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Great doctors are not simply trained in medical knowledge; they have learned how to be thorough, compassionate and resourceful as well. Overlook Medical Center's faculty is dedicated to teaching every resident how to be the best physician possible. Faculty members enthusiastically offer themselves as mentors to help residents achieve their goals. 

Dr. Jeff Brensilver has been Internal Medicine program director since 2007. He recently handed over his position as Chairman of the Department of Medicine to focus his energies on education. With more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles (previously at St. Luke's-Roosevelt in New York City and New York Medical College in Westchester, NY,) Dr. Brensilver offers an approach to medical education that blends personal mentoring with a focus on pathophysiologic reasoning and an emphasis on interpersonal communication skill development and training in reflectiveness.

Dr. Brensilver attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, followed by an internal medicine residency at Bellevue Hospital Center and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. He then completed a nephrology fellowship at Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston. Each of these educational experiences exposed him to outstanding clinicians, scientists and educators. As a transplant nephrologist, Dr. Brensilver developed his educational philosophy: a broad, deep knowledge of general internal medicine defines the consummate internal medicine physician, enabling him or her to guide patients through medical, psychological and spiritual crises.

Dr. Brensilver enjoys daily participation in noon report and clinical rounds. He ensures that residents gain experience in medical ethics and in palliative care. He has published widely and works directly with residents on their scholarly projects.

Dr. Gina LaCapra, associate program director of Overlook Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, received her bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry from New York University and completed a post baccalaureate program at Columbia University. She graduated from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) – New Jersey Medical School and completed her internal medicine residency at UMDNJ–Cooper Hospital University Medical Center. She was associate director of medical education and associate program director of internal medicine at Union Hospital, an affiliate of the  Saint Barnabas Health Care System, prior to coming to Overlook Medical Center in 2004.

Dr LaCapra is a board-certified internist, a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, Chair of the NJ ACP Resident Committee, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.
As her role as associate program director she assists the program director in carrying out the duties of the ACGME including resident recruitment, board review and board remediation, clinical vignette advisor, medical humanities educator, resident evaluations, and curriculum development. Outside of these duties, she is also Director of the Preoperative Medical Evaluation Center where she focuses on the medical care of the surgical patient in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and she is medical team leader for the hip fracture service.

Her awards include Mentor of the Year Award in June 2008, Resident Champion Award in June 2015, and Atlantic Health System Overlook Medical Center Physician Clinical Excellence Award in May 2019.

After having enjoyed a successful private practice in Union, New Jersey since 1998, where she was active in voluntary medical education training of medical students from her alumni, UMDNJ-SOM, as well as Overlook internal medicine residents in the ambulatory and geriatric emphasized settings, Dawn Calamari-Brinkrode, D.O. became a part-time teaching attending in 2006 at Overlook Medical Center. For several years, she maintained a nursing home practice at

Cornell Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Union, New Jersey, where she was a Medical Director for five years, maintaining a large long term and subacute care population, as well as also incorporating resident education in subacute rehabilitation, to help demonstrate that this is another avenue available to residents considering hospitalist tracks for their futures. While continuing her teaching rounds on weekends, she then closed her private practice and transitioned to North Jersey in 2011, where she joined a group and was responsible for the care of the geriatric patients in multiple nursing care facilities, both long term and subacute rehab, as well as assisted living, inclusive of the primary caregiving of a dementia unit, all in addition to an outpatient ambulatory practice. She maintained staff privileges and covered the medical consultation unit of the Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation in Saddle Brook, New Jersey until 2013.


In 2013, she returned to Union as a full-time faculty preceptor for Overlook Medical
Center, with her major emphasis in the ambulatory setting, as well as continuing her geriatric emphasized practice. She is now a full-time teaching preceptor at the AMG Internal Medicine Residency at Union, our resident-run ambulatory practice. It is there, she is responsible for precepting resident cases, as well as educating them on all the clinical, as well as business aspects of running an ambulatory office. She is also the main faculty educator on ambulatory EPIC techniques for the outpatient clinic and runs study sessions and lectures with the internal medicine residents to help with success in EMR charting. She is proactive in the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and tries to educate the residents as well in the Medicare quality measures and guidelines for value-based care, risk, and chronic care management, inclusive of transitional care management once discharged from facilities. Overall, our residents achieve a comprehensive ambulatory education to ready them in their roles as providers in a future ambulatory setting.


Dawn Calamari-Brinkrode, D.O FACOI is board certified in internal medicine, having successfully last certified for the second time in her career in 2018. She was honored in 2005 as a Fellow, from the American College of Osteopathic Internists for her dedicated role as an osteopathic educator. She is also the recipient of the Patients' Choice Awards (2008, 2009, 2014-18), an honor bestowed to physicians who received near perfect scores, as voted by her patients. She also received a Compassionate Doctor Award (2011-2018), granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness based on physicians' overall scores and bedside manner scores in Vitals.com. She has had a prior faculty appointment at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.


In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son, husband and her two dogs and enjoys the beach, walking, travel, biking and reading as some of her hobbies.
 

Sharen Anghel, MD
Interim Chair, Department of Medicine
Medical Director, Atlantic Medical Group Hospitalists – Overlook Medical Center

Dr. Sharen Anghel completed her undergraduate education at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ, and received her medical degree from Rutgers Medical School. She completed her internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.

She joined Overlook Medical Center’s faculty in August 2007, and now serves as interim chair for the department of medicine as well as medical co-director of the Atlantic Medical Group Hospitalist Program. Her special interests are medical education, quality improvement and patient safety. Some of the Department of Medicine projects she has led or participated in are: venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis and anticoagulation management, diabetes mellitus performance improvement, Rapid Response Team, mortality reduction and computer provider order management systems. She mentors residents through many projects emphasizing a culture of change and patient safety. In 2010 and 2015, the residency awarded her as Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Eve Benvenuti is board-certified in internal medicine and acts as the preceptor for the residents at the Atlantic Medical Group Internal Medicine Residency Practice at Union.

After graduating from New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Benvenuti completed a residency at SUNY Health Sciences Center at Syracuse, NY. Prior to joining Overlook Medical Center in 1993, she worked at the Harvard Community Health Plan in Cambridge, MA; the Hitchcock Clinic, Manchester, NH; and Muhlenburg Hospital, Plainfield, NJ.

Dr. Benvenuti has received several teaching awards. Her interests include outpatient medicine and preventive medicine.

Dr. Michelle Elkins attended medical school at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France, and completed her residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is board-certified in internal medicine with a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics and holds a long-term care medical director certification.

Dr. Elkins has more than 25 years of experience in geriatrics and long-term care, medical education, medical leadership and bioethics. She recently served as corporate medical director for a large health care system's long-term care division, comprising nine nursing homes and three assisted living facilities. Dr. Elkins is the recipient of the NJ Society on Aging 2005 Gerontologist of the Year award, and the Lester Lieberman Humanism Award in 2015. She is the past president of the NJ Medical Director's Association and is voluntary faculty at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. David Jordanovski graduated from the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius School of Medicine in Skopje, Macedonia. He completed his internal medicine residency at Overlook Medical Center and served as Chief Resident for the program for the academic year 2017-2018. Dr Jordanovski is board-certified in internal medicine and is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Before Joining the core faculty of the Internal Medicine Residency program at Overlook Medical Center he briefly worked as a hospitalist at Overlook Medical Center. His special interest lies in Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Rani Gundavarapu joined Overlook Medical Center in July 2014. Prior to this, she served as associate program director, chief of geriatrics and assistant professor of medicine for Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Gundavarapu specializes in internal medicine, geriatrics and palliative care.

Her special interests are resident education and faculty development activities.

Tiziana Califano, MD
Medical Director, Atlantic Medical Group Internal Medicine Residency at Union

Dr. Califano graduated summa cum laude and was valedictorian at the University of Rome “La Sapienza." She completed a residency in internal medicine and was chief resident at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ, where she stayed on as full-time faculty in the internal medicine department. Dr. Califano is board-certified in internal medicine. She is a clinical associate professor at Rutgers Medical School. Dr. Califano joined Overlook in August 2014, and was awarded the Teacher of the Year award in 2005 and 2014, and 2018.

Dr. Califano is a member of the Bioethics and Medical Care Review Committee.

Dr. Diana Chan completed her undergraduate training at Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She graduated from UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical school and completed her internal medicine residency at Temple University. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at Overlook in 2016, she worked as a private hospitalist for four years. She is also the Clerkship Director for the medical students.

Her special interests include hospital medicine, women's health, culinary arts, and travel.