Division of General Internal Medicine

General Internal Medicine Welcomes New Faculty


Julia Arnsten, MD

Over the past year, the Division of General Internal Medicine has expanded its faculty to include a number of diverse, dynamic, and accomplished individuals whose interests support the Division's commitment to social justice, award-winning mentorship, and overall excellence in academic medicine and teaching.

I am pleased to introduce you to our newest members.


Julia Arnsten, MD

Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine


Melissa A. Bender, MD 

Dr. Melissa Bender received an AB magna cum laude in Government from Harvard College, a MD cum laude from Harvard Medical School, and a MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an infectious disease fellowship at the combined Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital program, and she was Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Through her postgraduate work in the CEPAC-International group at Harvard, Dr. Bender gained experience using decision-analytic, state transition, and cost-effectiveness modeling to evaluate treatment policies for HIV- and HIV/TB-infected patients in resource-limited settings. Her NIH-funded research has been cited by articles published in JAMA, Science, and by organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières. She has conducted clinical care and research in a variety of international settings including Bolivia, Mexico, India, and Argentina. Her interests include medical education, global health, HIV, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to improving public policy and health outcomes for people living in impoverished settings.

Dr. Bender is the Associate Program Director for the Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine Residency Program, and practices at the Montefiore Comprehensive Health Care Center (CHCC).


Oni J. Blackstock, MD 

Dr. Oni Blackstock received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed the Internal Medicine Residency Program and ambulatory chief residency at Einstein/Montefiore, as well as an HIV clinical fellowship at Harlem Hospital. Additionally, she received a Masters of Health Sciences Research from Yale University, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar.

Dr. Blackstock's research interests focus on developing and evaluating interventions to improve retention in care and antiretroviral adherence among HIV-infected women of color, and to decrease HIV acquisition among women at high risk. She also has an interest in community-based participatory research and advocacy. Her clinical activities are focused on providing primary care to both HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected patients at Montefiore's Comprehensive Health Care Center.

Dr. Blackstock’s primary focus is clinical research. In addition, she practices at the Montefiore Comprehensive Health Care Center and attends on the inpatient service.


Linnea G. Capps, MD, MPH 

Dr. Linnea Capps attended medical school at University of Missouri at Columbia School of Medicine and residency at Harlem Hospital. Additionally, she completed a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University and the Montefiore/Einstein/NYU Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities.

Dr. Capps is Interim Program Director of the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine Residency Program (PC/SM) at Einstein/Montefiore. Her academic interests include global health, health and human rights and teaching clinical skills and clinical reasoning. She has volunteered in El Salvador, Mexico and Uganda, and is currently the president of Doctors for Global Health.

Dr. Capps practices at the Montefiore Comprehensive Health Care Center, attends on the inpatient wards, and also participates in the Global Health Program in Uganda.


Rosemarie L. Conigliaro, MD 

Dr. Rosemarie Conigliaro attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical Center and completed residency at Jacobi Medical Center. She is a general internist whose areas of interest include patient-doctor communication, teaching and evaluating professionalism, clinical reasoning, and women’s health. She joined the Einstein/Montefiore faculty in 2012, having previously run internal medicine residency training programs at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Kentucky.

Dr. Conigliaro is Assistant Dean of Einstein and Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is active in clinical teaching at all levels, including medical students, faculty, house staff, fellows and attendings.

Dr. Conigliaro practices at both the Montefiore Family Care Center and the Comprehensive Family Care Center.
 


Gloria Fung Chaw, MD 

Dr. Gloria Fung Chaw attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed residency at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Fung Chaw is a clinician educator at the Montefiore Comprehensive Health Care Center and is also participating in the Global Health Program in Uganda.


David Himmelstein, MD, FACP 

Dr. David Himmelstein completed medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, residency training at Highland Hospital/University of California San Francisco, and a general internal medicine fellowship at Harvard.

Dr. Himmelstein's interests include health policy, financing, and organization of national health systems. He is professor in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College and visiting professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has served as chief of the division of social and community medicine at Cambridge Hospital. In conjunction with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, he is a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program and a principal author of PNHP articles published in the JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Himmelstein practices part-time at the Comprehensive Health Care Center, supervising the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine residents. 

Richard Murphy, MD, MPH 

Dr. Richard Murphy received a medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Dr. Murphy’s interest is improving the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases among marginalized populations in low-income countries. His research focuses on HIV-infected patients with antiretroviral therapy failure, innovative strategies to improve uptake of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) among HIV-infected patients with acute opportunistic infections, and the epidemiology and management of drug-resistant and emerging infections in resource-poor contexts.

Dr. Murphy practices at the Comprehensive Family Care Center.


Viraj Patel, MD, MPH 

Dr. Viraj Patel received a medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina and completed the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine Program at Einstein/Montefiore. Additionally, he completed a clinical research fellowship in the Department of Social Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health focusing on community-based participatory research at Einstein.

Dr. Patel’s research centers around innovative community-engaged approaches to HIV prevention with gay men and other men who have sex with men and transgender communities in both the U.S. and in India. He is currently developing technology-based behavioral interventions (e.g., social media and mobile apps) to reach and engage these "hidden" communities. He directs the resident scholarly projects in the primary care/social internal medicine program and teaches medical students in the care of LGBT populations. His recent "theSEXword" project, which built an online forum for sharing safe-sex messages with hard-to-reach populations, was featured in the New York Times.


Anjali Sharma, MD 

Anjali Sharma completed medical school at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and internal medicine residency and an infectious diseases fellowship at Einstein/Montefiore.

Dr. Sharma’s primary focus is HIV-related clinical research. In addition, she practices at the Comprehensive Health Care Center and attends on the inpatient service in general medicine and infectious diseases.


Ginger Wey, MD 

Dr. Wey received a medical degree from University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey and completed residency at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center.

Dr. Wey is a clinician-educator in the Adult Medicine Practice at the Montefiore Family Care Center.


Stefanie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, FACP 

Dr. Stephanie (Steffie) Woolhandler attended medical school at Louisiana State University and earned a master’s degree from University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow at the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Congress.

Dr. Woolhandler's research interests include health policy, administrative overhead, and the uninsured. She has authored more than 50 research articles on health care access and financing. In conjunction with Dr. David Himmelstein, she is a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program and a principal author of PNHP articles published in the JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Woolhandler practices part-time at the Comprehensive Health Care Center, supervising the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine residents.

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