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Current Residents

Class of 2018

  • Mariam Mufti, MD - Ross University School of Medicine

    I was born in New Jersey but shortly after moved to the Northern Virginia/DC area where I was raised in a Pakistani-American household.  I attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where I completed my B.S in Forensic Science with minors in Chemistry and Biology.  Although medical school and preventative care had always been my ultimate goal; the path wasn't the straightest of paths.   After college, I worked with various non-profits, youth programs and spent two enlightening years as a ninth grade biology teacher.  Every aspect of each experience was fulfilling in its own unique way and vital to my growth as a compassionate and relatable individual.  My passion for family medicine is what led me to apply to Ross University School of Medicine, giving me the opportunity to live on the island of Dominica.  I believe Family Medicine is all encompassing and merges all I value about medicine including teaching, learning, leadership, teamwork, advocacy, humility and compassion.  My past and future experiences will equip and enable me to place all those values in each patient encounter.  What thoroughly excites me is that I’ve come full circle moving back to New Jersey and am honored to be part of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Family Medicine Program.  Along with my passion for medicine I enjoy sewing/design/crafts, listening to music from all genres, outdoor concert/live music and lounging with family and friends.


  • Kimberly Oo, MD - Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    I was born in Detroit, MI but aside from some moving around early in life as my parents pursed graduate school, I have spent most of my life in NJ. I grew up in Parsippany, NJ and attended Parsippany Hills High School. After high school, I went away to college where I met my amazing husband and also received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Physical Biology and a master’s degree in Chemistry from Harvard University. I returned to NJ for medical school at Rutgers-RWJ and fell in love with clinical practice and primary care. My biggest hopes during this residency are to emerge as a physician well-trained in the full spectrum of family medicine and to eventually live in the same geographic area as my husband, who is doing a post-doc in Chemistry at Harvard University (at least we're finally in the same time zone!). My interests include traveling with my husband, speculative fiction, and my church.


  • Marcella Perez, MD - Ross University School of Medicine

    I am a born and raised Jersey girl, and first-generation Colombian-American. I grew up in Clifton and attended Rutgers School of Engineering, earning a BS in Biomedical Engineering. While I always dreamed of becoming a doctor, I decided to take a break from school, and joined Johnson & Johnson’s IT leadership development program. After four great years with the company, I finally made the decision to leave my IT career to attend Ross University and pursue my dream. I am beyond excited to be back at Rutgers, and New Brunswick for my Family Medicine training! In addition to serving the New Brunswick community, I hope my ability to speak fluent Spanish will enable me to provide a gateway for better primary care to the Latino community. Within Family Medicine, my interests include women’s health, geriatrics, and complementary medicine. Outside of medicine, my hobbies include yoga, soccer, reading, traveling, and spending quality time with my family.


  • Nithya Setty-Shah, MD - University of Massachusetts Medical School

    Since a young age, I've always enjoyed taking care of others. This of course foreshadowed my future passion for family medicine! My journey to present day took place in Massachusetts, where I completed my B.S./M.S. in Biology at Brandeis University.  I further pursued my interest in research by beginning my PhD at Harvard with a focus on metabolic disease. I soon realized that my passion for working directly with people was greater than my interest in bench research. This led me to begin clinical research in Skeletal Health and Osteoporosis at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. With my passion for medicine growing, I applied to and completed medical school at the University of Massachusetts, where I found my perfect specialty soulmate, Family Medicine! During medical school, my interests included complementary medicine and pediatric endocrinology research, both of which contributed to my interests in the prevention of metabolic disease.  My most significant experience was an internship with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Washington, DC. While there, I was able to witness policy-making by pioneers in the field of nutrition and lifestyle medicine making changes that affect everyday clinical decisions. This experience helped me identify multiple paths to help prevent chronic disease. I have a true passion for family medicine, and in the future I hope to pursue primary care with a focus on nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Among friends and family, I’m known for my healthy but flavorful cooking, passion for group fitness, and overall enthusiasm for a fulfilling life!

  • Patrick Wong, MD - Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    I was born, raised, and grew up in the suburbs of Central Jersey, and I would gladly take a backyard summer barbeque in my beloved hometown, Holmdel, NJ, over a late night in the city anytime. Even after studying Chemistry and East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University and earning a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at UMDNJ Graduate School of Biomedical Science in Newark, NJ, my closest group of friends are still the ones that I met in middle school as a kid. Life takes people on all sorts of journeys as part of growing up, but I am extremely thankful to be able to stay so close to my roots, where my friends and family continue to support me throughout my medical school and residency at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson. I credit my grandparents for inspiring my interest in working with Asian immigrant communities, and my global health experience to Taiwan during medical school reinforced the importance of primary care for these underserved populations. Among my hobbies, it has been hard to persevere these difficult times of being a New York Knicks fan. I am a foodie who loves almost everything but has forgotten how to live without Yelp. And I’ve had an addiction to board games since my first game of Settlers of Catan.


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.