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Program

Staten Island, NY Program Directors

Dr. Jay Nfonoyim

Program Director, Chief of Critical Care and Clinical Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYMC.

Dr Jay M. Nfonoyim, MD is a graduate of our Internal Medicine Residency Program in 1990. He did his Intensive Care training at Mt. Sinai before returning to run our ICU. Prior to coming to SVCMC, he was director of the Surgical Trauma ICU at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical School. He is now a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College. In July 2003 he became an Associate Program Director and is currently the Program Director.

Dr. Sundee Naing

Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, and member of the NYMC Faculty.

“I consider it a great honor and privilege to supervise residents and serve excellent medical care to the diverse population of patients in Staten Island. I love practicing medicine and find working with residents personally and intellectually rewarding. My goal is to help the residents improving their education and training in medicine to reach their professional goals and personal values.”Dr. Sundee Naing graduated from Institute of Medicine, Yangon, Myanmar and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the former St. Vincent Medical Center graduating in 2005. She served as a Chief Resident in her third year of residency. Dr. Naing is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. She has been working for several years as a hospitalist and a also as a physician advisor to case management. She is also the director of the Pre- Internship Program (5th Pathway) of New York Medical College. Her experience in private practice brings expertise useful to link residents with community physician preceptors. At RUMC she is also directing the Primary Care Track program of the Internal Medicine Residency.

Dr. Ana Paula Oppenheimer

Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, and member of the NYMC Faculty and Director of ASSIST, NYS Anti-Smoking Program

“The RUMC IM program has old and deep routes within the institution. We want to preserve that history while bringing in the technologies and innovation of the 21st century, to make it a stellar program. We are deeply invested in increasing the Internal Medicine passing rates by emphasizing diverse and stimulating educational activities, while maintaining a high quality care for our patients. The 3 years at RUMC will be counted among the best in your professional career as it will shape your thinking about medicine and your professionalism and provision of care for the rest of your life. You will get new skills in clinical medicine, research, management and quality improvement. You will foster the best friendships here.  We count with mature and seasoned faculty that will challenge you 

all along and great ancillary services. We seek reliable, inquisitive, dynamic, forthcoming, studious and dependable, residents who will continue to make us proud of our work”.

Dr Ana Paula Oppenheimer graduated in Medicine from the University Agostinho Neto in Luanda, Angola in 1986. She has clinical experience working in less developed countries, where she also developed experience managing and evaluating public health programs in the areas of immunization, essential drugs, maternal and child care, and medical education among others. She received a Masters of Public Health degree from Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) in 1996 after which she worked as an international consultant in several countries in Africa and Mexico and Central America. She is a graduate of our Internal Medicine Residency Program of 2008. Subsequently she completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest University Medical Center in 2011 after which she joined RUMC as Associate Program Director. In addition to clinical experience Dr Oppenheimer brings her expertise in program development and evaluation, medical education and research to the residency program.  

Administrative Staff

 Ann Marie Cazzetta Administrative Secretaryacazzetta@rumcsi.org 718-818-2430 
Sarina Libonati Resident Coordinatorslibonati@rumcsi.org718-818-2419
Jennifer Dominguez Medical Education and New Innovations Coordinatorjdominguez@rumcsi.org718-818-3106
Keisha Daniels-Murrell
5th Pathway Coordinator and Assistant to the Resident Coordinator 
kdaniels@rumcsi.org718-818-1645

Faculty

NameSpecialtyby alphabetical orderTraining affiliationYear joining RUMC
Frank Tamburrino, MDCardiologySaint Vincent’s Catholic MC2005
Nidal Isber, MDCardiologySUNY Downstate1997
Samala Swamy, MDCardiologySaint Vincent’s Catholic MC1979
Richard Grodman, MD Section ChiefCardiologyBrown University1979
Edward Arsura, MD, Dept HeadCritical CareMaimonides2005
Jay Nfonoyim, MDCritical CareNYMC/ Mount Sinai1998
Lucia Palladino, MDCritical CareGeorge Washington U2010
Dennis Bloomfield, MDClinical ResearchVanderbilt University1975
Philip Otterbeck, MD Section Chief EndocrinologySUNY Downstate2012
Lena Leykina, MDEndocrinology  
Seshadri Das, MDEndocrinologySUNY Downstate2010
Sunil H Patel, MD Section ChiefGastro-EnterologyUMDNJ1998
Prasanna Wickremesinghe, MDGastro-EnterologyMaimonides H1977
Sheriff Farag, MDGastro-EnterologyUMDNJ2000
Deepak Vadada, MDGastro-EnterologyLenox Hill H2012
Keith Dahl, DOGastro-EnterologyNassau University MC2012
William M. Tursi, MD Section ChiefGeriatricsSaint Barnabas H1981
Shamin Salman, MDHematology/OncologyMaimonides H1992
Mahmoud Aly, MD Section ChiefHematology/OncologyUMDNJ1995
Thomas Forlenza, MDHematology/OncologyNYU/SUNY Downstate1983
Ana Paula Oppenheimer, MD MPHInfectious DiseasesNYMC/Wake Forest U2011
Frank Scafuri, DO Section ChiefInfectious DiseasesSaint Vincent’s Catholic MC2004
Jessie Saverimuttu, MDInfectious DiseasesSaint Vincent’s Catholic MC2010
Suzy Bibawy, MD Section ChiefInternal MedicineSaint Vincent’s Catholic MC1998
Vikrant Pandian, MD Internal MedicineNYMC2013
Lyudmila Rubinshteyn, MDInternal MedicineNYMC2010
Sundee Naing, MDInternal MedicineNYMC2010
Farhang Ebrahimi, MD Section ChiefNephrologyBrookdale1998
John Pepe, MDNephrologyAlbert Einstein1980
Allan Perel, MD Section ChiefNeurologyColumbia Presbiterian2006
Keith Diaz, MDPulmonology, Critical CareStony Brook2011
Peter Gotlieb, MDPulmonology, Critical CareBeth Israel1998
Philip Cosentino, MD Section ChiefPulmonology, Critical CareNYMC1994
Peggy Garjian, MD Section ChiefRheumathologyU Conn Hartford1988

Life After Residency (where do our residents go)

SpecialtyInstitutionLocationYear
CardiologySUNY DownstateOchsner Health SystemAlbert Einstein PhiladelphiaSUNY DownstateSt Vincent Catholic Medical CenterSt Vincent Catholic Medical CenterUniversity of IowaBrooklyn, NYNO, LABrooklyn, NYNY, NYNY, NYNY, NYIowa City, IA2015201120012010200920082007
Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineVermontMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterCook County HospitalLouisiana State UniversityMount Sinai School of MedicineStony Brook University Medical CenterMount Sinai School of MedicineVermontNY, NYChicago, ILShreveport, LANY, NYStony Brook, NYNY, NY2015201120112008200820072007
Hematology/OncologyNYMC Westchester Medical CenterMaimonides Medical CenterNYMC Westchester Medical CenterNYMC Westchester Medical CenterNYUNYMC Westchester Medical CenterNational Institutes of HealthNYUBaylor College of MedicineNYMC Westchester Medical CenterNYMC Westchester Medical CenterValhalla, NYBrooklyn, NYNY, NYNY, NYNY, NYValhalla, NYBethesda, MDNY, NYHouston, TXValhalla, NYValhalla, NY20152014201320122011201020092008200820082007
Infectious DiseasesUC San FranciscoRutgers NJ School of MedicineUniversity of WisconsinWake Forest Baptist Medical CenterUC San FranciscoNew JerseyMadison, WIWinston Salem, NC2015201520112009
NephrologyRutgers, NJ School of MedicineSUNY DownstateRichmond University Medical CenterHenry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MIAllegheny Medical CenterMetropolitan Hospital CenterJohn Hopkins UniversityNYMC, RUMCNYMC, RUMCNew JerseyBrooklyn, NYStaten Island, NYDetroit, MIPittsburg, PANY, NYBaltimore, MDSI, NYSI, NY201520152014201320112010200920092007
GastroenterologyRutgers, NJ School of MedicineSUNY DownstateSt Vincent Medical CenterNew JerseyBrooklyn, NYNY, NY201520092007
GeriatricsStaten Island University HospitalCornell UniversitySI, NYNY, NY2012?2008
EndocrinologyPhoenix VA HCSUniversity of ArizonaUniversity of KentuckyPhoenix, AZPhoenix, AZLouisville, KY201520082008
RheumatologyRobert Wood Johnson University HospitalNew Brunswick, NJ2007
HospitalistOther CentersRUMCCoastal Medical ServicesSamaritan HospitalKimball Medical CenterNorthwest RegionalOther CentersNJ, NV, NYStaten Island, NYSavannah, GATroy, NYLakewood, NJClarksdale, MSSI, Brooklyn, LI, NY, NJ, PA, VA, MD, ME, OH, NC, WI, CA, TX, PL, KY20152013201320132011201107-13
Director of AUA and SGU*RUMCSI, NY2011