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EM Class of 2019

Brent Lewis, MD (Academic Chief)

Class of 2019
Hometown:  Long Valley, NJ
Undergrad:  Bard College
Medical School:  St. George's University
Hobbies:  Golf, sailing, cooking, running
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  There's something for everyone here. New Brunswick itself has good food and bars and within about 45 minutes, you can be on a beach, in NYC, or on a hiking trail in the middle of the woods.

Dan Rice, MD (Administrative Chief)

Class of 2019
Hometown:  Flemington, NJ
Undergrad:  Rutgers University
Other Education:  Paramedic
Medical School:  American University of Antigua
Hobbies:  Fishing, hunting
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Steak/key lime pie/choc chip cookie dough
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Variety

Darren Cuthbert, MD, MPH

Class of 2019
Hometown:  New Jersey
Undergrad:  Rutgers University
Other Education:  MPH
Medical School:  St. George's University
Hobbies:  Traveling, snowboarding, music, outdoors, sports, and enjoying life with friends and family
Favorite Food / Dessert:  dark dark chocolate
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Diverse array of bars/restaurants to experience. There's a strong sense of Rutgers pride. You're also in close proximity between NYC and Philly leaving a lot of options when letting loose. It's a hidden gem...

Aakash Shah, MD

Class of 2019
Hometown:  Cliffside Park, NJ
Undergrad:  Ursinus College
Other Education:  MBA, MSc
Medical School:  Harvard Medical School
Hobbies:  Spending time with the people I love (especially over desert)
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Dessert followed by more dessert, whipped cream on everything
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Good food, good people, and plenty to do (a stone's throw from the city as well as mountains)

Richard Barnett, DO

Class of 2019
Hometown:  New Providence NJ
Undergrad:  Cornell University
Medical School:  Rowan University - School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies:  Snowboarding, trail running, hiking, surfing, exploring
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Avacadoes and pistachios/cookie dough ice cream
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Close to the city and trails

Richard Chen, MD

Class of 2019
Hometown:  Moorestown, NJ
Undergrad:  Johns Hopkins University
Other Education:  Masters of Science in Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering
Medical School:  University of Maryland School of Medicine
Hobbies:  Crossfit, consumer electronics, gaming
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Beef Noodle Soup / Smores / B&J Boom Chocolatta
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC are all very easy to get to.

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Dan Polvino, MD

Class of 2020
Hometown:  Colts Neck, NJ
Undergrad:  Boston College
Other Education:  FF/EMT
Medical School:  Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Hobbies:  Golf, running, baseball/softball, hanging out with my dogs
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Tacos / Mint chocolate chip
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Small city with a lot to do (and lots of food options!), close to NYC, Philly, and the beach

James Karz, DO

Class of 2020
Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA
Undergrad:  St. John's University (NY)
Medical School:  Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies:  Basketball, Tennis, Hiking, Fishing, Shopping at H-Mart
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Mango Mango
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Fernandes Steakhouse (Newark, NJ)

Jude Mele, MD

Class of 2020
Hometown:  Clifton, NJ
Undergrad:  Montclair State University
Medical School:  Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School
Hobbies:  Photography, Hiking, running, video games
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Ramen, Italian, Mediterranean/Cheesecake/Chocolate peanutbutter
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Variety of cultures, good restaurants, diverse patient population

Adrian Diez, MD

Class of 2020
Hometown:  Miami, FL
Undergrad:  Florida State University
Medical School:  Thomas Jefferson University - Kimmel Medical College
Hobbies:  Golf, Cooking, Basketball, Shooting sports, video games
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Fried Chicken / Flan / salted caramel ice cream
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Changing of the seasons

Hamid Ehsani-Nia, DO

Class of 2020
Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA
Undergrad:  University of California, San Diego - BS
Other Education:  Georgetown University - MS
Medical School:  Rowan University - School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies:  Swimming in the ocean, wilderness camping, running marathons
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Spicy spicy Thai food, double espresso, baghlava
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  I'm not from the area, so I was pleasantly surprised by how warm and welcoming New Brunswick and NJ have been to me. The city is constantly changing and theres always something new to discover

Michelle Chang, MD

Class of 2020
Hometown:  Voorhees, NJ
Undergrad:  University of Rochester
Medical School:  St. George's University
Hobbies:  Swimming, surfing, traveling, eating, hanging out with the hubby, family, and friends
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Favorite ice cream flavor- Haagen Dazs White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  New Jersey is where I call home

Dan Polvino, MD

Class of 2020

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Leo Burunchenko, MD

Class of 2021
Hometown:  Voorhees, NJ
Undergrad:  Temple University
Medical School:  Drexel University College of Medicine
Hobbies:  Technology, Computers, Video Games, Movies, Magic
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Mexican / Rocky Road Ice Cream
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  The weather and the proximity to Philly and New York

Gamal Mohamed, MD

Class of 2021
Hometown:  Somerset, NJ
Undergrad:  LeMoyne College
Medical School:  SUNY Upstate Medical University
Hobbies:  Playing basketball, hiking, going to the movies
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Pizza/anything chocolate/Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Great food options

Mary Rometti, MD

Class of 2021
Hometown:  Lenexa, KS
Undergrad:  Drake University
Other Education:  B.S. Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Minor in Business
Medical School:  University of Kansas School of Medicine
Hobbies:  Disc golf, new experiences, adventures, deep conversations, traveling
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Coffee / Mint chocolate chip ice cream
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  New people, new places, new things to experience

Taras Varshavsky, MD

Class of 2021
Hometown:  Randolph, NJ
Undergrad:  Drew University
Medical School:  Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Hobbies:  Martial arts, hockey, football, travel, video games, painting/sculpting
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Steak, tiramisu, banana split
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Busy college town with great restaurants and bars, easy to get to NYC/Philly/beaches, nice to be close to family and friends

Laura Butler, DO

Class of 2021
Hometown:  Annapolis, MD
Undergrad:  University of Delaware
Other Education:  ER scribe, EMT
Medical School:  New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies:  Visiting wineries, painting, cooking, sampling all the food at Smorgasburg NYC, petting every dog I see on the street
Favorite Food / Dessert:  Maryland blue crabs, scallops, shrimp / macarons / classic chocolate
Favorite thing about New Brunswick, NJ:  Living in New Brunswick everything is walking distance - the hospital, amazing food, fun bars, and only a train ride away from NYC!