Student Leadership

Neville Dusaj, M.S. is a first year MD/PhD student in the Weill Cornell/Sloan Kettering/Rockefeller University Tri-Institutional Program. He recently completed his undergraduate and master’s studies at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in biochemistry and earning a Master’s degree in chemistry. For 3 years, Neville worked with Penn’s student run Medical Emergency Response Team as an EMT, and he loved volunteering and working with his peers to assist those in need of medical assistance. With Heart to Heart, he is excited to continue to reach out and help a wide variety of local communities, educating and informing the local patient population.

 

Neville Dusaj, M.S.

Event Coordinator

ned2010@med.cornell.edu


Andzelika Dechnik is a first year medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College. An immigrant from Poland, Andzelika moved to New York when she was six years old and has lived in New York City ever since. She completed her undergraduate education at Macaulay Honors at Hunter College, where she studied biology and psychology. During her time as an undergraduate student, Andzelika volunteered at NYU Langone, New York Hospital queens, as well as a private pediatric office: all experiences that shaped her interest and desire to get involved in in medicine. Volunteering for Heart-to-Heart has allowed Andzelika to give back to the community in which she grew up.

 

 

 

Andzelika Dechnik

Volunteer Recruiter

and2055@med.cornell.edu


Du Cheng is a third year MD-PhD student in the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional Program. He is a 2016 recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans for his work as an innovator and researcher as well as his efforts in the Heart-to-Heart program. He was born and raised in Zhengzhou, China and came to the US in 2008. He attended Humboldt State University where he found his passion in science and was selected as a research scholar to be funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) at Stanford University. While attending school, he founded iDu Optics LLC, a medical device manufacturing company based on his own inventions. He also founded the Dimensionworks for Biomedical Design group, an organization that has transformed over a hundred physicians and medical students into inventors with 3D printing. He has recently developed a new portable retinal camera that has been used in H2H community screening. Du and other co-founding faculty and students applied for funding and initiated the Ophthalmology Screening Program to provide eye care to the high-risk population in the low-income community. He is dedicated to combining innovation, research, education and business operation in an integrated system to change the way we provide health care.

Du Cheng

Co-Founder and Director of Ophthalmology Team

duc2004@med.cornell.edu


Faculty and Staff

Team Member

Jeff Zhu, B.S., is the Project Coordinator for the Community Outreach at the Clinical and Translational Science Center, Weill Cornell Medical College. He leads a team dedicated to providing administrative, logistical, regulatory, technical, and other research support for community outreach programs and community based research projects. He has extensive experience working on multi-institutional collaborative projects and working with communities. Programs he has worked on include innovative projects such as linking medical experts to under-served minority communities using videoconferencing technology, group and individual treatment of stress and PTSD with veteran communities and active duty troops, and several nutrition, lifestyle and empowerment programs for underprivileged children and youth in the New York Metropolitan area.

 

 

Jeff Zhu, B.S.

CTSC Community Relations Manager

jez2003@med.cornell.edu


Team Member
Julianne L. Imperato-McGinley, M.D., is the Weill Cornell Medical College Mentor to the program, providing programmatic oversight and guidance. She is currently the Associate Dean for Translational Research and Education at the Weill Cornell Medical College, and Program Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Center. Her roles include 1) Program design and implementation advising 2) Connecting the program to resources at the Weill Cornell Medical College and partner institutions 3) Recruiting Volunteer physicians and 4) Overall Program Development.

 

 

 

Julianne L. Imperato-McGinley, MD.

Program Director, CTSC, WCMC

jimperat@med.cornell.edu


Team MemberChristopher Schultz, M.D., completed his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin. He then worked for ten years in research and the private sector in Boston prior to attending Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at NYU School of Medicine. In addition to General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, his other clinical interests include cardiovascular risk reduction, sports medicine and musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Schultz is the medical director for the Heart to Heart program at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Schultz is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

 

 

 

Christopher Schultz, M.D.

Medical Director

cps9003@cornell.med.edu


Past Leadership

Team MemberLisa Noble, B.A. is a third year MD-PhD student at the Weill Cornell/Sloan Kettering/Rockefeller University Tri-Institutional Program. While an undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley, Lisa worked at the Emergency Department of Highland Hospital, a level-1 trauma center in Oakland, CA. There she witnessed detrimental consequences of mismanaged diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and received significant insight into the socioeconomic conditions that exacerbate chronic medical conditions. Lisa is passionate about empowering patients through education and awareness at Heart to Heart. She is studying the mechanisms of metastasis of breast cancer at Rockefeller University for her thesis work. She plans as a physician scientist to elucidate mechanisms of disease to advance patient’s therapeutic options.

 

Lisa Noble, B.A.

 Former Program Co-Director 

 lbn2001@med.cornell.edu


Sapir Nachum, BS, is a first year medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College. As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, she studied biology and economics. During her time at UVA she worked closely with Challah for Hunger, a nonprofit that partners with local food banks and national hunger advocacy organizations to raise money for hunger relief efforts. Her work with Challah for Hunger and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank emphasized the importance and rewarding nature of working within one's own community to provide a much needed service. Working with Heart to Heart has allowed her to give back to her new community here in New York City.

 

 

Sapir Nachum, B.S.

Former Outreach Coordinator

san2022@med.cornell.edu


David Dillon, PhD. is a second year MD student at Weill Cornell Medical College. While pursuing his doctorate in epidemiology at the University of Cambridge, UK he worked on describing cardio-metabolic risk associated with HIV and antiretroviral therapy. His work took him to eastern Africa, where he saw first-hand the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes and cardiovascular disease in populations without easy access to quality healthcare services. The Heart to Heart Community Outreach Program allows David to apply his knowledge and previous experience to combating cardio-metabolic disease closer to home.

 

 

 

 

David Dillon, PhD. 

Former Grants & Research Coordinator

djd2004@med.cornell.edu


Katherine Li, BSE, is a first year MD student at Weill Cornell Medical College. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, she studied chemical and biological engineering. After graduating from college, she worked for two years in technology and biotechnology consulting in New York City. During this time, she became interested in community health and disadvantaged populations through working at the emergency department at Beth Israel Hospital and volunteering with Housing Works, an organization that provides housing and health services to patients with HIV. Working with Heart to Heart has allowed her to continue reaching diverse patient populations throughout New York City.

 

 

Katherine Li, BSE,

Former Outreach Coordinator

ktl2002@med.cornell.edu


Team MemberCorynn Kasap, B.S., is a fourth year MD-PhD student at the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional Program. While pursuing her undergraduate studies, Corynn assisted in basic science research in endocrinology and pharmacology, examining the on and off-target mechanism of action of drugs used in treating diabetes. After graduating from college, she worked for four years as a Research Associate in the Neil Shah Lab at UCSF in Hematology-Oncology, where she studied mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapeutics used to treat leukemia. In addition to her role as co-director of Heart to Heart, she is currently working on her thesis work in Chemical Biology in the Kapoor Lab at Rockefeller University. Corynn plans on pursuing a career as a physician scientist in which she can continue to combine her interests in scientific research and advancing the standard of care for patients.

Corynn Kasap, B.S.

Former Program Co-Director

czk2001@med.cornell.edu


Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD., is a seventh year MD/PhD student at the Tri-Institutional MD/PhD Program at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Moreno recently completed his PhD in cardiac arrhythmia mechanisms, with a focus on modeling and simulation of new antiarrhythmic drugs. He is the 2011 recipient of the Ida Sophia Scudder, MD Award for Excellence in Public Service presented by Weill Cornell Medical College for his work on the Heart-to-Heart program as well as his efforts at the student-run free clinic. His research interests include both basic scientific avenues of cardiac electrophysiology, as well as public health disparities research and preventative cardiology. As former co-director of the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, the student-run free clinic for the uninsured, Dr. Moreno lead a student board of 18 medical students and oversaw all operational aspects of clinic. He has successfully coauthored numerous grants on behalf of the clinic that ensured the successful provision of primary care services to uninsured New York City residents.

Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.

Co-founder

jom2036@med.cornell.edu


 

Suchit H. Patel, Ph.D., is a seventh year student at the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program and has wide interests in biomedical research, public health and health care innovation. As a young scientist, he has experience in molecular biology, neuroscience, and mathematical modeling and analysis. In the past, he has worked in infectious diseases research; his present research focuses on the biological and theoretical mechanisms underlying exquisite pitch detection in hearing. As former Director of the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, he oversaw operational and strategic management of Weill Cornell's student-run free clinic for the uninsured. Together with his colleagues, he also leads the Weill Cornell Heart-to-Heart Community Outreach Campaign, which partners across academic, community and government institutions to provide New York City's undeserved areas access to basic health screening and care, and for which he is the inaugural recipient of the Ida Sophia Scudder, MD Award for Excellence in Public Service at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Suchit H. Patel, Ph.D.

Co-founder

sup2011@med.cornell.edu


Keith LaScalea, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine on faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed his residency in Primary Care/Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital and medical school at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. LaScalea serves as the Director of the Atkins Foundation Curriculum in Metabolic Disease. He directs the continuing medical education curriculum at Weill Cornell Medical Associates- East Side and is Vice Course Director of the first-year course “Medicine, Patients and Society,” Dr. LaScalea has participated in multiple non-profit health outreach efforts in both Africa and New York. He served on the Board of Directors of a non-governmental organization based in Zambia for four years. Dr. LaScalea was awarded the Barbara Zucker Traveling Fellowship in Clinical Infectious Diseases in 2001 and has received teaching awards from WCMC.

Keith LaScalea, M.D.

Former Medical Director

kal9006@med.cornell.edu