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Residency Programs

Residents In Action The SUNY Downstate / Kings County Hospital residency in emergency medicine is a medical school based, academic program that is committed to training competent and compassionate physicians who can manage all aspects of emergency medical care, and who feel at ease in the most challenging circumstances that our profession affords. It is our goal to train the next generation of leaders in our specialty.
The program at SUNY Downstate / Kings County offers unparalleled training in pediatric emergency medicine, critical care and trauma resuscitation. It also provides exposure to a tremendous diversity of clinical pathology. Residents are trained to practice evidence-based medicine in an acute setting and encouraged to cultivate their leadership potential. In the last couple of years, 45% of graduating residents have gone on to assume titled positions of leadership at hospitals across the country, and another 45% have gone on to do fellowships.
Our primary training site is a large level-one urban trauma center located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Kings County Hospital was founded in 1831 and has served generations of immigrants who have arrived in this country in the last century and continue to arrive to this day. Today the surrounding community is largely West Indian, and the majority of our patients are recent immigrants from Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana, as well as new residents from East Asia, Central America and Africa. The neighboring region of Crown Heights has a significant Orthodox Jewish population. The rich cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of our patients, along with their humor and courtesy is one of the great selling points of our program.
We are looking for a diverse group of residents who are passionate, are strongly motivated to learn, have a calling to work with underserved populations, and above all have personalities and a sense of humor. Please take a look around the website and feel free to contact us should you have any questions.

Clinical Monster

Check out our resident created academic website here!


  Residency Leadership

Dr. Stephan Rinnert Dr. Stephan Rinnert

Dr. Rinnert , the Vice Chairman for Education and Faculty Development and Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at SUNY Downstate / Kings County Hospital, is also the Residency Director for our EM categorical program. Born in Germany he spent a large part of his childhood in Turkey. After graduating from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, in 1984, he immigrated to the US in 1986. He completed residencies in Internal Medicine at SUNY Downstate and Emergency Medicine at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. Dr. Rinnert joined the Downstate community as a faculty member in 1994. He soon became intricately involved in establishing an Emergency Medicine Residency at Kings County Hospital / SUNY Downstate. His tenure was only interrupted by a mission with Doctors without Borders in 1996/1997. From 1999 to 2007, he served his first term as the residency program director.
As a Vice Chairman he oversees a faculty of 70 attendings within 15 departmental subdivisions. Outside the department his activities include chairman of the Kings County Research Review Committee, Chair of the Advanced Learning Resource Center Committee charged with the development of a integrated campus-wide center for advanced learning and collaboration, and chair of the "FAPS" Committee (Faculty and Professional Staff Personnel Policies, Promotions and Appointments Sub-Committee), a subcommittee of the faculty and staff Executive Committee. This committee has been very active in pursuing faculty development ideas at SUNY Downstate, ultimately attempting to create a faculty development center.
Outside of SUNY, Dr. Rinnert has been involved on a national level at the Council of Residency Directors for Emergency Medicine (CORD EM) where he founded a committee in charge of reviewing the Program Information Form (PIF) and Residency Program Requirements for Emergency Medicine, in relation to relevance, quality outcomes, and changes in medicine.
His international credentials include medical work in Germany, Western Africa, Turkey, Iran, and Haiti. He is presently preparing a large international conference in Turkey in conjunction with Downstate's CME office. He sits on the board of directors of EMEDX International, a non-for-profit organization fostering international educational exchange in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Rinnert is fluent in German, English and Turkish and speaks French and Spanish. His areas of research interest include medical education, curriculum development, geriatric emergency medicine, and international exchange.
Dr. Rinnert lives with his wife Dr. Jacqueline Achkar, an Infectious Disease physician and researcher at Albert Einstein COM, and his two young children, Anton and Lilian, in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, New York.


Dr. Mark Silverberg Dr. Mark Silverberg
Dr. Silverberg has been a fixture of Kings County Hospital for more than a decade now. After obtaining his MD degree in 1997 from SUNY Downstate School of Medicine, he stayed here to do his Emergency Medicine residency at Kings County Hospital / SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He was in the third class (2001) to graduate from the Kings County EM Residency. He stayed on as a faculty member at "The County" and eventually took on the role of Director of Senior Medical Student Education supervising the visiting and in-house fourth year medical students that rotate through our busy level-1 urban ED. After serving 2.5 years in that position, Dr. Silverberg made the jump into resident education and became an Assistant Residency Director.
Over the years, Dr. Silverberg has established himself as one of the leaders in the world of medical imagery. He draws on an ever-growing collection of over 1000 original radiographs and more than 3000 digital images of medical pathology and radiology films. Every year, the SAEM Photo Submission Section of the national meeting accepts multiple images from his collection to hang on their walls of "unknowns." He also served as Associate Editor on a 1000 page medical photographic atlas called Greenberg's Text Atlas of Emergency Medicine. In addition to editing half of the book, he also authored many topics featured in the atlas and submitted more than 200 of the 1200 photographs that appear in the colorful pages of that work. Many of these images can also be seen in Dr. Silverberg's lectures on visual diagnosis, hand pathology, and dive medicine in addition to multiple radiology lectures covering the topics of head CT's, abdomen CT's and trauma screening radiographs that he regularly gives to the Downstate residents and medical students.
On those rare occasions when Dr Silverberg finds time to leave the hospital and Brooklyn, he enjoys traveling to the different countries in the Caribbean to sample their food and scuba dive in their warm, blue waters. Here his passion for photography yet again rears it's head being evidenced by the multiple albums of vibrant undersea life with many of these photos being blown up and lining the walls of his home. He enjoys spending his evenings enjoying the local restaurants with his wife and friends.

Dr. Jay Khadpe

Dr. Khadpe attended medicalschool in Philadelphia receiving his MD from Jefferson Medical College in 2006. He then did residency training at the Jacobi / Montefiore EM program in the Bronx graduating in 2010. After residency, Dr. Khadpe joined the faculty here at Kings County / SUNY Downstate and now serves as an Assistant Residency Director.

As far as academic interests, Dr. Khadpe has focused on developing and

integrating technology and new methods for information exchange into the residency curriculum. Through these efforts, our website was expanded and a residency blog, "The Original Kings of County", was created and together they are an online hub for all our academic activities. You can follow our site on twitter @kingsofcounty.

Dr. Teresa Smith

Dr. Teresa Yvonne Smith is an emergency medicine physician who has dedicated her training to working in the urban communities of New York City. After undergraduate studies at Spelman College, she attended NYU School of Medicine. She completed her emergency medicine residency training at NYU/Bellevue Hospital. In 2011, shejjoined SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, completing a fellowship in emergency ultrasound, and eventually staying on as Assistant Program Director. Currently, Dr. Smith is pursuing a Masters in Medical Education at University of Pennsylvania, through their distant learning program. Dr. Smith’s area of interest is advancing medical education through technology.

Dr. Smith runs the weekly conference didactics, bringing innovative medical education to the forefront of our emergency medicine residency. She initiated the faculty hour of

conference, which includes faculty lecture series, including Palliative care, Geriatrics,

Ultrasound, Toxicology, Education, and Business in Medicine. She also initiated the

Consult lecture series, which invited guest speakers from other services come to lecture

on the latest management.

Dr. Smith’s current educational research projects including EMODs (EM on-line modules), which she served as the faculty for the award winning $16,000 grant. She also is working on developing a validated program evaluation that can be used nationally for emergency medicine conferences. She also runs the Teaching Mini-Fellowship, and through her grant has sent two residents to the ACEP Teaching Fellowship.

Currently, Dr. Smith is working on developing a health disparities research division at Kings County Hospital, with research projects including violence prevention, and comprehensive care for sickle cell patients. In her travels through many urban communities in New York and around the world, she has discovered that all underserved populations have a common need: equal, quality healthcare. It is her desire to further

continue her career with this goal in mind.


Dr. James Willis

Dr. Willis is a recent graduate of the SUNY Downstate / Kings County Residency Program staying on as faculty and part of the resident education team. He has been at Downstate for close to a decade including his medical school and residency education. A former chief resident, his focus has been education in the classroom as well as clinical area. He is involved in Student, Resident, PA and Family Practice Emergency Medicine education.

Dr. Willis’s major project has been the implementation of the new evaluation

method the ACGME has embraced, the Milestones. He has also been a part of the didactic education of medical students during the curriculum change at SUNY Downstate COM. His research interests have focused on resident evaluation and education including Death Notification resident curriculum and Clinical Competency Committees. His specific interests include lecturing, adult education, clinical efficiency and training the best EM residents in the country.

In Dr. Willis’s free time he enjoys traveling all over the world. He lives in Long Island with his wife Diana Kontonotas, another EM physician. Recently they have been very busy at home after the birth of their first child, Ryan. Some of his other interests include craft beer, tasting different cuisines and movies.


Ms. Stephanie Lane
Ms. Lane, Residency Coordinator has been a part of the Downstate community since 2002. She completed her BS in Business Management & Finance at Brooklyn College and is currently enrolled in the MPH Program with a concentration in Administration and Policy. In her spare time she loves to travel and spend time with family.