Resident Narratives

Family Medicine

Resident Narratives


Kristine V. Cornejo M.D., MPH. Profile Image

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. Profile Image

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!"

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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 Profile Image

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., Chief Resident Profile Image

Yeasol Lee, M.D., Chief Resident

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."

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Fheza Saleem, MD

Medical School: Medical school: Gulf Medical University (UAE)

Undergraduate: Gulf Medical University (UAE)

I chose Mountainside Family Medicine program because this program will give me the opportunity to develop clinical skills under the leadership of excellent faculty. I knew right from the beginning that this would be a great place to learn high quality primary care and encourages research activity alongside great faculty, staff and residents who are always approachable. What I love most about the program is that it supports and promotes work-life balance. Each faculty and staff member is genuinely invested in your growth. I am confident that by the end of my training, I will have strengthened my clinical skill as we have exposure to a very diverse patient population.

Sneha Sreekumar, M.D., Chief Resident Profile Image

Sneha Sreekumar, M.D., Chief Resident

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."


Judith Albert, M.D. Profile Image

Judith Albert, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University

Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University

"I knew Mountainside was the place for me right from the minute I walked in to my interview. Everyone that you interact with genuinely cares about you and wants to help you become a better physician. Now after being here for some time, we truly are a family within the residency program. Having grown up in New Jersey I could not think of a better place to train. This is my new home away from home and could not be more grateful. Mountainside Family Medicine Residency is an established program that truly takes pride in bringing out the best in each and every resident."

Reintine Han, M.D. Profile Image

Reintine Han, M.D.

Medical School: American University of Antigua

Undergraduate: SUNY Buffalo

"I chose Mountainside Family Medicine Residency because this program felt like home. I instantly felt at ease, a feeling that was unmatched by any other program I interviewed at. The faculty members and staff are all easily approachable and fully committed to the success of the program and its residents. Since starting residency, my experience has been nothing short of amazing. I am so grateful for being offered the opportunity to train here."

Miriam Hanna, M.D. Profile Image

Miriam Hanna, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University

Undergraduate: University of California Irvine

"Simply stated: The people! Everywhere you look the people at Mountainside Hospital exceed your every expectation. As a student, at the interview, and on my first day up until now, the staff was overwhelmingly pleasant and inviting. The transition into intern year was made painless by the receptive nature of the program’s attendings and senior residents alike. The clinical work is seamless because of the dedicated aids, front office staff, and directors. This comforting environment helps academics thrive and allows for a more patient-centered mindset. The outcomes are visible during patient encounters as the care for one another is clearly palpable and reciprocated by the patients."

Marwah Khalid Tareen, M.D. Profile Image

Marwah Khalid Tareen, M.D.

Medical School: American University of Integrative Sciences

Undergraduate: George Mason University

"Simply put, Mountainside is exceptional. The staff puts patients first, works hard to ensure residents succeed, and provides a friendly environment. As a resident I couldn’t be happier, because being here will help me reach my full potential as a family physician. Mountainside has the feeling of a small community in which you can get to know everyone in the hospital. My co-residents are helpful and a pleasure to work with, and the patient diversity allows for a rich learning environment. I also enjoy being a part of Montclair, which has a small town feel with the perks of being close to a major city!""

Jason Mendelsohn, M.D. Profile Image

Jason Mendelsohn, M.D.

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean

Undergraduate: SUNY Albany

"The impression I immediately got from Mountainside Family Medicine was that everyone here had been treated right- and was paying it forward to everyone else. The residents are immensely collegial, friendly, and supportive of one another, and the faculty are happy to teach and that ensure you are becoming the best physician you can be. The leadership of this program make me feel like they genuinely have their residents' best interest in mind, all the while providing a comprehensive training environment and the involvement with my patients that I look for as a family doctor. I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else."

Joseph Perez, M.D. Profile Image

Joseph Perez, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin

"I choose to train at Hackensack Meridian Health -Mountainside Family Medicine due to the strong faculty support and diverse patient population. Being so close to New York City, the patient population really is diverse, with patients hailing from all over the world in all different ages. I was fortunate enough to rotate through the residency as a medical student, and during that time I really got a sense of rapport between residents, faculty, and staff. It really is a family here! The emphasis of home visits along with the various community relationships with universities and schools really spoke to the importance of primary care in the surrounding area. As there are only two other residencies at the hospital, there are many opportunities for hands on training and learning!"

Iniobong Ukonne, M.D. Profile Image

Iniobong Ukonne, M.D.

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean

Undergraduate: Temple University

"I chose Mountainside Hospital Family Medicine Program because of their commitment to patient care. The faculty, staff and residents are all friendly, welcoming and enjoy teaching. From day one, you feel like you are part of the team and can feel the excitement behind being a Family Medicine physician. Also, as a New Jersey native, I knew the diversity of patients would allow for various and interesting clinical scenarios. I am grateful for the opportunity to train at Mountainside Hospital and look forward to giving back to my community."


Anthony Ciricillo, M.D. Profile Image

Anthony Ciricillo, M.D.

Medical School: West Virginia University

Undergraduate: Rutgers University – Newark

"Being born and raised in New Jersey, it’s an amazing feeling to practice medicine in my own backyard where everyone truly feels like family. All of the residents, faculty, and staff involved with the Mountainside Family Medicine Residency at Hackensack Meridian Health are genuinely supportive, compassionate, and dedicated to providing the highest quality of education and patient care. We have a diverse community and patient population, along with extensive resources to help facilitate our growth and achieve our goals as young physicians."

Donald Fru, M.D. Profile Image

Donald Fru, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University

Undergraduate: Midwestern State University

"I never had any doubts Family Medicine was the specialty I wanted to purse. That narrowed down my residency search to which program I wanted to pursue my training at. I was interested in a well-established program that also had good working relation amongst the residents and staff. So I did several Family Medicine rotations in different hospitals, and Hackensack Mountainside Residency was the 1 program that stood out. Just walking into the hospital made me feel at home. I have a great support system that will enable me to attain my future goals in this noble profession. The Attending physicians are very friendly, knowledgeable, and very willing to teach. Importantly they have an excellent board pass rate. I would not have wished to be anywhere else."

Silvia Khali, M.D. Profile Image

Silvia Khali, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University

Undergraduate: Hunter College

"I knew I belonged at the Mountainside Family Medicine program ever since I was a third year medical student. I was immediately drawn to the quality of the teaching, the diversity of patients, and the camaraderie among the residents. The environment is inviting, welcoming, and supportive. It will be the perfect program in which to learn and grow. I am proud to call it my home for the next three years."

Angella Makaha, M.D. Profile Image

Angella Makaha, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University

Undergraduate: Oral Roberts University

"When I visited Mountainside for the first time, I felt a very strong sense of belonging. Everyone was welcoming, open and very easy to talk to. I can tell that the faculty and staff genuinely care for the well-being of the residents, hence fostering a healthy environment for residents to thrive in their efforts to provide quality care to patients as they grow as physicians. Additionally, there is genuine camaraderie among residents which makes the program feel like a family working together for the greater good of medicine and patient care. It also doesn't hurt that the program is located in a lovely part of New Jersey."

Jorge Suening, M.D. Profile Image

Jorge Suening, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University

Undergraduate: Rutgers University – New Brunswick

"I chose Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Family Medicine Residency Program because everyone was very welcoming and supportive. I saw myself thriving in an environment where people treated each other as family. It was clear from the beginning that everyone was compassionate and committed to the well-being of the patients and staff members. Moreover, I wanted to be close to my own family in New Jersey while being a part of a vibrant and culturally diverse city. I am so grateful to be a part of this program where I can give back to the community while learning from one of the most talented group of individuals."

Sanyo Wen, M.D. Profile Image

Sanyo Wen, M.D.

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean

Undergraduate: Rutgers University – New Brunswick

"I chose Hackensack Meridian Health - Mountainside Family Medicine Residency because I sensed genuine support from the staff and faculty during my interview. After starting the residency, this couldn’t be any truer. All the faculty and staff want to help and support you to get the best out of the residency and become the physician you wish to be. This program definitely prioritizes the resident’s education first before work and business. One of the reasons I want to become a family physician is that family is important to me. With my family living in Jersey City, distance is crucial for me so that during the intense residency training I have their support and I also can be there to support them."