Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Northwell Health

Welcome statement

Dear Applicant,

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell has a residency program that is designed to educate physicians to be competent and independent providers of women's health care. The program is structured to develop expertise in all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology through progressive training and autonomy in all areas related to the specialty while maintaining careful supervision by highly skilled faculty.

Residents have clinical experiences at Northwell Health System’s two major tertiary care hospitals: North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) and Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC).  Both hospitals serve as Regional Perinatal Centers and NSUH has also been designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology.  Both hospitals combined have greater than 16,000 deliveries and 6,700 gynecologic procedures performed annually by voluntary and full-time faculty.  Outpatient Ob/Gyn services comprise over 144,000 ambulatory visits annually as well.

The department stresses continuity of care throughout the training program. Each resident is assigned to a block of office hours in the outpatient continuity clinic enabling significant experience to be gained in primary care. Furthermore, each resident is part of a team of healthcare providers that includes attending physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers and support staff.  Training also extends to medical interviewing, patient communication, psychosocial aspects of care, as well as patient counseling and education. The outpatient continuity clinics are always under the direct supervision of full-time attending physicians. The goal is to provide holistic care for all patients.

In addition to the emphasis on educating the residents to develop superb clinical and surgical skills, there is also an extensive didactic program and a strong mentorship program with each resident having a dedicated faculty advisor.  All didactics occur during resident protected time on Wednesday mornings. 

NSUH and LIJMC are the core clinical sites for the Zucker School of Medicine enabling our trainees to take part in the educational process of medical students. The residents also participate in the Health System's Resident As Teachers program, and each year several are recognized for their teaching skills and expertise. Team-based simulation training also occurs on a quarterly basis at the Center for Learning and Innovation. 

Physicians completing our residency program are well-equipped to practice the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology in private practice, an academic setting or to enter a fellowship program. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Adiel Fleischer, MD

  • Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Nagaraj Gabbur, MD

  • Residency Program Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
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Program overview

The Hofstra Northwell Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program trains physicians to be primary providers of women’s healthcare. At the completion of the four year training program, residents are able to provide comprehensive care in all aspects of the field.

The residency training takes place on the campuses of the North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) and Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC).  The hospitals are approximately 2 miles apart. Additionally, residents benefit from complimentary surgical experience at Huntington Hospital in the third year of residency.

The program has 10 categorical positions per year and also 2 preliminary positions in the first year (42 residents in total).  Residents follow a block schedule with each block organized as a 5 week rotation. The residents rotate through both core and subspecialty clinical areas. Strict compliance with duty hour regulations (ACGME and 405) is facilitated by a night float system. 

Resident Schedule:

  • PGY1
    • Ultrasonography
  • Emergency Medicine (2 weeks)/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (2 weeks)
  • LIJMC OB Days (2 rotations)
  • LIJMC OB Nights
  • NSUH OB Days
  • NSUH OB Nights
  • NSUH Gyn
  • LIJMC Gyn (2 rotations)
  • PGY2
    • LIJMC OB Days
    • NSUH OB Days
    • Gyn Oncology (2 rotations)
    • LIJMC Gyn
    • NSUH Gyn
    • Family Planning
    • Outpatient Clinic
    • LIJMC OB Nights
    • NSUH OB Nights
  • PGY3
    • LIJMC OB Days
    • NSUH OB Days
    • LIJMC Gyn
    • NSUH Gyn (with additional experience at Huntington Hospital)
    • LIJMC OB Nights
    • NSUH OB Nights
    • Urogynecology
    • Reproductive Endocrinology
    • Elective
    • OB High Risk Clinic
  • PGY4
    • LIJMC OB Days
    • NSUH OB Days
    • LIJMC Gyn
    • NSUH Gyn
    • LIJMC OB Nights
    • NSUH OB Nights
    • Gyn Oncology (2 rotations)
    • Elective
    • Outpatient Clinic

Clinical Division Highlights:

  • The Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine has multiple weekly clinic sessions. Both North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center both serve as a Regional Perinatal Centers.  Additionally, the Antepartum Testing Unit conducts the full range of perinatal assessments with participation by the residents in early pregnancy ultrasound, Level I and Level II sonography, fetal monitoring, amniocentesis and other obstetric interventions. The residents are also part of the Diabetes in Pregnancy and HIV in Pregnancy programs.
  • The Division of Gynecologic Oncology performs a large number of major cases annually as well as a large number of ambulatory procedures including robotic procedures.  Residents are involved in all cases, fine-tuning their skills in complex surgeries and critical care.
  • The Division of Human Reproduction provides an experience that includes a full range of IVF procedures, office visits ultrasonography, hysterosalpingography, ambulatory and in-patient surgical procedures including operative hysteroscopy and laparoscopy. The residents also learn about the laboratory assessment of endocrinopathies and infertility, as well as the management of sexual dysfunction with a full-time staff member who has special expertise in this area.
  • The Division of Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery oversees one of the busiest services in the region. They provide instruction and supervision for urodynamic testing, non-surgical management of incontinence and genital relaxation, as well as a variety of transvaginal and transabdominal reconstructive procedures including robotic surgery.
  • The Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery boasts a certification from AAGL as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology.  The Division exposes the residents to a full range of techniques in robotic surgery, operative hysteroscopy and the advanced use of laparoscopy.  The Division is one of the busiest in the Department and operates each day.
  • The Division of Family Planning boasts an established Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program.  This program helps integrate and enhance residency family planning training.  Residents rotate at Planned Parenthood and learn the epidemiology of unintended pregnancy, how to perform pregnancy options counseling, how to diagnose early pregnancy, and how to perform surgical and medical abortion.  By seeing patients in the Family Planning clinic, residents will participate in every aspect of care including complex contraceptive counseling, sterilization, STI diagnosis and treatment and pre and post-operative care.  Learning opportunities are at both the inpatient and outpatient level.
  • A Large Full-Time and Voluntary Generalist Staff of more than two hundred physicians ensures an opportunity to work with and learn from many attending physicians. This allows our residents to see a great variety of approaches to clinical management. Many members of the staff have considerable expertise in advanced obstetric and gynecologic techniques, providing a diverse and comprehensive training experience.
  • A Team of Allied Health Professionals including Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are a vital part of the Department. They work seamlessly with the resident and attending staff to enhance the residents' opportunities for learning and optimize patient care. They also assist in floor coverage during resident didactic time.

Residency Program Highlights

  • Chief Residents function in leadership roles on all services, serve on hospital committees and are additionally all given administrative roles within the residency program.  These roles include:  Administrative Chief Resident (3 residents); Academic Chief Resident (3 residents); Research Chief (2 residents); Wellness Chief (2 residents).
  • In-house Attending Supervision is part of all clinical care provided by the resident staff.  In-house attending physicians are always present -- 2 at LIJMC and 1 at NSUH. An atmosphere of support and guidance is always maintained.
  • Mentoring program — Each resident is assigned a faculty mentor with whom they meet on a regular basis. Mentors serve as advisors, counselors and support personnel. They facilitate the transition to residency and help guide the resident through the program as well as assist with career advice.
  • A Night Float System is in place to assist with duty hour compliance. The program remains in strict compliance with the ACGME regulations and the New York State rules regarding work hours. The night float team consists of 4 residents (1 from each year).  The night float works Sunday through Friday evenings.
  • Continuity Clinic -- All residents attend continuity clinic each week.  The setting and environment in which the resident staff sees patients is similar to what they will experience in practice. Residents provide a full range of outpatient services including both Ob and Gyn.  Additionally, a full range of out-patient services are available, including laboratory, colposcopy, ultrasonography and support staff such as nutritionists, lactation consultants and social workers. An attending physician is always physically present to supervise patient sessions.  Residents do not go to Continuity Clinic during their night float rotations. 
  • Didactic Program — A comprehensive curriculum is in place based upon the CREOG Objectives covering all aspects of General Ob/Gyn, Subspecialty Care and Primary/Preventive Medicine. Journal clubs, M&M reviews, Tumor Boards, and Practice Bulletin Reviews in all Divisions provides a foundation upon which independent study can build.  Residents are also required to present patient cases including management and are asked questions in an oral board style format. 
  • True Learn – The Residents have available to them an extensive number of CREOG-like and Board-like questions through this resource.  Residents are also assigned quizzes periodically to complete to make sure their academic knowledge is up to date.
  • Simulation at the Patient Safety Institute --The residents have weekly sessions in this a high fidelity state-of-the-art simulation facility.  Some simulation exercises include Post-Partum Hemorrhage, Shoulder Dystocia and a LEEP Simulation.  All simulation is performed under the supervision of an attending physician and nurses participate as well.
  • Center for Learning and Innovation - Maintains a robust on-line presence for asynchronous learning in areas such as patient safety, EMR, and Medical Education.  Additionally, the Center hosts many educational and clinical conferences each year.
  • The Bioskills Center is a cadaver dissection facility.  The residents are introduced to this Center during orientation and practice surgical skill development.  Additionally, workshops in advanced vaginal surgery, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy surgery is taught to the residents 4 times a year.
  • Da Vinci Surgical System- Every hospital through which the residents rotate has robotic surgery.  The residents start to participate in robotic surgery in the second year of residency until completion with progressive responsibilities.  Additionally, a Robotic Simulator System is also available upon which the residents can practice their skills. 
  • Ultrasonography is a core part of clinical practice. Residents rotate through the Department's Ultrasound Unit on both campuses during their 1st year of residency. Ultrasonography equipment is also available for use in Labor & Delivery, the Division of Human Reproduction office and in the Ambulatory Clinic.
  • Emergency Medicine/Surgical Intensive Care Unit Rotations – Residents have these off-service rotations in the first year of residency.  These rotations serve to enhance the residents' primary and critical care skills.
  • Committees — Residents participate in hospital-wide committees, such as the Resident and Fellow Forum, the Program Evaluation Committee and the Clinical Competency Committee.  
  • Elective rotation – Residents have one month elective rotations twice in the residency program.  Residents are allowed to do an elective in the hospital on another service (e.g. Infectious Disease); do a month of research; or do an elective outside of the hospital including a global health elective.
  • Research — The Residency Program has a robust research program that begins in the first year.  Every year, several residents present their research at local, regional and national conferences.  The residents are provided travel support for each of these conferences.  The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is able to provide residents with statistical support.  Residents also have access to Redcap, an extensive hospital database with which they can do their research project.  Residents are required to complete and present one Research and one Performance Improvement project during their residency training. 
  • Wellness Program – The Wellness Program is designed to combat burnout, fatigue and help build resilience during the residency.  Activities include Narrative Professionalism Workshops, Social Activities, Resident Retreats, Leadership Exercises, Team Building Exercises and Financial Wellness. 
  • Fellowship Programs – Currently Accredited:  Maternal Fetal Medicine, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.  The residents are actively engaged in research with the fellows in all divisions.  The program also plans to start a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology (currently awaiting ACGME Approval) and also Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility within 1-2 years.  

Application process

Applicants interested in the obstetrics and gynecology training program at Northwell Health should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS), which allow applications starting Sept. 15.

 No applications are reviewed after Dec. 1.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your performance
  • Photograph
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Our faculty

Program director

Nagaraj Gabbur, MD

  • Residency Program Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
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Associate program directors

Susan Laela Alkasab, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Adi Katz, MD

  • Director - Minimally Invasive&Robotic Gyn Surgery of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Valerie M. Muoio, MD

  • Chief - Ambulatory Services NS Womens Health
  • Co-Chief - Ambulatory Care & Women's Health -PCAP of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Additional faculty

Adiel Fleischer, MD

  • Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Michael Leslie Nimaroff, MD

  • Chief of Division - Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Minimally InvasiveGynecologic Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division - Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Vice Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Allen Wesley Toles, MD

  • Vice Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Avner Hershlag, MD

  • Chief of Division - Human Reproduction of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Lawrence R. Lind, MD

  • Co-Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Co-Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Harvey Allen Winkler, MD

  • Co-Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Co-Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Burton L. Rochelson, MD

  • Chief of Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Natalie Beth Meirowitz, MD

  • Chief of Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Andrew William Menzin, MD

  • Vice Chairman - Academic Affairs, Department of OB/GYN
  • Chief - Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief - Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Jill Maura Rabin, MD

  • Co-Chief - Ambulatory Care & Women's Health-PCAP of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Ambulatory Care and Women's Health Program - PCAP, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Co-Chief - Ambulatory Care & Women's Health-PCAP of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Benjamin Goldman, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Our graduates

2017 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Laura Dhariwal, MD SUNY Downstate College of Medicine UROGYN Fellowship, Atlantic Health/Morristown
Esther Dorzin, MD, MPH The Warrant Alpert Medical School of Brown University Private Practice
Jaclyn Friedman, MD New York Medical College MIGS Fellowship, Northwestern Chicago
Jacqueline McLatchy, MD* Penn State University College of Medicine Research Fellowship in GYN Oncology
Leat Mechlovitz, MD SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Private Practice
Denise Moses, MD* SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Private Practice
Tracey-Ann Samuels, MD SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Private Practice
Jee Shim, MD* University of Michigan Medical School Faculty Practice
Sudhi Trye, MD, MFS Tufts University School of Medicine Advanced Pelvic Surgery Fellowship, Southside
Olga Tusheva, MD University of Central Florida College of Medicine Private Practice
2016 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Sharon Gerber, MD Temple University School of Medicine Family Planning Fellowship, Mount Sinai
Pia Hurst, MD New York University School of Medicine Private Practice
Carolyn Kay, MD SUNY Upstate Medical University MIGS Fellowship, Virginia Mason Medical Center
Ifeoma Nwabuzor, MD Drexel University College of Medicine Private Practice
Allison Reiter, MD University of South Florida College of Medicine Private Practice
Jeffrey Schachar, MD SUNY at Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine UROGYN Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic FL
Poroshat Shekarloo, MD Chicago Medical School Faculty Practice
Jenny Tam, MD SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine MIGS Fellowship, Montefiore
Dyese Taylor, MD Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons MFM Fellowship, St. Luke’s
Birte Wolff, MD Baylor College of Medicine UROGYN Fellowship, Loyola U.
2015 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Matthew Blitz, MD, MBA Keck School of Medicine MFM Fellowship, Northwell Health
Latoya Jackson, MD Howard University College of Medicine Private Practice
Jessica Lee, MD Rutgers University - New Jersey Medical School GYNONC Fellowship, NYU
Dennis Madrid, MD, PhD Albert Einstein College of Medicine  
Jennifer Munro, MD Ross University School of Medicine Private Practice
Danielle O'Shaughnessy, MD SUNY at Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine UROGYN Fellowship, Northwell Health
Sarah Pachtman, MD University of Kentucky College of Medicine MFM Fellowship, Northwell Health
Emmanuel Pafos, MD* SUNY at Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine Private Practice
Sharlene Sanidad, MD* UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Private Practice
Thalia Segal, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine REI Fellowship, Case Western
2014 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Ebere Azumah, MD Wayne State University School of Medicine Private Practice
Kiran Bharadwa, MD SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Judy Fong, MD Saint George’s University Private Practice
EmmaKate Friedlander, MD Mount Sinai School of Medicine Family Planning Fellowship, U. of Hawaii
Nimish Parekh, MD University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Private Practice
Melissa Phipps, MD* SUNY at Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine Faculty Practice
Nicole Smizer, MD* Albany Medical College Private Practice
Naomi Ufberg, MD Sackler School of Medicine Private Practice
Adanna Ukazu, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine Faculty Practice
Leigh Ann Wade, MD Saint George’s University Private Practice
2013 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Karen Barasch, DO* Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Practice
Ilia Calluzzo, MD* University of Puerto Rico Private Practice
Eleanor Hawkins, MD Albany Medical College MIGS Fellowship, Montefiore
Linda Huynh, MD Ross University School of Medicine Private Practice
Randi Leigh, MD Drexel University College of Medicine Private Practice
Shilpa Malhotra, MD K. J. Somaiya Medical College Private Practice
Justin Petrocelli, MD* New York Medical College Private Practice
Cheruba Prabakar, MD U. of Connecticut School of Medicine MIGS Fellowship, Maimonides
Sarah St. Louis, MD Howard University College of Medicine UROGYN Fellowship, Morristown Memorial
Justin Weprin, MD American University of the Caribbean Private Practice
2012 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Cynthia Abraham, MD SUNY at Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine Faculty Practice
Margarita Chudner, MD Drexel University College of  Medicine Faculty Practice
Kemoy Harris, MD Albert Einstein School of Medicine MFM Fellowship, NSLIJ
Lauren Kauvar, MD Sackler School of Medicine Private Practice
Christina Liao, MD New York Medical College UROGYN Fellowship, Harbor-UCLA
Yaakov Rosner, MD SUNY at Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine MFM Fellowship, NYU
Jessica Rubin, MD* Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Faculty Practice
Elizabeth Schmidt, MD University of Rochester, School of Medicine Familly Planning Fellowship, Washington Univ.
Scott Wyman, MD Oregon Health Science University School of Medicine Faculty Practice
2011 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Annie Frenkel, MD* Sackler School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Adi Katz, MD* Sackler School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Katherine Lackritz, MD University of Vermont College of Medicine Faculty Practice
Sana Lee, MD New York Medical College Faculty Practice
Farida Nentin, MD New York Medical College Faculty Practice
Doreen Marinese, MD* SUNY at Brooklyn College of Medicine Faculty Practice
Michelle Santoyo-Perez, MD* Albert Einstein College of Medicine Voluntary Practice
James Scott, MD SUNY at Brooklyn College of Medicine Voluntary Practice
Ankit Shah, MD Drexel University College of Medicine MFM Fellowship, Chicago
Jason Sternchos, MD* Eastern Virginia Medical School Faculty Practice
2010 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Paula Brignoni, MD St. George's University SOM Voluntary Practice
Roxanne Connell, MD Georgetown University School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Peggy Constant, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine Private Practice
Dzhamala Gilmandyar, MD UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School MFM-Rochester
Elissa Hellman, MD NYU School of Medicine Voluntary Practice
Lindsey Huber, MD Loma Linda University School of Medicine Private Practice
Audrey Murray, MD* Cornell University Medical College Faculty Practice
Megan Pierce, MD University of Wisconsin Medical School Faculty Practice
Lana Rayev, MD SUNY at Buffalo SOM Voluntary Practice
Patrick Schreiber, MD NYU School of Medicine Voluntary Practice
2009 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Maksim Fedarau, MD Minsk Medical Institute Anesthesia-Rochester-Double boarded
Christina Flores, MD SUNY at Stony Brook Health Science Center Faculty Practice
Leda Gattoc, MD New York University School of Medicine LSC-Georgia
Sooyoung Hwang, MD NYU School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Zsuzsa Kovaks, MD University of Debrecen, Medical & Sciences Health Voluntary Practice
Sharon Smith, MD Temple University School of Medicine Private Practice
Galit Steinberg, MD Ross University Voluntary Practice
Amanda Stewart, MD SUNY at Brooklyn College of Med. MFM - John Hopkins
Brocha Tarshish, MD Sackler School of Medicine Genetics Fellowship - Emory
Veleka Willis, MD SUNY at Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine Faculty Practice
2008 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Susan Alkasab, MD* Ohio State University Faculty Practice
Gary Fruhman, MD New York University School of Medicine Genetics-Baylor
Katie Fung-Yip, MD SUNY at Buffalo SOM Faculty Practice
Shrusan Gray, MD Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Private Practice
Lucine Grier, MD Tulane University School of Medicine Voluntary Practice
Elizabeth Y. Hung, MD University of Vermont Voluntary Practice
Shevon Joseph, MD Temple University School of  Medicine Faculty Practice
Myriam Langer, MD Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University Private Practice
Lana Lipkin, MD Sackler School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Patrina Phillip, MD SUNY of Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine Faculty Practice

* On staff with Northwell Health

Our residents

Our residents photo composite - Click here.

Chief Residents (PGY-4) Medical School
Nontawan Benja-Athonsirikul, MD SUNY Upstate Medical University
Sofiya Chernyak, MD Weill Cornell Medical College
Yelena Korotkaya, MD SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Keila Muniz, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Dana Ortiz, MD Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Anjali Patel, MD SUNY Upstate Medical University
Lakha Prasannan, MD SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Rachel Prosper, MD Morehouse School of Medicine
Shawna Tonick, MD SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Anar Yukhayev, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Senior Residents (PGY-3) Medical School
Baruch Abittan, MD The Commonwealth Medical College
Grace Chow, MD The Warrn Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Katherine Farner, MD Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine
Julia Freling, MD University of Virginia School of Medicine 
Rhonia Gordon, MD Ohio State University College of Medicine
Krista Neal, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Aaron Nizam, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine pf Yeshiva University 
Nicole Sample, MD, MPH New York University School of Medicine
Tirtza Spiegel, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Stephanie Tardieu, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Junior Residents (PGY-2) Medical School
Eric Crihfield, MD University of Florida College of Medicine
Sinmisola Ewumi, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University 
Esther Hirschhorn, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Justine Kim, MD SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Tiffany Olier, MD Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
Alexandra Peyser, MD Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion Israel Institute of Technology
Jenny Reisner, MD Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Lauren Scanlon, MD Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Leah Stork-Binyamin, MD Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Tatyana Zubkina, MD SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Interns (PGY-1) Medical School
Kristine Beetham, DO Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Riza Bueser, MD Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Samantha Estevez, MD Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
Laura Gainey, MD Tufts University School of Medicine
Brett Goldman, MD Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Jiyoung Kim, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Tara Lal, MD Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
David Nelson, MD University of Kansas School of Medicine
Jalpa Patel, MD Florida State University College of Medicine
Colleen Pollitzer, MD Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Lindsay Robinson, MD Creighton University School of Medicine
Renae Shibata, MD Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Medical student electives

MINIMALLY INVASIVE GYNECOLOGIC SURGERY, NSUH
Sponsor: Michael Nimaroff, MD

This elective, available from August through December, spans four weeks, during which time the student's time will be divided amongst minimally invasive surgical cases (both in the ambulatory and main operative room), the post-operative care of in-patients and the Laparoscopic Surgery Training Laboratory. Throughout the elective, the student will participate in the Ob/Gyn Residency didactic program, as well as the laparoscopic lecture series sponsored by the Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Department of Surgery. It is expected that a brief presentation on an area of Minimally Invasive Surgery will be made at the conclusion of the rotation.

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY, NSLIJ
Sponsor: Antoinette Sakaris, MD

The major objective of this 4 week elective is for the student to develop basic clinical skills for the prevention, diagnosis and management of female genital cancers. An individualized working schedule will be made for each student. The schedule consists of a multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Conference, daily bedside discussions, rounds of gynecologic cancer patients with the gynecologic oncologists, work-up and personal follow-up of patients with a variety of gynecologic neoplasms, operative experience by assisting at cancer surgery, involvement in the ambulatory GYN oncology clinic, detection of precursor stages of cervical cancer through colposcopy, review of pathology with the gynecologic pathologist and exposure to research, if desired.

MATERNAL/FETAL MEDICINE, LIJ
Sponsor: Natalie Meirowitz, MD

This fourth-year elective is designed to acquaint the student with high-risk obstetrics in the environment of a tertiary perinatal referral center.  The course is one month in duration.  The student is exposed to obstetrical ultrasound and antenatal testing, and obstetrical high-risk consultations.  The student will join a team of Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty attendings, fellows and senior OB/GYN residents while rotating through the high-risk clinic, the high-risk inpatient service, the antepartum testing unit and labor and delivery.

MATERNAL/FETAL MEDICINE, NSUH
Sponsor: Burton Rochelson, MD

This fourth-year elective is designed to acquaint the student with high-risk obstetrics in the environment of a tertiary perinatal referral center.  The course is one month in duration.  The student is exposed to obstetrical ultrasound and antenatal testing, and obstetrical high-risk consultations.  The student will join a team of Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty attendings, fellows and senior OB/GYN residents while rotating through the high-risk clinic, the high-risk inpatient service, the antepartum testing unit and labor and delivery. Opportunities are available for participation in clinical research studies.

REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY, NSUH
Sponsor: Christine Mullin, MD

This elective will permit students to spend four weeks on Reproductive Endocrinology. The student will participate in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility and other female reproductive tract disorders. The student will also be involved in office hours, the operating room, in-vitro fertilization procedures, journal clubs, and the Andrology and Embryology laboratories.

GENERAL OB/GYN, NSUH
Sponsor: Harvey Marchbein, MD

During this four week elective, available from July through May, the student will be an integral part of the Labor and Delivery floor. The student will participate in all Labor and Delivery activities including triage and the operating room at the level of a sub-intern.  In addition, the student will attend all resident didactics that occur during the week.

General information

Benefits

Northwell Health provides residents with a benefits program, which provides choices in various health, dental, life and disability options that best suit the needs of the resident. Flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care expenses are also available. For more information, contact Benefits at (516) 734-7000.

Child Care

Harbor Child Care is located on the North Shore campus in Building 6, one of the tenant apartment buildings. The center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Program. It offers programs for both infants (3 to 18 months) and toddlers (18 months to 3 years).
Hours of Operation: 6:45 am to 6 pm

For more information, please visit the Harbor Child Care website or call (516) 562-2575.

Housing

On-campus housing units are available and residents receive housing based on family size and a lottery system. The apartments range in size from studios to three bedrooms.

If an individual applies for housing and is denied due to the lack of a sufficient supply of apartments turning over, the Health System will provide a stipend that will be included in the individual's salary.  For more housing information, please contact Housing/RealEstate Services at (516) 465-3101.

Salaries

PGY1:  $70,000
PGY2:  $72,000
PGY3:  $74,000
PGY4:  $77,000

*Chief Residents receive an additional $1,500 stipend.

Vacation

Residents are entitled to four weeks (20 days) of paid vacation per year, with scheduling determined through the Administrative Chief Residents and Program Director, as appropriate. In addition, Chief Residents are granted one approved conference/meeting.

Frequently asked questions

What is your accreditation status?
The program continues to be fully accredited. 

Does the department offer fellowships?
Yes, our Department offers the following fellowship programs:

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Director: Burton Rochelson, MD
Director of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine

It is the goal of the Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine to train fellows for careers in academic medicine and in the skills necessary to function as independent consultants in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. These goals will be achieved through extensive clinical experience, a series of didactic lectures and conferences, and a broad range of clinical and basic science research opportunities. By the conclusion of training, fellows will become skilled in the evaluation of  high risk maternal and fetal conditions in the inpatient and outpatient setting, prenatal diagnosis and in  procedures integral to the practice of Maternal-Metal Medicine, including targeted ultrasound, chorionic villus sampling, fetal echocardiography, cordocentesis and fetal transfusion.

Twelve months are dedicated to research training and experience in development of independent research inquiry, resulting in a publishable thesis. Clinical training will be at North Shore University Hospital and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The Northwell Health System, through its affiliate hospitals, is responsible for approximately 50,000 deliveries annually, with 16,000 at the two tertiary centers. There are over 200 maternal transports to the tertiary centers annually,  and approximately 40,000 obstetrical ultrasounds are performed at the prenatal diagnostic units. Electives are offered in genetics, intensive care, obstetrical anesthesia, and neonatology (at the Cohens Children’s Hospital, a tertiary care, 154 bed children’s medical center).

Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue scholarly research under the tutelage of mentors experienced in clinical or basic science research, available on campus at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The Institute ranks in the top 6% of independent research institutions funded by the National Institutes of Health.   

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Director: Harvey Winkler, MD
Co-Chief, Division of Urogynecology

The Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery at North Shore University Hospital currently trains physicians in a fellowship program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  The fellowship is a comprehensive and broad based 3 year training program intending to train physicians as both clinicians and researchers.  Faculty includes 3 fellowship trained Urogynecologists, 2 Urologists, 3 Colo-rectal physicians, and 1 Gastroenterologist.  The Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a fully equipped office with 2 urodynamics labs as well as 2 cystoscopy rooms.  The division also employs 2 physician assistants as well as a research coordinator. The Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery has a close working relationship with the Department of Urology and this is a combined fellowship program within the two areas. 

Fellows assist in resident education and training including office based evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction as well as surgical management of female pelvic reconstructive surgery.  Surgical experience is diverse as we perform abdominal, vaginal, and laparoscopic/robotic pelvic floor reconstruction.  The Fellows are expected to be actively involved in a research projects as well as resident research projects and/or in connection with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
 

Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director:  Michael Nimaroff, MD 
Senior Vice President and Executive Director of OB/GYN Services

The fellowship program in Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery at Northwell Health is a two-year program designed to expose the physician in training with extensive experience in both the outpatient and inpatient surgical management of gynecologic disorders using the full arsenal of minimally invasive techniques.  The physicians within the Division of Gynecology have been leaders in the field of advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery for nearly two decades and established one of the first robotic gyn surgery programs in the region.   The fellow will be integrated into the resident teaching schedule including both didactic and simulation training offered in the laparoscopic training facility.  In addition, the fellow will serve as faculty in training programs presented at the Bioskills Surgical Training Center, Northwell’s surgical education institute.  Currently, the center is offering programs in the performance of single incision gynecologic surgery.  Prospective fellowship candidates should contact Kristin Kurtz at (516) 562-8574.

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Are medical student electives available?
Yes, we offer four-week elective study rotations. See Medical Student Electives for a description of each elective. Please contact Dianne Huang (NSUH electives) at [email protected] and Donna Campagna (LIJ electives) at [email protected] for more information.

How many positions does your program offer?
There are ten categorical positions and two preliminary positions.

What is your application deadline?
Our application deadline is December 1. However, since our formal interviews are in November and December we encourage you to apply early.

Is there a minimum score requirement for USMLE, steps 1 and 2?
We do not have a minimum USMLE score requirement. We review the overall application. The USMLE Step 2 scores are not required at the time of the application process; however, evidence of successful completion must be submitted before you begin the program.

Do you accept applications from osteopathic and international medical graduates?
Yes.

When is orientation?
There is a mandatory Health System orientation and a mandatory departmental orientation two weeks before the start of the academic year (July 1).

Is there on-campus housing?
Yes, see General Information.

Is there a meal allowance?
Residents are provided with a stipend in their paycheck.

Is there an on-site day care center?
Yes, see General Information.

Does the department cover expenses for presentation of research?
Yes. 

Contact us

For additional information, please feel free to contact us.

  • Residency Program Director 
    Nagaraj Gabbur, MD
    Email:  [email protected] 
  • Associate Residency Program Director, North Shore University Hospital Site Director
    Susan Alkasab, MD 
    Email: [email protected] 
  • Associate Residency Program Director, Long Island Jewish Medical Center Site Director 
    Adi Katz, MD
    Email: [email protected] 
  • Administrative Manager, Residency Training Program  
    Dianne Huang, MS 
    Phone: 516-562-4429
    Email: [email protected] 
  • Training Program Administrator
    Donna Campagna 
    Phone: 718-470-4837
    Email: [email protected] 
Get in touch with us!

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