Current GPC Residents
Michele Fischer, MD
Michele Fischer grew up at the Jersey Shore, dedicating much of her childhood to gymnastics, golf, and the beach. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from Loyola, Maryland where she was an NCAA student athlete in cheerleading. She then attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. for medical school. She has had strong interests in working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, having worked with and led various groups up through college. In medical school she continued to pursue such interests while working with a self advocacy group in DC with aims to improve access to respectful medical care to those in the community living with special needs. She also served as a member of MedStar Georgetown’s Institutional Review Board. Additionally, she has interests in primary care and global health, having spent a month working in a primary care clinic in Quito, Ecuador where she learned about the cultural interplay of traditional herbal medicine and western medicine. Her GIM interests are hospital medicine and quality improvement. Outside the hospital she enjoys running, making homemade pasta, and traveling.
Danielle Rome, MD
Danielle Rome grew up in Mamaroneck, NY and attended UPenn where she studied Biological Basis of Behavior, an interdisciplinary major that combines biology, psychology and neuroscience. She attended the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she became interested in general internal medicine, addiction medicine and harm reduction in particular; volunteering at a student-run clinic that provides primary care services, safer sex and safer drug use counseling; and working as a class representative available for non-judgmental, confidential peer support for students struggling with substance use and other addictive behaviors. She is also interested in web-based medical education and palliative care/hospice medicine, and was able to combine these by developing and piloting a series of e-learning modules for clinical students for her fourth year scholarly project. Outside of medicine, she loves running, yoga and exploring NYC.
Lisle Winston, MD
Lisle Winston grew up in Westchester, New York. She studied Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Wesleyan University, after which she worked at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx conducting HIV and cervical cancer research. Lisle received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. During medical school, she worked as the Clinical Director of the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, which provides primary medical, gynecological, and mental health care to patients without health insurance. Her medical school research focused on the roles that race and obesity play in inflammation-related breast cancer risk. Lisle’s clinical interests include social determinants of health, particularly surrounding issues in clinical oncology and end-of-life care.
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).