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Family Practice Residency Faculty

Of all the resources at Mount Sinai Hospital, none is more valuable than our staff, all of whom have a strong passion for teaching and are committed to training our future family physicians to provide comprehensive medical care. Through the wealth of medical, surgical, obstetrical and gynecological expertise that Mount Sinai's Family Practice Residency faculty offers, residents gain a strong foundation in the practice of family medicine. Our core faculty consist of 10 board certified Family Practice Attendings, all with extensive experience in family practice and several of whom have completed fellowships in subspecialties and won various awards throughout their years of practice.

In addition to our core faculty, residents will work as part of an integrative team in both the inpatient and outpatient setting to provide optimal care for our patients. These multidisciplinary teams consist of pharmacists, nutritionists and dieticians, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, diabetic educators, and HIV navigators. They will also get to work with medical and surgical consultants during the inpatient service as well as elective rotations. 


Our Faculty

Ihab Aziz, MD
Chairman of Family & Community Medicine Department
Medical Director of Sinai Medical Group



Jeen-Soo Chang, MD
Inpatient Attending and Geriatrician

Pilvi Innola, MD
Associate Program Director
Outpatient Attending and Family Medicine Practice site director at Access at Sinai

Dennys Vera, MD
Attending Head of Recruitment
Inpatient Attending and Geriatrician

Yacob Gawo, MD
Outpatient Attending and Geriatrician

Sukhveer Wahi, MD
Outpatient Attending

Teresa Cvengros, MD
Outpatient Attending and Sports Medicine Specialist



Adjunct Family Medicine Attendings:

  • Sara Sarband, MD

  • Puja Sethi, MD

  • Amba Ayloo, MD

Core Adjunct Attendings:

  • Josef Blankstein, MD (Program Director of OB/GYN, and DIO)

  • Serafin Chua,MD (Rheumatology)

  • Sandeep Khosla, MD (Director of Cardiology)

  • Jason Magnani, MD (Orthopedics)

  • Hari Srinivasan, MD (Program Director of Pediatrics)

  • Richard Trester, MD (OB/Gyn)

  • Jyoti Warkioo, MD (Psychiatry)

  • Stephen Wise, MD (Program Director of Surgery)

Adjunct Faculty:

  • Mirna Ballestas, Psy.D (Behavioral Health)

  • Greg Staszko, Psy.D (Behavioral Health)



Vernell Williams
Program Coordinator

Tonia Davis
Administrative Assistant to the Chairman