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Chief Residents' Corner

Chief Residents, 2019-2020



Dr. Matthew Perlstein grew up in Orange County, New York. He studied physiology and neurobiology at the University of Maryland, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.

Dr. Perlstein was drawn to NewYork-Presbytarian/Weill Cornell Medical Center due to the program's clear focus on resident wellness, balanced education curriculum, and the well rounded excellence in clinical training at three world class institutions. He has been an active member of the Residency Support Council, promoting wellness, team building, and academic collaboration within the residency program. Outside of medicine, he enjoys traveling, sports, exploring New York City, and spending time with family. After graduation, he will continue his training as a fellow in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery. 

Dr. Perlstein looks forward to working with Drs. Cheung and Rubin to build upon the success of the program, with graduating residents who are leaders in perioperative medicine and beyond.



Dr. Cindy Cheung was born and raised in Sacramento, California. She attended the University of California at Riverside on the Regent’s scholarship, where she studied biological sciences and later went on to receive her medical degree at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. 

Dr. Cheung was drawn to NewYork-Presbytarian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for the extensive clinical training obtained at three leading edge institutions in New York City, the strong emphasis on resident education by distinguished faculty, and the close community among the residents one could describe as a family. In her free time, she enjoys exploring New York City’s multitude of eateries and museums, traveling abroad, and spending time with family and friends. After graduation, she will continue her training as a fellow in adult cardiothoracic anesthesia at Stanford University.

Dr. Cheung looks forward to working with Drs. Rubin and Perlstein to continue to improve the residency experience with a special emphasis on expanding resident education in transesophageal echocardiography.



Dr. John Rubin grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in biochemistry and a management minor. After college, he moved to New York and received his medical degree from New York Medical College.

Dr. Rubin was drawn to NewYork-Presbytarian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for his anesthesiology residency due to its unrivaled training in regional anesthesia and pain medicine, a robust global health curriculum, a close-knit community among residents of all classes, a departmental emphasis on wellness, and for the excellence in clinical training afforded from three world class institutions. In his free time, John can be found running around the Central Park loop, cooking and baking at home, watching his beloved Minnesota sports teams, or spending time with friends at the limitless bars and restaurants in New York City. After graduation, he will continue his training at NewYork-Presbytarian/Weill Cornell Medical Center as a fellow in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine.

Dr. Rubin looks forward to working with Drs. Cheung and Perlstein to continue to improve the residency experience with special emphasis on expanding teaching and resident engagement with regard to evidence-based practice for clinical anesthesia.


Message from the Chiefs

As your chief residents for the 2019-2020 academic year, we are honored to represent one of the premier anesthesiology residency programs in the country. Our clinical training consists of three world-renowned institutions: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Throughout four years of training, our residents benefit from a well-balanced and unparalleled clinical experience, an early and robust exposure to subspecialties, a challenging case load, and a diverse patient population. Our residents graduate with the knowledge and skills reflective of this world-class training, prepared to care for any patient or condition they come across in clinical practice. Weill Cornell Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology also has a tremendous amount to offer alongside clinical experiences. Our department performs cutting-edge basic science and clinical research. We have unique electives in veterinary anesthesia through Cornell University, as well as an exciting and growing global health program, with clinical sites in India and Rwanda. On top of all of this, our residents live and work in one of the most exciting cities in the world and frequently take advantage of the food, museums, parks, concerts, and shopping that New York City has to offer. 

Our program continues to be a leader in promoting wellness and excellence in education throughout residency. The Residency Support Council is a resident-run committee and an integral part of our residency program that continues to expand its programming, with resident wellness and social support as its highest priorities. Our education curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to efficiently and comprehensively prepare us for both oral and written board examinations through a combination of didactics, electronic resources and case-based review. Above all, the residency program prepares us with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enable us to become exceptional and resilient anesthesiologists ready to take on a role as leaders in perioperative medicine.

As your chiefs, we take our responsibility as resident advocates to be our most important task. We strive to promote wellness and excellence in all aspects of the residency, and look forward to working with the entire department to continue the program’s growth and make Weill Cornell Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology the best it can be.

Dr. Matthew Perlstein

Dr. Cindy Cheung

Dr. John Rubin

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