The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Meet Our Residents: PGY1

Avish Arora, M.D.

MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

PhD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

BS: University of Southern California, Los Angeles  

At Montefiore, I get to work with a patient population that is widely underserved.  I really feel like I can make a difference in their lives.  It's a commitment that is shared by the faculty and other residents, which makes it a joy to work everyday.

 
 
 

Asante Badu, M.D.

MD: Washington University in St. Louis 

BA: Harvard College  

I chose Monte because I was impressed with the diversity of interests of the residents and the support they seemed to be receiving to pursue them, as well as the clear commitment to providing high quality, resourceful care to the population of the Bronx.  I knew the high volume/high acuity services would be challenging, but worth it to become the kind of ob/gyn I want to be.  First impressions can sometimes be wrong but I have not been disappointed yet.  The senior residents at this program are incredibly competent, many of the attending are invested in our education, and I have felt very supported in my first few months as an intern!

 
 
 

Miriam Champer, M.D.

MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 

BM:  University of Washington, Seattle 

I knew right away on interview day that the faculty and residents at Einstein were exactly the kind of people I wanted to train with.  Everyone here is passionate about our field and dedicated to serving our Bronx community.  We have outstanding departments in each sub-specialty, so I knew that I would be supported whether I choose to apply for fellowship or generalist work after residency.  This is a program where you can learn every day through hands-on work with incredible patients, and you are supported every step of the way by your colleagues.  I chose Einstein because I knew the training here would be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and prepare me for anything and everything after residency.

 
 
 

Alexa Cohen, M.D.

MD: Sackler School of Medicine

BS: University of Michigan 

Without a doubt, I wanted to be at Einstein for my OBGYN residency.  Einstein's commitment to serving high risk communities both locally and globally matched my passion for providing care for the underserved population.  I was excited by the academically stimulating environment and immense research and clinical opportunities offered at this institution.  Lastly, I was lucky enough to do a sub-internship here, and see first-hand that this program trains confident, empathetic and hardworking residents.  I am so happy to be a part of the Einstein OBGYN resident family.

 
 
 

Natalie Davis, M.D.

MD: ICAHN School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

BA: Williams College 

I chose Montefiore because I wanted to work with a diverse, underserved population while receiving exceptional training in the field of Ob/Gyn.  The depth of pathology and patient population that we see in the Bronx is unbeatable and makes this program truly unique.  I also was drawn to Einstein's compassionate and driven physicians who value teamwork and outstanding clinical care.  I am constantly learning from and am inspired by both my co-residents and patients.

 
 
 

Arielle Katcher, M.D.

MD: George Washington University School of Medicine

BS: George Washington University 

I chose Montefiore because I wanted to work in a hospital where I would see and treat complex patients on a daily basis.  When I saw the breadth of the scope of practice of the OB/GYN's here, I knew I would not only learn the "basics" of my field but I would also leave this program knowing how to care for the most medically complicated patients.

 
 
 

Emily Kintzer, M.D.

 

MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

BS: Northwestern University 

I chose Montefiore both because I wanted to work with underserved patients and because of the camaraderie among the residents here.  It was clear that they were genuinely friends and cared about each other, both within and across classes, and I wanted that kind of connection with my fellow residents while advocating for patients in an underserved community.

 
 
 

Celia Muoser, M.D., M.P.H.

MD: Tufts University School of Medicine

MPH: Tufts University School of Medicine

BA: Cornell University 

Montefiore was my top choice for residency because of the strong commitment of the program, as well as all the individual residents and faculty, to serving the diverse and complex population of the Bronx.  I knew that Montefiore would provide me with excellent training at a strong academic medical center, while at the same time, allowing me to surround myself with compassionate, dedicated, and skilled physicians and leaders in the field of Ob/Gyn.  The incredibly supportive learning environment and the opportunity to practice public health on a daily basis are exactly what I was looking for in a residency program.

 
 
 

Daphne Papathomas, M.D.

MD: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine 

BS: Drexel University 

Montefiore was my top choice for residency because I wanted to work with medically complex, underserved populations in a high-volume academic environment.  The shared mission of our institution, faculty and residents to serve the women of the Bronx makes training at Einstein special.  I knew I would get excellent and diverse hands-on training that would provide me with the skills to become a confident and adept OB/GYN. 

 
 

Elise Rosenthal, M.D.

MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

BA: Wesleyan University 

I chose Einstein for the residents, faculty, research, and patients.  As a medical student at Einstein, I could tell that the residents were people I could easily be friends with and also excellent teachers and role models.  This has held true since starting residency and I love coming to work with my fellow residents every day.  The faculty are also incredibly invested in resident education and research, which creates a wonderful academic environment that I'm grateful to be a part of.  Finally, I chose Einstein because I wanted to work in an underserved area.  I love working with our patients and they teach me something new everyday.

 
 
 

Katherine Ryken, M.D.

MD: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver School of Medicine 

BS: University of Iowa 

I chose Montefiore because it is unique in its unwavering commitment to advocacy and human rights in the Bronx community.  After seeing the strength demonstrated by graduates of this program, I feel confident that I will receive excellent training as a surgeon and a generalist, with all of the support in place to pursue any career or fellowship following residency.

 
 
 

Sybil Sailofsky, M.D.

MD: Ruth and Bruce Rapport Faculty of Medicine, Technion Israel 

BS: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec 

Montefiore's high risk population really prepares you for everything.  The teaching and education time (both formal and informal) is excellent, and ensures that this high risk population gets the care it deserves.

 
 
 

Stephanie Zuo, M.D.

MD: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 

BA: Harvard College 

When it came to putting together my rank list, I chose Albert Einstein/Montefiore OBGYN as my number one program because on my interview day, I was touched by the service-minded, down-to-earth nature of the residents and faculty and impressed by both the diversity and need I saw in the Bronx.  As a resident, I can honestly say that my gut feelings were true.  I have felt incredibly blessed to be surrounded and supported by my talented, compassionate, and resilient resident family and by the faculty here.  It is a privilege to be serving women in the Bronx who come from all over the world.

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