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Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations Class Notes


Barbara Schindler, MD, WMC ’70, received the 2021 Distinguished Service Award from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The award recognizes individuals “whose efforts make the LCME peer review process possible and who have had a direct impact on the excellence of medical education in the United States.” (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Len Lichtenfeld, MD, HU ’71, former interim and deputy chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society, was a guest on MedPage Today’s podcast, “Anamnesis: Medical Storytellers,” on which he discussed his career working as a medical editor at the American Cancer Society, including rewriting the society’s guidelines after the Affordable Care Act was passed. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Marc Reynolds, MD, HU ’74, a family medicine specialist in Fallon, Nevada, was quoted in an Associated Press article, “Mobile Vaccination Units Hit Tiny U.S. Towns to Boost Immunity.” Reynolds has volunteered at a mobile clinic in Fallon, his hometown, and at the state prison in Lovelock, Nevada. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Marlene Wolf, MD, MCP ’77, wrote a book, Serenity View: Poems and Images from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The book is a combination poetry collection and travel guide. Wolf is a retired family physician and an adjunct assistant professor in precision nutrition at the Keiser University College of Chiropractic Medicine. She is also a freelance writer whose articles and poems appear monthly in several publications. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Stephen Klasko, MD, HU ’78, former president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, was quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal article about Jefferson Health Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center’s launch of a mobile cancer screening program. He was also quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about Jefferson’s partnership with Novartis Pharmaceuticals. They are planning on collaborating for a three-year, $3 million “Closing the Gap” program, an effort to improve cardiovascular health in poor neighborhoods in North and South Philadelphia. Klasko was also quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal article on Einstein Healthcare Network’s merger with Jefferson Health, and he was featured in Philadelphia magazine’s list of “The 76 Most Influential People in Philadelphia: Power Shifts.” (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

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Scott Kolander, MD, HU ’82; Internal Medicine Residency, HU ’85, was ranked first nationally in a patient satisfaction survey by MedStatix, a medical technology firm that helps physician practices measure the patient experience. Kolander is board certified in geriatric medicine and internal medicine. He sees patients at Capital Health Primary Care — Mountain View in Ewing, New Jersey. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Richard Snyder, MD, MCP ’82, was included in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Leaders in Health Care, which honors medical professionals from a range of sectors and medical facilities, including hospitals, pharmacies, health insurance providers and urgent care clinics. Snyder is chief medical officer at Independence Blue Cross. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Victor F. Tapson, MD, HU ’82, a pulmonologist, was appointed vice president of medical affairs at Inari Medical Inc., a medical device company focused on developing products to treat patients suffering from venous diseases. Tapson previously practiced at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he started the first Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT) on the West Coast. He has been an officer and board member of the PERT Consortium, serving as its first elected president. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Loretta L. Christensen, MD, HU ’84, a general surgeon, was named the new chief medical officer of the Indian Health Service. In this capacity, Christensen, a member of the Navajo Nation, will lead experts on medical and public health topics, and she will be a guide for the IHS Office of the Director and staff on Native American and Alaska Native health care policies and issues. Christensen is board certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Robert Frank, MD, HU ’85, was appointed chief medical officer of Pipeline Health System. Frank is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Donald M. Yealy, MD, MCP ’85, chief medical officer at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the Food and Drug Administration granting full approval for the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE. Yealy was also quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about how the majority of Pennsylvanians who contracted the coronavirus in 2021 were not vaccinated. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Joseph Hulihan Jr., MD, HU ’86; Neurology Residency, HU ’90, serves as chief medical officer at Marinus Pharmaceuticals, which recently filed a new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration seeking to market ganaxolone as a treatment for seizures associated with a rare type of epilepsy. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

David Shulkin, MD, MCP ’86; HD ’19, was appointed chairman of the board of directors of MedMinder Systems Inc., a medication adherence and connected care solution for elderly and polypharmacy patients. Shulkin previously served as U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs for Health in the Trump and Obama administrations, respectively. Shulkin has been named one of the Top 100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems by Becker’s Hospital Review and one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician. Shulkin is a board member of the Deerfield Healthcare Technology Acquisitions Corp. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Sandra Stratford, MD, HU ’86, was a participant on the “Digital Health Adoption: Barriers and Regulatory Challenges” panel for the Digital Health Adoption Symposium hosted by Human Interface Technology Lab. Stratford is a corporate occupational health executive specializing in employee health and well-being. As the former chief medical officer and head of global health resources for the Raytheon Company, she led its health centers, health policy and compliance, crisis management and health risk communication, international case management and business support. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Stephen A. Chidyllo, MD, HU ’87, served as a volunteer physician vaccinator for the Jersey Shore University Medical Center during the height of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Chidyllo is the former chief of plastic surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health Network and a former associate clinical professor of surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Patrick Hwu, MD, MCP ’87, was selected to participate in the University of South Florida Presidential Search Committee to help identify candidates for the university’s next president. Hwu is a tumor immunologist and has been president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center since November 2020. He is also the president of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer and a scientific advisory board member at Immatics, a Germany-based cancer research center. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

James D. Winkler, PhD pharmacology, MCP ’87, was appointed chief scientific officer and chief development officer at OnKure Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering a novel class-1 selective histone deacetylase inhibitor for the treatment of solid tumor cancers. Christopher Olivia, MD, HU ’88, CEO of Orthopedic Foundation/Rothman Institute, was quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal article about Rothman’s new orthopedic walk-in clinic in Center City. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

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Lieping Chen, MD; PhD experimental pathology, HU ’90, a professor of cancer research, immunology and medical oncology and co-leader of cancer immunology at the Yale Cancer Center, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in April 2021. Chen is a world leader in the research of cancer immunotherapy, having developed one of the first cancer immunotherapies that is still actively used to treat patients. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Alyssa Dweck, MD, HU ’90, offered her medical expertise in an article, “6 Fertility Myths OB/GYNs Want You to Stop Believing,” on She was also interviewed for Authority Magazine, where she discussed her career and offered advice on wellness. Dweck is a practicing gynecologist in Westchester County, New York, and serves as the chief medical officer at Bonafide. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Michael Malone, MD, HU ’91, a board-certified vascular and general surgeon, has joined the Ferguson Medical Group in Sikeston, Missouri. The practice is affiliated with Saint Francis Healthcare System. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Katherine Sherif, MD, MCP ’91; Internal Medicine Residency, MCP, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about whether polycystic ovary syndrome could increase a patient’s vulnerability to COVID-19. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Hugo Vargas, MD, HU ’91; MS applied human physiology, HU ’89, participated in a Key Opinion Leader webinar hosted by Sequana Medical. The topic was “The Impact of Liver Ascites on Patients and Healthcare Systems and the Potential of Alfapump Therapy in NASH-related Ascites.” Vargas is a consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and the director of research at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine-Arizona. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Kathleen C. Kobashi, MD, HU ’92, joined the Houston Methodist Hospital as the chair of the Department of Urology. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Miguel Regueiro, MD, HU ’92, was named chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease & Surgery Institute (DDSI). Regueiro previously served as chair of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and vice chair of DDSI. He is also the Pier C. and Renee A. Borra Family Endowed Chair and is a professor of medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Susan Schneider, MD, MCP ’92, was appointed chief medical officer at Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation in November 2021. Schneider has over 15 years of experience as an executive and medical professional at biotechnology companies with early- and late-stage ophthalmic development programs in multiple disease indications. From September 2020 to October 2021, she was senior vice president of clinical development, ophthalmology at Ji Xing Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Maria Fasano, MD, HU ’93, a pathologist, has been named medical director of laboratory services at Evangelical Community Hospital. She will also continue her role as an on-staff pathologist at the hospital. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Kathleen Russo, MD, MCP ’94, chief medical officer of Carolina HealthSpan, acquired two North Carolina hormone practices in Charlotte and Huntersville. An integrative and regenerative medicine practitioner, Russo previously served as president of the medical staff at Novant Rowan Regional Medical Center and president of the Executive Committee. She has also served as a member of the board of directors of Novant Rowan Regional Medical Center. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

George Tsai, MD, HU ’94, a surgeon at Bayfront Health Medical Group in Brooksville, Florida, was highlighted in a Hernando Sun article after performing a trans-anal minimally invasive surgery to remove a rectal tumor. Tsai presented a webinar titled “The Evolution of Surgical Robotics” on August 4, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

David Jacofsky, MD, MCP ’96, was featured in an article titled “5 Fast Facts About the CORE Institute’s CEO” in Becker’s Spine Review. Jacofsky is a recognized expert in complex adult joint reconstruction and oncology and is on the editorial review board of The Journal of Arthroplasty, The Journal of Knee Surgery, and The Journal of Hip Surgery and Orthopedics. He is also chair of the board for Cold Plasma Medical Technologies and has been CEO of many start-up companies. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Kathleen R. Kozak, MD, MCP ’96, was a guest on Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation” to answer caller questions on COVID-19. Kozak is an internist specializing in preventive health, travel medicine, women’s health and wellness at Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is also the host of the “The Body Show” on Hawaii Public Radio. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Michael Cackovic, MD, HU ’97, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about Texas’s new abortion law. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Maryann Lauletta, MD, HU ’98, was appointed chief medical officer at Dina, a care-at-home platform and network that supports the health care industry’s transition to virtual and in-home care. Lauletta will work out of the company’s Philadelphia hub. She most recently served as medical director for Inspira Health’s Medicare PACE/LIFE program, a full risk-bearing model providing all-inclusive care for the elderly, and as an Accountable Care Organization physician champion for the Inspira Network. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

David Hartman, MD, MCPHU ’99, a plastic surgeon, joined the Haute Beauty Network representing the northeast Ohio market. He is a sole practitioner at Fine Arts Skin & Laser Facial Plastic Surgery in Dover, Ohio. Haute Beauty is a section of Haute Living magazine that covers the latest advancements in beauty and wellness. Hartman is board certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Genevieve Minick, MD, MCPHU ’99, a primary care physician at Crozer Health, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about her success in persuading about three-quarters of vaccine-reluctant patients she’s seen at her Drexel Hill office in recent weeks to get the COVID-19 vaccine. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Tiffany Sanders, MD, MCPHU ’99; Internal Medicine Residency, MCPHU, a board-certified geriatrician, joined RVNAhealth in Ridgefield, Connecticut, as hospice medical director. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

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David Damsker, MD, MCPHU ’00, medical director ofthe Bucks County Health Department, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about COVID-19 vaccination rates in various counties in eastern Pennsylvania. He was also mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about plans for Bucks County schools to reopen during the pandemic. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Ryan K. Lee, MD, MCPHU ’00, MBA, was appointed chair of the Department of Radiology at Einstein Healthcare Network. Prior to this appointment, Lee served as vice chair of quality and safety, section chief of neuroradiology, and magnetic resonance medical director for the Department of Radiology for Einstein Healthcare Network. He is an associate professor of radiology at the Sidney Kimmel College at Thomas Jefferson University. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Judette Louis, MD, MCPHU ’00, chair of the University of South Florida College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was quoted in a Seattle Times article about a rise in hospitalizations of pregnant people with COVID-19. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Eric Matkowski, VMD; MLAS ’00, joined the veterinary staff of Indy Veterinary Care at their Northern Liberties location in Philadelphia. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Tony Reed, MD, MCPHU ’00, chief medical officer at Temple University Health System, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about a report on racial inclusivity in hospitals and the primary care system. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Bashir Zikria, MD, MCPHU ’00; MSc medical biochemistry, HU ’95, became chief of surgery at the health care company Aspetar, according to a LinkedIn update. Previously, Zikria was a team physician for the Baltimore Orioles. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

John M. Davidyock, MD ’01, an internist, joined Winter Haven Hospital and Winter Haven Women’s Hospital as chief medical officer. Davidyock previously served as the associate chief medical officer for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division in Orlando. He has been a senior fellow in hospital medicine since 2012. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Katie E. McPeak, MD ’01, medical director of health equity at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was included in Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2021 Women of Distinction. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Brandon Mikolich, MD ’02, and his father, J. Ronald Mikolich, MD, both cardiologists with Sharon Regional Medical Center, were profiled in a Sharon Harold article, “A Father-Son Relationship With Heart: Cardiologists Expanding Frontiers of Care at Sharon Regional.” (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Jeffrey Nau, PhD; MS medical science ’02, the president and CEO of Oyster Point Pharma, was a featured guest on an episode of the Health Professional Radio podcast, in which he discussed OC-01, a nasal spray being developed to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. He was also interviewed for about a nasal spray the company has been developing, which studies suggest is effective in preventing COVID-19 infections. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

William D. Surkis, MD ’02, vice president for medical education at Main Line Health System, was quoted in a June 2021 Philadelphia Inquirer article about an upcoming heat wave that posed hazards to elderly people who live alone and people with serious medical issues. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Allison Keen, MD ’03, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and co-founder of Philadelphia Women’s Health & Wellness, was profiled in an article in the Chestnut Hill Local newspaper about her medical practice. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Mariam Mahmud, MD ’04, was elected to the board of directors of the Central Bucks School District out of Region 5. Mahmud is completing a fellowship program at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and is a pediatrician who has worked in a primary care practice for more than a decade. She was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the CDC recommendation that everyone wear masks in indoor public spaces again. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Michael Attilio, MD ’05, was selected to serve as vice president for physician practices at Rome Health in Rome, New York. He provides primary care to patients at the Rome Health Delta Medical Center. Attilio is a board-certified family physician with more than 10 years of leadership experience. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Vishal M. Kothari, MD ’05, was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Top Surgeon for his outstanding contributions to the fields of medicine and education and in acknowledgment of his professional excellence with Nebraska Medicine — Lauritzen Outpatient Center in Omaha, Nebraska. A board-certified general surgeon, Kothari sees patients within the Bariatrics Center at the Nebraska Medical Center and the Multispecialty Clinic at Village Pointe Health Center. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Yaser El-Gazzar, MD ’06, has been named one of’s top orthopedic surgeons in Jersey City, New Jersey, for his excellence in patient care. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Michael Jablonski, PhD; PBC medical science ’06; MS medical science ’07, was a featured guest in a recent episode on the Health Professional Radio podcast. Jablonski, who is the vice president of medical affairs at Myriad Genetics, discussed the results of a new GeneSight Mental Health Monitor national poll conducted by Myriad. The poll found that 83% of those diagnosed with depression say that life would be easier if others could understand what they were going through. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Jamie McKenzie, MD ’06, a medical oncologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, joined the medical team at Tampa General Hospital’s newly established TGH Cancer Institute. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Sandy Li, MD ’07, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, has joined the fertility practice and telemedicine team at Boston IVF, becoming the only current Mandarin-speaking fertility specialist in Boston and throughout New England. Li joins Boston IVF from Shady Grove Fertility Center in Washington, D.C. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Cynelle Kunkle, MD ’08, medical director of female pelvic medicine at Crozer Health, was recognized as one of Main Line Today magazine’s 2021 Power Women of the Main Line and Western Suburbs. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Amy Jo Jenkins, MS clinical research organization and management ’09, recently joined the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s new Office of Clinical Trials Administration and will lead early-phase clinical trials at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Jenkins was previously chief of staff in the office of Chancellor Cam Patterson and CEO of UAMS Health. She is the immediate past president of the board of directors for the Society of Clinical Research Associates, having served as a board member since 2016. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Madhury (Didi) Ray, MD ’09, was included on the de Beaumont Foundation’s 40 Under 40 in Public Health list. Working at the intersection of medicine, data, health equity and public health as the director of data and analytics for childcare at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Ray has helped address the pronounced disparities in COVID-19 transmission, hospitalizations and mortality in neighborhoods where many communities of color reside. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

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Osama Abdul-Rahim, MD ’10, board certified in interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology, joined the medical team at Precision Vascular at their McKinney, Sherman/Denison and North Dallas locations. Prior to joining Precision Vascular, Abdul-Rahim spent five years at the University of South Alabama Health System as both an assistant professor and section chief of interventional radiology, where he was honored with an award for Best Radiology Teacher 2017-2018. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Rosemarie Arena, MD ’11; Drexel/Hahnemann Internal Medicine Residency ’12; Drexel/Hahnemann Gastroenterology Fellowship, a gastroenterologist at Mountainside Medical Group in Montclair, New Jersey, was listed on Becker’s GI and Endoscopy’s list of “10 Gastroenterologists to Know.” (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

M. Shuja Shafqat, MD ’11, and Andrea Porpiglia, MD; MS clinical research for health professionals ’16, participated in a Facebook Live chat about breast cancer, hosted by 6abc on July 21, 2021. Shafqat was an assistant professor for the Department of Surgical Oncology and Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and program director of Microsurgery Fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center until December 2021. Porpiglia is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of General Surgery at Fox Chase. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Puja Shah, MD ’11, a double board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain management specialist, joined the Haute Beauty Network as a pain management expert representing the Orange County, California, market. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Nicole Bacarella, MLAS ’12, passed the board certification exam for the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Lauren Krueger, PBC veterinary medical science ’12, passed the board certification exam for the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Angela Kim, MD ’13, a pediatric emergency medicine attending physician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about how injuries from fireworks have hit a 20-year high during the pandemic. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Austin D. Williams, MD ’13, completed his general surgery residency at Lankenau Medical Center and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to multiple research publications, he is the first editor of a textbook for medical students, Surgery Morning Report: Beyond the Pearls. He is a fellow in breast surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Gokul Swaminathan, PhD microbiology and immunology ’14, became director of vaccine innovation at Boehringer Ingelheim, a health care solutions development company for humans and animals. Previously, Swaminathan was a principal scientist of immunology/investigational biology at Merck Exploratory Science Center. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Suegene Lee, MD ’15, a cardiologist, joined the medical team at Sutter Medical Group and will serve patients at their Sacramento, Jackson and Elk Grove locations in California. She completed the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program at Emory University School of Medicine and a clinical cardiology fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Andrew Trontis, MD ’15, was recognized as a “Spine Surgeon Leader to Know” by Becker’s Spine Review. Trontis is a spine fellow at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles. He is an active member of the North American Spine Society (NASS) as a reviewer for The Spine Journal and as a member of the society’s Member Feedback and Research Funding Committees. NASS’s primary publication, SpineLine, included him on its “20 Under 40” list for 2020. During his residency at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Trontis became the first resident board member of the Maryland Orthopaedic Association. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Brian White, MD ’15, a neuro-ophthalmologist, joined the medical team at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates (CEENTA) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to joining CEENTA, White provided instruction at UNC Greensboro and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Andrew Holmes, PhD microbiology and immunology ’16, and College of Medicine colleagues presented “Altered Env Conformational Dynamics as a Mechanism of Resistance to Peptide-Triazole HIV-1 Inactivators” at AFFINITY 2021, the International Society of Molecular Recognition’s annual meeting, held June 22-24, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Andrea Porpiglia, MD; MS clinical research for health professionals ’16, see M. Shuja Shafqat, MD ’11. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Martin Gesheff, MS clinical research organization and management ’17, became executive director of research at the hospital and health care company LifeBridge Health, according to a LinkedIn update. Previously Gesheff was director of industry-sponsored research at LifeBridge. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Alex Hunt, MS interdisciplinary health science ’17, was profiled in an article in 34th Street Magazine. Hunt is a public health researcher turned community organizer who is running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 3rd District. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Amber Theriault, MS cancer biology ’17, Baicheng Lin, MS molecular and cell biology and genetics ’18, Shivani Sheth, MS cancer biology ’20, and colleagues at the College of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University published “FANCD2 Limits Acetaldehyde-Induced Genomic Instability During DNA Replication in Esophageal Keratinocytes” in Molecular Oncology on July 30, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Leann Walsh, MS molecular and cell biology and genetics ’17, and Selena Park, MD ’19, were among the authors of “Mechanisms of Ovarian Aging,” which was published in the May 1, 2021, issue of Reproduction. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Lindsay Festa, PhD pharmacology and physiology ’18, Emily Nickoloff-Bybel, PhD pharmacology and physiology ’21, and colleagues at the College of Medicine published a review article, “Co-receptor Signaling in the Pathogenesis of NeuroHIV” in the journal Retrovirology on August 24, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Baicheng Lin, MS molecular and cell biology and genetics ’18, see Amber Theriault, MS cancer biology ’17. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Ebony Gary, PhD microbiology and immunology ’19, and College of Medicine colleagues presented “Tracking SARS-CoV-2 Spike Domain Antibodies in Plasma of Convalescent COVID-19 Patients by SPR” at AFFINITY 2021, the International Society of Molecular Recognition’s annual meeting, held June 22-24, 2021. Gary is a postdoctoral fellow at the Wistar Institute. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Selena Park, MD ’19, see Leann Walsh, MS molecular and cell biology and genetics ’17. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

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Kristie Cox, PhD biochemistry of health and disease ’20, and colleagues at the College of Medicine, Fox Chase Chemical Diversity Center, Eli Lilly and Strella Biotechnology, published “Discovery of a First-in-Class Inhibitor of Sulfide: Quinone Oxidoreductase That Protects Against Adverse Cardiac Remodeling and Heart Failure” in Cardiovascular Research online June 16, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Alexandra Guffey, MS molecular and cell biology and genetics ’20, and a College of Medicine colleague published “Regulation of Resistance in Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci: The VanRS Two-Component System” in the September 25, 2021, issue of Microorganisms. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Lina Maciunas, PhD biochemistry ’20, was one of the authors of “Structures of Full-length VanR from Streptomyces coelicolor in Both the Inactive and Activated States,” which was published in the journal Acta Crystallographica on August 1, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Rebecca Moeller, MS cancer biology ’20, and colleagues at the College of Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University authored “An Ex Vivo Brain Slice Model to Study and Target Breast Cancer Brain Metastatic Tumor Growth,” which was published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments in September 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Hemalatha Muralidharan, PhD neuroscience ’20, was one of the authors of “Mini-review: Microtubule Sliding in Neurons,” which appeared in the May 14, 2021, issue of Neuroscience Letters as part of a special issue on neuronal microtubules. Muralidharan is a postdoctoral research fellow at Regeneron. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Mitchell Nothem, PhD pharmacology and physiology ’20, now a postdoctoral fellow at the College of Medicine, was selected to participate in a data blitz event organized by the International Association for the Study of Pain’s Special Interest Group on Neuropathic Pain. He presented “Primary Somatosensory and Anterior Cingulate Single-Unit Activity Is Increased After Peripheral Nerve Injury and Altered by Gabapentin” on October 4, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Shivani Sheth, MS cancer biology ’20, see Amber Theriault, MS cancer biology ’17. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Megan Meuser, PhD biochemistry ’21, was an author of “A Useful Epitope Tag Derived From Maltose-Binding Protein,” along with colleagues at the College of Medicine and New England Biolabs. The paper appeared in Protein Science April 25, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Emily Nickoloff-Bybel, PhD pharmacology and physiology ’21, see Lindsay Festa ’18. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Ankita Patil, PhD neuroscience ’21, was one of the authors of “Mini-review: Microtubule Sliding in Neurons,” which appeared in the May 14, 2021, issue of Neuroscience Letters as part of a special issue on neuronal microtubules. Patil and College of Medicine colleagues also published “A Cellular Approach to Understanding and Treating Gulf War Illness” in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences online September 27, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

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Former Residents and Fellows


Imtiaz Alam, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, HU, was included on the “10 Gastroenterologists to Know” list by Becker’s Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. Alam is the medical director of HepCare Specialty Pharmacy and is also a clinical associate professor of medicine at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Frederick Buechel, MD; Orthopedic Surgery Residency, HU, was elected by Find Local Doctors as a 2021 Top Patient Rated New York Orthopedic Surgeon. Buechel specializes in partial and total robotic knee replacement. His practice, the Robotic Joint Center, treats many conditions, including early to advanced knee osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, meniscus injuries and cartilage injuries. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Sharon Carney, MD; Emergency Medicine Residency, HU ’94, chief clinical officer at Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, was quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal article about how all employees of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Michele Domenick, MD; Surgery Residency, MCPHU ’02, joined the University of Maryland Shore Medical Group – Surgical Care practice, serving Kent and northern Queen Anne’s Counties in Maryland. Her prior experience includes serving as a general surgeon with Eden Hill Medical Center – Surgical Associates, the Delaware Surgery Center in Dover, Delaware, and the Comprehensive Breast Center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Vera Feuer, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann Psychiatry Residency, served as a panelist for a “Back to School in Good Health” online event on September 23, 2021, hosted by Northern Westchester Hospital’s Center for Healthy Living. Feuer is the associate vice president of school mental health at Northwell Health and director of pediatric emergency psychiatry and behavioral health urgent care at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, part of Northwell Health. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Marla J. Gold, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, MCP ’86; Infectious Disease Fellowship, MCP ’88, senior vice provost for community health and chief wellness officer at Drexel University, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about how employees of higher education and health care systems will need to be vaccinated by mid-October. Gold was also quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about how colleges are adapting to the new reality of COVID-19. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Thanuja Hamilton, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann Internal Medicine Residency ’10; Drexel/Hahnemann Sleep Medicine Fellowship ’12, joined the board of directors of Nightfood Holdings Inc. A double board-certified sleep specialist at Advocare Sleep Physicians of South Jersey, Hamilton serves as medical director of the sleep labs at Jefferson University Health Systems and Virtua Health. She also serves on the board of the New Jersey Sleep Society. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Jose Menoyo, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, HU ’95; Nephrology Fellowship, HU ’97, joined Shield Therapeutics PLC as vice president and chief medical officer. Prior to joining Shield, Menoyo served as head of U.S. medical affairs at Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., acquired by AstraZeneca in July 2021. In this role, Menoyo led the Medical Affairs and Health Outcomes and Research Teams. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Kusum Punjabi, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann Emergency Medicine Residency ’08, was elected chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) during the 39th Convention and Scientific Assembly of the AAPI. Punjabi’s election was covered by the News India Times, where she noted that she is the youngest person, and the first who attended medical school in the U.S., to hold this position in AAPI’s 40-year history. For the past 12 years she has been working as an emergency physician at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey, serving the local community and teaching at the medical school as an assistant professor of emergency medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Altha Stewart, MD; Psychiatry Residency, HU ’82, received the 2021 University of Tennessee President’s Award in the Connect category. Stewart is the senior associate dean for community health engagement, associate professor of psychiatry, the director of the UTHSC Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth in the UT College of Medicine, and past president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). She also received the Solomon Carter Fuller Award from the APA in March 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

Loice Swisher, MD; Emergency Medicine Residency, MCP ’92, co-founded National Physician Suicide Awareness Day, which marked its fourth anniversary on September 17, 2021. A clinical professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, Swisher is a member of the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine, which established a grassroots movement to raise awareness around physician suicide in emergency medicine and has pushed for National Physician Suicide Awareness Day to be recognized annually. (Alumni Magazine, Winter 2022)

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