Meet Our Chief Residents

Emily DumasEmily S. Dumas, M.D.

Hi, I’m Emily! I grew up in Los Angeles, CA. As an undergraduate, I majored in English and Psychology, and minored in History of Art, at Vanderbilt University. After college, I obtained my Masters in Contemporary Art at The Sotheby's Institute of Art in London. I then returned to Los Angeles and worked at the Gagosian Gallery for a couple of years before attending The University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. When coming to Cornell, I was looking for a program that would prioritize my clinical training and help me become a well-rounded psychiatrist with a strong foundation not only in psychopharmacology but in all the modalities of therapy. The breadth of topics covered in our didactics, case conferences, therapy supervisions, and teaching on the wards surpassed my highest expectations. Most of all, I am so happy to have spent the last 3 years here learning and growing with my brilliant, kind, and supportive colleagues and mentors. As one of the Chief Residents this year, my main goal is to continue to build on this supportive environment and strong training that Cornell has long been known for. I'm planning on pursuing a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry and look forward to a career in outpatient psychiatry. In my free time in New York City, I love spending time with my new son (I had him during my PGY-3 year!) and husband, going to art museums, taking long walks around the city and through the parks, and going to the theatre and restaurants with my co-residents.


Emily MenandEmily Menand, M.D.

Hi, I'm Emily. I grew up in Manhattan and then went to Harvard for college, where I studied Latin language and literature. After college, I ventured between Brooklyn, Colorado, New Haven, and Baltimore, working in urban planning, social work, and education before applying to medical school with the goal of pursuing a career in psychiatry. Once in medical school (which I did here at Weill Cornell), the psychiatry department became my home base: I could not imagine training elsewhere for residency. My time in medical school gave me a front row seat to Cornell psychiatry’s warm and supportive mentors and​ commitment to teaching psychotherapy as a core part of 21st century psychiatry. It also led me to appreciate Cornell psychiatry’s humility: its recognition of the limits of psychiatric knowledge and longstanding patterns of inequity in our field. I felt that I could bring my whole self— the parts of me that were excited to be a psychiatrist, but also skeptical, doubtful, and worried about the challenges involved in psychiatric practice—to residency at Cornell. In my role as chief resident — and specifically co-chief for diversity, equity, and inclusion — I aim to foster and support a similarly welcoming and inclusive experience for all residents in training. Welcome to Cornell Psychiatry!  


David PioquintoDavid Pioquinto, M.D.

Hi, I'm David. I am originally from south Florida and I attended the University of Florida for undergrad where I majored in microbiology with a minor in art history. I started college with a goal of obtaining a PhD in basic sciences to pursue a career in research but a volunteer program at the University of Florida's pediatric hospital led me to realize how much I enjoyed spending time with patients. I decided to pivot to medicine and ultimately attended the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University where I discovered my interest in psychiatry during my third year clerkship. In applying to residency I was interested in a well-rounded program but knew that strong training in the field of psychotherapy was important to me. Cornell has turned out to be the perfect fit in this regard with phenomenal exposure and training in psychopharmacology, interventional aspects of psychiatry such as ketamine, ECT, and TMS, as well as a comprehensive curriculum aimed towards training residents to become skilled psychotherapists. Moving to New York City for residency has fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine to live in the city. I've found NYC to be a valuable setting that fosters my growth as a physician and psychiatrist but has also afforded me the opportunity to attend many New York Mets baseball games, eat food from anywhere in the world on any given day, and enjoy using the city's public spaces to exercise and spend time with friends. After residency, I plan to pursue a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison psychiatry and I am interested in psychiatric care within more acute settings. This interest has led me to work with the PGY2 class as they rotate through our CPEP, inpatient unit, and hospital consult service through the majority of their year.


Zhenzhen ShiZhenzhen Shi, M.D.

Hello, I'm Zhenzhen! I was born in Henan, China, and grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. I went to college at Tulane University where I studied biochemistry and philosophy. One of my dreams in college was to move to a large city, so I was ecstatic when I came to NYC to attend medical school at Weill Cornell. I developed an interest in the intersection of humanities and medicine early on in medical school, and I thought about a future career in oncology, palliative care, or medical ethics. It wasn't until my psychiatry clerkship that I fell in love with the specialty and department here at Cornell. I found such great mentors and role models throughout the department that when it came to deciding where to go for residency, I returned again and again to the idea of staying here for my psychiatric training. During my off-service rotations intern year, the first wave of the pandemic hit NYC, and I had first-hand experience working alongside our medicine colleagues to take care of critically ill patients. Being away from the psychiatry department during this especially challenging time inspired me to want to work with first-year residents, and I feel so honored that I am able to do that this year as one of the chief residents. As an Asian-American and as an immigrant, I have always been interested in Asian-American mental health. In my PGY2-3 years, this evolved into working with one of my upperclassman colleagues on a qualitative study which explored experiences that Asian-American patients have in psychotherapy. As one of the Co-Chiefs for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), I am looking forward to fostering this interest with faculty and residents though initiatives such as the Residency Council for Diversity and Inclusion (RCDI) and quarterly DEI Discussion Groups. I also act as the residency liaison to our Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) and orient junior residents and student to emergency psychiatry, and I plan to pursue a career in emergency psychiatry after residency. In my spare time, I love walking in Prospect Park with my dog, taking care of my ten houseplants, cooking, eating delicious food in Flushing, and indoor cycling.