Internal Medicine

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Internal Medicine ResidencyThe 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.

Man SudyingWe 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 the future.

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.

Faculty Profiles

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Dr. Marc CohenMarc Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Chair, Department of Medicine
Chief, Division of Cardiology

Dr. Cohen was recently appointed Chair, of the Department of Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. For the past 15 years he was the Chief of the Division of Cardiology, and Director of Cardiology Fellowship Training at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. He is also Professor of Medicine at the Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Previously, he was director of clinical research at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, and was director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab there for 10 years. He received his MD with honors from the New York University School of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in NYC. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Board of Cardiovascular Diseases, and the subspecialty Board of Interventional Cardiology.

He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, and The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, and is a member of the Cardiovascular Health Advisory Panel to the Commissioner of Health of the State of New Jersey. He has participated in many clinical trials, serving as the lead investigator of the international, multicenter ESSENCE trial, ACUTE I, ACUTE II, TETAMI, SEPIA-PCI, and as the co-lead investigator for the PRISM trial.

Dr. Cohen has authored or coauthored more than 350 articles including 180 peer-reviewed, original papers. He has been a member of the editorial boards of Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Invasive Cardiology, and the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis.


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Dr. Christian EngelChristian A. Engell, M.D.
Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency

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.

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Elisha Bishburg, M.D.Eliahu Bishburg, M.D.
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

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.

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Jose Bustillo, M.D.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 the underserved.

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Alice J. Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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.

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Anthony Isedeh, M.D.
Anthony Isedeh, M.D., joined the faculty at Newark Beth Israel in 2016. Dr. Isedeh obtained a degree in nursing before attending and graduating from Ross University School of Medicine in 2011. He completed his residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 2014. Prior to returning to our hospital, he worked as a teaching hospitalist in Virginia. Dr. Isedeh has had a lifelong passion for clinical teaching. He is active in the residency Community Outreach Program which centers of building bridges in our community.

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Rafia Hussaini, M.D.
Rafia Hussaini, M.D., graduated from Dow Medical College, Pakistan in 1997. She completed the Internal Medicine Residency at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in 2008. Since 2009, Dr. Hussaini has been a respected primary care practitioner before joining the faculty practice at Newark Beth Israel in 2017 as a core faculty member. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Hussaini’s interests include outpatient primary care education and preventive medicine.

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Dr Jennifer LaRosa 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.

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Heather Lefkowitz, M.D. 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.

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Dr Robert LevinsonRobert 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.

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Pratik S. Patel, MD 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.

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Dr Jon Sicat
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.

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Amee Sodha, MD,
graduated with a medical degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine in 2013, and began her residency in Internal Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 2014. She has presented multiple posters at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine meetings and American Academy of Chest Physicians conference. As a recent graduate, she is proud to begin her career as a teaching hospitalist at Newark Beth Israel for the residency program. She looks forward to being a champion of compassionate, high quality and comprehensive in-patient care in our residency.

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Dr. Melissa Wallach

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.

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Yolanda Rivera

Yolanda Rivera, has been the Program Coordinator in the Department of Medicine since 1997.

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