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Internal Medicine

A Message from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in our residency program in Primary Internal Medicine offered by St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

Our training program has a rich history of producing high quality physicians who go on to excel in both general and sub-specialty medicine. We have as our mission the education of physicians who have the clinical skills and the humanistic qualities to practice as well rounded primary care general internists, hospitalists and sub-specialists.

In order to meet our goals, the training program at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has undergone significant, exciting change. While retaining the best, high-quality categorical internal medicine program, we have added several months of ambulatory care experience to our schedule. Residents will, therefore, acquire expertise in the nuances of both inpatient and outpatient care. Much of this training takes place in our Ambulatory Care Center and is provided by an experienced faculty of Board Certified physicians.

Our curriculum has also been expanded in the areas of ambulatory and general internal medicine, as well as evidence-based medicine, to provide our residents with the knowledge necessary to practice comprehensive Primary Care Internal Medicine. We service a wonderful diverse community, which provides a fertile training environment.

We welcome your interest and look forward to meeting with you. Please apply to our residency through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Sheldon Markowitz, MD

Program Director

Mohammed Anwar, MD

Associate Program Director

Samer Takmaje, MD

Associate Program Director

Audeth Clarke

Senior Residency Coordinator

Maybel Akosah

Residency Coordinator

About Internal Medicine at St. John’s

Our Internal Medicine Residency Program has been ACGME Accredited since 1983. The training program is a fully approved three year categorical program and is a major teaching affiliate of the State University of New York Downstate Medical School.

Our expected residency distribution for the coming year is as follows: 20 PGY-1’s, 20 PGY-2’s, and 20 PGY-3’s.

Patients are housed in a state-of-the-art 11 story Patient Care Tower. A new Ambulatory Care Center and Outpatient Dialysis Unit have recently been completed. The hospital is equipped with the most modern invasive and non-invasive monitoring and imaging equipment, thus enabling our staff to care for over 10,000 admissions, 30,000 emergency cases, and more than 34,000 ambulatory care visits per year.

The biomedical laboratories at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital provide a full range of testing on-site and are completely computerized. Terminals to access laboratory data are located in all patient areas, thus making the physician’s job much easier. The Medical Service carries a daily census of approximately 150 patients. This includes patients located in an 8 bed Intensive Care Unit, an 8 bed Coronary Care Unit. On the Teaching Medical Service, approximately 70% are private patients and 30% are service patients. Our patient population reflects the heterogeneous community which we serve. We provide care for patients from all socio-economic classes and all races, with a special emphasis on critical care and geriatric medicine.

A large, active group of voluntary attending physicians complements the salaried faculty to give St. John’s Episcopal Hospital strong representation in both General Internal Medicine and every subspecialty of Internal Medicine.

In addition to the training program in Internal Medicine, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital serves as a teaching site for rotating allopathic residents in Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Medicine.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is an equal opportunity employer.


  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee (RRC-ACGME)
  • The Joint Commission Certifications
  • Emergency Heart Care Station by the American Heart Association
  • 911/Level II Trauma Receiving Hospital by New York City Department of Health


As a supplement to the broad range of clinical experience we provide, the training program offers an extensive conference schedule. Our weekly Medical Grand Rounds often features eminent speakers from major medical centers all around the country, and our monthly Morbidity/Mortality Conference is a highlight of the educational program. At our monthly Basic Science Conference, speakers from the Medical School present the latest developments in bench research. There are monthly conferences in every subspeciality of Internal Medicine, as well as twice monthly Radiology conferences and a monthly ECG conference.

Residents at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital are actively encouraged to participate in medical research. Clinical projects at the Hospital are ongoing and opportunities for laboratory research are available at the Medical School. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has been a participating institution in several major international cardiology studies such as the third and fourth versions of the International Study of Infarct Survival (ISIS 3 and ISIS 4). Several publications with residents as co-authors and resident entries into writing competitions have resulted from these efforts.


Post Graduate Year 1

The PGY-1 year includes approximately:

  • Twenty Four weeks on the General Medical Floors
  • Eight weeks of night float
  • Four weeks in Intensive Care Unit
  • Four weeks in Coronary Care Unit
  • Four weeks of block continuity ambulatory care experience.
Post Graduate Year 2

The PGY-2 year consists of approximately:

  • Twenty Four weeks on the General Medical Floor
  • Four to Six weeks of night float
  • Four weeks in the Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Four weeks in the Emergency Department
  • Four weeks in the Neurology Unit
  • Four weeks of Elective Rotation
  • Four weeks of block continuity ambulatory care experience.
Post Graduate Year 3

The PGY-3 year consists of approximately of:

  • Four months of elective
  • One month on the General Medical Floors
  • One month in the Emergency Department
  • One month as the supervising resident in the CCU
  • One month on the Cardiology Unit
  • One month of Geriatrics
  • One month of block continuity ambulatory care experience
  • One month of block interdisciplinary ambulatory care experience.

Inpatient Training

Our relationship with the medical school is a strong one. Medical students rotate to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital during their second year and the medical school faculty provides many teaching conferences. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital residents spend a total of six months at the medical school campus during their training; rotations include General Medicine, Neurology, Cardiology, and electives.

All of the intensive care units at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital have the most up-to-date computerized equipment and are staffed year round with board-certified subspecialists. Residents are assigned to intensive care units a total of five months during their training, and receive additional critical care experience on night float.

Our inpatient floor rotations include rotations in a dedicated telemetry service, a non-telemetry floor service and an admitting team.A team in General Medicine consist of two PGY-1 residents, one PGY-2 resident, and an attending physician.Care is split into a day shift and a night shift.

Outpatient Training

While we remain a Categorical Internal Medicine Training Program with extensive in-patient experience, we have been expanding our emphasis on primary care and ambulatory medicine. Residents attend their medical continuity clinic twice weekly and have a total of four months of ambulatory block rotations in the three years of training. All clinics are directly supervised by faculty, and we have developed a separate ambulatory care curriculum. Our Ambulatory Care Center provides a modern and comfortable environment for patients and staff. Additional ambulatory experience is obtained in subspeciality clinics
and private offices of local voluntary physicians. Areas of emphasis in primary care include Adolescent Medicine, Gynecology, Behavioral Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Ambulatory experience is also gained in Orthopedics, ENT Medicine, Neurology, Dermatology, Pediatrics, Geriatric Medicine, and many other fields. Clinical experience is supplemented by ample teaching rounds and a
comprehensive lecture series in general Internal Medicine. By expanding our curriculum in primary and ambulatory care, we are providing residents with the broad skills needed to enter practice in general medicine. At the same time, the training in categorical internal medicine provides residents with the backgrounds to enter subspeciality training.


Each resident chooses rotations in medicine subspecialties during their Electives. Cardiology. We offer electives in:

  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Pulmonology

On-Call Schedule

Our Program utilizes a night float system of on call. This system means that residents do not work more than 24 hours at a time and have adequate time off between shifts.


  • Medical Benefits with Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Vision Benefits with Davis Vision
  • Dental Benefits with Guardian Insurance
  • Vacation: 4 weeks of vacation (paid) each year
  • Sick days: 12 days of sick leave per year
  • Personal days: 4 days of personal leave per year
  • Other leaves offered: Family and medical leave, maternity/paternity leave, marriage leave, disability leave, bereavement leave

Resident Life

Far Rockaway, Queens

We are located on a narrow peninsula at the southeastern end of Queens. Something about the Rockaways just hits the sweet spot: It’s easily accessible by subway; the beach is totally free, spacious, and clean; just a perfectly chill mix of beach bums, families, hipsters, and surfers.

Wellness Events

Wellness events are organized by program leadership and chief residents and usually take place during and after hours. Monthly birthday celebrations ,Resident forum, soccer games are just part of what is offered throughout the month.

CIR (Committee of Interns and Residents/Service Employees International Union)

All residents are part of CIR house staff union, and provide additional resources for education, medical, and professional needs. Additional information regarding benefits can be found via their website St. John’s Episcopal Hospital – Committee of Interns and Residents (


Our graduates are a mix of internists/subspecialists. Residents who have completed the program at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital are highly sought after for primary care practice positions, hospitalist positions and fellowships. Many are hospitalists or primary care internists with community-based office practice and some have completed fellowships in Pulmonary Medicine, Nephrology, Critical Care, Hematology/Oncology among others and function as consultants.

Current Residents

Chief Residents

Mariam Dabaghyan

Hometown: Yerevan, Armenia
Medical School: Yerevan State Medical University
Interests: Cooking, horseback riding, traveling, hiking, kayaking, spending time with family and friends

Syed Ahmad Moosa

Hometown: Sylhet, Bangladesh
Medical School: Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College, Bangladesh
Interests: Plane spotting, politics, being the best father to my daughter

Richard Toussaint

Hometown: Cap-Haitien, Haiti
Medical School: Faculte des Sciences de la Sante, Universite Quisqueya, Haiti
Interests: Sports, travel, and restaurants

Fernando Vazquez Pascual

Hometown: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Medical School: University of Medical Science, Santiago de Cuba
Interests: Fishing, scuba diving, enjoying time with family

Post-Graduate Year 1

Moaaz Abdelrashid

Hometown: Monofiya, Egypt
Medical School: Ain Shams University
Interests: Squash, camping, biking

Amali Baissari

Hometown: Merida, Venezuela
Medical School: Universidad Romulo Gallegos
Interests: Watching sports, basketball, football, F1, baking, knitting, reading

Estifanos Bejitual

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Medical School: AAU, School of Medicine
Interests: Laughter, socializing

Gizeshwork Belete

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Medical School: Gondar University, Ethiopia
Interests: Spending time with family

Heidi Fernandez

Hometown: Passaic, NJ
Medical School: Universidad Nacional de Chimborazo
Interests: Formula 1, traveling, spending time with family and going to concerts

Yumnary Gato Satiesteban

Hometown: Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Medical School: University of Medical Sciences Pinar del Rio
Interests: Movies, TV shows

Hridaya Ghimire

Hometown: Biratnagar, Nepal
Medical School: Sun Yat-Sen University, China
Interests: Traveling

Jonathan Gonzales

Hometown: Whittier, CA
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Interests: Skating, snowboarding, motocross, guitar, MMA

Yulia Grigorova

Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia
Medical School: Pavlov Saint Petersburg State Medical University, Russia

Christiana Igbenabor

Hometown: Benin City, Nigeria
Medical School: Igbinedion University Okada, Nigeria
Interests: Event planning, cooking/baking, road trips, long walks, spending time with family and friends

Farirai Marwizi

Hometown: Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe
Medical School: Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara
Interests: Volleyball, chess, hiking, home improvement projects, learning languages

German Masnata

Hometown: Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Medical School: Catholic Bolivian University, Bolivia
Interests: Playing guitar, rock climbing, canyoneering, hiking, soccer, racquetball

Aye Mon

Hometown: MyaungMya, Mayanmar
Medical School: University of Medicine, Magway
Interests: Gardening, stray dog adoption

Avik Nandi

Hometown: New York, NY
Medical School: Jahurul Islam Medical College, Bangladesh
Interests: Watching movies, traveling, playing drama

Saman Nassiri

Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Interests: Tennis playing, skiing, traveling

Maria Teresa Pacheco Hernandez

Hometown: Monteria, Colombia
Medical School: University of Cartagena
Interests: Hiking, traveling, and dancing

Maha Qas Marrogy

Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq
Medical School: Alkindy College of Medicine/Baghdad University
Interests: Music, movies, coffee, drawing, cooking, traveling

Sajedur Rahman (Sajed)

Hometown: Tangail, Bangladesh
Medical School: Jalalabad Ragib Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Interests: Exploring trails, hiking, world politics and history, mentoring young physicians and medical students

Karamveer Singh

Hometown: California
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Phyo Sone

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Medical School: University of Medicine 2, Yangon, Myanmar
Interests: Traveling, outdoor activities, spending time with dogs

Post-Graduate Year 2

Sofia Therese S. Abella

Hometown: Batac City, Philippines
Medical School: University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Interests: Coffee, interior design, hiking, pop culture

Shahab Bozorgmehri

Medical School:

Bethelham Chemere

Hometown: Bahirdar, Ethiopia
Medical School: Addis Ababa University, MF

Moonyoung Choi

Hometown: Gwangju, Korea
Medical School: Chosun University School of Medicine, Korea
Interests: Golf, wine, coffee, traveling, music

Jamel Dahim

Hometown: Sana’a, Yemen
Medical School: Sana’a University Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Interests: Play soccer, chess game, reading, traveling, watching movies

Samvit P. Dave

Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Interests: Sports, movies, socializing

Carlo Emilcar

Hometown: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Medical School: Notre-Dame University
Interests: Sports, lounges/bars, movies, music, traveling

Yaditsa Estrella

Hometown: Santiago, Dominican Republic
Medical School: Universidad Technologica de Santiago
Interests: Strength training, hiking, traveling, plants, coffee

Joel Jophin Francis

Hometown: Kerala, India
Medical School: North-Western State Medical University
Interests: Movies, music, sports, road trips

Sabin Gurung

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal
Medical School: North Bengal Medical College, Sirajgonj, Bangladesh
Interests: Soccer, cooking, driving

Hnin Lwin

Hometown: Yangon, Myanmar
Medical School: University of Medicine 1, Yangon
Interests: Gardening, movies, travel, food, photography

Alfredo Ortiz Labrada

Hometown: Las Tunas, Cuba
Medical School: University of Medical Sciences, Las Tunas
Interests: Reading, hiking, movies

Bo Pang

Hometown: Jinan, China
Medical School: Shandong University
Interests: Traveling, writing travel guides, traditional Chinese painting

Sofia Sampara

Hometown: Temopil, Ukraine
Medical School: I.Ya. Horbachevski Temopil State Medical University
Interests: Traveling, hiking

James Santos

Hometown: San Juan City, Philippines
Medical School: University of Santo Tomas
Interests: Golf, traveling, cooking, boxing, basketball

Ahmed Sarwat

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Medical School: University of Cairo, Egypt
Interests: Swimming and running

Imrana Siraj

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Medical School: Chittagong Medical College and Hospital
Interests: Traveling, listening to music

Eunice Animwaa Sisa

Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana
Medical School: University of Ghana Medical School
Interests: Cooking, traveling

Nageh Soliman

Hometown: El-Menya, Egypt
Medical School: University of El-Menya
Interests: Traveling, running, mountaineering

Olga Sviderskaya

Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Medical School: Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University
Interests: Traveling, hiking, rock climbing, art

Post-Graduate Year 3

Oluwaseun Adeniyi

Hometown: Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Medical School: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (MBChB)
Interests: Cooking, gardening

Luis Cabrera

Hometown: Dominican Republic
Medical School: Universidad Catolica Nordestana
Interests: Engaging in quality time with family, dining at restaurants, participating in outdoor activities such as fishing/running/hiking, reading, and listening to instrumental music

Carlos Campos

Hometown: Havana, Cuba
Medical School: University of Havana
Interests: Spending time with family, dancing, reading

Christopher Edicheria

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Medical School: Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences
Interests: Basketball, reading

Florence Eyenga

Hometown: Lyon, France
Medical School: Lyon Laennec, France
Interests: Spiritual activities, reading, cooking

Negin Hatami

Medical School:

Christine Henen

Hometown: Assiut, Egypt
Medical School: Assiut University Faculty of Medicine
Interests: Biking, running, swimming

Aye Khine

Hometown: Yangon, Myanmar
Medical School: University of Medicine 1, Yangon
Interests: Traveling, outdoor activities, cooking

Brian Leddy

Medical School:

Marco Melek

Hometown: Assiut, Egypt
Medical School: Assiut University Faculty of Medicine
Interests: Volleyball, ping pong, reading

Shamsun Nahra Shammi

Hometown: Sylhet, Bangladesh
Medical School: Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College and Hospital, Bangladesh
Interests: Spending quality time with family and friends, reading, watching TV/documentaries

Loubna Rabbouh

Hometown: Casablanca, Morocco
Medical School: Faculte de Medecine et de Pharmacie Casablanca
Interests: Morrocan cuisine and gardening

Sandra Shinkut

Hometown: Missouri
Medical School: Windsor University School of Medicine
Interests: Gym, traveling, photography, shopping

Iryna Evgenyevna Thomas

Hometown: Gomel, Belarus
Medical School: Gomel Medical University
Interests: Cooking, dancing, hiking, skating

Klodiana Toska

Hometown: Fier, Albania
Medical School: University of Medicine Tirana, Albania
Interests: Swimming, reading, cooking gardening, Shopping, enjoying nature

George Zhang

Medical School: