Aury Garcia, MD
Aury was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Washington Heights, NYC. As a first generation graduate in her family and someone who grew up in an underserved community, she was privy to many of the challenges that vulnerable populations face and the need for more Spanish speaking physicians. In pursuit of helping to ameliorate some of these challenges, Aury obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and pre-medical track at Columbia College. While at Columbia, Aury discovered her passion for reducing inequities through volunteer work in community hospitals, mentorship of children from marginalized communities, and health disparities research. For two gap years, prior to attending the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, she conducted hypertension and stroke disparities research with a particular focus on Latinx and black communities. Furthermore, while in medical school, Aury’s interest in primary care blossomed through opportunities such as the Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program, Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership student run clinic, and mixed-methods research focused on the first 1,000 days of life.
Aury is beyond excited to continue her residency training in her home and alongside family medicine mentors dedicated to clinical excellence and above all, compassionate care. In her free time, you can find Aury spending quality cuddles with her yorkie-poodle Leo, or indulging in the delicious NYC culinary scene with her husband, Geo.
Dara Jackson, MD
Dara is from Rockland County, NY, and the first person in her family to graduate from Medical School; born to Jamaican parents, who taught her the value and importance of cultural diversity. Witnessing first-hand the health disparities that exist, Dara knew she wanted to pursue a career that would help reduce such disparities and bridge access to adequate health care. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and later attended Rutgers Medical School in Newark, New Jersey.
Dara clings to a philosophy that, to be a great physician, it is important to understand the particular obstacles that patients face each day that may or may not impact their health outcomes. Thus, she made it a priority to volunteer in community organizations such as Harmony House Women's Shelter, where she not only conducted educational sessions for underserved pregnant women and new mothers, but also advocated for these women to get better access to health care. Additionally, she worked with at-risk youth in Newark, New Jersey, and researched addressing risky sexual behavior in vulnerable adolescent populations. Dara is thrilled to continue her educational experience in Family Medicine at Farrell Community Health Center; a location that values working together as a family, as well as devoting one's time and energy advocating for the vulnerable and diverse population they serve at NYP Columbia.
Brittany Martinez, MD
Brittany Martinez, a first-generation college and medical school graduate, was raised in River Edge, New Jersey. Growing up in a Puerto Rican and Dominican household, Brittany remained close to her cultural roots and was constantly reminded of the importance of family, creating strong networks, and embracing her community. She has had a passion for medicine, teaching, and mentorship since a very young age, which she attributes to her childhood mentor and pediatrician, Dr. Zeyad Baker. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences with a minor in Health and Society from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and went on to attend Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) to receive her Medical Degree. Her fluency in both English and Spanish helped her to connect seamlessly with the underserved Hispanic community throughout her various clinical and community service experiences. It has been important for her to use this skill in advocating for her Spanish-speaking patients, and to promote Spanish-speaking skills among her medical student colleagues. Brittany’s passion for working with the underserved, as well as her personal understanding of the many barriers they face, has motivated her to continuously serve as an advocate for the Hispanic community, especially whenever she felt that their voices were not being heard. She has held many leadership roles to bridge the language barrier between her Spanish-speaking patients and their health care providers. As a resident of the NYP/Columbia Family Medicine Residency Program, she is eager to continue to be the voice for the Latino community, to inspire others from underrepresented groups to pursue a career in medicine, and to be recognized as a committed patient and community advocate.
Erica Meninno, MD
Originally from a small town north of Boston, Erica graduated from Boston College with a degree in International Relations. The social justice work, led by the Jesuits at BC, was foundational to her experience as an undergraduate student. Erica joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working at Chrysalis in Los Angeles as a case manager for individuals experiencing homelessness. She continued to work with the homeless population back in Boston at St. Francis House, and developed additional skills in addiction services, counseling, and group facilitation.
As a student at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Erica merged her prior professional experience with her newly developing clinical skills. She spent evenings providing resources and basic medical care to individuals on the street through Georgetown Street Medicine Outreach and ran workshops across DC, distributing naloxone and empowering community members to intervene to save a life from the opioid epidemic. Erica is thrilled to take care of and learn from patients at the Farrell Community Health Center and the Allen Hospital. She is driven to continue to explore how the medical community can contribute to our patients’ well-being and fulfillment.
In her free time, Erica enjoys jewelry-making, sipping cappuccinos while reading a good book, cooking (and eating) with her husband, and visiting gardens for inspiration for her apartment plants.
Amy Sun, MD
Amy was born and raised in Woodbury, Minnesota, right outside of the Twin Cities. She majored in economics at Princeton University. After college, she worked for two years outside of Boston at a research organization in their health care finance division, where she was introduced to health care reforms that emphasized the importance of primary care. During that time, she volunteered as a social services coordinator at a community health center in Somerville, where she fell in love with community-based family medicine. She then moved to NYC to attend medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. During medical school she became very involved with the student-run free clinic and the geriatrics house call program. Amy is incredibly excited to be a part of the Columbia/NYP Family Medicine program and is looking forward to caring for patients of all ages in the Washington Heights community. Her interests within family medicine include reproductive health, full-spectrum medicine, geriatrics, health care delivery, and community medicine. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching sitcoms and The Bachelor, dancing, water coloring, and unsuccessfully doing NYT crossword puzzles.
Megha Srivastava, MD
Megha was born and raised in the Chicagoland area to a family of Indian immigrants. While studying Medical Anthropology and Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, Megha spent time engaging with local communities in Cleveland, Ohio, and expanding her passion for public health. Following university, Megha spent a year volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala, and Faridabad, India, working with local health care providers and teaching English and math to children and young adults. Megha began her medical career at the Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University Chicago with a strong passion for underserved populations and primary care. After her third year of medical school, Megha spent an extra year in a global health fieldwork fellowship program in rural Bolivia. As a coordinator for a local clinic, Megha learned the challenges of providing quality healthcare in low-resource settings and the ability of compassionate, knowledgeable, culturally competent physicians in navigating such challenges. Megha looks forward to joining the NYP/Columbia FMR family and continuing her passion to serve vulnerable populations in the unique, diverse New York City. In her free time, Megha enjoys painting, dancing, binge-watching TV, and trying not to spend all her money on bubble tea (but usually failing).
Hannah Brooks, MD
Hannah was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Vassar College with her BA in Psychology and her certification in Elementary Education. She taught Kindergarten in East New York, Brooklyn for five years while getting her Masters in Special Education from CUNY Hunter College. While remaining committed to community and family health and education, she decided to return to school full time to complete a post-baccalaureate program to pursue a medical career as a means of achieving these goals. She received her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she found the Family Medicine specialty to most closely align to her values as a physician and educator. Her academic interests focus on community medicine, advocacy and health equity, hospital medicine, and resident education. Outside of medicine, Hannah enjoys exploring all corners of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, spending time with family and friends, and cooking.
Hannah is thrilled to be a part of the Family Medicine family here at NewYork-Presbyterian, where the education, health, and wellness of our patients are prioritized.
David J. Killeen, MD
David was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. His love for medicine was sparked during college volunteering with the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad as an EMT. While studying Spanish, David was able to study abroad in Costa Rica and Salamanca, Spain. He continued his education at the Universidad de Alcala de Henares in Madrid, Spain where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education. David shifted his focus back to medicine and worked at a Federally Qualified Health Center in his hometown. As quality improvement assistant he developed workflow and outreach to increase cancer screening rates. It was during that time when he fell in the love with family medicine. David applied and was accepted to be part of the fmSTAT program at Virginia Commonwealth University, which was designed for students who were interested and committed to Family Medicine. During medical school, David pursued many passions, including health care policy; interning under the CMO of Medicaid Services, rotating in the Madrid public health system and a Centro de Primer Nivel in the Dominican Republic and as a visiting scholar at the Robert Graham Center in Washington D.C. David wants to be part of health care system transformation and that begins with strong primary care at the center of the community.
Columbia’s residency program is an ideal fit for David, where he can combine his many interests including community health, integrative medicine, and reproductive health care, all while learning how to treat most aliments and provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages in a bilingual setting.
Adam S. Lustig, DO
Adam was born in Manhattan and raised primarily in Woodbury, New York. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans where he earned his BS in Neuroscience. It was in New Orleans where Adam volunteered and worked within medical and educational settings of marginalized communities. He then returned home to study medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, NYC, where he, as a medical student and volunteer, continued to examine the relationship between socioeconomic status and access to quality health care.
At a young age, Adam experienced the benefit and versatility of integrative and hands-on medical approaches. This motivated him to become the passionate osteopathic physician he is today, incorporating osteopathic manipulative medicine into patient care whenever possible. Adam believes strongly in the value and power of integrative, nutritional, preventative, and personalized care, particularly in underserved communities. Adam is beyond excited to have the opportunity to treat patients and their families at Farrell Community Health Center. In his free time, Adam loves to cook healthy meals, explore NYC, and rejuvenate in nature.
Silvina A. Om, MD
Silvina was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentin,a where she was first exposed to a wide range of health disparities and developed a passion for advocating for vulnerable populations. She studied Psychology and Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and received her MD from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. Silvina is invested in providing an integrative and multidisciplinary approach to primary care that she believes all patients deserve. She enjoys full-spectrum family medicine with a focus on reproductive health and advocacy and values being able to foster meaningful lifelong relationships with her patients. Silvina understands that patients place their full trust in their family physicians and she honors this privilege by being their most enthusiastic advocate.
In her free time, Silvina enjoys spending time with family, exploring the vibrant NYC dining scene, dancing to anything with a beat, and going on as many new adventures as she can.
Sarah N. Phillips, MD
Sarah, a Connecticut native, fell in love with medicine after her summer working at Partners in Health in Boston. She returned to Colorado College and designed her own major in Global Health and founded the CC chapter of GlobeMed, an organization that partners universities with grassroots organizations addressing health disparities around the world. After college, she worked for a non-profit in Peru’s Sacred Valley for a year, training female community health workers, “promotoras de salud,” to be the first lines of care in rural mountainous communities. It became clear: the promotoras were only as useful as their skillset was broad. Especially in resource-poor settings, the most valuable caregivers are competent across a range of health needs. These women and these communities inspired her to gain that breadth in her medical education. As a medical student in Camden, NJ, Sarah further cultivated her interests in community focused medicine. Sarah is thrilled to be a part of the NYP/Columbia Family Medicine Community where she can continue to pursue her interests in global health, vulnerable populations, and women’s health.
Jenny Tobat, MD
Jenny was born and raised in Falls Church, VA. She attended Cornell University, where she learned Spanish, and graduated with a BA in Mathematics. During college, she took several Spanish classes and visited Honduras, her first major international journey. She also volunteered with an organization that provided services to people incarcerated in the local jail, which taught her a lot about underserved populations and systemic barriers they face. She went on to attend Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. There, she worked on a comprehensive Medical Spanish program to train bilingual providers. She was also a frequent visitor to a local federally qualified health center, where she worked with underserved populations and saw Spanish-speaking patients. Here at Columbia, she is excited to continue working with underserved and Spanish-speaking populations.
Connor L. Carmichael, MD
Connor was born and raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a small city about an hour and a half west of Philadelphia. He is the third of five children to a family doctor from New York and an artist from Northern Ireland. He earned a BA in Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, he discovered a passion for the Spanish language, and spent a semester abroad in Puebla, Mexico, as well as a summer in Sevilla, Spain. After graduating from college, Connor spent a year working as a volunteer at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Mexico, a home for orphaned and disadvantaged children. He then matriculated to Penn State College of Medicine. There, he was a Global Health Scholar, was involved in the Latino Medical Students Association, and helped establish an interpreter training program for multilingual medical students. Connor confirmed his passion for family medicine by seeing the important role that family doctors play in coordinating care and continuity with their patients.
Connor is thrilled to be a part of Columbia’s residency program, where he is able to work with underserved Spanish-speaking populations. His clinical interests include language-concordant care, adolescent medicine, and palliative care. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing volleyball, exploring New York, trying new foods, and spending time with friends and family.
Chava L. Cogan, MD
Before joining the NYP Family Medicine family, Chava studied Visual Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined Teach for America after graduating, and taught 9th grade Math and Science in NYC while getting her Masters in Special Education from CUNY City College. She then completed a post-baccalaureate at Hunter College and subsequently earned her MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she was active in the student-run free clinic and student-led health education initiatives. While in medical school, Chava also became trained as a lactation counselor. Chava is thrilled to be a part of the CFCM family. She hopes to focus her training on full-spectrum family medicine, with a special focus in women’s health. When not working at the hospital or office, Chava spends most of her time running around the local Inwood parks with her partner and two children.
Liana H. Greer, MD
Liana grew up in upstate New York and attended Cornell University for her undergraduate degree, where she developed interest in the intersection of life-sciences and technology, earning a degree in Applied and Engineering Physics Magna Cum Laude. After graduation she worked full time in the financial services industry in New York City, increasing her knowledge of process improvement, process management, and information technology. Her interest in health and passion for care continued and she volunteered at several city children’s organizations and local hospitals, as well as worked on osteoporosis research at Columbia University. Ultimately, she followed her passion for medicine to Weill Cornell Medical College, graduating with Honors in Research. She is passionate about full-spectrum care, wellness, and integrative medicine as well as quality improvement processes. She is thrilled to be a part of the Family Medicine Residency Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital where she continues to pursue these interests.
In her free time, she enjoys music and has been a flutist for over 20 years. She also enjoys art, sewing, and sports, including figure skating and basketball.
Bradley Milam, MD
Bradley was born and raised in West Virginia. While obtaining his history degree at Yale, Bradley discovered his passion for history as well as his passion for advocacy. As an openly gay man who remained in the closet in high school, he wanted to make a difference for those who couldn’t have a voice for themselves. He began lobbying in his free time for an employment and housing non-discrimination act that would have protected LGBTQ residents from workplace termination or housing eviction in West Virginia. For his senior essay, he wrote a history of gay and lesbian life in West Virginia, which won Yale’s LGBT Studies Department Prize that year. He also became the first executive director of a statewide LGBT advocacy organization that was responsible for the passage of anti-bullying policy 4373 which became West Virginia’s first statewide law to enumerate sexual orientation and gender identity or expression as protected classes. He saw power in being a family physician trying to heal and alleviate suffering on the front lines, and he saw what difference a compassionate doctor could be to a community grappling with discrimination, intolerance, or poverty.
He decided to leave his job and become a physician. He completed the premedical post-baccalaureate program at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Bradley is thrilled to be a resident physician in family medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian. His special interests include care for the underserved, LGBTQ health, and reproductive health.
Luke Powell, MD
Luke Powell was born in Jamaica and spent the first several years of his life not far from the beach. He moved to the United States at age 8 and grew up in Lancaster County, PA. He studied Biotechnology at Penn State and Medicine at Georgetown University. During his time at Penn State, he developed an interest in teaching. He expanded his interest during medical school to include Medical Education as well as getting involved with Community Health. He is excited to explore New York City and to serve his new community.
Jeanette S. Qablawi, MD
Jeanette was born in Evanston, IL, and raised in Cocoa Beach, FL. She got her BS at the University of South Florida, where she also minored in Leadership. She attended Morsani College of Medicine and was a member of the SELECT program, which prepares students to be physician leaders who will accelerate change in health care. While in medical school, Jeanette became very interested in global health and went on her first medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. During her fourth year, she spent a month in India, where she spent time in direct patient care in clinics and also learned about health systems through the NGO, India Institute for Mother and Child, which had branches in economics, woman’s peace council, and education. In medical school, Jeanette developed a passion for preventative care and nutrition which led her to discover Integrative Medicine. Jeanette chose family medicine because she felt it incorporated her desires to practice holistic medicine with a focus on lifestyle, nutrition, and mental health. She is currently enrolled in the Integrative medicine track and plans to do a fellowship after graduation. Jeanette is also passionate about a single payer health care system and is currently doing her longitudinal research project on this topic.
Outside of medicine you will find Jeanette in nature, posted up with paint brushes and acrylics, or practicing yoga. She also loves to run, has started a hydroponic garden, and is a huge foodie!