Curriculum
 

 

Fellows


 
 

Kelita Fox, MD

 

Reproductive Health Fellow

I was born and raised just outside of Toronto, Canada, and originally moved to the U.S. to compete as a member of the Wayne State University women’s volleyball team in Detroit, MI. I stayed in Detroit for medical school where I first became interested in preventive health and care of the whole family. I completed my residency with the University of Wisconsin department of Family Medicine in Madison WI where I was able to pursue my interests in obstetrics and further appreciate the importance of comprehensive reproductive health care for women and access to this care. Continuing to pursue my goal of providing comprehensive care for my female patients, I am excited to be completing this fellowship in reproductive health and learning to advocate for my patient’s healthcare needs.  Outside of medicine I enjoy exploring NYC with my husband, watching and playing sports and eating lots of West Indian food!

   


 
 

Marika Alois, MD

 

Integrative Health Fellow
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Hi!  I'm Marika, and I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida.  In college I studied just about everything before realizing that medicine is really where my heart lies.  That decision was solidified after I spent some time working in a clinic serving my hometown’s homeless population.  Before starting medical school, I spent 5 months backpacking through Asia, and a month teaching and doing community development work in a rural Cambodian village.  I went to medical school at Georgetown University, where I became more and more interested in both family medicine and an integrative approach to health.  I spent some time working for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in DC, and hope to continue with this sort of work in the future.  I chose Beth Israel for its truly diverse patient population, opportunities in integrative medicine, and passionate residents and faculty.  When I’m not working, I love playing soccer, practicing yoga, traveling, watching movies, and being as lazy as possible with my husband, Paul.

   


 

Third Year Residents


 
 

Sarah Hipkins, MD

 

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Hello!  I am a native New Yawker.  I am happy to be down at the southern tip of the island after four great years up "north" at Columbia.  As an undergraduate I majored in history at Yale, then spent five years in northern California.  When I was out there I worked as a community organizer, played in a bluegrass band and met my wonderful husband.  I also became the volunteer coordinator of a free health clinic that served the day laborer community in Oakland.  That experience reinforced my passion for working in partnership with vulnerable communities.  I think one of the things that makes New York a great city is that even though it is big people here make a real effort to care for one another.  I cannot wait to be part of that effort as a resident at Beth Israel.  I did a student elective at BI and absolutely loved the variety of patients I encountered.  I am also very excited about Beth Israel's clear commitment to women's health and CAM therapies.  I like spending free time with my friends and family, playing music, exploring the wilds of New York and practicing yoga and meditation.

   

 
 

Laura Kaplan, MD

 

University of Chicago

Hi and welcome to Beth Israel Family Medicine!  My name is Laura and I grew up in northern NJ.  I studied the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore as an undergraduate where I first became interested in integrative, complementary, and alternative medicine.  Between college and medical school, I served with Americorps, teaching in a Baltimore County high school and volunteering at National Student Partnerships (since renamed LIFT), a drop-in resource center for the under served  I attended medical school at the University of Chicago and decided on family medicine to learn to care for the whole person and community, which I feel are essential for building lasting healing and healthy lifestyles.  In my spare time, I love playing ultimate frisbee, dancing, and traveling.

I chose Beth Israel because of its strong training in ICAM and women's health, opportunity to work with and learn from a diverse patient population, location, and passionate, driven, and supportive residents and faculty.   Best of luck with your search, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program!

   

 
 

Harika Kondaveeti, MD

 

University of South Florida
 
I was born in India and moved to Florida at the age of seven. I grew up in the sunshine state and completed a 7-year combined BS/MD program at the University of South Florida in my hometown of Tampa, FL. During medical school, my experiences, especially after working extensively with a free student clinic helped me develop my interest in health disparities. Clinically, I was excited by topics related to preventive medicine, chronic disease management, reproductive health, and, of course, pediatrics! I chose the field of family medicine because it provides me the greatest platform to further all of these interests. I became attracted to Beth Israel because I was looking for a program that serves a truly diverse patient population and one tackles some of the social contemporary medical issues such as teen pregnancy, family options counseling, and complementary and alternative medicine training. When I am not busy working, I am eagerly exploring everything New York City has to offer – the restaurants, museums, parks, and the music scene. I am shocked at how much more I still have to discover but I am blessed to be on this journey!

   

 
 

Emily Olenzek, MD

 

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
 
Hello! Born and raised in Michigan, I studied anthropology at Michigan State University where I was able to spend one summer teaching English and learning about medicinal plants from a local healer. I began medical school with a passion for working with the under served and addressing health disparities.  My interests include preventative medicine, women's health, international medicine, palliative care and adolescent health.  I am excited to work at Beth Israel with an inspiring group of people committed to social justice and providing excellent care to a vibrant, diverse community. 

In my spare time I can be found riding my bike and exploring the city, visiting my family and friends, crafting (collages and linoleum print making), making messes and listening and dancing to music. 

   

 
 

Patricia Pechter, MD

 

University of Miami

I grew up in the small town of Vero Beach, FL, but am drawn to the city bustle, having lived in Boston (undergrad at Harvard), Paris (junior year abroad), Miami (UM medical school), and now New York. For the year prior to medical school, I taught for Kaplan and traveled. I've spent extracurricular time organizing health fairs to bring medical access to under served neighborhoods, rock climbing and dancing tango/salsa/swing. What attracted me to Beth Israel is the full-spectrum approach to primary care in an urban setting, including extensive training in women's health. I'd be happy to answer any of your questions or talk to you more about the program--ppechter[at]chpnet.org

   

 
 

Melissa Quick, DO

 

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi! I’m originally from San Diego, CA, and went to NYU for undergrad where I studied English Literature. Before attending medical school in Chicago, I worked in NY and then traveled to Argentina and Guatemala for 7 months working in rural communities and improving my Spanish. I chose family medicine because I think everyone – from infants to the elderly – deserves quality compassionate health care and I’m excited to be an advocate to my patients. I’m thrilled to be back in NY where I’ll have an opportunity to continue working with under served populations. A few of the factors that attracted me to Beth Israel include the diverse population served, the location, and the warm, friendly faculty and residents dedicated to this institution. When I’m not in the hospital, I love spending time with my friends and family, being outdoors, traveling, restauranting, and eating just about everything, but especially burritos.

   

 
 

Anita Ravi, MD, MPH (Co-Chief)

 

University of Michigan Medical School

Hi! My name is Anita, and I'm excited to share the experiences that led me to BI! My main area of interest is in women's health care, especially among those at high risk for experiencing interpersonal/domestic violence, including incarcerated, veteran, refugee, and developmentally disabled populations.

I'm from St.Louis, Missouri and spent my undergraduate years at Washington University in St.Louis majoring in German (just in case I ever get to meet my tennis idol, Steffi Graf!). Afterwards, I headed to New Haven to pursue a Masters in Public Health at Yale University and then moved to Atlanta for a 2 year reproductive health epidemiology fellowship at the CDC. I landed in Ann Arbor Michigan for medical school and when match day arrived, could not believe I would be heading to NYC to train at BI!

I am so excited about all of the training, research and advocacy opportunities available to residents (we even spend time at the UN during our family medicine month!), and feel at home in a community of invested faculty and truly supportive co-residents. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and looking forward to meeting you during your visit!

   

 
 

Rachel Rosenberg, MD (Co-Chief)

 

University of Massachusetts

I grew up in Massachusetts, but I was thrilled to escape to NYC for undergrad at Columbia. After college, I returned to Mass, where I worked for a year in clinical HIV research before starting medical school at UMass. During med school, I fell in love with urban Family Medicine. My clinical interests include working with Spanish-speaking patients, primary care of HIV+ patients, and comprehensive reproductive health. I knew that Beth Israel was the right fit for me because of its diverse patient population, expert faculty and fantastic residents. Outside the hospital, I love baking, reading and exploring New York with my husband!

   

 

Second Year Residents

 
 

Giselle Blair, MD

 

St. George's University

I am a native of the beautiful twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago and moved to the US just prior to starting my tertiary education at Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts where I completed my Bachelors in Neuroscience and Behavior. After college I took some time off and worked in the corporate sector in health care consulting during which time I was able to gain an insight into the financial side of health care. I finally returned to my passion, medicine, in 2008 and attended St. George's University where I had the privilege of living for 2 years on the paradise island of Grenada. During this period I also completed by MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. My professional interests include women's health and working with international communities to promote the efficient utilization of resources and delivery of care.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my husband, hanging out with my family and doing volunteer work in my local community in Brooklyn.

   

 
 

Justin Conway, MD

 

University of Michigan
 
Thanks for your interest in Beth Israel! I grew up in the wonderful town of Santa Fe, New Mexico, from which I will forever carry with me my love of all dishes involving green chile. College took me east to Princeton University, where I majored in sociology and played varsity basketball. After graduation I spent a year living in San Francisco where I taught poetry and coached soccer for an after school program, worked for a private family doctor in the city (including accompanying him on house calls), and enjoyed using my free time to explore the Bay Area. I then headed to Ann Arbor for medical school at the University of Michigan where I was involved with international medical work in the Dominican Republic, a mentoring program for underprivileged youth, and as many intramural sports as I could squeeze into the busy med school schedule. I moved to New York with my amazing fiance Jess who is teaching high school English and getting her Masters in Education from Columbia. 

My passion for family medicine is founded in the belief of the power of prevention and patient advocacy, the high quality care afforded by patient-doctor continuity, and the expert training of a family physician to confront a wide variety of clinical problems. I feel very lucky to be able to train here at the BI program in the incredibly diverse and vibrant setting of New York City. I was drawn here by the program's collective commitment to providing care for the underserved, the chance to practice medicine in an innovative and forward thinking patient centered medical home at the Institute for Family Health, and the truly kind, supportive, and dedicated faculty, staff, and residents who I am so excited to be able to work with! In addition to what I've mentioned above, my interests within family medicine include adolescent health, sports medicine, and integrative medicine.  

   

 
 

Amanda Harris, MD, MPH

 

SUNY Downstate
 
Hi. I came to medicine rather circuitously via a long detour through academia. I started off as an English major in college and then traveled/worked/studied in Central America afterwards. I made my way across the US from Southern California, stopping in Minnesota where I did an MA in Comparative Literature, then on to New York City where I was working on a PhD in Comp Lit. I quickly realized that NYC was going to be my new home.

I paid my way working as a website designer, but hammering away at computer code in the middle of the night and communicating with people only by email was lonesome so I decided to go back to school. I did a post-bacc at Hunter College and applied to all the medical schools I could commute to.

I was lucky to land at SUNY Downstate where I earned both an MD and an MPH. I was thrilled to match at Beth Israel Family Medicine for residency training. I am really glad to be a part of a growing tradition of forward-thinking physicians who are engaged in the complexities of NYC and take on the challenges of delivering quality healthcare in an urban environment amidst huge socioeconomic disparities. I feel confident that the education I receive here will prepare me to practice medicine anywhere (though I can’t imagine leaving NYC). 

In my free time, I like to play softball (Go Bombers!) and start major construction projects in my house and never finish them. I also take care of some cats that live in my house with me.

   

 
 

Lily Pike, MD

 

Brown University

Hi! My name is Lily and I'm so excited to be here at Beth Israel for residency! I grew up on a small island of the coast of Rhode Island where family docs run the only medical center on the island. Growing up, I was so amazed at all the cool things they did and how fun their jobs seemed that I applied to medical school straight from high school! I attended the 8 year Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University and had an amazing time. I studied abroad in Denmark and majored in Religious Studies, then took a year off before medical school and worked with pregnant moms and orphans in Cape Town, South Africa and Accra, Ghana. In med school I quickly realized that Family Med was the right specialty for me. I'm interested in family planning, integrative medicine and women's health and Beth Israel could not be a better fit. All the residents and faculty here are so kind, interesting and accomplished. I'm so excited to be working with such an amazing group of people! If you have any questions about the program (or fun restaurants in the East Village!), don't hesitate to email me.

   

 
 

Meera Shah, MD

 

George Washington University School of Medicine

Hi! I grew up in South Carolina and went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my undergraduate education, during which I was able to spend time in Malawi doing HIV prevention work. After college, I pursued a Masters in nutrition at Columbia University to continue my interest in preventative healthcare. While in New York, I worked at the United Nations at the Non-Governmental Liason Service, which further solidified my interest in international medicine. Afterwards, I moved to Washington, DC to attend medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In medical school, I worked on a project regarding the reproductive health needs of adolescents with sickle cell disease, as well as traveled to Ecuador and Swaziland to better understand international health systems. I'm excited to be back in New York to continue to work with underserved populations and take advantage of the opportunities in research and advocacy!

   

 
 

Seema Shah, MD

 
Emory University

Greetings! My name is Seema - I was born and raised in Houston, TX and have traveled a bit before making it to NYC. Entering college, I knew I wanted to work in the community and preventive health sphere, intersecting with cultures/social influence. I was an Anthropology major at Northwestern University in Chicago and then spent a year in India working with various women's health NGOs on traditional medicine use and access to care. I returned to do med school and an MPH (behavioral sciences) at Emory in Atlanta - during this time I spent another year in India doing research in diabetes care improvement. I plan to continue work in India long-term in primary care delivery. I'm excited to be at Beth Israel to pursue my interests in integrative medicine, women's health, community health and care for the underserved, and leadership/education innovation. I was also drawn to the diversity and support of the administration, faculty, and other residents - good/fun people here!

A bit more about me: I love ultimate frisbee, cooking and eating (vegetarian), yoga/meditation, parks, and exploring different cultures (food, music/dance, religion, travel, etc). Feel free to contact me: seeshah@chpnet.org
   

 
 

Aarti Surti, MD

 

University of Michigan Medical School

Hailing form Staten Island, I am proud to call myself a native New Yorker.  I graduated form Columbia University where I studied Biology and Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures.  I had the opportunity to learn about organic chemistry alongside post-colonial South Asian politics. I spend much of my free time in college serving as a health educator to NYC high school teens, which sparked my interest in medicine.  After graduating, I spent a few years involved in research at MIT that explored the connection between genetics and heart disease.  I briefly left the east coast to attend medical school at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  During medical school, I not only fell in love with family medicine, but also developed a strong interest in health care policy and health care systems.  I am thrilled to be a resident at Beth Israel!  I am privileged to be part of a group that strives to provide strong, just, and equitable primary care to our community. Outside of work, I enjoy running, cooking, dancing, crocheting, and exploring New York.

   

 
 

Craig Szela, MD

 

Harvard Medical School

I was raised in Augusta, Maine by my parents, a Family Physician and a nurse, who run the family practice together.  From early on, I appreciated how rewarding and important it is to be caring for patients as part of their community.  Intent on studying medicine, I went to Middlebury College, where I majored in German and Biochemistry.  After graduating, I studied Spanish and volunteered in a Peruvian medical mission in La Victoria, where I worked with disabled adults and children.  Next I spent a year and a half involved in immunology research.  I studied the biochemical interactions of eosinophils, a white blood cell involved in the body’s allergy and infection response, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. 

Then I attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 2012.  In my first few years I worked actively to involve the student body in global and domestic healthcare policy through two organizations, Universities Allied for Essential Medicine and ImproveHealthCare.org. During my first summer of medical school, I headed a research project to evaluate a water purification project for a NGO interested in improving the community health care in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

Before graduating from medical school I worked at Harvard Business School as a health care research associate to Professor Michael Porter.  My work included consultation projects with government and private organizations, the development of teaching materials, and research for his academic publications.  I supported his research on Value-Based Health Care, which involved re-focusing care on delivering meaningful patient outcomes and truly understanding health care costs.  In my experience this remains a significant challenge for all health care organizations.

As a family physician I am look forward to being integrally involved in the lives of my patients.  As part of their community, I will advocate for their health on personal, political, and organizational levels.

   

 

1st Year Residents

 
 

Rahima Alani, MD

 

Saba University School of Medicine

Hi! My name is Rahima. I am so happy to be doing my Family Medicine training at Beth Israel in New York City!

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada, and then I moved to Montreal to do a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences at McGill University. I then moved to the Dutch Antilles where I studied at Saba University School of Medicine, after which I spent two years doing clerkships in NYC and other cities in the Northeast and Midwest United States. My passion for medicine stemmed from a young age, and growing up, I had many opportunities to volunteer and work in the medical field in my hometown, as well as in other countries, including France and Ecuador. Thanks to these experiences, I have developed a love for traveling and meeting people from different cultural backgrounds.

I chose Family Medicine because not only do I like working with patients of all ages (from newborns to the elderly), but I also value forming meaningful relationships with my patients. At Beth Israel, I am fortunate to be able to work with a diverse patient population and learn from a vibrant group of teachers and colleagues.

   

 
 

James Becker, MD

 

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

Greetings and welcome! I came to Beth Israel because of its diversity, commitment to women's health and abortion care, along with strong palliative and complementary medicine. I received a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies from Columbia, and worked in the non-profit sector before deciding medicine was for me. I did my post-baccalaureate pre-med at the University of Pennsylvania, and medical school at Jefferson. In my free time, I like to play board games, explore parks and follow Philadelphia sports teams.

   

 
 

Natalie Hinchcliffe, DO

 

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi! My name is Natalie and I am so glad you are considering us for your residency training. I first learned about Beth Israel through my search to find a program that supported my passion for comprehensive sexual health: LGBT Health, HIV Primary Care, and Reproductive Health and Family Planning. Beth Israel has all of those things, in addition to some I the most phenomenal residents I know. My colleagues come from an amazing array of backgrounds, interests, and life experiences but share a common humanism and compassion.

I am a conch, which means I was born on the beautiful island of Key West, Florida. I majored in Women's Studies while I met my premed requirements at the University of Florida (Go GATORS!). After a year of work back home as a medical assistant, I headed into the great unknown to attend medical school in the Midwest at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I had the amazing opportunity to serve as president of the campus Gay Straight Alliance and Medical Students for Choice, as well as to travel to Guatemala, Honduras, Tanzania, and Uganda for global health experience.

I love to travel and learn more about the world and its people. In addition, I enjoy yoga, anything involving sunshine and the ocean, and sale shopping. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Nhinchcliffe [at] chpnet.org

   

 
 

Alyssa Finn, MD

 

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Hello, my name is Alyssa Finn. I am from Massachusetts, but have lived in a few other states as well. As an undergraduate, I lived in Vermont and studied religion and Spanish at Middlebury College. Later, I moved to Boulder, Colorado for a couple years, where I worked as a caseworker at a homeless shelter for families. My interest in nutrition, food studies, and preventive medicine brought me back East to Brooklyn, NY, where I lived while studying clinical nutrition and completing my post-baccalaureate pre-medicine curriculum at New York University. Thereafter, I moved to Worcester, Massachusetts to attend UMass Medical School. My medical interests lie in the areas of spirituality in medicine, integrative medicine, geriatrics, and palliative care. In the rest of my life, I generally enjoy anything outside, but especially like to ride my bicycle, hike and ski in the mountains, swim in natural bodies of water, and peruse farmer's markets. I also find solace in my grounding practices of meditation, yoga, cooking, reading, and taking care of my plants.

   

 
 

Shauna Marsh, MD

 

St. George's University

Hello and welcome to Beth Israel Family Medicine! My name is Shauna and I was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada. My track & Field/Cross-Country involvement took me down to the beautiful state of North Carolina for my undergraduate studies in Biology at High Point University. I was able to travel to South Africa for a volunteer clinical experience in underserved populations particularly affected by HIV. This helped to align my goals and begin my journey for a commitment to pursue educational opportunities in preventative medicine, underserved populations, integrative medicine and women's health care. I decided to take off abroad again and ventured to England followed by Grenada and New York to complete my medical studies at St. George's University.

I knew early on that family medicine was perfect for my broad scope of clinical interests and desire to give my patients comprehensive care! I feel very fortunate to be able have this opportunity to train as a resident at BI where the mission and passions of the faculty and residents are aligned with my own and that which I believe are at the forefront of positive change in our medical system. I am excited to be an advocate for patients from such diverse backgrounds and in need of excellent medical care. In my off time you can usually find me running, practicing yoga, taking in all that NYC has too offer, or cooking my most recent findings at our local farmers market.

   

 
 

Eduardo Morales, MD

 

Albany Medical College

Hello! I grew up in Quito, Ecuador and moved to NYC during high school. I went to school in Harlem and then researched lung cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering for a year before ending my clinical years in Albany, NY. NYC has all the elements I need to develop my skills and explore my interests; including international/global medicine and CAM. I like to travel (ask me about Uganda), I enjoy live music and playing my guitar every once in a while, and love exploring the boroughs to learn about/get a taste of virtually every culture in the world.

   

 
 

Katherine Murphy, DO

 

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NY Institute of Technology

Hi! My name is Kate and I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Beth Israel Family Med! I was born and raised in Ilion, NY, a small town Upstate, about 4.5 hours northwest of NYC. For my undergrad I didn't venture too far from home. I attended Syracuse University, where I majored in Biology and was an avid men's basketball fan, Go Cuse! After college, I packed my bags and moved to Long Island for medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (now NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine). As a fourth year medical student, I was fortunate enough to rotate at Beth Israel for a family medicine sub-internship. Over the course of the month, I fell in love with the program, residents, and faculty. Features of the program that I was drawn to: the camaraderie amongst residents and faculty, the unique and diverse patient population, the location, and the impressive training and experience the residents receive! I'm excited to be at BI where I can pursue my interests in women's health, pediatric and adolescent medicine, preventative medicine, and caring for the underserved. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, running, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the program at kmurphy "at" chpnet.org. Best of luck and I look forward to meeting those of you who rotate with us and/or plan a visit!

   

 
 

Alexander Ritter, MD

 

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Hi. My name is Alex. I came to medicine after a fifteen year career as a dancer. While training to be a dancer at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada, I had competing goals to become a physician and a dancer. Fortunately, I became a dancer first, and as the life of a dancer is generally short, this allowed me to pursue my second passion, medicine, without regrets. My lasting interest in medicine, and family medicine in particular, has grown out of the experiences I had as a child of two very humanistic and compassionate parents, one a developing world economist and the other an activist/mother. Further formative experiences include a year living in Tanzania and Chile, having two injuries and concomitant surgeries, research in Cardiology at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital, a family illness, Emergency Department and Hospice volunteering, and a degree in General Science from Fordham University. My interests are broad and include Palliative Care/Hospice, Geriatrics, ICAM, and Sports Medicine. After living in New York City for over twenty years, and experiencing the diversity of its cultural fabric, I am thrilled to be able to serve this community and honored to work with the extremely devoted, helpful, and supportive faculty, residents, staff, and allied health workers who make up both BIMC and the IFFH.

   

 
 

Wendy Song, DO

 

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! My name is Wendy and I was born in Inner Mongolia, China. I moved to Canada when I was 8 years. I attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario for undergrad and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for medical school. My interests include integrative medicine, osteopathic manual manipulation, underserved/global health and women's health. During medical school, I was involved with organizing community health fairs which helped to re-enforce my interest in community and international medicine. I was also fortunate to be an undergraduate osteopathic principles and practice teaching fellow for one year which granted the opportunity to work with first and second year medical students osteopathic manual manipulation techniques and to further polish my own manipulation skills by treating patients at our on campus clinic. I chose family medicine at Beth Israel for its diverse patient population, strong academics, and supportive faculty, administration and residents (who put the "family" in family medicine). Outside of medicine, I love food, yoga, nature, friends, music and exploring new cultures and places. Feel free to email me at wsong[at]chpnet.org if you have any questions. Excited to meet you!!

   

 
 

Yorgos Strangas, MD

 

University of Michigan Medical School

I grew in mostly in East Lansing, MI, with a brief interlude in a small village in Crete. I tried to get out of the Midwest for college and managed to at least get out of Michigan, to Oberlin in Ohio. From there I somehow ended up in Malawi with the Peace Corps, teaching high school farther from home than I had ever been before. After two years I came back home to Michigan for med school at UofM. I was drawn to family med for the same reasons I was later drawn to the program at BI: the diversity of patients and problems we see; the focus on social determinants of health and care for the underserved; and the impulse to first treat the person as a whole rather than define their specific pathology. I'm thrilled to be here in NYC (in a big city, for the first time) with such outstanding, supportive and idealistic colleagues, caring for a fascinating and complex group of patients. When I have free time, you'll either find me quietly reading in some small park or coffee shop or seeking out new ways to have outdoor adventures in the city.