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Candidates for New Jersey Chapter Officers
Jeanine Hermine Bulan, MD, FACP, is president and founder of Associates in Health and Medicine PC. She was Associate Program Director in the Department of Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center 2003-2006. She is a Fellow of the College, has been a member of the NJ Chapter Executive Committee since 2005 and co-chaired the NJ ACP Annual Scientific Meeting in February 2008. Her other College activities include participation in Leadership Day, and membership on the Health and Public Policy Subcommittee. Her interests include Ethics and Humanism in Medicine.
Vijay Rajput, MBBS, FACP, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Program at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Rajput is has served on several committees for the American College of Physicians, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, and Society of Hospital Medicine . He currently serves on the Clinical Skills Committee for ACP. Dr. Rajput has authored or co-authored numerous papers and abstracts, and has received several teaching awards from students and residents in last ten years. Recently Dr. Rajput co-edited "International Medical Graduate Guide to US Medicine and Residency" in collaboration with ECFMG and ACP. He has been working on issues of acculturation and cultural competency for students and residents.
Council Members - North
Gina LaCapra, MD, FACP, is Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at Overlook Hospital, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School. She has participated in College activities since 1991, co-chaired the NJ ACP scientific meeting in 2009, and co-anchored the Challenge Bowl in 2008. Her interests include resident and medical student education and mentorship, Women's Health Issues and Medical Ethics.
William Farrer, MD, FACP, is Associate Program Director of the Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Site Director at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. He holds faculty appointments at UMDNJ-New Jersey medical School, and Ross University School of Medicine. He has been a member of Council for four years, and has focused his work on Medical Education and associates. He has chaired the Associate's Abstract Competition since 2007, and has served on the Membership and Health and Public Policy Committee.
Amit Tailor, MD, FACP, is a nocturnist in private practice at Hackensack University Medical Center. He is a new fellow, and has been a member of Council for two years. His College activities include participation in Leadership Day, and selection as 2009 Young Physician Poster Presenter at NJ Regional and ACP National meetings. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ - NJ Medical School, with interests in Bioethics and Public Policy. Dr. Tailor wishes to continue service on Council to carry on the work of promoting the core principles of Internal Medicine and its benefits to patients.
Sunil Sapru, MD, FACP, is Assistant Program Director and Co-Clerkship Director of the Department of Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. He has been a participant in College scientific and educational activities since his residency, and for the past two years was a facilitator for the SEP Modules Workshops at the NJ ACP scientific meetings. Dr. Sapru holds academic appointments at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine. His interests include innovation and humanism in Medical Education.
Ellen Cohen, MD, FACP, is Vice Chairman of Education, Department of Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency Program Director at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, New Jersey. Her College activities include participation in the ACP Scientific Abstract Competition and serving as a reviewer for the Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Cohen is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Her interests include Medical Education and Women's Health.
Lisa Tank, MD, is Program Director, Geriatrics Fellowship Program, Hackensack University Medical Center and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She holds academic appointments at UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School and Touro University College of Medicine, and is actively engaged in the medical education of students, residents and fellows.
Neil Kothari, MD, FACP, is Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Course Director of the Physician's Core I and II at UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School. For three years, Dr. Kothari served as a judge in the NJ ACP Resident Abstract Competition. He holds the academic appointment of Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School.
Council Members - South
Allan Tunkel, MD, PhD, MACP, is Chair of the Department of Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. He has numerous publications in his subspecialty of Infectious Diseases and has been the recipient of many teaching and clinical awards. His ACP related activities include membership on the In-Training Exam and MKSAP Committees, as well as service as an ad hoc reviewer for ACP Medicine. Dr Tunkel is an ACP Laureate and Mastership Award recipient.
George Diferdinando, Jr., MD, MPH, FACP, is Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology UMDNJ -School of Public Health and Coordinator of The New Jersey Center for Public Health Preparedness at UMDNJ. He is currently on Council and his College activities include coordination of Leadership Day for the past several years, serving on the Health and Public Policy Committee and judging the NJ Regional Abstract Competition. He has received numerous Public Health Awards.
Laura Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, FACP, is a Research Scholar at the Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and Intuitional Affairs, Princeton University, and is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She has been a member of Council for over two years, active in Health and Public Policy. In 2007 she received the New Jersey Chapter ACP Laureate Award.
Joanne Kaiser Smith, DO, FACOI, FACP, is Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Primary Care Tract Internal Medicine Residency, as well as the Division Chief of General Internal Medicine at UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine. She has been a member of Council for two years, during which time she has served as Club Moderator - Internal Medicine Interest Group, and resident abstracts reviewer in Regional and National Competitions.
Promila Banerjee, MD, is a gastroenterologist and staff physician at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology. Her academic appointment is Assistant Professor, and she serves as faculty and research mentor for medical students, residents, and GI Fellows.
Edward Choi, MD, FACC, is a cardiologist practicing in Neptune, New Jersey, and Clinical Instructor at UMDNJ - RWJ Medical School. His activities in the College date back to his residency. He was selected in the Associates Competition to give oral presentations in 2001 and 2002, receiving 1st place in the latter. Dr Choi also served as chair of the founding committee for the NJ Chapter ACP Associates Council. He has been a guest on the Council since 2006.
Steve Peskin, MD, MBA, FACP, is EVP and Chief Medical Officer of MediMedia USA, Yardley, PA / Chatham, NJ and attending physician at Eric B. Chandler Health Center, New Brunswick, NJ. His academic appointments include Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ and Sr. Clinical Scholar at Jefferson Medical College, Department of Health Policy. He is currently on the 2010 NJ ACP Scientific Committee. His interests include patient centered medical home, personalized medicine and physician on-line and mobile communities.
Saba Hasan, MD, FACP, is Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Capital Health System, and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is committed to resident education and has a record of demonstrated leadership in his community.
Dennis Cleri, MD, FACP, FAAM, FIDSA, is Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Francis Medical Center and Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education. He has been a member of council for four years.
Nayan Kothari, MD, FRCP, FACP, FACR, is Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Saint Peter's University Hospital. He holds academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. He previously served on council from 1992 to 2004, was ACP Chapter Education Liaison from 1994 to 1996, and was a member of the ACP National Clinical Skills Subcommittee from 2000 to 2002. Dr Kothari received the ACP Laureate Award in 2001.
John Walker, MD, FACP, FASN, is Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he is also Chief, Division of Education; Director, Nephrology Training Program; and Director, Clerkship in Medicine. He has been a member of Council since 1994, and currently holds the office of Secretary. In addition, Dr. Walker has been a frequent participant in Leadership Day, has chaired the Health and Public Policy Committee, co-chaired the 2007 Scientific Meeting, and, since its inception, has coordinated the NJ ACP Summer Preceptorship Program. He received the ACP Laureate Award in 2005.