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Internal Medicine Residency

Internal Medicine Residency

Our Internal Medicine Residency Program has been in existence for over 50 years and offers you an outstanding environment in which to become a well-rounded internist.

Through a flexible curriculum structure, we offer residents the opportunity to focus their training in specific areas that are of most interest to you, such as Primary Care, Hospitalist Medicine, or Subspecialty Fellowship areas.


  • Well-balanced curriculum focused on academics with a strong emphasis on caring for the critically ill
  • Strong balance between clinical experience, didactic learning, and outstanding quality of life
  • A socio-economically, ethnically, and culturally diverse patient population with a wide range of clinical pathology
  • Flexible elective scheduling in PGY-3 lets you explore areas of special interest
  • Acquired Osteopathic Recognition by the ACGME in 2015
  • A team approach to floor medicine, offering the best environment for learning and practice
  • Ambulatory training provided at modern, state-of-the-art facilities
  • Gain competency performing board-required procedures, and extensive training with ultrasound guided procedures
  • Opportunities in clinical research activities including participation in regional poster sessions
  • A wide range of core faculty including teaching hospitalists, intensivists, subspecialists, and primary care
  • Faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Instructor of Upstate Medical University
  • Comprehensive board certification preparation
  • Ambulatory training provided at modern, state-of-the-art facilities
  • An X+Y continuity clinic schedule that allows for more consistent outpatient care and no overlap of inpatient and clinic responsibilities.
Fellowships After Residency


2020 Fellowship
Pranava Ganesh, MD Cardiovascular Disease, UHS Hospitals
2019 Fellowship
Nabil Braiteh, MD Cardiovascular Disease, UHS Hospitals
Nada Mohamed, MD Pulmonary & Critial Care, West Virginia University
Jeffrey Rico, MD Endocrinology, Marshall University Medical Center
Vincent Skovira, MD Cardiovascular Disease, UHS Hospitals
2018 Fellowship
Bilal Ahmed, MD Cardiovascular Disease, United Health Services Hospitals
Nazif Chowdhury, MD Gastroenterology, United Health Services Hospitals
Saif Bella, MD Gastroenterology, United Health Services Hospitals
2017 Fellowship
Robert Borowski, DO Endocrinology, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Nazia Mashriqi, MD Critical Care, Mt. Sinai, New York, NY
Mouhamed Amr Sabouni, MD Cardiovascular Disease, United Health Services Hospitals, Johnson City, NY
2016 Fellowship
Noor Al-Asady, DO Vascular Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Nick Changizzadeh, MD Hematology Oncology, Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, RI
Eva Vaishnav, DO Cardiology, Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Fellowship
Wojciech Blonski, MD Gastroenterology, University of Southern Florida, Tampa, FL
2014 Fellowship
Jenna Cooley, DO Rheumatology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
Spencer Eisenberg, DO Geriatrics, United Health Services Hospitals, Johnson City, NY
Jerry Pudusseri, DO Cardiology, Arnot Health, Horseheads, NY
David Wisa, MD Pulmonary and Critical Care, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
2013 Fellowship
Bridget Akel, DO Endocrinology, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Scott Legunn, MD Rheumatology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
2012 Fellowship
Ari Frenklel, MD Infectious Disease, Eastern Carolina University, Greenville, NC
2011 Fellowship
Andrea DellaValle, DO Cardiology, Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY
Nassar Hajar, MD Gastroenterology, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Ngozi Mezu-Patel, MD Infectious Disease, Louisiana State University Hospital, New Orleans, LA
Shivani Purohit, MD Rheumatology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Program Directors

Thomas Genese, MD

Title: Program Director; Clinic Director
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Residency: Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

Dr. Genese completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993. Prior to attending medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, he worked in healthcare business strategy, process design, and technology research and development. After completion of medical school in 2002, he attended Internal Medicine residency and Chief Residency at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago, Illinois. He served as the Internal Medicine Associate Program Director at the Yale-affiliated Saint Mary's Hospital in Connecticut through 2012 and was on the Department of Medicine faculty at the University of Illinois in 2014. He then provided consultant services to establish a number of new graduate medical education departments and residency programs prior to joining United Health Services in 2017 as the Internal Medicine Program Director, Transitional Year Program Director, and Clinic Director for Internal Medicine. He is married to Dr. Josephine Genese who is on faculty in Family Medicine at United Health Services. They have three children and live in Vestal, New York. Dr. Genese's primary areas of interest are academic general Internal Medicine, preventative medicine, and Primary Care. His hobbies include information technology and physical activities such as hiking and weight training.



Christine Fenlon, MD

Title: Program Director Emeritus; Infectious Disease Specialist
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
Fellowship: SUNY College of Medicine, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
Specialty Areas: Infectious Disease                   


Michael W. Chisdak, MD

Title: Internal Medicine Faculty

Medical School: Hahnemann Medical College - Philadelphia, PA

Residency: Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic - Sayre, PA

Fellowship: Pulmonary Medicine - Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Cleveland, OH

Specialty: Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care



Regina Frants, MD, FCCP

Title: Director, Pulmonary/Critical Care Subspecialty Rotation/Internal Medicine Faculty

Medical School: Moscow Medical Stomatological Institute, Moscow, USSR

Residency: Newton Wellesley Hospital, MA

Fellowship: Pulmonary/Critical Care at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Specialty: Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine



Amine Hila, MD

Title: Internal Medicine Faculty, Designated Institutional Official (DIO)

Medical School: Faculty de Medecine de Tunis - Tunis, Tunisia

Residency: Graduate Hospital - Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship: Medical University of South Carolina

Specialty: Gastroenterology



Domingo Jimenez, MD

Title: Internal Medicine Faculty

Medical School: University of East R. Magsaysay, Philippines

Residency: United Health Services, Johnson City, NY

Specialty Areas: Primary Care




Ronald Kahn, MD

Title: Internal Medicine Faculty & Didactics Coordinator

Medical School: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Residency: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT




Afzal ur Rehman, MD

Title: Director, Cardiology Rotation, VP Infomatics, Internal Medicine Faculty

Medical School: King Edward Medical College, Pakistan

Residency: United Health Services, Johnson City, NY

Cardiology Fellowship: Medical College of Georgia - Augusta, GA

Specialty Areas: Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology



Mark Speicher, DO

Title: Internal Medicine Faculty

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: University of Rochester, NY

Specialty: Hospitalist Medicine 




Olyainka Wilhelm, MD

Title: Internal Medicine Faculty

Medical School: Ogun State University - Nigeria

Residency: Mount Sinai Medical School - Jersey City Program

Endocrinology Fellowship: Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology and Metabolism

General Medicine 6 blocks (includes floors and night float)
ICU/CCU 3 blocks
Emergency Medicine 1 block
Elective 2 blocks
Ambulatory 1 block
Continuity Clinic 1/2 day/week
General Floor Medicine 4 blocks
Subspecialty Service 5 blocks
Night Float 1 block
ICU/CCU 2 blocks
Ambulatory 1 block
Continuity Clinic Up to 2 1/2 days/week
General Floor Medicine 3 blocks
ICU/CCU 1 block
Elective Subspecialties 7 blocks
Night Float Up to 1 block
Ambulatory 1 block
Continuity Clinic Up to 2 1/2 days/week


Each resident is expected to participate in didactic learning opportunities including morning report, noon conferences (including board reviews), weekly clinical grand rounds and special teaching days, as well as Research/Scholarly Activities.

Required subspecialty electives include: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonary, and Rheumatology.

Other non-medicine elective options: Anesthesiology, OMM, Pathology, Radiology, Surgery, Women's Health, etc.

Special Emphasis Tracks

The Internal Medicine Residency allows the senior resident to tailor their educational needs. Some examples include: 

Hospitalist Medicine: Focus on additional training in hospital medicine and is ideal prep for those pursuing a career as a hospitalist physician, with additional blocks on in-patient rotations including Hospitalist Medicine electives as well as ICU and/or CCU.
Advisor: Jeffrey Gray, MD

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine: The hospital is accredited with Osteopathic Recognition, all of our residents have the opportunity to learn Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy techniques. In addition to weekly lectures, you will also participate in multiple weekly outpatient clinics and our in-patient referral service.
Advisor: Marita Powell, DO

Neurocritical Care Medicine: Exposures will primarily be in the urgent care centers in the region. Develop additional expertise in urgent care medicine. Time in the urgent care centers and in the Emergency Department.
Advisor: Yahia Lodi, MD

Geriatric Medicine: Participate in one focused block rotation in your second year and two blocks in your third year working exclusively with Geriatric patients and physicians certified in Geriatric Medicine.
Advisor: Rana Ahmad, MD


United Health Services Internal Medicine House Staff


Medical School

Vamsi Priya Aravally, MD

Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences

Paradis Honarvar, MD

Medical University of the Americas (Nevis)

Farid Khan, MD

Aga Khan University Medical College

Altif Muneeb, MD

CMH Lahore Medical College

Hatem Najar, MD

Faculte de Medecine et de Pharmacie de Tunis

Krishna Putcha, DO

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

Usama Sakhawat, MD

Akhtar Saeed Medical & Dental College

Sonia Sandeep, MD

Chandka Medical College

Khandokar Talib, MD

Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College

Fariborz Tehraei, MD

American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Laurene Tuider, MD

American University of Antigua College of Medicine


Medical School

Maie Abdullah, MD

Medical University of the Americas (Nevis)

Raheel Chaudhry, MD

Ross University School of Medicine

Towfiqul Chowdhury, MD

Jalalbad-Ragib Rabeya Medical College

Zabi Hayati, MD

Medical University of the Americas (Nevis)

Sadia Hussaini, MD

Medical University of the Americas (Nevis)

Mumtaz Javed, MD

Allama Iqbal Medical College 

Preet Kahai, MD

American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Sara Kahlown, MD

Allama Iqbal Medical College

Alyssa Raghu, MD

American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Gowthami Ramar, MD

Sree Mookambika Institue of Medical Sciences

Wajeeh ur Rehman, MD

University College of Medicine & Dentistry Lahore

M’Hamed Turki, MD

Faculte’ de Medecine de Tunis


Medical School

Sirri Atanga, MD

American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Maria Bajwa, MD

Allama Iqbal Medical College

Christine Del Prado-Rico, MD *

University of the East

Kareem Ebeid, MD

Atlantic University School of Medicine

Abdul Javed, MD

Lahore Medical and Dental College

Sunny Kumar, MD

Chandka Medical College

Godson Senyondo, MD *

Gulu University

Zabih Warraich, MD

King Edward Medical University

Shiau-Ing Wu, MD

Peking Union Medical University


Medical School

Minhaz Ahmad, MD *  

Sylhet M.A.G. Osmani Medical College

*Co-Chief Residents
Stipends & Benefits

Salary: $58,000 (PGY-1)

Insurance Coverage:

  • Health Insurance: UHSH is partnered with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to provide our employees with Blue Preferred (UHS PPO).  UHSH covers a major portion of the health insurance premiums. Premiums are deducted bi-weekly from your paycheck.
  • Pharmacy: Prescriptions may be filled through UHS, an Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield network pharmacy or through mail order.
  • Life Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital, equal to your annual salary.
  • Malpractice Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital.
  • Dental Insurance: Standard and high option dental plans available at shared cost with the hospital.
  • Vision Insurance:  Shared cost with the hospital
  • Wellness Rewards
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Direct Deposit

Personal Time Off: (vacations, holidays, board exams, interviews, unexpected absences including illnesses):  18 days (PGY-1), 25 days (PGY-2), 27 days (PGY-3)

Moving Allowance: A moving allowance of $300 is provided to each resident.

Professional Development Fund:  1st and 2nd year residents are allotted $750/year to be used towards conferences, books, and/or other items related to your professional development (i.e. PDA's, software, stethoscopes, etc.). Required programmatic dues will be paid for out of the fund. This allotment increases to $1,500 in your third year of residency which is designated for board application fees

Academic Appointments:  All residents receive an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Instructor at Upstate Medical University (SUNY), Syracuse, New York.

Athletic/Gym Privileges:  Residents have access to the non-fee based athletic facilities at Binghamton University: gymnasium, weight room, indoor and outdoor tracks, pools, racquetball and tennis courts.

Osteopathic Medicine

Few teaching hospitals embrace and support the principles of Osteopathic Medicine as well as United Health Services. Here, you will be encouraged to maintain your identity as an Osteopathic physician and develop the skills that make your training unique:

  • Multiple weekly OMT clinics
  • OMM lectures every week
  • OMM inpatient service
  • Our Family Medicine and Internal Medicine programs are accredited by the ACGME with Osteopathic Recognition, so you can become boarded by both the AOA and ABFM or ABIM.
To Apply

Applications are accepted via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System). Deadline to apply is December 31. Completed application includes:

  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcript from your medical school
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three letters of recommendation – one from your current Program Director
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX scores

Application Criteria: 

  • We prefer applicants who have graduated from Medical School within the last five years, or who have not been away from clinical medicine for more than 5 years and /or who have had observerships in the U.S.
  • Test Scores Preferred minimum:
    • USMLE Step 1 (220) and Step 2: (230)
    • COMLEX Levels 1 and 2: 550
    • First time pass is preferred. Applicants need to have passed Steps 1 and 2 (both parts) prior to the Rank Order List deadline.
  • Have applied for and received or are soon to receive ECFMG certification, if applicable.                

Thomas Genese, MD

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