Chief Residents

Amrita Balgobind

Firm 1 Chief Resident - Amrita Balgobind: Amrita was born in Queens, NY and grew up on Long Island. She went to NYU where she studied biology and psychology and then attended the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She started residency without a clear path and with the support of her co-residents, mentors, and her experiences caring for patients at Monte she developed an interest in cardiology. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in cardiology and medical education. As chief, her goal is to work on improving resident clinical experience, education, and wellness. Training as a physician is a time of both professional and personal growth, and her hope is to be receptive to all your concerns to best support you on this wild ride we call residency. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, and sampling lattes from different coffee shops. She is honored to have the privilege to support you in this role and is always available for any reason - big or small.

Diana He

Firm 2 Chief Resident - Diana He: Diana was born in a coal-mining town in West Virginia and raised in Mason, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in biology and anthropology (on the global health and environment track). She then left the Midwest to attend medical school at Weill Cornell Medicine. After falling in love with NYC, she decided to come to Montefiore for residency, attracted to its focus on providing excellent care to a diverse and underserved patient population. She is interested in pursuing a career in endocrinology and medical education. During her free time, Diana enjoys exploring new eats around NYC, running in Central Park and swimming.

Tori Twito

Firm 3 Chief Resident - Victoria “Tori” Twito: Tori was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. She attended the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College where she graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and then an M.D. from the CUNY School of Medicine. Montefiore was the ideal residency since it allowed her to train with like-minded people, while serving the communities she had cared for during her schooling. She is interested in pursuing a career in Allergy & Immunology as well as Medical Education. As Firm 3 chief she is looking forward to providing wellness, support, and (most importantly) snacks for Residents. In her free time she enjoys wandering around Target and exploring the city with her husband Aaron.

David Edelman

PC/SIM Chief Resident - David Edelman: David grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. He studied Spanish and Biology at Washington University in St. Louis before leaving the Midwest for New York City, where he earned his MD and MPH at Columbia. David was drawn to the PC/SIM program for its dedication to caring for marginalized communities and critically examining the structures by which health inequities are created and perpetuated. His career plans are to-be-determined but will include some combination of primary care, medical education and public health. He loves all things Cleveland, running, hiking, hanging out with his dog Electra, and writing trivia questions – if you catch him on a Wednesday, be sure to ask him for that day’s trivia!

Zainab Mabizari

Ambulatory Chief Resident - Zainab Mabizari: Zainab was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Biochemistry and Medical Humanities and went on to obtain her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. Between her third and fourth year of medical school she completed a master’s degree in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University where she learned the power of using storytelling as a tool for critical self-reflection, patient empowerment, and community engagement. After residency Zainab is interested in pursuing a career in medical education and primary care with a focus on medical humanities and patient advocacy. Pandemic permitting, you can find her in her free time reading in a coffeeshop, writing in a journal, practicing her photography skills, or performing poetry at a local open mic.