MEET TEAM AHMAD
Dr Ahmad’s Team
Dr. Christopher Ahmad is one of the nation’s premier Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeons, who practices at Columbia University Medical Center. He is the Head Team Physician for the New York Yankees, New York City Football Club (NYCFC), and Rockland Boulders. Additionally, he takes care of numerous college and high school athletes. Not only does Dr. Ahmad take care of professional and highly-competitive athletes, he takes care of athletes of all ages and skill levels. He and his staff, known as Team Ahmad, are committed to providing the highest quality of orthopedic care and injury prevention education to help their patients return to the field, and life, as quickly and as safely as possible.
Dr. Ahmad and his team of experts are leaders in Sports Medicine and treat every patient that walks through their door as if they were a professional athlete. Dr. Ahmad and his staff are known for their impeccable bedside manner, smiling faces, and professionalism. Our Team takes pride in giving our patients the ultimate-VIP-experience where their injuries are handled with the utmost care.
Frank Alexander, MS, ATC
Frank Alexander, MS, ATC serves as our athletic trainer and physician extender. Frank joined Team Ahmad in the summer of 2015 already having a well-established background in Sports Medicine. He is responsible for history taking, evaluation of throwing athletes, patient education, and post-operative care and instruction, such as removing sutures and seeing patients in the recovery room. Frank earned his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Dominican College and a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from AT Still University. Prior to joining Dr. Ahmad’s team, he worked as an athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels as well as with Major League baseball players and Olympians. An athlete himself, Frank played baseball and football in high school and continued his baseball career in college. Once he finished his competitive career and knowing he wanted to stay around sports, athletic training and sports medicine held the key to that door. Frank is an expert in patient education for all our patients and can answer any and all questions you may have at any stage of your care, whether it is non-operative or operative. A native New Yorker, Frank lives in Rockland County with his wife Kelly and their dog, Louie.
Fiona Nugent, RN, FNP, BC
Fiona Nugent is a licensed Registered Nurse and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. Fiona serves as Dr. Christopher Ahmad’s Nurse Practitioner. The two work closely together to specialize in elbow, shoulder, and sport-related injuries. Fiona earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular Neuroscience from Binghamton University in 2013. At Binghamton, she competed at the Division I level in track and field, specializing in the pole vault and middle distances. She then continued her studies at Columbia University, where she obtained her nursing degree in 2014 and went on receive a Master’s of Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2015. Fiona holds a Nurse Practitioner specialty certification in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine from Duke University, and is nationally certified as a FNP with American Nurse Credentialing Center. Fiona began her career as a Registered Nurse while working at Montefiore Medical Center from 2015-2016. She discovered her passion for orthopedics while completing her clinical rotation for her degree at Columbia Orthopedics with Team Ahmad. Additionally, Fiona worked as Assistant Track and Field Coach at The Ursuline School and Iona Preparatory from 2014-2016. Fiona currently resides in Westchester and enjoys competing in track and field and triathlons in her free time. Due to her active lifestyle, she understands the importance of getting back to activities that bring joy to her patients’ lives.
Jessie Thompson has been with Dr. Ahmad for over 2 and a half years, making her the longest tenured support-staff member on Team Ahmad, serving as our Surgical Scheduler. She has the responsibility of training other surgical schedulers, on top of her duties with the patients she shares with Dr. Ahmad. Jessie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Berkeley College in Manhattan. Prior to joining Team Ahmad, Jessie worked with the National Kidney Foundation, where she served as their office coordinator. From there, she went on to act as the office manager for the Deafness Research Foundation. What got Jessie into surgical scheduling is her work with the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York where she started as an on-site surgical scheduler. When it comes to education, a mentor once told Jessie that “If you don’t invest in yourself, it will be hard for others to invest in you as well”. Forever grateful for that advice, Jessie tries to pay it forward and one way she can do that is by helping our patients reach the goal of getting back to what they enjoy doing. Jessie Thompson has been with Dr. Ahmad for over 2 and a half years, making her the longest tenured support-staff member on Team Ahmad, serving as our Surgical Scheduler. She has the responsibility of training other surgical schedulers, on top of her duties with the patients she shares with Dr. Ahmad. Jessie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Berkeley College in Manhattan.Prior to joining Team Ahmad, Jessie worked with the National Kidney Foundation, where she served as their office coordinator. From there, she went on to act as the office manager for the Deafness Research Foundation. What got Jessie into surgical scheduling is her work with the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York where she started as an on-site surgical scheduler. When it comes to education, a mentor once told Jessie that “If you don’t invest in yourself, it will be hard for others to invest in you as well”. Forever grateful for that advice, Jessie tries to pay it forward and one way she can do that is by helping our patients reach the goal of getting back to what they enjoy doing.
Kimberly Gaube, BSN, RN
Kim joined Team Ahmad in 2017 as our Registered Nurse. Prior to joining us, Kim gained invaluable experience as a Critical Care Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at multiple premier hospitals in New York. Kim holds bachelor’s degrees from Binghamton University in both Nursing and Psychology. She is an avid distance runner and outdoor enthusiast. Kim’s diverse experience and holistic approach allow her to play a critical role in caring for and helping educate patients and their families. Kim’s role includes assessing patient needs, coordinating care, providing patient education and counseling, assisting in office hours and contributing to practice improvement strategies. In addition to her other duties, Kim also serves a special role as our International Patient Liaison. You will likely see Kim in the office at your appointment or perhaps in the recovery room following a surgery. You also may consult with her on the phone as questions arise regarding your injury. Kim resides in Westchester, NY with her husband, Chris.
Appointment Scheduler & Financial Counselor
Max Celestin joined Team Ahmad in August 2015, serving as Dr. Ahmad’s Appointment Scheduler/ Financial Supervisor. He has been a part of the Columbia Orthopedic family for over a year. Max is a graduate of Long Island University Brooklyn Campus with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Not only is Max working full-time with his colleagues on Team Ahmad, he is also a full time graduate student. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Public Administration while concentrating in Healthcare Administration with a certificate in Gerontology. Max’s role on Team Ahmad is a critical one where he breaks down insurance companies’ jargon and explains the process for our out-of-network patients. Not only does he put patients first, Max spends ample time with each patient to ensure they are comfortable with the process of scheduling an office visit or even surgery. Max developed an interest in the administration field after clinical rotations where he served as a Respiratory Care student. During these rotations, he met several hospital administrators from various departments. After leaving the Respiratory Care program, Max decided to volunteer in several hospitals and began his career as an Executive Administration Assistant at the Morgan Stanley Health Center. Aside from work, Max holds bi-weekly meetings for the organization he founded, the Public Administration Society, with two colleagues. He sits on the executive board as the Vice President. Always finding a way to give back to the community, Max and his organization participate in both community and volunteer services, which include breast cancer walks, the National Alliance of Mental Illness Walk, Ronald McDonald Foundation, Project Playground, and many more.
Jenifer Rosa joined Team Ahmad in January of 2017, serving as Dr. Ahmad’s Office Coordinator. Jenifer has been part of the Columbia Orthopaedic family since 2016 having previously worked as a Patient Care Specialist. While working as a Patient Care Specialist, Jenifer developed an eagerness to learn and grow within the department. This led her to find her true passion which is to provide excellent patient centered care. The notion that she can assist in providing comfort and ensure that the patient feels respected is of utmost importance to her. Jenifer has always found great satisfaction in serving people who are in need. Jenifer earned a B.S in Behavioral Science from Mercy College and worked in the education field for numerous years. During her work as an educator she learned her real desire was not only to guide but to support and care for her students. Additionally, she is an active member of Project Mama, a program aimed at organizing fundraisers that help mothers in the Dominican Republic with maternity and newborn supplies. The passion that Jenifer had to support and care for her students is parallel to the skills she brings to Dr. Ahmad’s office. In her role, Jenifer acts as a liaison between Team Ahmad and our patients. She provides real-time support to her colleagues and keeps the clinical team abreast of any issues that may arise to better manage functions of the office. Patients are Jenifer’s number one concern and keeping great communication is key. Acting as the Office Coordinator to one of the most prestigious Orthopedic Surgeons is a privilege that she enjoys daily.