Coronavirus Latest Updates

Anesthesiology Residency Program

Banner


Message from Program Director  

The Anesthesiology Residency Program at Westchester Medical Center (WMC), in affiliation with New York Medical College, has been continuously accredited since 1969. As of September 2020, we are a complete Categorical program. In the 2021 Match cycle, we will offer 10 categorical positions with an exciting curriculum focused on diagnosis, optimization and treatment of perioperative medical conditions.

The Faculty at WMC have subspecialized clinical and scholarly expertise with a strong commitment to resident education. Faculty and residents interact through clinical teaching, didactic and simulation sessions and workshops. A formal mentoring program helps our residents reach personal and academic goals and overcome challenges.

Our program takes great pride in providing our residents individually-tailored support, encouragement and experience while setting high, but achievable academic standards and professional practice goals.

The curriculum emphasizes interactive learning led by our most engaged Faculty; didactic sessions originate at WMC. We utilize simulation to prepare the residents for the ABA Applied Exam OSCEs, and for competent management of an expanding array of emergency and interdisciplinary clinical challenges. Approximately half the residents choose to pursue fellowship training; they receive personalized mentoring and match to excellent programs.

The clinical learning environment provides the opportunity to care for an acute and complex patient population, making our residents well trained. We are proud of our graduates; every year one or more remain in the department as Faculty.

We recruit hard-working, fun-loving, dedicated, reliable, self-aware and mature candidates who enjoy teamwork and are serious about taking exceptional care of patients. The diversity of our program reflects the inclusiveness of our candidate selection process. Faculty and residents participate in the Recruitment Committee. We extend an interview invitation to approximately 10% of applicants. Good exam scores are predictive of academic success and challenging clinical rotations presage a smooth transition to residency.

We care about our residents’ well being and understand the importance of independent learning outside of the clinical setting. Our Faculty strives to provide the work-study balance that is necessary for our residents to excel. At WMC, weekday call begins at noon and consists of two residents and a newly established call Team Captain position that fosters greater independence and confidence.

We are strongly committed to your success in residency; you must bring the focus, drive and motivation. We want to train compassionate, dedicated doctors who are our teammates, colleagues and friends, and who take pride in all their professional activities.

Thank you for your interest in the Anesthesiology Residency Program at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College.

A. Elisabeth Abramowicz, MD, FASA
Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology
New York Medical College
Residency Program Director
Westchester Medical Center

Follow Us on Instagram!


Program Overview and Curriculum

The Fundamentals in Clinical Medicine (PGY-1) residents spend the year at WMC. Four-week block rotations include: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, two blocks of Critical Care (Medical ICU, Coronary Care Unit), Neurological acute disorder management rotation, Pain Management, and Consultation Service in Internal Medicine Subspecialties (Cardiology, Pulmonary and Renal Medicine). A new rotation in Perioperative Patient Safety and Quality Improvement was launched in 2019-2020. The PGY-1 residents attend rotation-specific didactic sessions and Departmental sessions. Dr. Nigel Knox is Assistant Program Director for the PGY-1 level; as a Pain Management section member he often rounds in the hospital and has daily interactions with our first-year residents. Dr. Michael Jacoby, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, assists Dr. Knox.

The Clinical Anesthesiology (CA) resident training takes place at two rotation sites:

Westchester Medical Center

Westchester Medical Center (WMC), in Valhalla, NY, shares its leafy campus with New York Medical College. It is a Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center and a major hub for specialized care referrals. Here, we take care of patients from a very large catchment area stretching from the northern border of New York City to Delaware County, NY. WMC has a pediatric hospital (Maria Fareri Children's Hospital) with dedicated pediatric operating rooms. The new Ambulatory Care Pavilion, which opened in July 2019, added 10 new ambulatory Operating Rooms.

Our caseload includes a full profile of cardiac, interventional pulmonary and thoracic, complex orthopedic, neurosurgical and solid organ transplant interventions, to name the busiest services. We have a large heart failure and ECMO referral program. Trauma orthopedics and general surgery provide our residents a great variety of “open” cases. Residents participate in minimally invasive and robotic interventions in gynecologic-oncology, urology, colorectal, endocrine and thoracic surgery, as well as complex cardiac and neurological endovascular interventions, both pediatric and adult.

The Acute and Chronic Pain Management care rotations cover both the pediatric and adult inpatients and outpatients, including complex consultations for patients in the Burn ICU.

WMC is a leader in Telemedicine. The Director of Telehealth, Corey Scurlock, MD, is an anesthesiologist and Faculty member. Elective rotations in tele-critical care and TEE are offered to senior residents. The Regional Anesthesia Service performs 3,500 peripheral blocks per year including many advanced truncal blocks.

CA-3 residents with an approved IRB protocol may be eligible for an elective research rotation of up to six-month duration.

Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT, is a large community hospital. Most cases at Danbury are elective, and clinical services focus on standardized clinical pathways within the perioperative surgical home.

Typically, the first of the two required Obstetric and Cardiac Anesthesiology rotations are assigned at Danbury. General Anesthesiology rotations for CA-1 residents and ambulatory anesthesiology rotations are offered there as well.

Four residents rotate at Danbury every month. Housing is provided onsite.

Education and Curriculum

Salary and Benefits

Resident Life



Current and Past Residents

2020-2021 Anesthesiology Residents

Anesthesia Bound-PGY1

Nana Agyepong

University of Vermont School of Medicine

Jonas Harley

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
                       

Samantha Kahn

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine


Jenna Littmann

Commonwealth School of Medicine (PA)

Ediricardo Rodriguez

SJB School of Medicine – Puerto Rico

         

Robert Sutter

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

 

R. “Jeanne” Tong

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

 
     

CA-1

Jasmine Bajwa

UNE CoOM

Phillip Chin

NYIT CoOM
                       

Alexander Eng

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Liana Grosinger

New York Medical College

Thejas Hiremath

Medical College of Georgia

         

Zoe Li

NYIT CoOM

 

Cezar Lisov

Touro NYC

 

Kristina Pavliak

NYIT CoOM

 

Talia Strulowitz

New York Medical College

 

Ron Varkey

NYIT CoOM

 
         

Michael Waterhouse

NYIT CoOM

 
       

 

CA-2

Rosemary Ajose

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Heather Brosnan

Oregon HSU
                       

Sandra Carvajal-Raga

SUNY Downstate Medical College


Michael Chang

SUNY Downstate Medical College

Evan Jin

Northwestern

         

Benjamin Keith

University of North Dakota

 

Piotr Kostyk

St. George's School of Medicine

 

Stephanie Poteau

Florida State University College of Medicine

 

David Schmelzer

Touro NYC

 

David Shiovitz

Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

 
         

Anna Srouji

Touro NYC

 
       

 

CA-3

Michael Catanzaro

NYIT CoOM

Joon-Hyung Kim

Weill Cornell School of Medicine
                                   

Nicholas Lamper

St. George's School of Medicine


Peter Magharious

St. George's School of Medicine

Maranatha McLean

UT Medical Branch School of Medicine

Chief Resident

         

Muhammad Shabsigh

University of Damascus - Syria

 

Klint Smart

St. George's School of Medicine

 

Cynthia Wong

Brighton and Sussex Medical School - UK

Chief Resident

 
   

What Recent Graduates Are Doing Now

About 40-50% of recent graduates have pursued a fellowship, while the remaining graduates are more excited to begin their careers as attending anesthesiologists. Among our graduates who applied for fellowship, most have matched within their top three choices.

Fellowship  

2021 Graduates

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA): Mount Sinai Med. Ctr., NY
  • ACTA/Critical Care: NY Presbyterian Hospital (Weill Cornell) Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine

2020 Graduates

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology: U of Rochester, NY
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology - U of Rochester, NY
  • Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine - Dartmouth, NH and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • OB Anesthesia - Brigham and Women’s, Boston, MA

2019 Graduates

  • ACTA: Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology: University of Michigan and Cincinnati Children’s
  • Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine: U of CT/Hartford

2018 Graduates

  • Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine: Brigham and Women’s, MA
  • Critical Care: U of Pittsburgh
  • Pain Management: Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY

2017 Graduates

  • Pain Management: Johns Hopkins Medical Center
  • Pediatric Anesthesia: U of Pittsburgh and U of Iowa
  • Critical Care: Brigham and Women’s, MA
  • Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management: U of CT/Hartford

2016 Graduates

  • OB Anesthesia: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA
  • Pain Management: Johns Hopkins Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY
  • Pediatric Anesthesia: U of Michigan and Nemours Children’s, DE

Private Practice/Academic Positions

  • Northern NJ
  • Manhattan/Brooklyn/Queens/Bronx, Westchester County, NY
  • Boston, MA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Bay Area, CA and Los Angeles, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Miami, FL

2020 Graduates

ASA 2019 - 12 Residents presented their work


Faculty

Peter Panzica, MD
Associate Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology, NYMC
Director of Anesthesiology Clinical Services

 

WMC Resident Education

A. Elisabeth Abramowicz, MD, FASA
Professor
Residency Program Director
Neuroanesthesia

Irim Salik, MD
Assistant Professor
Associate Residency Program Director
Pediatric Anesthesia

Nitin Sekhri, MD
Assistant Professor
Clinical Competence Committee Chair
Section Chief, Pain Management

Sarah Smith, MD
Assistant Professor
Grand Rounds Committee Chair
Core Program Evaluation Committee Chair
Cardiac Anesthesia

Nigel Knox, MD
Assistant Residency Program Director for PGY-1 Year
Pain Management

Michael Jacoby, MD
Assistant Residency Program Director for PGY-1 Year
Pediatric Anesthesia & Pediatric Regional Anesthesia

Andrew Iskander, MD – WMC 2006
Associate Professor
Simulation Director
Pediatric Anesthesia

Garret Weber, MD
Assistant Professor
Medical Student Clerkship Director
Preoperative Assessment Clinical Director 

Michael Rahimi, MD – WMC 2018
Assistant Professor
Medical Student Clerkship Associate Director
General Anesthesia

Jason Lai, MD
Assistant Professor
Danbury Hospital Anesthesiology Rotation Director
General/Regional Anesthesia

Clinical Leadership

Matthew Wecksell, MD, FASA
Associate Professor
Clinical Director
Section Chief, General Anesthesia
General/Neuroanesthesia

Debra Lederman, DO
Assistant Professor
Director of Departmental Quality Improvement
General Anesthesia

Samuel Barst, MD
Associate Professor
Section Chief, Pediatric Anesthesia

Alexander Mittnacht, MD
Professor
Section Chief, Adult Cardiac and Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia
Associate Director, WMC

Jeff Xu, MD
Associate Professor
Section Chief and Fellowship Director
Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Management

Sangeeta Kumaraswami, MD
Assistant Professor
Section Chief, Obstetric Anesthesia 

Saman Yaghoubian, DO – WMC 2015
Assistant Professor
Section Chief, Transplant Anesthesia

Deven Lombardia, CRNA
Chief CRNA

Clinical Faculty

Jewel Alleyne, MD
Assistant Professor
Critical Care/General Anesthesia

Corrie Amos, MD
Assistant Professor
Regional Anesthesia Rotation Director
Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Management

Mosses Bairamian, MD – WMC 1991
Assistant Professor
Ambulatory Anesthesia

Gabriel Bonilla, MD – WMC 2012
Assistant Professor
PACU Rotation Supervisor
General Anesthesia/Regional Anesthesia

Kar-Mei Chan, MD
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Anesthesia and Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia

Draginja Cvetkovic, MD
Associate Professor
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship Director
Cardiac Anesthesia & Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia

 

Tara Doherty, DO
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Anesthesia & Pediatric Regional Anesthesia

Kevin Donnelly, MD
Assistant Professor
Cardiac Anesthesia

Jessica Dworet, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
General Anesthesia

Cheng Feng, DO
Assistant Professor
Cardiac Anesthesia

Karen Francois, MD
Assistant Professor
Airway Management Rotation Director
General Anesthesia

Alina Genis, MD – WMC 2019
General Anesthesia

Catherine Gruffi, MD
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Anesthesia

Jian Hou, MD, MS, MA
Assistant Professor
Liver Transplant/Regional Anesthesia

Ashley Kelley, MD
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Anesthesia

Shelley Kramer, DO
Assistant Professor
General Anesthesia/Endoscopy

Keshav Kubal, MD - WMC 1974
Assistant Professor
General Anesthesia

Albert Kwon, MD
Assistant Professor
Pain Management and Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management

Ethan Leer, MD – WMC 2014
Assistant Professor
PBLI Rotation Director
General Anesthesia

Chester Li, MD – WMC 2019
General Anesthesia

Michael Lyew, MD
Associate Professor
Pediatric Anesthesia and Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia

Uchenna Madubuko, MD
General Anesthesia

Joey Mancuso, DO
Assistant Professor
General Anesthesia

Toni Manougian, MD
Assistant Professor
Critical Care Rotation Director
Critical Care/General Anesthesia

Bhupen Mehta, MD – WMC 2015
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Anesthesia & Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia

Shinae Namkoong, DO - WMC 2020
General Anesthesia

Angelique Nicolai, MD – WMC 2012
Assistant Professor
Liver Transplant/General Anesthesia

Wen-Hui Ou, MD, MS – WMC 2006
Assistant Professor
General Anesthesia

Bernadette Pasamba-Rakhlin, MD
Assistant Professor
General and Non-Operating Room Anesthesia

Joshua Pearlman, MD
Assistant Professor
General Anesthesia

Suryanarayana Pothula, MD – WMC 1992
Associate Professor
Cardiac Anesthesia

Olena Pryjdun, MD
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Anesthesia

Laurence Rosenberg, MD
Assistant Professor
General Anesthesia

Diana Santiago, MD
General Anesthesia

Kaya Sarier, MD
Assistant Professor
Cardiac Anesthesia

Victoria Shapiro, DO
Assistant Professor
General Anesthesia/Regional Anesthesia

Valeriy Shulin, DO
General Anesthesia

Iwan Sofjan, MD
Assistant Professor 
TEE Elective Rotation Director
M&M Conference Supervisor
Cardiac Anesthesia

Alla Spivak, DO
Assistant Professor
Assistant Fellowship Program Director in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management, Critical Care

George Storer, MD
Assistant Professor
General Anesthesia

Paolo B. Trubiano, MD
Assistant Professor
Cardiac Anesthesia

Shivakeerthy Ubranimath, MD – WMC 2002
Assistant Professor
Rotation Director, Neuroanesthesia
General Anesthesia/Neuroanesthesia

Andrew Villion, MD
Critical Care and PoCUS

Maureen Cooney, DNP, ANCC, ASPMN, NBCHPM
Pain Management

Mario Inchiosa, Jr., PhD
Professor of Pharmacology, Research Professor of Anesthesiology
Research


How to Apply

This program participates in NRMP (all in) and accepts applications only through ERAS: www.aamc.org/eras.

Medical Students: a complete application consists of

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Medical school transcript
  • Official USMLE transcript with Step I and II CK scores
  • Dean's letter (MSPE)
  • Personal Statement - please include information about you that the other elements of the application do not relay. This helps us decide whether you could be successful in the Anesthesiology Residency at WMC.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from clinical faculty who have direct (best) or composite knowledge of the applicant’s performance. We do value letters from Anesthesiologists.

Applicants who are already in training MUST provide a letter of recommendation from the current Program Director.

This year, we will conduct virtual interviews only. West Coast/Mountain Time applicant interviews will start at 12:00 p.m. ET. East Coast/Central Time applicants will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET.

All attempts will be made to schedule the interview on a date that is convenient for the selected candidate. Three Faculty members of the Resident Recruitment Committee will interview each candidate. The Chair and the PD will both interview every candidate. Applicants will have protected time to interact with our residents in a break-out session.

We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) www.nrmp.org

Categorical Track – 2157040C0

Off-cycle applicants are considered only if there is a vacancy posted on the AAMC.

Visit the FindAResident website.


All correspondence should be directed by email to:

Ms. Asia Latt, BS
Residency Coordinator & Education Administrator
Asia.Latt@wmchealth.org