Housestaff and Chief Residents
The Winthrop housestaff finds the Department of Medicine an ideal place to work and learn during the stressful years of residency training. Families tend to thrive in a supportive Winthrop environment. The composition of the housestaff is as diverse as the community it serves, with the common denominator being an interest in clinical practice and research.
The Chief Residents are PGY-4 medicine graduates of the program selected for excellence in clinical skills, leadership, and scholarship. Their day-to-day teaching, leadership, and advocacy for the housestaff is a strength of the program.
The Chief Residents are chosen in the fall of their PGY2 year giving them the opportunity to strengthen the skills needed for their future position and career planning.
The current and incoming Chief Residents will be available to meet with prospective candidates upon interview.
Mohammad F. Ali, MD
Mohammad was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh and immigrated to the US in 2000. He graduated valedictorian from Bayside High School in Queens, NY and earned his BA in Biological Sciences from Columbia College, Columbia University. After graduating, he performed research at the NY Obesity Nutrition Research Center of Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital. There, he coordinated an NIH-funded study looking at the effect of changing dietary fat content on intramyocellular lipid and insulin sensitivity in premenopausal, nondiabetic African American and Caucasian women. Mohammad went on to receive his Medical Doctorate from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine as a Barry Coller Scholar and completed his residency at Winthrop-University Hospital, where he was selected to be a Chief Resident for the 2015-2016 academic year. He will be applying for a fellowship in Gastroenterology. Mohammad's interest in the specialty has motivated him to publish in journals and present in local and national conferences regarding a wide spectrum of topics including esophageal motility disorders, clinical decision support systems, and quality improvement initiatives. International health and writing are two passions of his. He is actively involved in public health projects in Bangladesh through the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (ICDDR, B) and maintains his own medical blog.
Jonathan Rodriguez, MD
Jonathan was raised in a traditional Cuban household in New Jersey, where he attended high school at Seton Hall Prep. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Biologic Basis of Behavior. After graduating, he spent a year working in neuroscience research before entering medical school at Stony Brook University, where he earned his Medical Doctorate with distinction in research that focused on using echocardiography to study left atrium physiology in patients with atrial fibrillation. He completed his residency at Winthrop-University Hospital, where he was selected to be a Chief Resident for the 2015-2016 academic year. He is pursuing a fellowship in Cardiology and has co-founded, with Drs. Garcia and Ali, several resident committees that will play an integral part in further developing and refining medical education, including simulation, medical curricula, and student education.
Christopher Garcia, MD
Christopher was raised on Long Island and attended Kellenberg Memorial High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Pace University Pforzheimer Honors College, where he majored in Cellular and Molecular Biology and minored in English Writing and Composition. He received his Medical Doctorate from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed his residency at Winthrop University Hospital, where he was selected to serve as a Chief Medical Resident. As an active proponent for the expansion of medical education, he enjoys both teaching and clinical responsibilities. Christopher is pursuing a fellowship in Cardiology. With Dr. Rodriguez, he has co-developed an evidence-based cardiac simulation course, whose goal is to supplement clinical experience by increasing resident exposure to and knowledge of cardiac emergencies.