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Program Director’s Message

NYU Winthrop’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship offers a comprehensive, rigorous program, with a nationally recognized faculty, who work very closely with fellows in their educational, clinical and research activities. Graduates of this program are sought after for their ability to provide excellent patient care in this challenging and rewarding specialty.

NYU Winthrop Hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center which proudly offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. We are a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. We are also Nassau County’s only American College of Surgeons certified adult Level 1 Trauma Center with full adult and pediatric capabilities.

Rest assured that whatever medical care you or your family may need, NYU Winthrop is committed to a profound guiding principle: “Your Health Means Everything”

NYU Winthrop Hospital has been a focal point of academic medicine on Long Island and is now very proud to partner with the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, a newly LCME accredited, innovative 3-year medical school located on the hospital campus with a mission to educate exemplary physicians and academic leaders in primary care. In addition, we sponsor over 30 medical and surgical residency and fellowship training programs where 300 physicians have chosen to pursue their post-graduate medical education.

NYU Winthrop has a vibrant multi-faceted research program. As part of its mission as a teaching hospital, NYU Winthrop physicians and scientists are engaged in groundbreaking basic and clinical biomedical research.

Ever changing and growing with the diverse community it serves, NYU Winthrop Hospital is, in many ways, a unique institution, simultaneously large and small, regional as well as local. We successfully blend the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a very personal approach to patient care – an approach that has become the cornerstone of our organization.
View NYU Winthrop Hospital’s awards and recognitions

  • Three-year program leading to eligibility in both pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine
  • Fully accredited Sleep Laboratory with two board certified sleep physicians
  • Internationally recognized Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, which includes a facility for exercise and education
  • Large basic and clinical research programs; inpatient consultation service where fellows are responsible for the care of 25-30 patients at any one time
  • Fully equipped ambulatory practice setting, which includes seven exam rooms, two consultation rooms, a minor procedure room and the adjacent Pulmonary Function Lab
  • Generous house staff benefits, including heavily subsidized housing and complimentary meals

A three-year program leading to eligibility in both pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine. Fellows see approximately 1,000 consultations requested of the service per year, and assume significant responsibility for the patients admitted directly to the Pulmonary Service. Fellows are taught all pulmonary procedures, including: fiberoptic bronchoscopy; chest tube insertion and transbronchial needle aspiration; and hemodynamic monitoring. Invasive monitoring is taught in the intensive care setting. The critical care experience stresses the interpretation of hemodynamic data and hemodynamic intervention as well as ventilatory care.

MICU SICU Sleep TCV Research Consult
PGY 4 3 2 2 1 2 2
PGY 5 1 2 2 2 3 2
PGY 6 1 1 3 2 3 2

Applicants should apply two years prior to the start of their fellowship. All applications will be processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please access the ERAS Website for more detailed information.

The following materials are required for application. Starting July 15th, programs begin downloading information. It is in the applicant’s best interest to have all materials uploaded in a timely manner.

  • Medical school transcript
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement describing research interest and career goals
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3 scores
  • Visas H1b and J1

Peter Spiegler, MD
Chief, Division of Pulmonary Care
Associate Professor of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine
Academic interests: Lung cancer, bronchoscopy, navigation bronchoscopy

Shalinee Chawla, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Associate Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit
Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine
Academic interest: Sepsis, Rapid Response Team, Simulation Training

Sarun V. Thomas, DO
Associate Fellowship Program Director
Director of Respiratory Therapy
Academic Interests: Critical Care Ultrasound, Airway training/management, Lung Cancer and EBUS, Asthma

Shilpa Anne DeSouza, MD
Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Center
Academic interests: PH

Priya Agarwala, MD
Director of Interstitial Lung Disease Program
Academic Interests: Pulmonary Fibrosis, TB, Lung Cancer, Physiology, COPD

Mangalore Amith Shenoy, MD
Academic Interests: Simulation training, bronchiectasis, Bronchoscopy, EBUS

Manju Pillai, MD
Academic Interests: Neuromuscular diseases, Oncology, Sleep Medicine

Incoming Fellows

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George Elkomos-Botros, MD

  • Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency: Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY
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Erin Meier, MD

  • Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Sint Maarten
  • Residency: NYU Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, NY
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Chaim Rube, MD

  • Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • Residency: Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA

First Year

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Chelsea Kennedy-Snodgrass, DO

  • Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill, Greensburg, PA
  • Residency: NYU Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, NY
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Ashish Rai, MD

  • Medical School: Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical School, Mumbai
  • Residency: North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA
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Alexandra Zavin, DO

  • Medical School: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY
  • Residency: Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT

Second Year

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Svetlana Fridlyand, DO

  • Medical School: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY
  • Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA
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Lydia Winnicka, MD

  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Residency: Guthrie Hospital, Sayre, PA

Third Year

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Anisha Kamath, MD

  • Medical School: Government Medical College, Miraj, India
  • Residency: Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
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Michael Lau, MD

  • Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency: Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY
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Errold S Reid, MD

  • Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
  • Residency: Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY


  • Sohi Ashraf, MD – Essentia Health, Fargo, ND
  • Animesh C Gour, MD – Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie, PA
  • Santhosh John, MD – Summit Health, Chambersburg, PA


  • Vivian Keenan, MD – Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, NY
  • Nadia Pletukhina – NYU Langone Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
  • Naveen K Tyagi, MD – Baylor Scott & White Health, Temple TX


  • Deepinder Osahan, MD – St. Mary’s Hospital/Franklin Medical Group, Waterbury, CT
  • Joyce Pang, MD – Billings Clinic Hospital, Billings, MT


  • Malaygiri Aparnath, MD – Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
  • Ajsza Matela, MD – Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Bronx, NY
  • Anish Desai, MD – Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, NY
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Peter Spiegler, MD
Pulmonary & Critical Care Division Chief


  • EBUS
  • Navigational Bronchoscopy
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Michael Weinstein, MD
Program Director – Sleep Medicine Fellowship


  • Non-Respiratory Sleep Disorder
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
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Shalinee Chawla, MD
Program Director – Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship


  • Sepsis
  • Critical Illness
  • Critical Care Ultrasound
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Shilpa Desouza, MD
Director – Pulmonary Hypertension Center


  • Pulmonary Hypertension
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Sarun Thomas, DO
Director – Medical ICU, Associate Program Director – PCCM Fellowship


  • Critical Care Ultrasound
  • EBUS
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Priya Agarwala, MD
Director – Interstitial Lung Disease Program


  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • COPD
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Amith Shenoy, MD
Director – Pulmonary Rehabilitation


  • Bronchiectasis
  • Obstructive Lung Disease
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Manju Pillai, MD


  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Pulmonary Oncology
  • Sleep Medicine
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Michael Bender, MD
Director – Respiratory Therapy


  • Sepsis
  • Asthma

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s graduate medical education programs create an atmosphere in which cultural and ethnic differences among patients, staff, and house staff are recognized, respected, understood and embraced. Residents participate in the care of a diverse group of patients and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from varied backgrounds. NYU Winthrop aims to bring the best residents, fellows and faculty from all ethnic, racial and gender groups to learn and care for patients in this diverse environment.

House Staff Benefits


Housing accommodations, at heavily subsidized rates, are available in apartment buildings and residential homes within close proximity to the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus. If a member of the house staff requests NYU Winthrop housing and it cannot be provided, a live-off allowance may be provided.


Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan region. Tax deferred annuity is available.

2019-2020 Annual Salary
PGY 1 $68,247
PGY 2 $71,197
PGY 3 $74,272
PGY 4 $77,285
PGY 5 $80,297
PGY 6 $83,310
PGY 7 $86,323


Residents and fellows are provided with three complimentary meals per day, seven days per week, in NYU Winthrop’s full service cafeteria (up to $4.00 for breakfast, $4.50 for lunch and $5.90 dinner).

House Staff Lounge

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s new house staff lounge is accessible 24/7. The spacious and comfortable lounge is equipped with computers, wifi, television, foosball table, lockers, lounge chairs, as well as coffee and tea.


NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows receive four weeks of vacation (20 working days) within each contract year.

Conference Time

PGY 1 level residents are eligible to attend one local conference (New York Metropolitan Area), at the discretion of the Program Director. House staff at the PGY 2 level and above are eligible for one trip, maximum of five consecutive weekdays, to an approved professional conference in the continental United States each year, at the discretion of the Program Director.

Educational Allowance

Reimbursement for allowable educational expenses is available up to a maximum of $75 for PGY 1 residents and $700 for PGY2 and higher residents and subspecialty fellows.

TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program

The TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program is available. This program allows the resident/fellow to deduct pre-tax money to pay for mass transit or commuter parking (up to a predefined maximum).

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Free parking while on duty
  • Prescription medications in the Hospital formulary…free to residents and at cost for eligible dependents
  • Paid sick leave
  • Free laundry service for lab coats and other hospital uniforms
  • Health club membership reimbursement…up to $100 per academic year
  • An “Arts and Humanities” series… complementing your medical education with exposure to music, literature, history and fine arts
  • Graduation dinner gala

Insurance Benefits

Medical and Dental Coverage

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include generous medical, pharmaceutical, and dental coverage, as well as flexible spending accounts. Benefits are effective from the first day of residency/fellowship.

Disability Insurance

Residents/fellows are covered by short-term, non-occupational disability insurance (up to six months). To be eligible for disability insurance benefits, one must be on the payroll for a minimum of twenty (20) work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven (7) calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, and in the course of, employment. These benefits, which supplement lost income, are based on salary level and are payable for up to 26 weeks after the employees accrued sick time has been used.

The long term disability benefit begins after six months of short term disability. It pays a monthly benefit for an extended illness or injury. The monthly benefit is offset by benefits from other sources, such as Workers Compensation and Social Security.

Workers Compensation

House staff receive compensation, in accordance with the Workers Compensation Law, for any illness or injury which is job related. Benefits include payment for medical expenses and lost pay.

Family and Medical Leave

In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, NYU Winthrop Hospital will grant residents/fellows unpaid leave(s) for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period. To be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1250 hours in the twelve-month period prior to the start date of the requested leave. FMLA leave may be granted for the birth, adoption or acceptance for foster care of a child; for the care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or for the employee’s own serious illness.

Residents/fellows may to return to their training program after a leave of absence, without loss of training status, if their leave does not exceed that allowed by the specialty boards.

Professional Liability Insurance

NYU Winthrop’s residents/fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for the duration of their training through the Hospital’s self-insurance program. Coverage provides legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts are within the scope of the education program.

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance is provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow. This benefit equals 1 X the resident/fellow’s annual salary payable to the beneficiary. Residents/fellows may purchase additional voluntary life insurance up to 3X their annual salary (combined basic and voluntary may not exceed $500,000).

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow.

Retirement Plan

A Defined Contribution 403(b) Plan is available for voluntary pre-tax/after-tax contribution.

Employee Health Services

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows are provided with pre-employment physicals, annual health assessments, and Tuberculosis screenings, as well as vaccines and required health surveillance free of charge through the hospital’s Employee Health Service. In addition, if a member of the house staff becomes ill while at work, he or she will be seen at no charge by an Employee Health practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if the Employee Health Service practitioner is not available.

Counseling Services

Free assessment, referral and brief psychotherapy services are available on a confidential basis to members of the House Staff and their immediate families.

Employee Assistance Program & Work/Life Assistance Program

This resource is available to residents/fellows and their family members to assist with:

  • Areas of assistance include: psychological, child care, elder care, daily living, legal/financial, and work-related
  • Confidential
  • No Cost
  • 24/7
  • Managing work/life dilemmas at a personal level
  • Overcoming emotional hurdles
  • Getting performance back on track
  • Immediate crisis response capability

The longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island stretches over 100 miles from New York City to Montauk Point. A celebrated summer vacation spot, Long Island offers seasonal beauty, professional sports events, art museums and galleries, and fabulous cuisine. Eastern Long Island has gained fame as for its vineyards, and is home to almost 20 wineries. From NYU Winthrop it is a short trip to Manhattan, where you can enjoy world class dining, museums, and endless cultural opportunities. From scenic Atlantic Ocean beaches to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk Point, Long Island has something for everyone.

Convenient access to NY City is available by Long Island Railroad located directly adjacent to NYU Winthrop Hospital. Residents and fellows take advantage of the opportunity enjoy the myriad of cultural, social, and professional activities in New York City. Additionally, NYU Winthrop’s location in central Nassau County allows easy access to spectacular beaches.

The village of Mineola is a wonderful place to live and work. Mineola affords one the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Long Island lifestyle, while living only 30 minutes away (via LIRR) from the attractions of NYC.

The close vicinity of the hospital, where most of the resident housing is located, is an excellent location for both families and single residents. Aside from a LIRR station leading directly into NYC, the area is surrounded by a quiet residential neighborhood and a large park with sports facilities, open fields, and a local library. The Roosevelt field mall, one of the largest retail centers on Long Island, is located less than a mile away from the hospital along with a large conglomerate of brand name stores and services.

You can also enjoy the wonderful things that Long Island itself has to offer You will find that living in Mineola is a sound choice from the economic perspective. While residents living in large cities incur significant living expenses, Mineola is very affordable.

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Student Rotations

  1. U.S. Medical students
  2. International Medical students
  3. Podiatry Students

Resident and fellow Rotations

Residents and fellows can apply for a rotation with any department by contacting the academic coordinator for that program via email with a copy of your CV and the dates you are requesting for your rotation.

The department will review your CV and let you know if there are any rotation spots available for the time requested. If you are approved for the rotation the Office of Academic Affairs will contact you with the necessary paperwork.

Contact Us

Belinda Bettenhauser
Program Coordinator
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NYU Winthrop Hospital
222 Station Plaza North, Suite 400
Mineola, NY 11501

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