About Us

MedQuest is the brainchild of Conrad Fischer, MD, our Founder and CEO. He is assisted by our medical faculty, Creative Director Nicholas Russell, and Tech Specialist Noah Ottenstein.

View a list of study guides, books and flashcards from our authors, available from Amazon.com.

Conrad Fischer, MD, FACP

Dr. Conrad Fischer is an award-winning medical educator, Residency Program Director and Vice Chair of Internal Medicine at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY), Professor of Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (New York, NY), and a public health advocate. He is also the author of the best-selling Master the Boards series of USMLE books, faculty advisor for First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, and former Chairman of Medicine at Kaplan Medical. Follow him on twitter at @SeeFisch

Niket Sonpal, MD, FACP

Dr. Niket Sonpal is the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY). He is also an assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Clerkship Director for New York Medical College, St. George’s University School of Medicine, and New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sonpal was Chief Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital – Northshore LIJ Health System and is the co-author of the best selling Master the Boards: USMLE Step 2 CK and Step 3 books. He has been teaching USMLE, COMLEX and ABIM courses for more than 10 years. Follow Dr. Sonpal on Twitter @nsonpal!

Christos Paras, DO

Dr. Christos Paras is DIO for the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY) residency programs. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (New York, NY) as well as Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Paras is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and specializes in the treatment of clinical hypertension. He has been preparing medical students and residents for board exams for more than 10 years.

Phil Koehler, DO

Dr. Phil Koehler is a resident in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA). Dr. Koehler was an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Teaching Fellow at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Nicholas S. Nicholas DO Memorial Scholarship recipient. He is co-author of Master the Boards: USMLE Step 2 CK and has a passion for teaching OMM and board preparation for both USMLE and the COMLEX-USA.

Ed El Sayed, PhD

Dr. Ed El Sayed is a faculty member at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (New York, NY). He is the pharmacology editor for Dr. Fischer's medical review books, question banks, and video material. Dr. El Sayed knows exactly the right amount of pharmacology for USMLE and COMLEX and has an energy for teaching and an attention to detail that is unsurpassed (except by Dr. Fischer!).

Victoria Hastings, DO, MPH

Dr. Victoria Hastings is a resident physician in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Presbyterian - Brooklyn Methodist Hospital (Brooklyn, NY). She earned her Master of Public Health in biostatistics and epidemiology at Saint Louis University and her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT College of Medicine, where she was accepted into the academic medicine scholars program and has been teaching ever since. She is section editor of Master the Boards: USMLE Step 3's chapter on biostatistics and led the development of MedQuest's biostatistics and epidemiology video course.

Austin Fischer

Austin Fischer scored in the 97th percentile and has extensive experience as an MCAT tutor. Alongside his MCAT focus, Austin has worked at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and served as an EMT in the NYC 911 system. He is a member of the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell class of 2023.

Elizabeth Malphrus

Elizabeth Malphrus, a medical student at The George Washington University School of Medicine (class of 2020), is an MCAT expert and high-scorer. Before starting on the path to medical school, she wrote about science and medicine for organizations including the National Academies and the White House.

Richard D. Thwaites, MD, MBA

Dr. Thwaites, Director of Marketing, brings a unique perspective to academic medicine. His unparalleled experience as the founder of Falcon Physician Review enables Dr. Thwaites to see what works in the classroom and what does not. While at the helm of Falcon Reviews, his students' USMLE scores increased by 27-50 points and COMLEX scores by 100-220 points. He believes that student success is about putting a system together that will enable the student to achieve. It’s about showing the student first how to learn, how to process thousands of pages of material, and master them.