Nancy Bermon, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency Program in Social Medicine-Family Medicine
Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Prevention, Biopsychosocial/Spiritual Integration, Personal/Professional Balance


Melanie Bernitz, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Student Health Services
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
University College London Bachelor of Science, Psychology University College London
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Family Medicine Residency at NYP/CUMC
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

AREAS OF INTEREST:
College Health, Women’s Health, Preventive Medicine


Silvia Cunto-Amesty, MD, MPH, MSEd
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC
Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health
Mailman School of Public Health

EDUCATION:
University of Pennsylvania School of Education
Temple University School of Medicine
Beth Israel Residency in Family Medicine
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University, Center for Family Medicine, Faculty Development Fellowship

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Health and Human Rights, Adolescent Medicine, HIV, Cultural Issues in Health Care,
Latino/Immigrant Access to Healthcare, Qualitative Research


Joanne Dempster, MD
Director of Family Medicine Inpatient Services at Allen Hospital
Associate Director Residency Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Family Medicine Residency

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Adult education, Curriculum, and Mentoring


Urmi Desai, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY
Family Medicine Residency at NYP/CUMC

AREAS OF INTEREST:


Krishna Desai, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Cincinnati, OH

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Chronic disease management
Complementary medicine: Nutrition and Lifestyle
Natural Medicines including herbals and supplements, Mind-Body Medicine


Carmen Dominguez-Rafer, MD, MPH
Associate Director of CFCM
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
University of the Philippines College of Medicine
Family Practice Residency Program of Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Health Care Systems and Health Policy, Quality Improvement, Family Medicine Residency Education, International Health, Cultural Competency


Himabindu Ekanadham, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (CFCM)

EDUCATION:
Georgetown University and Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency Program in Family & Social Medicine at AECOM / Montefiore Medical Center

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Access to healthy affordable food & food insecurity among the urban underserved
Primary drivers of US healthcare cost and how a single payer system would address the


Lama El-Zein, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (CFCM)

EDUCATION:
American University of Beirut
Family Medicine Residency at NYP/CUMC
Fellowship in Pain and Palliative Care at Montefiore Medical

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Palliative Care, Pain Management, Preventive Medicine, Minority Health


Erin Ferenchick, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (CFCM)

EDUCATION:
Princeton University
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Family Medicine Residency at NYP/CUMC

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Global Health, Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC), Behavioral Medicine


Mary Jo Fink, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
JW Goethe University
Residency in Family Medicine and Fellowship in Women's Health,
Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Caring for HIV+ Women, Health Care for Women in Prison,
Cultural Diversity and the Doctor-Patient Interaction


Lewanza Harris, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Quality & Patient Safety Officer

EDUCATION:
University of Rochester
Family Medicine Residency, University of Rochester

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Health Disparities, Preventive Medicine and Wellness,
Health Systems Management/Delivery and Health Policy


Beena Jani, MD
Medical Director, Farrell Health Center,
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Overlook Family Practice Residency Program

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Health Systems Management, HIV Medicine, Quality Improvement, Medical Student Education


Susan Lin, DrPH
Assistant Professor (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Lehigh University

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Disease Prevention, Health Disparities, Health Services Research,
Analyzing national health and health care surveys, Electronic Health Records (EHR)


Michelle Love, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC
Student Health Services, CUMC

EDUCATION:
Queen’s University
Family Medicine Residency at McGill University

AREAS OF INTEREST:
College Health, Women’s health


Marina Makous, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (CFCM)
Family Medicine/Psychiatry
Tick-borne Diseases Evaluation Service

EDUCATION:
Medical College of Pennsylvania
Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Lyme and other Tick-borne diseases, treatment of depression and anxiety,
Nutrition, individual and couples' therapy


Jeanne Manubay, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (CFCM)
Department of Psychiatry

EDUCATION:
American University of the Caribbean Medical School, St. Martin, N.A.

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Addiction Medicine, Opioid Dependence, Pain Management


Thomas Mele, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC
Student Health Services, CUMC

EDUCATION:
McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Montreal
Family Medicine Residency McGill University/Montreal General Hospital
Special Competency in Emergency Medicine Fellowship

AREAS OF INTEREST:
College Health, Dermatolog


Heather Paladine, MD, MEd
Family Medicine Residency Program Director
Director of Women's Health in Family Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Family Medicine Residency at Oregon Health and Science University
Fellowships in Maternal and Children's Health at California Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Women's Health, Technology in Education, Public He


Khusbu Patel, Pharm.D., BCACP, CGP
Pharmacotherapy Faculty

EDUCATION:
St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
New York Harbor VA Medical Center James J Peters VA Medical Center

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Geriatrics, Chronic disease management, Anticoagulation


Nataliya Pilipenko, Ph.D., L.P.

Director of Behavioral Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:

Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University

Consortium for Advanced Psychology Training (CAPT), McLaren Regional Medical Center

AREA OF INTEREST:

Integrated primary care, trauma, medical education


Marion Richman, MD
Residency Lecture Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Family Medicine Residency at NYP/CUMC

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Women's Medicine, Maternal/Child Medicine


David Rosenthal, PhD
Director of Behavioral Science,
Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
State University of New York-Buffalo

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Family Therapy, Patient-Physician Communication, Public Health


Pooja A. Shah, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
University of Texas Medical Branch
Residency Boston Medical Center

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Preventive Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Musculoskeletal Education,
Inpatient Medicine, and Procedures


Anita Softness, MD
Director, Community Oriented Primary Care Education,
Predoctoral Site Director, Farrell Health Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Residency Program in Social Medicine-Family Medicine
Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Community Organizations And Community Health


James Spears, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
University of California-Davis School of Medicine
St. Mary Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Homeless Healthcare, Healthcare for the Uninsured


Yorgos Strangas MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
University of Michigan Medical School
Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine

AREAS OF INTEREST:
HIV Care, Global Health and International Medicine, Women's Health, Chronic Disease Management


Yael Swica, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (CFCM)

EDUCATION:
Albany Medical College
Family Medicine Residency at NYP/CUMC

AREAS OF INTEREST:


Christopher Wang, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (CFCM)

EDUCATION:
Boston University School of Medicine
Residency Program in Social Medicine-Family Medicine
Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Chronic Disease Management, HIV Prevention


Richard Younge, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Family and Community Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine (CFCM) at CUMC

EDUCATION:
University of California, San Francisco
MPH, University of California, Berkeley
Residency in Family Medicine Montefiore Medical Center

AREAS OF INTEREST:
Health promotion, disease prevention teaching and service
Practice-based learning and improvement; Community oriented primary care
Chronic disease management