Primary Care & Social Internal Medicine Residency

Primary Care & Social Internal Medicine Program Faculty

"I feel the faculty is committed to my development as a physician and leader, and to providing the highest level of care to underserved populations."

Minesh Shah, Class of 2008
Clinical Educator, University of Illinois Medical Center

The core faculty for the Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine Program serves as core teachers in the Department of Medicine. All have developed careers in medical education and are dedicated to underserved communities.

The diversity of faculty interests serves to enrich the program’s innovative curriculum. Our faculty has expertise in clinical epidemiology, clinical reasoning, evidence-based medicine, screening and prevention, behavioral and psychosocial medicine, global health, human rights, women’s health, musculoskeletal medicine, community-oriented primary care, liberation medicine, physical diagnosis, addiction medicine, HIV and pain medicine.

All faculty members act as clinical preceptors, with the ratio of residents to full-time preceptors in clinic less than 4:1.

Program Leadership

Linnea Capps, MD, MPH
Program Director


Melissa A. Bender, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director


PC/SM Faculty


Robert Beil, MD, AAHIVS 


Andrea Card, MD, MPH 


Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS  


Joseph Deluca, MD 


Jennifer Egert, PhD 


Aaron Fox, MD 


Erin Goss, MD 


Shwetha Iyer, MD 


Eva Metalios, MD 


Felise Milan, MD  


Jerry Paccione, MD  


Amit R. Patel, MD, MPH 


Viraj Patel, MD, MPH 


Calie Santana, MD, MHS 


Lauren Shapiro, MD 


Joanna Starrels, MD, MS  


Deborah Swiderski, MD  


Magni Hamso, MD, Chief Resident

Dr. Magni Hamso was born in Norway but spent much of her childhood in Maryland. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale University and an M.P.H. from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health.

In college, Dr. Hamso ran a homeless advocacy group and community center. In medical school, she was a leader of CoSMO, Columbia's student-run free clinic, and of the Clinical Correlates Program, a student-led clinical teaching program. While a resident in PCSM, Dr. Hamso was involved with the Occupy movement and, together with several of her RPSM colleagues, formed Doctors for the 99%, a coalition of physician activists working in solidarity with Occupy. For her resident project, she did a qualitative evaluation of a peer mentoring program for women in methadone maintenance, focusing on how a peer mentoring program might affect the peers' sense of self-efficacy and understanding of the hierarchical and often paternalistic structure of methadone maintenance treatment programs. She presented her findings this year at SGIM and is in the process of writing the paper.

Dr. Hamso is happy to have been able to stay on at Einstein/Montefiore as PCSM chief resident, and has been enjoying the opportunity to teach, continue to care for her patients, and give back to Monte/PCSM. Next year she hopes to practice her clinical skills at an FQHC in western United States. Eventually she plans to re-enter academic medicine, perhaps through an Addiction Fellowship.

Upcoming Grand Rounds

Thursday, April 24, 2014

From Hypercalcemia of Malignancy to Normal Physiology
Andrew Stewart, MD
8:00 AM: 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Contact Us

Linnea Capps, MD
Program Director

Melissa A. Bender, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director

Josephine Byfield
Program Administrator
718 920-2627 

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