Residency Program — Resident Profiles

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 Residency Program Newsletter (PDF) for more information about the physicians who are working to prevent disease and promote health in the city.

Photo of this year's residents and fellow
From left to right: (standing) fellow Dr. Tina Singh, resident Dr. Emma Ruderman, resident Dr. Scherly Leon, (seated) resident Dr. Rebecca Florsheim, Program Director Dr. Anita Geevarughese and resident Dr. Sarah Johnson.

Dr. Emma Ruderman (First-year)
Dr. Ruderman completed her Bachelor of Arts in biology at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University and her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She recently completed an internal medicine residency in the primary care track at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Emma has prior experience exploring the social determinants of health and is interested in mental health among vulnerable populations, violence and public health, and food security.

Scherly Leon (First-year)
Dr. Leon completed her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in respiratory care as well as her M.D. at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. She completed a Nephrology Fellowship at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. As a former Public Policy Fellow with the American Society of Nephrology, Scherly has experience in health policy and leadership in the field of Nephrology. She is interested in addressing health disparities and equity in a government public health setting.

Dr. Rebecca Florsheim (First-year)
Dr. Florsheim completed her B.S. in molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin and her M.D. at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Rebecca worked as a hospitalist for several years and has experience in global health and human rights work. She recently founded a medical education company focusing on interactive and adaptive learning. Rebecca is currently taking courses toward her M.P.H. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Sarah Johnson(Second-year)
Dr. Johnson completed her B.A. at Wesleyan University and her M.D. at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Prior to joining the residency program, she 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. During her first year in the program, Sarah has worked closely with the Mental Health Service Corps (MHSC) to spearhead several initiatives aimed at strengthening an integrated care model, including facilitating a site champion meeting, which focused on applying principles of trauma-informed care in an integrated care setting. She has also been working with the Department’s Bureau of Communicable Disease (BCD) to develop a clinical algorithm to improve the sensitivity of mortality estimates for reportable conditions in NYC.

Dr. Shahrzad (Sheri) Kardooni (Second-year)
Dr. Kardooni completed her B.A. and M.D. degrees at the University of Rochester and received her M.P.H. 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. During her first year in the program, Sheri worked with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response on a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis; she prepared a final report for submission to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) on this project. She is additionally conducting research with the Office of the Commissioner on the practice of “patient dumping,” and is completing a health promotion guide for the New York City Department of Homeless Services for chronic disease.

Dr. Tina Singh (Fellow in Public Health Practice)
Dr. Singh completed her M.D. at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and her preventive medicine residency training at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since 2014, she has served as Deputy Health Director at the Alexandria, Virginia Health Department, working in many different facets of local government public health. She has been active in residency education and is excited to grow in this area. Tina completed an elective with the PH/PMR Program as a medical student and is eager to learn more about government public health at the Health Department. She joins our program as a Fellow in Public Health Practice, with interests in health care reform and value-based purchasing models, the social determinants of health and health equity.

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