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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Family Medicine

Our Residents

2018-2019 Family Medicine Residents


photo of Michael FarinaMichael Farina, MD

Hometown: Suffolk County, Long Island
Undergraduate:  University of Central Florida
Medical School:  Ross University School of Medicine
Research Interests: IT, Respiratory Disease, Orthopedics, Emergency Management.
Personal Interests: Fitness, friends, family
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Emergency Medicine


photo of Siavash GanjbakhshSiavash Ganjbakhsh, MD

Hometown:  Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate:  University of Toronto
Medical School:  Saba University School of Medicine
Research Interests:  Primary-care, Sleep Medicine
Personal Interests:  Tennis, Beach Volleyball, History of Science, Traveling, Cooking, Botany
Fellowship (or fellowship interest):  Faculty Development, Sleep Medicine


photo of Muthumeena KannappanMuthumeena Kannappan, MD

Hometown: Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu, India
Undergraduate:  N/A (Graduate: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Medical School:  KAP Vishwanathan Government Medical College, Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu, India
Research Interests: Cancer, Hepatitis, Pain Management, Orthopedics.
Personal Interests: Driving, Sports, Novels
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Sports Medicine


photo of Odelia LewisOdelia Lewis, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate: CUNY Brooklyn College
Medical School: St. George's University
Research Interests: Pre-term labor and socioeconomic status, Adolescent STI/STD and pregnancy prevention, Relationship between gestational diabetes and development of Type II DM in later life
Personal Interests: Singing/Music, Traveling, Learning new skills via YouTube tutorials
Fellowship interest: Maternal/Women's Health,  Adolescent Medicine, Urgent Care


photo of Nel Guirsie TrasybuleNel Guirsie Trasybule, MD

Hometown: Queens, NY
Undergraduate: Brooklyn College
Medical School: St. Matthew's University School of Medicine
Research Interests: I've done research in the past in nutrition and Diabetes. I'm currently interested in Diabetes research in children
Personal Interests: Exercising, Cooking, Traveling to new places, drawing/painting, and spending quality time with family and friends
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Possibly adolescent medicine


photo of Sophia Margareth M. TribieSophia Margareth M. Tribie, MD

Hometown: Haiti/ port-au- prince
Medical School: UniversitéNotre Dame D’Haiti
Research interest: Chronic disease in African American and how we can prevent it,  Sport Medicine . How to address chronic pain?
Personal Interest : Sports/Healthy Diet and Healthy Habits / Community Service. Women’s wellness and health
Research Interest: Chronic disease on mental health. Addiction and prevention . Social determinants on young adult life (future)
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Emergency medicine, Sports Medicine, Hospitalist 

photo of Christian BosquetChristian Bosquet, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York 
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh 
Medical School: CAHSU Central America Health Sciences University
Research Interest: Pain Medicine 
Personal Interest: Traveling 


photo of Alvin HoAlvin Ho, MD

Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Research Interests: Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Personal Interests: Photography, Cars, Cooking, Video games
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Pediatrics


photo of Andre ImmanuelAndre Immanuel, MD

Hometown: Bamenda, Cameroon – West and Central Africa
Undergraduate: University of Hamburg Germany/Medical University of Americas.
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Research Interests: Global/ Public health policy and management, Geriatric care, Women’s health.
Personal Interests: Gospel music, Writing, Travel.
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Academic, Women's Health. 


photo of Martha KyriacouMartha Kyriacou, MD

Hometown: Cyprus,Nicosia
Undergraduate: Kennesaw State University
Medical School: Universidad Central de Caribe
Research Interests: Diabetes management, Resident Wellness, Emergency management, Orthopedics, Nutrition
Personal Interests: Skiing, Surfing, Dogs, Music and Traveling
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Sports, Emergency, Diabetes Management


photo of Charles LitchfieldCharles Litchfield, MD

Hometown: Lexington, MA
Elon University
Medical School: 
St. George's University
Research Interests: 
Sports Medicine, Nutrition, improving adherence to diet/exercise
Personal Interests:
Running, Swimming, Driving
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): 
Sports Medicine, Obstetrics


photo of Joy NdukaJoy Nduka, MD

Hometown: East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Research Interests: Integrative Medicine, International Health, Mental/behavioral health, Childhood Obesity, Nutrition and exercise.
Personal Interests: Art and Cultural museums, Independent and International films, J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit, C.S Lewis’ works, Neo-soul, American Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock, and Bossa Nova
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, or Hospice and Palliative Medicine


photo of Rebecca SharmaRebecca Sharma, MD

Hometown: Queens, NY
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Albert Einstein COM
Research Interests:  Reproductive Health, Women's Health
Personal Interests: Cooking, Netflix, Dogs
Fellowship (or fellowship interest):  Reproductive Health


photo of Justin CapassoJustin Capasso, MD

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
University of Arizona, Microbiology and Chemistry
Medical School:
American University of Antigua
Clinical Interests:
LGBTQ Healthcare, Preventative Medicine, Heart Failure
Personal Interests:
Cooking, Reading, Traveling


photo of Cuong LeCuong Le, MD

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Research Interests: Sports
Personal Interests: Sports, Traveling, Urgent Care


photo of Tambetta OjongTambetta Ojong, MD

Hometown: Burtonsville, Maryland
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Medical University of Lublin
Research Interests: Women’s Health and Maternal Child Health
Personal Interests: Zumba, Latin Dancing, Traveling, Learning new languages, Running
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Maternal Child Health, Women’s Health, Health and Media


photo of Nishith ShahNishith Shah, MD

Hometown: Carol Stream, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Research Interests: Health Informatics
Personal Interests: Photography, Reading, Basketball, Tacos, Games of all kinds


photo of Robert WangRobert Wang, MD

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean
Research Interests: Patient Safety/Quality Improvement, Social Determinants of Health, Commercial Fitness Monitors
Personal Interests: Hiking, Camping, Outdoor sports
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Clinical Research Fellowship (2014-2016)