Department Chair

Jeff Cheung, MD

Medical Director

Morombaye Mbaidjol , MD
Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
Undergraduate: Carlton University, Ottawa
Medical School: Wayne State University SOM
Residency: Maimonides Medical Center
Email: Mmbaidjo@bhmcny.org



Residency Program Director

Meredith Jones-Sanchez, MD
Hometown: Babylon, NY
Undergraduate: University of Delaware
Medical School: St. Georges University
Residency: Lincoln Hospital, NY
Email: Mejones@bhmcny.org

Assistant Program Director

John Morrison MD

Hometown: West Plains, Missouri
Undergraduate: University of Missouri
Medical School: University of Missouri, MO
Residency: Washington University, MO; Brookdale Hospital, NY
Email: johmorri@bhmcny.org

Hello future fam! My name is John, JMo, Jomo, or Dr. Morrison- whichever makes you more comfortable. I am a midwest transplant and Brookdale’s first EM graduate after transferring here for my last year of residency. My EM interests are critical care/resus, simulation, resiliency developement, and all things “camp-give-a-darn” (I cuss in real life). Outside of work I am a unrepentant nerd, spicy food aficionado, appreciator of the subtle cocktail, and live music seeker.

Assistant Program Director

Alanna O’Connell, DO
Hometown: Elkton, Maryland
Undergrad: Hood College, MD

Graduate: Teacher’s College Columbia University
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-Harlem, NY
Residency: Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia

Fellowship: Medical Education (2 yr), SKMC-Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Email: aoconnel@bhmcny.org

Hello! I’m passionate about adult learning and growth, on shift teaching, curriculum development as well as promoting scholarly activity. I’m an avid nerd and semi-reformed emo kid.

Program Coordinator

Smitia Semexant
Email: ssemexant@BHMCNY.ORG



Ultrasound Director

EJ Grewal, MD
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
Undergraduate: Rutgers University, NJ
Medical School: Hofstra Northwell SOM
Residency: Maimonides Medical Center, NY
Fellowship: Ultrasound, Mt Sinai – Morningside/West
Email: EGrewal@bhmcny.org

Ultrasound Fellowship Director

Matt Kessel, DO
Director, Ultrasound Fellowship

Hometown: Hazlet, NJ
Undergraduate: Richard Stockton College of NJ
Medical School: Rowan SOM
Residency: NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, NY
Fellowship: Ultrasound @ NYP Brooklyn Methodist, NY

Wellness Director

Michelle Sachet, MD

Hometown: Portland, OR

Undergraduate: Gonzaga University

Graduate: University of Oregon

Medical School: New York Medical College

Residency: Jacobi/Montefiore

Email: msachet@bhmcny.org

Residency Simulation Director

Jeremy Riekena, MD

Hometown: Madison. Wisconsin. Undergrad: University of Wisconsin. Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Residency: New York Presbyterian Queens.

Fellowship: Simulation Based Medical Education at UT Southwestern.

email: jrieken@bhmcny.org.

Hospital Simulation Director

Kareen Thompson-Holcomb, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: NYU/Bellevue

US Faculty

Aleuko Gift, MD
Residency: LIJ NorthShore

Fellowship: NYP Brooklyn Methodist


Amira Faour, MD
Hometown: Dubai, UAE
Undergrad: University of North Carolina – Charlotte
Medical School: American University of Antigua 
Residency: Brookdale Hospital, NY
Email: AFaour@bhmcny.org

Magalie Alfred, MD
Medical School: Universite d’Etat d’Haiti Faculte de Medecine et de Pharmacie, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Residency: St. Vincent Hospital Medical Center (Pediatrics), NY
Fellowship: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Pediatric Nephrology)
Specialty: Pediatrics

Carolyn Gichinga, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Residency: SUNY Downstate / Kings County

Elizabeth Stachtiaris, MD

Inaugural Class of 2019
Former Chief Resident, 2018-19
Continued as an Attending physician while pursing a Juris Doctorate at Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she earned a full merit scholarship and Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters and is an Associate editor for Hofstra Law Review, a fellow within the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy, and completed the Health Law Concentration.

Collie Oudkerk, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate: Hamilton, Clinton, NY
Medical School: Howard, DC
Residency: Brooklyn Hospital, NY

Walter Raza, MD
Hometown: Southampton, NY
Undergraduate: Arcadia University, Canada
Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: Boston Children’s (Harvard)
Specialty: Pediatrics