Residency in General Pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center


It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center website, and to provide you with information about our graduate training program. One of the most important decisions in your professional and personal life is choosing a training program to foster your career goals. We appreciate your interest in our program, and are eager to help you any way we can with your transition from medical school to residency.

As the primary teaching affiliate of the Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine and the Long Island campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, our commitment is to provide the highest standard of pediatric education through the delivery of state-of-the-art, comprehensive care in an academic and research-oriented environment. The Pediatric Training Program, in existence since 1954, is one of the country's most effective and prestigious. Residents are supervised by more than 160 full-time pediatric faculty members, who specialize in all subspecialty areas of pediatric medicine. Our fine reputation is confirmed by generations of graduates who are now successful clinicians, researchers and academicians.

In addition, the fellows in our 13 pediatric fellowship programs complement the faculty's clinical and academic relations with the residents. Finally, our residents actively participate in the training of the third and fourth-year medical students in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

To ensure a positive experience for our residents, we provide personalized, one-on-one training. Each house officer is assigned to an advisor who is responsible for custom-tailoring a professionally fulfilling and personally enjoyable three years of training through individualized feedback and discussion. A Core Curriculum with well-defined educational goals has been developed for all rotations and electives. This is fully integrated into bedside teaching and covers the entire training experience.

The training program encompasses the full gamut of pediatrics from well-baby care and preventive medicine to emergency, intensive care and subspecialty services. Special programs include the Child Development Center, Asthma Center, Epilepsy Center, Child Protective Service, Child Advocacy, Heart Institute, Apnea Program, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Lyme Disease Center, Eating Disorders and Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit.

We are most pleased that you have chosen Pediatrics as your career. The commitment to the care of infants, children and adolescents is one of the most rewarding experiences for a physician. Few other specialties can make such an impact on the future of our nation.

We look forward to having you visit us and working with you on fulfilling your goals.


Charles Schleien, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics

Stephen Barone, MD, Program Director

Robert Katz, MD, Associate Program Director

Nancy Palumbo, MD, Associate Program Director

Application Process

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. All applications must be received through ERAS. Our application deadline is December 1st.

Three current letters of recommendation from medical school facility, including one from the medical school dean stating the applicant’s status in the program and expected graduation date. (Dean's letter must be no more than six months old) Copy of official medical school transcripts, which includes third year grades (copy of final grades and medical school diploma must be submitted as soon after graduation as possible).


After review of ERAS applications, we will extend invitations to those selected for an interview.

For additional information please direct your questions to either Kathy Maronski (Housestaff Coordinator) or Stephanie Wilson (Housestaff Liaison)

Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center
269 -01 76th Ave
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Fax: (718) 343-5864

Kathy Maronski, Housestaff Coordinator
Phone: (718) 470-3206

Stephanie Wilson, Housestaff Liaison
Phone: (718) 470-4264

Faculty & staff

Program director

Stephen R. Barone, MD

Linda Levin Carmine, MD
Marigold Castillo, MD
Ronald Feinstein, MD
Martin Fisher, MD
Eric Weiselberg, MD

Vincent Bonagura, MD
Sherry Farzan, MD
Blanka Kaplan, MD
Punita Ponda, MD
David Rosenthal, DO

Rubin S. Cooper, MD
Andrew Blaufox, MD
Sandra Brunson, MD
Preeta S. Dhanantwari, MD
Shilpi Epstein, MD
Barry Goldberg, MD
Dipak Kholwadwala, MD
Denise Hayes, MD
Howard Hecking, MD
Elena Kwon, MD
Deborah J. Mensch, MD
Nilanhana Misra, MD
Elizabeth Mitchell, MD
Shahed Quraishi, MD
Angela Romano, MD
Marion Rose, MD
Eliyahu Rosman, MD
Carlos Ruiz, MD
Yehuda Shapir, MD
Russel Schiff, MD
Rohit Talwar, MD

Vincent Parnell, MD
David Meyer, MD

Peter Silver, MD 
Adnan Bakar, MD
Kevin Bock, MD
Sharon Dial, MD 
Maria Esperanza, MD
Sandeep Gangadharan, MD
Lily Glater, MD
Aaron Kessel, MD
Fiona Levy, MD
James Schneider, MD
Charles Schleien, MD
Linda Siegel, MD
Todd Sweberg, MD
Cheryl Taurassi, MD
Randi Trope, DO
Laura Watkins, MD

Andrew Adesman, MD
Victoria Chen, MD
Alyson Gutman, MD
Ruee Huang, MD
Nili Major, MD
David Meryash, MD
Ruth Milanaik, MD 
Tina Narayan, MD
Helen Papaioannou, MD
Lauren Tarnok, MD

Stephen Barone, MD

Jahn Avarello, MD
Cara Bornstein, DO
Francesca Bullaro, MD
Alison Cooper, MD
Geralyn Cleary, PNP
Diana Crevi, MD
Tara Flocco, PNP
Lynda Gerberg, MD
Kimberly Giusto, MD
Robert Gochman, MD 
Beena Iype, DO
Jeffrey Israel, MD
Nafis Kahn, MD
William Krief, MD
Mary Anne Popcun, PNP
Joshua Rocker, MD
Melanie Stein Etess, DO
Philomena Thomas, MD
Michael Preis, DO
Monica Shekher-Kapoor, MD
David Teng, MD
Shiny Varghese, PNP

Phyllis Speiser, MD
Dennis Carey, MD
Graeme Frank, MD
YeouChung Hsu, MD
Sharon Hyman, MD
Paula Kreitzer, MD
Patricia Vuguin, MD

Michael Pettei, MD
Samuel Bitton, MD
Kate Buzzi, MD
Melanie Greifer, MD
Cindy Haller, MD 
James Markowitz, MD
Ying Lu, MD
Benjamin Sahn, MD
Toni Webster, DO
Toba Weinstein, MD

Minu George, MD
Cliff Nerwen, MD
Hank Bernstein, DO
Allison Driansky, MD
Robert Katz, MD
Mary Makaryus, DO
Beena Mathai-Jose, MD
Clifford Nerwen, MD
Mariecel Pilapil, MD
Roya Samuels, MD
Omolara Thomas Uwenidmo, MD
Mark Welles, MD

Stephen Dolgin, MD
Andrew Hong, MD
Richard Glick, MD
Nelson Rosen, MD
Samuel Soffer, MD
Jose Prince, MD

Jeffrey M. Lipton, MD, PhD
Suchitra Acharya, MD
Abena Appiah-Kubi, MD
Mark Atlas, MD
Banu Aygun, MD
Lionel Blanc, PhD (laboratory scientist)
Joel Brochstein, MD
Carolyn Fein Levy, MD 
Jonathan Fish, MD
Johnson Liu, MD
Arlene Redner, MD
Indira Sahdev, MD
Sharon Singh, MD
Margaret Tippy, Psy.D
Adrianna Vlachos, MD 
Larry Wolfe, MD

Stephen Barone, MD
Vanessa Baptiste, MD
Dorothy Chu, MD
Pratichi Goenka, MD
Mera Goodman, MD
Jamilah Grant-Guimaraes, MD
Greg Kenny, MD
Saema Khandakar, MD
Meredith Krevitsky, MD
Stacy McGeechan-Chianese, MD
Dipti Mirchandani, MD
Nancy Palumbo, MD
Claudette Poole, MD
Helen Scott, MD

Joyce Fox, MD
Martin Bialer, MD

Lorry G. Rubin, MD
Sunil Sood, MBBS
Sujatha Rajan, MD
Vijaya Soma, MD

Richard Schanler, MD
Alphna Aggarwall, MD
Mohamed Amed, MD
Lucy Pereira-Argenziano, MD
Vita Boyar, MD
Susanna Castro-Alcaraz, MD
Katherine Chang, MD
Eunsung Cho, MD
Lina Chusid, MD
Linda Genen, MD
Irina Gershkovich, MD
Howard Heiman, MD
Robert Koppel, MD 
Dalibor Kurepa, MD
Shahana Perveen, MD
Olena Predtechneska, MD
Jerrold Schlessel, MD
Meredith Slutzah-Bernstein, MD
Regina Spinazzola-Kinney, MD
Andrew M. Steele, MD
Loanne Tran, MD
Juliette Trope, MD
Nahla Zaghloul, MD
Alla Zaytseva, MD

Nataliya Chorny, MD
Christine Sethna, MD

Joseph Maytal, MD 
Zipora Fefer, MD 
Shefali Karkare, MD
Josiane Lajois, MD
Rose Marrie Sy-Kho, MD

Mark Mittler, MD
Steven Schneider, MD

Jeffrey Cheng, MD
Lee Smith, MD
Gerald D. Zahtz, MD

John Paul Phillip DiMauro, MD
Terry Amaral, MD
Francisco J. LaPlaza, MD
Selina Poon, MD

Carmel Foley, MD
Robert Dicker, MD
Victor Fornari, MD
Claudine Higdon, MD
Vera Feuer, MD
Richard Pleak, MD
Nnena Okereke, MD
Ema Saito, MD
Dinara Amanbekova, MD
Judy Greenberg, MD 
Stephen Perret, MD

Maria Teresa Santiago, MD
Joan DeCelie-Germana, MD
Elizabeth Fiorino, MD
Kalliope Tsirilakis, MD

Beth Gottlieb, MD 
B. Anne Eberhard, MD
Heather Walters, MD

Lane Palmer, MD
Ronnie Fine, MD
Israel Franco, MD
Steven Friedman, MD
Jordan Gitlin, MD
Moneer Hanna, MD
Edward Reda, MD