Internal Medicine Residents and Graduates | Hackensack University Medical Center

Residents

Chief Resident



Anita Sawkar, D.O.

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2022
Why I Chose HUMC: I chose HUMC, in short, because of the people. On my interview day, I not only felt the warmth and camaraderie between attendings and residents, but also between the attendings themselves. I got the sense that everyone involved in the program was there because they chose to be there and have a passion for medical education.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Critical Care, Hospitalist Medicine
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: As a true crime enthusiast, in another life I think would have been a detective
Hobbies and interests: Trying to perfect my forehand on the tennis court, Creating my own Picassos, Whipping up some delectable vegetarian meals
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ

Class of 2025 / PGY- 1

Noreen Ahmed, M.D.
Medical School: Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2025
PGY: PGY1
Why HUMC: I chose HUMC because I saw firsthand during medical school how thoughtful, empathetic, and compassionate the medical staff were in the care of their patients. I also wanted to be part of a program that fostered my learning and growth while exposing me to medically complex and varied patient presentations.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Hematology, Oncology
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: Museum curator
Hobbies and interests: Playing piano, crocheting, drawing, watching Netflix
Hometown: Washington Twp


Zhongying Liu-An, M.D.
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Graduation Year: 2025
PGY: PGY1
Why HUMC: I chose HUMC because of the amazing faculty and supportive colleagues. HUMC provides me with opportunities and technology to further my career in medicine. I am thrilled to serve the community that I live in.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Global Health, Health Equity
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: Chef
Hobbies and interests: Golf, traveling, trying new cooking recipes
Hometown: Tenafly, NJ

Sara Hazaveh, M.D.
Medical School: Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2025
PGY: PGY1
Why HUMC: HUMC offers a high volume of diverse and complex patient population to care for and learn from. I did many of my rotations at HUMC as a medical student and I found that the residents are very supportive of each other and everyone was very welcoming.
I also worked with so many passionate physicians at HUMC and I am excited to learn from them.

Interests within Internal Medicine: Hematology-Oncology, Cardiology
If I weren't in medicine, I would be: An astrophysicist working at NASA or an artist
Hobbies and interests: Painting/drawing, running, working out, music, exploring/traveling
Hometown: Egg Harbor Township

Marissa Heyer, M.D.
Medical School: Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2025
PGY: PGY1
Why HUMC:  I love HUMC because it is the perfect combination of large academic institution with a community hospital feel. The faculty encourages me to think critically and is committed to helping me achieve my fullest potential. Lastly, the residents are all so welcoming and supportive; I can always count on my co-residents to make me smile!
Interests within Internal Medicine: Medical Education, Cardiology, Critical care, Ultrasound
If I weren't in medicine, I would be an: Interior Designer Hobbies and interests: Peloton, hiking, crocheting  Hometown: Emerson, NJ

Abdulalim Husayni, M.D.
Medical School:
Beirut Arab University Faculty of Medicine
Graduation Year:
2025
PGY:
PGY1
Why HUMC:
Friendly atmosphere, amazing residents and attending
Interests within Internal Medicine:
Critical Care, Interventional Cardiology
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a:
Sailor
Hobbies and interests:
Freediving, Horseback riding
Hometown:
Homs, Syria

Maciej Kabat, M.D.
Medical School: Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2025
PGY: PGY 1
Why HUMC: Giving back to the community that has done so much for my own family, is the main reason behind my preference for HUMC. My earlier volunteering engagements, choice in medical school, and previous clinical rotations were all done within the Hackensack Hospital Network. During my clinical rotations I was even mentored by the very same team of oncologists who treated my mother's breast cancer and the same surgeons who removed my appendix. I wish to continue actively pursuing opportunities to serve those who have done so much for me and my family.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Hematology/Oncology
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a:
Biomedical engineer
Hobbies and interests: Biking, Formula One, Soccer, Hiking, Cars
Hometown: Nutley, NJ

 

David Kim, M.D.
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2025
PGY: PGY1
Why HUMC: I used to work at HUMC prior to medical school, and it is where my medical journey began and want to continue at
Interests within Internal Medicine: I am interested in cardiology, but I'm exploring and leaving myself open to new possibilities.
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
National Geographic Photographer or a stay-home dad for my puppy.
Hobbies and interests: I love the outdoors. I love playing basketball with my friends! I am also a new golf enthusiast.
Hometown: Paramus, NJ

 
 

Lauren Kullmann, D.O.
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2025
PGY: PGY1
Why HUMC: As NJ's largest teaching hospital with an impressive case mix index the training at HUMC is unrivaled. I was attracted to the diversity of pathologies and complexity of the medical cases cared for by the teaching teams. I also value the different perspective ambulatory medicine offers and the 6+2 schedule is the perfect mix of hospital and clinic medicine. Most excitedly, HUMC incorporates a residents as teachers curriculum that is preparing me for my dream job as an academic hospitalist!
Interests within Internal Medicine: Academic Hospitalist medicine
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: Florist or Landscape architect
Hobbies and interests: I enjoy long walks around my neighborhood. I also enjoy gardening, crafting and maintaining my Etsy business and spending time with my husband and our cat!
Hometown: Princeton, NJ

 

Roma Padalkar, D.O.
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2025
PGY: PGY1
Why HUMC: I chose HUMC because of the supportive close-knit residency program with a focus on academics!
Interests within Internal Medicine: Global Health, Critical Care Medicine, Infectious Disease
If I weren't in medicine, I would be an: Archaeologist
Hobbies and interests: Scuba Diving, Travel, Cooking
Hometown: Summit, NJ


 

Caden Quintanilla, M.D.
Medical School: Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2025
PGY: PGY1
Why HUMC: In medical school, most of my clinical professors were physicians who worked at HUMC. They were passionate about teaching and I could tell that they would help me achieve the goal of becoming a competent and independent physician.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Hospitalist and Primary Care
If I weren't in medicine, I would be an: Clinical psychologist
Hobbies and interests: Discussing philosophical topics ranging from the philosophy of mind and consciousness to economics. I also enjoy going to the gym, boxing, and spending time with family and friends.
Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sakina Shamsi, D.O.
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2025
PGY: PGY1
Why HUMC: I chose Humc because of its ideal location, patient population, Innovative 6+2 schedule, great working and learning environment.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Hematology/Oncology
If I weren't in medicine, I would be an: Fashion designer
Hobbies and interests: Traveling, meditation, pewter art, arts and crafts using Cricut machine.
Hometown: East Meadow, NY

Eli Zolotov, M.D.
Medical School: 3. Lékarská Fakulta, Univerzity Karlovy
Graduation Year: 2025
PGY: PGY1
Why HUMC: I was initially attracted to HUMC because it is a small university IM residency program. It combines all the advantages of a university program, such as opportunities to engage in interesting research and to teach students, as well as exposure to a broad variety of pathologies, with a warm and intimate learning environment. My interview experience further convinced me that I was making the right choice. The residents, faculty members, and PD were warm and friendly, and created a welcoming atmosphere. I felt that the program would be a great fit, and I’d have ample opportunity to improve my clinical skills alongside such a kind and supportive team.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Cardiology, Nephrology, Clinical research
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: Teacher
Hobbies and interests: Exploring the nature (hiking and diving), spending time with family and friends, playing tennis
Hometown: Holon, Israel

Class of 2024 / PGY -2


Stacey Damito, D.O.
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2024
PGY: PGY 2
Why HUMC: 
There is a supportive atmosphere among the residents and teaching faculty that was readily perceptible since interview day. While the program is new, it is led by astounding physicians who were trained by prestigious programs in the area and are highly motivated to put ours on the map. It is exciting to be a part of something that is actively growing, and I am proud to be a resident physician at the #1 hospital of New Jersey!
Interests within Internal Medicine: Opportunity to know as much as possible about everything, in both scope and setting
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
forensic scientist
Hobbies and interests: 
Science fiction, action, mystery and horror genres in all media. Video games. Piano and ukulele. Ballroom dancing. Bubble tea!
Hometown: 
Freehold, NJ


Uri Hochfeld, M.D.
Medical School: Ben-Gurion University
Graduation Year 2024
PGY: PGY 2
Why HUMC: My first experience at HUMC was my father being treated at the cancer center when I was in high school, an experience that brought me into medicine. As a college student I volunteered at the HUMC emergency department, my first role involved in patient care. When applying for residency I wanted to build a career caring for the community I grew up in and train in a large university medical center near my home. I am now lucky and privileged to train in the hospital that played a pivotal role in shaping my decision to pursue medicine under the mentorship of inspiring and exceptional staff that is attentive to my individual needs and provides me with the tools to become the best physician I can be.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Pulmonary and Critical Care
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
Architect or in the music industry!
Hobbies and interests: 
Music, live shows, exploring NYC, traveling and sports
Hometown: 
Jerusalem, Israel and Tenafly, NJ




Ann Jose, D.O.
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2024
PGY: PGY 2
Why HUMC: HUMC has a dedicated primary care track that focuses on continuity. As someone who wishes to explore healthcare as a primary care provider, this was very important to me. HUMC is also one of the largest healthcare institutions which assured me that I would be exposed to a wide range of patient demographics, pathology and diagnoses.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Hospitalist, Primary Care
If I weren't in medicine, I would be an: 
Event planner
Hobbies and interests: 
Reading, Going to movies, Playing with babies :D, Eating
Hometown: 
Long Island, NY

Christopher Manners, M.D.
Medical School: Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2024
PGY: PGY 2
Why HUMC: I had rotated here as a student and really liked the experience and the atmosphere. I just decided to stick around. It's also a big place, so you see new and interesting things every day!
Interests within Internal Medicine: Palliative care, outpatient medicine
If I weren't in medicine, I would be an: 
Honestly, I am not sure.
Hobbies and interests: 
Playing quizbowl, listening to music, eating out at various restaurants (quality unspecified!)
Hometown: 
North Potomac, Maryland

Asna Mohammad, M.D.
Medical School: Dubai Medical College
Graduation Year: 2024
PGY: PGY 2
Why HUMC: HUMC is a big, well-known hospital in a great geographic location. Our program is relatively small which makes it easier to connect and get to know everyone better with personalized dedication and support from faculty towards achieving our goals.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Pulmonology/Critical Care
If I weren't in medicine, I would be an: 
International aid worker
Hobbies and interests: 
Traveling, Running, Paragliding
Hometown: 
Dubai, UAE

Ahmad Qatanani, D.O.
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2024
PGY: PGY2
Why HUMC: First, HUMC is home for me and I wanted to serve my community. Second, it is the largest hospital in NJ and sees some of the most complex medical cases. Finally the IM program, faculty and residents always felt like a big, welcoming family that now I am happy to be part of.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Pulmonology/Critical Care
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
Biomedical Engineer
Hobbies and interests: 
Biking, Soccer, Football, Taekwondo, Skiing
Hometown: 
Paterson, NJ

 

Gayatri Singh, M.D.
Medical School: All-India Institute of Medical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2024
PGY: PGY 2
Why HUMC: Apart from the location, so I could stay close to my family, I felt that the program has a very strong female leadership.. and I'm all about female leaders and women in medicine!!
Interests within Internal Medicine: General medicine (all of it!!)
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
CEO of my start up
Hobbies and interests: 
Love traveling and exploring new cultures! Spending quality time with my 3 toddlers -1 being my husband :)
Hometown: 
Dehradun, India

Tony Varughese, M.D.
Medical School: Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2024
PGY: PGY 2
Why HUMC: I chose HUMC since I had a great experience during my core clerkship and sub-internship. We see high acuity cases and volume as a tertiary referral center. We have great camaraderie among residents, faculty, and other medical staff. There is also a strong emphasis on resident wellness. Could not be happier with my decision- so humbled and blessed that I am able to train here!
Interests within Internal Medicine: Hematology/Oncology, Medical Education, Physician Wellness
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
NBA Sports Agent
Hobbies and interests: 
Volleyball, Marathons, Fitness, Basketball, NY Giants, Barbecue
Hometown: 
Bergenfield, NJ



Hirva Vyas, D.O.

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2024
PGY: PGY 2
Why HUMC: I chose HUMC as I wanted to train at an academic program and be able to care for a diverse set of patient population, particularly in an area that I grew up in. The program's culture including the faculty's dedication to help residents becoming better clinicians and camaraderie among co-residents greatly factored in choosing this program. Interests within Internal Medicine: Cardiology
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a:  A wanna-be chef or a choreographer
Hobbies and interests: Dancing, cooking, playing sports, reading/writing, couponing
Hometown: Jersey City/West New York

Shucen Wan, M.D.
Medical School: North Sichuan Medical College
Graduation Year: 2024
PGY: PGY 2
Why HUMC: It is the best hospital in NJ. Never see a hospital that has the highest google review in terms of number and rate. My husband grew up here and we got married here.I love the diversity here.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Rheumatology and Hematology/Onctology.
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
Dancer who expresses the beauty of art
Hobbies and interests: 
Running in nature. Swimming long distance in Olympic size pool. Getting whole body massage once a week
Hometown: 
Sichuan. China

Class of 2023/PGY – 3

 

Samantha Boustani, M.D.
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2023
PGY: PGY 3
Why HUMC: I was raised in the area and have always known HUMC as a hub for all the most interesting and complex pathologies. I felt that I would receive a robust education while also enjoying giving back to the community I grew up in.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Sports medicine
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
Cartoonist for Disney!
Hobbies and interests: 
Volleyball
Hometown: 
Little Ferry, NJ



Alejandro Garcia, M.D.
Medical School: Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Graduation Year: 2023
PGY: PGY 3
Why HUMC: From the day I interviewed, I felt there was a good community here. As a new program, everyone is involved and everyone has a voice. Dr Zetkulic, our program director, is the star. I also wanted to stay in the NY/NJ region.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Endocrinology
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
NSA employee
Hobbies and interests: 
Literature. Culture. Languages. Calligraphy.
Hometown: 
Barranquilla, Colombia and Miami, FL

Sarvarinder Gill, M.D.
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2023
PGY: PGY 3
Why HUMC: Diversity of patients and research opportunities available for residents
Interests within Internal Medicine: Hematology/ Oncology
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
Astronaut
Hobbies and interests: 
Fashion design, gardening, reading mysteries
Hometown: 
San Francisco, CA


Hee-jin Jung, D.O.
Medical School:
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2023
PGY:
PGY 3
Why HUMC: I
was fortunate to have rotated through HUMC as a medical student and had the opportunity to work with some of the kindest attendings and residents who made me feel so welcome. I chose HUMC because I wanted to train at a place that made me feel at home. It was also a bonus that HUMC was so close to my actual home town!
Allergy & Immunology
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
Hairstylist
Hobbies and interests: 
Reading, going to the beach, baking, haircutting/styling
Hometown: 
Norwood, NJ


 

Davood Karimi Hosseini, M.D.
Medical School: Islamic Azad University, Mashhad Branch Faculty of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2023
PGY: PGY 3
Why HUMC: There are multiple reasons why I chose to come to Hackensack University Medical Center. The foremost of which is the clinal exposure. HUMC has a stellar reputation for training physicians both clinically and scientifically. Also at HUMC you feel you have great support to develop you future carrier.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Problem solving, procedures, and find a way to help my patients.
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
Cartoonist, or maybe DJ!
Hobbies and interests: 
Grow herbs. Playing tennis, spending time with family and friends.
Hometown: 
Mashad, Iran

Kevin Kim, D.O.
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2023
PGY: PGY 3
Why HUMC: HUMC was the obvious choice for me. HUMC is just 15min from my hometown of Fort Lee. After my Sub-I, I had fallen in love with the culture of HUMC. We strive to be a family above all else.
Interests within Internal Medicine: PCCM
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
in Finance
Hobbies and interests: 
Sports (Basketball, Tennis, Snowboarding, Golf)
Hometown: Fort Lee, NJ

Justin Panthappattu, M.D.
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2023
PGY: PGY 3
Why HUMC: From the day of my interview, one thing was abundantly clear about the Internal Medicine residency program at HUMC. To quote the Olive Garden of yesteryear, “When you’re here, you’re family.” The residents are very close-knit and the faculty is incredibly supportive. There’s also plenty of opportunity to be involved in interesting cases because of the diversity of pathologies we get exposed to.
Interests within Internal Medicine: PCCM, Infectious Disease
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
High School Guidance Counselor
Hobbies and interests: 
Baking, Escape Rooms, Video Games
Hometown: Congers, NY

Payal Patel, M.D.
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2023
PGY: PGY 3
Why HUMC: I chose HUMC because of its robust teaching faculty, small class size and diverse patient population. Also the fact that it is a new program that will allow it to evolve and change. Being a fresh program, there is a lot of room for growth and development.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Hospitalist Medicine, Infectious Disease
If I weren't in medicine, I would be an: 
Interior designer
Hobbies and interests: 
Running, hiking, painting, cooking
Hometown: Lake Placid, FL



Mehek Rahim, M.D.
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2023
PGY: PGY 3
Why HUMC: I was drawn to HUMC for the opportunity to serve a diverse patient population while having access to the most cutting-edge care and resources.
Interests within Internal Medicine: Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, POCUS, Procedures, Clinical reasoning and diagnostics
If I weren't in medicine, I would be an: 
Traveling Yogi or a Pharmaceutical Scientist
Hobbies and interests: 
Practicing yoga, traveling to exotic countries, tasting unique foods and wines
Hometown: Tampa, FL



Tirth Talati, D.O.
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2023
PGY: PGY 3
Why HUMC: I spent a lot of time at HUMC volunteering during high school and doing research during college. It always felt like home, so I was very excited when I got my interview invite and eventually my match email. It's a great hospital with so much to do in the surrounding cities.
Interests within Internal Medicine: 
cardiology, critical care, ambulatory medicine
If I weren't in medicine, I would be an: 
Engineer - in undergrad, my goal was to have a career developing prosthetics
Hobbies and interests: 
audiobooks, baseball, lifting, home improvement/repair
Hometown: 
Jersey City, NJ

Ahmet Mursel Ulusan, M.D.
Medical School: Ege Universitesi Tip Fakultesi Graduation Year: 2023
PGY: PGY 3
Why HUMC: Amazing PD and APD. One of the best hospitals in cancer care. Amazing people whose hearts and minds in the same right place.
Interests within Internal Medicine: 
Medical Education, Oncology
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
neuro-scientist or physicist
Hobbies and interests: 
Artificial Intelligence, coding, Philosophy, Podcasts, Travelling, Cooking
Hometown: 
Izmir, Turkey

Ali Yildiz, M.D.
Medical School: Hacettepe Universitesi Tip Fakultesi
Graduation Year: 2023
PGY: PGY 3
Why HUMC: friendly workplace; excellent IM residency program; growing hospital
Interests within Internal Medicine: 
cardiology, cardiac imaging
If I weren't in medicine, I would be a: 
scientist
Hobbies and interests: 
drawing/painting, gardening, walking, cooking/baking
Hometown: 
Afyonkarahisar, Turkey



Osman Khan Yousafzai, M.D.
Medical School:
King Edward Medical University
Graduation Year:
2023
PGY:
PGY 3
Why HUMC:
HUMC's internal medicine program seemed like a very well-structured program with a lot of research opportunities. During my interview I got the sense that there was a lot of camaraderie between the residents and faculty and it was the kind of close knit environment that I wanted to work at.
Interests within Internal Medicine: 
Cardiology, Wearable technology
If I weren't in medicine, I would be an: 
Entrepreneur
Hobbies and interests: 
Polo, Horse riding, Table tennis
Hometown: 
Islamabad, Pakistan

Graduates

Yomna Abu-Farsakh, M.D.
Medical School: University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2022

Mohammad Abualganam, M.D.
Medical School: Mu'tah University Faculty of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2022

Chandni Bheeman, D.O.
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2022

Maryam Bojarian, M.D.
Medical School: Islamic Azad University, Tehran Faculty of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2022

Sophia Dar, MBBS
Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College
Graduation Year: 2022

Matthew Fata, D.O.
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2022

Joseph Neiman, M.D.
Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2022

Alessandra Petrillo, M.D.
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2022

Lesley Philip, M.D.
Medical School: Grant Medical College
Graduation Year: 2022

Nabiha Qureshi, M.D.
Medical School: Islamabad Medical & Dental College
Graduation Year: 2022

Khurram Sarfraz, M.D.
Medical School: Shifa College of Medicine
Graduation Year: 2022

Neel Shah, D.O.
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2022

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