Emergency Medicine Residency Faculty | Hackensack University Medical Center

Joseph Underwood, M.D.

Joseph Underwood, M.D., MHCDS, FACEP

Chairman, Emergency Medicine

Medical Education
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Emergency Medicine Residency
New York-Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center

Gregory Sugalski, M.D.

Gregory Sugalski, M.D.

Vice-Chair, Emergency Medicine

Medical Education
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Emergency Medicine Residency

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Operations, Patient Safety & Quality

Kevin Hewitt, M.D.

Kevin Hewitt, M.D.

Vice Chair, Emergency Medicine

Medical Education
State University of New York

Emergency Medicine Residency
The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Bedside teaching, Administrative leadership, Operational compliance

Andrew Amaranto, M.D.

Andrew Amaranto, M.D.

Medical Director

Medical Education
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Emergency Medicine Residency
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
ED Operations

Michael Ullo, M.D.

Michael Ullo, M.D.

Assistant Medical Director, Assistant Professor

Medical Education
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Emergency Medicine Residency
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Operations, Patient Safety & Quality

Christina Hajicharalambous, D.O.

Christina Hajicharalambous, D.O.

Residency Program Director

Medical Education
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency
Residency: St. Barnabas Hospital. Bronx, NY

Fellowship
Fellowship: medical education and simulation. Icahn School of Medicine Mt Sinai NYC.
Masters in Medical Education, University of Pennsylvania

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Medical Education, Simulation, Wellness, Faculty Development

Alyssa Berns, D.O.

Alyssa Berns, D.O.

Assistant Residency Program Director, Assistant Professor

Medical Education
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency
Hackensack University Medical Center

Fellowship
Critical Care, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Medical Education, Transitions of Care in Critical Patients, Resuscitation

David Walker, M.D.

David Walker, M.D.

Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Medical Education
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Residency Training
Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Fellowship Training
Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Global pediatric emergency care, quality and safety, care standardization

Antonio Thomas, M.D.

Antonio Thomas, M.D.

Associate Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Medical Education
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Residency Training
Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Chinwe Ogedegbe, M.D., M.P.H.

Chinwe Ogedegbe, M.D., M.P.H.

Section Chief - Research

Medical Education
Obafemi Awolowo University College of Medicine

Residency Training
Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Emergency Medicine, Harlem Hospital Center

Patrick Charles, D.O.

Patrick Charles, D.O.

Director of Ultrasound

Medical Education
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency Training
Hackensack University Medical Center

Fellowship Training
Emergency Ultrasound, Maimonides Medical Center

Herman Morchel, M.D., P.E.

Herman Morchel, M.D., P.E.

Director of Simulation Training Lab, Medical and Engineering Director Mobile Hospital Program

Medical Education
Rutgers NJ Medical School

Residency Training
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Simulation based training, Medical education, Advanced technology application to patient care, Mobile Medical facilities.

Alison Thurber, M.D.

Alison Thurber, M.D.

Director of Residency Simulation Curriculum Assistant Professor

Medical Education
Ross University School of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Simulation Education, In Situ Simulation, Graduate and undergraduate medical education, Patient Safety & Quality

Daria Falkowitz, D.O.

Daria Falkowitz, D.O.

Director of Toxicology

Medical Education
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Emergency Residency Training
Staten Island University Hospital

Fellowship Training:
Medical Toxicology, North Shore University Hospital- Northwell Health

Shaun Patterson, D.O., M.B.S., FAEMS

Shaun Patterson, D.O., M.B.S., FAEMS

Medical Director of EMS - Emergency Management Assistant Professor

Medical Education
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Emergency Residency Training
Morristown Medical Center Morristown, NJ

Fellowship Training
Emergency Medical Services, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Pre-hospital Medicine, EMS Education, and International Medical Diplomacy

Kameno Bell, M.D.

Kameno Bell, M.D.

Clerkship Director

Medical Education
Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Emergency Residency Training
University of Illinois at Chicago

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Sports Medicine, Indiana University Hospitals

Christine Fernandez, M.D.

Christine Fernandez, M.D.

Clerkship Director

Medical Education
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Emergency Residency Training
Mount Sinai St. Luke’s

Monica Hernandez, M.D.

Monica Hernandez, M.D.

Clerkship Director

Medical Education
SUNY Downstate Medical School – Brooklyn

Emergency Residency Training
Mount Sinai Medical Center Internship Jacobi-Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, Performance Improvement

Rimma Perotte, Ph.D.

Rimma Perotte, Ph.D.

Director of Biomedical Infomatics

Graduate School
Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Emergency Medicine Research and Clinical Interests
Informatics, Operations, Patient Safety & Quality

Gabrielle Procopio, PharmD, BCPS

Gabrielle Procopio, PharmD, BCPS

EM Clinical Pharmacist; EM Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Graduate Education
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

Residency Training
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Emergency Medicine Faculty

Paarth Raj, D.O.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: University of North Texas Health Science Center
Residency Training: Hackensack University Medical Center

Richard Nierenberg, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty, Assistant Professor
Medical Education: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Residency Training: University of Chicago Medical Center
Fellowship Training: Critical Care, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Anesthesiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Emergency Medicine Interests: Critical care in Emergency Medicine, Medical Education

Jennifer Kleven, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty, Assistant Professor
Medical Education: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency Education: Hackensack University Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Interests: Medical education, Patient safety and quality, Evidence based medicine, Wellness and resiliency, Social Justice, Health policy

Sam Lu, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency Training: Hackensack University Medical Center

David Negron, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: SUNY Downstate Medical School – Brooklyn
Residency Training: Brooklyn Hospital Center

Ann Nguyen, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Residency Training: Mount Sinai St. Luke’s/Cook County Hospital

Mai Saber, D.O, M.P.H
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency Training: St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center

Aakash Shah, M.D., M.B.A., M.Sc.
Director of Addiction Medicine, Medical Director of Project HEAL, Assistant Professor
Medical Education: Harvard Medical School
Residency Training: Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Emergency Medicine Interests: Addiction Medicine, Community Violence Intervention, Health Policy

Hemlata Sharma, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Nassau University Medical Center/Lincoln Medical Center

Edward Yamin, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena
Residency Training: Montefiore Medical Center

Lana Shaker, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Residency Training: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Emergency Medicine Interests: Medical education, evidence based medicine, women’s health

Jared Ditkowsky, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine- Brooklyn
Residency Training: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Emergency Medicine Interests: Operations, Patient Safety and Quality, Health Policy, Health Economic Analysis

Biren Bhatt, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Residency Training: New York Presbyterian Hospital

Phyllis Caces, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty, Assistant Professor
Medical Education: New York University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Beth Israel Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Interests: Simulation Education

Amanda Eis, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: Sackler School of Medicine NY State/American Program
Residency Training: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Ronald Fernandez, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Residency Training: Mount Sinai St. Luke’s

Young Min Kim, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: Hahnemann University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Albert Einstein Medical Center/Jacobi Medical Center

William Fleischman, M.D., MHS
Clinical Physician Faculty, Assistant Professor
Medical Education: University at Buffalo School of Medicine
Residency Training: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Interests: Health Services Research, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Quality & Pt safety, health services research

Kelly Signorelli, D.O.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency Training: St. Barnabas Hospital

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Faculty

Antonio Thomas, M.D.
Associate Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Education: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Caroline Black, M.D., M.Sc.
Lead, Quality & Safety Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Fellowship Training: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Emergency Medicine Interests: Quality and Patient Safety

Temima Waltuch, M.D.
Lead, Resident Education, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Education: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fellowship Training: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Marni Kriegel, M.D.
Lead, Medical Student Education, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Education: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Emergency Medicine Interests: Medical Education, Quality

Praneetha Chaganti, M.D.
Lead, Ultrasound, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Education: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center Fellowship Training: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Nisha Polavarapu, M.D.
Lead, Trauma, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Education: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Fellowship Training: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Case Western Reserve University/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

Sondra Maureen Nemetski, M.D., Ph.D.
Lead, Simulation, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Education: New York University Grossman School of Medicine
Residency Training: Pediatrics, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Fellowship Training: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Interests: Simulation Education, Medical Education, Pediatric Preventive Health Care, School-related Public Health Policy

Karen Eigen, M.D., M.P.H.
Lead, Community Outreach & Telehealth, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Education: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ruth Borgen, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Education: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Residency Training: Pediatrics, North Shore University Hospital

Donna Lee, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Education: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Fellowship Training: Pediatric Pulmonology, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Alex Hyppolite, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Ofunne Obaze, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: University of Benin Medical School
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Howard University/District of Columbia General Hospital

Saqiba Khan, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: Allama Iqbal Medical College
Residency Training: Pediatrics, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln

Leah Raguindin, M.D.
Clinical Faculty Physician
Medical Education: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Fellowship Training: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Mihir Vyas, D.O.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Fellowship Training: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Atlantic Health/Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center

Magdaline Kopacz, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: Jagiellonian University Medical College
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Malkhazi Mikadze, M.D.
Clinical Physician Faculty
Medical Education: Tbilisi State Medical University
Residency Training: Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
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