Associate Program Directors

Eric J. Burnett, MD.

Instructor in Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center, Dept of Medicine General Medicine

Eric is originally from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. He majored in biological sciences and minored in Spanish literature at Rutgers University. After college, Eric obtained his masters in biomedical sciences at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He then went on to study medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Eric completed his internal medicine residency here at Columbia and is currently an attending physician in the division of hospital medicine. He also serves as an associate program director for the internal medicine residency program.

Eric’s interests focus on medical student and resident education. Eric thoroughly enjoys his time as ward attending, working side by side with CUMCs excellent medical students and IM residents. In his spare time Eric enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with his husband Billy and dog Denver.

Subani Chandra, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Subani Chandra is an Associate Program Director and directs the clinician educator program for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Chandra came to Columbia after finishing her training  in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine in 2011 and has since distinguished herself as an educator at Columbia and nationally.

She is a Harvard Macy Scholar who is actively involved in medical education including the development of innovative curricula and techniques. In her leadership role at the American College of Chest Physicians she works with other national leaders to shape the future of pulmonary and critical care education for trainees and early career physicians. She is also an active contributor to the American Thoracic Society Section on Medical Education. At Columbia, she created the innovative two-tier clinical educator program for  developing the next generation of leaders in medical education from the CUMC residents. As the Medical Director of Critical Care Education, she co-directs the simulation courses in pulmonary and critical care and oversees critical care education and conferences. She also teaches bedside ultrasonography at the local, regional and national level. In addition to numerous awards for academic and clinical excellence as a resident and fellow, Dr. Chandra’s recent teaching awards at Columbia include the Ewig Award and the Daniel V. Kimberg Award from the Department of Medicine.

Kaylan Christianer, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, Department of General Medicine

Dr. Kaylan Christianer is a native of Northern California and attended the University of California at Davis, where she obtained degrees in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and Art History. After college she worked as a clinical research coordinator, followed by a move to New York City for medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. She then completed her residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia, where she was part of the Generalist-Primary Care Track. After serving as Chief Medical Resident, she joined the faculty in the Division of General Medicine to help develop a new primary care practice at Columbia’s main campus. Dr. Christianer's academic interests include medical education, geriatrics and palliative care, and promoting the advancement of women in medicine. Her recent teaching awards include two Arnold P. Gold Resident Teaching Awards. Outside of the hospital she enjoys hiking, running and exploring New York City’s food scene.

Maria De Miguel, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center Director, Generalist Primary Care Pathway Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education

Maria is from Bethesda, MD and studied Visual Arts and Art History at Princeton. She attended medical school at the University of Maryland, and completed residency at Columbia. After a year as chief resident, she joined the faculty in the joint resident-faculty outpatient practice at the medical center. She completed a Masters in Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. She directs the Generalist-Primary Care pathway, mentoring residents interested in primary care and academic generalist careers. She now serves as the APD  for Ambulatory Education, designing and evaluating curriculum and educational experiences for the residents in continuity clinic. Maria’s interests are in health disparities, the role of primary care, urban public health, and health literacy. She has three kids and spends her free time painting or seeing art in NYC.

Paul G. Lee MD, MPH, FACP

Medical Director of Hospital Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center; Associate Professor in Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Paul Lee obtained his Medical Degree at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City. Subsequently, he trained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for internship and residency. After serving as a Chief Medical Resident, he joined the Section of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University. Since 2002, he has served as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.  Since 2003, he has been the Medical Director of the Hospitalist Group and in the following year began serving as the Unit Chief for the Hospitalist Nursing Unit.  In 2004, he was a recipient of the Physician of the Year Award by the Division of Nursing. In 2007, he was named a three-year recipient of the Ewig Clinical Education Award for dedication and excellence in clinical teaching.

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