The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Meet Our Residents: PGY2

Japot Bal, M.D. 

MD:  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

BA:  Wesleyan University


Taylor Douglas, M.D., M.S.

MD:  University of North Carolina

MS:  Wake Forest University

BA:  Duke University


Kelsea Grant, M.D., M.S. 

MD:  Florida International University

MS:  Drexel University

BA:  University of Florida, Gainesville


Lauren Jacobowitz, M.D., M.P.H. 


MPH:  Dartmouth

BS:  Cornell, Ithaca


Chloe Nicolaisen, M.D. 

MD:  University of California, San Francisco

BA:  Stanford University


Savannah Pearson Ayala, M.D. 

MD:  New York University

BA:  University of Arizona

Montefiore stood out to me on the interview trail as a truly mission driven institution. Although the diversity, acuity, and volume of cases at Montefiore reassured me that I would become a confident and competent OB/GYN no matter my chosen area of practice, what really drew me to Monte is its commitment to providing evidence-based medicine to the historically misrepresented residents of the Bronx. At every level of the program, the emphasis on advocacy, from the Social OB/GYN track, to the family planning training, the patient-centered research, creates a culture of social awareness among the residents, fellows, and attendings. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to learn and grow with the support of these dedicated, community-minded surgeons, especially my intern class!


Ruchita Pendse, M.D. 

MD:  Stanford University

BA:  University of Pennsylvania


Pournami Rajeev, M.D. 


BA:  University of California, Los Angeles


Dana Robertson, M.D. 

MD:  Emory University

BA:  Washington University, St. Louis

I honestly never thought that the cliche that I would get "that feeling" when I interviewed at the program for me would ring true but there is no doubt that I felt it during my interview. In the throes of interview season, I dreaded waking up early for this interview only to find myself surprised at how easily engaged I was from the very beginning. What struck me most about my interview day was the strong sense of shared values that I felt. The consistent commitment to the underserved patients of the Bronx and beyond as well as the program’s strong advocacy focus were exactly what I was looking for in my residency training. I knew that this was a place that was about action and not just talk, and I could tell I would be well supported as I continued on my journey to do the same.


Arjun Sarkar, M.D. 

MD:  Northwestern University

BS:  University of California, Los Angeles

It was important to me that the place I train at had a purpose beyond churning out doctors. Montefiore serves the people of the Bronx. And despite all of the challenges and inconveniences that come with that, I could tell even from my interview day that each person I talked with felt like they were part of a larger mission. Somewhat hand-in-hand with that, because of the myriad barriers our patients face in their everyday lives, I could see that this residency would give me skills I can be confident in regardless of what situations I face later in my career.


Our Residents

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