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Current Student Profiles

Our students are the backbone of our 150 plus year history. To this end, New York Medical College has developed a culture and a community that supports current students, not only in their learning activities but also in their daily life on campus. 

The Doctor of Public Health Program (Dr.P.H.) is designed for the mid-career professional and practitioner of public health in traditional health departments, managed care organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, consulting firms, international agencies, state and federal agencies.

Imran Ali, M.D.

Imran Ali

Imran is a physician Fellow in Palliative Care/Geriatric Supportive Oncology training at NYC VA System/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He previously was at the University of Connecticut Center on Aging with a special focus on Geriatric Oncology. He has completed a Residency in the department of internal medicine at Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Health. He previously was a clinical research associate with Elmhurst Hospital and the Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Neurosurgery department. Imran has graduated from St. Georges’ University School of Medicine’s Global Scholar’s program pursuing a combined Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health at New York Medical College’s Institute for Public Health. His interest in public health is also providing the basis for his career plans in broadcast medical journalism where educating the public is the top priority. Imran has gained experience by spending a year at CNN’s medical news unit with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and now has begun his broadcast medical journalism career as a contributor to ABC 8′ Good Morning Connecticut as well as CNN HLN’s Nancy Grace show/Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield. He is currently a contributor to the Walt Disney Television’s ABC News Medical Unit which covers Good Morning America, World News Tonight with David Muir, 20/20, Nightline and ABC News World News Now. He has been covering how COVID-19 has particularly affected older adults and nursing homes Responsibilities include ongoing review of medical content for ABC News's various platforms before it is aired and he also contributes on air for the World News Now overnight broadcast on a weekly basis

He plans for a career in clinical as well as policy/advocacy position in Geriatric Medicine specifically with the intersection between emerging cancer therapies, survivorship and palliative care with training at the University of Connecticut Center on Aging, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center.

AlJawhara “Jo” AlSabah

AlJawhra AlSabah

was born and raised in Kuwait, attending Kuwait University as an undergraduate majoring in molecular biology & genetics. After graduating she worked in cancer research at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT, focusing on oncogenomics then in oncological research at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. Subsequently she earned her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015. She is a scholar sent on behalf of Kuwait University’s new Faculty of Public Health and is focused on a systems approach that assures the public’s health in practice, research, and policy by unifying diverse resources of various sectors and challenge different entities to work in a concerted, strategic manner that promotes and protects population health. Future goals include developing and applying a public health framework that focuses on distinct partnerships and the need to shift from an individual to a population-based approach in practice, research, policy, and community engagement. 

Mohammed Alshanbari, B.D.S., M.P.H., M.S. Mohammed Alshanbari

Mohammed Alshanbari is a public health faculty member at Umm AlQura University, Saudi Arabia since 2013. Mohammed Alshanbari graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Medicine and Surgery (B.D.S.) from Ibn Sina National College for Medical Studies, Saudi Arabia. Mohammed was granted a scholarship to pursue his education in the United States since 2016. In 2018 he received his Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Global Health from Loma Linda University, California, also he completed a one-year health policy fellowship at the Randel Lewis Health Policy Program, where he worked at the City of Riverside, California. Mohammed Alshanbari was engaged with the city government officials in advancing health policies in city by developing and evaluating different health policies initiatives such as the Healthy City program. He then went to the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry, California for a residency program in Advanced Operative and Adhesive Dentistry and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomaterials and Digital Dentistry for 2 years and graduated in 2020. Mohammed Alshanbari is planning to go back to Saudi Arabia to teach public health and to contribute to the government of Saudi Arabia's plans to reform the health and education sectors.       

Jay AyarJay Ayar

Jay Ayar is a General Dental Surgeon from India. He received his dental degree from Gujarat University, India in 2011. Dr. Ayar participated in rural dental outreach and a faculty research project during his internship provided him a true hands-on experience in community dentistry. After finishing dental school, he joined a private dental practice as an associate dental surgeon at Ahmedabad City. Besides serving urban patients, he invested his time in providing dental care to the underserved population of rural parts of India. Providing complimentary dental treatment to poor and underserved people, and bringing back smiles to their faces, in his role as a dentist, was truly rewarding.

Dr. Ayar completed a Master of Public Health from Monroe College, New Rochelle, New York in April 2019 with the honor in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement. He hopes to contribute to oral health globally and aspires to be a leader in Government or International Health Organization to develop effective, innovative, and affordable solutions to health issues.

Chandra “Pauline” (Dinakar) Daniel, Ph.DChandra Dinakar Daniel

Chandra “Pauline” (Dinakar) Daniel Ph.D., is currently pursuing her DrPH in Health Policy and Management at the New York Medical College. Her doctoral research in the field of Nutrition and Infectious Diseases led to her research and community outreach amongst the marginalized and frequently incarcerated population with Substance Use Disorders. Her doctoral research finding was presented at the World Health Organization's Annual meeting for the Safe Injection Global Network in 2007. She is the recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award (2014).

She was recognized as an Associate Member of the New York Academy of Medicine in 2019. Chandra Pauline Daniel has worked for the World Health Organization , the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Black Leadership in Health, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task force and the New Jersey Department of Health. In 2018, she took a UN mission to India, as a Temporary Advisor to the UNAIDS, representing a unique collaborative partnership between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Harvard Medical School.  And in September, 2020, the United Nations Association (UNA-USA) selected her as the Global Goals Ambassador for SDG-17. Dr. Daniel's work and research- related track record exude unique and innovative perspectives, are aimed at achieving better health outcomes for all.

Sumeet Gill, B.D.S., M.P.H. 

Sumeet Gil

Sumeet Gill is a dentist and public health professional from India. Currently, she is a doctoral student in Health Policy and Management. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry from India and graduated with a Master's degree in Public Health (Health Policy and Management) from New York Medical College in 2018. Her previous work experiences include dental surgery clinical practice, volunteering for underprivileged communities, and coordination of various dental outreach initiatives. Her work in India was focused on the vision that health needs are addressed through a more equitable, efficient, and effective health care system.

Her research interests include comparative effectiveness of oral health care delivery models, the cost-effectiveness of preventive procedures, dental health-related outcomes research, decision analysis. Her primary research focuses on examining the role of social determinants of oral disease and dental care utilization. 

Ed Hassan

Ed Hassan

Ed Hassan holds a Bachelor degree, cum laude, in Social Sciences from Harvard University, with a concentration in Government & History. I also hold a graduate certificate in Clinical Studies & Biotechnology from Boston University School of Medicine. Additionally, I hold a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in Biological Sciences.


Shruti Kore, M.D., M.P.H.

Shruti Kore

Dr. Kore completed her MD in India and worked in government and corporate hospitals. She was involved in surveying TB suspected patients and adapting activities to assure quality TB services for communities on the fringes and few other projects dealing with infectious and non-communicable diseases. Dr. Kore received her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College in May 2018.  During this time, she was a clinical research intern at Westchester Medical Center in the renal division conducting clinical trials and clinical research to improve patient outcomes. Going forward she intends to plan a career in clinical practice and research on innovative models for health promotion and prevention of diseases at primary health centers.


Ashlyn Morse, M.D., M.P.H. 

Ashlyn Morse

Ashlyn S. Morse is a current DrPH candidate at New York Medical College and Orthopedic Surgical Resident at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY where she works closely with safety net hospital patients in and out of the operating theater. Dr. Morse has a particular interest in the outpatient resident-run clinics that target underserved communities in Westchester and wants to streamline and improve the delivery of cost-effective, conscientious quality care in a post-COVID era. 

Before trekking to the Northeast, Dr. Morse earned her MD and MPH at the sunny University of Miami, working closely with the community stakeholders of Overtown to develop a grant-funded public health program for underserved youth titled “The Overtown Health Theater.” Dr. Morse, in addition to spending time in the sun, also spent time under the hood in the microbiology laboratory working on the role of SOX-9 expression in chondrosarcoma, a rare primary bone cancer, with the Musculoskeletal Oncology team. 

In her spare time, Dr. Morse enjoys long walks on the beach, amateur hiking adventures in Yosemite National Park, and poetry. If you happen upon any outstanding puns—particularly of the Orthopedic variety—please forward them to Dr. Morse for immediate review.

Nicole Richardson, M.P.H., M.S.W.

Nicole Richardson

Nicole Richardson is a pediatric behavioral consultant who specializes in working with children and families. While running her consulting practice, Nicole co-authored studies at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU). She previously worked at the Westchester Institute for Human Development where she was a Westchester Resource for Adoption Program specialist in the child welfare unit. Nicole also gained extensive experience providing individual therapy during her time as a clinical social work intern in the same unit while working with children in foster care. Nicole also interned at NYU’s Child Study Center in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinical and Research Program where she provided psychotherapy and life skills coaching.

Prior to joining the field of social work, Nicole studied public health and completed her practicum as a hospital administration process improvement intern at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She then worked as a public health research assistant at NYU Langone Medical Center. Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Union College. She then went on to graduate from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health in healthcare management and policy. Nicole also received a Master of Social Work from NYU Silver School of Social Work where she was the co-President of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Nicole’s research interests include examining and designing best practices to address healthcare disparities as well as the evaluation of process improvements that enhance both patient experiences and overall health outcomes. 

Nicole Tenner, M.S. Nicole Tenner

Nicole Tenner specializes in disease prevention in her current role is a health educator at White Plains Hospital, she specializes in creating healthy lifestyle programs for her clientele. Nicole has multiple years of experience in wellness programming, public health initiatives and program implantation.

Nicole received her undergraduate degree from Springfield College in Applied Exercise Science in 2015. Nicole went on to complete her Master of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from Springfield College in 2017. While completing her degree, Nicole studied the behaviors of individuals with type 2 diabetes and the correlation between their physical activity as a method of disease management, and their knowledge of healthy lifestyles. She also completed numerous internships with the State of Massachusetts and City of Springfield where she implemented multiple grant funded programs through the CDC.

Currently, Nicole is a DrPH student at New York Medical College with research interests in socioeconomic determinants, and behavioral health.

Crystal Ukaegbu, M.P.H. Crystal Ukaegbu

Crystal Ukaegbu is a resilient, forthcoming emerging public health leader. Both of her parents immigrated to America from Nigeria. She was born in the Bronx, NY. She attended the University of Bridgeport for her first Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Human Services. She continued her education by attending the next SUNY Downstate Medical Center for her Master's in Public Health degree. She is currently a 1st year Doctor of Public Health student attending New York Medical College committed to expanding access to quality healthcare among underserved communities. 

Currently, she is working with the CDC at JFK Airport Quarantine Station, Border Health Services Branch as a Public Health Analyst. Assisting with combating the COVID-19 pandemic through conducting secondary and tertiary screenings, conducting contact investigations, and infection prevention protocols. Providing public health expertise to clinical, epidemiological, and technical experts in response to reports of illnesses in travelers related to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

She has served and worked on initiatives with hospital systems, community clinics, non-profits, and federal & city government agencies. She has experience conducting case investigations, disease outbreak surveillance, epidemiological research studies, gathering, managing, and analyzing data; survey deployment, report writing, infectious disease control & prevention protocol implementation, statistical analysis (SAS & STATA) and providing medical, behavioral, and social resources and services to various types of patients.  Her research interests include: Infectious Diseases, Racial Disparities in Women's Health, Geriatric Care, Health Policies, Cancer Prevention & Control, and Global Health issues. In her spare time, she enjoys having fun, trying new foods, shopping, watching movies, traveling, and mentoring others.