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FY 2021 New Fellows

College Night 2021

CLASS OF SPRING 2021 FELLOWS:

in alphabetical order
 

Philip D. Bailey, Jr., DO, MBA, FASA, FCPP  

Sponsors: Steven Handler, MD, FCPP, and Elizabeth Drum, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Philip Bailey is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Division Chief of General Anesthesiology and Endowed Chair in Pediatric General Anesthesiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

 

Jill M. Baren, MD, MS, MBA, FCPP    

Sponsors: Cathy Poon, PharmD, FCPP, and George Downs, PharmD, FCPP 

 Dr. Jill Baren serves as Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at the University of the Sciences where she is a tenured Professor of Biological Sciences and Humanities. 

 

Tami Dianne Benton, MD, FCPP

Sponsors: Louis Bell, MD, FCPP, and Winona Chua, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Tami Benton is the Frederick Allen Professor of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 

 

Joseph R. Berger, MD, FCPP    

Sponsors: Larry Kaiser, MD, FCPP, and Anjan Chatterjee, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Joseph Berger is Professor of Neurology and Associate Chief of the Multiple Sclerosis Division of the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

Jason D. Bloom, MD, FACS, FCPP   

Sponsors: Erica Thaler, MD, FCPP, and Mary Morrison, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Jason Bloom is an Ivy-League trained, double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

 

Lesley Carson, MD, FCPP  

Sponsors: Mary Ann Forciea, MD, FCPP, and Cathy Poon, PharmD, FCPP 

Dr. Lesley Carson is currently the Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Maura Dunfey Hwang, DO, FCPP

Sponsors: Christie Huddleston, MD, FCPP, and C. William Schwab, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Maura Dunfey Hwang is currently a Child, Adolescent & Family Psychiatrist with Council for Relationships, attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

 

Kenneth Frazier, BA, JD, FCPP   

Sponsors: Thomas Vernon, MD, FCPP, and Emilio Emini, PhD, FCPP 

Mr. Kenneth Frazier has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of

Merck & Co. since 2011.

 

Romani George, MD, FCPP   

Sponsors: Priya Mammen, MD, MPH, FCPP, and Matthew Hurford, MD, FCPP 
Dr. Romani George is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, and Senior Medical Director at Community Care Behavioral Health Organization in Exton, PA.

 

Jonathan L. Gleason, MD, FCPP    

Sponsors: David Condoluci, DO, FCPP, and David Kietrys, PhD, FCPP 

Dr. Jonathan Gleason serves as Executive Vice President and the James D. and Mary Jo Danella Chief Quality Officer for Jefferson Health.

 

Guirlette Grodecki, MD, FCPP    

Sponsors: Robert Sharrar, MD, FCPP, and Susan Salkowitz, FCPP 

Dr. Guirlette Grodecki is a board-certified internist with many years of experience caring for veterans and their families.

 

Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH, FCPP   

Sponsors: David Kietrys, PhD, FCPP, David Condoluci, DO, FCPP 

Dr. Perry Halkitis is a public health psychologist and epidemiologist, researcher, educator, and advocate.

 

Stephen J. Kolesk, MD, FCPP    

Sponsors: Tine Hansen-Turton, FCPP, and Stephen Ludwig, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Stephen Kolesk is the Chief Medical Officer/Vice President for Medical Affairs and Managed Care for Woods Services.

 

Natasha Nayak Kolomeyer, MD, FCPP   

Sponsors: George Spaeth, MD, FCPP, and Julia Haller, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Natasha Nayak Kolomeyer is a glaucoma specialist at Wills Eye Hospital who is passionate about excellence in patient care, clinical research, and education.

 

Courtney M. Lee, MD, MSc, FCPP    

Sponsors: Daniel Dempsey, MD, FCPP, and Jon Morris, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Courtney Lee is a family physician practicing in Philadelphia and is affiliated with Spectrum Health Services.

 

Major Kenneth Lee, IV, MD, PhD, FCPP    

Sponsors: Daniel Dempsey, MD, FCPP, and Jon Morris, MD, FCPP

Dr. Major Kenneth Lee, IV, specializes in hepatopancreatobiliary surgery and advanced laparoscopy within the division, specifically minimally invasive liver, pancreas, and foregut surgery. 

 

Richard Terence Leshner, DO, FCPP   

Sponsors: Tine Hansen-Turton, FCPP, and Stephen Ludwig, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Richard Leshner currently serves as the Chief of Cardiology and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Heart Institute at St. Mary Medical Center and has had a private cardiology practice in Bucks County.

 

Gallia G. Levy, MD, PhD, FCPP   

Sponsors: Katherine High, MD, FCPP, and George M. Wohlreich, MD, MA, DSc (Hon), FCPP 

Dr. Gallia Levy is the Chief Medical Officer at Spark Therapeutics with responsibility for setting the global development strategy.

 

Gregory McDonald, DO, FCPP   

Sponsors: Kenneth Veit, DO, FCPP, and Robert DiTomasso, PhD, FCPP

Dr. Gregory McDonald currently serves as Dean of the School of Health Sciences and is a professor and chairman of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

 

Cynthia Mollen, MD, MSCE, FCPP   

Sponsors: Joel Fein, MD, FCPP, and Steven Handler, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Cynthia Mollen is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and is Chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine at CHOP. 

 

Donna Gentile O’Donnell, PhD, FCPP    

Sponsors: Richard Lippin, MD, FCPP, and Stephen Klasko, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Donna Gentile O’Donnell is the Senior Vice President of Innovation Partnerships and Programs and Special Assistant to the President and CEO at Thomas Jefferson University. 

 

Danae Powers, MD, FCPP    

Sponsors: Michael DellaVecchia, MD, FCPP, and James W. Thomas, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Danae Powers is an anesthesiologist from State College, PA, and works at Penn Highlights hospital system.

 

Mary T. Pronovost, MD, FACS, FCPP    

Sponsors: Mary Morrison, MD, FCPP, and Amy Goldberg, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Mary Pronovost is proud to be entering her 31st year of practicing surgery.

Until Dr. Pronovost’s recent relocation to Philadelphia (a return home), she spent the last 21 years in Connecticut and worked mostly with the Yale Health System.

 

Jose Serafin Pulido, MD, MS, MPH, MBA, FCPP   

Sponsors: Julia Haller, MD, FCPP, and Leslie Hyman, PhD, FCPP 

Dr. Jose Pulido is a board-certified ophthalmologist with a research portfolio that has focused on vitreoretinal infectious and inflammatory diseases, retinal degeneration, stem cells, checkpoint inhibitors, and immunotherapies.

 

Karen A. Rizzo, MD, FCPP   

Sponsors: Michael DellaVecchia, MD, FCPP, and Timothy Welby, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Karen Rizzo is a General Otolaryngologist practicing for 30 years in Lancaster, PA, where she founded Lancaster Ear, Nose, & Throat.

 

Kristen Michele Sandel, MD, FCPP   

Sponsors: Michael DellaVecchia, MD, FCPP, and Timothy Welby, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Kristen Sandel is a board-certified Emergency Physician from Berks County.

 

Rabie M. Shanti, DMD, MD, FCPP   

Sponsors: George M. Wohlreich, MD, MA, DSc (Hon), FCPP, and Erica Thaler, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Rabie Shanti is an Oral, Maxillofacial, and Head and Neck Surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania where he currently serves as the Vice Chair of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity within the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and also serves as the Associate Director of the Head and Neck Cancer Service Line at the Abramson Cancer Center/Penn Medicine.

 

Serge-Emile Simpson, MD, FCPP    

Sponsors: Priya Mammen, MD, MPH, FCPP, and Steven J. Walsh, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Serge-Emile Simpson is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician and Medical Toxicologist. Dr. Simpson is currently the Program Director of the Medical Toxicology fellowship at Einstein Medical Center.

 

Zeba Almas Syed, MD, FCPP   

Sponsors: Julia A. Haller, MD, FCPP, and Peter Laibson, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Zeba A. Syed is a fellowship-trained Ophthalmologist who specializes in cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. 

 

Stavropoula Tjoumakaris, MD, FAANS, FAHA, FCPP   

Sponsors: Priya Mammen, MD, MPH, FCPP, and Pascal Jabbour, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Stavropoula Tjoumakaris is a Professor of Neurosurgery and the first female dual-trained cerebrovascular neurosurgeon in the country. She is the Director of the nationally renowned Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Joint Fellowship and of the Neurosurgery Clerkship at the Sidney Kimmel Medical School.

 

Eric Velazquez, MD, FACS, FASMBS, FCPP   

Sponsors: Juan Diaz Quinones, MD, FCPP, and Enrique Hernandez, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Eric Velazquez is a board-certified surgeon who currently serves as Chief of Division for Bariatric Surgery at Temple University Hospital, Chief of Surgery and Medical Director of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at Temple University Hospital-Jeanes Campus. He is Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. 

 

Daniel Ventricelli, PharmD, MPH, FCPP   

Sponsors: Jeffrey Hom, MD, MPH, MSHP, FCPP, and George Downs, PharmD, FCPP 

Dr. Daniel J. Ventricelli is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences and holds an appointment with the University’s Substance Use Disorders Institute.

 

Johanna Vidal-Phelan, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCPP   

Sponsors: Michael DellaVecchia, MD, FCPP, and Natalia Ortiz, MD, FCPP 

Dr. Johanna Vidal-Phelan, a native of Puerto Rico, is Senior Medical Director in Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan and a practicing pediatrician at Hamilton Health Center, an FQHC in Harrisburg, PA.

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College Night 2020

CLASS OF FALL 2020 FELLOWS:

in alphabetical order
 

Mona Al Mukaddam, MD, MS, FCPP

Dr. Al Mukaddam is the Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She is sponsored by Frederick S. Kaplan, MD, FCPP, and Susan J. Mandel, MD, MS, FCPP. 

 

Aurelia Nicoletta Bizamcer, MD, MPH, PhD, FCPP

Dr. Bizamcer is currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University. She is sponsored by Mary Morrison, MD, MS, FCPP, and M. Ingre Walters, MD, FCPP.

 

Joanna Sue Yee Chan, MD, FCPP

Dr. Chan is currently an Associate Professor at Jefferson University. She is sponsored by Salvatore Mangione, MD, FCCP, and Norman Rosenblum, MD, PhD, FACOG, FACS, FCPP.

 

Rebecca Chiffer, MD, FCPP

Dr. Chiffer is currently Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology and Neurotology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She is sponsored by Brian McKinnon, MD, MBA, MPH, FACS, FCPP, and Seth Zwillenberg, MD, FCPP.

 

Crystal L. Clark, MD, MPH, FCPP

Dr. Clark is currently the Associate Vice President & General Manager of Government Programs with UPMC Health Plan. She is sponsored by Matthew O. Hurford, MD, FCPP, and Geoffrey B. Neimark, MD, FCPP.

 

Noam A. Cohen, MD, PhD, FCPP

Dr. Cohen is currently a Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania. He is sponsored by Erica R. Thaler, MD, FCPP, and David W. Kennedy, MD, FCPP.

 

Jocelyn Edathil, MD, PhD, FCPP

Dr. Edathil is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine with Temple University Hospital. She is sponsored by Heather E. Clauss, MD, FCPP, and Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP, FCPP.

 

Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, FCPP

Dr. Ehrenfeld is currently Senior Associate Dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is sponsored by Michael A. DellaVecchia, MD, PhD, FCPP, and James W. Thomas, MD, MBA, FCPP.

 

David S. Festinger, PhD, FCPP

Dr. Festinger is currently Professor and Director of Substance Abuse Research & Education at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is sponsored by Robert A. DiTomasso, PhD, FCPP, and Douglas A. Marlowe, JD, PhD, FCPP.

 

Jamie Garfield, MD, FCPP

Dr. Garfield is currently Associate Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at Temple University Hospital. She is sponsored by Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP, FCPP, and Erin R. Narewski, DO, FCPP.

 

Islam Ghazi, PharmD, MSc, BCPS, BCACP, BCIDP, FCPP

Dr. Ghazi is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences. He is sponsored by George D. Downs, PharmD, FCPP, and Andrew M. Peterson, PharmD, PhD, FCPP. 

 

Patricia McHugh Giordano, DO, FCPP

Dr. Giordano is currently the Executive Director and Medical Safety Lead for Clinical Safety and Risk Management for Devices and Product Quality at the Merck & Co., Inc. She is sponsored by Karen M. Kaplan, MD, FCPP, and Walter Strauss, MD, MPH, FCPP. 

 

Gregory Heuer, MD, PhD, FCPP

Dr. Heuer is currently Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is sponsored by Louis M. Bell, MD, FCPP, and Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE, FCPP.

 

Steven C. Horii, MD, FCPP

Dr. Horii is currently Emeritus Professor of Radiology with the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is sponsored by Beverly G. Coleman, MD, FCPP, and Jill Langer, MD, FCPP.

 

Sharon Lewis, MD, FCPP

Dr. Lewis is currently Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is sponsored by Anjan Chatterjee, MD, FAAN, FCPP, and Allison W. Willis, MD, MSCI, FCPP. 

 

Avram H. Mack, MD, FCPP

Dr. Mack is currently a Psychiatrist with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is sponsored by Louis M. Bell, MD, FCPP, and Dwight L. Evans, MD, FCPP.

 

Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD, FCPP

Dr. Mason is currently Professor of Medicine & Pathobiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She is sponsored by William Beltran, DVM, PhD, Dip ECVO, FCPP, and Oliver A. Garden, BVetMed, PhD, FCPP.

 

Dhruvan Patel, MD, FCPP

Dr. Patel is currently a Gastroenterologist with Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. He is sponsored by Michael A. DellaVecchia, MD, PhD, FCPP, and Ricardo Morgenstern, MD, FCPP.

 

Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, FCPP

Dr. Perrone is currently Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology as well as Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine and Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is sponsored by Jeffrey Hom, MD, MPH, MSHP, FCPP, and Jose A. Benitez, MSW, FCPP. 

 

Hope S. Selarnick, MD, FCPP

Dr. Selarnick is currently the Director of Addiction Services and the Medical Director of the Opioid Treatment Program at the CMCVAMC. She is sponsored by James W. Cornish, MD, FCPP, and Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD, FCPP. 

 

Christopher T. Skidmore, MD, FCPP

Dr. Skidmore is currently Associate Professor of Neurology with Thomas Jefferson University. He is sponsored by Priya E. Mammen, MD, MPH, FCPP, and A.M. Rostami, MD, PhD, FCPP.

 

Charles Vite, DVM, PhD, FCPP

Dr. Vite is currently Professor of Neurology and Director of the Referral Center for Animal Models of Human Genetic Disease with the University of Pennsylvania. He is sponsored by Gustavo Aguirre, VMD, PhD, PhDhc, FCPP, and Oliver A. Garden, BVetMed, PhD, FCPP.

 

Interested in nominating a colleague for Fellowship? Reach out to Bridget Brennan:
bbrennan@collegeofphysicians.org
Information and Research Manager