Meet Our Team

Rhonda Osborne, MD

Co-Chair, SUNY Downstate GME Resident/Fellow Wellness Subcommittee

Dr. Rhonda Osborne graduated from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Medicine. Her radiology residency was completed at Harlem Hospital Center and Fellowship in Cross-Sectional Imaging at Jacobi Hospital Center. After fellowship, she joined the faculty of the Long Island College Hospital where she was the Ultrasound Division section Chief for thirteen years, and associate program director for eight years.

In 2015, Dr. Osborne returned to SUNY Downstate as faculty in the Department of Radiology, and as the Program Director of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program. She is also an adjunct professor in the School of Health Professions - Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography Program. She is a member of the GME Oversight Committee, Co-Chair of the GME Resident/Fellow Wellness Committee and was awarded the 2019 SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University GME Award for Developing a Resident/Fellow Wellness Committee.

Christina Guillen, MD

Co-Chair, SUNY Downstate GME Resident/Fellow Wellness Subcommittee

Dr. Christina Guillen serves as the Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and is the Co-Chair of the GME Wellness Committee. She graduated from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Medicine and completed her residency and subsequently her chief residency in Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. She then joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University where she also practices as a general pediatrician.

Dr. Guillen has served as the Child Abuse specialist at SUNY Downstate University Hospital Brooklyn, conducts the New York State Mandated Reporter Certification Course and has published journal articles on child physical and sexual abuse.

Dr. Guillen is the Director of Community Pediatrics and responsible for the Community Advocacy elective for residents and medical students. She works closely with the Office of Diversity, Education and Research and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. She oversees the community outreach projects within the department of Pediatrics and collaborates with various community based organizations in New York City.

Dr. Guillen is involved with the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University where she serves as a faculty mentor in the Career and Residency Exploration Program and faculty advisor to medical students interested in Pediatrics. She is also a member of the Student Appeals Committee.

In the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Guillen has developed a robust resident health and wellness initiative.

Alla Akivis, MD

Faculty Member

Dr. Akivis joined the Department of Family Medicine in August 2002, after graduating from the SUNY Downstate Family Medicine Residency Training Program. She earned her medical degree from the Second Moscow State Medical School. Dr. Akivis spends the vast majority of her time as both a preceptor and a clinician. As a preceptor, Dr. Akivis supervises residents providing out-patient care. In her extensive clinical practice, Dr. Akivis closely works with medical, midwifery, and nurse practitioner students. In addition to conducting lectures to Family Medicine residents, she lectures midwifery students and OB/GYN residents on primary care topics.

During her career, Dr. Akivis served as a liaison for many extra-departmental rotations, including sport-medicine, orthopedics, and surgery. In 2016, she became chair of PEC (Program Evaluation committee), overseeing the residency’s program performance. Dr. Akivis was appointed Associate Residency Program Director in 2017. She is a Faculty Champion for implementation of the Wellness Curriculum for the FM residency program. As a part of Departmental community outreach program, Dr. Akivis actively works with residents to provide medical education to senior citizens in the Senior Citizen Center.

Magda Alliancin, EhD

Program Coordinator, EAP

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a worksite-based program designed to help State employees deal with everyday issues involved in balancing work and life. EAP is a confidential program for employees and their families that provide assessments, education, information and referrals to help with work related and/or personal problems. EAP services are provided at no cost. If a referral is needed, every effort will be made to assist employees in obtaining services that are coordinated with their health benefits. Please visit the website for additional information or call (718) 270-1489. Led by Magda Alliancin, Ed.D., EAP Program Coordinator.

Michael Myers, MD, DLFAPA


Dr. Myers is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and immediate past Vice-Chair of Education and Director of Training in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated in medicine from the University of Western Ontario in 1966 and did residencies at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Wayne State University (Detroit General Hospital), and the University of British Columbia. He is board certified in Psychiatry by both the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.

Dr. Myers is a specialist in physician health. Until 2008, he served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Physician Health of the Canadian Medical Association and he was the founder and Co-Chair of the Section on Physician Health of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. For many years he served on the Committee on Physician Health, Illness, and Impairment of the American Psychiatric Association and has produced an educational videotape for medical students, physicians, and their families called “Physicians Living With Depression” (American Psychiatric Press Inc., Washington, DC, 1996). His videotape “When Physicians Die By Suicide: Reflections of Those They Leave Behind” won the 1999 APA Psychiatric Services Award. For his advocacy efforts, Dr. Myers received the 2002 CAIR (Canadian Association of Interns and Residents) Resident Well-Being Award. In September 2008, he was awarded a President's Commendation by the Canadian Psychiatric Association for his pioneering work and advocacy in the field of physician mental health. Currently, Dr Myers serves on the Advisory Board to the Committee for Physician Health of the Medical Society of the State of New York. He writes a monthly blog on physician health issues for Psych Congress Network and for Psychology Today.