Juliann Allen, MD
PGY4 Chief Resident
I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica. In 2006, I was awarded the Kofi Anan Scholarship to pursue an undergraduate degree in Chemistry (Biochemistry emphasis) at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. While there, I was not only actively involved in campus life, but I also honed my interest in Immunology through basic science research. I enjoyed the research experience so much that I spent a year after graduation working in the lab of my beloved mentor, Dr. Devavani Chatterjea; however, my love for medicine was overwhelming and I returned to Jamaica in 2011 to pursue my MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degree. After graduation, I sought to further my Internal Medicine training and was thrilled to match at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey. One of the most memorable aspects of interview season was the warmth and friendliness of the Englewood residents.
My three years at Englewood have been formative and challenging, yet fun and engaging. I am particularly excited to take on the role of PGY 4 Chief Resident. I will have the remarkable opportunity to positively influence the education and professional development of residents, as well as shape my clinical practice as a junior attending physician. Through this program’s support, I rediscovered my love for the immune system and will be applying for a fellowship in Rheumatology this year. I hope that you will consider making Englewood your home for the next 3 years – I can promise it will be a place to learn, grow, and of course have lots of fun!
When not working, I enjoy dancing and participating in dance classes in the New York City every week (weekend call permitting of course), finding new parks to explore, cooking new recipes I find on Pinterest, and brunching on a rooftop.
Kyle Foster, MD
PGY3 Chief Resident
I grew up in Toronto, Canada and received my medical training at Ross University School of Medicine. I began my residency at Englewood Hospital in 2019 and immediately noticed the supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Everyone from the faculty and consultants to the nursing and ancillary staff are always willing to help and go the extra-mile. There is a great balance of autonomy and guidance, which has enabled me to learn and grow as both a person and a physician. I plan to further specialize in Critical Care Medicine and feel extremely well prepared after training under the Intensivists at our hospital.
Outside of medicine I enjoy both watching and playing sports such as basketball and golf, socializing with friends, and going on hikes with my amazing wife, Alyssa and our golden retriever, Shelby.
Jason Lofters, MD
PGY3 Chief Resident
I grew up on the north coast of Jamaica, and completed my medical education at the University of the West Indies. I started my Internal Medicine training at Englewood Hospital in 2019 and continue to be impressed by the approachable and dedicated faculty who fiercely advocate for resident wellbeing while fostering an environment where teaching is a priority.
My training has afforded me exposure to a wide variety of clinical cases and I have been fortunate to learn about some of the intricacies of quality improvement and patient safety. I have also been given the opportunity to participate in various types of research, including writing and collaborating on abstracts, case reports and manuscripts. With faculty support, I have also been able to participate in national conferences virtually. All of these experiences have allowed me to grow as a physician, researcher, and leader.
In my spare time I enjoy reading fantasy and mystery novels, watching 90s sitcoms on television and sightseeing.
Angelica Medina-Pena, MD
PGY3 Chief Resident
I was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where I completed my medical training at Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE). My interest in Medicine came from a combination of intellectual curiosity, my commitment to service the community and admiration for the process of obtaining a diagnosis and making management decisions. The obvious next step for me was to pursue post-graduate training in Internal Medicine. I joined the Englewood Hospital program in 2019. Here I have found a sense of family amongst colleagues and faculty and a deep commitment to fostering professional development and wellness with profound emphasis on providing patient centered care. I have learned from a wide range of diseases and a remarkably diverse patient population and staff. I am immensely proud to be part of a program that nurtures my love in advocating for patients and in empathetic patient care.
Beyond the great teaching and learning at Englewood, I have been afforded opportunities for professional development and growth. I have had the opportunity to sharpen new skills in developing scholarly work and having case reports published in peer reviewed journals and conferences. I have worked directly with great consultants who have modeled evidence-based patient care in each of their respective sub-specialties; this was definitely notable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a tough time to navigate as a resident, but I was proud to be part of a team at the forefront of care that exemplified, with gracious leadership, how to adapt and step-up to extremely difficult circumstances. It has been during this period that I have cemented my passion for Infectious Diseases, which I plan to pursue after finishing my training. All these experiences have molded me and helped me grow as a person and physician. In this new role as chief resident, I am excited to continue to develop ways to improve continuity and quality of care at our outpatient clinic.
Outside of Medicine, you can find me watching mystery documentaries, binging on a good Netflix show and trying out new restaurants in NYC with friends.
Ro-Kaye Simmonds, MD
PGY3 Chief Resident
I am a passionate and driven millennial from the garden parish of St Ann in the beautiful island of Jamaica where I matriculated at the University of the West Indies (Mona) as the initial step in my medical journey. It is unlikely a coincidence that I then decided to further my academic pursuits at the most attractive program in the Garden State (New Jersey)-an institution that would provide the perfect soil and other ingredients essential for me to bloom. I found the interview day there unpretentious and sincere and the design of the program and hospital a nurturing environment for the young, eager mind and perpetual learner who would also require a home away from home. Two years later I can safely conclude that this is indeed exactly what the Internal Medicine program here provides-a small group of residents become a close-knit family sharing dreams and experiences, gaining vast knowledge and expertise alongside a most supportive and resourceful multi-disciplinary staff, and led by brilliant and thoughtful leaders. The reward of our hard work is reflected in the smiles and significant changes in the lives of the many patients we are privileged to manage with enough autonomy and support to foster independence and confidence at the end of our tenure. This program has and continues to groom me to serve a more culturally and clinically diverse patient population which is invaluable in today’s expansive society. To top it all off, I am afforded an impressive work life balance that enables me to excel clinically as well as to explore the culinary and picturesque wonders of the city life in New Jersey and New York City with my cohort of friends formed during my tenure here.