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Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations Class Notes


Joseph E. Salvatore, MD, HU ’55, founder and chairman of Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, was awarded the New Jersey Historical Commission’s highest honor, the Richard J. Hughes Award, for his outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of New Jersey history. The award is given annually to an individual in recognition of a series of contributions in the areas of scholarship, public history, teaching, and conservation and preservation. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

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Elissa J. Santoro, MD, WMC ’65, joined the New Jersey–based Montclair Breast Center, part of Genesis Biotechnology Group and its new health care division, Genesis Health. A pioneer in breast surgery, Santoro has dedicated her practice to breast surgical oncology since 1976. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and has held various positions in professional societies, including: chairman of the New Jersey Division of the American Cancer Society; president of the N.J. American Cancer Society; chairwoman of the Essex County American Cancer Society; medical advisor to Research and Recovery, Post-Mastectomy Program, N.J. American Cancer Society; board of trustees, College of Saint Elizabeth; and medical advisory board of the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Thomas R. Bender, MD, HU ’68, a United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps veteran, was featured as a Veteran of the Day in an article by Vantage Point, the website of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. During his USPHS career, Bender traveled around the world, taking care of outbreaks and conducting research as a medical and epidemiological investigator. He was also part of the team that responded to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He has received many awards, including a special medal for achievement by authority of the Crown Princess Sirindhorn of the Royal Family of Thailand in 1991. Bender is the founder and medical director at Healthy Potentials LLC. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

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Edward A. Nardell, MD, HU ’72, received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the North America region of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases during the organization’s 26th annual conference. Nardell is an expert on airborne transmission of infections in indoor spaces, including COVID-19. He authored “If We’re Going to Live With COVID-19, It’s Time to Clean Our Indoor Air Properly” in the February 1, 2022, issue of Time magazine. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Laura Lippman, MD, MCP ’75, was one of the authors of the recently published book Writing While Masked, a collection of essays from different writers reflecting on the challenges of 2020. Lippman is a retired family physician who writes poetry and resides in Seattle, Washington. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Kenneth Kosik, MD, MCP ’76; MA, joined the scientific advisory board of Herophilus, a leading biotechnology company developing neurotherapeutics to cure complex brain diseases. Kosik has more than 25 years of experience doing internationally renowned Alzheimer’s disease research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Kent Aikin, MD, HU ’77, will be retiring as the Montezuma County, Colorado, public health medical officer. Aiken spent most of his 45-year medical career in Montezuma County. He also owned his own practice, Mancos Family Medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Janet Haas, MD, HU ’77, chair of the William Penn Foundation, along with the Haas family, was featured in Philadelphia magazine’s list of “The 76 Most Influential People in Philadelphia: Power Shifts.” Haas was also listed on the “2021 Philly Power 100” list by City & State Pennsylvania. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Richard Cohen, PhD psychiatry, MCP ’78, is the president and CEO of the Public Health Management Corporation, which announced that it will be acquiring Philadelphia Home Care, a nonprofit home health care provider and the parent company of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia and the Visiting Nurse Society. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Donald F. Denny, MD, HU ’78, was profiled in an article on the Tap Into Princeton community news website about his 30-year medical career and how retired physicians can continue to play an invaluable role in the lives of others. Now retired, Denny was a radiologist with Princeton Radiology Associates and served as senior vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer for Princeton Healthcare System, now Penn Medicine Princeton Health. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Michael M. Ferraro, MD, HU ’78, an obstetrician/gynecologist and fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, retired after serving the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, area for 39 years. Ferraro maintains his administrative role with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine as associate regional dean for the South Campus. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

William Hait, MD, PhD pharmacology, MCP ’78, has been appointed executive vice president and chief external innovation, medical safety and global public health officer at Johnson & Johnson. He had previously served as global head of external innovation at the company, and he was featured in an article in Bloomberg about the change in the company’s leadership. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, HU ’78; MBA, was profiled by the Philadelphia Business Journal before his retirement from Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health at the end of December 2021. He was also quoted in a November 2021 Philadelphia Business Journal article about Jefferson’s acquisition of Temple University Health System’s ownership stake in Health Partners Plans, of which Jefferson is now the sole owner. Klasko was listed on City & State Pennsylvania’s “2021 Philly Power 100” list. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Arthur Sagoskin, MD, MCP ‘78, is a co-founding physician of Shady Grove Fertility in Rockville, Maryland. Now with locations across the country and having welcomed more than 100,000 babies, the practice recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Sagoskin is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology with expertise in infertility, in vitro fertilization and operative laparoscopy. Dedicated to training the next generation of fertility specialists, he was instrumental in establishing four fellowship programs in reproductive endocrinology, at the National Institutes of Health, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, University of Colorado and Eastern Virginia Medical School. In 2020, the Cade Foundation recognized Sagoskin for his work and advocacy within the infertility community. Additionally, he has been a longtime supporter of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, and he recently spearheaded the SGF Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to children born via infertility treatment. Sagoskin will retire at the end of 2022. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

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Trude Haecker, MD, MCP ’80, a pediatrician and president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on the vaccination rates of children in Philadelphia and how a parent’s main source of vaccines for their children are family doctors and pediatricians. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Daniel R. Yanicko Jr., MD, HU ’82; Orthopedic Surgery Residency, MCP ’87, an orthopedic surgeon, joined the medical team at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Kentucky. He most recently worked for Franciscan Physician Network Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Crawfordsville, Indiana. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Scott Harad, MD, HU ’83; Surgery Residency, HU ’88,a board-certified general surgeon, joined the medical team of Crossroads Specialty Clinic in Mount Vernon, Illinois. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Deborah Anzalone, MD, HU ’84, announced that she has pledged $400,000 to Penn State University to establish the Lucille E. Anzalone, RN, and Deborah A. Anzalone, MD, Early Career Professorship in Food Safety and Security in the College of the Liberal Arts. Penn State will add $100,000 in matching funds. Anzalone retired in 2020 from her role as an executive medical director for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Daniel Rader, MD, MCP ’84, received the Research Achievement Award from the American Heart Association at the association’s Scientific Sessions in 2021. Rader is the Seymour Gray Professor of Molecular Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he serves as the chair of the Department of Genetics and the chief of the Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics in the Department of Medicine. Rader is also associate director of Penn’s Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics and is co-director of the Penn Medicine Biobank. He was quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal article about Penn Medicine’s receipt of a $9.5 million Warren Alpert Foundation grant to support efforts to increase diversity in genetic counseling through tuition and cost-of-living support for underrepresented students in genetic counseling programs. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Michael Ackermann, PhD microbiology and immunology, MCP ’85; MBA, joined Revibe Technologies’ board of directors. Ackermann is the co-founder, COO and business development lead at Arrivo Bioventures, a drug development company; he is also co-founder and president of AB Collaborative Investments, an angel investment firm focused on local and regional health care and IT start-ups. He recently joined Solas BioVentures as a managing director of business development. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

David J. Shulkin, MD, MCP ’86; HD ’19, was quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal article in which he expressed concern about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposed $2 trillion overhaul of the VA health care system that includes a recommendation to close the VA hospital in West Philadelphia. Shulkin is president of a local health care consulting firm, Shulkin Solutions. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Howard J. Franklin, MD, MCP ’88, joined Finch Therapeutics Group Inc. as senior vice president and Late-Stage Development and Gastrointestinal Therapeutic Area lead. Franklin has more than 20 years of experience as a general surgeon and biopharmaceutical executive, with expertise in clinical development, regulatory strategy, medical affairs and product commercialization. He most recently served as chief medical officer at Salix Pharmaceuticals. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Kurt Kaulback, MD, HU ’88; Internal Medicine Residency, HU ’91; Cardiology Fellowship, HU ’92, clinical director of network cardiovascular services at Inspira, was quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal article about Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill performing its first elective coronary angioplasties after the medical center received its percutaneous coronary interventions license. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Kevin Claffey, MD, HU ’89; Surgery Residency, HU ’94, a general surgeon, joined the medical team of Crossroads Specialty Clinic in Mount Vernon, Illinois. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Peter Trevouledes, MD, HU ’89, joined the general surgery team with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and will continue to serve patients in Muncy and eastern Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Trevouledes is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in abdominal surgeries including gallbladder and gastrointestinal cancer, appendectomies and hernias as well as minor surgical procedures and screenings including endoscopies and colonoscopies. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Reginald Blaber III, MD, HU ’89; Cardiology Fellowship, MCPHU ’98, is executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Virtua Health, which announced its partnership with Rowan University to create a new academic health system that will result in the formation of the Virtua Health College of Medicine & Health Sciences of Rowan University. Under the agreement, Virtua Health is making a philanthropic investment of $85 million to Rowan University to create an endowment that will help support the partnership. Blaber was also mentioned in a Philadelphia Business Journal article about Virtua’s “Nurturing Nurses” pilot program, in which Virtua will pay students enrolling in Rowan University’s Bachelor of Science degree in nursing about $14,000, the current price of tuition for the program, with the condition that all graduates commit to working at Virtua for the number of years they spend at Rowan University. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

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Robert Corrato, MD, MCP ’90, founder and CEO of Versalus Health, was a part of the judging panel for the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies’ annual Lion’s Den, a Shark Tank–like production with dozens of local startup founders pitching their ventures to local investors. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

James Tursi, MD, MCP ’90, joined Endo International as executive vice president of global research and development. Tursi previously held the role of chief scientific officer and executive vice president of development at Ferring Pharmaceuticals U.S. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Martha Ghosh, MD, MCP ’91; Internal Medicine Residency, MCP; Gastroenterology Fellowship, MCP, was profiled in an article in the northeastern Pennsylvania publication Happenings Magazine. Ghosh is a gastroenterologist at Lackawanna Medical Group and has been practicing in this specialty for more than 20 years. In addition, she has worked at the veterans hospital in Wilkes-Barre for the past 12 years. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Glenn W. Stambo, MD, HU ’91, chief of interventional radiology at AdventHealth Carrollwood, was elected to fellowship status in the Society of Interventional Radiology, the society’s highest honor, which is bestowed on members who have made a significant contribution to the field of interventional radiology and to the society. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Mark W. Feinberg, MD, MCP ’94, board certified in internal medicine and cardiology, was appointed chief medical officer at Bluejay Diagnostics Inc. Feinberg is a cardiovascular medicine specialist and director of cardiovascular RNA biology research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. His clinical interests include noninvasive clinical cardiology, vascular medicine and cardiovascular disease prevention. He is also an affiliated faculty member at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Feinberg has held various leadership roles in cardiovascular research, including participating in national peer-review study sections, providing editorial services and serving as a co-chair of the Brigham Research Institute’s Cardiovascular, Diabetes, and Metabolic Disease Research Center. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Petros Levounis, MD, MCP ’94; MA, is the next president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Levounis is the first openly gay psychiatrist elected to the presidency of the APA. He is professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and associate dean for professional development at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is also the chief of service at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. Levounis came to Rutgers from Columbia University, where he served as director of the Addiction Institute of New York from 2002 to 2013. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Stephanie Araheem-Waters, MD, HU ’95, a pediatrician, was highlighted as part of a PennLive Patriot News series featuring Black health care professionals in central Pennsylvania. Araheem-Waters has practiced at Carlisle Pediatric Associates since 2009. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Deborah Lang, PhD molecular pathobiology, MCPHU ’97, associate professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, has been awarded a three-year $544,390 grant from the LEO Foundation, one of Denmark’s largest commercial foundations. The grant will support Lang’s work on an experimental model that marks melanocyte stem cells, with the aim of providing new insights into these cells’ function and flexibility to become other cell types. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Jun Chon, MD, MCP ’98, joined Elizabethtown Community Hospital, part of the University of Vermont Health Network in Burlington, as chief medical officer. Most recently, Chon was the vice president of medical affairs at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Anne-Marie Martin, PhD microbiology and immunology, MCP ’98, was appointed to the board of directors of Cullinan Oncology Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing diversified therapies for cancer patients. Martin has more than 25 years of translational medicine and clinical research expertise and is currently senior vice president and global head of the Experimental Medicine Unit at GlaxoSmithKline. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Rochelle Steiner-Friel, MD, HU ’98, wrote an op-ed piece, “She’s an MD and Believes Southern Lehigh Schools Were Right to Make Masks Optional” for The Express-Times, the local newspaper in Easton, Pennsylvania. Steiner-Friel is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Kela Henry, MD, MCPHU ’99, best known for her award-winning book Nia & The Numbers Game: A Teenager’s Guide to Education, Relationships & Sex, hosted four teenage girls, from various locations in the world, to speak to her audience on her “Let’s Talk Thursdays with Dr. Kela,” about being a teenager in today’s challenging and ever-changing environment. The web series highlights Henry’s passion for making a difference in the lives of teenage girls, focusing on girls of color and girls from less represented demographics. Henry specializes in family medicine and runs a practice that is part of the Emory Healthcare System in the metro Atlanta area. She has appeared on dozens of radio and TV programs including WABE Atlanta National Public Radio and “Closer Look With Rose Scott.” She was awarded top honors at the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists Conference and Career Fair Author Showcase. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Thomas N. Wang, MD; PhD molecular pathobiology, MCPHU ’99; Surgery Residency, MCPHU ’99, a prominent researcher and nationally recognized author, has been named medical director of the Hoag Melanoma/Advanced Skin Cancer Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

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Ian B. K. Martin, MD, MCPHU ’00; MBA, professor with tenure and system chairman of the Department of Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin, and emergency physician-in-chief for the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Health Network, was selected as one of six fellows for the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Council of Deans Fellowship Program. The program was created to enhance the development of future leaders in academic medicine through mentorship. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Dia Arpon, MD ’01, a psychiatrist with outpatient services at North Central Health Care in Wausau, Wisconsin, has been awarded the “Top Doctor” recognition from FindaTopDoc. Arpon sees patients at the Wausau Campus, where she provides specialty psychiatric care for children, adolescents and adults. She also works as an assistant clinical professor for the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she teaches and supervises psychiatry residents. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Brian Holzer, MD ’01, was appointed CEO of Aware Recovery Care, a company challenging traditional approaches to the treatment of substance use disorder. Holzer comes to Aware with more than 20 years of experience in areas including strategy, operations, marketing and sales. Most recently, he was president of innovations at Kindred Healthcare in Louisville. In this role, he also founded and served as CEO of Lacuna Health, which provides patient engagement solutions to physician groups, hospitals and insurance providers. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Katie E. McPeak, MD ’01, medical director of health equity at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, shared her thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on women’s employment in an article in the Philadelphia Business Journal. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Trishna Goswami, MD ’03, joined IN8bio Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company, as chief medical officer. Goswami most recently served as vice president of clinical development at Gilead Sciences Inc., where she led a team that secured approval of Trodelvy for use in the treatment of bladder cancer and triple-negative breast cancer. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Martha E. Wittenberg, MD ’03; MPH, joined Lindora Wellness Inc., a leading medically supervised weight loss and wellness practice, as chief medical officer. Wittenberg will be largely responsible for expanding Lindora’s wellness services throughout the brand’s Southern California clinics. She earned her master’s in public health from MCP Hahnemann School of Public Health in 1998. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Rebecca D. Edmonds, MD ’04, a surgical oncologist specializing in the treatment of diseases of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, colon, thyroid and breast, joined the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Neha Reshamwala, MD ’04, has been recognized in Marquis Who’s Who. In late 2020, Reshamwala, a seasoned allergist and immunologist, established her own practice, Frontier Allergy Asthma and Immunology, in Austin, Texas. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Jennifer Vodzak, MD ’06, was a guest on WKOK’s radio show “Sunrise” to talk about child vaccinations and vaccine-hesitant parents. Vodzak is a board-certified and fellowship-trained specialist in pediatric infectious diseases. Her clinical interests include general infectious diseases in children and antimicrobial stewardship. Her research interests include molecular diagnostics in infectious diseases; patient safety, quality and process improvement; and medical education. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Tracy Foo, MD ’07, co-presented on the topic of vaccine hesitancy in different communities across Alaska at the State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Foo is the vaccines medical director at Pfizer. She is board certified in general preventive medicine and public health. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Nicole Marcantuono, MD ’07, joined Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health as chief of the Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Section at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric rehabilitation medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Adam Holleran, MD ’08, an orthopedist, joined the medical team at Mee Memorial Healthcare System and will be practicing at its King City and Greenfield locations in California. Holleran previously practiced in San Diego. In addition, he has served as a qualified medical evaluator with the Division of Workers’ Compensation Medical Unit, examining injured workers to evaluate disabilities and write medical-legal reports. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Lisa Bartels, MD ’09, a family medicine physician at Beebe Medical Center, will be relocating her practice to the Cape Henlopen Medical Center in Lewes, Delaware. The new practice will be named Beebe Primary Care Cape Henlopen. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Concetta Milano, MD ’09; MS biological science ’05, wrote an article, “Heart Disease Is the Top Killer of U.S. Women, But Many Don’t Know It” for the Philly Voice. Milano is a noninvasive cardiologist with Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia and is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Jefferson Methodist Hospital and Roxborough Memorial Hospital. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

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Barbara Nightingale, MD ’10, was named deputy director of clinical services for the Allegheny County Health Department. In her new role, Nightingale will oversee clinics for tuberculosis, immunization, sexually transmitted infections and HIV, as well as dental services and the department’s emergency preparedness program. She formerly served as medical director of Latterman Family Health Center in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where she treated patients for both medical and psychiatric conditions. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Preethi Pirlamarla, MD ’11, traveled to provide care to refugees near the Ukraine–Poland border as a volunteer with an organization called SSF-Rescuers Without Borders, based in France. She returned to the U.S. in March. Pirlamarla is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation. She is an assistant professor at the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a cardiologist at Mount Sinai Queens Hospital in New York City. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Gregory Kanski, MD ’15, an orthopedic surgeon, joined the medical team at the University Orthopedics Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and will be performing orthopedic surgery at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center, both in Johnstown, and Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Springs. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Agnes Pace, MD ’15, an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist, joined the pain management team at Columbia Memorial Health. Previously, she worked at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Alexandra M. Hunt, MS interdisciplinary health sciences ’17; MPH, was featured in Philly’s top 10 best-read stories of the year for her debut as a contender for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 3rd District. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Zachary Bacigalupa, PhD molecular and cell biology and genetics ’18, and colleagues at the College of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Thomas Jefferson University authored “O-GlcNAc Transferase Regulates Glioblastoma Acetate Metabolism via Regulation of CDK5-Dependent ACSS2 Phosphorylation,” which was published in Oncogene on February 22, 2022. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Linda W. Cota, MD ’18, joined the Franklin Memorial Hospital medical staff as a physician at Franklin Health Livermore Falls Family Practice. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Indigo De Jong, MS pathologists’ assistant ’18, is a pathologists’ assistant technical coordinator at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, handling specimens ranging from biopsies to complex resections. They also lead the hospitals’ grossing and accessioning teams. De Jong appeared in a YouTube video describing their work as a pathologists’ assistant, as part of the health system’s “My Job” series. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Julie Hyppolite, MD ’18; MPH, was one of the authors of “Underrepresented Minority Family Physicians More Likely to Care for Vulnerable Populations,” which appeared in the March 2022 issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Hyppolite is family medicine physician at NYC Health + Hospitals, where she also serves as clinical director, social determinants of health. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Austin Coley, PhD neuroscience ’19, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, was awarded a Transition to Independence Fellowship by the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain. The program supports neuroscience researchers from historically underrepresented backgrounds, providing $495,000 over three years to help them become independent investigators and establish grant funding. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Armaghan Soomro, MD; PBC quantitative principles of clinical research ’19, an interventional cardiologist, joined the medical team at Arkansas Heart Hospital. Soomro recently completed his clinical fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. A published researcher, he is board certified in internal medicine, adult echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and vascular ultrasounds. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

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Mitch Nothem, PhD pharmacology and physiology ’20, received the Research Society on Alcoholism’s Junior Investigator Meeting Award for the society’s 2022 scientific meeting. Nothem was also selected to present at the U.S. Association for the Study of Pain’s 2022 meeting in the Substance Use and Addiction special interest group. His talk was “Ethanol Antiallodynia and Reward Seeking in Mice With Spared Nerve Injury.” Nothem is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Shasha Yang, PhD neuroscience ’21, and colleagues in the College of Medicine and Fudan University in China published “Prefrontal Cortical Control of Anxiety: Recent Advances” in The Neuroscientists on January 27, 2022. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Emily Esquea, MS molecular and cell biology and genetics ’21, and Michelle Swift, PhD molecular and cell biology and genetics ’21, were the inaugural recipients of the Jane Clifford Best PhD or MS Dissertation Award. The award was created to honor the contribution and service of Jane Clifford, PhD, former chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. It will be given annually to students who best represent Clifford’s scientific rigor and creativity. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Genevieve Curtis, PhD neuroscience ’22, was one of the authors of “Sex-related Differences in Pattern of Ethanol Drinking Under the Intermittent-Access Model and Its Impact on Exploratory and Anxiety-like Behavior in Long-Evans Rats,” which appeared in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research on May 1, 2022. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

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Former Residents and Fellows


Shahzad Ahmed, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, Drexel/Hahnemann ’10; Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, Drexel/Hahnemann ’17; Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, Drexel/Hahnemann ’18, was profiled by FindaTopDoc. A prominent cardiologist, Ahmed provides care for patients in the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, area at BMC Cardiology at Lower Bucks Hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiovascular Intervention. He also holds certification as a registered physician in vascular interpretation or RPVI. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Nirav Amin, MD; Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Drexel/Hahnemann ’13, joined the clinical advisory board of vTail, the first health care communications app that connects health care professionals to medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers for sales, support and service. Amin is an associate professor at Pomona Valley Hospital. He has served as a principal investigator for nine projects and is involved in several FDA studies. He was recently named a candidate member of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and he leads several protocols on opioid-sparing techniques in orthopedic surgery. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Frederick Buechel, MD; Orthopedic Surgery Residency, MCPHU ’00, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and founder of the Robotic Joint Center in New York City, was named a 2022 Top Patient Rated New York Orthopedic Surgeon by Find Local Doctors. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Arnold Eiser, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, MCP; Nephrology Fellowship, HU, wrote an article, “Neurotoxins in the Environment Are Damaging Human Brain Health — and More Frequent Fires and Floods May Make the Problem Worse,” for The Conversation. Eiser is an emeritus professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and an adjunct fellow with the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America: Philosophical, Cultural, and Social Considerations. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Carmen Febo-San Miguel MD; Family Medicine Residency, HU ’73, was profiled in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about her work as the former executive director of the arts nonprofit Taller Puertorriqueño. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Marilyn Heine, MD; Medical Oncology Residency, MCP ’89, a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, served as faculty for ACEP21, the yearly scientific assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Heine presented three lectures on hematology and oncology emergencies: “How to Discharge VTE Patients Safely,” “Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: Lifesaving, Yet Toxic” and “Common Cancer Conundrums and Five ‘Can’t Miss’ Oncologic Emergencies.” (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Jamil A. Hossain, DPM; Podiatry Residency, Drexel/Hahnemann ’15, opened a new Ankle and Foot Centers of America practice location in Hermitage, Tennessee. He has been practicing in Nashville for the last six years and is an expert in all varieties of foot and ankle pathologies. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Jillian G. Kurtz, DO; Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship, Drexel/Bryn Mawr Hospital ’22, joined the medical team at ORM Fertility, part of Oregon Reproductive Medicine in Portland. Kurtz is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Mario Matos-Cruz, MD, Thoracic Surgery Residency, HU ’96, a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, joined Adena Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons’ location in Chillicothe, Ohio. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Carmen McIntyre Leon, MD; Psychiatry Residency, MCP ’94, assistant professor and associate chair of community affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University School of Medicine, was appointed interim chair of the school’s Department of Neurosurgery. The chief medical officer of the Michigan Department of Corrections, McIntyre Leon is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Michigan Medical Association, the Michigan Psychiatric Society (of which she was president from 2021 to 2022), the Oakland County Medical Association, the American Correctional Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Shahram Jay Mirmanesh, MD, MBA; Pediatrics Residency, MCP ’88, joined Virtua Health’s board of trustees. Mirmanesh, who is fondly known as Dr. Jay to his patients, is a board-certified pediatrician, a pediatric educator and a specialist in newborn intensive care. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Marc Rovito, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, MCP ’91; Oncology Fellowship, MCP ’93, joined Penn State Health as vice president and physician leader for cancer services. Rovito most recently was St. Joseph Medical Center’s interim vice president of medical affairs. Since first joining the hospital in 2011, he has served as St. Joseph Cancer Center’s medical director and cancer liaison physician. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Edwin Slade, DMD; Oral Surgery Residency, MCP, joined the board of directors at the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care of Skokie, Illinois, as chairman. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the American and International College of Dentists. He has served in numerous leadership positions within oral and maxillofacial surgery, including president of both the Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Societies of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and as trustee and treasurer of AAOMS. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Daniel Small, MD; Obstetrics/Gynecology Residency, MCP, received designation from the Surgical Review Corporation as a surgeon of excellence in minimally invasive gynecology. Small has practiced for more than 25 years at Lawrence OB/GYN Associates and now Capital Health OB/GYN. He was the first in the region to perform advanced minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and has been instrumental in developing that program at Capital Health, where he is currently the director of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. He has been board certified since 1988 and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Alan Solinsky, MD; Ophthalmology Residency, HU ’90, joined the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford Board of Directors. Solinsky is the CEO, managing partner and founder of Solinsky EyeCare LLC, a private practice based in West Hartford, with eight additional locations throughout Connecticut. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a member and diplomate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

Stephen Soloway, MD; Rheumatology Fellowship, MCP ’93, is an adjunct clinical associate professor at Drexel University College of Medicine, clinical associate professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and clinical educator in radiologic sciences at Cumberland County College. He is also chairman of the Division of Rheumatology at Inspira Health Network. In 2021, Soloway became an honorary fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards. He also received a Congressional Proclamation from the U.S. House of Representatives in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the medical community. Soloway has been featured on numerous Top Doctor lists and was in the top 1% of America’s Most Honored Professionals according to American Registry. He was selected to present on a range of rheumatologic conditions at the 2021 American College of Rheumatology Convergence annual meeting, and he authored the 2020 book Bad Medicine — The Horrors of American Healthcare, published by Skyhorse. (Alumni Magazine, Fall 2022)

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