Current Residents

PL3 Class of 2022

Sinan Albear, MD

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Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Undergraduate: Wayne State University

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Hobbies: For a couple of years I worked as a jewelry designer in Istanbul, Turkey. During this time, I lived in one continent and commuted to work in another. I love experiencing new cultures and what better way than eating delicious foods and cooking exotic dishes.

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: I wanted to be in a residency program that would challenge me and has a diverse patient demographic. Also, New York City is one of the only places in the world where each neighborhood has its own unique vibe and culture.

Mira Amin, MD

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Hometown: Warrington, Pennsylvania

Undergraduate: Temple University

Medical School School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Hobbies: In my free time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, cooking, watching football (Go Eagles!) and spending time with family/friends

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: I chose SUNY because I was attracted to the diverse patient population and vast pathology that residents are exposed to. I knew that with the clinical and surgical training I would receive here, I would leave feeling confident to manage any patient on my own. Plus, NYC is a great place to live and explore!

Natalie Antonova, MD

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Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Undergraduate: New York University

Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Hobbies: Trying new foods, traveling, hiking

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: Location in NYC, patient population

Michael Bivona, MD

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Hometown: Westhampton, NY

Undergraduate: University at Albany

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Hobbies: Traveling, photography, running, hiking, piano

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: NYC location combined with excellent clinical training

Lena Chen, MD

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Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Undergraduate: Brandeis University

Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, running, snorkeling

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: Diverse pathology

Stephen Lobue, MD

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Hometown: Murrieta, California

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

Medical School: Saint George's University School of Medicine

Graduate: Emory University and Mayo Clinic (Vitreoretinal Research Fellowship)

Hobbies: Weight lifting, tennis, bowling, hiking, paddle boarding, nutrition, cooking

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: I was drawn to downstate due to the level of confidence and autonomy developed by residents. It also was exciting to have a young, enthusiastic faculty involved in teaching and research. Lastly, NYC is one of the best cities to train due to high volume/diversity of patients coupled with a city with unlimited options in terms of food and places to explore.

Thanh Nguyen, MD

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Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia

Undergraduate: University of Virginia

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Hobbies: Hanging out with my golden retriever. Playing tennis and other winter sports.

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: Broad patient population and ocular diseases. Great metropolitan area to live in.

PL2 Class of 2023

Anna Alma Artymowicz, MD

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Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Undergraduate: University of Toronto

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Hobbies: Painting and illustration, learning something new, spicy foods, a good book, biking, hiking, DIY.

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: Caring for those in need is one of life’s greatest rewards. It is an honor to be a member of strong clinical and research centers.

Shuk Kei Cheng, MD

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Hometown: Bronx, New York

Undergraduate: Wesleyan

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Hobbies: gastronomical activities, soccer, photography, languages, grew up helping family’s Chinese take out

Katherine Giovinazzo, MD

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Hometown: Staten Island, New York

Undergraduate: Princeton University

Graduate: New York University (Masters in Bioethics)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Hobbies: playing squash, reading, swimming

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: The high volume and unique population allows us to see and treat pathology at all stages making the clinical experience at SUNY unbeatable.

Christopher Hampton, MD

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Hometown: Farmington, Connecticut

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University

Graduate: Johns Hopkins University (Masters of Science)

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Hobbies: Rock climbing, long distance running, hiking, and live music

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: I’ve loved having the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population and having a hands-on clinical experience. Additionally, I’ve really enjoyed living New York and going to new restaurants, museums, and shows!

Osama Mufti, MD

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Hometown: Newburgh, Indiana

Undergraduate: Indiana University

Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine

Hobbies: Sports, movies, the usual stuff

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: Unique program with a diverse patient population and good resident autonomy

Yvonne Okaka, MD

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Hometown: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Undergraduate: Villanova University

Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Hobbies: Cooking, travel, exercise

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: Patient population!

Rebecca Silverman, MD

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Hometown: Roslyn Heights, New York

Undergraduate: Lehigh University

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Hobbies: Baking, reading, going to the beach, exploring NYC

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: The autonomy, ability to work at many hospitals with vastly different patient populations, residents seemed great, and I love Brooklyn!

Diane Wang, MD

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Hometown: Lake Bluff, Illinois

Undergraduate: Columbia University

Medical School: New York University

Hobbies: Hiking, trying new food/restaurants/recipes, drawing and painting, traveling

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: I love living in NYC and getting to take care of such a diverse group of patients here in Brooklyn!

PL1 Class of 2024

Subhashini Chandrasekaran, MD

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Hometown: Edison, NJ

Undergraduate: New Jersey Institute of Technology

Medical School: New Jersey Medical School

Hobbies: Traveling, beaches, watersports/activities, Taco Bell and dancing

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: amazing residents, attendings and staff that are always there to help and teach, exciting city to explore in, diverse population and pathology.

Hirah Khan, MD

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Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Undergraduate: University of South Florida

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Hobbies: My favorite thing is Pilates on a reformer machine! Best workout ever and amazing way to destress. I also love traveling and immersing myself in different cultures, as well as skiing, eating dessert, trying new experiences to get my adrenaline rush going i.e., skydiving, sand boarding, water skiing, and just sitting down to watch romantic comedies with popcorn in hand.

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: I wanted a residency with high volume, disease pathology that runs the gamut, a good amount of autonomy, supportive and brilliant peers and faculty, and training that would provide me the skills to be comfortable no matter what gets thrown at me in the future and I believe SUNY Downstate is the best place for all of the above.

Sarah Martin, MD

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Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University

Medical School: University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School

Hobbies: Spending time with friends/family, adventuring, listening to podcasts, baking (mostly anything chocolate), making things by hand, being pulled into a good book or tv series

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: The patient population, extensive pathology exposure, and the sense of community amongst the residents! And NYC is a treasure trove for anything and everything!

Abenet Michael, MD

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Hometown: Boston

Undergraduate: Boston College

Medical School: Tulane University

Hobbies: running, panting, making smoothies

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: Brooklyn is an exciting and diverse place to live in with a patient population to match. Being able to provide care to patients that really appreciate it and the expectation that I can develop strong and valuable clinical experience and take it with me for the rest of my career.

Giannis A. Moustafa, MD

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Hometown: Athens, Greece

Undergraduate: University of Athens

Medical School: University of Athens

Research Fellowship: Mass. Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School

Hobbies: Working out, traveling (esp. in Greece), Exploring NY

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: Happy residents, great mentors, unique cases and a broad spectrum of pathology; and last but not least, the sense of belonging.

Nicholas Saba, MD

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Hometown: Hamden, CT

Undergraduate: Bowdoin College

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Hobbies: Distance running, hiking, reading, travel, exploring new restaurants and venues

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: Supportive residents, diverse pathology and patient population, busy clinic, living in Brooklyn!

Milana Sapozhnikov, MD

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Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Undergraduate: Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College

Medical School: SUNY Downstate

Hobbies: Traveling, photography, piano, exploring new places in NYC

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: Residents and faculty who not only provide exceptional care to their patients but are also always excited to help and teach. Diverse pathology in various clinical sites around NYC. Large volume of surgical cases and procedures. Wonderful opportunity to stay here in Brooklyn at my home med school in a program I know very well and consider an honor to be a part of.

Alex Song, MD

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Hometown: East Patchogue, NY

Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Medical School: Northwestern University

Hobbies: Travelling, Hiking, Tennis, Running

Why I chose SUNY Downstate: diverse patient population with high clinical volume, amazing residents and faculty, and living in NYC.