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 has implemented new initiatives to enhance the efficient and effective daily operational function of the Office of Instructional Support Services (Teaching Office), which serves faculty and medical students in the delivery of the medical education program in years 1 and 2.  She also serves as the Executive Chief Proctor for NBME exam procedures at Einstein and oversees the maintenance of the students’ online calendar.


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 Associate Director in the Office of Educational Resources, he maintains and updates the computerized systems used for curriculum evaluation and performs the necessary data analyses for presentation of these 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. Yvette Calderon received her medical degree from Einstein in 1990 and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Jacobi Medical Center. She has been a full-time Emergency Medicine faculty member at Jacobi for the past 16 years and currently holds the rank of professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Calderon was a Hispanic Center of Excellence Fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) at Einstein in 2005. In addition to attaining a master’s degree, she participated in the National Leadership Fellowship of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), which provided an introduction to the information and skills needed to develop health policies on issues relevant to the health of Hispanic communities and how clinical research can be translated into meaningful policy. Her role is to oversee all diversity activities involving Einstein Students with a focus on the needs of the under-represented students, including recruitment, retention, mentorship, and academic and career counseling.


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. Martha Grayson received her medical degree from Einstein in 1979 and completed her residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Montefiore’s Residency Program in Social Medicine in 1982.  After serving as Chief of General Internal Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center, and holding progressively responsible deans positions at New York Medical College, she was appointed Vice Dean for Medical Education at New York Medical College. Since her arrival at Einstein in December 2009, Dr. Grayson has introduced some significant changes in both the structure of the Office of Medical Education and the delivery of the medical education curriculum.  Chief among these accomplishments have been the organization of the Medical Education Council (MEC), the introduction of the Einstein Medical Education Database (eMED) learning management system, and the creation of a task force to develop a set of competencies that will guide the education of our students throughout the four years of medical school and into their future careers as physicians.


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. Terence Ma received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1987 and did his postdoctoral training at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He has over 25 years of experience in health sciences and medical education, as a faculty member, course director, dean-level administrator, and Chief Information Officer at a health sciences university. For the past two decades, Dr. Ma has focused on technology in health sciences education. He has presented frequently on educational technology, curriculum management, and theoretical constructs for the tracking of learner outcomes. Prior coming to Einstein, he worked on the startup and development of two different medical schools, oversaw educational and technology programs, and worked on accreditation and assessment of health sciences educational programs.


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.


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 the past 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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