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Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations Class Notes


Helen Marie Schmidt, MD, WMC '63, medical director of House Calls Primary Care with Kindred at Home in Liberty Lake, Washington, has been included in Marquis Who's Who.

Loretta Finnegan, MD, HU '64, was cited in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer as the pediatrician who first formally described neonatal abstinence syndrome. The article, "Youngest Victims of Crisis Go Uncounted," noted that most hospitals still use the scoring system developed by Finnegan to assess NAS severity and the effectiveness of treatment.

Elissa Jeanne Santoro, MD, WMC '65, was recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member in the field of medicine, in recognition of her role as a breast surgical oncologist at RWJBarnabas Health Center for Breast Health and Disease Management in Westfield, New Jersey.

Edward Zissman, MD, HU '69, received a lifetime achievement award for his dedication to the Jewish community in Orlando at the Jewish Academy of Orlando's annual gala.

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Richard A. Gambescia, MD, HU '71, a gastroenterologist at Philadelphia Gastroenterology Group, was recognized by Becker's GI & Endoscopy as a "GI Leader to Know."

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Terrence Loughlin, MD, HU '80, an otolaryngologist, joined OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center in Mendota, Illinois.

Thomas Swain, MD, HU '80, presented at a seminar hosted by Health First Physician at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida, where he discussed heart and vascular health.

Dorothy I. Bulas, MD, MCP '81, was promoted to chief of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology at the Center for Hospital Based Specialties at Children's National Health System.

M. Louis Van de Beek, MD, HU '82, is chief medical officer of Keystone Shops, which opened the Philadelphia region's first medical marijuana dispensary, in Devon, Pennsylvania. Keystone plans to open dispensaries in King of Prussia and South Philadelphia.

Frederick J. Bloom Jr., MD, HU '83, the president of Guthrie Medical Group, has been appointed to the board of directors of the AMGA Foundation.

Robert Schreiber, MD, HU '83, joined Fallon Health, a not-for-profit health care services organization in Worcester, Massachusetts, as vice president and medical director of its Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly.

Mark S. Codella, MD, HU '84; Gastroenterology Residency, HU '87; Gastroenterology Fellowship, HU '89, chair of the Department of Medicine at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, presented "Colorectal Cancer: Preventable, Treatable, Beatable" at a Dine with the Docs community event hosted by the hospital on March 7, in honor of Colorectal Awareness Month. A member of the College of Medicine's Alumni Association Board of Directors, he will take office as president of the board on July 1.

Carmine Volpe, MD, MCP '84; General Surgery Residency, MCP '90, was named medical director for all of Mercy Health System's oncology services.

Robert K. Clark, PhD, HU '85, was re-elected for a third term as a commissioner on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which performs peer evaluation and accreditation of public and private universities. Clark works at Cumberland County College as the special assistant to the president for planning, research, institutional effectiveness and grants.

Robert Brown, MD, HU '86, a board-certified dermatologist, joined Integrated Dermatology in Massachusetts, and will be serving the Brighton, Mashpee and Needham locations.

Kenneth T. Ashkin, MD, MCP '87, a neurologist at Mecklenburg Neurological Associates, and affiliated with Carolinas Medical Center, has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Joseph Brady, MD, HU '87; Surgery Residency, HU '93, a general surgeon, joined South County Health in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Dennis E. Mayer, MD, HU '87, a general surgeon, joined Mary Black Physicians Group Surgical Specialties in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

Scott Cook, MD, MPH, MCP '88, became the associate medical director at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, according to a LinkedIn update. He is also the chief medical officer at My House Call and the medical director at multiple addiction medicine centers.

Theresa Eichenwald, MD, MCP '88, has been named medical director at CitiWell, the corporate wellness program for Citi headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Kevin Claffey, MD, HU '89; Surgery Residency, HU '94, board-certified surgeon, joined the SSM Health Medical Group's new specialty clinic in Benton, Illinois.

Brian Kelly, MD, HU '89, was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

Craig Reigel, MD, MCP '89, orthopedic surgeon at the Virginia Orthopedic Center, has been named a 2018 Top Doctor in Culpeper, Virginia.

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Kenneth Krumins, MD, MCP '90, physician at Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic in Winter Park, Florida, was recognized in Orlando magazine's list of Top Doctors 2017.

Martin Schaeffer, MD, MCP '90, pain medicine physician at CNY Spine and Pain Medicine, has been named a 2018 Top Doctor in Liverpool, New York.

Dean Laurence Fiergang, MD, HU '91, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland, has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Baltimore, Maryland.

Amy Murtha, MD, MCP '92, has been appointed chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Services at the University of California, San Francisco. She started in her new role on May 1. She joined UCSF from Duke University School of Medicine, where she was a professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics.

Susan Schneider, MD, MCP '92, joined Thrombo-Genics NV, in Leuven, Belgium, as chief medical officer. Thrombo-Genics is a biotechnology company developing novel medicines for back-of-the-eye diseases and focuses on diabetic eye disease.

Patrice M. Weiss, MD, HU '92, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia, was named by Becker's Healthcare to its national list of "100 Hospital & Health System CMOs to Know" for 2018. This is the third consecutive year she has received this recognition.

Sharad S. Mansukani, MD, HU '93, senior advisor of TPG Capital LP and a member of the board of directors of Kindred Healthcare Inc., was appointed to the board of directors of Endo International, PLC.

Anthony Tufaro, DDS; MD, HU '93, has been named professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Christina Jones, MD, MCP '95, a family physician, joined the UHS Primary Care practice in Oxford, New York.

David A. Kolde, MD, HU '96, a family medicine physician in Wenatchee, Washington, joined the board of directors of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

Sunil Rayan, MD, HU '96, a vascular surgeon, joined Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas (California) as chief of staff.

Richard Tomolonis, HU '96, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Matthew Campbell, MD, HU '98, presented at a heart and vascular seminar "Mitral Valve Repair – Minimally Invasive Methods Including MitraClip" at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

Sandra Lee, MD, HU '98, a dermatologist, has a new reality TV show on TLC called Dr. Pimple Popper. It debuted on the network on January 3.

William Collyer, MD, MCPHU '99, joined Deaconess Clinic Urology in Evansville, Indiana.

Mark Glaum, MD, MCPHU '99; PhD, MCPHU '01; Drexel/Hahnemann Internal Medicine Residency '02, and colleagues of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Tampa Bay have opened an office in Wesley Chapel, Florida, the practice's fifth location. He is an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of South Florida's Morsani College of Medicine. He also earned his MS in physiology from Hahnemann in 1993.

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Gregory Dobash, MD, MCPHU '00, opened a new practice at the St. Luke's Ashland Family Practice in Ashland, Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Lord, BS Emergency Medical Services, MCP HU '00, joined Flagler County (Florida) as chief of emergency management. He was previously director of the state Division of Emergency Management, where he oversaw the response to Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew and Irma.

Ian B.K. Martin, MD, MCPHU '00, is president-elect of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, effective in May when he completed a one-year term as secretary-treasurer of the society. Martin is professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine, and is also a professor in the school's Department of Medicine.

Kathleen M. Schmeler, MD, MCPHU '00, an OB/GYN and associate professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, was profiled in an article in The ASCO Post. The article focused on her work in cervical cancer prevention and treatment, especially in the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border, where the cervical cancer rates are 30 percent higher than in the rest of Texas. She is a co-leader of the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) program, which uses a Skype-like video-conferencing program to link MD Anderson faculty in Houston with Rio Grande Valley clinicians.

Brent W. Burkey, MD, MCPHU '01, was appointed president of Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, Ohio.

Marina Shtern, MD '03, a family medicine physician, joined Family Medicine at Souderton, a Grand View Medical Practice in Souderton, Pennsylvania.

Naveen Kumar, MD '05, a breast surgeon, opened the newly created Breast Care Program at Granville Surgical Associates in Oxford, North Carolina. He completed his general surgery residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) and received training in plastic surgery at Duke University Medical Center.

Evgeny Krynetskiy, MD '06, joined Seaside Surgery Center in Naples, Florida, as a physician partner, specializing in foot and ankle surgery.

Obehi Asemota MD '07; OB/GYN Residency '12, has joined Aspire Fertility's newest IVF clinic in Atlanta, Georgia, as a reproductive endocrinologist.

Samantha Lee Furia, MD '07, internist, joined the newly established practice Internal Medicine of Elizabeth in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Jeffrey T. Gibbs, MD '07, has joined Merit Health Central's burn center medical staff at Joseph M. Still Burn Centers. After graduating from the MD/MBA program at Drexel, he completed residencies in general surgery at Loyola University and in plastic surgery at Indiana University. He also completed a burn fellowship at Indiana before his plastics residency and, most recently, a surgical critical care fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University.

Sapna Shah, MD '08, board-certified endocrinologist, joined the DuPage Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group in the Chicago area. She sees patients in the group's Bloomingdale and Hinsdale, Illinois, offices. Shah completed her residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, in Cleveland, and her fellowship in endocrinology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Rammurti Mckenzie, MD '11, pain management specialist, recently joined St. Luke's Spine & Pain Associates in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.

Kristen Long, PhD Microbiology & Immunology '12, assistant professor at Mansfield University, in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, was profiled in an article on her work on pancreatic cancer in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.

Katie Shoe, MD '14, a family medicine physician, joined Wellspring Family Medicine, in Maryland and West Virginia, and the medical staff at Garrett Regional Medical Center, Garrett County, Maryland, to provide family physician services and obstetric care. She completed her residency in family medicine at Via Christi Hospitals through the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.

Valerie Sodi, PhD Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics '17; Zachary Bacigalupa, a PhD candidate; and Christina Ferrer, PhD '15, all in Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics; Wiktoria Gocal, Drexel undergraduate; Dimpi Mukhopadhyay, MS '17; and colleagues are the authors of "Nutrient Sensor O-GlcNAcTransferase Controls Cancer Lipid Metabolism via SREBP-1Regulation" published in Oncogene (online October 2017). Sodi, Ferrer and Mukhopadhyay performed their research in the laboratory of Mauricio J. Reginato, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, where Bacigalupa is a current lab member.

Ajay Kohli, MD '15, a resident in the Drexel/Hahnemann Radiology Residency program, is one of the alumni featured in Drexel Magazine's annual 40 Under 40 issue. Kohli, who also earned his undergraduate degree at Drexel, in economics, was cited for his work in combining technology and medicine to build innovations in healthcare delivery (

Brielle Ferguson, PhD Neuroscience '17, and Wen-Jun Gao, PhD, professor, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, published "Thalamic Control of Cognition and Social Behavior Via Regulation of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acidergic Signaling and Excitation/Inhibition Balance in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex" in Biological Psychiatry, April 15, 2018;83:657-669 (epub December 7, 2017). Ferguson earned her PhD in Neuroscience in August 2017 and is currently a postdoc at Stanford University.

Kate Iyoob, MS Criminalistic Science '17, has joined the Murfreesboro, Tennessee, police department as a crime scene technician/investigator. She is one of the first three civilians the department has hired as crime scene workers.

Maya Rao, PhD Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics '17; Simon Cocklin, PhD, associate professor; and Patrick Loll, PhD, professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, published "Interaction Between the AAA+ ATPase p97 and Its Cofactor Ataxin in Health and Disease: Nucleotide-induced Conformational Changes Regulate Cofactor Binding," in Journal of Biological Chemistry, Volume 292, Number 45, November 10, 2017. Rao created the image that the journal chose for the cover.

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Former Residents and Fellows


Joanne Astill, MD; Psychiatry Residency, MCP '90, joined the University of Vermont Health Network's Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York.

Kathleen Galatro, DO; Noninvasive Cardiology Fellowship, MCPHU, joined the cardiology team at Watson Clinic Main in Lakeland, Florida.

Jordan Glaser, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann Orthopedic Surgery Residency '14, has joined Lake Norman Medical Group, Orthopedic Spine Mooresville, in Mooresville, North Carolina. He completed his fellowship in spine surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Marilyn Heine, MD; Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, MCP '89, received the 2016 Colin C. Rorrie Jr., PhD Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians for her career dedicated to advocating on behalf of the medical profession nationwide. She practices emergency medicine and hematology/oncology.

Irene I. Komarynsky, MD; Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency, MCP, joined Stamford Health Medical Group in Stamford, Connecticut.

Ashok Patnaik, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, MCPHU '96, has joined Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center and ARH Cardiology Associates in South Williamson, Kentucky.

Cary Rose, MD; Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship, HU '94, is one of three cardiologists brought on board by South Georgia Medical Center to run a new cardiology practice that opened in January in Valdosta, Georgia.

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