Bergen New Bridge Medical Center’s Psychiatry Residency Program Honors Seven Psychiatric Graduates

Also celebrates the program’s 50th anniversary

(Paramus, NJ) – Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Psychiatry Residency Program. Reflecting upon 50 years of training excellence was a poignant moment for the graduating class as it held its annual graduation ceremony on Friday, June 24, 2022. The graduating class of 2022 includes Javeria Sahib Din, MD; Rajesh Gaddam, MD; Mehwish Hina, MD; Rachel Kossack Golden, MD; Anita Kulangara, MD; Patrick Oczkos, MD; and Steven Vayalumkal, MD.

“We are proud to be an educational leader, providing a solid and diverse foundation for the future of Psychiatry,” said Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. “Our Psychiatry Residency Program, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is one of the largest and most well respected in the area. It provides the residents clinical experience in all areas of psychiatry including adult, geriatric, addiction, and child/adolescent areas which helps establish a foundation for future specialization.”   Visconi added, “There has never been more of a demand for mental health professionals, and we are dedicated to fulfilling those needs. We congratulate our graduates and wish them success in their future endeavors!”

The Bergen New Bridge Psychiatry Residency Program, led by Dr. Monica Dhingra, is a competitive 32-slot program attracting top interns throughout the country. The program’s educational philosophy is eclectic, with various diagnostic and treatment approaches. The interdisciplinary nature of the clinical department introduces the trainees to a wide range of well-grounded theories and therapies. Under the guidance and supervision of experienced faculty, the residents gain broad clinical expertise in caring for and treating a diverse patient population ranging from children to seniors. For more information, visit

About Bergen New Bridge Medical Center

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC), a clinical affiliate of Rutgers, is a 1,070-bed hospital located at 230 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus, NJ. The Medical Center is both the largest hospital and licensed nursing home in NJ and the fourth largest, publicly-owned hospital in the nation.

Bergen New Bridge, a not-for-profit safety net facility, provides high-quality comprehensive services, including acute and ambulatory care from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and community physicians, mental health and substance use disorder treatment, and long-term care to the greater Bergen County community. The Medical Center, including its Long-Term Care Division, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and is in network with all major New Jersey commercial insurance plans covering 99.91% of NJ residents.

The Medical Center is a full-service hospital with a 24/7 emergency department, surgical suites, physical rehabilitation, pharmacy, laboratory, radiologic services (including digital mammography), and more than 26 medical specialties available through its Ambulatory Care Center. It is a leading provider of COVID 19 testing, vaccinations, and therapeutics.

Bergen New Bridge is a Veterans Community Care Provider proudly serving the healthcare needs of veterans and is a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) for 2020.  Learn more at

Pictured Left to Right: Rajesh Gaddam, MD; Javeria Sahib, MD; Anita Kulangara, MD; Patrick Oczkos, MD; Rachel Kossack Golden, MD; Mehwish Hina, MD and Steven Vayalumkal, MD

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