Learn more about our current residents and their remarkable work in the Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program by reading their profiles below.
You can also check out the most recent edition of our semi-annual newsletter (PDF) for more information about the physicians who are working to prevent disease and promote health in the city.
Dr. Sarah Johnson (First-year)
Dr. Johnson completed her BA at Wesleyan University and her MD at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. During her career, she has gained experience in health policy, health information technology, and patient safety and quality projects through her work with organizations like RTI International and the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Shahrzad (Sheri) Kardooni (First-year)
Dr. Kardooni completed her BA and MD degrees at the University of Rochester and received her MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She then completed her general surgery training at Georgetown University Hospital and surgical critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Her background in trauma surgery and prior work in public health inspired her interests in emergency preparedness and response, with a focus on communicable disease preparedness.
Dr. Tricia Teoh (Second-year)
Dr. Teoh completed her BS at the University of Texas at Austin and her MD at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She trained as an internal medicine resident at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria before joining our residency program in the summer of 2016. She got involved with a number of interesting projects at the NYC Health Department during her first year in our program. For example, she has been collaborating with the Bureau of Environmental Surveillance and Policy on a survey to assess how ambient noise and light contribute to sleep disturbance for New Yorkers. She is also working with the Bureau of Mental Health to improve connecting first episode psychosis patients to outpatient mental health treatment within 30 days after hospital discharge.
Dr. Bruce Gutelius (Second-year)
Dr. Gutelius completed his BS at Oberlin College, his MD at Albany Medical College and his MPH at the University of Pittsburgh. He trained as an internal medicine resident at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Gutelius previously served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Health Department, before working as Medical Director for the Bureau of Tobacco Control from 2008 to 2011. He then joined the Oregon Public Health Division as a Deputy State Epidemiologist from 2011 to 2016, where he focused on chronic disease issues. Dr. Gutelius returned to the NYC Health Department in 2016 to work with the Bureau of Communicable Disease, where he now serves as the Medical Director for Enterics, Waterborne Disease and Health Education. In this role, he helps oversee and participates in disease surveillance, outbreak response and environmental remediation for waterborne and foodborne diseases. Dr. Gutelius started his residency during the summer of 2016, and he will be completing his practicum work over a two-year period, serving as a part-time resident between now and July 2018.
Dr. Kavita Rajasekhar (Fellow in Public Health Practice)
Dr. Rajasekhar completed both her BS and MD degrees at the University of Florida, followed by preventive medicine residency training and an MPH at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. She served as the Medical Director of Employee Occupational Health Services at the University of New Mexico before joining our program as a Fellow in Public Health Practice, with interests in worksite wellness and sustainability in health care.