CANCELLED // Panel discussion: Difference between health careers (MD vs. MD-PhD)

  • November 9, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Event Phone: (212) 729-2947

To conclude our Health Science Resource Fair, we will have a panel discussion featuring guest speakers consisting of Macaulay alum who hold an MD or MD-PhD, who will help students explore health careers and gain insight on the difference between an MD and an MD-PhD, to choose the path that is right for them.


Elizabeth Gorodetsky, MD-PhD Candidate
NYU School of Medicine

 Elizabeth graduated from Hunter College in 2017, where she studied Biological Sciences with Special Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in English. As an undergraduate she was involved in the Pre-Health Organization, Peer Health Exchange, Pre-Health Diaries, and the Journal of Undergraduate Research. She volunteered at New York Presbyterian in their Pediatrics Department and at Coney Island Hospital as a Patient Navigator. Elizabeth conducted research at The Rogosin Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College, Rockefeller University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Weill Cornell Medicine. Additionally, Elizabeth contributed to a publication in the Journal of Biological Chemistry on “Lipid Sensing by MTOR via de novo Synthesis of Phosphatidic Acid.” After graduation, she enrolled in New York University’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) where she is pursuing her MD/PhD.

Dr. Sameer Khan, MD
Yale New Haven Hospital

Sameer Khan, MD, was born in Lubbock, Texas. The son of two immigrants from Pakistan, his family moved to Hell’s Kitchen when he was 5 years old. Dr. Khan attended public schools most of his life, including Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, where he studied Chemistry and Political Science. During his time in college, Dr. Khan dedicated his time to the Muslim Students Association (MSA), later becoming President his senior year, and collaborating with Dr. Spiro Alexandratos on research studying the use of organic ligands for chelation of metals from water. After graduating from Macaulay in 2012, he worked with Dr. Licia Selleri at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) on a project studying embryological development in mice as it relates to a host of development disorders seen in neonates. After a year at WCMC, Dr. Khan began pursuing his medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. There, he devoted himself to a community organization known as the Young Eisner Scholars (YES) program and worked part-time for the organization his first two years. Dr. Khan produced several abstracts and a manuscript on the use of mobile health technologies in monitoring patient’s symptoms long-term. Finally, he served on the admissions committee for his remaining 18 months, where he screened nearly 80 applicants for the school and interviewed 20. Dr. Khan graduated from Mount Sinai in 2017 and is currently pursuing residency at Yale in Internal Medicine. He is still heavily involved in community work and anticipates a less traditional career in medicine geared towards medical education and possibly healthcare administration, although he is considering a career in Oncology as well.

Kristina Navrazhina, MD-PhD Candidate
Weill Cornell Medical College

Kristina graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2014. She matriculated in the Tri-Institutional Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering MD-PhD Program the next month after graduation. After completing two years of pre-clinical and clinical training, Kristina joined her PhD lab to study metabolic adaptations that allow cancer cells to survive. She loved her experience as a Macaulay Honors College student and is always happy to talk to current students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and science. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, eating dessert and traveling.

Dr. Sachin Shah, MD
Metro Pain and Vein Centers

As a medical doctor and anesthesiologist, Sachin Shah, MD, is a valuable asset to the team at Metro Pain and Vein Centers. He practices from the offices in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey; and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York.

Dr. Shah earned his medical degree from the State University of New York in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Shah went on to complete his residency in Anesthesiology and fellowship in Pain Medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Shah is a double board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and is also certified in Pain Medicine. He stays up-to-date on the latest treatments in medicine, anesthesiology, and pain management. Recently, Dr. Shah has been focusing on regenerative medicine as a way to optimize the quality of life for his patients. He believes that platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell treatments hold great promise for the future of medicine.

With a goal of improving the lives of his patient’s using evidence-based medicine, Dr. Shah incorporates a multi-modal approach in his treatments for managing acute, chronic pain, and cancer pain as well treatments of varicose veins. He may recommend treatments that include interventional procedures, pharmacotherapy, lifestyle modification, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and physical therapy.

Since beginning practice nearly five years ago, Dr. Shah has been committed to building strong relationships with his patients. He speaks four languages — English, Spanish, Hindi, and Gujarati — which he utilizes to connect with patients of various backgrounds and cultures.

In his free time, Dr. Shah enjoys traveling, watching college basketball, and spending time with his wife and daughters. He currently lives in Northern New Jersey.


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