Meet the Residents

PGY-III

Daniel Azof, MD

Daniel Azof, MD
Administrative Chief

From: Oakland, CA
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Post- Baccalaureate: California State University, East Bay
Interests & Hobbies: Technology, violin, guitar, composing electronic music, basketball
Foreign Languages: Assyrian, Spanish

Ari Goldwaser, DO

Ari Goldwaser, DO
Academic Chief

From: Morristown, NJ
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: College of New Jersey; Rabbinical College of America
Interests & Hobbies: Playing with his kids, Jewish mysticism, medical ethics, meditation, hiking, soccer
Foreign Languages: Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew

Trevor Prashad, DO

Trevor Prashad, DO
From: South Hempstead, NY
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Stony Brook University     
Interests & Hobbies: Bowling, archery, fishing

 Persis Puello, MD

Persis Puello, MD
From: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Graduate: Teachers College of Columbia University
Undergraduate: SUNY Cortland     
Interests & Hobbies: Dance (salsa, merengue, bachata, and hip-hop), swimming, cooking, community education, agriculture
Foreign Language: Spanish

Michael A. Raghunath, MD

Michael A. Raghunath, MD
Academic Chief

From: Staten Island, NY
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Undergraduate: Macaulay Honors College - CUNY College of Staten Island
Interests & Hobbies: Chess, soccer, flag football, beach, road trips, photography, performing arts
Foreign Language: Spanish

Sol Silverman, DO

Sol Silverman, DO
Administrative Chief

From: Teaneck, NJ
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Yeshiva University     
Interests & Hobbies: Piano, golf, travel, concerts
Foreign Language: Hebrew

Michael Villongco, DO

Michael Villongco, DO
From: Bay Area, CA
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of San Francisco
Interests & Hobbies: Photography, cooking, exercise, film, listening to music, video games, computers
Foreign Language: Spanish

PGY-II

 
David Bernstein, MD

David Bernstein, MD
From: Atlantic Beach, NY
Medical School: St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Yeshiva University
Interests & Hobbies: Hockey, golf, astronomy, oenology

Mercedes Cardenas Pena, DO

Mercedes Cardenas Pena, DO
From: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of California, Riverside
Interests & Hobbies: Dancing, traveling, hiking, and running
Foreign Language: Spanish

Florence Dasrath, MD

Florence Dasrath, MD
From: Queens Village, NY
Medical School: Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Macaulay Honors College – Hunter College
Interests & Hobbies: Traveling, indoor bouldering, horseback riding
Foreign Language: French

Shara Feltheimer, DO

Shara Feltheimer, DO
From: Lawrence, NY
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Yeshiva University
Interests & Hobbies: Tennis, travel, reading, cooking, dogs
Foreign Language: Hebrew

Danielle Ferstler, MD

Danielle Ferstler, MD
From: East Northport, NY
Medical School: City University of New York School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
Interests & Hobbies: Reading, roller coasters, travel
Foreign Language: Spanish

Malcolm Forbes, MD

Malcolm Forbes, MD
From: Queens, NY
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: American International College
Interests & Hobbies: Running, hiking, basketball, home improvement, DIY projects

Jason Pyon, MD

Jason Pyon, MD
From: Paramus, NJ
Medical School: University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Rutgers University
Interests & Hobbies: Acoustic guitar, web cartoon drawing, software programming, video-graphs
Foreign Language: Korean

Nancy Shilian, DO, MPH

Nancy Shilian, DO, MPH
From: Roslyn, NY
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate: Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Undergraduate: Yeshiva University
Interests & Hobbies: Tennis, surfing, cooking, event planning, photo editing, fitness
Foreign Languages: Persian, Spanish

PGY-I

 
Shalom Adams, MD, MS

Shalom Adams, MD, MS
From: Monsey, NY
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean
Undergraduate: Fairleigh Dickinson University
Interests & Hobbies: activities with my dog, cooking, hiking, yoga, online gaming, and reading fantasy novels

Ferrukh Shamim Ghauri, DO, MS

Ferrukh Shamim Ghauri, DO, MS
From: Farmingville, NY
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Interests & Hobbies: fantasy sports, video games, basketball
Foreign Language: Urdu

Stephanie Meade, DO

Stephanie Meade, DO
From: NYC by way of Louisville, KY
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: CUNY Hunter College
Interests & Hobbies: dancing, singing, attending Broadway shows and ballets, anthropology, touring historical sites & museums, playing with my long-haired cat, volunteering

Mohanapriya Nagarajan, MD

Mohanapriya Nagarajan, MD
From: Long Island, NY
Medical School: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences
Undergraduate: Hofstra University
Interests & Hobbies: Enjoys badminton, soccer, traveling, singing in the car, photographing, and baking and cooking

Rahul Parikh, DO, MS

Rahul Parikh, DO, MS
From: Smithtown, NY
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Penn State University
Interests & Hobbies: cooking, traveling, board games, karate, guitar, singing, swimming, jogging, basketball, drawing, and going to the beach
Foreign Language: Gujarati

Shanelle Raugh, DO

Shanelle Raugh, DO
From: Buffalo, NY
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: SUNY Buffalo University
Interests & Hobbies: Medicine! But also, sleep, going to the beach, biking, yoga, and giving positive affirmations to my dog Bilirubin

Kendi Tang, DO

Kendi Tang, DO
From: Forked River, NJ
Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: New York University
Interests & Hobbies: cooking, personal finance, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and playing the piano
Foreign Language: Mandarin, Fuzhounese

Celine Teoh, DO

Celine Teoh, DO
From: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Interests & Hobbies: deadlifting, squatting, and bench pressing, as well as hiking, reading, and listening to music
Foreign Language: Mandarin

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Maria Istafanos, DO

Maria Istafanos, DO
From: Long Island, NY
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate:  New York Institute of Technology
Interests & Hobbies: Hiking, Traveling, Reading, Painting, Baking
Foreign Language: Arabic

Diane Nicole Moya, DO

Diane Nicole Moya, DO
From: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate:  New York Institute of Technology
Interests & Hobbies: weightlifting, boxing, cycling, hiking, running, soccer, dancing, Zumba, painting, singing, and traveling
Foreign Language: Spanish

Otasowie Michael Odiase, MD

Otasowie Michael Odiase, MD
From: Lagos, Nigeria/ Bronx, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Undergraduate: CUNY City College
Interests & Hobbies: Caribbean carnivals, digital marketing, cooking, running, basketball and chess

Edward Luis Ramos, MD

Edward Luis Ramos, MD
From: Orlando, Florida
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
Interests & Hobbies: dancing, video games, hiking, skateboarding, swimming, and traveling
Foreign Language: Spanish

From the Program Director

From the Program Director

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Our Program

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Clinical Rotations

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Meet the Faculty

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FAQ

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Meet the Residents

Meet the Residents

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