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Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations Class Notes


Lionel Mailloux, MD, HU ’62; Internal Medicine Residency, HU ’66, a retired nephrologist, was part of a team that created “Living With Dialysis,” an event for the Osler Society at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. The event included a virtual performance that featured interviews with patients on dialysis — including some who were treated by Mailloux before his retirement — and their family caregivers and health care providers, offering insight into the demands a chronic illness can place on patients and their loved ones. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Mary McDevitt, MD, WMC ’67, retired medical professional, was featured in an article in the Sonoma Valley Sun about her career and her work as an advocate for single-payer health care. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

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Edward Arenson Jr., MD, HU ’71, CWSP, a retired oncologist, published a new memoir, To Be of Use: My Five Decades as a Cancer Doctor Including the Story of the Conquest of Childhood Leukemia. The book documents his 50 years as a pediatric oncologist, including his experience in the field during a number of major developments in the treatment of cancer in children, in particular leukemia. He eventually went on to specialize in adult brain cancer until his retirement. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Marjorie Pollack, MD, MCP ’74, editor of the global infectious disease surveillance system ProMed, was featured in the PBS Frontline Documentary “China’s COVID Secrets.” Through her work she discovered early warnings of the COVID-19 outbreak and co-authored the ProMED post, alerting about 80,000 subscribers worldwide of the potential danger of this disease. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

John S. Aumiller, MD, HU ’76, a cardiologist, joined the medical team at Cabinet Peaks Clinic Bull River in Sanders County, Montana. Aumiller is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a fellow of the American Board of Cardiology and a fellow of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention. He also holds certification from the Board of Nuclear Cardiology. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Mitchell Eisenberg, MD, MCP ’76, CEO of Advanced Recovery Systems, has partnered with Cooper University Health Care to open a new $27 million inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper will join Florida-based Advanced Recovery’s nationwide network of seven accredited rehab centers. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Kenneth Kosik, MD, MCP ’76, received the 2021 Potamkin Prize in recognition of his “diverse and pioneering contributions to Alzheimer’s research” from the Potamkin Philanthropies in partnership with the American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation. Kosik is the Harriman Professor of Neuroscience at the University of California, Santa Barbara. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Janet Haas, MD, HU ’77, board chair of the William Penn Foundation, gave a statement regarding the $8 million in emergency COVID-19 grants to Philadelphia arts and culture organizations. The William Penn Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon foundation are each contributing $4 million to this cause. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Richard Cohen, PhD psychiatry, MCP ’78, is the president and chief executive of Public Health Management Corporation, which is partnering with the University of Pennsylvania Health System to run an emergency department at the former Mercy Hospital in West Philadelphia. The new facility, PHMC Public Health Campus on Cedar, will offer services including primary care, outpatient behavioral health and respite care for patients leaving a hospital but needing more recovery time before they can go home. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Stephen Klasko, MD, HU ’78, MBA, was quoted in a news release regarding the confirmation of Jefferson’s merger with Einstein Healthcare Network. The FTC has withdrawn their objection to the proposed merger. Jefferson Health will now be adding four hospitals to its network in a move that Klasko said will “preserve access to care” for citizens of Philadelphia. Klasko was featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power 100 for 2021. The Power 100 is a group of leaders carrying influence from a variety of industries across the region and highlights those who are helping to lead a path forward within their industries. He was among the panelists who participated in a virtual roundtable focused on leading life sciences organizations through unprecedented times. Klasko was featured in a Philadelphia Business Journal article discussing Jefferson’s $762 million Specialty Care Pavilion under construction at 11th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Al Sacchetti Jr., MD, MCP ’79; Emergency Medicine Residency, HU ’82, director of the emergency department of Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article regarding people who get or try to get a COVID-19 vaccine, even though they are not in a vaccine priority group. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

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Neil Stern, MD, MCP ’81, was featured on Becker’s ASC Review’s list of “10 ENTs to Know.” Stern practices at Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group in Rockville, Maryland, and he was named a Top Doctor by Virginia Living Magazine in 2019 and 2020. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Richard Snyder, MD, MCP ’82, chief medical officer at Independence Blue Cross, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirerarticle discussing Independence Blue Cross’s decision to pay a single upfront fee to Caron Treatment Centers for patients needing addiction treatment, with no payment required for those readmitted within 90 days. IBC’s patients had a lower 90-day readmission rate than patients from other providers. Snyder was quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal article where he discussed Independence’s newly formed partnership with the mental health provider Quartet Health. He was also quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal article regarding the insurer’s plans to waive all cost-sharing fees for its commercial group and individual members receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Barbara J. Dalton, PhD microbiology and immunology, MCP ’83, is the vice president of venture capital for Pfizer Ventures. In addition, Dalton serves as a board member of several biopharmaceutical companies including Imara Inc., Artios Ltd., Cydan, Ixchelsis Ltd., AMRA Medical and Second Genome. She also serves on several other Pfizer Venture Investments portfolio companies as a board observer. Dalton began her pharmaceutical career as a research scientist in immunology at SmithKline Beecham Ltd. and joined its venture capital group, SR One Ltd., in the early 1990s. She was also a founding member and partner with EuclidSR Partners LP, a private venture capital firm, where SmithKline was a leading limited partner. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Allen Samuels, MD, MCP ’84, joined the medical staff of Penn Highlands Healthcare. Samuels is a rheumatologist with more than 30 years of experience treating autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

James Aikins Jr., MD, MCP ’85, was named chief of gynecologic oncology at Rutgers Cancer Institute and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Additionally, he continues to serve as a visiting professor in the OB/GYN Department at Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in Cape Coast, Ghana. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Mary I. O’Connor, MD, MCP ’85, became co-founder and chief medical officer at Voya Health Inc., an all-inclusive virtual health care provider, according to a LinkedIn update. Previously, O’Connor was a professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Ronald Poropatich, MD, HU ’85, joined the board of directors of Noveome Biotherapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. Poropatich is a pulmonary/critical care medicine physician-scientist who serves as the director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences, and as professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Philip Joson, MD, HU ’86, was interviewed in an article, “Behind the Mask: Philip Joson” for Observer-Reporter, a Washington, Pennsylvania, newspaper. Joson is the longtime chief of the Gastroenterology Department at Washington Health System’s Washington Hospital and is a partner with Southwest Gastroenterology Associates. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

David Shulkin, MD, MCP ’86; HD ’19, president and CEO of Shulkin Solutions Inc., joined the advisory board at Ibex Medical Analytics. Shulkin was the ninth Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, having previously served as chief executive of numerous leading hospitals and health care systems, including Beth Israel in New York City and Morristown Medical Center in northern New Jersey. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Beth DuPree, MD, HU ’87, is conducting a clinical study that will evaluate the use of an optical coherence tomography imaging system, a tool from Perimeter Medical Imaging AI, during breast-conserving surgery. In a previous successful collaboration with Perimeter, DuPree generated compelling data from a 20-patient study completed in 2020. DuPree is a breast surgeon at Northern Arizona Healthcare and a nationally recognized breast cancer expert. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Christina Lubold, MD, MA applied human physiology, HU ’87, was profiled in an article in the Indiana Gazette about her career and the ever-changing political landscape of medical care. Lubold is a pediatrician at Indiana Pediatric Associates. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Christopher Bowden, MD, HU ’88, joined the board of directors of Cedilla Therapeutics, a venture-backed preclinical biotechnology company developing novel small molecules for cancer and other diseases. Bowden has been the chief medical officer of Agios since May 2014, where he leads clinical development activities that resulted in the approval of TIBSOVO for IDH1 mutation positive acute myeloid leukemia in the U.S. Prior to joining Agios, Bowden was vice president, product development oncology, franchise lead (Signaling Group) at Genentech Inc. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Christopher T. Olivia, MD, HU ’88, was mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer article discussing his new position as the chief executive officer at Rothman Orthopedic Institute. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Reginald Blaber, MD, HU ’89; Cardiology Fellowship, MCPHU ’98, executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Virtua Health, co-founded and serves as one of the board members of a newly created nonprofit organization, The Ark Institute, which aims to help the region and the country get through the current pandemic and ensure better preparedness for future public health crises. He was quoted in a December 2020 Philadelphia Business Journal article about the precautions and planning that health care systems are undertaking to handle the surge of COVID-19 cases. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Stephen Higgins, MD, HU ’89, neonatologist and medical director at Independence Blue Cross, offered his advice on how to effectively discuss the COVID-19 vaccine with people in your life on IBX Insights and the Philadelphia Voice. Higgins spent most of his career as a neonatologist at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he worked in neonatal intensive care. Before joining Independence Blue Cross in April of 2019, he was the associate dean for Drexel’s clinical campus at Crozer and was the chief academic officer and Pediatric Residency director at Crozer. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

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Alyssa Dweck, MD, HU ’90, a practicing gynecologist in New York, joined Bonafide, a company pioneering mainstream medical use of drug-free, naturally derived health solutions for menopause, as chief medical officer. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Y. Lily Higgins, MD, HU ’90, was appointed to the Delaware County Council’s Board of Health. Higgins is the market chief medical officer with Keystone First and AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Asian American Women’s Coalition, and serves on the board of Pennsylvania’s chapter of March of Dimes and the Pennsylvania Premie Society. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Paul Reinbold, MD, HU ’92, CMD, vice president and chief medical director at Acts Retirement-Life Communities, received the Berman Award for lifetime achievement in the practice of long-term care. The award is given annually by the Mid-Atlantic Medical Directors Association to exemplary physicians who have devoted their careers and made significant contributions to the long-term care continuum. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Ron Aryel, MD, HU ’93, a member of the City of Reno’s COVID-19 Task Force and Data Subcommittee, helped to develop a COVID risk meter, a predictive tool that forecasts where the pandemic is headed locally up to 10 days in advance, as well as predicting specific factors such as hospital and ICU capacity. This tool also helps gauge the effect of vaccine introduction and will provide resources to health authorities. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Matthew Davis, MD, MCP ’94, was promoted to chief scientific officer at the specialty pharmaceutical company Endo Pharmaceuticals, according to a LinkedIn update. Previously Davis was chief medical officer at the company. He has over 20 years of management experience in the pharmaceutical industry. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Kristin Brill, MD, HU ’95, joined the Comprehensive Breast Center at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township, New Jersey. Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Brill’s special interests include young women with breast cancer and those at high risk. She has a special interest in breast conservation surgery, oncoplastic surgery and skin-sparing mastectomy. Brill is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Gregory Cosgrove, MD, HU ’95, joined Pliant Therapeutics Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing treatment of fibrosis, as vice president of clinical development. Cosgrove most recently served as the chief medical officer of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting and treating patients with pulmonary fibrosis. Cosgrove also held the roles of associate professor within the pulmonology divisions of the University of Colorado-Denver and National Jewish Health Departments of Medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Julie B. McCausland, MD, HU ’96, MS, is a 2021 recipient of the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. McCausland is the program director of the dually sponsored Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine Transitional Year Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and an associate professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Medicine. The award is for program directors “who find innovative ways to teach residents and to provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impulse to care for others in this environment.” (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

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David Damsker, MD, MCPHU ’00, the Bucks County health director, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the effectiveness of current COVID-19 vaccines against the B.1.1.7 variant of the virus. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Carrie Freed, DVM, MLAS, MCPHU ’00, was elected president of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP), according to a LinkedIn update. ASLAP works to advance laboratory animal veterinary care and welfare. Freed is also a clinical veterinarian of animal resources and a professor of clinical veterinary preventive medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and she is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Tony Reed, MD, MCPHU ’00, chief medical officer at Temple University Health System, was quoted in several articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer: a January 4 article about the city’s efforts to ensure that the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed equitably throughout the city, a February 23 article regarding Temple’s efforts to connect with seniors about vaccination through phone outreach following a low response rate through the patient portal, and one on April 8 discussing the slow rate of vaccination for seniors in Philadelphia. Reed was also quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal article, discussing Temple Health’s plans for administering COVID-19 vaccinations to their staff. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Barbara Simon, MD, MCPHU ’00, an endocrinologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the rise of Alzheimer’s and diabetes deaths in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, possibly due to factors like economic stress, lack of access to affordable medication and fear of seeking medical treatment from an already overburdened medical system. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Africa Stewart, MD, MCPHU ’00, president of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-USA, was featured in a video on the organization’s YouTube channel, in which she addressed Doctors Without Borders’ response to COVID-19 in Puerto Rico. Her career with MSF began in Sudan in June 2011. She has completed five surgical field assignments with MSF and served as a guide for the organization’s Forced From Home exhibition about the global refugee crisis. She was elected to the board of directors in 2017. Stewart continues to support women’s health care locally and abroad with an emphasis on education and prevention. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Rannette Schurtz, MD ’01, a private practice doctor in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article that sheds light on the fact that many private practice doctors and medical personnel outside of large hospital systems have been left out of the COVID-19 vaccine process. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Ronald Bernardin, MD ’02, was featured in Journey Medical Corporation’s “Journey with the Experts” video series, in which he discussed the topic of seborrheic dermatitis. Bernardin is a board-certified dermatologist at Macaione & Papa Dermatology Associates in Voorhees, New Jersey. He previously had an 11-year career as an active-duty physician in the United States Air Force, including as chief of dermatology at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Jeffrey Nau, PhD, MS medical science ’02, was interviewed for an article in Life Sciences Leader magazine, in which he discussed how his career led him to become the president and CEO of Oyster Point Pharma. The company recently announced that the FDA has accepted its new drug application for OC-01 (varenicline) nasal spray for the treatment of signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Nicole Weinberg, MD ’02, was a guest speaker at the 8th Annual Women’s Heart Symposium at the Pacific Heart Institute. Board certified in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, Weinberg is a cardiologist at Pacific Heart Institute in Santa Monica, California. She has published extensively in subjects ranging from imaging modalities to evaluation of cardiac disease, lectured on heart disease prevention and women’s heart disease, and serves as part of the Women’s Health Initiative at St. John’s Hospital. Through the Women’s Heart Center at the Pacific Heart Institute, she has been a co-director of the annual Women’s Heart Symposium, which focuses on current cardiovascular topics. She helped found the Have a Heart, Save a Heart charity. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Orit Markowitz, MD ’03, a dermatologist and founder of OptiSkin in New York, was quoted in a Bloomberg article regarding a new push for health care products catering to menopausal women. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Kurt Miceli, MD ’03, chief medical officer of Elwyn, a provider of support services to children and adults with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and related behavioral health challenges, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article regarding Elwyn’s efforts to secure COVID-19 vaccines for their constituents. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Rebecca Edmonds, MD ’04, a surgical oncologist specializing in the treatment of diseases of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, colon, thyroid and breast, has joined the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute. Edmonds most recently practiced at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center St. Margaret, where she was vice chairperson of surgery and chief of general surgery. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Andy Goberdhan, MD ’05, has joined Hematology-Oncology at Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Delaware. Goberdhan served as surgical house officer at Nazareth Hospital before pursuing additional training in internal medicine and oncology. In 2016, he received the Outstanding Internal Medicine Resident Award from Mercy Catholic Medical Center. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Stacey Gruber, MD ’05; Drexel/Hahnemann Neurology Residency ’09, joined the medical team at Prevea Health in Wisconsin. A board-certified neurologist, Gruber specializes in comprehensive medical history and neurological examination, multiple sclerosis and Botox injections for headache, cervical dystonia and hemifacial spasm. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Alexander Manteghi, DO, MS medical science ’07, joined Barton Health in South Lake Tahoe. A board-certified pediatric and adult otolaryngology specialist, Manteghi specializes in pediatric otolaryngology, sinus surgery and neck masses. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Jason Davis, MD ’08, general surgeon, joined the medical team at UNC Health Southeastern and will be practicing at Southeastern Surgical Center in Lumberton, North Carolina. Davis previously practiced with Cone Health Medical Group. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Sarah Wood, MD ’08, an attending physician in adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article regarding a shortage of STD tests due to the mass production of COVID-19 tests. Wood noted that untreated STDs can have long-term repercussions, such as impaired fertility. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Rene Ramirez Jr., MD ’09, and Veronica Ramirez, MD ’09; Drexel Pathway to Medical School ’05, were featured in an article in the Los Angeles Times about how the couple and their three-generation household persevered during the pandemic. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Dennis Salotti, MS clinical research organization and management ’09, joined Jazz Pharmaceuticals as the senior director and head of strategic outsourcing, according to a LinkedIn update. Previously he was chief operating officer of The Avoca Group, a life sciences consulting firm. Salotti is also currently an adjunct professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

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Jenipher Dalton, MS clinical research organization and management ’10, joined the analytical instrument development company Agilent Technologies as senior vice president of global quality and regulatory affairs, according to a LinkedIn update. Dalton was previously with Takeda Pharmaceuticals for more than 10 years, working in quality assurance, and research and development. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Barbara C. Khan, MS clinical research organization and management ’10, joined the biopharmaceutical company AbbVie as executive director of neuroscience development, according to a LinkedIn update. Khan previously directed development at Allergan and Forest Laboratories. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Deepti Saini, MD ’10, was recognized as a Top Doctor by Phoenix Magazine. Saini is an ophthalmologist at Southwestern Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Rosemarie Arena, MD ’11; Drexel/Hahnemann Internal Medicine Residency ’12; Drexel/Hahnemann Gastroenterology Fellowship, has joined the medical team at Mountainside Medical Group. Arena is board certified in internal medicine and specializes in gastroenterology. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Kaaren Campbell, MS clinical research organization and management ’11, joined the medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific as director of clinical trials, interventional oncology, according to a LinkedIn update. Campbell specializes in clinical operations management and previously served as associate director of clinical development in immuno-oncology at AstraZeneca. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Talha Shaikh, MD ’12, a board-certified radiation oncologist, was named chief radiation oncologist at New York Cancer & Blood Specialists. Shaikh has been honored with many awards, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award, American Society for Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting Travel Award, and European Society for Medical Oncology European Lung Cancer Conference Travel Award. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Kate Beishline, PhD biochemistry ’13, and Samuel Flashner, MS cancer biology ’16, were two of the authors of “DSB Repair Pathway Choice Is Regulated by Recruitment of 53BP1 Through Cell Cycle-Dependent Regulation of Sp1” in Cell Reports, March 16, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Danielle Belardo, MD ’14, received media attention for her recent criticism of comedian Joe Rogan for spreading misinformation about health and science on his podcast. She has since been selling T-shirts that say “Joe Rogan Is Goop for Men,” the proceeds of which will go to the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research. Belardo is a preventive cardiologist in Newport Beach, California, and serves as director of preventive cardiology at the Institute of Plant-Based Medicine. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Larissa Falcao, MS pharmacology and physiology ’14, appeared in a National Geographic documentary called “Mission Impossible: The Race for a Vaccine,” about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine development. Falcao has been a scientist at Pfizer since 2016. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Kriti Acharya, MS biochemistry ’15, was one of the authors of “Identification of a Glycan Cluster in gp120 Essential for Irreversible HIV-1 Lytic Inactivation by a Lectin-based Recombinantly Engineered Protein Conjugate,” which appeared in the November 13, 2020, issue of the Journal of Biochemistry. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Sonali Biligiri, MD ’15, an endocrinologist, joined the medical team at Beebe Medical Group in Delaware. She also earned her undergraduate degree, a bachelor’s in biological sciences, from Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, in 2012. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

John P. Soliman, DMD, MD ’15; Drexel/Hahnemann Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency ’17, was featured on Monmouth Health & Life Magazine’s list of Top Dentists 2021. Soliman is an oral surgeon at Coastal Oral Surgery in Toms River, New Jersey. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Samuel Flashner, MS cancer biology ’16, see Kate Beishline, PhD biochemistry ’13. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Mirzya Haider, MS medical science ’16, joined the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) as a senior research analyst, according to a LinkedIn update. CHIA is an independent state agency established as Massachusetts’s primary hub for health care data and a primary source of health care analytics that support policy development. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Daniel A. Rodgers, MD ’16, a family physician at the Portland Clinic, is running for a seat on the Portland School board, Zone 5. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Alexandra Hunt, MS interdisciplinary health sciences ’17, a public health researcher at Adaptimmune, a company that specializes in cancer therapy, has launched a campaign for Pennsylvania’s third congressional district. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Elizabeth C. Koffler, MD ’17, a family medicine physician, joined the medical team at Presbyterian Medical Group in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Bradley Nash, PhD pharmacology and physiology ’17, a scientific writer at Drexel University College of Medicine, and colleagues in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, authored “Mechanisms of Neuronal Dysfunction in HIV-associated Neurocognitive Disorders,” published in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, February 13, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Kiley Keelin, MS clinical research organization and management ’18, became director of regulatory affairs at Biogen, according to a LinkedIn update. Biogen is a biotechnology company that designs, develops and distributes treatments for neurological diseases. Keelin has previously worked for Spark Therapeutics and Aptevo Therapeutics. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Jennifer Marcy, MS molecular and cell biology and genetics ’18, was one of the authors of “The Impact of Immuno-aging on SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Development,” which appeared in the February 2021 issue of GeroScience. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Saswan Alturki, MS immunology ’19, Sana Alturki, MS immunology ’19, and Drexel colleagues authored “The 2020 Pandemic: Current SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Development,” published in Frontiers in Immunology, August 19, 2020. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Renée Jean-Toussaint, PhD pharmacology and physiology ’19, and colleagues at Drexel and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School published “Therapeutic and Prophylactic Effects of Macrophage-Derived Small Extracellular Vesicles in the Attenuation of Inflammatory Pain” in the May 2021 issue of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. The work was highlighted by the article recommendation service Faculty Opinions. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Chelsea Weldie, MS drug discovery and development ’19, was one of the authors of “Hospital-Acquired Clostridioides difficile Infection Among Patients at an Urban Safety-Net Hospital in Philadelphia: Demographics, Neighborhood Deprivation, and the Transferability of National Statistics,” published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, December 7, 2020. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Sana Alturki, MS immunology ’19, see Saswan Alturki, MS infectious disease ’18. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

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Jean Marc Maurancy, MS molecular and cell biology and genetics ’20, was one of the authors of “Rapid Optimization of the Metabolic Stability of a Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type-1 Capsid Inhibitor Using a Multistep Computational Workflow,” which appeared in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry online March 22, 2021. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

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Former Residents and Fellows


Carmen Febo-San Miguel, MD; Family Medicine Residency, HU ’76, executive director of the Latino arts and cultural organization Taller Puertorriqueño, was appointed to the Philadelphia Arts and Culture Task Force created by City Council. The task force is designed to pinpoint policy and budgetary recommendations to support the arts and culture in Philadelphia. In addition, she is one of a group of cultural organization leaders in Philadelphia who have joined together to share fundraising and programming strategies amid the pandemic. Febo-San Miguel, who is also a member of the Philadelphia Art Commission, was mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer article discussing the new mural at SEPTA’s Fifth Street Station. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Leandro J. Feo, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann Surgery Residency ’12, was featured in a “Salute to Physicians” in the South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report. Feo is a board-certified colorectal and general surgeon on staff at Delray Medical Center. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Erica Harris, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann Emergency Medicine Residency ’13, an emergency physician at Einstein Health, was quoted in a December 2020 Philadelphia Inquirer article about the importance of COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers in preventing staffing shortages in hospitals. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Lew Kaplan, MD; Surgery Residency, MCP ’95, the director of surgery at Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center and professor of surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article regarding a shortage of hospital staff. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Glenn Lipton, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann Orthopaedic Surgery Residency ’02, a sports medicine specialist with Premier Orthopaedics, is partnering with Sidney Jacob of the Philadelphia-based Hand to Shoulder Center to open an ambulatory surgery center in King of Prussia that focuses on serving the specific needs of orthopedic surgeons. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Lawrence Livornese, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, MCPHU ’89; Infectious Diseases Fellowship, MCPHU ’91, chair of medicine at Main Line Health, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about how those with a history of allergic reactions should still get the COVID-19 vaccine. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Richard Menzies, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, MCP ’81, director of the McGill International TB Centre in Canada, was quoted in a Washington Post article regarding new statistics about the high rate of asymptomatic COVID-19 spread. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Edwin M. Schottenstein, MD; Ophthalmology Residency, HU ’82, was featured in the Border News Herald and IssueWire about his ophthalmology practice. He has been practicing in Manhattan since 1985. Schottenstein’s research led to the cure of cotton blight in California’s San Joaquin Valley. He is also a clinical assistant professor and attending ophthalmologist at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. He has written numerous articles for medical journals and chapters for textbooks about comprehensive ophthalmology and glaucoma care, including co-writing two editions of a three-volume textbook entitled The Glaucomas. Schottenstein was recognized by Continental Who’s Who with a Lifetime Achievement Award in ophthalmology for his exemplary contributions to the medical field. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Daniel Weiss, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann Emergency Medicine Residency ’07, joined the chemical modeling software company Schrodinger, as vice president and head of early clinical development. Previously, Weiss was the senior scientific director of translational research and early clinical development with the global pharmaceutical company Chugai Pharma, where he specialized in oncology clinical studies. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

Gerald Wydro, MD; Emergency Medicine Residency, HU ’97, chair of emergency medicine at Jefferson Health – Northeast, was quoted in a December 2020 Philadelphia Inquirer article, joining with state officials in pleading with small businesses to heed COVID-19 closure orders, citing the overburdening of Pennsylvania hospitals. (Alumni Magazine, Summer 2021)

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