Meet Our Residents

Postgraduate Year Five (PGY-5)

Name: Amanda Hambrecht, MD

Hometown: New York, NY

Medical School: NYU School of Medicine

Name: Ashley Lamparello, MD

Hometown: Old Tappan, NJ

Medical School: NYU

Clinical Interests: Thoracic Surgery

Hobbies: tennis, skiing, Duke basketball

Fellowship Match: Thoracic Surgery – NYU Langone Health

Name: Brittany Nowak, MD

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Trauma/critical care

Hobbies: Snowboarding, dabbling in flying trapeze, trying to learn how to surf, horseback riding, rock climbing, ice skating (poorly), losing at trivia, walking other people’s dogs, spending time outside, finding new hobbies

Name: Charles Hong, MD

Hometown: Hong Kong

Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis

Clinical Interests: Pediatric Surgery

Hobbies: Food, cooking, documentaries, hiking, dogs

Fellowship Match: Pediatric Surgery – University of Pittsburgh

Name: Derek Freitas MD, MSPH

Hometown: Panama City, Florida

Medical School: NYU School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic surgery, surgical care access, global surgery

Hobbies: road cycling, hiking, video games

Fellowship Match: Thoracic Surgery – New York Presbyterian Cornell

Name: Gerardo Vitiello, MD

Hometown: Yonkers, NY

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Surgical Oncology, Cancer Immunology and Metabolism

Hobbies: Cooking, Fishing, Baseball

Fellowship Match: Complex General Surgical Oncology – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Name: Hunter Underwood, MD

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Endocrine Surgery

Hobbies: long-distance running, cycling, skiing, traveling

Fellowship Match: Endocrine Surgery – University of Michigan

Name: Jeffrey Jiang, MD

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Medical School: Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Fellowship Match: 4+3 Cardiac/Thoracic Pathway- NYU Langone Health

Name: Vivek Sant, MD

Hometown: Boston, MA

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Clinical interests: endocrine surgery, general surgery

Hobbies: exploring NYC, playing guitar, sailing

Fellowship Match: Endocrine Surgery – UCLA

Postgraduate Year Four (PGY-4)

Name: Ajaratu Keshinro, MD

Hometown: Ibadan, Nigeria

Medical School: NYU School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Colorectal surgery, healthcare disparity, diversity in medicine

Hobbies: Outdoor activities (running, biking, anything involving height), Broadway shows, food.

Name: Brian Diskin, MD

Medical School: NYU School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Surgical Oncology

Name: Duy T. Dao, MD, MPH

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Pediatric surgery

Hobbies: Tennis, hiking, travel

Name: Matthew Pergamo, MD

Hometown: Cold Spring, NY

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery

Hobbies: Salt water fishing, gardening, playing music (trumpet, ukulele)

Name: Neel Ranganath, MD

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic surgery, mechanical circulatory support, robotic cardiac surgery

Hobbies: Surfing, hiking

Name: Noor Shah, MD

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

Medical School: Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery, Critical Care

Hobbies: cooking, concerts, running

Name: Patricio Bernardo Lynn, MD

Hometown: General Villegas (Bs As), Argentina

Medical School: Facultad de Ciencias Biomedicas, Universidad Austral, Argentina

Clinical Interests: Colorectal Surgery, Surgical Education

Hobbies: Running, BBQ and soccer enthusiast

Name: Sarah Pivo, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Medical School: NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Clinical Interest: Bariatric surgery

Hobbies: Playing with her cat, yoga, color coding her closet

Postgraduate Year Three (PGY-3)

Name: Annie Wang, MD

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Medical School: NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Surgical oncology, healthcare disparities

Hobbies: Painting and cooking

Name: Daniel Horwitz, MD MBA

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Medical School: NYU School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Trauma & critical care, hospital administration & quality improvement

Hobbies: Cooking, running, Scuba diving

Name: Darien Paone, MD

Hometown: Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Medical School: NYU

Clinical Interests: cardiac surgery, critical care

Hobbies: running, baking

Name: Les James, MD

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Thoracic surgery, critical care, health disparities, surgical education

Hobbies: Running, freshly ironed sheets, following recipes exactly, the pursuit of the perfect haircut, whatever my dog tells me to do, watching movies I've already seen

Name: Michael Lui, MD

Hometown: New York, New York

Medical School: NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Endocrine Surgery, Medical Education

Hobbies: Running, Cooking, Beer brewing

Name: Shimon Jacobs, MD

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons

Clinical Interests: Pediatric Surgery

Hobbies: Playing with 2 babies, Peloton, international travel & cuisine, motorcycles

Name: Simeng Wang, MD

Hometown: Hubei, China

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh

Clinical Interests: Thoracic surgery, critical care medicine, outcomes research

Hobbies: Museums, cinema, languages, cooking, tennis

Postgraduate Year Two (PGY-2)

Name: Anthony Sorrentino, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Medical School: SUNY Downstate

Clinical Interest: Surgical oncology, hepatobiliary surgery

Hobbies: Marvel movies and Scrubs, fancy socks, facial hair sculpting

Name: Katie Prendergast

Hometown: Mahwah, NJ

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: surgical oncology, transplant

Hobbies: Running, cooking, creative writing, musical theater

Name: Ido Haimi, MD

Hometown: Jerusalem, Israel

Medical School: Yale School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Hobbies: Running, Photography, Travelling

Name: Jacqueline Kim, MD

Hometown: Apple Valley, Minnesota

Medical School: NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Colorectal surgery, surgical oncology

Hobbies: Playing with her dog Onyx, running marathons, hiking

Name: Joav Birjiniuk, MD, PhD

Hometown: Boston, MA

Medical School: Emory University/Georgia Institute of Technology

Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic surgery, critical care, vascular surgery, device design

Hobbies: music, art, fitness, design

Name: Miguel Liria, MD

Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Medical School: Universidad Iberoamericana Unibe
Clinical Interests: Trauma critical care

Hobbies: Camping, Hiking, Outdoors.

Name: Molly Ratner, MD

Hometown: Manhattan, New York

Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: global surgery and human rights

Hobbies: Running, playing soccer, baking for other people's birthdays

Name: Simon Rodier, MD, MPhil

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Medical School: NYU School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Quality improvement, medical education

Hobbies: Running/fitness, Catan, cooking, shaving my head, fulfilling Canadian stereotypes

Name: Tahir Mustafa, MD

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Medical school: Jinnah Medical and Dental College
Clinical Interests: Trauma Acute Care Surgery, Transplant Surgery

Hobbies: Spending time with my family. Playing cricket and table tennis. Exploring nature.

Name: Yanjie He, MD

Hometown: Fuzhou, China

Medical School: China Medical University
Clinical Interests: Surgical oncology

Hobbies: Marathon, basketball, swimming

Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1)

Name: Alexander Margolis DMD, MD

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

Medical School: NYU School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Facial Trauma, Facial Cosmetics

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, working out, watching and playing basketball and football

Name: Anzhela Moskalik, MD

Hometown: Sevastopol, Ukraine

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Trauma, critical care, surgical oncology, clinical outcomes research

Hobbies: Painting/drawing, reading, traveling, board games, spending time with family and friends

Name: Avery Brown, MD

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Medical School: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Trauma, cost effectiveness research

Hobbies: Olympic Weightlifting, Football, cooking

Name: Camille Yongue, MD

Hometown: Nyack, NY

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic surgery, health disparities research, transplant immunology

Hobbies: Tennis, violin, watching SNL

Name: Conor Donnelly, MD

Hometown: Flagstaff, Arizona

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Clinical Interests: Colorectal Surgery, Trauma Critical Care, Pediatric Surgery

Hobbies: Fiction, Basketball, Music, Cooking

Name: Hanna Sandhu, MD

Hometown: Alpine, NJ

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Clinical Interests:

Hobbies: Tae Kwon Do/Kickboxing, writing, cooking, volleyball

Name: Jonathan Burke, MD, MPH

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Trauma/Critical Care, Health Equity Research, Social Epidemiology, Community Health Projects

Hobbies: Basketball, Hip-Hop, Urban, and Street Styles Dance

Name: Luke Soletic, MD

Hometown: Douglaston, NY

Medical School: NYU

Clinical Interests: Trauma, reconstruction
Hobbies: Skiing, fishing, tennis

Name: Michael Dorsey, MD

Hometown: Hollywood, Florida

Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic, Trauma Critical Care

Hobbies: Weightlifting, camping, hiking, soccer, water skiing

Name: Mirhee Kim, MD

Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY

Medical School: NYU School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Minimally invasive surgery, bioinformatics research

Hobbies: Photography, urban dance

Name: Nihal Patel, MD

Hometown: Secaucus, NJ

Medical School: NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Interventional Radiology and Thoracic Imaging

Hobbies: Tennis, hiking

Name: Pratik Chandra MD

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Medical School: SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic surgery, trauma surgery, health administration and business, clinical outcomes research

Hobbies: Exercise, video games, theater, Bonsai trees, avid restaurant goer

Name: Yanzhi Yang, MD, MS

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic, Trauma/Critical Care, Transplant

Hobbies: Working out, Reading, Movies & TV shows

Postgraduate Research

Name: Ben Wadowski, M.D.

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Thoracic surgery, robotic surgery, molecular genomics of mesothelioma

Hobbies: Crosswords, guitar, cooking

Name: Gillian Baptiste, MD

Hometown: Bedford, NY

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Abdominal transplant, research focusing on melanoma brain metastases

Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, hunting for houseplants

Name: Grace Oh, MD

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Medical School: Emory University

Clinical Interests: Surgical oncology, health disparities

Hobbies: Yoga, hiking, cooking, tea

Name: Rae Rokosh, MD

Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Medical School: NYU School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Vascular surgery

Hobbies: Ice hockey; triathlons; hikes with our surprisingly spry French Bulldog, Greyson; and spending time with friends and family

Name: Sara Kryeziu, MD

Hometown: Tirana, Albania

Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Surgical oncology

Hobbies: Running, hiking, traveling, and learning foreign languages

Name: Sarah McIntyre, MD

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Medical School: University of Tennessee

Clinical Interests: Surgical oncology, colorectal surgery, palliative care, healthcare disparities

Hobbies: Baking, painting, travel

Name: Stacey Chen, MD

Hometown: New York, NY

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Education

Hobbies: Traveling, Cooking, Tennis