Mountainside Residency Program

Internal Medicine

Subspecialty Faculty Coordinators

Cardiovascular Diseases

Kenneth Bannerman, M.D., FACC

MD: New York Medical College Alpha Omega Alpha
Residency: Metropolitan Hospital, New York
Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York

“As an intern I quickly realized that the art of medicine is passed from generation to generation not only by studying textbooks and journal articles, but also from teacher to student,  resident to intern, attending to resident.  From reading, we acquire knowledge.  From teachers, we learn wisdom - how to apply knowledge in an effective way.  I chose to join the medical staff of HUMC Mountainside because of its excellent Cardiology department and its excellent residency teaching program.  I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the educational process including preceptorships, cardiology rounding with the residents, lecturing and taking the residents on hikes.  I consider it a privilege to be part of this teaching program.”



Maris Davis, M.D.

MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency: New York University-Manhattan VA Hospital
Fellowship: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York

“I enjoy working with the housestaff – they are engaged and enthusiastic about patient care and learning. We have wonderful opportunities to teach core concepts of Endocrinology and Metabolism in both hospitalized patients and patients in the outpatient setting.”

Emergency Medicine

Marjory Langer, M.D.

MD: Sackler School of Medicine, Israel
Residency: Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York

“Having worked the majority of my career at HUMC Mountainside and found the opportunity to succeed here, I have a unique perspective.  I’ve always felt that this hospital, more than others, delivers world-class patient care in an atmosphere that is welcoming and exciting.  For a community hospital, we see a lot of interesting cases that afford innumerable teaching opportunities.  This has reinforced an open culture among our staff that values progressive learning and appreciates each other as individuals and professionals.  Having taken so much from my own residency in New York City, I’ve always been pleased to spend time with our residents and I enjoy welcoming them.”



Swami Nathan, M.D., FACG

MD: Madurai Medical College, India
Residency and Fellowship: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, New Jersey
Faculty Appointment:  Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School

“I have always been interested in guiding and teaching the internal medicine residents.  The internal medicine program is very strong and we have excellent residents joining our program on a competitive matching system.  Once they come into the hospital, the residents provide excellent care under the guidance of core academic teachers and active medical staff.  The Gastroenterology Division is an active core member of the hospital with 12 fulltime gastroenterologists who provide excellent care to the local community. The residents, taught and mentored by the GI faculty, actively participate in research on complex cases and participate in GI procedures. This year alone, we had five poster presentations accepted at the American College of Gastroenterology!”


Geriatric Medicine

Anne Marie Gracia, M.D.

MD: Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Residency: UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School, Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Newark Beth Israel, New Jersey



Stephen Abo, DO

DO: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Saint Michael's Medical Center, Newark, NJ
Fellowship: Hematology/Oncology, Saint Michael's Medical Center, Newark, New Jersey
Breast Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
Faculty Appointment: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Seton Hall University, New Jersey


Infectious Diseases

Hema Dholakia, MBBS

MBBS, Kasturba Medical College, India
Residency: New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York
Fellowship: UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

“I am proud to be a part of the esteemed faculty of HackensackUMC Mountainside. My experience here has been extremely fulfilling clinically and academically. There is a diverse patient population, allowing for a challenging clinical experience. I also find myself inspired by the residents' vigor and eagerness to learn. Being a part of the HackensackUMC Mountainside family has helped me to realize my professional goals and grow as a physician.”


Medical Oncology

John Conti, M.D., FACP

MD: UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Alpha Omega Alpha
Residency: University Hospital, Newark, New Jersey
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
Faculty Appointment: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School

“I am very proud to have worked with the HackensackUMC Mountainside house staff for almost twenty years along with being the division chief of oncology for the last eight years. During that time, I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and excitement that the residents and interns demonstrate regarding patients with cancer and during the oncology lecture series. I appreciate that many house staff choose to augment their cancer medicine learning by doing outpatient rotations with our group and often many of these residents subsequently present prize winning case presentations and original research at the New Jersey Oncology Society meetings. As our population continues to age, cancer will increase even further in incidence and oncology knowledge for internal medicine physicians will become even more crucial. I hope to continue as your oncology division chief for many years to come, so that I may continue to help our future practicing physicians gain proficiency in the field of oncology.”



Alvin Bell, M.D.

MD: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residency: Harlem Hospital Center, New York
Fellowship: Harlem Hospital Center, New York
Faculty Appointment: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School

“I enjoy teaching. I always look for the opportunity to teach evidence-based medicine to the house staff and other members of the HUMC Mountainside clinical community.  Evidence based training is crucial to the future of these young physicians.  It is also important that the house staff understand the social and financial impact that chronic diseases and hospitalizations have on patients and their families.”



David Blady, M.D.

MD: SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, New York
Residency: New York University/Bellevue Medical Center, New York

“I have been teaching residents for more than 25 years. I thoroughly enjoy participating in the intellectual growth of trainees as they evolve from internship through residency into practice. HUMC Mountainside offers a challenging environment where residents are exposed to a wide variety of neurological conditions to prepare them for the realities of their future practices.”



Juan Riestra-Cortes, M.D.

MD: Cornell University School of Medicine
Residency: St Vincent’s Hospital, New York


Pulmonary Medicine

Lopa Patel, M.D.

MD: Ross University School of Medicine 
Residency: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, New Jersey
Fellowship: St. Luke’s Hospital, New York

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