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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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Steven Aronin, MD, FACP

Chief, Section of Infectious Disease

Hospital Epidemiologist

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Dr. Steven Aronin earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA and then graduated with high honors from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program followed by a fellowship in Infectious Disease at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has been an Infectious Disease consultant at Waterbury Hospital since 1997 where he currently serves as the Chief of Infectious Disease, the Medical Director of the Waterbury Hospital...

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David Chia, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Associate Program Director of Inpatient Education

Dr. David Chia graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency training at the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. He subsequently joined the core faculty of the Yale School of Medicine in 2012 and was awarded the George Thornton Teacher of the Year Award in 2015. He was the firm chief of Waterbury Hospital with the Yale Primary Care Residency Program before becoming the Associate Program Director of Inpatient Education for the...

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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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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

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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Kamraan Madhani

Chief Resident

Born and raised in sunny California, I attended the University of California at Davis where I studied biological sciences and physiology. After medical school at Ross University I found a home in the unlikeliest of places for me, the northeast! After getting acclimated to snowstorms (read: buying snow boots and an SUV), I've come to love the Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine Residency Program, so much so that I was thrilled to stay for a chief year. Unlike many large academic centers, the...

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Victor Soriano

Chief Resident

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic! I went to Universidad Iberoamericana School of Medicine and after graduating, volunteered for a year as a General Practitioner in an underserved area before moving to the USA to start my Internal Medicine residency. I chose to come to Yale-Waterbury because of the mix of academia and community service that it has. From the exemplary quality of the Waterbury faculty and the advantages offered by our program's close connection with a major university and...

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Shoshana Streiter

Chief Resident

I grew up in New York, and stayed local for college, studying Classics at Columbia University.  I then went on to attend medical school at Sackler School of Medicine.   Switching gears from dactylic hexameter and Greek verbs to the Krebs cycle was a bit of a shock but I survived MS1 and it’s only gotten better and better each year.

I graduated from the Yale-Primary Care Internal Medicine residency and came back to Waterbury Hospital for a chief year.  Waterbury Hospital used to be the...

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Maen Abou Ziki, MD

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 University and Yale-New Haven Waterbury Hospital program in June 2014.

Since medical school, he has been involved in genetic medicine research. Dr. Abou Ziki is inspired by the magnitude of data generated from genomics, and is passionate about translating laboratory discoveries into clinical practice....

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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.

There are many opportunities to explore...

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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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