The Internal Medicine residency program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center provides a well-balanced educational experience in a clinically diverse,
quaternary care, community-hospital setting, with a strong university
affiliation. By providing residents exposure to a mix of urban patients
from the surrounding community, and patients referred from neighboring
suburban communities, we offer a broad cultural and clinical spectrum.
Residents thus gain both practical and academic training, balancing supervision
and teaching with gradual clinical autonomy. This provides an ideal framework
to educate the medical house officer.
We are proud that our residency program offers the education that tomorrow's
general internist will need in order to provide superior patient care,
and one which will provide a sound foundation for the subspecialist of
At Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, residents receive experience in
all aspects of primary, subspecialty, and critical care medicine, as well
as exposure to clinical research.
Robert G. Lahita MD, PhD, FACP, FACR, FRCP - Chairman
Christian A. Engell M.D.- Program Director
- Eliahu Bishburg, MD
Jose Bustillo, DO - Associate Program Director, and Director of Outpatient Quality
- Alice J. Cohen, MD, FACP
- Marc Cohen, MD, FACC
- Jennifer A. LaRosa, MD, FCCM, FCCP
- Heather Lefkowitz, MD
- Robert A. Levinson, MD
- Pratik S. Patel, MD
Jon Sicat, DO, Med-Peds Program Director, and AOA Track Director
Yolanda Rivera, Program Coordinator
Melissa Wallach, MD Student Clerkship Director
Robert G. Lahita MD, PhD, FACP, FACR, FRCP - Chairman
Doctor Lahita is Professor of Medicine at Rutgers, the N.J. Medical School
and an adjunct Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Chairman
of Medicine and Vice President of the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Royal College
of Physicians. He is a Master of the American College of Rheumatology.
Dr. Lahita is the author of more than 16 books and 150 scientific publications
in the field of autoimmunity. He is the editor of the standard textbook
called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (now in its 5th edition) and the Senior
Editor of the Textbook of Autoimmunity, published in 2002. Dr. Lahita
is also the Associate Editor of the Journal Lupus and co-editor of the
Yearbook of Rheumatology. He is also the author of Lupus, Q&A, the
Arthritis Solution and Rheumatoid Arthritis: everything you Need to Know
--three books for patients. Dr. Lahita is also the author of a book called
Women and Autoimmune disease; the mysterious way the body betrays itself,
Regan Books of Harper Collins Publishers. Dr. Lahita is a reviewer for
some 15 medical journals and on the editorial boards of three.
His research interests are the molecular aspects of antigen expression
in response to sex hormones in the autoimmune diseases and the etiopathogenesis
of the phospholipid syndrome.
Dr. Lahita is also an emergency responder since 1990 and currently serves
as the medical director of the Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps and
Police and Fire Surgeon for the Village of Ridgewood. He is also a member
of the New Jersey State Task Force on Emergency Operations. He was the
medical director of EMS for the County of Hudson from 1990 to 2004.
Christian A. Engell, M.D., Program Director
Dr. Engell has been Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency
at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center since February 2013. A graduate of
The University of Copenhagen Medical School, Dr. Engell received his undergraduate
education at Cornell University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine
and Infectious Disease, having trained in Internal Medicine at Newark
Beth Israel Medical Center and in Infectious Diseases at NYU School of Medicine.
Before taking over leadership of the Residency Program at Newark Beth Israel,
Dr. Engell worked as an Infectious Disease attending and was actively
involve in the Infectious Disease Fellowship where he served as Associate
Program Director. Dr. Engell has been active in the Department of Medicine
teaching program since his arrival in 2008. His main interests include
HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and Transplant Related Infections. Dr. Engell is
actively involved in teaching the fellows and in the department’s
clinical research projects. He is board certified in Internal Medicine
and Infectious Disease. Dr Engell is a member of the Infectious Diseases
Society of America and many other professional organizations.
Eliahu Bishburg, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Newark Beth Israel
Medical Center. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases,
Dr. Bishburg received his medical degree at Tel Aviv University Sackler
School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship training at the University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Dr. Bishburg directs the Infectious Diseases consultation service and the
HIV outpatient clinic. Dr. Bishburg has been involved in the NBIMC internal
medicine residency program since 1989. Prior to his current position he
worked as the medical director for the AIDS program at the New Jersey
State Department of Health. Dr. Bishburg is a member of the Infectious
Diseases Society of America, and the American Society of Microbiology.
His main interests are AIDS and tuberculosis.
Jose Bustillo, M.D., graduated from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
in 2010. He completed the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency at Newark
Beth Israel/Children's Hospital of NJ in 2014. Since 2014, he has
been the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency
Program. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Bustillo is the
Director of Outpatient Quality at Newark Beth Israel. His interests include
clinical education, quality improvement, preventive medicine and serving
Alice J. Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.P., is Director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology, Newark Beth Israel
Medical Center and oversees the Flo Okin Oncology and Blood Disorders
Center and the Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center. Board certified
in internal medicine, hematology and oncology, Dr. Cohen received her
bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her
medical degree from Chicago Medical School in Illinois. Dr. Cohen completed
her postgraduate training in internal medicine at New York University
and completed research fellowships in hematology and oncology at George
Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and Columbia
Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. She is an Associate Professor
of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and
Surgeons. Dr. Cohen is an investigator for the National Surgical Adjuvant
Breast and Bowel Project.
Marc Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.C., is Chief of the Division of Cardiology, and Director of the Cardiology
fellowship at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and Clinical Professor
of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Previously, he was
the Director of Clinical Research at the Hahnemann University Hospital
in Philadelphia, PA, and was the Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab at Hahnemann
University Hospital for 10 years. He received his medical degree with
honors from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen completed
his internship, residency and fellowship in cardiology at Mount Sinai
Medical Center in New York City. He is a diplomat of the American Board
of Internal Medicine, the Board of Cardiovascular Diseases, and subspecialty
of the Board of Interventional Cardiology.
Dr. Cohen is a fellow of numerous professional organizations, including
the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians,
and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He serves on
the Council on Clinical Cardiology, and the Council on Arteriosclerosis,
Thrombosis and Vascular Biology of the American Heart Association. He
has served as a consultant on the Clinical Trial Review Committee of the
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and has participated in numerous
clinical trials, serving as the lead investigator of the international,
multi-center ESSENCE trial, ACUTE I and II, and the TETAMI trial, and
was the co-lead investigator for the PRISM trial.
Dr. Cohen has authored or co-authored more than 170 articles including
95 peer reviewed original papers. He has consulted on manuscripts for
peer-reviewed journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation,
Journal of the American College of Cardiology and others. He is a member
of the editorial board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology,
the American Journal of Cardiology, and the Journal of Thrombosis and
Thrombolyis. He also has contributed chapters on cardiology for several
books including, "Unstable Angina: Antithrombotics and Thrombolytics"
and "Prevention and Treatment of Unstable Angina."
Jennifer A. LaRosa, M.D., F.C.C.M., F.C.C.P.
In December 2008, Dr. LaRosa joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center as
Director of the Intensive Care Unit and Fellowship Program and as Associate
Division Director. She currently serves in many roles including the following:
- Patient Safety and Quality Officer
- Director, Intensive Care Unit
- Associate Director, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
- Director, Division of Palliative Medicine
Dr. LaRosa completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
at University of Alabama and New York University Medical Centers and her
Internal Medicine residency at the University of Arizona. She is board
certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine
and is board eligible in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
After completing her training in 2002, Dr. LaRosa served as ICU director
at the Brooklyn Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 2002-2005 and as
a medical, surgical, and cardiothoracic surgical intensivist at Staten
Island University Hospital from 2005-2008.
Dr. LaRosa is the author of several book chapters, articles and abstracts.
She has presented more than three dozen lectures including several as
a diplomat of the American College of Chest Physicians and the Society
of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. LaRosa’s clinical interests include
sepsis, adult respiratory distress syndrome, end-of-life care, and quality
and performance improvement.
Heather Lefkowitz, M.D.
Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
Chief of Nephrology
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Dr. Lefkowitz received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College
of Medicine in New York, and her internship and residency training at
the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical College. She completed her fellowship
in nephrology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and graduated summa
cum laude with a biology degree from Yeshiva University. Dr. Lefkowitz
is a member of the AOA Honors Society and has also co-authored an article
that appeared in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Robert A. Levinson, M.D., is Director of the Division of Gastroenterology and an attending physician
at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree
with honors from New York University and his medical degree with honors
in medicine and psychiatry at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jersey. Dr. Levinson is a fellow of both the American College of Physicians
and the American College of Gastroenterology, and is a member of the New
Jersey Gastroenterological Association, the New York Academy of Science,
and the Health Care Advisory Committee in Livingston. The recipient of
the Gip A. Hudson Memorial Award for the Study of Liver Disease, Dr. Levinson
has published numerous articles about his specialty.
Pratik S. Patel, MD
Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical
Care Medicine, Dr. Patel also studied exercise physiology as an undergraduate
at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He later completed his
Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical
Care Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. He serves as the Medical
Director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and pulmonary exercise testing.
Dr. Patel’s clinical interests include critical care medicine, specifically
critical care ultrasound, and he is currently investigating outcomes of
thrombolysis for acute pulmonary embolism. He has presented results of
his previous research at the national meetings of the American College
of Chest Physicians.
Jon F. Sicat, DO, Med-Peds Program Director, and AOA Track Director,
graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry
and received his Doctorate degree at the New York College of Osteopathic
Medicine. After an internship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center he
continued on in the Med-Peds Residency Program. He is currently Board
Certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics by the American Board
of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Osteopathic Internists, the
American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Osteopathic Pediatricians.
Melissa Wallach, MD joined the faculty at Newark Beth Israel in 2008. Prior to that she worked
in private practice in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. She completed
her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her medical
degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine. Dr. Wallach
completed a combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency at Maimonides Medical
Center in Brooklyn, NY. She has become an active member of the teaching
faculty at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Wallach works in the
outpatient pediatric and internal medicine clinics as well as on the inpatient
units in both the departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. She is the Clerkship
Director of the Internal Medicine Medical Students and assists the clerkship
director of the Pediatric Medical Students. Dr. Wallach is an Assistant
Professor of Medicine at Rutgers-NJMS, St. George’s University School
of Medicine and NYCOM. She has an interest in community outreach programs
and preventive medicine.
Yolanda Rivera, has been the Program Coordinator in the Department of Medicine since 1997.