Faculty

Miriam Kulkarni, MD, FACEP
Program Director
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ
Residency: Jacobi/Einstein
Academic Interests: Medical education, simulation
Personal Interests: Travel, reading, cooking projects with my three young children

Yomna Nassef, MD
Assistant Program Director
Hometown: Queens, NY
Residency: NYP-Weill Columbia/Cornell
Academic Interests: Medical journalism, research
Personal Interests: Traveling, being a “foodie,” watching the NY Knicks lose for 30+years

Stephanie Widmer, MD
Assistant Program Director
Director of Medical Toxicology
Hometown: Harrison, NY
Residency: Northshore University Hospital
Fellowship: Northshore University Hospital

Academic Interests: Toxicology, medical journalism
Personal Interests: Traveling, indoor rock climbing

 

Mark Silberman, MD, FCCP, FACEP
President of Symphony Medical
Hometown: Deerfield, Illinois
Residency & Fellowship: Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Academic Interests: Organizational
Psychology & Team Building, Operations, Administration, Business of Medicine

Personal Interests: Mountain Biking, Skiing, Hiking, International Travel

Raffaele Milizia, MD, FACEP
Medical Director
Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia and Cornell
Academic Interests: Operations and ED throughput, clinical protocols, technology, communication
Personal Interests: Music, family, soccer, gold, gardening

Paul Sasso, MD
Assistant Medical Director,
Emergency Department
Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital –   Columbia
Academic Interests: Operations and ED Throughput, Patient Experience, Physician Wellness, Clinical Protocols
Personal Interests: Bocce, Cooking, Family, Football, Surfing, Travel

Norman Mok, MD
Assistant Medical Director,
Emergency Department

Hometown: Long Island, NY
Residency: Mt. Sinai
Academic Interests: ED Operations
Personal Interests: Cycling, golf, but really it’s whatever my two kids like to do

Angela Cirilli, MD, RDMS, FACEP
Ultrasound Director
Residency:
Henry Ford Hospital
Academic Interests: Critical care, point of care ultrasound
Personal Interests: Boxing, surfing, traveling, cooking

Ellen Kurkowski, DO
Associate Ultrasound Director
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Rowan SOM EM/IM
Fellowship: NYU, Ultrasound
Academic Interests: Emergency ultrasound, resident education, global health, wilderness medicine
Personal Interests: Marathon running, hiking Mount Everest, working in Alaska, Skiing, Travel, Cooking

Connie Yu, MD
Director of Resident Education in Ultrasound
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Residency: Stony Brook School of Medicine
Fellowship: Yale University, Ultrasound
Academic Interests: Emergency ultrasound, global health, resident education, research
Personal Interests: Hiking, yoga, globetrotting, & culinary adventures

Elizabeth Fernandez, MD, FACEP
Attending Physician
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Residency: SUNY Downstate/Kings County
Academic Interests: Pain management, wellness, resilience, nutrition, ultrasound
Personal Interests: Scuba diving, travel, cooking, hiking with my dog

Evan Ou, MD
Medical Student Clerkship Director
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Residency: NYP-Weill Columbia/Cornell
Academic Interests: Systems and operations, resident education 
Personal Interests: Music production, eating to excess, going to the gym so I can eat to excess

Laura Thomas, DMD, MD
Attending Physician
Hometown: Upstate NY
Residency: University of Pennsylvania
Academic Interests: Dentistry
Personal Interests: Video games (The Legend of Zelda), Korean dramas, gardening

Joanette Weiss, MD
Attending Physician
Hometown: Salt Point, NY
Residency: Mt. Sinai -St. Luke’s Roosevelt
Academic Interests: Teaching of Clinical skills
Personal Interests: Organic gardener,           writing/author, food blogger at                        https://growwithdoctorjo.com/blog-2/

Zareen Khan, MD, MPH
Attending Physician
Hometown: Pelham, NY
Residency: Albert Einstein-Jacobi/Montefiore
Academic Interests: Global/international EM, epidemiology and public health
Personal Interests: Traveling, cooking, being a foodie, comics and graphic novels, sci-fi, reading, history

Despina Trigenis, DO
Attending Physician
Residency: St. Barnabas-Bronx NY 

Stephanie Haimowitz, MD
Attending Physician
Residency: Jacobi Medical Center
Academic Interests: Trauma, Critical Care

Nicholas Otts, MD
Attending Physician
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Residency: Staten Island University Hospital
Fellowship: NYP Brooklyn Methodist, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Academic Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Personal Interests: Writing, New Orleans Saints

Adrian Cotarelo, MD, MHS
Research Director
Hometown: Miami, FL
Residency: St. John’s Riverside Hospital
Academic Interests: EMS, Research, Education
Personal Interests: Cooking, Escape Rooms, Baking, Video Games

Mark Silberman, MD, FCCP, FACEP

President of Symphony Medical
Hometown: Deerfield, Illinois
Residency & Fellowship: Columbia University, NY Presbyterian Hospital
Academic Interests: Organizational Psychology & Team Building, Operations, Administration, Business of Medicine
Personal Interests: Mountain Biking, Skiing, Hiking, International Travel

Miriam Kulkarni, MD, FACEP

Program Director
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ
Residency: Jacobi/Einstein
Academic Interests: Medical education, simulation
Personal Interests: Travel, reading, cooking projects with my three young children

Yomna Nassef, MD

Assistant Program Director
Hometown: Queens, NY
Residency: NYP-Weill Columbia/Cornell
Academic Interests: Medical journalism, research
Personal Interests: Traveling, being a "foodie," watching the NY Knicks lose for 30+years

Stephanie Widmer, MD

Assistant Program Director
Director of Medical Toxicology
Hometown: Harrison, NY
Residency: Northshore University Hospital
Fellowship: Northshore University Hospital

Academic Interests: Toxicology, medical journalism
Personal Interests: Traveling, indoor rock climbing

Raffaele Milizia, MD, FACEP

Medical Director
Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia and Cornell
Academic Interests: Operations and ED throughput, clinical protocols, technology, communication
Personal Interests: Music, family, soccer, gold, gardening

Paul Sasso, MD

Assistant Medical Director,
Emergency Department
Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital -   Columbia
Academic Interests: Operations and ED Throughput, Patient Experience, Physician Wellness, Clinical Protocols
Personal Interests: Bocce, Cooking, Family, Football, Surfing, Travel

Norman Mok, MD

Assistant Medical Director,
Emergency Department

Hometown: Long Island, NY
Residency: Mt. Sinai
Academic Interests: ED Operations
Personal Interests: Cycling, golf, but really it’s whatever my two kids like to do

Angela Cirilli, MD, RDMS, FACEP

Ultrasound Director
Residency: 
Henry Ford Hospital
Academic Interests: Critical care, point of care ultrasound
Personal Interests: Boxing, surfing, traveling, cooking

Connie Yu, MD

Director of Resident Education in Ultrasound
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Residency: Stony Brook School of Medicine
Fellowship: Yale University, Ultrasound
Academic Interests: Emergency ultrasound, global health, resident education, research
Personal Interests: Hiking, yoga, globetrotting, & culinary adventures

Ellen Kurkowski, DO

Associate Ultrasound Director
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Rowan SOM EM/IM
Fellowship: NYU, Ultrasound
Academic Interests: Emergency ultrasound, resident education, global health, wilderness medicine
Personal Interests: Marathon running, hiking Mount Everest, working in Alaska, Skiing, Travel, Cooking

Elizabeth Fernandez, MD, FACEP

Attending Physician
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Residency: SUNY Downstate/Kings County
Academic Interests: Pain management, wellness, resilience, nutrition, ultrasound
Personal Interests: Scuba diving, travel, cooking, hiking with my dog

Evan Ou, MD

Medical Student Clerkship Director
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Residency: NYP-Weill Columbia/Cornell
Academic Interests: Systems and operations, resident education 
Personal Interests: Music production, eating to excess, going to the gym so I can eat to excess

Nicholas Otts, MD

Attending Physician
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Residency: Staten Island University Hospital
Fellowship: NYP Brooklyn Methodist, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Academic Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Personal Interests: Writing, New Orleans Saints

Despina Trigenis, DO

Attending Physician
Residency: St. Barnabas-Bronx NY

Stephanie Haimowitz, MD

Attending Physician
Residency: Jacobi Medical Center
Academic Interests: Trauma, Critical Care

Laura Thomas, DMD, MD

Attending Physician
Hometown: Upstate NY
Residency: University of Pennsylvania
Academic Interests: Dentistry
Personal Interests: Video games (The Legend of Zelda), Korean dramas, gardening

Zareen Khan, MD, MPH

Attending Physician
Hometown: Pelham, NY
Residency: Albert Einstein-Jacobi/Montefiore
Academic Interests: Global/international EM, epidemiology and public health
Personal Interests: Traveling, cooking, being a foodie, comics and graphic novels, sci-fi, reading, history

Adrian Cotarelo, MD, MHS

Research Director
Hometown: Miami, FL
Residency: St. John's Riverside Hospital
Academic Interests: EMS, Research, Education
Personal Interests: Cooking, Escape Rooms, Baking, Video Games

Joanette Weiss, MD

Attending Physician
Hometown: Salt Point, NY
Residency: Mt. Sinai -St. Luke's Roosevelt
Academic Interests: Teaching of Clinical skills
Personal Interests: Organic gardener, writing/author, food blogger at https://growwithdoctorjo.com/blog-2/