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Infectious Disease Fellowship

Message from the Chief

NYU Winthrop Hospital's Infectious Disease Fellowship Program provides an intensive training program in clinical infectious diseases. Since 1980, the Infectious Disease Training Program continues its tradition of excellence in infectious disease teaching and clinical practice.

This Infectious Disease Fellowship training program is for you if you are passionate about Infectious Diseases and are committed to achieving clinical excellence in Infectious Diseases. This program is designed to train Infectious Disease consultants for an academic/clinical practice.

For Infectious Disease Fellowship application questions, please contact Carole Salvato, Infectious Division's Academic Coordinator. After reviewing the site, if you have further program questions, please contact, Dr. Diane Johnson, Program Director.

Thank you for your interest in the NYU Winthrop Hospital Infectious Disease Fellowship program.

About NYU Winthrop

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to excellence in graduate medical education. An Independent Academic Medical Center located on Long Island, NYU Winthrop’s 591-bed tertiary care hospital sponsors exceptional graduate medical education programs. The institution is proud of its 100+ years of clinical excellence.

In 2015, NYU Winthrop Hospital opened a new, state-of-the-art, 95,000 square-foot Research and Academic Center. The building houses a large auditorium, many conference and classrooms, a new Simulation Center, basic science laboratories, clinical research centers, and the biostatistics department. NYU Winthrop’s inpatient and outpatient facilities offer a full range of patient care experiences. Our dedicated faculty are excellent teachers and mentors.

NYU Winthrop is clearly at the forefront of medicine:

  • NYU Winthrop Hospital was named the 18th best large employer in America by Forbes Magazine in 2017
  • Magnet Recognized Hospital
  • NYU Winthrop Hospital is in the top 5% of U.S. Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as reported by healthgrades
  • Long Island’s first navigator program for cancer care
  • Nationally recognized Children’s Medical Center

Best Regional Hospital in US News and World Report

Program Overview

  • The goal of the Infectious Disease fellowship program is to optimally prepare our fellows for clinical/academic positions.
  • Our Infectious Disease fellows have a varied and intense clinical experience with extensive one-on-one teaching.
  • Hospital Epidemiology & Infection Control are an important aspect of the program.
  • Outpatient infectious disease training is centered in our ambulatory office facility. In addition to general adult infectious diseases consultation, we have a International Travel Clinic.
  • In addition to our HIV inpatient/outpatient experience, rotations in Pediatric Infectious Disease, Medical Microbiology and Transplant Infections are part of the Infectious Disease training program.
  • An integral part of the Infectious Disease training program is clinical research.
  • NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Infectious Disease Fellowship is an ACG ME accredited 2-year training program that combines clinical experience and clinical research.

Program Strengths

  • First Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program on Long Island (since 1980).
  • National reputation for clinical and teaching excellence in infectious disease.
  • The Infectious Disease fellowship program consists of a broad based clinical infectious disease experience in medical/surgical intensive care units, the medical inpatient service, Emergency Department, Surgical and OB/GYN Services.
  • Extensive clinical exposure also includes surgical infectious disease (including neurosurgical and TCV related infections) tropical infections, infections in compromised hosts and transplant infections.
  • High publication rate by Infectious Disease Fellows.
  • Infectious Disease fellows actively participate in Quality Assurance activities, Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control as well as medical student/house staff teaching.
  • The Infectious Disease Faculty is committed to teaching and mentoring Infectious Disease fellows.

Teaching Faculty

Burke A. Cunha, MD, MACP - Chief, Infectious Disease Division, Hospital Epidemiologist, Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine, Professor of Medicine | NYU Winthrop HospitalBurke A. Cunha, MD, MACP
Chief, Infectious Disease Division
Hospital Epidemiologist
Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine

Undergraduate Studies University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
(AB - Microbiology)
Medical School Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania (MD)
Medical Residency Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut
Infectious Disease Fellowship Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut

Clinical and Research Interests
Clinical syndromic diagnosis, FUOs, Pneumonias, Legionnaires' disease, Infections in Critical Care, Hospital Epidemiology, Zoonoses, and Antimicrobial Therapy

Castle Connolly Guide: America's Top Doctors
Master Teacher-Clinician, American College of Physicians

Selected Publications (Infectious Disease fellows names are underlined in pertinent publications)

Natalie C. Klein, MD, PhD - Associate Director, Infectious Disease Division, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine | NYU Winthrop HospitalNatalie C. Klein, MD, PhD
Associate Director, Infectious Disease Division
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Undergraduate Studies Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
(BA - Liberal Arts)
New York University, New York, New York
(PhD - Microbiology)
Medical School Jefferson Medical College
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (MD)
Medical Residency Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York
Infectious Disease Fellowship Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York

Clinical and Research Interests
HIV, Lyme Disease, Tuberculosis

Castle Connolly Guide: Best Doctors in the New York Metropolitan Area

Selected Publications (Infectious Disease fellows names are underlined in pertinent publications)

Diane H. Johnson, MD - Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program, Assistant Director, Infectious Disease Division, Director, Ambulatory Infectious Disease, Assistant Professor of Medicine | NYU Winthrop HospitalDiane H. Johnson, MD
Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
Assistant Director, Infectious Disease Division
Director, Ambulatory Infectious Disease
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Undergraduate Studies State University of New York School of Medicine, Stony Brook, New York
(BS Biology)
Medical School University of Vermont College of Medicine
Burlington, Vermont (MD)
Medical Residency Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, New York
Infectious Disease Fellowship Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, New York

Clinical and Research Interests
STDs, Infections in Women, Prenatal Infections

Castle Connolly Guide: Best Doctors in the New York Metropolitan Area

Selected Publications (Infectious Disease fellows names are underlined in pertinent publications)

Adina Claudia Musta, MD - Director, Transplant & Immunocompromised Host Services | NYU Winthrop HospitalAdina Claudia Musta, MD
Director, Transplant & Immunocompromised Host Services

Undergraduate Studies
Medical School University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara, Romania (MD)
Medical Residency St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
Infectious Disease Fellowship St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
Transplant Infectious Disease Fellowship Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon

Clinical and Research Interests
Infections in organ transplant and compromised hosts, MRSA, Legionnaires’ disease

Jonathan Freeman Scholarship, SHEA/CDC Training Course in Healthcare Epidemiology, Seattle, Washington.

Award for Outstanding Resident Research, Department of Internal Medicine
St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan.

Selected Publications (Infectious Disease fellows names are underlined in pertinent publications)

Leonard Krilov, MD - Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease Division, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics | NYU Winthrop HospitalLeonard Krilov, MD
Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease Division
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics

Undergraduate Studies Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
(BS - Biology)
Medical School Columbia University, New York, New York
Medical Residency Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
Infectious Disease Fellowship Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Clinical and Research Interests
RSV, Lyme Disease, enteroviruses

Castle Connolly Guide: America's Top Doctors,
National Consultant on RSV for the American Academy of Pediatrics

Selected Publications (Infectious Disease fellows names are underlined in pertinent publications)

Rodger Silletti, PhD - Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory | NYU Winthrop HospitalRodger Silletti, PhD
Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

Undergraduate Studies Manhattan College, Bronx, New York (BS Biology)
Graduate Studies C.W. Post College/Long Island University, Greenvale, New York (M.S. Medical Microbiology)

St. John's University, Queens, New York, (PhD., Molecular Biology)

Research Interests
Clinical value of laboratory testing

Board Certified, Clinical and Public Health Microbiology American Board of Medical Microbiology

Selected Publications
Silletti, R.P., E. Ailey, S. Sun, and D. Tang.1997. Microbiologic and Clinical Value of Primary Broth Cultures of Wound Specimens Collected With Swabs. J Clin. Microbiology. 35:2003-2006.

JAaveri, M., R.P. Silletti, and M. Gertner.1997. 'Bacteroides fragilis'? Resurgence in Neonatal ICU. Neonat Int Care.10:16-18.

Silletti R.P., V. Glezerov, and I. Schwartz.1996. Pulmonary Paracoccidioidomycosis Misdiagnosed as Pneumocystis Pneumonia in an Immunocompromised Host. J Clin. Microbiology.34:2328-2330.

Silletti R.P., G. Lee, and E. Ailey.1996. Stool Screening Tests in Diagnosis of Invasive Bacterial Enteritis and in Selection of Specimens Likely to Yield Invasive Enteric Pathogens. J Clin. Microbiology.34: 1161-1165.


Infectious Disease Weekly Schedule
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9am - 10am ID Clinic ID Clinic Grand Rounds ID Clinic Travel Clinic
10am - 11am ID Clinic ID Clinic ID/OP Clinic ID Clinic ID Board Review for IM Residents
10am - 10am ID Clinic ID Clinic Microbiology Plate Rounds
ID Clinic Infection Control Committee
Every 3rd Friday
11am - 12pm ID Clinic ID Clinic Microbiology
Lecture Series
ID Clinic  
12pm - 1pm ID Journal Club/Case
ID Clinic ID Board Review ID Clinic ID Board Review
1pm - 6pm ID/OP Clinic
ID Hospital Rounds
ID Clinic
ID Hospital Rounds
ID Hospital Rounds ID Clinic
ID Hospital Rounds
Travel Clinic
ID Hospital Rounds

Revised 8/7/2015

All fellows are expected to attend all conferences and lectures

All meetings are in the Infectious Disease Division Conference Room, (Suite #432), unless otherwise noted

Recent Fellow Graduates

Joseph Chandrankunnel, MD West Islip, New York
Sara Nausheen, MD* Hanford, California
Stephanie Strollo, MD Charlotte, North Carolina
Marianne Laguerre, MD Fort Pierce, Florida
Azfar Chak, MD Raritan, New Jersey
Brian McDermott, DO* Glens Falls, New York
Miled Pherez, MD St. Louis, Missouri
Lawrence Eisenstein, MD† Mineola, New York
Vitaliy Krol, DO Manhasset, New York
Naveed Hamid, MD Orlando, Florida
Eric Hansen, DO Cape May, New Jersey
Venkat Minnaganti, MD* Decatur, Illinois
Subha Parchuri, MD Anderson, South Carolina
Sowjanya Mohan, MD* Augusta, Georgia
Anita Jose, MD Queens, New York
Jean Hage, MD* Urbana, Illinois
Andrew Petelin, MD* New York, New York
Uzma Syed, MD West Islip, New York
Nardeen McKail, MD Setauket, New York
Sigridh Munoz-Gomez, MD* Springfield, Massachusetts
Arthur Gran, MD Smithtown, New York

* Infectious Disease fellow graduates in hospital teaching programs.
† Health Commissioner, Nassau County Department of Health


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.

Program Benefits

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.

2018-2019 Annual Salary
PGY 1 $66,259
PGY 2 $69,123
PGY 3 $72,108
PGY 4 $75,034
PGY 5 $77,958
PGY 6 $80,883
PGY 7 $83,808
PGY 8 $86,745


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, $5.40 for lunch and 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

Living on Long Island

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.