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Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations Class Notes


John F. DiTunno, MD, HU ’58, was honored at the 50th anniversary of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, which he chaired for nearly 30 years. DiTunno, who retired from teaching in 2019, has been a sculptor for more than two decades. His works are in India, Italy, Canada and the United States. (Pulse Fall 2020)

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Frank S. Pettyjohn, MD, HU ’63, was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea before attending medical school. After he earned his MD, he joined the Army Medical Corps and served in Vietnam, reaching the rank of colonel before leaving the military. He has served as chief, Division of Cardiology, and as chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, and at the West Florida Regional Medical Center. During his military career, he was awarded the Combat Medical Badge, the Master Flight Surgeon Badge, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Sucha Asbell, MD, WMC ’66, received the Gold Medal of the American College of Radiation Oncology, in recognition of her distinguished service to the college and to the field of radiation oncology. The medal was presented during the organization’s annual meeting, held February 26-29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At the meeting, Asbell delivered the Luther Brady Lecture: “In the Past 50 Years We Have Evolved to SBRT and Immunotherapy.” She is a professor of radiation oncology at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Lawrence W. Lazarus, MD, HU ’67, co-authored the Insider’s Guide to Quality, Affordable Healthcare. He has spent his career specializing in geriatric medicine and psychiatry, primarily at Rush Medical School and University in Chicago, Illinois, where he was the founding director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship program. He is in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Kristen Ries, MD, WMC ’67; Internal Medicine Residency, MCP; Infectious Diseases Fellowship, MCP, received an honorary degree from the University of Utah. Ries is a professor emerita of internal medicine and retired infectious diseases physician who was at the forefront of treating patients in Utah at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic (in 1988, she was named one of Newsweek magazine’s Unsung Heroes). In honor of Ries’s work, the Marriott Library at the university has established an archive that collects oral histories, documents and other memorabilia related to the history of treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS in Utah. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Paula A. Moynahan, MD, WMC ’68, received the Career Achievement Award from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Moynahan owns plastic surgery practices in Manhattan and Middlebury, Connecticut. She has served as an attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital, as well as Waterbury Hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital, and Naugatuck Valley Surgical Center in Waterbury, Connecticut. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Vivian Pender, MD, WMC ’69, was elected president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association (2020-2021). She will become president of the association in May 2021. An APA Distinguished Life Fellow, she has served as a member of the APA Board of Trustees since 2014, among other leadership roles. She is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, a training psychoanalyst at Columbia University, and a consultant psychiatrist and psychoanalyst to the United Nations, in addition to her private practice. She is a founder of Healthcare Against Trafficking. (Pulse Fall 2020)

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Virginia Ettinger Hall, MD, HU ’72, is chair of the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, which oversees three key programs: the Physicians’ Health Program, which addresses potential impairing conditions, including mental health and substance abuse issues; LifeGuard, which addresses clinical competency assessment for medical professionals; and Student Financial Services, which administers financial aid for medical students. Hall notes that the foundation (then known as the Educational and Scientific Trust) granted her a scholarship for her first year at Hahnemann and loans thereafter. Hall also serves on the Ludhiana Christian Medical College Board USA, which supports the private, minority-run school and teaching hospital in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, where she teaches almost every February. Hall is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (Pulse Fall 2020)

James L. Madara, MD, HU ’75, executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association, was named to Modern Healthcare’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in health care. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Mariell Jessup, MD, HU ’76, was awarded an ESC Gold Medal from the European Society of Cardiology in recognition of her outstanding achievements in cardiology. Jessup serves as the chief science and medical officer for the American Heart Association. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Stephen Klasko, MD, HU ’78, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power 100 list for 2019; to Modern Healthcare’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare; and to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s national list of 2020 Influencers. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Roger A. Orsini, MD, MCP ’78; MBA, and his co-author published The Search for Excellence in Clinical Practice: A Handbook on Clinical Process Improvement for Providers (Sentia Publishing), a manual for decision-making in health care. Orsini is a plastic surgeon in private practice in Easton, Maryland. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Randy W. Hawkins, MD, HU ’79, has been reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the Medical Board of California, where he has served since 2015. Hawkins is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and has a private practice in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Anna Pujols McKee, MD, HU ’79, executive vice president and chief medical officer of The Joint Commission, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2020’s Top 25 Minority Leaders. She was also named to the list in 2014. (Pulse Fall 2020)

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Richard Eisenberg, MD, MCP ’80; Internal Medicine Residency, MCP, an ophthalmologist, shared his expertise in ocular migraines in the article “Was Bryce Harper Dehydrated?” in the Philadelphia Inquirer (August 20, 2019). Eisenberg practices at Worcester Ophthalmology Associates in Worchester, Massachusetts. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Michael Anger, MD, HU ’81; Internal Medicine Residency, HU ’84, was appointed senior vice president and chief medical officer for Fresenius Medical Care’s Renal Therapies Group, a provider of kidney care products. He previously served as chief medical officer of American Renal Associates, which operates dialysis clinics in 27 states and Washington, D.C. He is also the immediate past-president and senior partner of Western Nephrology, a 50-year-old practice in the Denver, Colorado, area. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Larry Bush, MD, HU ’82; Infectious Diseases Fellowship, MCP ’88, was appointed president of the Palm Beach County Medical Society. He is an affiliated professor of medicine at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and affiliated associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami–Miller School of Medicine. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Linda Blose, MD, HU ’83, was honored by the Slatington Public Library for her philanthropy, which has provided books and programming to the community. She currently practices internal medicine in the St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Richard Malamut, MD, HU ’85, joined the medical advisory board of MedinCell, a pharmaceutical company. Malamut is currently chief medical officer and executive vice president at Collegium Pharmaceuticals. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Joe Hulihan, MD, HU ’86; Neurology Residency, HU ’90, became chief medical officer of Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutics to treat epilepsy, depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders, located in Radnor, Pennsylvania. (Pulse Fall 2020)

David Shulkin, MD, MCP ’86, launched his new book, It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Serve Your Country: Our Broken Government and the Plight of Veterans (PublicAffairs, 2019) about his time as Secretary of Veterans Affairs under the Trump administration (see Shulkin has joined the policy advisory board of Datavant, a computer software company that serves the health care industry, and the board of directors of OraSure Technologies, Inc. a provider of point-of-care diagnostic tests, specimen collection devices, and microbiome laboratory and analytical services. (Pulse Fall 2020)

James Winkler, PhD Pharmacology, MCP ’87, joined OnKure, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, as vice president of discovery and translational biology. He has held positions with FORMA Therapeutics, Arvinas, Array BioPhama, GlaxoSmithKline, SmithKline Beecham and Johnson & Johnson. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Christopher Bowden, MD, HU ’88, has been appointed to the board of directors of Ziopharm Oncology, Inc. He currently serves as chief medical officer of Agios Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was previously vice president for product development oncology at Genentech. (Pulse Fall 2020)

David Talenti, MD, HU ’88, a gastroenterologist based in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, was elected vice president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Cora Foster, MD, MCP ’89; General Surgery Residency, MCPHU ’96, joined the medical staff at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, New York, where she will be providing same-day surgical procedures. Foster specializes in breast health services. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Jeffrey J. Meter, MD, HU ’89, joined Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group, in Bristol, Connecticut, as medical director and chair of surgical services. He most recently worked at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. (Pulse Fall 2020)

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Lieping Chen, MD; PhD, Experimental Pathology, HU ’90, is one of three recipients of the Richard V. Smalley, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship from the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer. Research conducted by Chen and the others formed the foundation for developing immune checkpoint blockade immunotherapies. Chen is United Technologies Corporation Professor in Cancer Research, and a professor of immunobiology, dermatology, and medicine at Yale School of Medicine. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Wendye Robbins, MD, MCP ’90, president and CEO of Blade Therapeutics, Inc., joined the board of directors of RAPT Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage immunology-based biopharmaceutical company. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Margaret Vallen, MD, MCP ’90, became the head of the New England Food Allergy Treatment Center at their newly opened office in Quincy, Massachusetts. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Ilene Weizer, MD, HU ’90; Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency, HU, a gynecologist, joined Lehigh Valley Physician Group at their practices in Frackville and Pottsville, Pennsylvania. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Judith Kirby, MD, HU ’91, an ophthalmologist, was named a Best Doctor in the Magazine of Dallas. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Beth Rosenberg, MD, MCP ’91, was featured in the “Reflections” series on, which highlights health care professionals in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, area. She currently serves as a primary care doctor at Piedmont Health Senior Care and provides cardiology services. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Glenn W. Stambo, MD, HU ’91, chief of vascular and interventional radiology at AdventHealth Carrollwood Hospital in Tampa, Florida, co-authored “The Use of Rapid Sequence Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain as a Screening Tool for the Detection of Gross Intracranial Pathology in Children Presenting to the Emergency Department With a Chief Complaint of Persistent or Recurrent Headaches” in Pediatric Emergency Care (online ahead of print, April 16, 2020). (Pulse Fall 2020)

John Sundy, MD, HU ’91; PhD Microbiology & Immunology, HU ’91, was appointed chief medical officer at Pandion Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing modular protein therapeutics for autoimmune diseases. Sundy most recently served as senior vice president and inflammation therapeutic area head at Gilead Sciences. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Paul M. Reinbold, MD, HU ’92, was appointed to the new position of vice president and chief medical director at Acts Retirement-Life Communities. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Glenn T. Ault, MD, HU ’93, has been elected president of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is a professor of surgery and senior associate dean, clinical administration, at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Thomas Bottoni, MD, HU ’93, was appointed regional medical director at Velocity Urgent Care, for facilities in Suffolk, Carrollton and South Boston, Virginia. He has served as a physician in the U.S. Navy and as an adjunct professor of emergency medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Thomas J. Riordan, MD, MCP ’93, gave a presentation on the Pennsylvania State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program at the 2019 Patient Safety and Risk Management Conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, held in November in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. In December, he presented a workshop, “Reversing the Opioid Use Indication for Medicinal Marijuana in New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium in San Diego. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Michael Gittelman, MD, MCP ’94, was re-elected vice chairperson of District V of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Kristin L. Brill, MD, HU ’95, joined the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center–Jefferson Health as enterprise director of breast oncology. She was previously with Cooper University Health Care. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Cynthia Burns, MD, MCP ’95; Internal Medicine Residency, MCP, joined the medical team at Shenandoah Community Health-Primary Care in Martinsburg, West Virginia. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Stuart M. Hoffman, MD, HU, ’96, a general surgeon, joined the medical staff at Alice Hyde Medical Center, part of the University of Vermont Health Network. Hoffman’s area of focus is gastroenterology and minimally invasive procedures. (Pulse Fall 2020)

David Webster, MD, HU ’97, a captain in the U.S. Navy, became commander of Naval Hospital Pensacola in 2019. His previous assignment was as the executive officer for Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Il Jun Chon, MD, MCP ’98, vice president of medical affairs for WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, was the subject of an interview, “Hospital Physician’s Respect for Life Informs His Attitude Toward Death,” published on LancasterOnline. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Heather Dale Jones, MD, MCP ’98, joined Armata Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company, as medical director. Jones is a practicing pulmonary and critical care specialist and physician researcher. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Jeffrey Nebelsieck, MD, HU ’98, was recognized as a 2020 Top Doctor by Phoenix magazine. Nebelsieck is an internist at Internal Medicine of Arizona in Phoenix as well as the team physician for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Charles (Chuck) Peters, MD, MCP ’98, a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, was called up to active duty to help staff the COVID-19-related temporary hospital at the Javits Center in New York City. He served as senior medical executive of his unit, which falls under the Army 44th Medical Brigade and was under the overall command of the U.S. Public Health Service in the Joint FEMA Task Force. Peters is a cardiologist with Geisinger Wyoming Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Tuesday Renner, MD, MCP ’98, a family medicine physician, joined the staff of Alton Family Medicine in Alton, New Hampshire. (Pulse Fall 2020)

James Rubano, MD, HU ’98, joined the advisory board of Muve Health, an outpatient total joint replacement provider. Rubano is an orthopedic surgeon at Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists in Wilmington, Delaware. (Pulse Fall 2020)

John Langell, MD, MCPHU ’99; PhD Microbiology & Immunology, MCPHU ’98; MPH, was appointed president of Northeast Ohio Medical University. Langell previously served as vice dean for the University of Utah School of Medicine. (Pulse Fall 2020)

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Frantz C. Hastrup, MD, MCPHU ’00, pulmonologist, joined the medical staff at Stamford Health Medical Group in Stamford, Connecticut. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Geeta Lalwani, MD, MCPHU ’01, an ophthalmologist, was appointed to the Retina Scientific Advisory Board of Ocugen, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Lalwani is the founder of Rocky Mountain Retina Associates, Boulder, Colorado. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Mina Charepoo, MD ’02, a psychiatrist, was appointed to the Missouri Mental Health Commission by Governor Mike Parson. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Heather Clauss, MD ’02, was named senior associate dean of faculty affairs at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She is a professor of clinical medicine and program director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Archit A. Naik, MD ’04; MBA, was appointed director of the Breast Health program at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton, Pennsylvania. Naik is fellowship trained in breast oncologic surgery and specializes in oncoplastic surgery. He earned his MBA from Drexel’s LeBow College of Business in 2012. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Jessica Summers, MD ’05, was appointed assistant professor of surgery at Upstate Medical University and medical director of Upstate’s Clark Burn Center in Syracuse, New York. Prior to joining Upstate last year, she was on the faculty of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and medical director of its burn unit. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Raina Sinha, MD ’06, pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, joined Connecticut Children’s Hospital. She is the hospital’s first female pediatric cardiovascular surgeon and one of only 17 female pediatric cardiovascular surgeons practicing in the United States. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Bobby Awadalla, MD ’08, general and cosmetic dermatologist and Mohs surgeon, joined Haute Beauty Network as a skin expert. Awadalla practices in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas areas. (Pulse Fall 2020)

James A. Blair Jr., MD ’08, an orthopedic trauma surgeon, has completed his active duty service with the U.S. Army, shortly after receiving a promotion to lieutenant colonel. He practiced at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, for six years and completed two combat tours to Afghanistan and Syria. He is transitioning to the civilian world as an associate professor and chief of orthopaedic trauma at the Medical College of Georgia–Augusta University. He previously served as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Mark L. Villalon, MD ’08, an interventional cardiologist, joined the medical team at NorthBay Heart and Vascular in Fairfield, California. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Kelly Wanamaker, MD ’08, a cardiothoracic surgeon, became the first female heart surgeon at Baystate Health in Springfield, Massachusetts. She was previously with Lehigh Valley Health Network Heart Institute in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Stephen Park, MD ’09, joined the provider network Capital Digestive Care at their offices in Frederick, Ijamsville and Rockville, Maryland. He previously served as medical director of the gastroenterology clinic at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, Maryland. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Meghan Patel, MD ’09, Drexel/Hahnemann Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency ’12, who also earned a BS in biomedical engineering from Drexel in 2005, has joined Capital Health OB/GYN in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. (Pulse Fall 2020)

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Michael Cohen, MD ’11, joined Northern Light Neurosurgery and Spine in Bangor, Maine. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Rutgers Department of Neurological Surgery, and a fellowship in skull base and cerebrovascular neurosurgery at the University of Utah. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Lawrence Fried, MD ’11, an attending at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Division of Neurology, Pediatric Regional Epilepsy program, has enrolled in an MBA program at the Wharton School. He is co-PI for a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (see “Telemedicine: Changing the Face of Health Care” in DUCoM Alumni Magazine, Spring/Summer 2020). Fried completed a pediatrics residency at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children/Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; pediatric neurology residency at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital; and epilepsy fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Laura Grangeia, MD ’11, emergency physician, joined the emergency department at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, last year. She had been an attending physician at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia Health System. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Casey Kissel, MLAS ’11; DVM, is a clinical research veterinarian in the Gene Therapy program at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her veterinary degree at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and completed a clinical residency in comparative medicine at Johns Hopkins. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Justin Stone, MD ’11, joined the Emergency Department at Evangelical Community Hospital, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, last year. He previously served as an attending physician and co-director of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound at Einstein Healthcare Network. He completed his emergency medicine residency and ultrasound fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Eric Emanski, MD ’12, a spine surgeon, joined Spine Surgery Associates in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Louis A. Goldstein Spine Surgery Fellowship at the University of Rochester. Prior to joining Spine Surgery Associates, Emanski practiced at Coordinated Health, in Pennsylvania. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Sameep Kadakia, MD ’12, served as guest editor for an issue of Seminars in Plastic Surgery: “Special Topics in Palatal and Maxillary Reconstruction.” Kadakia practices with Premier ENT Associates in Dayton, Ohio, and is part of the Plastic Surgery Department at Wright State University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Drexel in biological sciences. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Natalia Miranda, MD ’12; Drexel/Hahnemann Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency ’16, joined Capital Health–Lawrence OB/GYN Associates in Bordentown, New Jersey. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Tyler R. Morris, MD ’12, an orthopedic surgeon, joined the medical team at the Bone and Joint Group, part of AdvancedHEALTH, in Clarksville, Tennessee. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Edward Schleyer, MD ’12, an orthopedic surgeon with clinical expertise in sports medicine and trauma surgery, joined the medical team at Coastal Orthopedic Associates in Beverly, Massachusetts. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Andrew Shen, MD ’12; MS Medical Science ’08, an anesthesiologist, joined MercyOne Medical Group at MercyOne Anesthesiology Care in Iowa, providing care for patients at Waterloo Medical Center and Cedar Falls Medical Center. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Kristin A. Van Heertum, MD ’12, an ob-gyn and fertility specialist, joined the medical team at Nashville Fertility Center. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Abington Hospital–Jefferson Health and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Aaron Beck, MD ’13, an orthopedic spine surgeon, joined the medical team at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates at their headquarters in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Harvard Combined Spine Fellowship program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s. He also earned an MS in medical science at the College of Medicine. (Pulse Fall 2020)

James Kasenchak, MD ’13, a vitreo-retinal specialist, joined Geisinger Ophthalmology’s team at Geisinger Williamsport Ophthalmology and Geisinger Port Matilda Ophthalmology. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Austin Williams, MD ’13, published Surgery Morning Report: Beyond the Pearls (Elsevier, 2019), a case-based review of surgery for medical students and residents. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Gary D. Lewis, MD ’14, a radiation oncologist, joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and sees patients at the university’s Radiation Oncology Center. He completed his internship at Crozer Chester Medical Center in Pennsylvania and his residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Geraldine McWilliams, MD ’14, joined the medical team at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont. McWilliams is a geriatric psychiatrist who cares for aging veterans with mental health needs unique to an older population. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Natalie Krane, MD ’15, was recognized in May as a “Mountain Hawk Hero” — an individual associated with Lehigh Athletics who is making a difference in the medical field — by Lehigh University Athletics, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and Lehigh Coordinated Health. Krane completed her residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at Oregon Health and Science University this year, and is a fellow in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Stephanie Okwudi, MD ’15, an anesthesiologist, joined the anesthesiology staff at Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside, part of the Mercy Rockford Health System, located in Rockford, Illinois. She completed the Drexel Pathway to Medical School certificate program in 2010. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Brielle R. Ferguson, PhD Neuroscience ’17, a postdoctoral fellow in the Huguenard Laboratory at Stanford University, Department of Neurology, was an organizer of the inaugural Black In Neuro Week. Ferguson is also co-president of the Stanford Black Postdoc Association. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Brian Lefchak, MD ’17, MPH ’17, wrote an op-ed, “In COVID We Mistrust,” published July 9 by in-House, a peer-reviewed online publication for residents and fellows. He is in his final year of residency in pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Austin Coley, PhD Neuroscience ’19, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, and an instructor in Cellular Neurobiology at the University of California, San Diego. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Aleesha Shaik, MD ’19; MPH, an internal medicine resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, wrote an article, “A View From the Front Line in the War Against the Coronavirus,” which was published on (Pulse Fall 2020)

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Former Residents and Fellows


Ira D. Cheifetz, DDS; Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, HU ’78, was appointed board chair of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Patrick Dacquel, DO; Drexel/Hahnemann Emergency Medicine Residency ’14, joined the medical staff at St. James Hospital in Hornell, New York, in April. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Steven J. Davidson, MD; Emergency Medicine Residency, MCP ’78, provides consulting services for EMedConcepts. He is retired as an emergency physician and CMIO of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Martin J. Fowler Jr., DO; Drexel/Hahnemann Neurology Residency ’04, joined SOC Telemed’s Neurology Leadership Council as a member-at-large/Service Line Excellence. He earned his BS in health science and society at Hahnemann University in 1992. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Marilyn Heine, MD; Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, MCP ’89, was elected chair of the American Medical Association Council on Legislation during its June meeting. Heine also represents the AMA on the board of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange and is a member of the Governing Council for the AMA Private Practice Physicians Congress. (Pulse Fall 2020)

David Hershkowitz, DDS; General Anesthesiology Residency, MCP ’87, joined Penn Dental Medicine as associate professor of clinical dentistry and chief of the Division of Restorative Dentistry. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Jonathan Kiev, MD; Surgery Residency, HU ’94, joined CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group-Cardiology in London, Kentucky, as a general and thoracic surgeon. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Chen Liu, MD, PhD; Anatomical and Clinical Pathology Residency, HU, was appointed chair of pathology at Yale School of Medicine, and chief of pathology at Yale New Haven Hospital. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Rathna Nuti, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann Sports Medicine Fellowship ’17, was named a Best Doctor in the Magazine of Dallas. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Randall A. Oyer, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, MCP ’84; Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, MCP ’86, was named president of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (2020-2021). Oyer is an oncologist at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute at Penn Medicine Lancaster General. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Marlon Pastrana, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann General Surgery Residency ’18, a bariatric surgeon, joined Baptist Health Medical Group in Miami, Florida. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Erica R. Podolsky, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann General Surgery Residency ’12, was recognized in Top Doctors 2020 by Boca Raton magazine. Podolsky is the medical director of bariatric surgery, vice chair of the Department of Surgery, and director of medical students at Delray Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at Duke University. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Altha Stewart, MD; Psychiatry Residency, HU ’82, was named senior associate dean for community health engagement at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Michael J. Styler, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, HU ’87; Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, HU ’91, joined the Department of Hematology/Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia as an associate professor and part of the Bone Marrow Transplant program. He previously served as medical director of the transplant center and clinical service chief of hematology/oncology at Hahnemann University Hospital and held a faculty appointment at the College of Medicine. (Pulse Fall 2020)

Paul Tejera, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann Internal Medicine Residency ’13; Drexel/Hahnemann Endocrinology Fellowship ’15, an endocrinologist with the St. Lawrence Health System’s Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Canton, New York, was elected a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology. (Pulse Fall 2020)

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