Faculty & Residents
PRACTICE WITH PASSION.
The Institute’s Family Medicine Residency programs attract talented and diverse faculty and residents committed to high-quality family health services for medically underserved communities. The spotlights below highlight the compassion, dedication and skill that our faculty and residents bring to their practice. You can also view our complete lists of faculty and resident bios.
Goldie Alfasi, PhD
Director, Behavioral Science Curriculum
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Internship
City University of New York, PhD in Clinical Psychology
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center &
Montefiore Medical Center, Post-doctoral research fellowships
Dr. Alfasi teaches psychosocial aspects of health and illness. She also has a private psychotherapy practice with children, adolescents, and adults. She has explored mother-infant interactions, feeding difficulties, and failure-to-thrive syndrome. Her current research is on breastfeeding in African-American mothers.
Victor Sta.Ana, MD
Director, Primary Care Scholars Program; Faculty
Albany Medical College, Albany, NY – MD
Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice, New York, NY – Residency
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John Anderson, MD
Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – MD
Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency Program – Residency
Dr. Anderson was Program Director of our Residency Program from 2003 to 2007.He is currently an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM). His interests include Geriatrics community health and gardening. He also precepts residents at the FMC.
Guedy Arniella, LCSW
Director, Community Health and Outreach
Columbia University, New York, NY – MS
Guedy Arniella is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist with extensive experience working in East and Central Harlem and the South Bronx. She is the director of community health and outreach at the Institute, and oversees the residency’s community health placements. Ms. Arniella’s focus has always been to help improve the quality of life of those that are at...
Marek Balutowski, MD
Jagiellonian University, School of Medicine, Cracow, Poland – MD
Montgomery Family Practice Residency Program, Montgomery, Alabama – Residency
Dr. Balutowski has been associated with the Institute and the Residency Program since 2003. He is currently the Medical Director of the New Paltz Family Health Center. Dr. Balutowski is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM). He is an avid skier in his spare time.
Augustus Bentsi-Barnes, MD
University of Ghana Medical School – MD
Interfaith Hospital, Residency in OB/GYN
Dr. Barnes joined our faculty in 2010 after private practice in Kingston for over 15 years. He has served as a collaborating physician with our practice for quite some time. He prides himself on being a generalist OB and is interested in all aspects of women’s health through the life cycle. In his spare time he enjoys music.
Kathleen Bernard, MD
Medical School - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Kathleen Bernard grew up in a close-knit community in rural CT with her parents and older brother. She attended a small Montessori school from kindergarten through 8th grade. At Brown University, she concentrated in Community Health and was involved with teaching creative writing and arts within the Rhode Island prison system, receiving the Community Service Award for her...
Azmina Bhayani, MD, MPH
Medical school - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Family medicine residency - Lawrence Family Medicine Residency
Dr. Azmina Bhayani is originally from Chicago and completed her undergraduate, medical, and public health training at Northwestern University. She graduated from a four-year family medicine residency in Lawrence, Massachusetts, with a focus on urban underserved medicine and an area of concentration in women’s health. Currently, Dr. Bhayani works at Walton Family Health Center, the Institute’s Bronx residency training...
Mindy Brittner, MD, MS
Undergrad: Barnard College
Medical School: Rutgers- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Residency: Residency Program in Family and Social Medicine- Montefiore Medical Center
Graduate: Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center
Dr. Mindy Brittner is a graduate of Barnard College and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed her residency in Family and Social Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. She went on to complete a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and Master of Science in Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Dr....
Yezmin Pena Brown
Yezmin Pena Brown, AAS, BS, RDH
Hostos Community College
Yezmin is passionate about motivating patients to have a successful oral hygiene routine and focuses on oral hygiene preventative care, public health, nutritional counseling, and oral health care for patients with disabilities.
Maggie Carpenter, MD
SUNY-Health Science Center at Brooklyn (Downstate)
Swedish Family Medicine Residency
Before joining the Institute, Dr. Carpenter practiced in Kansas, New Zealand and Brooklyn where she ran her own micro-practice before moving to the Hudson Valley. She has extensive experience in women’s reproductive health and international health. In addition to her work at the Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program, she runs a home based palliative care practice.
In her spare time,...
Cathy-Anne Charles, MD
Medical School - St. Matthew’s
Residency - Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency Program
Dr. Charles was born in the United States Virgin Islands and is a former Brooklynite. She is a graduate of St. Matthew’s Medical school. Her background ranges from Laboratory Medicine to Clinical Research with Systemic Lupus patients. Dr. Charles believes that Family Medicine offers a diverse patient population and enjoys the continuity of patient care. She has a strong...
Jincy Cherian, DO
Residency - Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program
Medical School - New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate - New York Institute of Technology
Dr. Cherian grew up as a Bronx/Long Island hybrid. She spent half of her early days in the Parkchester area of the Bronx and the rest of her pre-residency days in Nassau County on Long Island. She was enrolled in an accelerated Bachelors of Science/Doctor of Osteopathy program through the New York Institute of Technology and the New York...
Cheryl Clark, MD
Community Medicine Rotation Coordinator, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn
Family Medicine Residency at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, NY
Prior to joining the faculty at Beth Israel Residency, Dr. Clark worked at Hometown Health doing full scope family medicine including OB. she also was core faculty at the St. Clare’s hospital residency now the family medicine program. Her last job prior to returning back to New York City was at Syracuse community health center. Her interests include obstetrics,...
Andreas Cohrssen, MD
Program Director, Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice
Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, MD
Lutheran Medical Center, Residency
Dr. Cohrssen has focused his medical interests on international health and outcome-oriented evaluations in a resident-centered context. He formerly served as program director and acting chairman of the Family Medicine Program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. He has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine and completed the National Program Director Development Fellowship. He is a certified ALSO...
Aashish Dadarwala, DO
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences UMDNJ – Family Medicine Osteopathic residency program
Dr. Aashish Dadarwala’s focus is in Travel Health. Over the past ten years, he has served as a community health physician in New York City, worked as a Family Medicine Residency Director at Long Beach Medical Center, volunteered in Peru, India, and Guatemala with DoCare International and commanded medical relief teams in Haiti with Heart-to-Heart. His primary focus has...
Dominique Delma, MD
Attending Physician, Medical Director OB/GYN and Specialty Care Center
The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA-MD
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, NY- Residency
Dr. Delma is a Board Certified Ob-Gyn. She is Medical Director of the Institute’s Ob-Gyn and Specialty Care Center and Chair of the Department of Ob-Gyn at the Kingston Hospital. Dr. Delma had a private Ob-Gyn practice in Kingston for over 10 years before joining the Institute in 2010. She loves to travel and has been actively involved in...
Neil S. Calman, MD, FAAFP
Neil S. Calman, MD, FAAFP,
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Institute for Family Health
Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Calman is a Board Certified family physician, and the president, CEO and co-founder of the Institute for Family Health. Since 1983, Dr. Calman has led the Institute in developing family health centers in the Bronx, Manhattan (where he practiced for 38 years) and in the Hudson Valley. Under his leadership, the Institute has been successful in establishing health...
Fern Roberson, FNP
Fern Roberson, FNP, MSN, RN-BC, FNP-BC
Fern Roberson, Nurse Practitioner
Fern earned her bachelor ’s and master's degree in nursing from Pace University. Fern first joined the Institute in 2008 as a clinical nurse manager before deciding to return to school. After earning her master's, Fern worked as a nurse practitioner at a skilled nursing facility in New Jersey before returning to the Institute. Fern is...
Bridget Foy, DO
Osteopathic Residency Program Director; Osteopathic Director of Medical Education
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury NY – DO
NYCOM/Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency Program – Kingston, NY – Residency
After spending time in private practice, Dr. Foy has returned to academic medicine with the Institute for Family Health. She holds faculty status with NYCOM, and is Clinical Director for the BS/DO seven-year program...
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Eric Gayle, MD
Vice President, Medical Services
Regional Medical Director, New York City
Dr. Eric Gayle is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He began his career in Family Medicine at the Institute’s Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice, where he was chief resident. After completing his training, Dr. Gayle joined the Institute in 1998. Dr. Gayle also mentors minority students who are interested in careers in medicine,...
Ginger Gillespie, MD
Suny-Health Science Center at Brooklyn, NY, MD
Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice, Residency
Dr. Gillespie's interests include comprehensive reproductive care and maternity. She supervises a women's health procedural session at Phillips Family Practice. Dr. Gillespie has been instrumental in the development of the Controlled Substances Contract used throughout the Institute for Family Health by providers and patients to better monitor and manage appropriate use of controlled substances.
Regina Ginzburg, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Faculty, Outpatient Pharmacology Curriculum
BS Pharmacy and PharmD: St John's University, New York, NY
Pharmacy Practice Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Ginzburg extended the pharmacotherapy curriculum for the residency program. In addition to helping precept clinic patients at Phillip's Family Medicine, she and her pharmacy students provide education to patients on proper management of their medications, disease states or devices (glucometers, inhalers, etc). In addition, Dr. Ginzburg provides didactic lectures to residents, performs clinical research, runs the Prescription Competency...
Lissa Goldstein, MD
KDSackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv Israel Advocate Christ Medical Center, Residency, Oak Lawn IL
Dr. Goldstein's medical interests include international public health and she has her MPH from Boston University. Her hobbies include salsa dancing, theater, and learning foreign languages.
Leila Hagshenas, MD, FAAFP
Associate Medical Director; Faculty
Residency - Mount Sinai Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine
Medical School - The Chicago Medical School
Dr. Leila Hagshenas is a graduate of the Institute for Family Health’s Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice and is board certified in family medicine. She has special interests in women's health and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) healthcare, including hormone administration. Dr. Hagshenas sees patients of all ages at our Family Health Center of Harlem, where...
Matthew Hayes, DO
Bio information coming soon.
Sarah Hipkens, MD
Medical School - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency - Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine
Dr. Sarah Hipkens originally hails from New York City. She has strong interests in diabetes care, women's health, preventive care and prenatal care. She recently completed a research study on the benefits of group education for diabetes management. She chooses to work with the Institute because she believes that everyone deserves excellent care.