The Weill Cornell Tri-Institute Pain Fellowship is a 12-month, ACGME-accredited program that provides a comprehensive curriculum for training the next generation of leaders in Interventional Pain Medicine. Widely regarded as one of the top training programs in New York City and the country, the program incorporates core rotations at three of the nation's leading hospitals: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospital for Special Surgery. Our fellows benefit from the close association between these three world-renowned hospitals. In fact, it is this breadth of experience that we — and our graduating fellows — feel makes our program so unique and unparalleled.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is a major international and regional tertiary referral center that is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the United States. Fellows rotating through NYPH are exposed to an evidence based and multi-disciplinary approach to treating pain at a major academic hospital. The pain fellows' exposure to a wide variety of clinical cases — including cancer pain, spine-related pain, and other painful conditions such as CRPS — make this rotation unique. Clinical education time is split between our new Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, the Upper West Side office, and the Lower Manhattan office. All of our facilities have en-suite fluoroscopy with daily procedures occurring that include ultrasound-guided procedures. Advanced pain therapies, such as spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal delivery systems, are a focus of this rotation.
Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is the world's largest dedicated cancer hospital. The rotation here offers a very unique opportunity for pain fellows to evaluate patients with all stages of malignant disease. Fellows are exposed to the latest in cancer pain management techniques including neurolytic blocks, vertebral augmentation, and intrathecal drug delivery systems. New and creative approaches to pain management are often necessary for improving quality of life in patients with advanced disease.
The Hospital for Special Surgery
The Hospital for Special Surgery is a world-famous orthopedics and rheumatologic hospital that has been continuously top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report for twenty years. In addition to providing a specialized orthopedic, rheumatologic and rehabilitation patient referral base, the clinical rotation at HSS offers a true glimpse of a busy pain management clinic from a private practice perspective. There is a focus on cervical and lumbar spine procedures. Advanced therapies include DRG stimulation and intravenous ketamine infusions for CRPS.
Weekly Teaching Time
Fellows have protected weekly teaching time throughout the year, regardless of their clinical responsibilities.
Every Friday morning from 7:30-8:30 am, there are Pain Medicine Grand Rounds. We have invited speakers presenting throughout the year.
In addition, every Friday morning from 8:30-9:30 am, fellows have weekly didactic sessions. A wide array of topics are covered such as Journal Club, Board Review and Business Management. There is a lot to cover in one year and we try our best to give our fellows the full spectrum!
Finally, every month there is a Friday morning Cadaver Session that provides fellows with hands-on practice of various techniques. During these sessions, the Pain Medicine faculty or invited guest speakers help to cover interventional techniques for different regions of the body.
Fellows are given a generous educational allowance to help support their learning. Two Pain Management books are given at the start of the fellowship, and fellows receive additional reimbursements for presenting at conferences and for research published.
We encourage our fellows to attend local and national conferences in order to meet other leaders in Pain Medicine. We give our fellows protected time and reimbursement to attend the New York & New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians' Pain Medicine Symposium, as well as The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Interventional Cancer Pain Symposium.
Some other conferences attended by fellows in the past include North American Neuromodulation Society Annual Meeting, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Annual Pain Medicine Meeting, and American Academy of Pain Management Annual Meeting.
Alina Boltunova, M.D.
Dr. Boltunova grew up in Mountain View, CA. She attended the University of California, Berkeley for undergrad where she double majored in molecular and cell biology and public health. She received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, where her experiences rotating through the pain clinic initially got her interested in pain medicine. She subsequently completed her anesthesiology residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Catherine Jameson, D.O.
Dr. Jameson was born in Chappaqua, NY and raised in Boca Raton, FL. She completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and earned her Masters in Public Health from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She went on to attend medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Donald and Barbara School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, where she developed an interest in interventional pain management.
Taif Mukhdomi, M.D.
Dr. Mukhdomi was born and raised in Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He then completed his medical school education at Chicago Medical School.
Dr. Mukhdomi went onto the University of California Riverside where he completed a transitional year at Riverside Community Hospital with a focus in ultrasonography. This was followed by a residency in anesthesiology at Brown University, where he was chosen by his program and peers to serve as chief resident.
Dr. Mukhdomi has authored over 20 manuscripts, presented at national conferences, and is actively involved in pain medicine. This year, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine awarded him with the 2021 Resident/Fellow of the Year Award.
Javier Sanchez, M.D.
Dr. Sanchez was born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2017 and completed his medical residency in anesthesiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Madeline Scanlon, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Scanlon was born and raised in Plymouth, MN. She completed her undergraduate degree at Creighton University and medical training at the University of Minnesota Medical School. While in medical school, she obtained her Masters of Public Health with a focus on international health. Upon graduating medical school, she moved to NYC for her anesthesiology residency at Columbia University Medical Center and is excited to stay in NYC for a fellowship in chronic pain management at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Metul Shah, M.D.
Dr. Shah was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland before attending Virginia Commonwealth University for his combined BS/MD program. It was there that he became interested in pain medicine, and would go on to complete his residency in anesthesiology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.
Devina Shiwlochan, M.D.
Dr. Shiwlochan was born and raised in New York and completed her education in Florida in applied mathematics where her passion for medicine was discovered. She completed her medical school abroad and then continued her anesthesia training at Yale where she developed both a personal and professional interest in pain medicine.
Johnny Tran, M.D.
Dr. Tran was born in Malaysia and immigrated to the United States when he was young. He was raised in Fort Smith, AR and completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Hendrix College, AR. He then attended the University of Iowa for his medical degree followed by an anesthesiology residency at the University of Michigan. He is excited for his pain fellowship at NYC and cannot wait to explore everything the city has to offer!
During the 12 month cycle, each fellow rotates between NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospital for Special Surgery as follows:
12 week rotation at Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care
12 week rotation at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Pain Department
12 week rotation at Hospital for Special Surgery - Pain Department
6 week rotation which is further subdivided working with both the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department and the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Neuroradiology Department. While working with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, fellows have the opportunity to see patients in clinic, witness EMGs being conducted, be part of physical therapy sessions and custom orthotic fittings for patients. While working with the Neuroradiology Department, fellows have the opportunity to perform Vertebral Augmentation Procedures. This is a very hands-on experience much enjoyed by our fellows.
6 week rotation which is further subdivided working at both the Weill Cornell Medicine Upper West Side office and the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Psychiatry Department. While working at the West Side office, fellows see patients in clinic and perform interventional procedures daily in the en-suite fluoroscopy. While working with the Psychiatry Department, fellows have the opportunity to join the psychiatry team on inpatient rounding in the afternoon.
A Typical Work Day
The Cornell campus of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Our Pain Fellowship program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for fellowships. Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Applications are accepted on ERAS from December 1 to April 15.
Required documents are:
Additional documentation accepted: ITE Exam Score, SAE and any other similar progress examinations (can be emailed to email@example.com).
Only J-1 visas are accepted for appoinment at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine Pain Fellowship Program.
Please email all pain fellowship queries to Marlene Augustine, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amitabh Gulati, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Program Director, Tri-Institutional Pain Medicine Fellowship
Phone: (212) 746-2785
Daniel Pak, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Associate Program Director, Tri-Institutional Pain Medicine Fellowship
Phone: (212) 746-2785