Faculty & Residents
PRACTICE WITH PASSION.
The Institute’s Family Medicine Residency programs attract talented and diverse faculty and residents committed to high-quality family health services for medically underserved communities. The spotlights below highlight the compassion, dedication and skill that our faculty and residents bring to their practice. You can also view our complete lists of faculty and resident bios.
Robert B. Goldberg
Robert B. Goldberg, DO
Bachelor's degree, Rutgers College
Doctor of Osteopathy, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Robert B. Goldberg has over twenty-five years of experience in sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is an expert in manual medicine and osteopathic manipulation techniques. He is a physician educator and has lectured locally and nationally on topics of interest to physicians who treat injuries; painful conditions of the muscles, spine, and joints; and physical disabilities.
Leila Hagshenas, MD, FAAFP
Medical Director, Family Health Center of Harlem
Residency - Mount Sinai Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine
Medical School - The Chicago Medical School
Dr. Leila Hagshenas is a graduate of the Institute for Family Health’s Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice and is board certified in family medicine. She has special interests in women's health and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) healthcare, including hormone administration. Dr. Hagshenas sees patients of all ages at our Family Health Center of Harlem, where...
Wesley Ho, MD
Teaching Faculty; Medical Director, Kingston Family Health Center
Biographical information coming soon.
Elsen Jacob, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, CPPS
Clinical Pharmacy Faculty
Doctor of Pharmacy, St. John’s University
Pharmacy Practice Residency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Jacob is the inpatient pharmacy faculty for family medicine residency programs at Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH). She is also faculty for pharmacy residency programs and a clinical coordinator with the Department of Pharmacy at MSH. In addition, Dr. Jacob is an assistant professor at St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy...
Lawrence Jacowitz, DPM
New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, NY – DPM
Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, NY – Residency
Dr. Jacowitz was in private practice for over 24 years before joining the Institute for Family Health. He is the president of the Mid Hudson Division New York State Podiatric Medical Association and an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM).
Dr. Jacowitz has a strong interest in wound...
Mark Josefski, MD
Attending Physician, Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program
SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY – MD
St.Mary’s/University of Wisconsin Family Medicine Residency Program, Madison, WI – Residency
Dr. Josefski is Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM). He has worked with the Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program and the Institute since 1989. He has served...
Sara Beth Karp
Sara Beth Karp, MD
Coordinator Practice Management, QI, and Colposcopy
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Lancaster General Hospital Family Practice Residency
Originally from New York City, Dr. Karp has spent time living in California, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts before returning to New York in 2010. She was a faculty member at Tufts University Family Medicine Residency,...
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Cynthia Kim, LCSW-R
Director of Behavioral Science; Clinical Competency Committee Chair
An employee of the Institute for over 10 years, Cynthia Kim is proud to be a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New York. Ms. Kim completed her undergraduate and doctoral work in Psychology at Syracuse University, and also completed a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work at Columbia University. She has also completed fellowships in Behavioral...
Kelly Kirkpatrick, DO
Undergraduate: Williams College
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: The Institute for Family Health - Harlem Residency in Family Medicine
Fellowship: Reproductive Health Access Project - Reproductive Health and Advocacy Fellowship
Dr. Kelly Kirkpatrick grew up in Vermont. She attended Williams College where she majored in Art History. After college, she taught high school students in Vermont for two years. She then moved to Philadelphia to attend Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed residency at the Institute for Family Health’s Harlem Residency in Family Medicine. Following residency, Dr. Kirkpatrick stayed...
Ruth Lesnewski, MD
University of California at San Francisco, MD
Montefiore Medical Center - Family Practice Program in Social Medicine, Residency
Dr. Lesnewski graduated from the University of California, San Francisco in 1987 and completed her residency in family medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in 1990. Currently, she works both as an attending physician at the Beth Israel Residency Program in Urban Family Practice and as medical director of East 13th Street Family Practice. She has special interests in patient-centered...
Joseph Lurio, MD
Sr. Family Physician, Institute for Family Health; Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Community Preceptor
Dr. Joseph Lurio is a senior family physician and director of the addiction medicine fellowship at the Institute for Family Health; and an associate professor and community preceptor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Lurio has over 30 years of clinical experience as a family practitioner in underserved communities, and maintains an active patient panel at the Institute's...
Aimee Mankodi, MD
Maternal Care Director
Harlem Residency in Family Medicine - Residency
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine - MD
Dr. Aimee Mankodi is a graduate of the Institute’s Harlem Residency in Family Medicine, where she was chief resident. Dr. Mankodi is board certified in family medicine, and is a faculty attending at the Institute where she teaches and supervises residents on the labor and delivery floor and newborn nursery at Mount Sinai Hospital. She has a strong interest...
Peter Marcus, MD
Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Downstate Medical Center (SUNY)
Residency - Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center (Family Medicine)
Fellowship - Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center (Family Medicine)
Dr. Peter Marcus is a family physician with a special interest in HIV and Hepatitis C care. He loves working as residency faculty because of the connections with patients and residents.
Andrea Maritato, MD
Residency Director - Harlem
UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ – MD
Family Medicine Residency at Jamaica Hospital, Jamaica, NY – Residency
Dr. Andrea Maritato is a graduate of the Jamaica Hospital Family Medicine Residency and worked there after graduation as the assistant program director where she coordinated the inpatient medicine services. Dr. Maritato first joined the Institute’s Harlem Residency as director of inpatient services and she is now residency director of the program. She is particularly interested in the benefits of...
Maurice Martin, MD
NYU School of Medicine
U. Mass. Family Medicine Residency
Dr. Maurice Martin led an independent family medicine office in Somerville, Massachusetts from 1979-2017. He was Chief of Family Medicine at Somerville Hospital and Cambridge Health Alliance for fifteen years and has worked with Harvard medical students and Tufts family medicine residents in a part-time capacity throughout his career. Dr. Martin plays saxophone with the Brooklyn-based Hungry March Band.
Ben McLaughlin, DO
Director of Inpatient Medicine
BA - SUNY New Paltz
Medical School - New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency - Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency Program
Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Dr. McLaughlin graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor’s degree in Developmental and Organismal Biology before continuing on to medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed a year of training in Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina before shifting his attention to a...
Ivonne McLean, MD
Fellowships - Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy (The Institute for Family Health), Leadership Training Academy (Physicians for Reproductive Health)
Residency - University of Massachusetts, Worcester
Medical School - St. George’s University School of Medicine
Dr. Ivonne McLean is a board-certified family medicine physician at the Institute Family Health, where she completed a Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship. She has stayed on as faculty and is also an Empire Clinical Research Investigators Program (ECRIP) Fellow. Dr. McLean completed her residency at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, where her interest and commitment to women’s...
Lucia McLendon, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director
Medical school - St. George's University School of Medicine
Family medicine residency - Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine , New York, NY
Dr. Lucia McLendon is a graduate of the Institute for Family Health's Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice and is board certified in family medicine. She also completed the Institute's fellowship in Reproductive Health and Advocacy. Her interests include full spectrum reproductive health, group medical visits, adolescent health, and care for the underserved. Dr. McLendon coordinates our GYN...
Megan McMullan, MD
Medical School - Albany Medical College
Residency - University of Pittsburgh (St. Margaret)
Fellowship in Obstetrics - University of Rochester
Dr. Megan McMullan has a strong interest in women’s health and maternal/child health and serves as the Institute's coordinator of maternal child health and outpatient medicine. She has previously served as the Medical Director of our Kingston Family Health center, where she maintains an active patient panel. Dr. McMullan is also involved with our Centering Pregnancy™ program at Health Alliance Hospital....
Insung Min, MD
Patient Centered Medical Home Coordinator
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University University of Michigan School of Public Health (MPH) Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center Residency Program in Family and Social Medicine.
Dr Min appreciates the field of Family Medicine as it gives her a chance to continuously learn through care for patients, families and communities. Her interests include improving health care delivery for marginalized populations. She also focuses on correctional health, homeless care, HIV medicine, women’s and teen health. Group work with patients is a developing interest for Dr. Min...
Robert Murayama-Greenbaum, MD, MPH, FACP, AAHIVS
HIV Medical Director
Medical School: SUNY Syracuse School of Medicine
Residency: Residency Program in Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Graduate: Executive Master’s in Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Academy of HIV Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, High-resolution anoscopy
Dr. Robert Murayama is the Institute’s HIV Medical Director and directs the COMPASS HIV Primary Care Track. He serves on the New York State AIDS Institute HIV Quality Advisory Committee, New York State's ADAP Medical Advisory Committee - Clinical Committee, the HIV/AIDS subcommittee of the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS), and the Public Policy Committee...
Daniel Napolitano, MD
Residency - Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine
Bio information coming soon.
Nicole Neretin, MD
Bio information coming soon.
Dr. Pallapati joined the Institute as a full-time dental care provider in January 2019 following a residency at Lincoln Hospital and two years in private practice. Before joining the Westchester Square faculty, Dr. Pallapati worked part-time at the Institute's Stevenson Family Health Center.
“I came to the Institute to be a better service to the community. I respect that the Institute does...
Joel Panthappattu, MD
Ross University School of Medicine
Dr. Joel Panthappattu was born in New York City and raised in Rockland County, NY (specifically Congers, NY). Dr. Panthappattu attended NYIT where he received his bachelor’s degree in biology. He completed his medical training at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Panthappattu chose Family Medicine because he wanted to help address the shortage of physicians in under-served areas. He also enjoyed practicing the complete...
Akash Patel, DO, MPH, AAHIVS
Residency - Harlem Residency in Family Medicine
Medical School - Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Certifications - HIV Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine
As a board certified physician in Family Medicine and HIV medicine, he has pursued a career in providing full spectrum primary care for the urban undeserved LGBTQ population in the Bronx. As an alum, he continues to work with our residents at the Walton Site in the Bronx. His clinical interests include: HIV Medicine, Transgender Care, and Women’s Health.
Olivia Perlmutt, MD
Graduate School - CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
Medical School - University of North Carolina School of Medicine;
Residency - Columbia University School of Medicine- Center for Family and Community Medicine
Dr. Olivia Perlmutt is a board certified family physician who completed advanced training in reproductive health care and health services research. She practices at the Institute because compassionate and comprehensive primary care is important to keep everyone healthy and thriving.