands-on experience and education as an active process makes NYU an incredible place to train

Xin Guan
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Areas of Interest: Public health, physician wellness, health policy 
Hobbies: Cooking, travel, movies, hanging out with friends
Why I Chose NYU:  NYU offers an incredibly well-rounded program. Residents can confidently pursue any direction after training whether it be general OBGYN, fellowship, academic medicine or private practice. 

Julia Kearney
Hometown:  Houston, Texas and Old Lyme, Connecticut
Undergraduate School: Princeton University
Medical School: Columbia University
Areas of Interest (OBGYN): Infertility, Maternal fetal medicine, operative deliveries
Hobbies: Yoga, hiking, running, reading bad mystery novels 
Why I Chose NYU: I fell in love with NYU and the people here on my interview day. I felt like it was the perfect mix of academic medicine combined with a great community of very kind people who looked out for each other. 

Erika Ryan
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO / Boston, MA
Undergraduate School: NYU
Medical School: Columbia University 
Areas of Interest (OBGYN): Minimally invasive gynecological surgery, General ob/gyn
Hobbies: 
Why I Chose NYU: The residents seemed to be centered, well-supported, well-trained, and - most importantly - happy! 

Gabrielle Sandler
Hometown: Potomac, Maryland 
Undergraduate School: Emory University 
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine 
Areas of Interest (OBGYN): oncology; minimally invasive surgery
Hobbies: travel; historical fiction novels; quality time with family and friends 
Why I Chose NYU: NYU provides immense academic, research, and clinical opportunities; but even more than that, NYU is a genuine community deeply rooted in camaraderie and support. 

Rashmi Singh
Hometown: Strongsville, OH
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Medical School: Ohio State University
Areas of Interest: family planning, primary care
Hobbies: traveling, Spanish language, music and concerts, cooking and baking
Why I Chose NYU: I wanted to treat a diverse patient population and love everything that NYC city has to offer! 

Yasaman Yaghoubian
Hometown: LA, California 
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: NYU SoM
Areas of Interest (OBGYN): MFM, MIS
Hobbies: Playing violin, hiking, languages
Why I Chose NYU: As a medical student, I had the opportunity to interact with NYU personnel and loved the teaching environment. I was impressed by the enthusiasm of faculty to teach and the many resources and opportunities for learning. This is especially true regarding ultrasound and imaging, which I believe is a strength of our program. 

PGY 3

Emma Gilmore
Hometown: Cambridge, MA
Undergraduate School: New York University (Gallatin)
Medical School: Columbia P&S
Areas of Interest (OBGYN): healthcare disparities, adolescents, family planning, general ob/gyn
Hobbies: Cooking, eating, traveling, reading, speaking Italian, cultivating my beloved houseplants 
Why I Chose NYU: It was clearly a program that produced well-trained, confident, thoughtful physicians who cared for some of NYC's sickest, neediest patients. And I thought (and can now confirm) that Bellevue is an incredibly special place to work - the history, the staff, the academic structure, and the unforgettable patients. There's no better place to become an ob/gyn.

Alejandro Gomez-Viso
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Undergraduate School: University of Miami
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine
Areas of Interest: GYN ONC or MIGS 
Hobbies: I love eating, hanging out with people, and traveling whenever possible! NYC has been a great place to stay because it has allowed me to do all the things I love while getting superb medical training. 
Why I Chose NYU: Staying was an easy decision for me to make because I knew the system, the program, the people, and the culture; I knew I would fit without any issues. I love my NYU family and truly believe we are privileged for getting such an outstanding training and for working with such an amazing patient population. 

Carly Hirschberg
Hometown: Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
Undergraduate School: Emory University
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Areas of Interest (OBGYN): Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 
Hobbies: Travel, Running, Spending time with family 
Why I Chose NYU: The commitment to quality humanistic care, ongoing education, and cutting edge research, coupled with the warm, energizing, and challenging environment drew me to NYU.

Sarah Lee
Hometown:  Seattle, WA
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine
Areas of Interest: Quality and safety, education
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, yoga, trying new restaurants, NYTimes crossword puzzles
Why I Chose NYU: My Bellevue patients and my incredibly supportive co-residents
 

Jasmine Lin
Hometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Undergraduate School: Cornell University Medical School: NYU Areas of Interest (OBGYN): keeping an open mind!
Hobbies: painting, skiing, traveling
Why I Chose NYU: I wanted to be trained at a program that prepares residents well for both fellowships and generalist practice. As an NYU graduate, I saw firsthand the culture of teamwork and support among the residents and knew I wanted to be part of the family. I also love having the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population across multiple different hospital settings.

Rebecca Mahn
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin
Medical School: Albert Einstein
Areas of Interest: population health, health disparities, global health
Hobbies: bicycling, NYC beaches, distance running, ice cream, cheese, book club, movie theaters, the Packers, cooking + eating with friends
Why I Chose NYU: NYU offered the greatest diversity of experience as a resident: Bellevue, Tisch and Brookyln are each incredible hospitals in different ways. I also chose it for the residents and faculty, who are radically committed to Women's Health in all its forms. 

Jessica Meyer
Hometown: Morrisville, PA
Undergraduate School: Penn State University
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine
Areas of Interest: MFM, REI, Quality Improvement Hobbies:  exercise, dance, painting, cooking, organizing everything
Why I Chose NYU: There's no city like New York, and there's no hospital like Bellevue!
 

Mona Saleh
Hometown: Hamilton, New Jersey 
Undergraduate School: Rutgers
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine 
Areas of Interest (OBGYN): Gynecological cancers, female genital mutilation, access and barriers to care
Hobbies: reading early 20th century American fiction, movies, watching “The Office” over and over again, spending time with my family, playing trivia 
Why I Chose NYU: I chose NYU because the residents are wonderful and do an excellent job teaching and advocating for all members of the team. We are a community and care about each other, and this makes it a safe environment to learn. We work hard, and we learn excellently as a result. 

Jenna Silverstein
Hometown: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Undergraduate School: The University of Western Ontario
Medical School: St. George's University
Areas of Interest: everything so far!
Hobbies: ukulele, photography, painting, reading, movies
Why I Chose NYU:  The diversity in working across multiple hospital settings, as well as the strong academic setting full of research opportunities. 

Tyler Woodard
Hometown: Zebulon, NC
Undergraduate School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: University of Tennessee
Areas of Interest (OBGYN): Something surgical: undecided.
Hobbies: match-making, singing, laughing loudly, traveling, game nights.
Why I Chose NYU: This residency is truly 3-in-1. The experience I get here, I could only find partly in other programs. Tisch, Bellevue, and NYU Brooklyn are very different. I am able to learn and practice medicine in private, pubilc, and community based hospitals. The breadth and depth of learning obtained  through the combined experiences at the three hospitals is hard to find in other programs. I also felt that after graduating the residency program I would be fully capable and competent at doctoring--meeting the social, emotional, and physical needs of my patients. Given our diverse patient demographic, I truly believe that when I graduate, you will be able to drop me anywhere in the US and I will be equipped to care for the patients.

PGY 2

Surbhi Agrawal
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: Everything!
Hobbies: Dancing, running, eating tiramisu and cheese, wine and cheese gatherings
Why I chose NYU: I love the comradery of the program! The residents are incredibly well-rounded and ecstatic to be part of the NYU family! Also, the opportunity to see all that Ob/Gyn has to offer in three incredibly different hospitals is a unique experience.

Mara Black
Hometown: Sudbury, MA
Undergraduate School: NYU
Medical School: NYU
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: MFM, REI, genetics, medical ethics, public policy, medical education
Hobbies: Running, theater (former theater kid now just in the audience), hiking, museums, travel, dabbling in cheese making
Why I chose NYU: NYU offers unparalleled diversity of training in terms of patient population, specialty exposure, and institutional framework. Plus I couldn’t ask for better people to work with and learn from!

Hilary Friedlander
Hometown: Larchmont, NY
Undergraduate School: Emory University
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Education
Hobbies: trying new cuisines, crossword puzzles, anything cheese related, baking, traveling, obsessing over my dog
Why I chose NYU: After spending 4 weeks at NYU as a visiting sub-intern I knew that I had to go here. I was so impressed by everyone I met and felt an instant sense of support, connection, and encouragement amongst the residents (I can now fully attest that that truly is the case!). In addition to finding the right "fit," when it came to choosing a residency program I was committed to selecting an institution that would provide me with the widest exposure: exposure to different patient populations, exposure to different styles of practicing, and comprehensive exposure to the breadth of the specialty. NYU meets, and exceeds, all of those criteria. It is a truly heterogenous institution with boundless opportunities for learning and service across all dimensions.

Sasha Hernandez
Hometown: Medellin, Colombia & Coral Springs, Florida
Undergraduate School: Columbia
Medical School: Cornell
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: Global Health
Why I chose NYU: I’ve always been drawn to the long standing history between Bellevue Hospital and New York City and the patient population that it serves. The ability to be able to train at one of the oldest hospital in America (some argue it is the oldest) is unparalleled. And if that wasn’t enough the people at NYU are amazing (don’t have enough superlatives to emphasize this!), they are beyond invested in my education as a resident, and training in an environment that produces leaders in our field.

Gillian Horwitz
Hometown: Pleasantville, New York
Undergraduate School: Brown University
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: I love everything, and I’m undecided! Interests so far include family planning, general ob/gyn, and medical education.
Hobbies: Hiking, yoga, spin, traveling, baking, cheese-consumption, trying new restaurants
Why I Chose NYU: I loved the people I met on interview day, and I immediately knew it was where I wanted to be for residency! From diverse clinical opportunities across Tisch, Bellevue and Brooklyn, to the huge amount of support I feel across residents and faculty, to unbeatable specialist and generalist training, to the commitment to family planning – what more could I want.

Amelia Kelly
Hometown: Denver, CO
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan
Medical School: Cornell
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: Family planning, REI, generalist practice, medical education
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, traveling, eating, spending time with family and friends.
Why I chose NYU: The people in this program are amazing! I love the supportive culture. I also am excited to work in a public, private, and community center. The diversity of patients and experiences makes NYU stand out as a top place to train.

Fabiana Kreines
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate School: Amherst College
Medical School: Weill Cornell
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: REI/Queer family building, surgical fields, family planning
Hobbies: Running, reading, drawing, walking very long distances around NYC
Why I chose NYU: 1) three very different hospitals mean that residents learn medicine in three very different environments 2) training at NYU is very strong in every area of obgyn 3) most importantly, the program very much supports residents, and the departmental environment is incredibly positive.

Andrew Sackrison
Hometown: Allen, TX
Undergraduate School: The University of Tulsa
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: Not totally decided yet, but mostly the surgical sub-specialties and international medicine
Hobbies: Distance running and biking when my time allows, reading, traveling, and cooking
Why I Chose NYU: Many many reasons, but first and foremost being how welcoming everyone was, along with the breadth of patients we get to see with the three hospitals. It really had everything I was looking for in residency.

Elizabeth Tubridy
Hometown: Riverside, CT
Undergraduate School: Georgetown University
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: GYN Surgery, Medical Education, Advocating for reproductive rights
Hobbies: Anything to do with food! Running, reading a good book, and spending downtime with friends and family.
Why I chose NYU: The people and the diversity of clinical experience. Upon meeting the residents and faculty, I felt both admiration for their clinical and surgical skill and a sense of personal belonging. Also, the combination of Bellevue, Tisch, and NYU Brooklyn allows us to experience different patient populations, levels of acuity, and types of practice.

Emily Weidenbaum
Hometown: Rockland County, NY
Undergraduate School: NYU
Medical School: Columbia
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: MFM, REI, Pediatric/adolescent
Hobbies: spending time with my husband, Drew; traveling near and far; seeing theatre and art around NYC; yoga/pilates/cycling; cooking and perfecting new dishes, flower arranging; taking long walks in beautiful places
Why I chose NYU: of course NYU has great fellowship opportunities, amazing OBGYN Generalist role models, and there is no place else with such an incredible dichotomy like Bellevue and Tisch... but it all came down to a feeling. A feeling that at NYU, I would be challenged, nurtured, and inspired all at the same time!

PGY 1

Emily Auran
Hometown: New York, NY
Undergraduate School: Middlebury College
Medical School: Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: Undecided, but I love everything so far! Interested in gyn surgery, MFM, REI, advocacy, and medical education.
Hobbies: Cycling, yoga, and running; traveling (especially to Italy), cooking and making pizza, crossword puzzles, and spending time with friends and family in NYC
Why I Chose NYU: Between Tisch, Bellevue, and NYU Brooklyn, NYU has everything that OB/GYN has to offer, in terms of diverse patient populations and an extraordinary range of educational experiences. I knew NYU was a perfect fit after my interview day when I met the wonderful, well-rounded, and enthusiatic residents and supportive and committed faculty.

Francesca Barrett
Hometown: New York, NY
Undergraduate School: Williams College
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: General practice, REI, gyn surgery, healthcare delivery & system improvement
Hobbies: hiking, cooking, dancing, eating cheese and chocolate
Why I Chose NYU: NYU is clearly a special place! The residents are close-knit, energetic, passionate, and genuinely happy. The program offers comprehensive clinical training, diverse patient experiences, and optionality with regards to general practice or specialty care. But most importantly, the culture at NYU is warm and supportive!

Danial Ceasar
Hometown: Compton, CA
Undergrad: Claremont McKenna College
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: Oncology, MIS, Urogynecology, Family Planning, Health Disparities, Advocacy
Hobbies: I LOVE to Dance & watch movies. Though, currently I spend more time singing, exercising, eating, cooking and baking when I can!
Why I chose NYU: SO MANY Reasons! First and foremost, the culture of this program struck me as welcoming and supportive from the moment I stepped in the door. The people here truly love doing what they do and investing in residents to become the best stewards of Women's Health. I also wanted to be at a program that saw a diverse patient population with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, disability, etc. and worked to give each group equitable care. With the combination of the three hospitals I get exactly that and will leave this program equipped to see patients who come from many different places, presenting with a myriad of physical and social ails, and I'll be able to see them in a variety of settings.

Amalia Kotlyar
Hometown: Mamaroneck NY
Undergraduate School: University of Chicago
Medical School: UCSF
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: reproductive justice (from sex ed to abortions to parental leave), fertility, motherhood, menopause, quality of life issues, medical education
Hobbies: spending time with my kids and husband, the great outdoors, trashy novels, puzzles of all sorts
Why I Chose NYU: I wanted to be in NY after many years in California, and I’d had my eye on Bellevue since medical school interviews. NYU offers the diversity of three different and amazing hospitals, a program that cares about balance and wellness, and co-residents that share my values and are a pleasure to be around.

Meralis Lantigua Martinez
Hometown: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Columbia
Areas of interest in Ob/Gyn: MFM, general Ob/Gyn, advocacy, medical education
Hobbies: traveling, enjoying new restaurants, spending time with my family and partner.
Why I chose NYU: After my interview day, it was apparent to me that at NYU I would get excellent, well-rounded training that would prepare me well for any career path I wanted to embark on while also being surrounded by a fantastic group of residents and caring program leadership.

Anthony Melendez Torres
Hometown: Cidra, Puerto Rico
Undergraduate School: Penn State University
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: MFM, maternal safety, quality improvement, medical education
Hobbies: singing, walking around NYC parks, going to plays and broadway musicals, watching Netflix/Hulu/HBO shows, cooking Puerto Rican food!
Why I Chose NYU: NYU offers the best of three worlds!! Getting widespread exposure to three different patient populations is of great value for my training. Also getting to practice at Bellevue hospital is truly a privilege. Finally, what also makes NYU an amazing place is the people you get to work with. Passionate, highly accomplished, and inspiring individuals who push you to be your best self every single day! Could not ask for anything better!

Robert Mora
Hometown: Whittier, California
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: REI/Family building, general obstetrics, Family Planning
Hobbies: Ordering in and binge watching Netflix with friends, showing off Harry Potter knowledge, beating you at Super Smash Brothers, petting puppies in the park
Why I Chose NYU: Definitely the people. Residency would be hard enough without being surrounded by supportive, amazing, talented, caring and truly wonderful people. The second I arrived at NYU, I knew I would be amongst those who would not only help me to survive, but thrive. I couldn't be happier to have joined such a loving and supportive family!

Carlos Parra
Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergraduate School: Florida International University
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: Pretty much everything from minimally invasive surgery to oncology to high-risk obstetrics to endocrinology & infertility to reproductive health access
Hobbies: Dancing, exercising, rollerblading, trying different cuisines, exploring new places, spending time with family and friends
Why I Chose NYU: NYU OBGYN offers a truly extraordinary training experience in one of the most dynamic cities in the world... 1) The people are incredibly inspiring and share a similar passion to serve patients from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. 2) The opportunity to learn from generalists and subspecialists who are leaders in the field and will challenge you to explore your interests while guiding you to become the kind of OBGYN you wish to be. 3) One-of-a-kind surgical and clinical exposure at Bellevue, Tisch, and Brooklyn which will prepare you to practice in any setting.

Allison Perelman
Hometown: New York, NY
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: MFM, REI, Peds/Adolescent, Medical Education. Not exactly sure yet...we'll see!
Hobbies: hanging out with friends/family, running, reading, crossword puzzles, baking, travel, trying new restaurants in the city!
Why I Chose NYU: I fell in love with the OB/GYN department during my clerkship year and this feeling only grew stronger over the course of the residency application season. I loved that NYU provided such a well-rounded training program between the 3 hospitals, and I knew I wanted to be able to continue to learn from my patients and teachers, especially at Bellevue! The community at NYU is warm, supportive, academic, and service-driven - simply put, these were my people!

Marcela Toro Bejarano
Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Undergraduate School: Barry University
Medical School: Weill Cornell
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: Still undecided!
Hobbies: Dancing, eating delicious food and desserts, traveling and spending time with my loved ones :)
Why I Chose NYU: I was impressed by the knowledge, dedication and most of all the kindness NYU residents showed to their patients, co-residents and medical students. I also valued that I would be serving one of the most vulnerable populations in NYC when working at Bellevue. I am convinced that training at NYU with such amazing physicians, will give me all the necessary skills and opportunities to do anything I decide for my future as an OBGYN doctor.