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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Surgery

Current Chief Residents

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Ramy Abdel-Naby, M.D.

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Erin Chang, M.D.

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Michael Kennedy, M.D.

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Shachar Shimonovich, M.D.


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Antonio Masi, M.D.

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Sarrina Shraga, M.D.

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Zangbar Sabegh Bardiya, M.D.



Recent Chief Residents

Chief Residents of 2019

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Deoranie Abdel-Naby, M.D. Private Practice
Daniel Gross, M.D. CT Research at MSKCC
Douglas James, M.D. Pediatric Surgery Research at Northwell Health
Casey Kohler, M.D. Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center
Kate McNamara, M.D. Private Practice
Philip Rosen, M.D. Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at Orlando Health / Colon & Rectal Clinic
Olga Zayko, M.D. Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at University of Florida at Gainesville

Chief Residents of 2018

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Michael Ablavsky, M.D. University of Louisville Plastic Surgery Fellowship
Kaylene Barrera, M.D. Transplant Surgery Fellowship at UCLA
Louis Ferrari, M.D. Surgical Critical Care and Burn Fellowship at University of Arizona, Maricopa Medical Center
Cynthia Kwong, M.D. Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center
Andrew Lee, M.D. Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at North Shore-LIJ Medical Center
Kseniya Roudakova, M.D. Private Practice
Sidharth Sharma, M.D. Transplant Surgery Fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center
Elizabeth Sim, M.D. Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Staten Island University Hospital
Jose Torres, M.D. Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University

Chief Residents of 2017

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Jolita Auguste, M.D. Private Practice
Paul Chung, M.D. Faculty at Coney Island Hospital, HHC, NYC
Onaona Gurney, M.D. Critical Care Fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
David Kashan, M.D. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Georgia Regents University
Jonathan Parks, M.D. Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital
Lisa Shimotake, M.D. Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
Michael Smith, M.D. Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Vanderbilt University
Jason P. Sulkowski, M.D. Pediatric Fellowship at Children's National Medical Center, DC

Chief Residents of 2016

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Brian Tiu, M.D. Vascular Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center
Sara Kim, M.D. Breast Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Kristen Bridges M.D. Minimally Invasive Surgery at Westchester Medical Center
Samuel Hawkins, M.D. Trauma Surgery at UMDNJ
Michael Klein, M.D. Trauma Surgery at University of Pittsburgh
David Radvinsky, M.D. Minimally Invasive Surgery at NYU-Lutheran
Marc Lafonte, M.D. Trauma Surgery at Brown University

Chief Residents of 2015

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Timothy Carter, M.D. Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Pennsylvania
Daniel Kim, M.D. General Surgery Attending, University of Washington
Patricia Leung, M.D. General Surgery Attending, Holy Redeemer Hospital, PA
Feiran Lou, M.D. Cardiothoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University
Gamal Marey, M.D. Cardiothoracic Surgery at Tufts University
Prasanth Patcha, M.D. Plastic Surgery at Medical College of Georgia
Melissa Wong, M.D. Transplant Surgery at University of California, Los Angeles

Chief Residents of 2014

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Joyce Au, M.D. Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadephia, PA
Johanna Basa, M.D. Endocrine Surgery at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Stefan Kenel-Pierre, M.D. Vascular and Endovascular Surgery fellow at the University of Miami / Jackson-Memorial Hospital
Volodymyr Labinskyy, M.D. Vascular Surgery fellow at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
Madhuri Rao, M.D. Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY
Boyoung Song, M.D. Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Geisinger Health System, Pennsylvania
Christopher Turner, M.D. Pediatric Surgery at Michigan Children's Hospital
David Vivas, M.D. Fellowship in Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic

Chief Residents of 2013

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Nefertiti Brown, M.D. Fellowship in Breast Oncology - John Wayne Cancer Institute
Maria Georgiades, M.D. Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Yale University
Lidie Lajoie, M.D. Fellowship in vascular surgery at UMDNJ Newark
Roseanna Lee, M.D. Private Practice - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Verena Liu, M.D. Private Practice
Marilyn Ng, M.D. Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Summa Health Medical Center, Akron, OH
Aliu Sanni, M.D. Fellowship in Minimalyl Invasive Surgery at Emory University

Chief Residents of 2012

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Jacob Eisdorfer, D.O. Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson
Sophia Fu, M.D. Private Practice - NY
Eric Klein, M.D. Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Irina Kowatch, M.D. Private Practice - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Chris Lau, M.D. Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship - New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center
Jason Levine, M.D. Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
Sang-Woo Pak, M.D. Pediatric Surgery Fellowship - Texas
Kelley Sookraj, M.D. Private Practice - SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Chief Residents of 2011

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Wassim Abi Jaoude, M.D. Cardiothoracic Fellowship - University of Wisconsin
Jose Lorenzo Baez, M.D. Hand Surgery Fellowship - University of Miami
Kiyanda Baldwin, M.D. Colorectal Surgery Research Fellowship - Orlando Regional Medical Center, FL
Anita Chiu, M.D. Private Practice - NJ
Nathaniel Dayes, M.D. Vascular Surgery Fellowship- University of Maryland
Valery Roudnitsky, M.D. Surgical Critical Care Fellowship - UMDNJ
Lixana Vega Vega, M.D. Private Practice - TX

Chief Residents of 2010

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Lya Crichlow, M.D. Minimally Invasive Surgery (Tulane University)
Ravi Dhanisetty, M.D. Vascular Surgery (Oregon University)
Sarah Ikponmwosa, M.D. Surgeon Attending (General Surgery practice)
Kuang Kang, M.D. Research (Boston Children's Hospital)
Joel Ricci, M.D. Minimally Invasive Surgery (New York Hospital of Queens)
Sean Rim, M.D. Minimally Invasive Surgery (Lutheran Medical Center)
Gainosuke Sugiyama, M.D. Assistant Professor (SUNY Downstate Medical Center)
Sybile Val, M.D. Surgeon Attending(General Surgery practice)

Chief Residents of 2009

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Giancarlo Cires, M.D. Vascular Surgery (Ochsner Medical Center)
Audrey Durrant, M.D. Pediatric Surgery (Oregon University)
Ogori Kalu, M.D. Breast Surgery (Stanford University)
Aparna Kolli, M.D. Breast Surgery (University of Michigan)
Rabih Nemr, M.D. Laparoscopy (Westchester Medical Center)
Joelle Pierre, M.D. Pediatric Surgery (SUNY Buffalo)
Aaron Winnick, M.D. Transplant (New York University/SUNY Downstate)

Chief Residents of 2008

  Fellowship Program / Institution
Rosemarie Hardin, M.D. Cardio Thoracic (UPMC Presbyterian)
Hesham Ahmed, M.D. Critical Care (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Ali Khoobehi, M.D. Vascular Surgery (Vanderbilt University)
Edward Mavashev, M.D. Laparoscopy (UPMC)
Karoline Nowillo, M.D. Plastic Surgery (Nassau County Medical Center)
Aleksandr Shteynberg, M.D. Burn / Plastic Surgery Fellowship (Nassau County Medical Center)
Michael Timoney, M.D. Laparoscopy (Lutheran Medical Center)
Alan Yan, M.D. Basic Science Research (New York University Wound Healing Division)