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Current Residents

Class of 2019

  • Cresandra Corbin, MD - Ross University School of Medicine
  • I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. Although I had always had interest in medicine, I decided to pursue a non-traditional path to medicine by majoring in Sociology as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College. I later completed my premedical requirements at the University of Pennsylvania via a post-baccalaureate program. After completion of my program, I worked on a few Women's health clinical research studies, sparking my interests in Women's health. Then, I had the amazing opportunity to attend Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies and completed my clinical years in Chicago, Illinois. That is when Family Medicine came to the forefront of my interests. My passion for family medicine stems from my desire to practice in a specialty that is both versatile and focuses on the promotion, protection and maintenance of the patient’s health. I am excited to join the Rutgers RWJ Family Medicine team. Outside of medicine, I enjoy volunteering in my community, dancing, traveling, and trying new cuisines. You can always catch my attention with a yummy dessert.


  • Farrah Fong, DO - West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
    I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received my undergraduate degrees from University of California, Davis, where I double-majored in Exercise Biology and Music Performance (Piano). While I was there, I volunteered as a medical interpreter and patient advocate for Paul Hom Asian Clinic, a student-run clinic in Sacramento that provided free primary care services to a predominantly uninsured, Cantonese-speaking population. It was there that I fell in love with Family Medicine, particularly in working with under-served communities--I loved the variety and being able to get to know our patients and their families, as well as the opportunities to get involved with community outreach. A year after graduating college, I packed my life into two suitcases and moved across the country to earn my Master's in Biomedical Sciences at UMDNJ's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Piscataway, NJ, and retreated to a beautiful rural town for my medical training at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. I am beyond thrilled to be back in New Brunswick as a Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School resident, and am very excited to work with the faculty and staff here! My medical interests include preventive medicine, sports medicine, nutrition, geriatrics, integrative medicine, and working with the under-served, and I believe the diversity and wealth of opportunities here will enable me to become the type of physician I've always dreamed of being. In my spare time, I enjoy music, powerlifting, dancing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, volunteering at animal rescues, cooking (and eating), writing, and the outdoors.

  • Joseph Lugo, MD - St. George's University School of Medicine
  • I am proud to say that I was raised by three generations of women in Edison, NJ and later moved to the Jersey Shore when I was a teenager. After high school I attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT where I graduated magna cum laude with a B.Sc. in Biology along with a concentration in Neuroscience. While at Sacred Heart I was involved with a number of academic societies and organizations, as well as donated hundreds of hours in community service through Habitat for Humanity. From my experiences as a child caregiver to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and my community involvement with the families of the Greater Bridgeport area, I decided on a career path in medicine. I attended St. George’s University and was provided the opportunity to learn medicine abroad in Grenada and at home in Paterson, NJ. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking for family, friends and my fiancé; however, decorating for the Holidays is a family tradition I hold dear. Family Medicine is a profession I chose because it provides an opportunity to advocate in the best interests of all patients across any generation and from all walks of life. I look forward to learning from the faculty and staff at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and blessed to work beside them in providing quality care to the residents of New Brunswick and surrounding communities.


  • Natasha Norville, MD - St. George's University School of Medicine
  • I was born and raised here in central New Jersey, and I am proud to be a first generation West Indian-American. For as long as I can remember, I have always had an interest in medicine and helping people improve their health and quality of life. I would have never imagined that my path to becoming a doctor would have had me on a journey with so many different experiences. I attended Rutgers University, earning a B.S. in biological sciences, and subsequently attended UMDNJ School of Public Health, earning an MPH in epidemiology. While in undergrad, I was a member of the women's track and field. After graduating, I continued to participate as a volunteer coach for over four years. My first experience in patient care was here at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit as a clinical care technician. I also had the opportunity to substitute teach in New Brunswick schools for a number of years before attending St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada. I am delighted to be returning to Rutgers and RWJ to continue my education as a resident in the specialty of Family Medicine. My interests outside of medicine includes of fitness/sports, crocheting, baking, and making natural hair care and body care products.


  • Fareedat Oluyadi, MD - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Since emigrating from my hometown in Nigeria at age 8, I have been lucky to experience a variety of cultures different from my own. After leaving Nigeria, I spent the next six years in Saudi Arabia. There, I attended a British international school and actually acquired a British accent while living in a middle eastern country, making this experience like living in two worlds at once. My family and I moved to the US in 2004 where I began high school in Union, NJ.  After high school, I obtained my bachelors degree in Psychology at the Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins, I gained early acceptance to medical school at Mount Sinai through the Humanities and Medicine program, now called the FlexMed program. Being a HuMed really granted me the flexibility to pursue all my extra-curricular interests, particularly in community service, mentorship and student wellness.  That, I believe, is where I found and actualized my passion for service to the community.  My strong sense of community engagement continued even through the rigor of medical school and it was only a matter of time until family medicine weaved its way to my heart.  What more can I ask for in a field that prepares me to care for whoever walks through the door, irrespective of demographics or socioeconomic status. While I hold many interests within the broad scope of family medicine, I am particularly invested in women’s health (both obstetrics and reproductive health), caring for the urban underserved both locally and globally as well as becoming a clinician-educator. The field of family medicine is at its peak and I am absolutely thrilled to join the future generation of holistic healers of our society.  Outside of medicine, I love attending kickboxing and dancing classes, spending time with my family and friends as much as possible, savoring delicious meals with friends and being an active member of my Islamic community.

 

  • Class of 2020

    • Carolina Braga, MD - Ross University School of Medicine

      I was born in Brazil and moved to Celebration, Florida when I was 14 years old. I received a B.A. in Criminology from the University of Florida, while also completing pre‐medical requirements. During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a nursing assistant. After completing my B.A., I had the amazing opportunity to work on a National Institute of Health research study at Orlando Health examining serum biomarkers for traumatic brain injuries. The experiences I had as a patient care assistant and a research assistant fueled both of my passions: my desire to improve the lives of others through science, and the love of patient interaction. This passion led me to apply to Ross University School of Medicine and ultimately pursue a career in Family Medicine. I am the middle child of two sisters, and share‐custody of an 11‐year old spoiled Yorkie named Bailey. Besides spending time with family and friends, I enjoy listening to music, watching sports (Go Gators!), listening to various genres of music, and over the past year I have also started to enjoy cooking and running.


    • Ellexis Khan, MD - Ross University School of Medicine

      Rice fields, sandy beaches, and the lights of New York City are just a few of the many places that have propelled my decision to pursue a career in Family Medicine. I grew up in a farming community in Northern California where rice fields, peach orchards, and walnut trees are the typical surroundings. I went on to Brigham Young University Provo where I received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science. During my time at BYU I was a member of the women's rugby team and learned how to do Polynesian dancing. My love for warm weather and medicine meshed well during my first half of medical school on the island of Dominica where it felt like I was in the jungles of Jurassic Park. With a huge change in scenery came my third year spent at New York Methodist Hospital amongst the hustle and bustle in Brooklyn. Family Medicine is a career where I can interact with people from all walks of life learning from each and every patient encounter.


    • Mitchell Kim, MD - Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School

      I am a Jersey boy who was born in New Brunswick, NJ and raised in Holmdel, NJ. I attended The College of New Jersey where I studied History in the 7‐year BS/MD program combined with Rutgers‐New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. As you can see I love to call this state my home. I’ve had the privilege of seeing the diversity of the communities in this state during my time as a volunteer EMT for my hometown and volunteering in free inner city clinics during medical school. I am thrilled to be staying close to home as part of Rutgers RWJ Family Medicine to train and hone my interests in primary care, preventive medicine, integrative medicine and global health. My hobbies outside of medicine include avidly following the New York Knicks (sadly), Giants and Yankees, eating and trying new foods, traveling, hiking, snowboarding and being involved with my church.


    • Patrick Ouzts, MD - St. George's University School of Medicine
    • I was raised just outside of Cleveland where I became a lifelong Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers fan, which taught me how to deal with losing and heartbreak. I left Ohio to attend the University of Michigan, where as fate would have it, the Wolverines lost to Ohio State 4 consecutive years! After college, I moved to NYC to take part in City Year, an Americorps program that works in public schools in all 5 boroughs. I had so much fun in the classroom that I joined the NYC Teaching Fellows' and became a 6‐7th grade science teacher in the Bronx for three years. Hilarity ensued. From there, I decided to attend SGU, where I was able to return to NYC for my clinical years. I developed an interest in Sports Medicine, and I'm looking forward to gaining more experience at Rutgers. Outside the hospital I'm a consistent gym‐goer, part‐time golf enthusiast, and avid consumer of chocolate chip cookies. I learned many life lessons from Calvin & Hobbes and Dumb Dumber, two cultural classics of our time.

    • Juyeon Park, MD - Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

      I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Glen Rock, NJ. After high school, I went to Williams College, where I double majored in Art Studio and Biology. After college, I held two jobs the first as a part time art teacher at Harvard University's Dudley House and the second as a full time research technician at a Traumatic Brain injury lab at Mass General Hospital. I eventually went to Rutgers‐ RWJ medical school. I am the first person in my family to become a doctor, and I'm excited to be training in primary care. I hope to finish residency well equipped to deal with the whole gamut of family medicine, to become a family medicine physician who can provide comprehensive and coordinated healthcare. I also hope to improve my medical Spanish during residency. My interests outside of medicine consist of art, playing piano and volunteering at my church.

  • Class of 2021

    • Richard Chen, MD -Drexel University College of Medicine

      I was born and raised in Edison, NJ. I knew I wanted to be a physician that emphasized prevention as part of their discussions with patients. I was fortunate enough to participate in Drexel University's 7‐ year BS/MD program in Philadelphia. In college, I studied engineering and became fascinated with its
      application to the medical field. During medical school, I worked with the under‐served Asian community in the area during my free time and realized the need and my enthusiasm for primary care. In residency, I hope to attain the skills and knowledge to become an effective and efficient family physician. My specific interests include preventative medicine, integrative medicine, and sports
      medicine. Outside of the hospital and the clinic, I enjoy spending time outside playing tennis, fishing, running and hiking.


    • Michael Chung, MD - University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

      I was born in NY and grew up in NJ. At Trinity College in CT, I earned a B.S in Biology and a minor in Writing/Rhetoric/Media Arts. I studied the interplay between social interactions and adult neurogenesis in a model of weakly electric fish as an undergraduate, and then worked full time at the Burke Rehabilitation
      Institute after graduation studying ambulation recovery in rats after spinal cord injury. I then returned to CT to facilitate relationships between University of Connecticut sports majors with the youth in the North End of Hartford through after‐school sports‐based enrichment activities hosted by my AmeriCorps nonprofit employer organization, Husky Sport. I graduated from The UVM Larner College of Medicine, where I studied the role of obesity in non‐allergenic asthma models of rats. I’ve played tennis and powerlifted most of my life and hope to continue facilitating physical activity and building relationships with patients and communities as a family medicine and/or sports medicine physician. In my spare time, I’m wont to set off my home smoke alarm as I try to sear a sous vide‐ed steak on a cast iron skillet.


    • Ashleigh Lemaire, MD - Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

      “I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, I worked as an oncology nurse for over four years. While the patient connection I had as a nurse was invaluable, I felt called to further my education and become more involved in patient care and decision making. With the loving support of my husband & family, I was accepted to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and received my MD degree in May 2018. My husband and I welcomed our daughter in 2015 and are expecting a son at the end of 2018. My professional interests include women’s health and preventive medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading and spending time with my family.”


    • Jennifer Mbianda, MD - Ross University School of Medicine

      I am Haitian Bahamian and I moved to the U.S right after high school and completed my B.S from Georgia State University. I took a year off after undergrad and continued conducting research and combined my love for traveling and technology by traveling across the country as an IT health consultant training physicians in Epic and Cerner EHR systems. I then attended Ross University for medical school. While at Ross, I started a mentoring program called “Successfully Mentoring Every Child” which was particularly special for me because I understand the social issues that occur on an island. I fell in love with family medicine because of the continuity of care and I believe we are the first line defenders in health. I consider myself to be an excellent cook (well at least that’s what my family says). I love to dance, travel, laugh, and explore. I am very excited to join the RWJ family and serve the New Brunswick community.

    • Thai Tran, MD - Ross University School of Medicine

      Born in Vietnam, but raised in Atlantic City, I grew up in a big family which included my mom, sibling, aunt, uncle, and multiple cousins. Two of my cousins have Russ Syndrome, a condition that requires around the clock care. The experience exposed me a lot to medicine early on in life and ultimately inspired me to pursue medicine as a career. I chose family medicine as my ideal choice of residency because it encompasses aspects of care to a patient and the family that goes beyond just healthcare. It allows for a physician to care for patients of all ages and patients with any complaint. I chose RWJUH because I believe the program has exceptional teachers who will guide me with their wisdom and the most advanced facilities for me to learn all I can to become the best physician for my community. Being from the Jersey shore, I enjoy going to the boardwalk, shopping at the outlets, and eating deep fried Oreos. In my free time, I also love to cook and at the moment I am learning how to bake.