Current Residents

Class of 2021

Richard Chen, MD

Hometown: Edison, NJ

Undergrad: Drexel University

Medical school: Drexel University

Favorite sport: Tennis

On my travel bucket list: Japan

Favorite NJ activity: Fishing

Favorite NJ restaurant: Mitsuwa food court

Michael Chung, MD

Hometown: Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Undergrad: Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut

Medical school: Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont

Favorite book: Mistborn

Favorite restaurant in NJ: Dong Bo Sung

Favorite Movie: The Bourne Identity

If I weren’t a physician, I would be: a physical therapist

Ashleigh Lemaire, MD

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh, Bachelors in Nursing

Medical school: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Favorite book: Harry Potter series!!!

If I weren’t a physician, I would be: an interior designer

Favorite way to spend a weekend: right now, sleeping in, spending time with family then date night with my husband.

Favorite NJ activity: Going to the shore for weekend getaways!

Jennifer Mbianda, MD

Hometown: Freeport, Bahamas

Undergrad: Georgia State University

Medical school: Ross University

On my travel bucket list: Santorini, Greece / Paris

If I could have any superpower, I’d choose: to eradicate all evil/injustice in the world

Favorite way to spend a weekend: Sleeping, family time, interior decorating

If I weren’t a physician, I would be: a youth counselor/party planner

Thai Tran, MD

Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ

Undergrad: Stockton University of NJ

Medical school: Ross University

Favorite sports team: Philly Eagles

Favorite read: House of God by Samuel Shem

On my travel bucket list: Thailand

If I could have any superpower, I'd choose: being able to transport through space like Nightcrawler on X-Men

Class of 2022

class of 2022

Kenya Cabrera, MD

Hometown: North Plainfield, NJ

Undergrad: Seton Hall University

Medical school: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Favorite book: The Catcher in the Rye

If I were an animal I would be: a hamster-All they do is sleep, exercise occasionally, and hoard food, just like I do!

Little known fact: I can play a few songs on the ukulele

Emmanuel Martinez Alcaraz, MD, MA

Hometown: Cuautitlan Izcalli, DF, Mexico

Undergrad: The College of New Jersey

Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Favortie book: Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Hidden Talent: milking cows and goats

If I weren't a physician, I would be: a community organizer and social justice advocate

Haarika Reddy, MD

Hometown: Monroe Township, NJ

Undergrad: The College of New Jersey

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice

Travel Bucket List: I would love to see the Northern Lights

If I weren't a physician, I would be: An art historian

Michael Song, MD

Hometown: High Bridge, NJ

Undergrad: Messiah College

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Hidden Talent: I play the guitar

If I weren't a physician: I would attempt to be a musician

Favorite NJ activity: hiking, kayaking, and golf

Annie Truss, MD

Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ

Undergrad: Gettysburg College

Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Travel Bucket List: Alberta, Canada and Iceland.

If I weren't a physician: I would be a veterinarian for a rescue shelter

Ideal weekend: Taking my dog for a long hike followed by a home cooked meal

If I were an animal I would be: my very spoiled rescue dog

Class of 2023

Cansu Baycora, DO

Hometown: Wayne, NJ

Undergrad: Rutgers University

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Ideal Weekend: one day of a nice hike and home-cooked meal, one day of exploring a city and trying new restaurants

Travel Bucket List: visit every state in the country

If I weren't a physician, I would be a teacher.

Miah Brawley, MD

Hometown:  Newton Falls, Ohio

Undergrad: Youngstown State University

Medical school: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Last book read: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Favorite book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and the Harry Potter series

On my travel bucket list: Italy to explore all of the historic landmarks and to eat as much Italian cuisine as possible.

If I were an animal I would be: House cat so I can be cute and hilarious while eating and sleeping all the time.

Tajal Desai, DO

Hometown: Elmhurst, Queens

Undergrad: Hunter College

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Travel Bucket List: hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey; whale watching in the Azores Islands; safari in the Serengeti

If I weren't a physician I would be: a food blogger/critic/food show host

Ideal weekend: exploring pop up exhibits/shops, trying new restaurants, cuddling some kitties, and ending the night with wine and cheese

If I could have any superpower, I’d choose: teleportation because I love to travel but hate the commute

Michelle Gorbonosov, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Undergrad: Macaulay Honors at CUNY Brooklyn College

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical School

Hidden Talent: I can lick both my elbows.

Ideal Weekend: Spending time at the beach with my family and then eating at a delicious restaurant for dinner

If I weren’t a physician, I would be: a college professor and an art history guide at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Travel Bucket List: Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

Rebecca Shipkin, MD

Hometown: Houston, TX and East Brunswick, NJ

Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis

Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Little known fact #1:  My husband and I combined our last names (Shipan and Temkin) to make Shipkin

Little known fact #2: I've lived in 5 states (TX, NJ, MA, MO, WI), England, Australia, Kenya, and have traveled to more than 30 countries with my family