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Chief Residents' Corner

Chief Residents, 2017-18


Rob Bowen, MD

Dr. Rob Bowen was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He studied economics and pre-medical studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he completed an honors thesis in healthcare economics and rowed for the Notre Dame Rowing Club. He was also involved in student government as a member of both class and hall councils. After graduating, he began his medical coursework at the University of Nebraska, taking a leave of absence to obtain a Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in 2012. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2014. 

Dr. Bowen was drawn to Cornell for several reasons: faculty that is passionate about working with residents; an intense focus on a continually improving the education program; an emphasis on strong regional training; a diverse experience with rotations at NewYork-Presbyterian, Memorial Sloan Kettering and Hospital for Special Surgery; and a location in the heart of New York City. Dr. Bowen enjoys exploring the city, hunting out new and interesting restaurants, spending time with friends in Central Park, enjoying the multitude of classes at Equinox, and seeing what plays and musicals he can fit into his schedule. After graduating, he will be pursuing further training in critical care and cardiac anesthesiology.

Dr. Bowen is excited to be working with Dr. Melvin La to improve resident education and wellness, and to maintain Cornell’s reputation as a premier anesthesiology residency.



Melvin La, MD

Dr. Melvin La was born and raised in south Florida and studied microbiology and biochemistry at the University of Miami, where he graduated summa cum laude. Upon graduation, he remained in Miami to attend medical school at the University  of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he served as a clinical skills trainer and academic society director. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society during his third year and earned his MD in 2014. 

Dr. La was attracted to Cornell for its strong clinical training, faculty committed to education, and the amazing camaraderie among the residents. As a resident, Dr. La has been an active member of our Residency Support Council, helping to organize wellness and social events throughout the year. In his free time, he enjoys soaking in the great food, drink, and fun that New York City has to offer. You can often find him relaxing at Sheep's Meadow in Central Park or eating his way through Chinatown. Upon graduating, Dr. La will remain at Cornell to pursue a fellowship in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine. Along with Dr. Bowen, he hopes to continue to improve the residency experience and become an advocate for his fellow residents. 


Message from the Chiefs

As your Chief Residents for 2017-2018, we are immensely excited and honored to continue the positive momentum that has characterized the Cornell Residency over the past few years. Our training consists of rotations at three world class institutions: New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospital for Special Surgery. Through this training, our stellar residents are consistently challenged with a diverse patient population and case load. Our residents graduate with the knowledge and skills reflective of this world-class training. We have seen exciting growth in our clinical experiences such as electives in Global Health in India and Rwanda, and Veterinary Anesthesia at Cornell University, improving our already outstanding clinical training and patient care experiences. On top of all that, our residents live and work in the most exciting city in the world and frequently take advantage of the food, museums, parks, concerts, and shopping that New York City has to offer.

We have seen the residency continue to stay ahead of the curve with respect to our education and our happiness during our time here. Our educational curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to efficiently and comprehensively prepare us for written board examinations through a combination of didactics, electronic resources and case-based review. The Residency Support Council, an integral part of our residency program, continues to expand its programming, with resident wellness and social support as its highest priorities. As your chiefs, we take our responsibility as resident advocates to be our most important goal. We will work hard to make sure that you feel comfortable coming to us with your concerns and suggestions at any time. The residency is the lifeblood of the department and we look forward to a year continuing to keep that focus central to the mission of the Department of Anesthesiology. We encourage your input and are excited for you to work with us towards that end. Welcome to the Cornell Anesthesiology Family!


Dr. Rob Bowen 

Dr. Melvin La 


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