Program Leadership

Program Leadership

  • Subani Chandra, MD

    • Program Director

    Dr. Subani Chandra is an Associate Professor of Medicine in Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and serves as the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Medicine.

    Dr. Chandra is a dedicated clinician and educator who attends on the various medical critical care services at Columbia and has a special interest in the development and application of point-of-care ultrasonography. She teaches ultrasonography at national and international courses for the major professional societies in pulmonary and critical care medicine. As a national leader in medical education, she has leadership roles with the Training and Transitions Committee of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the Education Committee of the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD) and is a member of the Section of Medical Education of the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Chandra is also the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the prestigious national 2020 Early Career Clinician Educator award from the ACCP, in addition to several departmental teaching awards including the House Staff Teaching Award, Ewig Clinical Scholar Award, and the Daniel V. Kimberg Memorial Faculty Teaching Award.

    In addition, Dr. Chandra serves on the Editorial Board of the CHEST Journal as a Section Editor for the “Pearls” section of CHEST. She has received both intra-mural and extra-mural grant funding for her work advancing medical education. Her grant awards include funding from the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), ACCP and APCCMPD.

    Subani Chandra
  • Eric Burnett, MD

    • Associate Program Director

    Dr. Eric Burnett is originally from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. He majored in biological sciences and minored in Spanish literature at Rutgers University. After college, Eric obtained his masters in biomedical sciences at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He then went on to study medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Eric completed his internal medicine residency here at Columbia and is currently an attending physician in the division of hospital medicine.

    Dr. Burnett’s interests focus on medical student and resident education. He thoroughly enjoys his time as ward attending, working side by side with CUIMC's excellent medical students and IM residents. In his spare time, Dr. Burnett enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with his husband Billy and dog Denver.

    Eric Burnett, MD
  • Kaylan Christianer, MD

    • Associate Program Director

    Dr. Kaylan Christianer is a native of Northern California and attended the University of California at Davis, where she obtained degrees in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, and Art History. After college, she worked as a clinical research coordinator, followed by a move to New York City for medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. She then completed her residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia, where she was part of the Generalist-Primary Care Track. After serving as Chief Resident, she joined the faculty in the Division of General Medicine to help develop a new primary care practice at Columbia’s main campus. Kaylan's academic interests include medical education, geriatrics and palliative care, and promoting the advancement of women in medicine. Her recent teaching awards include two Arnold P. Gold Resident Teaching Awards. Outside of the hospital she enjoys hiking, running and exploring New York City’s food scene.

    Kaylan Christianer, MD
  • Maria De Miguel, MD, MS

    • Associate Program Director

    Dr. Maria De Miguel is from Bethesda, MD, and studied Visual Arts and Art History at Princeton. She attended medical school at the University of Maryland, and completed residency at Columbia. After a year as chief resident, she joined the faculty in the joint resident-faculty outpatient practice at the medical center. She completed a Masters in Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. She directs the Generalist-Primary Care pathway, mentoring residents interested in primary care and academic generalist careers. She now serves as the APD for Ambulatory Education, designing and evaluating curriculum and educational experiences for the residents in continuity clinic. Maria’s interests are in health disparities, the role of primary care, urban public health, and health literacy. She has three kids and spends her free time painting or seeing art in NYC.

    Maria De Miguel, MD, MS
  • David Diuguid, MD

    • Associate Program Director

    Dr. David Diuguid received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College where he graduated cum laude. He matriculated at Weill Cornell and received his medical degree in 1979. He did residency at Boston University Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident from 1982 to 1983. He then completed his fellowship training at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston and served on the faculty there for three years before coming to Columbia. Dr. Diuguid cares for patients with both bleeding and clotting disorders with a special emphasis on patients with a history of increased risk of clotting problems. He also cares for patients with hematological malignancies including lymphoma, acute and chronic leukemia, and myeloma. He currently is involved in patient care, clinical research, and teaching on the hematology service. He serves as Head of the Coagulation Service and is also Head of the Section of Hematology.

  • Daniel Manson, MD

    • Associate Program Director SP

    Dr. Daniel Manson is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. He received his B.A. in the Biological Basis of Behavior and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Columbia University and served as Chief Resident. He completed fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, serving as Chief Fellow during his last year of fellowship training. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board eligible in Critical Care Medicine. His clinical and research interests include the physical and psychological consequences of pulmonary disease and critical illness, bolstering education in serious illness communication, and optimizing the use of palliative care in the intensive care unit. 

    He is passionate about medical education and serves as the co-director of the Advanced Clinician Educator (ACE) Program with Dr. Subani Chandra. As a former ACE resident and leader as a Chief Resident, Dan is enthusiastic about mentoring and supporting future generations of clinician educators. He is dedicated to constantly improving the training for rising medical educators at Columbia and building a thriving and collaborative medical education community. 

    Daniel Manson
  • Wilson Quezada, MD

    • Associate Program Director

    Dr. Quezada is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. A native of Washington Heights, he received his Sc.B. with Honors in Biology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine, and Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, at Columbia University Medical Center, serving as Chief Fellow on his last year of fellowship training. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Quezada specializes in providing excellent care of patients suffering from lung disease, including patients with asthma, COPD, and interstitial lung disease. He also has special interest in smoking cessation and interventional bronchoscopy. His research interests include smoking cessation, COPD and asthma, serving as a co-primary investigator in a multicenter NIH-sponsored clinical trial. He has also performed research looking into the relationship between sensitization and exposure to indoor allergens in asthma patients residing in inner city neighborhoods, and the development of tools to help identify patients with early COPD.

    Wilson Quezada
  • Maya Rao, MD

    • Associate Program Director SP

    Maya Rao is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at Columbia University, where she has been on the faculty since 2009. She is the Director of the Chronic Kidney Disease Program at Columbia. Since 2021, she has served as the chief of Medicine at the Allen Hospital. She has served as a PI or site PI on several NIH grants. She has an interest in caring for older adults with kidney disease, focusing on dialysis decision making and initiating a palliative approach for patients who choose to forgo dialysis for active medical management of their kidney disease. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and 3 kids.  

  • Jacob Stevens, MD

    • Associate Program Director

    Dr. Jacob Stevens is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at Columbia University Medical Center. He graduated summa cum laude in Neuroscience at Bowdoin College before attending Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital where he served as Chief Resident during his senior year. He went on to complete his nephrology fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center where he also served as Chief Fellow during his senior year. His clinical and research interests include critical care nephrology and improving the care provided to patients with acute kidney injury and he is the Medical Director of Acute Care Nephrology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He is also dedicated to medical education and was recognized with the Senior Resident Teaching Award at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2016 and with the Kimberg Memorial Faculty Teaching Award at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in 2020.

Chief Residents

  • Gillian Foley, MD

    Gillian was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up performing in local musicals with her sights set on becoming a Broadway star. Little did she know that NYC would summon her for a different purpose! While attending college at UC Davis, her research in neuroscience sparked an interest in clinical medicine. After graduation, she spent two years working with patients at Planned Parenthood in San Francisco, focusing on women’s health and preventative care. She attended UCLA for medical school and (while a CA girl at heart) she was ecstatic to make the transition to the East Coast for residency. In 10 years, she foresees a career in general medicine that incorporates her interests in Palliative Care. Outside of the hospital, she loves playing with her Shih Tzu Charlotte, reading, travelling, photography, and a night out on the town for dinner and a Broadway show! 

  • Leticia Helms, MD

    Leticia was born and raised in Brazil and grew up playing volleyball, tennis, and dancing ballet. Inspired by her grandfather, she embarked on her medical journey at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in her hometown. Always seeking international experiences, she jetted off to the University of Queensland in Australia for an exchange year, diving headfirst into exciting research opportunities. Despite her deep love for family and friends, Leticia decided to chase her dream by moving to the US and getting the best medical training she could receive and has since fallen in love with New York City.  Looking forward, Leticia is determined to specialize in pulmonary critical care after completing her residency. Outside of residency, Leticia loves yoga, Levain cookies and afternoons at Central Park.

    Leticia Helms
  • Laura McLaughlin, MD

    Laura was born and raised in Torrance, California. She began her journey east starting in college at Washington University in St. Louis where she studied evolutionary biology and French. After college, she moved to Brooklyn where she promptly fell in love with NYC and decided to make it her home. She attended medical school at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and decided to venture uptown to Columbia for residency. While at Columbia, she’s been a part of the ultrasound curricula development, Pride Pod and Gold Lunches. After residency, she plans to specialize in cardiology. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys exploring the city by foot – both by going for long walks in her Chelsea neighborhood and running up and down the Hudson.

    Laura McLaughlin
  • Jeff Paer, MD

    Jeff was born at NYP-CUIMC and raised by his family of musicians in the NJ suburbs. He attended Wheaton College in MA, where he played on the men's soccer team and majored in biology. He then worked at an HIV immunology lab and an infectious disease (ID) molecular diagnostic startup in Boston. He returned home for medical school at Rutgers-NJMS, followed by a full-circle return to his birthplace at NYP-CUIMC for residency. Following chief year, Jeff will be applying for a fellowship in ID with the goal of specializing in transplant ID. When not in the hospital, Jeff enjoys playing guitar and soccer as well as hiking and cycling the Palisades.

Rising Chief Residents

  • Maddie Abrams, MD

    Maddie was born and raised right here in New York City. After developing an early love for the sciences in high school, (… and, of course, inspired by her favorite TV show of all time - Grey’s Anatomy), she decided she wanted to pursue a career in medicine at a young age. She temporarily escaped city life to spend her undergraduate years at Duke University, studying as a pre-med student and attending basketball games at Cameron Stadium (Go Blue Devils!). She returned to New York for medical school at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She couldn’t have imagined a better place to train than here in the IM Residency Program at CUIMC, and is thrilled and honored to stay here for chief year to further explore her passion for medical education. She eventually plans to apply for a fellowship in Cardiology with a developing academic interest in cardiogenic shock and acute mechanical circulatory support. In her spare time, Maddie loves spending time with her wonderful family and incredible friends (including her three co-chiefs!), playing and watching any and all sports, attending concerts and trying new restaurants!

  • Jane Dobkin, MD

    Jane is from Philadelphia where she developed an early love for science and trusting the process™️. She stayed local for undergrad attending the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Brain and Behavior and was not nearly cool enough to be friends with Matt.  She spent her gap years in rural Guatemala where she had the privilege of working on preventative healthcare initiatives that focused around education and equity. She returned to Philly to attend medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine and there found herself drawn to the diagnostic mystery, personal interactions and medical education built into Internal Medicine. Since arriving to Columbia, she has been thrilled to join Peer Reps and Women in Medicine and is excited to be pursuing a career in Pulmonology and Critical Care after residency. She is beyond honored to be joining Eleanor, Maddie and Matt for an extra year with the program as a chief!

  • Matt Fine, MD

    Matt was born and raised along the east coast. Born in Boston, he grew up in in the suburbs of Washington, DC before moving to New York City halfway through high school. He attended college at the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Biology (and ran in far less cool circles than Jane) before returning to NYC for medical school at Mount Sinai. He made the move to the west side of Manhattan for residency at Columbia, where he has been a member of Advanced Clinical Educator (ACE) pathway, growing as a bedside and didactic teacher while also pursuing research in learning/evaluation theory and curricular design. He plans on applying for fellowship in hematology/oncology, with a budding interest in immunology. Outside of the hospital, Matt is a devoted DC sports fan, competitive tennis player, and starting right midfielder for the Columbia IM Residency soccer team, Goals of Care FC. He also is a self-described foodie and brewery snob, who loves to explore the dining scene across the five boroughs. 

  • Eleanor Keller, MD

    Eleanor was born in Boston and grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She stayed local for college at Northeastern University, where she studied Biology and participated in the cooperative education program. After graduating, she worked for a year with an open access medical education group at Boston Children's Hospital before starting medical school at Case Western Reserve University. Despite some early skepticism, she grew to absolutely love Cleveland but ultimately decided to come back to the East Coast for residency. While at Columbia she has been a part of the Advanced Clinician Educator (ACE) pathway and is working to expand our simulation curriculum. She is excited to pursue a fellowship in cardiology. Outside of the hospital she loves running, cycling, going to the beach, trying new restaurants and breweries, and playing with her bernedoodle (and honorary fifth chief, Darwin).

Program Administration

  • Gladys Bueso

    • Program Administrator
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  • Denise Romero

    • Administrative Assistant