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Pulse - Summer/Fall 2018 We Are So Honored!

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

This year, 54 members of the College of Medicine community were inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Election to AOA signifies the physician's dedication to the art and profession of healing. The College of Medicine chapter (Delta Zeta) presented its Volunteer Faculty Award to Andrew McNeil, MD, in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center.

The alumni inductees were Paul R. Gittens, MD '03, a urologist who is medical director of the Philadelphia Center for Sexual Medicine, and Robert Hyun Cho, MD '04, Orthopaedics Residency '09, chief of staff at Shriner's Hospital for Children in Los Angeles. The faculty inductees were Drs. Theodore Fallon Jr., Psychiatry; Peter D. Pizzutillo, Pediatrics; Juan Lucas Poggio, Surgery; B. Brent Simmons, Family Medicine; and David E. Stein, Surgery. Drs. William Hochgertel, a pediatrics resident at St. Christopher's, and Christina Payne, a rheumatology fellow, were the inducted trainees. Student inductees are listed below.

Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes students, residents and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate patient care and who serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine. Seniors are nominated for induction by their peers; house staff are nominated by the Drexel chapter; faculty members are chosen by a committee of faculty and administration.

The newest members are faculty Drs. Greg Alleyne, Ob/Gyn; Kevin D'Mello, Medicine; John Fobia, Surgery; and Katie McPeak, Pediatrics; house staff Drs. Alvaro Galvez, Surgery; Kevin Gu, Medicine; William Hochgertel, Pediatrics; Nakul Rao, Surgery; Kevin Rurak, Medicine; Kunal Shah, Medicine; Omar Sheriff, Medicine; Nicole Stutzman, Pediatrics; and Sumra Tayebaly, Ob/Gyn (previously elected). Student inductees are listed below.

Class of 2018 Inductees - Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society / Gold Humanism Honor Society
Attending the joint AOA and Gold Society banquet are (l-r, sitting) Drs. William Hochgertel, Greg Alleyne, Christina Payne, Nicole Stutzman, Paul Gittens, Brent Simmons and Peter Pizzutillo; (standing) Drs. Valerie Weber, Kevin Rurak, Kunal Shah, Amy Fuchs, Kevin Gu, Omar Sheriff, Nakul Rao, Katie McPeak (speaker and GHHS inductee) Steven Rosenzweig, Kathleen Ryan, Theodore Fallon and Kevin D’Mello. The dinner was held at the Germantown Cricket Club on May 16.

Class of 2018 Inductees


Naveen Balan
Emily Chan
William Coffey
Ryan Cox
Grace Dewitt
Karley Dutra
Whitney Fink
Hannah Gold
Allison Gutierrez
Meghan Hayes
Jason Heald
Brenton Hill
Matilde Hoffman
Timothy Holleran
Saarah Hussain
Saagar Jadeja
Shivani Kapur
Samantha Lacroce
Rachel Lande
Anthony Linfante
Michael Lorentsen
Mitchell MacCready, Jr.
Rebecca Meredith

Jonathan Mikolinis
Pooja Monpara
Emily Murphy
Varun Padmanaban
Rohan Patel
Emily Peoples
Thomas Peterson
Chichen Qiu
Justin Rackley
Kelly Ruland
Ravindra Sangitha
Hannah Sterling
Sean Sullivan
Adam Taylor
Robert Tenney
Andrew Touati
Matthew Urban
Elizabeth Usedom
Gaurav Varma
Alexandra Vaughn
Adam Wetzel
Amanda Zeiger

Gold Society

Naveen Balan
Eric Belser
Shelby Brown
Kemi Fatade
Rebecca Golden
Anne Goldring
Mignon Hills
Saarah Hussain
Molly Kaplan
Quynhdiem Lam
Esther Lin
Mitchell MacCready, Jr.
Benjamin Nicholas
Monique Patel
Emily Peoples
Jason Roley
Laura Smallcomb
Sean Sullivan
Harun Thimmiah
David Tomajan
Vrunda Vithalani
Hannah Wirth

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