Englewood Hospital Residents

Chief Residents

Englewood Hospital Residents

Mariam Saand, MDMariam Saand, MD

PGY4 Chief Resident

I graduated from the Ziauddin Medical University in Pakistan and joined the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Englewood Hospital in 2017. The combination of great warmth and friendliness among the residents and faculty, as well as the robust, well-structured program, made my decision to join Englewood Hospital easy. As a resident here, I have been encouraged and supported to present my scholarly work at multiple regional and national conferences. I have had the opportunity to participate in quality improvement projects, on hospital committees, and in compassionate communication training, all of which have enhanced my skills as a clinician, teacher, and leader. A huge strength of our program is how invested the faculty are in the personal and professional development of each resident. As a PGY4 Chief Resident I am co-advisor of a quality improvement project and lead both our peer mentorship program and board review series. As a junior faculty member I supervise and mentor my colleagues in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with my four-year-old son, reading fiction novels, baking, and traveling.

Latoya Gayle, MDLatoya Gayle, MD

PGY3 Chief Resident

I was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica but later moved to the capital city of Kingston to complete my medical training at the University of the West Indies. With an ultimate goal of specializing in nephrology, I decided to pursue postgraduate training in the United States and was fortunate to join the Internal Medicine Residency family at Englewood Hospital. The strong academic and emotional support given to residents, as well as the emphasis on the practice of humanistic care, are a few of the many reasons why this program was my top choice for residency. Throughout my training I have had a wide variety of research opportunities including writing and collaborating on abstracts, case reports, series, and manuscripts with support to attend national conferences. We are continuously improving the program with a heavy emphasis on resident feedback. As PGY3 Research Chief Resident, I look forward to executing new aspects of our research curriculum and engaging our residents in scholarly work. While I love medicine, I also enjoy reading in the park, going to the movies, power walking, and sightseeing.

Gene Chibu Otuonye, MDGene Chibu Otuonye, MD

PGY3 Chief Resident

I was born in Nigeria, grew up in the Turks and Caicos Islands and Montserrat, and attended medical school at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. It was only natural that I joined the internal medicine residency program at Englewood Hospital, a multicultural melting pot of residents, faculty, and patients. From the moment I stepped into Englewood Hospital I felt like part of the family, connected by a mutual goal of providing exceptional patient care. Our faculty works relentlessly to ensure that we achieve our professional and personal goals. With their guidance, I have been exposed to a wide variety of clinical cases and have grown as a physician, diagnostician, and leader. Scholarly activity also thrives at Englewood. I have had the pleasure of working directly with my attending physicians on case reports and manuscripts that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at regional and national conferences with full support and sponsorship from the program. I aim to continue my professional development and pursue further subspecialty training in pulmonary and critical care medicine. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, working out, and traveling with my wife, Abigail and golden retriever, Nala.

Rani Sittol, MDRani Sittol, MD

PGY3 Chief Resident

I was born in Jamaica, where I received my medical training at the University of the West Indies. I started my internal medicine training at Englewood Hospital in 2018, where I was drawn to faculty who were devoted to teaching in an atmosphere that fostered learning and well-being. I have enjoyed many opportunities for scholarly work, including a robust quality improvement curriculum that facilitates resident-led hospital-wide projects and patient safety conferences that identify ways to improve care. I have also had the opportunity to present work at various national conferences. These experiences have molded me into a more consummate physician. Undoubtedly, the most memorable time in my residency was maneuvering the challenges of COVID-19. I am proud of how we tackled the problems presented and developed innovative solutions that have now become policy. In my spare time, you will find me immortalizing moments with my camera or exploring new restaurants with my beautiful wife, Janeen.

Matthew Tavares, MDMatthew Tavares, MD

PGY3 Chief Resident

I was born on the small, yet prominent, island of Jamaica and completed my medical school training at the University of the West Indies. I made the decision to pursue post-graduate training in the United States and Englewood Hospital was the clear and foremost choice. During my residency, I have had the opportunity to learn from exceptional mentors, to encounter a plethora of pathologies in various clinical settings, and to participate in multiple community outreach programs, research projects, and other scholarly activities. Our faculty and staff are unceasingly supportive, friendly, and encouraging. All of the Englewood Hospital physicians care deeply about our career development and remain committed to enriching our clinical training and life experiences. Englewood has also been a true multicultural experience as an environment, in which my love and knowledge for both medicine and other cultures has grown exponentially. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, watching movies, and visiting museums and restaurants in New York City. My hope is to pursue further subspecialty fellowship training with interests in cardiovascular medicine and critical care medicine.

Caroline Zamecki, MDCaroline Zamecki, MD

PGY3 Chief Resident

I grew up in Englewood, New Jersey and graduated from the Ross University School of Medicine. While doing my medical school clerkships at various hospitals in the NYC Metro area, I started to realize what kind of residency program would be a good fit for me, both professionally and personally. I chose Englewood Health because the program provides comprehensive training in all aspects of internal medicine while maintaining a supportive and nurturing environment for the residents. During our residency we are exposed to a plethora of medical pathologies and are provided with a well-rounded medical education—all while maintaining an adequate work-life balance. The hospitalists and specialists go above and beyond to ensure that the residents receive the education they need to be able to practice on their own after residency. As I enter into my third year I see how much I have developed as a physician and leader, all thanks to the faculty, staff, and patients. Even though I have only been here for two years, I feel as if I have a second family here at Englewood. After residency I plan on pursuing a fellowship, but hope that someday I will continue my professional career here.

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