Orientation Committee

The Einstein Orientation Committee welcomes you to the Einstein campus! They have been working hard planning fun activities that you will take part of during Orientation. During this week they will help foster a brand new community of friends and colleagues as well as build your Einstein spirit!

Conor Fowler

Conor Fowler

Boston University

Co-captain

Hi my name is Conor! I'm from Boston, Massachusetts and you'll most likely find me in the student lounge on Sundays supporting the Patriots or the Red Sox. I've been an avid sailor all my life and enjoy surfing, going to the beach and craft beers. I also watch movies nonstop (preferably bad horror movies) and love trivia!

Logan Hogan

Logan Hogan

Tulane University

Co-captain

"Hey, y’all! My name is Logan, and I was born and raised in the best state ever – Minnesota. All you need to know about me is that I love MN, corgis, and Einstein. My preferred gender pronouns are they/them. Have any questions? School related, life related, corgi related, feel free to reach out to me!"

Aravind Addepalli

Aravind Addepalli

McGill University

My name is Aravind and I am most recently from Montreal, Canada. This past year has been my first in NYC and it has been an absolute blast. Since I was a little kid I have been dreaming of being a batsmen in the world of professional Cricket. My mother told me that if I ever wanted to do anything I should keep practicing and one day any dream would become my reality. Well I didn't practice enough and somehow ended up here. I don't regret it and neither will you over the next four years either. Welcome to Einstein.

Sadia
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Sadia Ahmed

Barnard College

Hi everyone! My name is Sadia Ahmed and I am a rising second-year student. I studied Biochemistry at Barnard College in Manhattan. My hobbies include singing acapella and getting excited about dessert.

Jeffrey Arendash

Jeffrey Arendash

Cornell University

Hey everyone and welcome to Einstein! My name is Jeffrey and I'm from Oceanside, New York. I graduated from Cornell University in May of 2016, where I studied biology and nutrition. I am interested in pursuing some sort of surgical specialty (maybe plastics, maybe ENT, who knows). I am one of the co-presidents of the Surgery Interest Group, and I am also on the board of the Plastic Surgery Interest Group and HEART (HIV Education and Rapid Testing). When I have some free time you could find me either eating large amounts of cheese or watching endless hours of youtube videos (but probably both at the same time). I'm excited to have you all join the Einstein family, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Kayla Babbush

Kayla Babbush

Cornell University

Hi everyone! Congrats on your acceptance to Einstein. My name is Kayla Babbush, and I am a second year. I am originally from Long Island and went to Cornell University for undergrad. I drink a ton of coffee, so if you are looking for the best free coffee recommendations on campus, I can definitely provide some suggestions. I am looking forward to orientation with all of you!

Galit
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Galit Benoni

John Hopkins

Hi I'm Galit! I'm from San Diego, CA, went to school in Baltimore, MD and majored in Chemical Engineering.  I like California burritos, getting imessaged pictures of my baby cousin Ari, and spending time outdoors.

Ari Bernstein

Ari Bernstein

Cornell University

Hi guys! Welcome to Einstein, so excited to help with the transition to med school, you're going to be so happy here! My name is Ari Bernstein, and I graduated from Cornell University in 2016. At Einstein, I've become involved as the president of the Urology Interest Group, Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group, and Pediatric Surgery Interest Group. Also, I am on the social committee and am involved in some research projects. Feel free to reach out beforehand if you have any questions! Can't wait to meet you all!

Deanna Blansky

Deanna Blansky

Cornell University

Hi everyone, and welcome to Einstein!  I am originally from upstate New York and went to Cornell University for college.  After living in the Bronx for close to a year, I certainly do not miss upstate winters!  On campus, I am a part of AMWA, the OB/GYN interest group, and the Public Health interest group.  I also enjoy yoga, exploring the city with friends, and trying out new recipes

Amit Blumfield

Amit Blumfield

Cornell University

Hi, I’m Amit. I like to play soccer, ski, and any movie with Matt Damon. I was born and raised in Israel, then lived in Washington State, and have been in Westchester County (like half of this school) for the past 10 years. My favorite part about Einstein is the constant supply of free gourmet pizza in every club meeting.

James Brogan

James Brogan

Boston College

My name is James Brogan and I grew up in Florida and went to Boston College. In my free time I enjoy working out, exploring New York City, listening to electronic music, traveling to new countries, hiking, reading for pleasure, and cooking. One of my favorite parts about Einstein is the sense of community within the student body. Living on campus with a majority of my classmates has been an amazing opportunity that I am thankful for.

Rebecca Chandler

Rebecca Chandler

Binghamton University

I grew up in Rockland County, NY and served two years with AmeriCorps after I graduated from Binghamton University. My favorite thing about Einstein is that it's a very welcoming environment and all of the staff are supportive and available to help students (also... free snacks!).

Tina Choinski

Tina Choinski

Hamilton College

Hi, my name is Tina Choinski and I'm from Hauppauge, New York. I am excited to meet all of the first years and show them around Einstein. I am an active runner, having run cross country and track in college. I am also training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon and hope to run a full marathon this upcoming fall. Additionally, at Einstein I am part of the Social Committee and Emergency Medicine Board. It has been fun organizing social events and interest group meetings and I can't wait to continue it next year. Finally, I am a music enthusiast and am working on a vinyl record collection. If you have any cool records let me know!

John Conway

John Conway

King's College

Raised in Pleasantville, NY, just north of Einstein (yes, it’s a real town, no it’s not in black and white), I was able to do a little bit of everything in college. I played DIII college football, studied abroad for a semester in England, worked in research labs, and volunteered extensively as a Firefighter/EMT. These days, you’re most likely to find me in the Dungeon studying, playing basketball at Falk, or hanging out with friends at Einstein. I’m looking forward to meeting the class of 2021, getting to know you over the next couple of years, and most importantly, making orientation a great experience for all of you.

Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox

Chapman College

What’s good! I’m Andrew Cox, a second-year student here at Einstein. I moved out to the east coast from California last fall where I have lived my whole life. I was a little worried moving to a place where I don’t know anyone, but I figured I’d form great friendships with my classmates. I was right. I’m a sports fanatic, and I quickly found a solid group of friends with the same interests. I’m all about running up football and basketball games, and we pretty much do on a weekly basis. Also, being in the Bronx means we’re close to both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. While I can’t watch my Angels play that often, the Yankees and Mets should both be playing at a pretty high level this year. I’m really looking forward to the season starting soon. My first year has been a blast so far, and I can confidently say there’s no other place I’d rather be right now than Einstein.

Evan Dackowski

Evan Dackowski

Emory University

I grew up in Boston and went to college at Emory. Love to hang out at the beach or go fishing on the lakes around my home in Massachusetts. Going to the gym and playing soccer, basketball, and spike ball are also big hobbies of mine. Currently learning how to shuffle, but I suck at dancing so I put it this in my bio even though I wrote it in March because I'll probably still be learning.

Michael  Danta

Michael Danta

University of Rochester

My name is Michael Danta and I am originally from Philadelphia, PA. After spending four years in the frozen tundra upstate at the University of Rochester, I took two years off to work and live in Brooklyn. People know me for escaping down to the city any chance possible, which luckily happens quite often. Since starting medical school I have enjoyed exploring new bars and restaurants, running, snowboarding, taking advantage of museums and concerts, or just hanging out with classmates.

Ash Davani

Ash Davani

University of California San Diego

Hi I'm Ash. I'm from Southern California and went to UC San Diego. I play bass. I also collect records and have an interest in high fidelity audio. Fun fact: a single track on a well-pressed record will digitize to 50-100 mb... a standard mp3 track will be at around 10 mb. Sound is cool.

Skylar Dehaan

Skylar Dehaan

Rutgers University

I was born in Manhattan, and raised in New Jersey. Before attending and graduating from Rutgers, I served as a medic in the US Army for two years. I came to Einstein directly from undergrad, but first traveled across North America on a motorcycle. I spend my free time outdoors or in the gym, and since coming to Einstein I've taken up rock climbing and squash. 

Laena Frechette

Laena Frechette

Cornell University

Hi everyone!! My names Laena and I've learned I cannot live without the coffee/snacks/mostly coffee that the Belfer offices have to offer. Don't know what I'm talking about? You will very soon! Looking forward to meeting you guys!!

Yosef Frenkel

Yosef Frenkel

Yeshiva University

Yosef Frenkel is an MS1 from Riverdale, NY. He is 22 years old and went to Yeshiva University. Yosef enjoys playing sports as well as working with technology and is considering Interventional Radiology as a potential specialty.

Allie Grant

Allie Grant

Cornell University

Welcome to Albert Einstein College of Medicine! My name is Allie Grant and I am a second year. I grew up in Westchester, went to Cornell, took a gap year, and was very excited to be a student again. I participate in two community based service learning clubs on campus, play intramural flag football, and eat approximately 5 pounds of chocolate per day from the academic offices in belfer. Einstein made the transition to med school easy and fun and I am excited for you all to kick off your med school careers!

Howie
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Howie Herman

Cornell University/ Washington University

I took the scenic route to med school. After graduating from Cornell, I worked for four years at Epic, the EMR company. Then I did a post-bac at Wash U in St. Louis, and worked for another year at NYU Medical Center. Hobbies include flag football, racquetball, skiing, and spicy ethnic foods.

Bianca Ho

Bianca Ho

McGill University

I was born and raised in a suburb of Boston. I studied pharmacology and human genetics at McGill University. At Einstein, I'm involved with the ECHO free clinic, the Lymph Notes, APAMSA, and SPHERE. My hobbies include exploring New York, trying new restaurants, running, photography, and making music. Looking forward to meeting you all in August!

Adam Horowitz

Adam Horowitz

Brown University

I'm Adam but everyone here calls me JD bc (apparently) I look like Zach Braff. I'm vegan (by choice) and gluten free (not by choice) and I have four rescue dogs back home in Jersey. I went to Brown for undergrad and majored in the history of science.

Brian Hsia

Brian Hsia

University of Pennsylvania

Brian graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. He took 2 years off before med school to work in consulting. He loves hiphop and urban dancing; he has been on two performance-based groups prior to Einstein and is now the VP of the Einstein Dance Club. He is also on board for the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association and the Critical Care Interest Group. 

Aurora Jin

Aurora Jin

John's Hopkins

Hey everyone! My name is Aurora, I'm 24, and I went to Johns Hopkins for undergrad. I love to dance, but I also enjoy eating obscene amounts of food for no practical reason. Pro tip: La Masa empanadas at the Student Cafe. And La Masa in general.

Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Vanderbilt Univesity

My name is Davis Jones, while others have called me Brent Jones. Don't ask my 7th grade teachers which one to call me, because they put both of me in my 7th grade yearbook. But I do go by my middle name Brent. I am from Morristown, NJ, but somehow have a reputation of being a "southern boy." I tend to spend my time away from studying yelling at the TV as my Vanderbilt Commodores lose every single game they play. People tell me I am a fun person to be around. Can't wait to meet all of y'all.

Justin
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Justin Lee

Stanford

I grew up in New Jersey and went to Trinity School in NYC for high school. Then I moved across the country to Stanford for college, where I studied Biology. Since I was 10, I have fenced and was on the varsity fencing team at Stanford as well. I enjoy snowboarding, golfing, soccer, DJing, hiking, and finding new music. 

Kevin  Li

Kevin Li

University of Michigan

Hey I’m Kevin. I’m from Michigan and attended the University of Michigan. My hobbies include eating (at new restaurants), sleeping, and watching Tasty videos but never making anything.

Sophie Lieberman

Sophie Lieberman

Barnard College

Sophie Lieberman is from San Francisco via Barnard College. They enjoy playing drums, reading books, and going for long walks (on the beach). At Einstein, Sophie is on the board of Medical Students for Choice, HEART, Musicians of Einstein, and the Adolescent Medicine Interest Group.

Ben Liu

Ben Liu

Princeton University

Ben hails from a small town in central Jersey and went to college in the area, so moving to the city was quite a change. During college, he was a chemistry major, competitive archer and compulsive oversleeper. Before medical school, he took a gap year and became his school's archery coach and a student teacher who taught high school chemistry. Someday, he hopes to be an emergency physician. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, throwing darts and mixing cocktails.

Bertin Mathai

Bertin Mathai

Stony Brook University

Hello Class of 2021! My name is Bert, will you be my Ernie? That’s my highly (not) successful pick-up line. I’m from Long Island, New York and graduated from Stony Brook University in 2016. I can’t get through a day without a bowl of cereal at some point. I listen to mostly hip-hop or heavy metal. I enjoy picking up and putting down heavy things at the gym, boxing, and playing video games. I look forward to meeting all of you...most likely on the dance floor. 

Dominique Danielle Nieves

Dominique Danielle Nieves

Columbia University

Dominique is a native New Yorker who attended Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. She was a teacher before coming to medical school, and uses that background as a Senator for Medical Education here at Einstein. Off campus, she enjoys dancing and acting.

Brittany Oster

Brittany Oster

University of Redlands

Hello! My name is Brittany Oster, and I am excited to be on the Orientation Committee for the Class of 2021! I graduated from the University of Redlands in 2014 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In the 2 years between graduating and beginning medical school, I worked as a medical scribe, and I also spent a summer playing basketball in Brazil. I did most of my growing up in Los Angeles, California. Welcome to the Einstein family! You're going to love it here!

Yash Parekh

Yash Parekh

Wayne State University

Hi, I’m Yash from Detroit, MI! Before starting medical school, I studied Psychology at Wayne State University. I also worked as a Mental Health Professional in Chicago during my gap year. In my free time while at school, I love playing sports with my classmates and exploring NYC. Being at Einstein has been both a meaningful and enjoyable experience so far for me. I am currently on the boards for the AMA and ECHO!

Sally Park

Sally Park

Duke University

Bio: Don't be fooled by Kevin's geotag - he's not actually Korean, but I am. I was born and raised in Korea and grew up in California. I went to Duke with Sheel but that doesn't necessarily mean we're friends. I never thought I would end up in NY, but I'm so happy I'm here at Einstein with amazing professors, staff and peers. Welcome to Einstein & Hope you all enjoy your first year as much as I did! :)

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Sheel Patel

Duke

After being born in Einstein’s Weiler Hospital I moved to Long Island and grew up there before moving down south to Duke for college to study Neuroscience. I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, traveling, and heading to Manhattan to try out new restaurants. Also if you went to UNC, I’m sorry but we can’t be friends. 

Sebastian

Sebastian "Seabass" Placide

Cornell University

Hi guys! My name is Sebastian G. Placide. I'm from Brooklyn, NY - born and raised, on the playground is were I spent most of my days. Haha! After High School I pursued a degree in Sociology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. After graduating from Cornell, I worked at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA as a research associate. I worked closely with patients to chart their health outcomes following aortic valve replacement procedures. I was torn between going into public health or medicine but ultimately chose the latter. As I result, I completed a post-baccalaureate program at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and now I'm here! Outside of school I love to draw, curate music (starting a vinyl collection) and I am starting to write poetry again. Einstein is a wonderful place rife with opportunities for growth, success, and camaraderie. The administration, the students, the professors and other staff want you to reach your maximum potential so don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it! Bonus: don't neglect your hobbies outside of school. Use them as outlets and stress relief. 

Sina Rashidi

Sina Rashidi

University of California, Berkeley

Hi, my name is Sina and I’m excited to meet all of you! I am originally from California and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016. Welcome to Einstein!

Daniel  Reiss

Daniel Reiss

Binghamton University

Conor “Big Kahuna” Fowler. Just kidding—it’s Chef Daniel Reiss. Just kidding—it’s Daniel Reiss. I am the great-great-grandson of the inventor of the original Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (the spelling was changed by Hershey’s after a focus group liked the spelling “Reese’s” more than “Reiss’s “), I speak fluent Hungarian, and I lied about those last two fun facts. Here are some things about me that are actually true: I'm from Brooklyn, I went to Binghamton University and majored in Biology and Economics, I play golf and basketball, and I love to cook.

Miguel Rodriguez

Miguel Rodriguez

University of Illinois at Chicago

My family is from Colombia, but I grew up in Mississippi, and got a B.S. in Biology and an MPH in Epidemiology in Chicago. My interests include infectious diseases and health disparities. At Einstein, I am on the board of the Family Medicine club and Integrative Medicine student group. Some of the things I have most enjoyed at Einstein include events hosted by the Dance club, Social Medicine lectures, Project Kindness, as well as elective classes in nutrition and an exchange with students from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

Lauren Sanchez

Lauren Sanchez

Swarthmore College

Bio: Hi Everyone! Congratulations! I’m sure many of you are getting very excited to start this next chapter of your life, and I’m here to answer any questions you may have! My name is Lauren Sanchez and I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2013 with a bachelors in Psychology and Art History. I am an LA native, dance/music/art enthusiast, and a lover of bumblebees. On campus, I am on the board of ECHO free clinic, Ob/Gyn interest group, Surgery interest group, and HOPE (Homeless outreach) so HMU if you want to know more about any of those. Enjoy your summer and I look forward to meeting you all in August!

Keith Sellers

Keith Sellers

Georgia Tech

Bio: I was born American, but spent most of my childhood throughout the villages of Italy. My mother was a painter, and my father was a drinker. Life was often difficult. I found myself a medic in the Italian Army during WWII. I was injured, and fell in love with a beautiful nurse who took care of me. We escaped that nightmare together,. Soon after, we married, and she became heavy with child. Of the three of us, I was the only one to survive the birth, but not for long. I was then reincarnated as a small, ginger, Christian boy from Augusta, Georgia, who attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, trained as an EMT, and then found himself in the Bronx. I currently serve the ECHO free clinic, as well as the surgical and critical care interests of my fellow med students. Hit me up if you want to catch a movie, see a show, go to a ball game, or enjoy a meal. And if you ever need to find me during orientation, just look for the whitest guy there. That'll be me. Shakabra, dude.

Tushara Surapaneni

Tushara Surapaneni

SUNY Geneseo

Grew up in central upstate NY. I went to undergrad at SUNY Geneseo where I majored in international relations and played rugby. Things I like to do outside of school include hiking with my dog, cooking meats and vegetables, and drawing.

Miriam Tarrash

Miriam Tarrash

University of Florida

Hi Class of 2021, I can't wait to meet all of you! I grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, went to the University of Florida for undergrad, and then came straight to Einstein. I'm on the board of AMWA (American Medical Women's Association), the OB/GYN Interest Group, and as of now, am considering going into OB/GYN. In my free time, I love to jog and read. Feel free to ask me any questions!

Julia Torabi

Julia Torabi

UMASS Amherst

I'm from Boston, MA and went to UMASS Amherst for undergrad. Hobbies include running, waterpolo and science fiction.

Mehul Trivedi

Mehul Trivedi

University of Southern California

My name's Mehul Trivedi and I'm really excited to be on your orientation committee! I'm originally from California and graduated from USC so I'm a huge college football fan. I play the guitar, like hiking and love trying new beers. I know medical school's a huge adjustment but trust me, it's also a lot more fun than I ever thought it was going to be. Congratulations on making it here and we're all looking forward to seeing you for orientation!

Stephen Wang

Stephen Wang

University of Pennsylvania

Hi everyone!  My name is Stephen, and I can't wait to meet you all!  I went to the University of Pennsylvania for undergrad and worked in sleep medicine research there for 3 years before coming to Einstein.  I'm an admitted tech geek and gamer, and I love to play with new gear.  My advice to incoming students: enjoy the time you have before getting here - go on a vacation, hang out with friends, and spend time with your family (not textbooks!). See you in August!

Alex Wolf

Alex Wolf

Dartmouth College

Hey y'all, my name is Alex and I am a second year MD student at Einstein. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and studied neuroscience at Dartmouth College. After undergrad, I spent two years in San Francisco working at a diabetes non-profit and volunteering as an HIV counselor focused on San Francisco's LGBTQ community. At Einstein, I am involved with the ECHO Free Clinic, HEART (HIV Education and Rapid Testing), and Buddies (working with children with physical and developmental disabilities), and will be doing pediatric oncology research on campus this summer.

Bryan
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Bryan Zarrin

NYU

Hey guys, I'm Bryan and I'm from Roslyn, NY. I went to Herricks High School and studied Economics at NYU before starting school here at Einstein. I'm a huge rap fan. I love listening to it, discussing it, and I like to freestyle for fun. If I'm not studying, I'm probably playing basketball at the Falk center (our gym) or out with friends. I'm a big Game of Thrones fan, I'm currently learning how to cook and recently took up darts as a hobby. Feel free to come by my place anytime for some Persian tea and hang out. Looking forward to meeting you guys soon!

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