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Family Medicine Residency Current Residents

First-Year Family Medicine Residents

Second-Year Family Medicine Residents

Third-Year Family Medicine Residents

Third-Year Family Medicine Residents

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Peter Cognetti, MD

Peter Cognetti, MD
I was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and attended medical school at Geisinger Commonwealth. I was drawn to Drexel because it has such a large impact on the community it serves. It is a well-respected academic program with a supportive learning environment and has a strong sports medicine program. The faculty members are very engaged in resident learning and maturation. Drexel exposes its residents to the full spectrum of family medicine. After residency, I plan to do a fellowship in sports medicine. In my spare time, I like to play tennis, basketball and golf. I also like to hike, travel and spend time with family and friends.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Laurianne Haynes, MD

Laurianne Haynes, MD
I grew up in one of the gems of the Caribbean on an island called Antigua. It is known for its 365 beaches — one for every day of the year. I was looking for a residency that would stimulate me academically while providing a supportive, team-centered environment conducive to learning. Drexel has met and exceeded all my expectations. I chose family medicine because it gave me an opportunity to develop lifelong relationships with my patients. My future plans are to return to the Caribbean and open my own practice. Philadelphia is a beautiful place with its picturesque scenes and amazing food. My interests outside of medicine are traveling, swimming, sailing, baking and spending time with my family.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Derek Maloney, MD

Derek Maloney, MD
I was immediately drawn to Drexel on the interview trail due to the positive energy and culture among the residents and staff, the career and research opportunities it offers as an academic institution, and the city hospital training experience that Hahnemann provides. I wanted a program that combined comprehensive training with positive culture and work-life balance, and I was immediately sold. My future career interests are in lifestyle medicine, sports medicine and nutrition as a means for treating chronic diseases. Outside of medicine, I produce music and enjoy playing basketball, traveling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Kaitlin O'Malley, MD

Kaitlin O’Malley, MD
I am originally from Chicago, moved to Philadelphia for medical school and stayed for residency. I fell in love with the City of Brotherly Love. I like Drexel’s diverse patient population, emphasis on community medicine, dedicated faculty and supportive environment. I have a strong interest in public health, particularly the harm reduction model and hope to focus on underserved communities in the future. In my free time, I enjoy all winter sports, reading and playing with my dog Wrigley (Go Cubs).

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Aaron Palmquist, MD

Aaron Palmquist, MD
I was born in Suffern, NY, and moved to PA for college. Ultimately I went to Drexel for medical school. I chose Drexel family medicine because of the great faculty and I understood how the residents had great camaraderie. My interest in medicine currently is sports medicine. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Adib Rushdan, MD

Adib Rushdan, MD
I was born and raised in Chester, Pennsylvania, not too far from the City of Brotherly Love in Philadelphia. I went to St. George’s University School of Medicine on the lovely island of Grenada. It was an amazing experience, and I learned so much about myself and how I plan to practice medicine. I chose Drexel Family Medicine because I realized that it had everything I was looking for in a residency program: a rigorous curriculum with a large patient population, residents and faculty that genuinely care about people and, lastly, the city culture of Philadelphia is amazing. I find Drexel Family Medicine to be a great mix between rich clinical exposure and exceptional academic medicine with the opportunity to see it all. In addition, the residents who I had the opportunity to meet with on interview day and beyond were so genuine and approachable. The feeling I got after visiting Drexel is one that could not be reproduced. One of my future dreams is to own a community health center that offers multidisciplinary preventive health services to disadvantaged individuals. I enjoy traveling to new places, eating out with friends, mentoring kids, music/dancing and spending time with family.

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Second-Year Family Medicine Residents

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Raghda Bchech, MD

Raghda Bchech, MD
I grew up in Antigua where I also attended medical school. Family Medicine peaked my interest due to the vast diversity within the field and the ability to maintain continuity of care with various types of patients over multiple generations. I was drawn to Drexel family medicine mainly due to their passion surrounding community outreach for the underserved and the faculty’s drive to nurture and educate their residents. My specific interests include preventative, global and community medicine. In the future I hope to be involved in academics in addition to both an inpatient and outpatient setting. In my spare time I enjoy going on road-trips, videography, art and watching documentaries.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Christi Gill, MD

Christi Gill, MD
I was born in Philadelphia and grew up here, and in Delaware County before my family moved to South Jersey. After graduating from Temple University in North Philly, I attended medical school on the beautiful island of Antigua and completed my rotations in Brooklyn, NY. I chose Drexel for the opportunity to train in a respected academic setting that just so happens to be in my hometown; and also for the opportunity to give back to the communities that helped shape who I am today. Additionally, I got a sense that residents genuinely enjoy working alongside one another and that there was immense support from faculty. My primary interest is Sports Medicine, but in general, I intend to devote my efforts in underserved communities in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Outside of medicine, I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family (especially my infant son), running, watching sports, and perusing gossip sites.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Hrisi Gueorguieva, MD

Hrisi Gueorguieva, MD
I was born in Bulgaria and moved to Toronto when I was nine. I moved to St Maarten for medical school and finished up my clinicals in NYC. I was looking for a program which emphasized resident education, wellness and serves a diverse community. On my interview and second look event, I was pleased to see the comradery and friendliness between the staff, residents and attendings and I instantly felt welcomed. Drexel Family Medicine has exceeded my expectations in every way possible. I chose to be a family physician because of the relationships we are able to form with our patients and the diversity of patient care. After residency, I plan to do a women's health fellowship. My interest outside of residency are traveling, hiking and spending time in the outdoors (preferably on a beach) with my friends and family. I enjoy playing volleyball, yoga and binge-watching shows. Namaste.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Stefan Markovic, MD

Stefan Markovic, MD
I grew up in the suburbs of Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science. After undergrad, I attended St. George’s University where I studied medicine in England and Grenada, followed by completing my clinical rotations in New York City. I chose Drexel/Tower Family Medicine because of the collaborative and supportive environment that exists between faculty and residents as well as the program’s dedication to community outreach. The opportunity to learn and practice family medicine in a lively city with a rich culture was an added bonus. My interests in family medicine include academics, urgent care, community and sports medicine. After residency I hope to practice full spectrum family medicine and be part of an academic-teaching program. Outside of work, I love watching and playing sports (RAPTORS NBA CHAMPS 2019), trying new restaurants, skiing, travelling, watching stand-up comedy and spending time with family and friends. I am excited to start my residency training with the Drexel/Tower Family Medicine team and look forward to what’s in store over the next three years.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Derek Moore, MD

Derek Moore, MD
I was born and raised in Camden, NJ and attended medical school at the University of Medicine & Health Sciences on the beautiful island of St. Kitts. There’s a lot of reason I choose Drexel University but the two main reason were the faculty I’ve met and the population of people we serve. Drexel University provides tremendous medical services to the underserved communities in the city of Philadelphia. After meeting the faculty at Drexel University I instantly knew this was the place for me. The faculty here truly cares about your educational experience and ensuring that you gradate being the best physician you can be and ready to tackle anything that comes your way. In my spare time I enjoy playing sports, international backpacking and spending time with my family.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - McKensie Walker, MD

McKensie Walker, MD
I grew up in New Jersey in a town that is a Philadelphia suburb. I attended medical school in Philadelphia and I am happy to be staying local for residency. This city is known for many great things, medicine being one of them. What excited me about Drexel Family Medicine was its strong academic training, a supportive learning environment, and sports medicine program. I searched for a residency that valued physician wellness and fostered strong relationships between residents and faculty. I found these qualities at Drexel. In my free time I enjoy cycling, running, and spending time with family and friends.

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First-Year Family Medicine Residents

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Crystal Arrendell, MD

Crystal Arrendell, MD
I grew up in Alexandria, VA and attended college at New York University. I went to American University of the Caribbean for medical school. I chose Drexel Family Medicine for many different reasons. I was very eager to get back to the Northeast for residency and I loved the fact that Drexel has maintained a commitment to the community as well as training well-rounded physicians. I could tell during my interview that the Drexel faculty are engaged, caring and committed to creating a robust curriculum that also allows you to tailor your learning to what you are most interested in. Outside of medicine, I enjoy hanging out with my family, working out at Orange Theory, exploring Philadelphia, and traveling whenever possible.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Brittney Bruno, MD

Brittney Bruno, MD
I am a Northern California native but after spending some time in Philadelphia, I can say I've come to call both coasts "home." I came to Philadelphia as a graduate student through the Drexel DPMS program. I made my way through Drexel College of Medicine's MD/MPH curriculum and ended up choosing its Family Medicine Residency. I chose the program after seeing the very accessible camaraderie between the faculty, residents, and staff. Because exposure determines experience, I looked for a program with evident diversity within its leadership as well as within the communities the program serves; two components Drexel Family Medicine has. In addition to all of this, there is a pleasant energy here that is unique--one that blends with my California vibes but also flows seamlessly into the City of Brotherly Love. Hence, Drexel Family Medicine became the right decision for me. When I have free time, I enjoy baking, Latin dancing, weightlifting and taking in new experiences.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Samar Haroun, MD

Samar Haroun, MD
I was born in Sudan and grew up in several places in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa before settling in Ontario, Canada. For residency, I wanted to join a program with a strong clinical focus, with opportunities for research and community outreach. Drexel presented all of that together with an inspiring team dynamic. I am interested in community outreach, preventive care, public health, and women’s health. Outside of medicine, some of my favorite things are community involvement, dancing, music, and stand-up comedy – all things I am excited to explore at Drexel and in Philly.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Stephen Jumper, MD

Stephen Jumper, MD
I earned my Medical Degree at Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. One of the strongest skills and values that was constantly reinforced was the power a Medical Doctor has in regard to patient advocacy. At the end of the day it is our responsibility to make sure we are doing everything possible to give our patients the best outcome. Sometimes this can be a huge task, other times it can be as simple as taking an extra minute to make sure the patient is up to date on the current plan of care. I was on the search for a program with a culture that embodied this notion. The Drexel Family Medicine Residency is that program. In addition, the program is extremely dynamic, working to tailor your skill set to best serve the patient. I go to work every day with a smile, because I am truly working with a team of excellent people. I consider myself a MacGyver type of person. I enjoy mechanics, woodworking, I am an avid outdoors person, on any free day I may be rafting down a river, mountain biking in our local trails or surfing out in New Jersey.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Stacey Sassaman, MD

Stacey Sassaman, MD
I was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania in a small town called Selinsgrove, then I fell in love with Philadelphia when I attended college at Drexel University. I then attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, also known as the "Nature Island of the Caribbean." There I was involved with a community outreach project for the native Carib tribes. When I was looking for the ideal training for residency, it wasn't the location and name that stood out to me (although I love Philadelphia and Drexel), but the people and the culture of the program. I have always been dedicated to serving underserved and marginalized communities, and I was impressed by this program's extensive community outreach. This is in addition to rigorous training that has the best of both worlds as a university program with a community feel. My interests in medicine are women's health, advocacy, and working with underserved populations. In my free time I love running along the Schuylkill River, sampling all the delicious foods of Philadelphia, enjoying the arts of Philadelphia, and spending time with friends and family.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Christopher Varghese, MD

Christopher Varghese, MD
I grew up in Seattle and went to Washington State University for undergrad. I then went to the American University of the Caribbean for medical school. I then did a one-year internship at Rutgers University Hospital that led me to here. Drexel was my last interview and I thought I had a good idea about my top choices going into interview day, but interview day flipped all that on its head. The environment here, the culture, the positivity combined with the drive to be great by everyone across the board, the camaraderie between the residents and faculty, it just felt so genuine and so real and all I wanted was to be a part of it. Outside of medicine I love to play basketball (any Lebron team and also always ready to run a pick-up game), boxing, cooking, I am Christian so my religion means a lot to me, and just hanging out with my family.

Drexel Family Medicine Resident - Evette Yassa, MD

Evette Yassa, MD
To become the family physician I’ve always wanted to be, I knew I needed to train in a community hospital setting with an academic institution that emphasizes evidence-based medicine, where I could learn how to best serve a diverse population. I am so glad to have found this and more with Drexel University/Tower Health. The supportive team environment and culture of growth and inclusivity are exactly what I hoped for in a residency program. In addition to patient-centered medical care, I have a strong interest in mental health, something I pursued throughout my undergraduate training in Biology and Philosophy at Queen’s University, my graduate studies in liver cancer biochemistry at McGill University, and as a St. George’s University medical student. I was raised in Ontario, Canada, I enjoy being with my family (running around with all my nieces and nephews), music, playing basketball and squash, and of course all food-based activities.

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Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.

Nurse greeting senior couple at family medicine practice.