Emergency Medicine Residency Alumni Class of 2021 and 2020 | Hackensack University Medical Center

Residents: Alumni Class of 2021


Nnanna Alozie, M.D.

College:
Xavier University of Louisiana

Medical School:
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

EM Interests:
Sports medicine and critical care

Interests/hobbies:
Weight lifting, watching movies/documentaries, political reform, and trying new foods

Bio:
I was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Nigerian immigrants. We lived in Jefferson City, Missouri for 9 years before moving to Chicago where we have lived since I was 12. I was fortunate enough to go to the best HBCU in the country, Xavier University of Louisiana!! After that I did a post bac for a year and then medical scribing before applying to medical school. I chose emergency medicine because it’s a fast paced environment where I’m able to use the wide array of medical knowledge that I gained through my doctoral training. I truly value maintaining a wealth of medical information pertaining to all different aspects of physiology and pathology and then being able to use that knowledge to provide care to people in critical times. The ER also provides many opportunities for procedures so I get to use my hands a bit! The fact that you never know what you will experience is exciting and humbling, all you know is that you must be prepared no matter what presents to you. I’m excited for what the next 3 years has to offer as the ER at Hackensack is very busy and provides a diverse patient population with many different pathologies.


Roopa Avula, M.D.

College:
Drew University

Medical School:
West Virginia University School of Medicine

EM Interests:
Ultrasound, Medical Education, Clinical Practice

Interests/hobbies:
Piano, linguistics, movies, music, art, family, beach

Bio:
Born and raised on Staten Island, I moved to NJ for undergrad where I majored in music. I opened a music school in Livingston, NJ which I ran for 10 years while also playing concert piano before deciding to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. I am so happy to be back in NJ close to my family and friends with the amazing people at Hackensack! My fiancé is doing his residency at Rutgers, so we are enjoying living in vibrant Jersey City between shifts.


Brandon Duffy, M.D.

College:
Northwest University

Medical School:
University of Washington School of Medicine

EM Interests:
I chose EM in large part because I was interested in the diversity of practice environments that exist following residency as well as the opportunity for interesting fellowships such as critical care, ultrasound, and sports medicine.

Interests:
Spending time with friends and family, sports, travel, hiking, reading, and chess

Bio:
I grew up in Seattle, and I was excited to explore a new area of the country for residency, especially with the enthusiastic residents and faculty I discovered when I rotated at Hackensack during an away rotation. Prior to medical training, I coached basketball for a number of years. I look forward to continuing my travel endeavors and am excited by the opportunity in EM to make an impact at some of the most critical moments in patients lives. I enjoy the diagnostic challenge of EM and the intersection of meeting people compassionately when they often need you the most.


Aminat Ibikunle, M.D.

College:
Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York

Medical School:
New York University School of Medicine

EM Interests:
Global Health, Ultrasound, Event Medicine, Education

Interests/hobbies:
Trying new recipes, Learning new skills, going to live music, fashion and other interesting or informational events, traveling, all things wellness.

Bio:
I was born and raised in Bronx, NY. I lived a few of my HS years in Nigeria where I learned more about my culture and grew an interest in medicine. In college, I took a medical mission trip to Ghana which sparked my interest in Global health. What attracted me to Emergency Medicine was the fact that I could see and treat a variety of patients with undifferentiated problems spanning all specialties within Medicine. EM keeps the art of effective communication and medicine (with some procedures) at the bedside as opposed to a practice of medicine at the computer. I also love the fact that I often have time for myself and other interests. My career goal is to not only make an impact locally, but in my global community as well and I hope to begin fostering some of my ideas here at Hackensack University Medical Center!


Sarah Hussein, D.O.

College:
University of Rochester

Medical School:
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-NY

EM Interests:
Sports Medicine, Toxicology, Ultrasound

Interests/hobbies:
Snowboarding, sports, friends, food

Bio:
I grew up in Buffalo and worked my way even further east for medical school. After four years in Harlem, I decided I loved the city and to continue my training in the most diverse city in the world. I chose Emergency Medicine because of the people, patients, and opportunity to see and learn something new with every shift.


Yllka Krasnigi, M.D.

College:
Rutgers University

Medical School:
St. George’s University School of Medicine

EM Interests:
Ultrasound, Peds EM

Interests/hobbies:
Traveling, Cooking, Comedy shows, Picnics at vineyards, Spending all day at the beach

Bio:
I was born in Kosovo, and then moved to NJ when I was 8 years old. After working various jobs, I decided I wanted to be a doctor and life took me to beautiful Grenada where I studied medicine. Now I’m back in NJ and very excited to have matched here at Hackensack University Medical Center which is close to my family and friends. I chose Emergency Medicine because I find it to be the most entertaining and challenging specialty.


David Lo, D.O.

College:
University of California, Los Angeles

Medical School:
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests:
Medical education, Ultrasound.

Interests/hobbies:
Basketball, saxophone, watching movies, dancing

Bio:
I was born in San Francisco, California but spent most of my 20s in Los Angeles. I took some time off after college, landed multiple odd jobs, only to confirm that I hated all of them and didn’t want to do anything except medicine. I chose EM based on the wise philosophy that you should enjoy the people that you work with. This is exemplified at Hackensack University Medical Center, where my co-workers and I get to share our passion for medicine in a diverse, fun, and encouraging environment.


Andrew Melnyk, D.O.

College:
James Madison University

Medical School:
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests:
Critical Care, Global Health, Academics, Toxicology

Interests/hobbies:
Cooking, traveling, meeting new people, spending time with family and friends, road trips, trying new restaurants, skiing

Bio:
I was born and raised in the beautiful Garden State. After spending time in Virginia for my undergraduate education and in New York for medical school, I have finally found my way back to my home state for residency. I am a Ukrainian American and my heritage is something that I cherish greatly. I chose to become an Emergency Medicine physician because there is no other profession that can integrate the complexity of medicine with the intricacies of human existence quite like this. The drive to be a caring and just physician is something that this discipline anchors its roots in and I intend to uphold that philosophy every day. I pride myself on being a people person and I hope to enrich the lives of my patients and my loved ones with my passion for helping others


Linda E. M. Ngachie, M.D.

College:
University of Maryland

Graduate School (MPH):
George Mason University

Medical School:
Howard University College of Medicine

EM Interests:
Public Health, Global Health, Medical Education

Interests/Hobbies:
Running, cooking, hanging out with friends and family, traveling, binge watching tv shows

Bio:
I was born in Durham, North Carolina but I am of Cameroonian descent. After spending parts of my childhood in Cameroon, where French became my first language, I returned to the United States and have since resided in the DMV (DC, MD, VA Metropolitan area). Being a child of African immigrants has taught me discipline and the value of hard work. I got my first job in high school working as a Barista at Starbucks (which is where my caffeine addiction stems from). I then went on to work as a pharmacy technician while getting my Master’s in Public Health. I love Emergency Medicine because of the diverse pathologies, no two days are ever the same. I hope to use my backgrounds in public and global health to make a greater impact in my local and international communities.


Emmanuel Onyeyirim, M.D.

College:
Howard University

Medical School:
St. George’s University School of Medicine

EM Interests:
Sports Medicine, Critical Care, Diversity and Inclusion

Interests/hobbies:
Concerts, Festivals, listening to podcasts (academic and non academic), and going to the gym

Bio:
I am from New Jersey born into a Nigerian family. I went to Howard University where I majored in Sports Medicine. I lived in DC for years doing research, a post-bacc, and many jobs closely related to the field of medicine. I went out of the country to medical school and returned back to New Jersey for the second half of medical school.

I chose Emergency Medicine because it allows for me to continue to access knowledge that I acquired in all of my four years of medical school. Having all this information in my arsenal in a field that is constantly being advanced technologically and academically puts me in position to be a lifelong student.

On a community level, Emergency Medicine physicians have to be aware of the different issues that affect the patient population that they serve. We are placed in a unique position of being sociologists as well as public health professionals. Being able to be informed on these occurrences allow us to build rapport and trust with our patients in a short amount of time. I believe Hackensack’s diverse patient population will allow me to become a culturally competent physician.


Nima Rejali, D.O.

College:
UC Berkeley

Medical School:
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-NY

EM Interests:
Resuscitation, Toxicology, Medical Education

Interests/hobbies:
Cooking, Skiing, Hiking/Camping, Cocktail making, people watching in NYC, eating at famous food spots around the country

Bio:
West Coast transplant now living that East Coast life. I was born and raised in Orange County, California where I spent my days on the beach after school and I even worked at In-N-Out burger in high school (which is way better than shake shack for the record). I spent my college years amongst the tree-hugging and flower child personalities of Berkeley and the SF Bay Area and loved every second of getting to know and experience such a diversity of people and backgrounds. After I found myself in the Northeast, I traded in my surfboard for a pair of skis and now you can find me on the slopes every day off I have during the winter months. I wanted to be an EM doc because each shift you get a glimpse into the unique stories of so many people and have the opportunity to make an impact on them in their time of need. Whether you’re floating a transvenous pacer or giving simple reassurance to new parents, EM comes with its own unique mindset and skills which molds you into not just a well rounded physician but also a personable and relatable one as well. Hackensack University Medical Center allows me to train in a highly acute center where I get to see, smell and hear every disease process I could imagine all while developing the bedside skills that go deeper than the stethoscope.


John Slakey, M.D.

College:
Tufts University

Medical School:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

EM Interests:
Toxicology, wilderness medicine, wellness

Interests/hobbies:
Hiking, reading, running, traveling

Bio:
I’m from the Boston area and went to medical school in NYC. After interviewing at Hackensack, I was impressed by the patient volume, acuity, and commitment to residents’ wellbeing and learning. It was an easy choice to pick emergency medicine as well— the pace, people, and patients allow me to practice medicine on the frontlines and be a part of the community in a way that inspires the best from me. In my free time, I love to explore new hikes in the area and visit the city.




Residents: Alumni Class of 2020


Ilya Aleksandrovskiy, M.D., M.B.A.

College:
Binghamton University

Medical School:
University at Buffalo School of Biomedical Sciences

EM Interests:
Administration, Medical Education

Interests:
Working out, playing volleyball and tennis, hiking with my dog

Bio:
They told me I could be anything so I decided to do everything. What really excites me about emergency medicine is the amount of knowledge and expertise we’re expected to have to be able to care for anything that walks through the door. After doing my first rotation in July, I was sold on the meaningful patient interactions. I finally felt like a doctor. I pursued an MBA degree between 3rd and 4th year to pursue to gain leadership experience and learn how I can improve some of the throughput issues through continuous improvement techniques. Having grown up in Brooklyn, I’m excited to work closer to family and explore all Hackensack has to offer.


Daniel Bautista, M.D.

College:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Medical School:
Tulane University School of Medicine

EM Interests:
Ultrasound, EMS, admin

Interests:
NY Rangers Hockey, NY Yankees Baseball, piano, running, swimming, singing, reading, Scuba diving

Bio:
I was born and raised on Long Island, NY and went to college in snowy upstate NY. It took four years and an engineering degree for me to realize I didn’t really like math so I started on the path to medicine. I was fortunate to attend medical school in the amazingly unique city of New Orleans, where I ate a few too many beignets and tried to figure out what I was going to do with the pounds of beads caught during Mardi Gras parades. I am very excited to return to the NY metro area!


Zachary Burke, M.D.

College:
Loyola College

Medical School:
Penn State University

EM Interests:
Critical Care, Wilderness Medicine

Interests:
Hiking, camping, beaching, or playing ball with his friends and family

Bio:
Zach is a proud native of the Garden State, growing up amongst the beaches and forests of central New Jersey while working as a lumberjack and bartender. Zach attended Loyola College in Baltimore where he graduated with degrees in Biology and Entrepreneurial Business before attending Penn State for medical school. In medical school he focused his extra time on the pursuit of emergency medicine and physician wellness. Professionally Zach is interested in wilderness emergency medicine and critical care medicine and has goals to practice in underserved areas. In his spare time he can be found hiking, camping, beaching, or playing ball with his friends and family.


Jennifer Krone, M.D.

College:
Fordham University

Medical School:
St. George’s University School of Medicine

EM Interests:
Ultrasound, wilderness medicine, disaster medicine, global health

Interests:
Skiing, yoga, golden retrievers, craft beers, traveling the world, hiking, anything outdoors

Bio:
I was born and raised in New Jersey. I received my undergraduate degree from Fordham University. Before medical school, I worked in cancer research at Sloan-Kettering and then at Georgetown on stroke treatment in urban areas. I made a stop in sunny Grenada for medical school before returning home to NJ to do my residency. I decided to do a residency in emergency medicine because it’s exciting and no two days are the same. I’m looking forward to an exciting three years filled with learning and friends.


Jose Deschamps, M.D.   

College:
Johns Hopkins University

Medical School:
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

EM interests:
EMS, Sports Medicine

Interests:
Football, basketball, weight lifting, crossfit

Bio:
I was born in Dominican Republic but raised in New Jersey just 15 minutes from Hackensack hospital. I’ve spent almost my entire life living in NJ except for the 4 years I spent in Baltimore for college. After college I worked as an EMT which is where I realized emergency medicine was for me. I’m pretty laid back and enjoy spending my free time with friends and family.


Jason Fidel, D.O.

College:
University of Maryland at College Park

Medical School:
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests:
Sports Medicine

Interests:
Skiing, Traveling, Sports, watching the Baltimore Ravens, Movies, Maryland Basketball, Live music, Food and trying new restaurants

Bio:
I was born and raised in Baltimore (yes, like the wire) and went to college at the University of Maryland. After college I moved to Philadelphia to attend a Master’s program in biomedical science. Then I moved to New York for medical school, and I’m excited to be staying in the area for residency at Hackensack. I love exploring the city and trying new restaurants in Manhattan. I chose EM because I love the diversity of patient presentations and the fast pace of the ED.


Allyson Hansen, D.O.

College:
University of South Florida

Medical School:
Campbell University College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM interests:
Geriatrics, Ultrasound

Interests:
Weightlifting, cooking, relaxing, reading anything nonfiction, outdoors, staring at the stars, lingering on the coast,

Bio:
Born in NJ, grew up in Clearwater FL where I spent most of my days roasting on the beach with my girlfriends. Decided after graduating high school I wanted to rule the world. I decided to try my hand at a degree in finance. After graduation and a short stint, I knew there was something else calling me. Earned my nursing assistant license and fell in love with caring for people. Inspired by my brother, I went back to school & not long after got accepted to Campbell. I am proud to be an osteopathic doc. Even prouder to be on my way to becoming a skilled emergency physician via Hackensack University Medical Center! Exciting specialty at a great hospital with a fantastic team.


Andrew Harrison, D.O.

College:
University of Tennessee

Medical School:
Campbell University College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests:
Ultrasound, EMS

Interests:
College football, College basketball, Soccer, Strength training, nutrition, cooking, reading

Bio:
Born in Knoxville, TN and dreamed of becoming a doctor from the first grade. I attended the University of Tennessee for undergrad and Campbell University for medical school. I have three priorities in life: college football, emergency medicine, and friends/family (Yes, in that order). My life goals are to watch Tennessee win another national championship, hit a hole in 1, and continue the pursuit of becoming a physician.


Malone "Trey" Hill III, M.D.

College:
University of Virginia (Wa-Hoo-Wa)

Medical School:
University of Texas Medical Branch

EM Interests:
Peds, Education, Tactical Medicine, Pain Management, Wilderness Medicine

Interests:
Surfing, barbecue, boxing, harmonica, woodworking, college football, fishing, camping

Favorite Book:
Lonesome Dove

Bio:
I’m excited to start a new family in my new surroundings, as my wife and I are about to welcome a tiny boy (Malone #4) to the world of Jersey. I’m a native Austin-ite from a large family of six siblings, and I don’t mind the strange looks garnered by my wearing cowboy boots in the ETC. I originally worked in the natural gas industry in Fort Worth, Texas, before deciding to pursue medical school. Additionally, I’ve worked jobs as an Anesthesia Tech, high school tutor, vehicle state inspector, government contract consultant and semi-pro brisket chef. I’m pumped about living in Hackensack and I don’t find northerners to be nearly as rude as Texans told me they’d be. I thank my lucky stars that I landed at a residency program that genuinely cares about the wellness of its residents and preparing them to be sharpshooter clinicians for the future.


Miguel Reyes, M.D.

College:
Florida International University

Medical School:
Drexel University College of Medicine

EM Interests:
Administration, Academics, EBM

Interests:
Making gains, gym, reading science fiction, fantasy and finance books. Movies and in particular the nerdy comic book ones. Watching football, playing fantasy football, E-sports. All things NPR and politics

Bio:
Born and raised in Miami, Florida where I attended FIU and majored in psychology. Worked as a medical scribe for some time before starting medical school. Knew I wanted to do Emergency Medicine since my scribing days so never had difficulty in choosing a specialty. Knew I wanted to come to Hackensack when I interviewed and was ecstatic when I matched. Love being in the NYC/NJ area where there is such a strong concentration of interesting and varied pathology along with an even greater strength of clinicians to learn from.


Nicole Webb, D.O.

College:
Penn State University

Medical School:
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York

EM Interests:
International Medicine, Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine

Interests:
Traveling, hiking, soccer, yoga, puzzles

Bio:
I was born and raised in Hartford, CT. I went to college at Penn State where I double majored in Science and Spanish. After my undergrad I took a year off and moved to Nicaragua where I helped establish a medical non-profit. I first fell in love with Emergency Medicine while doing medical trips abroad and realized the need for acute medical management in underserved areas. I hope to continue participating in trips abroad throughout residency and incorporate it into my Emergency Medicine practice. When I’m not working, I like to go hiking, a goal of mine is to hike the tallest peak in every state!


Gregory Weidner, D.O.

College:
St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Medical School:
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests:
Critical Care, Sports Medicine, Education

Interests:
Tennis, basketball, baseball, live music, anything in/on the water

Bio:
I was born and raised right across the Hudson River in Westchester, NY before going down to Maryland for college and receiving my degree in biochemistry. Next, I moved to western PA, where I completed both my post-bacc and medical school. I’m happy to finally be back home in the NYC area for residency. I played baseball in college for a few years before working as a scribe, where I fell in love with the world of emergency medicine. Hackensack has a vast diversity of patient pathology and acuity to offer and I am looking forward to training in such a great area and program!

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