Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

2019-2020 General Internal Medicine Chief Residents

The Einstein/Montefiore Internal Medicine Residency Program is please to announce Chief Residents for the 2019-2020 academic year.


Firm 1: Fathima “Fahmi” Jahufar 

Fahmi was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts (of the heart study!). She completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard College, where she studied molecular biology and Arabic. She then moved to the Bronx for medical school at Einstein, where she spent time tutoring and working at Einstein's free clinic. Fahmi loves sewing and knitting, and is interested in teaching and resident wellness. She would like to pursue a career in cardiology.

Ross Merkin

Firm 2: Ross Merkin  

Ross was born and raised in the suburbs of Princeton, New Jersey, and completed a bachelor's degree in biology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. During and after college, he worked at several companies in the biotechnology industry as well as in clinical research at Brigham and Woman's Hospital and then attended medical school at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine on Long Island. When not in the hospital, he can be found reading science fiction, cooking up a storm, and hiking and backpacking all around the greater New York area. His passion for teaching and continually honing his diagnostic acumen have led him to work towards a career as a Clinician Educator in General Internal Medicine.


Firm 3: Krina Shah 

Krina grew up in central Massachusetts and was inspired to pursue a career in medicine by her mother and grandmother, both of whom were practicing physicians. She attended Dartmouth College to complete Bachelor degrees in neuroscience and chemistry, and later stayed to complete her medical degree as well. At Montefiore, Krina cemented her interest in pursuing careers in interventional cardiology as well as medical education, and is excited to spend her chief year focusing on both. Outside of academics, Krina enjoys travel, yoga, skiing, and Indian dance, and additionally is a staunch supporter of Patriots nation, much to the chagrin of her NY colleagues.

William Vail

Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine: William Vail 

William comes to us from Tulane University School of Medicine after earning his first Bachelors in International Studies from the University of Chicago, and a second Bachelors in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University in 2012. He also received his Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine degree from Tulane University. William is interested in incarceration health and in medical school, he co-founded a transitions clinic for formerly incarcerated persons. William's enthusiasm for primary care and passion for social medicine will make him a wonderful chief for the Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine Program.


Ambulatory Care: Hauchi Pang 

Originally from Florida, Hauchie completed her undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Health and Societies. She also completed a Masters in Public Health there, working with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, conducting home visits to study the ways that adverse childhood events predict increased utilization of healthcare resources. As a medical student at Florida International University, she continued to foster an interest in health policy and the social and economic issues that shape healthcare access. Hauchie is interested in nurturing longitudinal relationships with her patients and pursuing a career in primary care.

"We have every confidence they will do an outstanding job," aid Dr. Lauren Shapiro, Interim Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Please join us in both congratulating them and wishing them luck in this honor." 

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