Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Faculty

Maya A. Bass, MD, MA, FAAFP

Maya A. Bass, MD, MA, FAAFP

Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, CMSRU

About Me

Areas of interest: I am dedicated to providing compassionate care to marginalized populations and promoting Family medicine through education and advocacy.  My interests are resident and medical student education, reproductive health, chronic pain, substance use disorder, gender affirming care, wellness, advocacy and community medicine.

Hobbies: When not at work I love being active through hiking, running, yoga and dance. I am also a huge fan of live music; both seeing concerts and playing the ukulele with family and friends.

Why am I passionate about Family Medicine? Family medicine allows me to care for every person that walks into clinic. It also encouraged the building of trusting relationships and integration into the community that I serve. This allows me to treat the entire patient including their health, social determinants, and their family members! Family Physicians can do it all!

Bennett S. Shenker, MD, MS, MSPH, FAAFP

Bennett S. Shenker, MD, MS, MSPH, FAAFP

Chief and Chair, Family and Community Medicine
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, CMSRU

About Me

Areas of Interest: Health information technology, quality improvement, and research methods.

Hobbies: Watching hockey, working out, reading and watching science fiction, camping, and having discussions on philosophy and theory.

Why am I passionate about Family Medicine? Family Physicians have the breadth and depth of knowledge to care for patients of any age and across the spectrum of illness. We build relationships with patients that can span over years. We care for our patients at their most vulnerable. We guide them back to wellness from illness and are there for them at the end of life. We are a truly important part of our patients’ lives. I feel grateful that I am a Family Physician, and I feel it is my mission to help train the Family Physicians of tomorrow.

Navjot Singh Narula, MD, MBS

Navjot Singh Narula, MD, MBS

Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency

About Me

Areas of Interest:  I am a strong believer in the versatility of Family Medicine and the positive impact strong primary care can have on a community.  I am interested in improving the quality of primary care through high-quality resident education, healthcare policy changes, and the improved use of clinical informatics.

Hobbies:  As a lifelong resident of New Jersey, I am a fan of sweet corn, Jersey tomatoes, and the Jersey Shore. When not cooking or eating new foods, you’ll find me traveling, at a live show, or just jamming out to my vinyl collection at home.

Why am I passionate about Family Medicine? I love that Family Medicine provides me with a thoughtful perspective on holistic patient care. Establishing continuity relationships with patients in multiple care settings allows you to understand what barriers they may face as a complete individual, and affords you a unique opportunity to solve those problems.

Jennifer Abraczinskas, MD

Jennifer Abraczinskas, MD

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, CMSRU

About Me

Areas of Interest: My interests include caring for complex patients in vulnerable communities to improve health equity, purpose in life and how it relates to health outcomes, integrative medicine and how to make wellness and prevention accessible

Hobbies: When not at work, I am spending time with my family including my 3 kiddos and husband.  We love nature walks, spending time at the beach and at the farm, and laughing and having fun!  I also enjoy cooking and find chopping and baking very meditative. 

Why am I passionate about Family Medicine?  Family medicine is such a beautiful way to join individuals and families on their journeys toward health and happiness. You get an amazing perspective on every aspect of a person and through relationships make change. It also serves as a great base to understand the healthcare system to advocate for patients and make the changes that are needed. The profession is filled with great people, too!  You’ll always find someone you connect with in family medicine. 

Natasha Chase, MD

Natasha Chase, MD

FM-Obstetrics Teaching Faculty

About Me

Areas of Interest:  I love teaching medical students and residents as I strive to provide excellent care to all patients regardless of socioeconomic status or background. My practice primarily focuses on high-risk and surgical obstetrics, prevention and investigation of maternal mortality, women’s health, resident wellness, as well as community health, prevention, and outreach. I currently assist medical students in the residency application process through a company called Residency Success, working with them on their application strategy, personal statements, and interview skills. In the past, I have volunteered on several medical missions to both Honduras and Ecuador. I hope to continue doing mission trips through global health initiatives at Cooper.  

Hobbies: When I’m not at work, I enjoy exercising, seeing live music and Broadway shows, photography, traveling, playing acoustic guitar, singing, and spending time with my family and friends. I also have two rescue cats who allow my husband and I to live with them.  

Why am I passionate about Family Medicine? I grew up in a very small, rural community in northern New Jersey where one Family Medicine physician took care of everyone. I always admired his ability to make every patient feel as though their particular issue was his specialty, be it a tearful infant with a cough, an adult female struggling with a pregnancy issue, or an elderly male with hypertension. I find the challenge of interacting, building rapport, and caring for patients across different age groups to be emotionally and intellectually stimulating on a daily basis.  Family Medicine also allows me to form long term relationships with my patients (and their families). I look forward to meeting you so we can work together to not only meet, but surpass your health goals!

Grace H Lee, MD, MS

Grace H Lee, MD, MS

Instructor of Medicine, CMSRU

About Me

Areas of interest: I am dedicated to providing compassionate care to inpatient and acute chronic illness promoting Family medicine through education and advocacy. My interest is residents, medical students to be become great mentor and medical informactist to provide better improvement for EMR with physicians.

Hobbies: When I am not work, I love to do traveling, music and art work such as painting and drawing.

Why am I passionate about Family Medicine? Family medicine provide manage any age of population with outpatient and inpatients with Ob/Gyn and there is continuity care with individual as whole family.

Thomas J. Wall, MD

Thomas J. Wall, MD

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, CMSRU

About Me

Areas of Interest: PKU, resident and medical student education, inpatient and outpatient Family Medicine

Hobbies: English Literature, Cross-fit

Why am I passionate about Family Medicine? FM allows me the opportunity to treat an entire family unit, and patients of all ages. ​