Mountainside Residency Program


Lucila Angeli, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University

Undergraduate: UCLA (University of California - Los Angeles)

"I chose  Mountainside Family Medicine Residency because it is committed to providing training that fosters future leaders in Family Medicine. From the very first day I visited the program, I knew this was the right place for me. Amazing learning environment, personable faculty, staff and residents - an excellent organization dedicated to providing quality training and prioritizing patient care. I am so excited to be a part of this incredible team who are as passionate about family medicine as I am!"


Haroon Arshad, M.D. - Chief Resident

Medical School: St. Matthew's University

Undergraduate: Davenport University

"I decided to train at  Mountainside Family Medicine because of the wonderful faculty and staff members. The attendings and residents are welcoming and are always there for you. The demographics of the hospital are ideal since they allow residents to encounter patients coming from diverse backgrounds, who may present with common and uncommon conditions, making every day an interesting day while training. The neighborhood is nice and a great place to reside. Mountainside Medical Center was my first choice because it will  train me to deliver quality healthcare and to make a difference in a community. I am thankful that I am training at such a wonderful place and I am looking forward to this great experience."


Luigi Baretto, M.D.

Medical School: University of Pavia, Italy

Undergraduate: Ursinus College

"I chose the Mountainside Family Medicine Residency because  Mountainside is tightly knit with the community and provides individualized attention to teaching its residents. Having been a NJ resident my whole life, it is a great opportunity to learn in my home state. There is a sense of family within the program and willingness of the staff to teach and produce the best Family Medicine physicians."



Colby Genrich, M.D.


Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Kenyon College

"This program provides the finest training at a patient-centered medical home. With experienced and engaged attendings, knowledgeable fellow residents and a friendly staff, combined with the vast resources of the Hackensack network of hospitals in a community setting, the program is perfectly balanced. I am honored to be a part of this family of physicians and staff. In my free time, I love spending time with my wife, K.C., bike riding, swimming, running and exploring the area surrounding our new home."


Mallik Patel, M.D.

Medical School: St. George's University

Undergraduate: Rutgers University

"I chose  Mountainside because of the wonderful work environment and the abundance of educational opportunities. The faculty is engaging and loves to teach. The staff is really friendly and always helpful. I also feel a real sense of comradery with my fellow residents."



Ajfar Sherif, M.D. - Chief Resident

Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Undergraduate: Kasturba Medical College

"I chose  Mountainside Family Medicine residency because it was the perfect fit for me. Being from New Jersey, it really allowed me to stay close to home and be comfortable in a place I know very well. Besides location, the program emphasizes education. It gives residents a comfortable learning environment with supportive attendings and staff who allow us to grow as physicians, but more importantly, as individuals."





Bettina George, M.D.

Medical School: University of Sint Eustatius

Undergraduate: UNIBE (Universidad Iberoamericana)

"From my first visit to Mountainside, I felt right at home and knew this was the perfect fit for me. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to train amongst a talented group of physicians, in a community hospital that shows commitment to education and patient care. Having grown up in the area, I am blessed to be part of a program where I can serve the very community that I've called home my entire life."




Rima Amin, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of California - San Diego

"The  Mountainside Family Medicine Residency encompasses everything I want in a program. I am excited to train at a community hospital, where the faculty takes an active approach in practicing patient-centered care. The faculty and staff are welcoming, friendly, and extremely supportive. There is a strong sense of camaraderie among the residents as well. This program is the perfect fit for me and I am so thankful to be a part of this amazing team!”



Imren Ozturk, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Montclair State University

“Mountainside is the perfect facility I was looking for: a strong program that focuses on quality-driven patient care. As a resident at Mountainside, I have become a part of a family—a family who is welcoming, supportive, and encouraging. Not only is the program and the hospital great, but the Montclair area is fantastic as well! There hasn't been a time where I couldn't find something fun to go do around town. Trust me, you want to be here!”



Valery Vera-Connolly, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Seton Hall University

“I knew I belonged at Mountainside's FM program as early as my third year of medical school. Here, it is our culture to form tight-knit bonds with our co-residents that extends beyond the hospital/office. Our faculty and staff prioritizes our academic growth along with our personal well-being. In addition the practice is located in a culturally rich area which allows for a diverse patient population with a wide range of disease presentation. I feel very fortunate to call myself a Mountainside FM resident and look toward to an unforgettable 3 years.”



Beqir Muharremi, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: St. George’s University

“The reason I chose Mountainside Medical Center Family Medicine program is because it offers such a strong residency training program in such a welcoming atmosphere. From the first day, you can sense the dedication of the faculty and fellow residents to our education.”


Gilchris Burton, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: The College of Staten Island - CUNY

“I chose to train at Hackensack UMC Mountainside Family Medicine Residency because the program has exactly what I yearned for; a superb quality of education fueled by faculty who are truly sincere and dedicated to their residents, the program and the specialty.  After my initial interaction with the Mountainside Family It was apparent that this program provides a supportive environment which fosters the growth and development of its residents into great primary care physicians.  I was also impressed with the camaraderie among the residents
and their efforts in working as a team in achieving the common goal.”




Kristine V. Cornejo M.D., MPH.

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Penn State University

"I chose Mountainside Family Medicine Residency due to the incredibly committed, patient-centered, and team-oriented faculty, residents and staff. The minute you walk in the door you’re greeted with a smile and everyone is willing to work hard to offer the patients the best care possible. Also, I was born and raised in Manahawkin, NJ. Therefore, I am hoping to remain a pillar in the community. In my next three years here, I hope to further develop my skills particularly in professionalism, medical knowledge and procedures, as well as foster an everlasting bond between the local community and my colleagues."

Emmet Fenichel, M.D.

Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Undergraduate: Richard Stockton University of New Jersey

"Many different factors lead me to choose the Hackensack Meridian Health Family Medicine Residency program. One of the main reasons was because of the people. I was very impressed with the faculty as well as the residents who are in the program. Their commitment and passion for the residency is obvious. It is also a very welcoming environment. This program is well established, it has been producing well rounded physicians for over 40 years. Last but not least it is a dream come true to be able to serve my home state of New Jersey for the next three years and beyond!

Melissa Gonzalez, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Rutgers University

"New Jersey is my home and it has given me so much. I was determined to stay home so I could be a part of the communities I loved growing up in.  Mountainside Family Medicine is a place I knew I could grow and learn. The program was also able to look at me as an individual instead of a file number. Focusing on my strengths instead of my weaknesses. You truly get a sense of family the moment you walk thru the doors. I saw it as a potential candidate and I saw it in their devoted patient population. They were able bring together people from all walks of life with a common goal: to make everyone better, whether as a patient or staff member.  A diverse program united serving a diverse community."


Adam Kunkis, M.D., MBA

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Rutgers University

"During my interview for the Family Medicine residency at Mountainside Hospital, I quickly learned that the residents and staff of the program were more than just colleagues, they were a family who supported each other and enjoyed always staying positive.  The morning report was light hearted, congenial, and residency staff all treated each other with a great deal of respect.  These are the qualities that attracted me to want to be a resident at this fine institution.  Upon starting my residency, our intern class quickly grew into a harmonious huddle of happy healthcare providers, and together we are all extremely proud to be a part of the Mountainside family."


Yeasol Lee, M.D.

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Boston University

"I chose the Mountainside Family Medicine residency program because of the welcoming faculty and staff. Everyone is very friendly and truly wants you to excel and become the best physician that you can be.  The faculty is very supportive and you can tell that they truly care about the program and the residents.  It really feels like one big family here at Mountainside."




Daniel Ortolano, M.D.

Medical School:  Ross University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Denver

"I chose Mountainside because of the amazing learning opportunities available to residents and because of the friendly atmosphere I experienced during my interviews. The Family Medicine residency is one of only three residency programs at Mountainside and this allows for more access to attendings in other specialties to help progress the well-rounded knowledge base needed for family medicine."




Sneha Sreekumar, M.D.

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Rutgers University

"It was the perfect fit for me! Rotating through Mountainside Medical Center and Family Practice at Verona as a student, I found myself being surrounded by a diverse patient population, cordial co-workers, and immensely supportive faculty. I found the program very educative, organized and endearing. I was brought up in New Jersey and I wanted to complete my residency close to home; this way I will have an opportunity to give back to the state that supported me through my journey to fulfill my dreams."




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