M.D. Program

Who we are

Ingrid Brown received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Iona College, and has over 22 years of experience in medical education.  She came to Einstein in 2006 after 16 years as administrative manager in the Department of Surgery at Weill-Cornell Medical College. In her current role, she manages the schedule for the medical school's 1st and 2nd year courses, secures proctors for exams, and serves as the Executive Chief Proctor for NBME exam procedures at Einstein.

Dr. William Burton earned his masters degree in Social and Community Psychology from the University of Louisville, and his doctoral degree in Environmental Psychology from the City University of New York.  Joining the Einstein faculty in 1994, Dr. Burton was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Social Medicine in 1999, and Associate Professor in 2010. As Director of Assessment, Evaluation and Quality Improvement, manages the applications used for evaluations and provides first-tier data to stakeholders.  In addition to teaching in the first-year Preventive Medicine course, Dr. Burton conducts numerous faculty development workshops on such topics as survey methodology, data management, effective teaching skills, and classroom assessment techniques. He also provides assistance to both faculty and students in the preparation of research projects and grants.

Dr. Todd Cassese received his medical degree, graduating AOA with Honors, from the University of Chicago, where he continued his post-graduate training as a resident and chief resident. Dr. Cassese was an Assistant Professor at Yale University where he maintained a role as an academic hospitalist at Yale-New Haven Hospital until June 2018. He was recruited to the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in 2011 as Director of its doctoring course. Dr. Cassese will serve as the inaugural Assistant Dean for Clinical Sciences Education to develop programs that assure consistency across our clinical sites, enhance the incorporation of science across the clerkships, lead faculty development on educational topics, create transitions from pre-clerkship to clinical experiences for students, and foster collaboration for innovations. His education and faculty development skill sets will also be leveraged specifically for enhancing the quality of such activities within the Department of Medicine. Additionally, he will serve as a Teaching Attending Hospitalist at Montefiore

Dr. Christina Coyle received her medical degree from SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in 1988 and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Montefiore Medical Center. She joined the Einstein faculty upon completion of her fellowship in 1995, and has held a series of progressively responsible positions both at Jacobi Medical Center, where she directs the Parasitology Clinic and serves as Clinical Director for Infectious Disease, and at Einstein, where she directs the Parasitology and Global Medicine course.  Dr. Coyle has served as Assistant Dean for Faculty Development since 2007, and has overseen the expansion of that program to include a wide range of offerings that address skills development for medical educators, career management, and mentoring. Dr. Coyle oversees the organization of the annual Minority and Women Faculty Career Development Day and the annual Davidoff Education Day.

Dr. Pablo Joo is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Residency Program in Family and Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. He completed the Harvard Macy Scholars Fellowship in 2007 and joined the faculty at Einstein in 2008, where he served as the Director of Medical Student Education, Director of the Clerkship in Family and Social Medicine, and Faculty Coordinator of the Urban Latino Health track of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. He has a strong interest in the health care of underserved communities, health promotion and disease prevention, and innovations in medical education such as web-based education and team based-learning. In his current role, Dr. Joo serves as a key member of the Office of Medical Education team in charge of curriculum development and program assessments, and in strategic planning for education projects and curricular enhancements.

Dr. Felise Milan is a 1988 graduate of Einstein, who completed her residency and fellowship in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University School of Medicine.  After serving as director of the Medical Interviewing Course and co-director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Course at Brown, she returned to Einstein/Montefiore in 1999 to teach in the Primary Care Internal Medicine program.  In 2003 Dr. Milan was named coordinator of Einstein’s Clinical Skills Assessment Program, and in 2007, she assumed directorship of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Program (ICM).  In her current role, she oversees all aspects of the management of the Clinical Skills Center, both for the delivery of the medical education curriculum to Einstein students and for multiple additional programs using the center.

Martin Penn is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of experience in public and private accounting with companies in diverse industries.  He earned both Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees from Rutgers University. After leaving the field of public accounting, he spent the majority of his career at the New York Times, notably in the News Department.  Joining Einstein’s Office of Medical Education in 2010, Mr. Penn’s major responsibilities include managing the budget for the office, coordinating matters involving office personnel, and serving as a liaison to other administrative departments. Mr. Penn teaches medical economics in the 4th-year Population Health and Practice Management ambulatory day, and is one of the facilitators in the 2nd-year Introduction to Clinical Medicine's Medical Economics Team-Based Learning session. In addition, he leads faculty development workshops in how to use MS Excel.

Nilda Soto earned her bachelors degree in Urban Studies from Fordham University and a Master of Science in Education from Fordham University’s School of Education.  She has directed Einstein’s Office of Diversity Enhancement for over 22 years.  Ms. Soto also directs the Einstein Enrichment Program, a state funded program for high school students, and the Diversity Student Summer Research Opportunity Program.  Her work entails coordinating activities and providing services for diversity students from various educational levels, high school through medical school, who express an interest in a career in health and/or science.

Dr. Howard Steinman has been actively involved in curricular change and teaching biochemistry in graduate and medical schools and in the integration of basic science courses into the current first-year medical school “mega-course,” Molecular and Cellular Foundations of Medicine (MCFM). He has been the MCFM Course Director since 1997, leader of one-half of the MCFM units and, since 2006, the first Assistant Dean for Biomedical Science Education. In the latter role, he chairs the committee of pre-clerkship course directors and sits on multiple standing and ad hoc education committees, with a focus on integrating basic science and clinical education into a four-year curriculum. Before joining the Einstein faculty, Dr. Steinman received a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Yale University and completed post-doctoral training in Biochemistry at Duke University School of Medicine.

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