Program Leadership

 Robert Faillace, MD, Msc - Department Chair

Phone: 718-918-5643
E-mail: Robert.Faillace@nychhc.org 

Dr. Faillace is nationally renowned as an innovative leader, scholar, researcher, teacher, and clinician, and brings an outstanding track record of accomplishments in quality improvement, innovation, and expert executive medical management. Prior to joining the North Bronx Healthcare Network team, Dr. Faillace served as Director of Cardiovascular Quality and Innovation for the Geisinger Healthcare System, one of the nation’s premier hospitals and a five-hospital system where. At Geisinger, he was lead physician for the development and implementation of system-wide inpatient and outpatient improvements in treating and managing heart failure. He concurrently served as Medical Director for Geisinger Medial Center’s Hospital for Advanced Medicine’s cardiovascular services.

Dr. Faillace’s eclectic, varied clinical and research interests include three decades of experience in overseeing both local and regional research projects. He served as Director of World-Wide Research for Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Company, and has been recognized throughout his career for extraordinary accomplishments.

While serving as Chairman of Cardiovascular Services for the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Pater and Wayne, New Jersey, Dr. Faillace led center-wide teams to achieve over 30 national and state awards including:

  • A 5-Star Rating for In-Hospital and Six-Month Mortality by Health Grades for Heart Failure
  • the Joint Commission Advanced Heart Failure Certification Award (the eighth in the USA)
  • the Magnet Prize for the Women’s Health Center

In recognition for his close collaboration with nursing, team-building skills, and work for patient advocacy, Dr. Faillace received the 2009 Apple Award from the Institute of Nursing.

Dr. Faillace was the Founding Director of both the Heart Failure Center for Ethnic Minorities, initially funded by a Robert Wood Johnson grant, and MR CHAMMP, a community-based screening, education, and access to care hypertension program which was nationally recognized by the association of Black Cardiologists and the Massachusetts General Hospital Disparities Leadership Program.
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 Cynthia Chong, MD, FACP - Department Vice-Chair

Phone: 718-918-5752
E-mail: cynthia.chong@nychhc.org 

Cynthia Chong (AECOM ’83) completed a residency in Internal Medicine, Primary Care Track in Jacobi Medical Center in 1986. Subsequently, she served in the National Health Service Corps as an internist and medical director in an underserved urban health center located in Chinatown, New York City. She returned to Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1989 during the expansion of the Adult Primary Care Service and has continued in a variety of academic, administrative and direct patient care roles. Her current roles are Associate Executive Director of Risk, Quality, Patient Safety and Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine. As such, she has been able to pursue her interests in general internal medicine, medical education, quality/performance improvement, safety net patient care and advocacy.

Medical School:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1983
Residency in internal medicine, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center/AECOM, 1983-6
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 Ulrich K. Schubart, MD, FACP - Department Vice-Chair

Phone: 718-918-4284
E-mail: Ulrich.Schubart@nychhc.org 

Dr. Schubart is a native of Germany where he obtained his M.D. from the Free University of Berlin, School of Medicine in 1967. After coming to the U.S.in 1969, he completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Montefiore Medical Center in 1972 and his Fellowship training in Endocrinology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1975. During his Fellowship he trained in basic research under the guidance of Dr. Ora M. Rosen and began his studies of protein phosphorylation. Dr. Schubart spent two years at the State University of Buffalo as Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology. In 1978 he joined the faculty at Einstein in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. While running a basic research lab, he served as attending in Medicine and Endocrinology, both at Jacobi Medical Center and at Einstein/Montefiore. He moved through the ranks at Einstein and became Professor of Medicine in in 1989 and Professor of Molecular Pharmacology in 1992. In 2000 Dr. Schubart became Director of Endocrinology at the North Bronx Healthcare Network and in 2010 he was nominated Vice Chair for Research and Academic Affairs. He is acting as a teacher, clinician, and clinical researcher.
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 Andrew Gutwein, MD, FACP - Program Director

Phone: 718-918-5640
E-mail: Andrew.Gutwein@nychhc.org 

Dr. Andrew Gutwein is, above all else, an internist.  He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Gutwein was recruited from Westchester Medical Center where he spent 7 years rising up the Program Directorship tree until his final two years there where he was the Program Director of their Internal Medicine Residency.

Dr. Gutwein earned his B.A. in mathematics from New York University in 1994 and from there went on to earn his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1998.  He then completed his residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital in 2001, where he stayed on for a year as Chief Resident before heading to Westchester Medical Center in July 2002. Dr. Gutwein spent four and a half years as the Medical Director of the Adult Primary Care Center teaching housestaff and running the Medicine Clinic at Westchester Medical Center before being promoted to Program Director. In addition to his residency responsibilities, Dr. Gutwein was also the Director of the Internal Medicine Subinternship for New York Medical College for six and a half years.

Dr. Gutwein enjoys working with residents and medical students, both at the bedside and in the conference room discussing cases and Quality Improvement/Patient Safety initiatives.  He strongly pursues evidence based medicine and challenges those he teaches to do so as well. His friendly but firm style make him an approachable and respected leader.

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 Susan Dresdner, MD - Senior Associate Program Director

E-mail: Susan.Dresdner@nychhc.org 

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 Colin Cha Fong, MD - Associate Program Director

E-mail: Colin.Cha-fong@nychhc.org 

Colin D. Cha Fong serves as the director of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Jacobi.   He received his Bachelor degree from Yale University, and then spent 3 years teaching abroad before returning to the US.  Since returning, he pursued various healthcare positions and then bioethics coursework at the University of Pennsylvania before attending Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson to complete a dual degree MD/MBA program in 2006.  He completed his residency training at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in 2009, and joined Jacobi as an Academic Hospitalist that same year.

He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a board certified internist, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  He particularly enjoys working with the diverse and international housestaff at Jacobi, both in his role as a teaching attending and as an Associate Program Director for the residency.  In 2012, he was honored by the Bronx County Medical Society with a Peer Excellence in Medicine Award.

In addition to his clinical and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Cha Fong has interests in housestaff education, information technology, and the delivery of healthcare.  Contributing to medical student and resident education is his favorite aspect of serving at Jacobi, and when not working, he is found with his wife enjoying raising their 2 children.

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 Scott McGarvey, MD - Associate Program Director

E-mail: Scott.McGarvey@nychhc.org 

Dr. Scott McGarvey came to Jacobi in July, 2011 as a Dual-Board Certified Academic Hospitalist. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is now an Associate Program Director for the IM Residency.   Dr. McGarvey graduated from the Harvard Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2005. In 2012, he added “ABIM Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine” to his credentials.

After growing up playing soccer in southeast Michigan, Dr. McGarvey was inspired to practice medicine while studying Philosophy and Religion as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. He completed medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and finished residency in Boston and moved west.  From 2005-2011, while working for the USPHS Indian Health Service (IHS) in Chinle, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation he practiced full spectrum Med/Peds including inpatient and ICU care.  He collaborated with the Universities of Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Yale Medical Schools on rural primary care and global health training experiences, worked with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on efforts to improve care within the IHS, and relished the enriching colors and flavors of the American Southwest.

Dr. McGarvey strives to combine Francis Peabody’s admonition “the secret to caring for the patient is caring for the patient” with the disciplined evidence of modern medicine and a Just Culture.  Shortly after joining our staff at Jacobi, Dr. McGarvey joined our Palliative Care and Hospice Consultation Service.  He teaches first and second year AECOM students during their Intro to Clinical Medicine and serves as the Sub-Internship Site Director for 4th year Medical Students.

Rounding things out, Dr. McGarvey has interest in: complementary medicine,  motivational interviewing and self management support, team-based collaborative healthcare, quality improvement projects, and spending time with his 3 kids navigating NYC and adventuring around the Northeast.

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 Mimoza Meholli, MD - Associate Program Director

E-mail: Mimoza.Meholli@nychhc.org 

Dr. Meholli is an Academic Hospitalist, Palliative Care Physician, as well as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Meholli is a graduate of Jacobi Medical Center Residency Program and served as a Chief Resident for the academic year 2009-2010.

Dr. Meholli is an Albanian, originally from Kosovo, former Yugoslavia. She moved to the US during high school and earned her B.S. in Biochemistry at Northeastern University, followed by medical school education at the Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva, Israel.

Dr. Meholli’s main passion is teaching of medical students and residents. As an intern she won the Leo M. Davidoff Society “Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Medical Students” award and recently was granted the distinguished “Excellence in Teaching” award by the Jacobi Medical Center Housestaff in June 2013. Dr. Meholli served as the Medicine Sub-Internship Site Leader from 2010-2012, and is now the Medicine Clerkship Site Leader since October 2012.

Her special interests include Health and Human Rights, Global Health, Cross-Cultural Medicine, Narrative Medicine, Palliative Care and Bioethics. Dr. Meholli completed the Montefiore-Einstein Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities in May 2011.  She serves as an active member of the Ethics Committee at Jacobi Medical Center, as well as a facilitator for Bioethics 1, Bioethics 2 and Patient, Doctors and Community (PDC) courses for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine students.

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 Perminder Gulani, MD - Associate Program Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Residency Program Director
Internal Medicine Residency Program
E-mail: Perminder.Gulani@nychhc.org 

Dr. Gulani completed his medical school education at University of Delhi from University College of Medical Sciences & Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in India. He did Internal Medicine residency at Jacobi Medical Center and fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and served as a chief fellow for the academic year 2013-2014.

Dr. Gulani joined Jacobi Medical Center as an attending in Critical Care Medicine in 2014 with the division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He enjoys teaching medical house staff and pulmonary and critical care fellows. Dr. Gulani organizes simulation training on airway management for fellows and medical house staff at the Institute of Medical Simulation and Advanced learning (IMSAL). His research interests include: non-invasive assessment of fluid responsiveness in ICU patients, training modalities for rapid response and cardiac arrest teams, specificity and positive predictive value of echocardiography findings in pulmonary embolism, and provision of palliative care in ICU patients.

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Walter Dusseldorp
Penny Roberts
Laura Scully
Tricia Salabarria
Janet Doxey
Allergy and Immunology Division


Gabriele DeVos, MD
Sunit Jariwala, MD
Denisa Ferastraoaru, MD
Ambulatory Care Division


Angela Astuto, MD
Susan Dresdner, MD
Steven Hahn, MD
Lori Lemberg, MD
Mathew Love, MD
Katalin Macs, MD
Caroline Mooney, MD
Ingrid Nelson, MD
Schantal Polanco, MD
Lakshmi Paruchuri, MD
Lisa Rucker, MD
Karen Shahan, MD
Joplin Steinweiss, MD
Elana Sydney, MD
Kathleen Ward, MD
Eleanor Weinstein, MD
Cardiology Division


Jay Meisner, MD
Morris Stampfer, MD
Robert Siegel, MD
Michael Grushko, MD
Amit Kakkar, MD
Martin N. Cohen, MD
Seth Sokol, MD
Nidhish Tiwari, MD
Endocrinology Division


Ulrich Schubart, MD
Gayotri Goswami, MD
Gastroenterology Division


Stanley Goldberg, MD
Arthur Harris, MD
Douglas Simon, MD
Diahann Seaman, MD
Donald Kotler, MD
Hematology-Oncology Division


Juden Reed, MD
Tarek Elrafei, MD
Richard Gralla, MD
Marianna Strakhan, MD
Hospitalist Division


Colin Cha Fong, MD
Mimoza Meholli, MD
Scott McGarvey, MD
Ann Wojtaszczyk, MD
Supreet Dhaliwal, MD
Infectious Disease/ACS Division


Christina Coyle, MD
Elizabeth Avital-Jenny, MD
Carol Harris, MD
Julie Hoffman, MD
Mindy Katz, MD
Jason Leider, MD
David Stein, MD
Melissa Wiener, MD
Herbert Tanowitz, MD
Julian Torres, MD

Nephrology Division


Anjali Acharya, MD
Naheed Ansari, MD
Kisra Anis, MD
Belinda Jim, MD
Serban Fotino, MD
Rushi Nayak, MD
Palliative Medicine Division


Elizabeth Kavanagh
Ingrid Nelson, MD
Scott McGarvey, MD
Mimoza Meholli, MD
Pulmonary & Critical Care Division


Virginia Chung, MD
Chang Shim, MD
Diane Maggiore, MD
Reka Salgunan, MD
Matthew Langston, MD
Keval Joshi, MD
Israa Soghier, MD
Evgeny Pinelis, MD
Perminder Gulani, MD
Suchita Mehta, MD
Jhansi Nalamati, MD
Calvin Hwang, MD
Eugenio Guzman, MD
Amy Malik, MD
Jessica Stoeckel, MD
Rheumatology Division


Beverly Johnson, MD
Barbara Mendez, MD
Peter Barland, MD
Asena Bahce Altuntas, MD


Peter Mabie, MD
Lenore Ocava, MD