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Our Residents

Preliminary Surgery Residents

Class of 2019

Stuart Curtis, M.D.
University of Utah School of Medicine

Christine Kim, M.D.
Albany Medical College

Second Year Residents

Class of 2018

Tiffany Chen, M.D.
University of Connecticut
School of Medicine

I am thrilled to be training at Albany Medical Center. Currently, I am interested in all aspects of otolaryngology, and am excited to explore the clinical and surgical breadth of practice at AMC over the upcoming years.

Mamie Higgins, M.D.
University at Buffalo School of Medicine

I am truly excited to be joining this dynamic team of colleagues here at AMC. I am looking forward to the varied challenges of intern year and my rotations on the Otolaryngology service. Currently my interests lie in all aspects of general Otolaryngology, but I am keen to experience more of the different specialties as I proceed in my career, possibly towards a fellowship.

Third Year Residents

Class of 2017

Kristina Piastro, M.D.
University of Buffalo
School of Medicine

I am delighted to return to Albany Medical Center to pursue residency training in Otolaryngology. Having spent time here as a student volunteer prior to medical school, I am amazed at how much AMC has grown, and am looking forward to being a part of its further expansion. Intern year will offer many learning opportunities that I will take with me as I transition to the Otolaryngology service next year. I remain interested in both academic and clinical medicine, research endeavors, and delving into all that our field has to offer. I hope to continue these pursuits over the next five years of training and beyond.

Jessica Riccio, M.D.
Albany Medical College

I am very excited to be continuing my medical training at Albany Medical Center. I will be able to combine the knowledge I gained here during medical school with the fundamentals of patient care and surgical skills that the wide ranging opportunities throughout my intern year offer. I look forward to joining the Otolaryngology service in the upcoming months and focusing on all that this field has to offer.

Fourth Year Residents

Class of 2016

Robert Engle, M.D.
Albany Medical College

Interest: I am thoroughly enjoying the broad range of experiences that intern year has to offer. I am building a strong base of fundamentals, although I am looking forward to the time when I can focus entirely on all that Otolaryngology has to offer.

Anna Butrymowicz, M.D.
Drexel University College of Medicine

I'm excited to continue my training as an Otolaryngology resident. I have and continue to be very interested in all aspects of Ear, Nose and Throat surgery however I do hope to pursue subspecialty fellowship after concluding my residency training.


Fifth Year Residents

Class of 2015

Mark Toma, M.D.
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Residency has been amazing so far. I look forward to the remainder of my otolaryngology training and the increasing complexity that my fourth year of residency provides.

Alice Zhao, M.D.
University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey -
New Jersey Medical School

At this stage in my career, I am immersing myself in all aspects of Otolaryngology. I hope to find a specialized interest and pursue fellowship in the future.