Resident Committees

Group of residents.

Residents play a vital role in our evolving curriculum and training environment through their participation in our various resident committees.

Our program believes in shared governance and strongly values residents’ input in all programmatic initiatives. Through participation in our various resident committees, residents remain integral to our evolving curriculum, training environment and resident wellness. 

Internal Medicine Resident Committee

The Internal Medicine Resident Committee (IMRC) is a resident-run committee comprised of representatives selected by the chief residents. The overall goals of the IMRC are to facilitate the personal and professional development of our residents and the program, enhance communication amongst residents, chief residents, program leadership and administration, foster an environment of team work and collegiality and serve as a voice for the resident body.

IMRC Members

Chief Residents Omar Abialmouna
Danny Ram
Anthony Khoury
Cynthia Toughlian
Ariba Hashmi
Riad Al Sabbagh
Curriculum Champion Matthew Kaye
Research Champion Mohamad Kalot
Quality Improvement Champions Wasseem Farooq
Daniel Jaremko
Wellness Champions Leen Al-Yacoub
Thomas Comerford
Health Equity & Advocacy Champions Sanjeevani Tomar
Murad Ali
PGY1 Usman Najam
Sawyer Bawek
Thomas Drago
PGY2 Ashley Sarquiz
Clive Miranda
Kristie Nasr
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Shannon Schmit
Catherine Bianco
Preliminary Catherine Seeger

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee (CC) is resident-run with oversight from Regina Makdissi, MD, the associate program director for curriculum development. The CC works to develop and implement a learner-centered curriculum with the goal of leading in clinical excellence. We focus on high-yield, interactive and evidence-based curricular changes to better prepare residents for clinical practice, the ABIM Certification Examination, fellowship training and independent practice.

CC Members

Faculty

Regina Makdissi

Alysia Kwiatkowski

Curriculum Champion Matthew Kaye
Chief Residents Omar Abialmouna
Riad Al Sabbagh
Ariba Hashmi
Tony Khoury
Danny Ram
Cynthia Toughlian
PGY3 Waseem Farooq
Corrine Kickel
Paras Mehmood
Ali Mir
Arabi Rasendrakumar
Sanjeevani Tomar
PGY2 Ronak Bharucha
Christian Cavalieri
Raheel Khan
Angela Khidhir
Arham Pasha
Jim Rutowski
Ajay Siva
Natalie Tjota
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Chrisana Pokorny

Wellness Committee

The Wellness Committee is comprised of a group of residents, including two wellness champions.  Its main purpose is to encourage residents’ personal and professional productivity, and physical and mental well-being. With the assistance of Archana Mishra, MD, our associate program director for resident well-being and advocacy, the committee routinely plans events, focusing on resident wellness and promoting camaraderie among residents and faculty. 

Wellness Committee Members

Wellness Champions Leen Al-Yacoub
Thomas Comerford
Chief Residents Anthony Khoury
Ariba Hashmi
Residents
Elizabeth Onyechi
Paras Mehmood
Corrine Kickel
Henry Klos
Matthew Kaye
Kayla St. Lucia
Kristie Nasr
Martin Chang
Natalie Tjota
Sven Wang
Clive Miranda
Robert Duve
Elias Abou-Jaoude

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

We strive to welcome residents and faculty from different cultures, sexual orientations, ethnic and spiritual backgrounds. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is comprised of 10-12 residents and faculty members, who are involved in designing curricula on this very important concept affecting our nation at all levels. Sessions include a safe and supportive platform for residents/faculty to share their personal opinions, stories and reflections.

The aim of the Health Equity Group is to educate residents and faculty members on health disparities and implicit bias that influences the care we deliver to our patients. With these educational sessions, we hope to bring awareness among our community of racial and implicit biases and the steps we can take to achieve health equity. 

The Women in Medicine Group, comprised of medical students, residents, fellows and attendings, aims to bolster qualities of leadership in its members and support their advancement towards professional success. We provide the practical and networking resources from women empowering women, with the support of mentors and allies to expand career opportunities in medicine and beyond. 

DEI Committee Members

Health Equity Champions

Sanjeevani Tomar

Murad Ali

Health Equity

Ariba Hashmi

Murad Ali

Sanjeevani Tomar

Angela Khidhir

Sven Wang

Kristie Nasr

Raheel Khan

Ronak Bharucha

Elias Abou-Jaoude

Robert Duve

Mohamad Kalot

Ronak Bahuva

Leen Al-Yacoub
Waseem Farooq

Junaid Wali

 

Faculty:

Archana Mishra
Alysia Kwiatkowski

Regina Makdissi

Karin Provost 

Jennifer Meka
Zachary Wikerd

Women in Medicine

Ariba Hashmi

Cynthia Toughlian

Sanjeevani Tomar

Kristie Nasr

 

Faculty:

Alysia Kwiatkowski

Archana Mishra

Ellen Rich

Regina Makdissi

Dzenita Manning

Kathryn Hufmeyer

Nitu Kataria

Renata Anand

Recruitment Committee

Recruitment Committee (RC) includes members of all PGY levels and is overseen by Program Director Alysia V. Kwiatkowski, DO, the chief residents, and Nathali Head, our training program administrator. Committee members are invested in the recruitment of exceptional candidates to our program, are involved in the design of the interview day experience, and meet with candidates to offer their perspectives.

RC Members:

Chief Residents

Omar Abialmouna
Cynthia Toughlian
Danny Ram
Anthony Khoury
Ariba Hashmi
Riad Al Sabbagh

Incoming: Matthew Kaye

PGY1 Sawyer Bawek
Leonard Palatnic
Marrium Sahar
Wam Altaher
Muhaimen Rahman
Omar Rafa
Yousaf Saeed
Abdul Mannan
Usman Najam
Thomas Drago
Ali Aijaz
Mingma Sherpa
Nariman Hossein-Javaheri
Tae Hee Kim
PGY2 Danielle Lapoint
Sven Wang
Raheel Khan
Martin Chang
Thomas Comerford
Ross Moyer
Ajay Siva
Alexander Papa
Brian Niedzewski
Christian Cavalieri
Ronak Bharucha
Kayla St. Lucia
Aspin Makadia
Robert Duve
Kristie Nasr
James Rutowski
Arham Pasha
Angela Khidhir
Hassan Al Saleh
Natalie Tjota
Jordan Troy
Clive Miranda

Research Committee

The Research Committee is run by research champions, under the supervision of Rabi Yacoub, MD, associate program director for research and scholarly activity. It consists of residents at any level of training. The committee oversees the execution of the Academic Half Day (AHD), during which different didactic and hands-on sessions are implemented to enrich our residents’ understanding of essential elements of basic, translational and clinical research. The Research Committee also engages in facilitating coupling the residents to mentors, organizing resident research presentations, and our program’s internal Research Day.

Research Committee Members:

Research Champion Waseem Farooq
Residents 
Mohamad Kalot
Einas Batarseh
Rohan Pandey
Clive Miranda
Jim Rutowski
Ajay Siva
Brian Niedzwecki
Hassan Al Saleh
Jordan Troy
Ronak Bharucha