Rachel Nash, MD, CMQ is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) and Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency.
Dr. Nash earned her B.S. with honors at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and M.D. at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. Rachel Nash graduated from GW SMHS with distinction in Health Policy and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Society. During her medical school career, Dr Nash created and started an interclerkship day devoted to patient safety and the prevention of medical error.
Dr. Nash completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia PA. Dr. Nash focused on medical education and graduated from the Medical Education Track program. She obtained Post-Doctural Training in Addiction Medicine under a A scholarship program funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr Nash completed Chief Residency at TJUH, and during that time served as Chair of the Education Subcommittee of Jefferson’s Opioid Task Force.
In her current role, Dr. Nash serves as an academic Hospitalist at Cooper University Hospital and at Inspira Healthcare of Vineland, NJ. As Assistant program director, she oversees resident quality improvement and patient safety projects and education. She is a certified trainer in High Reliability Organizations (HRO) and is currently working on training all residents in basic safety behaviors.
Interests and projects include improving the safety of transferred patients, reducing hospital readmissions, and educating medical students and residents on patient safety and quality improvement.
Jenny Melli, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU). She graduated from Villanova University and went on to receive her MD from UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson, Camden. She completed medical internship and residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Brown University, where she developed a special interest in women’s health, providing primary care services for women in the state prison.
Dr. Melli is involved in clinical teaching on the medical student and residency level. She is the Program Director for the Primary Care Track and Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, and directs the outpatient continuity care experience for the residency program. She precepts trainees in their outpatient clinic and maintains her own practice at that site. Dr. Melli also serves as the Deputy Clerkship Director for the Adult Primary Care clerkship at CMSRU. She has special interests in trainee health, mental health in primary care, and care of the underserved.
Elizabeth Cerceo, MD, FACP, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University and completed her medical degree at University of Medicine and Dentistry of NewJersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she was selected for the Angelo P. Angelides Award for Academic Excellence in Medicine and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She trained as an intern and resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board-certified general internist in the Division of General Internal Medicine and is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Cerceo has multiple published and ongoing research projects. She has a special interest in quality improvement and is developing several Cooper QI initiatives into research studies. Dr. Cerceo is involved in medical education at both the resident and medical student level. She lectures on a broad variety of topics including the Resident-as-Teacher curriculum and was instrumental in developing the Hospitalist lecture series as well as incorporating it into the resident curriculum. As Associate Program Director at Cooper, Dr. Cerceo oversees the inpatient hospital experience for the residency program.
Brian P. Gable, MD, FACP, currently serves as both the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency and the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU). In addition to these roles, Dr. Gable also serves as the Chief of Medical Education in the Department of Medicine and was previously the Associate Director for the Foundations in Medical Practice Course at CMSRU.
Dr. Gable received his medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he was elected into both the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) and Gold Humanism Honor (GHHS) societies. Dr. Gable remained at Robert Wood Johnson for his residency training in internal medicine and subsequently served as chief resident of the program.
Prior to joining the Cooper Family, Dr. Gable served as Associate Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Internal Medicine Residency Program in New Brunswick, NJ where he was integral in the development and implementation of the educational program and assisted in the administrative oversight of the residency. During this time, he was also actively involved in undergraduate medical education by assisting with the third-year clerkship, acting as the director of the fourth-year subinternship, participating in the physical diagnosis and Patient-Centered Medicine courses, and serving as the Associate Director of the second-year Pathophysiology course. Dr. Gable also served as the Chapter Adviser of the Gold Humanism Honor Society at Robert Wood Johnson and co-authored the article "Humanism at Heart: Preserving Empathy in Third-Year Medical Students.”
Dr. Gable is passionate about medical education. He has taught and mentored countless medical students and residents throughout the continuum of medical education. His interests include teaching clinical skills, facilitating the development of strong clinical reasoning skills, promoting humanism and professionalism during patient encounters, employing innovative pedagogical techniques, and teaching at the bedside.
Dr. Gable has received 23 teaching awards from residents and students in his young career, including the Foundation of UMDNJ Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011 and the prestigious CMSRU Phase II Excellence in Teaching Award in both 2016 and 2019. In addition, Dr. Gable was also inducted into CMSRU’s Academy of Master Medical Educators at the level of Master Educator in 2015 and has received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the CMSRU chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society which recognizes one faculty member annually who “demonstrates both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who shows respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues.”
Alexandra Lane, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU). She graduated from Trinity College and then took a circuitous route to medicine via the publishing world, working for a few years for Penguin Books before attending Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia for her MD. She trained at Temple University Hospital for both her internship and residency and then stayed for an extra year as the Primary Care Chief Resident. Dr. Lane now serves as the Primary Care Assistant Program Director and Director of Resident Clinic. She precepts trainees in their outpatient clinic and maintains her own practice as well. She runs the didactic outpatient experience for the residents and has special interest in complex care management, urban health, and evidence-based medicine.
Charlotte Nussbaum, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAP, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Pediatrics at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She graduated from University of California at Berkeley and completed her medical degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she was elected into the Gold Honors Humanism Society. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Hospital/ Icahn School of Medicine and continues clinical work in both inpatient internal medicine as well as pediatrics. She has won multiple teaching awards from pediatrics and internal medicine residents as well as an award in nursing-physician partnership. As Associate Program Director at Cooper, Dr. Nussbaum oversees the ultrasound curriculum, and she is passionate about patient-centered care, multidisciplinary communication and bedside teaching.
Ritesh Patel, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Dr. Patel graduated from Gujarat University, India and completed his internal medicine residency training at Cooper University Hospital. He is a board-certified general internist within the Division of Hospital Medicine and a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Patel is involved in medical education at both the student and resident level and has special interest in preventive medicine, medical education, clinical skills and clinical research. He has been involved in multiple quality improvement and education committees.
Dr. Patel serves as co-director of the Foundation of Medical Practice curriculum at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. He also currently serves as a member of American Board of Internal Medicine test writing committee. Dr Patel has won multiple teaching excellence awards in his young career. As an Assistant Program Director at Cooper, Dr. Patel oversees resident simulation laboratory exercises, evidence-based physical diagnosis and weekly updates on high-yield articles from journals.
Additional Teaching Faculty
Dr. Roy is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. In addition to being the Outpatient Primary Care Teaching Faculty of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Director of the Residency Research Program, he is also the Medical School Internal Medicine – Primary Care Co-Course Director.
His main specialty interests are primary care, preventive medicine, medical research and medical education. He has published many research articles in the local, state, national and international conferences and journals. Dr. Roy encourages residents to contact him to get involved in research opportunities.
Additional Core Faculty
Antoinette Spevetz, MD, FCCM, FACP, is a graduate of Hahnemann University Medical School. She trained as an intern and resident at Abington Memorial Hospital, where she was selected to be a Chief Resident. She then completed a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine followed by a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine, both at Cooper University Hospital. After her fellowships, Dr. Spevetz became an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Florida at Jacksonville, where she was Director of the Intermediate Care Unit and became actively involved in residency education. After four years in Florida, Dr.Spevetz took a position as Director of Critical Care for Upper Chesapeake Health System in Maryland, where she also served as Chief of Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Spevetz is very involved in national critical care organizations, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, where she is the past Chancellor of the Board of Regents. She is also active in graduate and continuing medical education, serving as a member of the Liaison Committee to the American Board of Internal Medicine as well as several guideline committees. Dr. Spevetz was the 2007 recipient of the Critical Care Teaching Award. Dr. Spevetz was also a former President of the Internal Medicine Section of the SCCM and prior Chair of the ABIM Critical Care Medicine review courses. Dr. Spevetz is Director of the Intermediate Care Unit as well as Director of Operations for the Intensive Care Unit at Cooper. In 2009, Dr. Spevetz was appointed Senior Medical Director of Education within the Office of Academic and Medical Affairs and Designated Institutional Official for all Cooper Residency & Fellowship Programs for our ACGME Accreditation.