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Chief Residents' Corner 2021-22

Chief Residents 2021-22


Dr. Adams

Erin Adams grew up in Long Island and then in Kansas City as the oldest of five children. She graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Erin pursued medicine because she knew she wanted to help people in an active role; anesthesiology proved to be a great balance in that she could do with her hands, but also be a master of physiology and pharmacology while being challenged to think and act quickly.  

Erin is known for her poise, maturity, and kindness and the residency has been fortunate to be the beneficiaries of both her supreme physicianship as well as her contributions to our community ever since she joined. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking new recipes and spending time with friends and family. She plans to pursue a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology after graduation.


Ben Chu was born and raised in Queens and from an early age was enamored by science. Subsequent life experiences pushed him to medicine: he remembers being inspired by the fact that there was an entire industry that existed purely to return people back to those that love them and to what they love doing. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Washington University, and while he was a medical student at Northwestern University, Ben eventually settled on anesthesiology because he was drawn to the mastery of physiology and pharmacology and because anesthesiologists routinely have the ability to save lives and prevent people from dying or suffering unnecessarily. While working on his IV skills in preop as a medical student, he was struck by how little patients understood about anesthesiology and yet they put their lives in anesthesiologists’ hands after only a ten-minute introduction. Dr. Chu “feels the weight of that responsibility” and he prioritizes those quick conversations and connections; his respect for the craft of anesthesiology is what has driven him to be a tremendously talented and successful resident.

During residency, Ben has been an academically productive and a highly generous and contributory member of the Cornell community. In his spare time, Ben enjoys going on walks/hikes with his dog Lou, exploring different restaurants/breweries in the city, barbecuing and spending time with his co-residents. He is pursuing a fellowship in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine at UCLA.


Max Zhukovsky grew up in a Russian household in Fort Lee, New Jersey. He attended the Bergen County Academies, a science and technology-focused magnet school, where his interest in medicine began to grow. He graduated from Tufts University summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and accepted an early seat at Tufts University School of Medicine. During undergrad, he also spent one year as a visiting student at Oxford University, finishing with first-class honours and receiving the College Colours award from the Pembroke College Basketball Team. His interest in anesthesiology stemmed from his desire to take care of critically ill patients and his penchant for calculated decision making. He is also passionate and skilled as an educator and intends to focus on this as a Chief Resident. He has written several chapters for USMLE First Aid’s new digital textbook, the Curriculum Project, and is keen to continue contributing to medical education.

Max is always helping his teammates out, and he was a tour de force with the Department’s all-virtual recruitment efforts this year. Following graduation, Max will be going across the street to HSS for his fellowship in regional and acute pain medicine. During his free time, he likes to play basketball, snowboard, go to salsa clubs (pre-COVID), and play chess.  

A Message from the Chiefs

Welcome to Weill Cornell Medicine's Anesthesiology Residency Program! 

As chief residents for the 2021-2022 academic year, we are honored to represent one of the finest anesthesiology residency programs in the country. Our program offers unparalleled clinical training, a visionary educational curriculum, a robust infrastructure for research, and a holistic approach to resident well-being.  

Weill Cornell Medicine’s anesthesiology residents graduate with the skills and knowledge to provide outstanding care across patient populations, pathologies and clinical scenarios. They earn top fellowships and succeed in academic and private practice. Just as important, they thrive during residency!

Over four years of training, Weill Cornell Medicine’s anesthesiology residents provide intra- and perioperative care at three world-renowned institutions: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospital for Special Surgery. The result is a clinical experience truly exceptional in its scope and depth of specialty exposure. In addition, our residents are privileged to care for a diverse group of patients from all over New York City and around the world. For residents looking for an even wider array of clinical learning opportunities, core rotations may be supplemented by electives in India or Rwanda and at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

In addition to outstanding clinical experience, resident teaching is guided by faculty in the department's division of education, who are passionate about enhancing adult learning through data-driven and technologically-engaged approaches. Simulation modules and virtual content, available on iPads and iPhones given to all trainees, supplement mixed-teaching sessions, class-specific lectures and challenging case conferences, each of which takes place weekly.  

Weill Cornell Medicine’s anesthesiology residents also have a wealth of research opportunities at their fingertips. Whether it’s writing challenging case reports, implementing quality improvement initiatives, constructing big data retrospective projects through the department’s Center for Perioperative Outcomes, or diving into basic science bench research within the Tri-Institution consortium, every resident has the opportunity to build their academic career from day one of residency. It’s no surprise then that residents routinely publish first-author papers, present at regional and national meetings, and win a number of research competitions every year. 

Further, our program cares deeply about the emotional and physical well-being of its residents. The Residency Support Council, including both faculty and resident members, maintains a full roster of social events and provides a wide array of resident support resources. In the COVID-19 era, our program has developed creative ways to support social activities, build camaraderie, and ensure the mental and physical health of its residents.

Ultimately, residents graduating from this program are incredibly skilled and obtain the necessary training and knowledge to excel in any and all future endeavors. The sense of community and camaraderie that the residency fosters is incredible in such a rigorous training environment. We have and continue to be immensely proud and honored to be given the opportunity to work with and lead such an incredible group of residents.

Dr. Erin Adams
Dr. Benjamin Chu
Dr. Max Zhukovsky


Contact Us

Dept. of Anesthesiology
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine
525 East 68th Street, Box 124
New York, NY 10065

Office of the Chair
Phone: (212) 746-2962
E-mail:  Marissa Matarazzo,

Residency and Fellowship Education
Direct all inquiries to:
Phone: (212) 746-2941
For trainee verification inquiries:

Patient Billing Inquiries
Phone: (855) 880-0343