Mountainside Residency Program

PGY-3

Seulkih Shin, M.D.

PGY-3, Chief Resident

Medical School: St. George’s University

Undergraduate: Cornell University

"My primary reason for choosing HackensackUMC Mountainside was the people.  I was impressed with the commitment of the faculty and staff to resident education.  This program cares for the well-being of the residents. The residents are invested in helping each other and the attendings are intelligent and willing to teach. Also, I grew up in North Jersey and I am happy to be back to serve the community that I call home."

 

Ekta Sharma, M.D.

PGY-3

Medical School: St. George’s University

Undergraduate: California State University

"I chose HackensackUMC Mountainside’s Family Medicine Residency program because the staff and faculty are warm, friendly and dedicated to me. Our mentors care about my education as a primary care physician and guide me when necessary. This program gives me the privilege to learn from hands-on experience and a chance to provide feedback. Lastly, it’s a family environment and I feel at home here with my friends."

 

John D'Andrea, M.D.

PGY-3

Medical School: Trinity School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Seton Hall University

"When I chose Mountainside, I also chose an environment based on comfort. The hospital always feels welcoming and, after a few visits, I quickly realized that I would be in an ideal atmosphere for learning and growing as a new doctor. There is friendliness at every level of the staff and the attending physicians guide the residents with patience, kindness and professionalism. You always feel a part of the team here."

 

 

Katherine Collins-Genrich , M.D.

PGY-3, Chief Resident

Medical School: St. George’s University

Undergraduate: Wheaton College

"The Mountainside Family Medicine Residency program really is a family, with a tight knit group of residents, attendings always willing to teach and a welcoming, friendly staff!  The program was my first choice due to the people and the great ties that the residency program has to the surrounding community. My husband, Colby, and I also really love the Montclair area with so many great restaurants, shops and beautiful parks!"

 

 

MaryBeth Friel, M.D.

PGY-3

Medical School: University of Medicine & Health Sciences

Undergraduate: St Thomas Aquinas

"I have been part of the Mountainside community for several years and hope to continue to serve here for many more years to come. It is a family-oriented healthcare community that makes patient care and well-being its top priority. The physicians and staff continue to inspire me to become the best physician I can possibly be."

 

 

Ryan Straseskie, M.D.

PGY-3

Medical School: St. George’s University

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin at Madison

"Many programs in Family Medicine emphasize their focus on continuity of care. However, HackensackUMC Mountainside distinguishes itself in its use of the home visit in providing patient-centered care. Much of the public thinks that physicians don't do house-calls anymore, so I'm proud to say that HackensackUMC Mountainside Family Practice is doing its part to revitalize this indispensable part of the doctor-patient relationship."

 

 

PGY – 2

Lucila Angeli, M.D.

PGY-2

Medical School: Ross University

Undergraduate: UCLA (University of California - Los Angeles)

"I chose HackensackUMC 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.

PGY-2

Medical School: St. Matthew's University

Undergraduate: Davenport University

"I decided to train at HackensackUMC 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. HackensackUMC Mountainside 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.

PGY-2

Medical School: University of Pavia, Italy

Undergraduate: Ursinus College

"I chose the Mountainside Family Medicine Residency because HackensackUMC 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.

PGY-2

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.

PGY-2

Medical School: St. George's University

Undergraduate: Rutgers University

"I chose HackensackUMC 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.

PGY-2

Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Undergraduate: Kasturba Medical College

"I chose HackensackUMC 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."

 

 

PGY-1

Bettina George, M.D.

PGY-1

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.

PGY-1

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

Undergraduate: University of California - San Diego

"The HackensackUMC 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.

PGY-1

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Montclair State University

“HackensackUMC 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.

PGY-1

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.

PGY-1

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

Undergraduate: St. George’s University

“The reason I chose HackensackUMC Mountainside 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.

PGY-1

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.”

 

Robert Williams, M.D.

PGY-1

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

Undergraduate: East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

“Throughout my medical school education, I enjoyed many aspects of each specialty and found it difficult to simply choose one. I had never considered Family Medicine until my third year of medical school, at which time I had the opportunity to rotate with Hackensack UMC Mountainside Family Practice Group. I instantly felt at 'home' and enjoyed seeing a variety of patients through all stages of life. The faculty, staff, and residents were supportive, caring, and passionate about their work and teaching, truly making the program a 'family' practice. Within a
                                                  week, I knew that Family Medicine was my calling and that Hackensack UMC Mountainside was where I wanted  to be. Being a lifelong resident of New Jersey, I hope to utilize the knowledge, skills, and personal qualities obtained to continue to serve the citizens of New Jersey after my training and throughout my career.”

 

 

 

 

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