Class of

2023

Arjun BalaKumar, MD

Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY 
Undergrad: Northwestern University 
Med School: Thomas Jefferson University 
ED Theme Song: All Star, Smash Mouth 
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Scuba diving with bull sharks in Fiji 
Favorite Thing on LI: All the beaches and water activities 
Guilty Pleasure: Watching The Office for the 40th time and counting 
Past Lives: Definitely a dolphin 
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: Marine biologist and conservationist 
Favorite Dessert: Strawberry cheesecake

Courtney Baranek, DO

Hometown: West Babylon
Undergrad: Amherst College
Med School: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
ED Theme Song: Welcome to the Jungle 
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: It’s a tie-  “27 waterfalls" hike/jump/swim in the Dominican Republic, or helicopter ride to dogsled on an Alaskan Glacier

Favorite Thing on LI: Ocean beaches and access to all the watersports
Guilty Pleasure: Sunbathing
Past Lives: Lifeguard, ice hockey player
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: Exercise physiologist & adventure sports guide 
Favorite Dessert: Homemade chocolate chip cookies

Sebanti Bhowmik, MD

Hometown: Queens, New York
Undergrad: St. John’s University
Med School: Stony Brook University
ED Theme Song: Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: met Tom Cruise and Anil Kapoor at a Mission Impossible premiere
Favorite Thing on LI: Port Jefferson Waterfront
Guilty Pleasure: eating my own body weight in food while bingeing on a comedy series, spending hours on a Paint by Numbers set
Past Lives: a cat
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: a yoga instructor, a professional dog walker
Favorite Dessert: tiramisu, cannolis, pie, cheesecake, ice cream…all of them?

Seth Burack, MD

Hometown: Wantagh, NY
Undergrad: University of Miami
Med School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
ED Theme Song: I'm Shipping Up To Boston, Dropkick Murphys
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: I spent 6 weeks in Costa Rica 
Favorite Thing on LI: The beaches 
Guilty Pleasure: Taco Bell
Past Lives: I was a janitor for 5 summers during high school and college, I was also an ED scribe at Stony Brook
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: the owner of a bed and breakfast in the Costa Rican jungle and have several dogs and exotic birds
Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake all the way

Bryan Chen, MD

 

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Undergrad: University of Oklahoma

Med: Texas A&M College of Medicine

ED Theme Song: Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Won the Mr Asian OU pageant

Favorite Thing on LI: Oysters

Guilty Pleasure: Staying up past my bedtime

Past Lives: Professional Violinist, Massage Therapist

If I weren’t a doctor I would be: Music Producer

Favorite Dessert: Ben & Jerry's Milk and Cookies Ice Cream

Ryan Earwood, MD

Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergrad: Florida State University
Med School: FSU College of Medicine
ED Theme Song: Everything Is Awful by The Decemberists
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Skating the million-dollar rail in Miami 
Favorite Thing on LI: My family
Guilty Pleasure: Telling people I have plans but really just having a Harry Potter night with my wife
Past Lives: Hollister greeter, Percussionist, Dog handler, Vet tech, Developmental biology researcher...
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: A brewery/bakery owner. It's a bakery in the morning with a tasting room in the evening!
Favorite Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake 

Robert Hassan, MD

Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergrad: Florida International University
Med School: FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
ED Theme Song: Remember the Name by Fort Minor
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Was a coach at a freerunning gym
Favorite Thing on LI: The beach 😎
Guilty Pleasure: Beating you on the basketball court
Past Lives:  Professional Base Jumper or a Pianist
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: Spiderman… that spider would’ve bit me for sure
Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Ganache Cake

William Hockett, MD

Hometown: Portland, OR
Undergrad: Lafayette College 
Med School: Oregon Health and Science University 
ED Theme Song: Lose Yourself - Eminem
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: took the road less traveled 
Favorite Thing on LI: Beaches & Bagels
Guilty Pleasure: 90's Grunge Music
Past Lives: Carney, Mountaineering Guide, Professional Vagabond, 
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: Demolition Derby Driver 
Favorite Dessert: Pie

Megan Hodges, MD

Hometown: Yorktown Heights, NY
Undergrad: Monmouth University 
Med School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
ED Theme Song: Float On by Modest Mouse 
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: watched two sea turtles lay their nests on the beach in one night 
Favorite Thing on LI: the beaches and the italian food  
Guilty Pleasure: watching 90 day fiance and my 600lb life 
Past Lives: waitress 
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: a foster parent for cats 
Favorite Dessert: chocolate chip mint ice cream (the green kind)

Keahi Horowitz, MD

Hometown: Portland, OR

Undergrad: Portland State University

Med School: John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, Manoa

ED Theme Song: Baba O'Riley by The Who

Coolest thing I've ever done: hiked across the crater of an active volcano

Favorite thing on LI: Italian rainbow cookies

Guilty pleasure: spam musubi or lechon kewali

Past lives: cellist, taiko performer, personal trainer

If I weren't a doctor, I would be: a professional cellist

Favorite dessert: homemade handmade apple pie

Alyssa Ketler, MD

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Undergrad: University of MN
Med School: Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI
ED Theme Song: Truth Hurts by Lizzo
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Used the jaws of life to cut off the roof of a car
Favorite Thing on LI: Italian Ice
Guilty Pleasure: organizing/sorting
Past Lives: retail associate, concierge, assisted living care attendant, babysitter, ER scribe
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: a doggy daycare attendant
Favorite Dessert: DONUTS

Jia Jian Li, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergrad: Macaulay Honors at Brooklyn College
Med School: SUNY Downstate
ED Theme Song: Heart Attack - Demi Lovato
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Snorkeling in Cuba
Favorite Thing on LI: Stony Brook Emergency Medicine Residency... just kidding, it's my 2010 Toyota Yaris
Guilty Pleasure: Eating chicken wings for breakfast
Past Lives: I sold bluetooth speakers
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: A food truck owner that sells fried chicken drumsticks for $1 each
Favorite Dessert: Chicken wings

Aneesh Rajmaira, MD

Hometown: Marion, Indiana  
Undergrad: Emory University 
Med School: Indiana University School of Medicine
ED Theme Song: I’m Goin In - Lil Wayne ft. Drake
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: followed my twin sister’s footsteps by competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Favorite Thing on LI: the parks and all the open soccer fields
Guilty Pleasure: Taco Bell + YouTube until 5am
Past Lives: Max from “Where the Wild Things Are”
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: an astronaut (space doctor’s still on the table)
Favorite Dessert: chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream, Dove Bars

Andrew Ramirez, MD

Hometown: Bay Shore, NY
Undergrad: Farmingdale State College
Med School: Stony Brook School of Medicine
ED Theme Song: Motörhead- Ace of Spades
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Run with bulls at a rodeo in Colombia!
Favorite Thing on LI: Beaching and Boating!
Guilty Pleasure: Gangsta Rap and Candy
Past Lives: A Vagrant/Hippie
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: A mountaineer
Favorite Dessert: Cognac or a nice Port Wine

Laura Schenkel, DO

Hometown: Westchester, NY
Undergrad: University of Michigan 
Med School: Touro COM
ED Theme Song: Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Studied abroad in Europe
Favorite Thing on LI: The beaches, fishing out of Montauk, playing golf
Guilty Pleasure: Harry Potter, LOTR, GOT
Past Lives: Research Associate
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: Veterinarian
Favorite Dessert: Coffee ice cream

Ronald Yu, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY and Princeton, NJ

Undergrad: Vassar College

Med School: Stony Brook Medical School

ED Theme Song: Eye of the Tiger

Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Completing the Prouty Century Bike Tour in Vermont and New Hampshire

Favorite Thing on LI: Swimming at the beaches

Guilty Pleasure: All you can eat sushi

Past Lives: Fruit fly breeder, EMT, Triathlete, Professional Eater

If I weren’t a doctor I would be: An Ecologist

Favorite Dessert: Green tea ice cream, Mango sago

 
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EMergency Medicine

(631) 444-3880

 

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Stony Brook, NY 11794

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