Current GPC Residents
Eugenia Uche-Anya, MD, MPH
Eugenia was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She then moved to New York for college at Columbia where she majored in Biochemistry. She loved it so much she stayed at Columbia P&S for medical school. During her time at medical school, she took a year off to earn a Master of Public Health at Harvard. She is interested in gastroenterology/hepatology, quality improvement, health systems strengthening and improving population health outcomes. She enjoys reading for pleasure, board games (especially monopoly & scrabble) and exploring cuisines (both in NYC restaurants and her kitchen).
Sarah Godfrey, MD, MPH
Sarah Godfrey grew up in Westfield, New Jersey and attended Harvard University where she studied African and African American Studies. While at Harvard, Sarah became interested in social determinants of health and health policy and decided to pursue a postbaccalaureate program at Columbia. She then attended Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health for her MPH. During this time, she volunteered at a student-run clinic for substance users and sex workers, chaired the medical school Honor Committee, and launched a medical student consult service to provide companionship to patients in the hospital. She also developed an interest in medical education and developed an online public health curriculum for Columbia medical students. Her clinical interests include social determinants of health, addiction medicine, underserved communities, and incorporating public health into medical education.
Myrta Haerizadeh, MD
Mytra Haerizadeh grew up in New Haven, CT and earned her B.A. in Hispanic Studies at Columbia University. At that time, she became interested in primary care because of her experience working with the non-profit Health Leads. She went on to attend Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, where her interest in GIM grew through my work with the Brown Primary Care Scholars Program, the CoSMO free clinic, and research projects at the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health. She is thrilled to be staying at Columbia-NYP for residency, a proud “lifer”. Her current GIM interests are broad and include women’s health, behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. Outside of medicine, she love to cook Persian food, watch the Jets, run, and go to the theater.
Peter Young, MD
Peter Young was born and raised in Upstate New York. He studied Chemistry and Creative Writing at Williams College before attending the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, where he was a member of the Bassett Program. In medical school he pursued a scholarly project in Narrative Medicine, writing short fiction that explored the writer's dual role as both patient and healer. With several of his classmates, he helped found Columbia’s chapter of Primary Care Progress, a national organization dedicated to revitalizing primary care. He is also a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Peter is interested in primary care and mental health, as well as quality improvement and medical education
Raaka Kumbhakar, MD
Raaka Kumbhakar was raised in Vestal, New York, after which she attended the University of Pittsburgh and majored in History and Philosophy of Science, and where she was involved in global health/epidemiology research. After college, Raaka was awarded a Fulbright research grant to further these interests and work for a year in Hanoi, Vietnam on a project on nationwide dengue fever dynamics. From there, she matriculated to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was involved in the Columbia Human Rights Initiative Asylum clinic for immigrants and refugees seeking political asylum and who required medical and psychiatric evaluation to help their cases. While at P&S, she became particularly interested both clinically and academically in HIV primary care and the care of marginalized populations. She hopes to continue exploring the intersections of public health epidemiology, social determinants of health, and infectious disease into residency.
Adriana Vieco, MD
Adriana Vieco was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in the Seattle area. She completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University and majored in biology and anthropology. In university, she participated in fieldwork in East Africa and produced a weekly radio program on global and community health. As a medical student at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, she spent a summer in Medellin, Colombia, volunteered extensively with the Brooklyn Free Clinic and was active in medical education; teaching anatomy (with clay!) as well as clinical skills. Her interests include health disparities, global health, medical humanities and medical education. Outside of medicine, she loves spending time with family and friends all over the world, preferably outdoors.
Shaoli Chauduri, MD, MPH
Shaoli Chauduri grew up in the border town of El Paso, Texas. She attended Duke University, where she studied English and Global Health. There she became involved with immigrant advocacy and, after graduating, worked as a health outreach worker for Latino farmworkers in North Carolina. She returned to Texas to attend medical school at the University of Texas Health Center in San Antonio, where she obtained a dual MD/MPH degree. Shaoli also became actively involved in immigrant/refugee health projects, Physicians for Human Rights, and global health ventures, particularly in Latin America. She has a particular interest in immigrant health, working with ESL patients, and disparities in access to care. When she's not in the hospital, she enjoys salsa dancing, cooking, writing, and traveling to places that are cooler than Texas (difficult as that might be).
Nicole Ng, MD, Pharm.D
Nicole Ng was born and raised in New York. She attended St. John's University where she received a Pharm.D. degree and worked as a medication reconciliation pharmacist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During college, Nicole was a Division 1 Track and Field athlete and ran in the New York City Marathon. She matriculated to Albert Einstein College of Medicine for medical school and developed a passion for the underserved - locally, she was a leader in the student run clinic and abroad, she volunteered in clinics in Guatemala and Peru. Her dual degree has prompted research interests in quality improvement projects from studying optimal medication dosages to drug compatibility and delivery.
Matt Franco, MD
Matt Franco received his BA from Colorado College in Neuroscience and completed his medical degree at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida, where he developed a strong interest in primary care through the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ Program. Due to Matt’s interests during medical school in healthcare economics, healthcare policy, healthcare delivery and clinical informatics, he performed an economic analysis of the NeighborhoodHELP™ Program, advocated for access for the uninsured "coverage gap" patients in Florida, created the Business & Medicine Interest Group and served as a clinical consultant for the prescription intelligence start-up, RxRevu, Inc. Matt is interested in leveraging information technology and big data in healthcare through clinical decision support in order to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.
John O'Reilly, MD, MPH
John O’Reilly grew up in a log cabin in the mountains of upstate NY. He studied microbiology at Cornell University. While in college he worked as a medic in the US Army, and deployed to Germany for over a year. After graduation he trained as a PA at Yale University. During this time, he received a fellowship to conduct research on HIV/HCV co-infection in Uganda. He then worked as a PA in the department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center. John returned to school to obtain his MD and MPH from Tulane University. His clinical interests include international medicine, underserved communities, and infectious diseases. John has worked frequently as a medical volunteer both locally and internationally.
Natasha Mehta, MD
Natasha Mehta grew up in New York, Ny and studied English literature at Yale College. She went to medical school at Weill Cornell, where she was particularly involved in the student run free clinic for uninsured patients, and served as co-director of the Psychiatry clinic. She was also very involved with the medical humanities and served as an associate editor for the school arts journal, Ascensus. She has a strong interest in the integration of behavioral and mental health care in the primary care setting, social determinants of health, and physician-patient communication.
Bina Choi, MD
Bina Choi grew up in Houston, TX and studied chemistry at MIT. In college, Bina was involved in international development projects that made her passionate about addressing health disparities. In particular, she is interested in achieving affordable and accessible healthcare by reshaping health systems and health policies. Prior to med school, Bina interned in a health subcommittee of the US House of Representatives and worked for a start-up competition focused on public service. At Stanford Medical School, Bina conducted research in rural India studying the barriers to and the national policies around hospital deliveries, and she restructured clinic flow as the quality improvement chair of a Stanford free clinic. Her current academic interests include critical care, ICU care delivery, and medical education.
Christopher J. Gonzalez, MD
Christopher J. Gonzalez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He studied Neuroscience, Psychology and Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University, and subsequently attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He is interested in Hospital medicine, with a research focus in behavioral health and patient-physician communication. He is committed to reducing racial health disparities and increasing diversity within the medical profession, and served as President of the Black and Latino Student Organization at P&S. His passion for medical education led him to design and execute the P&S Pre-Matriculation Program, a preparatory curriculum for prospective medical students. He is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the Milstein Hospital Physician of the Year Award in 2014