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Ruth Weissberger, MD

Program Director Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine Residency

Dr. Ruth Weissberger graduated from Brown University and Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College), and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Nephrology at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. A recipient of a National Health Service Corp scholarship, she worked at community health centers in Connecticut, and subsequently served as Medical Director at Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven, and Community Health Services in...

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Jo-anne Cosgriff, MD

ICU Director

Dr. Jo-anne (Joey) Cosgriff graduated from UCONN Medical School in 1999. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial and stayed on to be a Chief Resident. Joey then went on to Yale University where she did a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship and a Masters in Public Health. She joined the faculty of the Yale Primary Care Residency in 2006 and earned the George Thornton Teacher of the Year award in 2007. While at Waterbury Hospital, she has...

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Pia Dogbey, MBChB

Firm Chief

Dr. Pia Dogbey received her medical degree from the University of Ghana Medical School before completing her residency training at the Hospital of St. Raphael, in New Haven, CT. She served as Chief Resident, and remained on the teaching faculty as a Clinician Educator in the Department of Medicine at the Saint Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Dogbey has a passion for clinical medicine, patient safety, and bedside teaching of medical students and residents. She is an Assistant...

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Suleyman Felek, MD

Faculty

Dr. Suleyman Felek graduated from Gazi University Medical School and completed his residency in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology at Firat University in Turkey. He subsequently joined the core faculty at the Firat University Medical School. From 2001 to 2012, he worked on infectious disease research at the Ohio State University and University of Michigan. From 2012 to 2013 he researched stem cell and regenerative medicine at Bell Biosystems. His internship was at Richmond University...

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Helena Grabo

Faculty

Dr. Helena Grabo graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed her residency training at the Brown University Internal Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program. She then went on to join the core faculty of the Yale Waterbury Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2014. Her interests include physician-patient communication, advance care planning and palliative care, as well as resident wellness. She is the faculty leader for the Intern Support.

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David N. Podell, MD, PhD, MACP, FACR

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Chair of Medicine

Dr. Podell joined Waterbury Hospital in 1989 and is Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Frank Netter School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University.

Dr. Podell graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1980. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in rheumatology at Yale University School of Medicine in 1986. Dr. Podell is board certified in...

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Danise Schiliro

Associate Program Director

Dr. Danise Schiliro graduated from New York University School of Medicine and completed her residency training and chief residency at the New York University Internal Medicine Residency Program. She subsequently became an Associate Program Director for the internal medicine residency program at New York University and a member of the inpatient teaching faculty at Bellevue Hospital Center. She served in these roles from 2008 until 2014 when she moved with her family to Connecticut and joined the...

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Yelena Titko

Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education

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Ali Aamar, MD

Chief Medical Resident

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Maen Abou Ziki, MD

Chief Resident

Maen D. Abou Ziki, MD graduated with honors in research from the Qatar campus of the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University prior to starting his internal medicine residency at Yale New Haven Medical Center-Waterbury Hospital program and Yale University in June 2014.

Since medical school, Dr. Abou Ziki has been involved in genetic medicine research with projects encompassing genomics and gene therapy. During residency, he continues his research in the Yale Cardiovascular Genetics...

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Stephanie Sun

Resident

I'm from the Great White North, born and raised in small town Canada, just outside Toronto. I studied Biology and Genetics at McMaster University and continued on to complete my Masters in Evolutionary Biology and Population Genetics. I loved the constant learning of academia but missed working on an individual to individual basis, and so I made the jump from the basic sciences into medicine. Through the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program at St.George's University School of Medicine, my...

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Mwelwa Chinzinga

Resident

Born into a family of farmers, I grew up in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. As a small boy, I learned the science and art of agriculture from my father. I have childhood memories of returning home at the end of a long day, soil-stained and satisfied. However, as I grew older, the satisfaction gained from working the land was no longer enough for me. In a country with a life expectancy of 57 years, there were profound problems that were part and parcel of my daily life—and I wanted to be part of...

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Nora Chokr

Resident

I was born in Varna, a beautiful city in Bulgaria. I moved to Lebanon where I later completed my bachelor degree in biological sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB). I then attended medical school at AUB Medical Center while spending most of my clinical years in Chicago at Northwestern and Loyola Universities. After medical school, I spent a year at the University of California San Francisco doing clinical research on type I diabetes. I loved the west coast but the northeast feels...

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Marwah Ibrahem

Resident

I am a proud native of Long Island, New York. I attended college at Stony Brook University and medical school at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. One of the many reasons I chose the Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine program was because of the combination it offered of having an affiliation with a major, world class university as well as the family feel that comes from belonging to a small, close knit community hospital.

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