Meet Our Faculty and Residents

Our program consists of both Internal Medicine residents and Internal Medicine/Emergency residents. Each residency class ranges from 7 to 9 residents. Our Residents come from all over the world.

PROGRAM DIRECTORS AND CORE FACULTY ATTENDINGS

Dr. Andy Ogden
Chairman of Medicine

 

 

Dr. Amy Penza
Program Director

 

 

Dr. Olubunmi Olarewaju
Associate Program Director

 

 

Dr. Kate Radvansky

 

 

Dr. Emily Drechsel

 

 

Dr. Nimish Patel

 

 

Dr. Angela Lee-Kilpatrick

 

 

Dr. Michael Halpin

 

 

Dr. Aleksey Shchurin

 

 

Dr. Anthony Abbruzzi

 

 

Dr.  Mary Clare Parrott

 

 

Dr. Matthew Fallstick

 

 

Dr. Chad Gunsolly

 

 

Dr. Anna Dymarsky

 

 

Internal Medicine
PGY - 1

Preeti Badve

Hometown: Monte Sereno, CA
Medical School: St. George’s University

 Why Jefferson NE?
This program offered everything I was looking for. The phrase “work hard play hard” embodies the program—everyone works hard and more importantly as a team. At the same time, there is never a shortage of jokes or laughter amongst the residents. In addition, the amazing attendings are always ready to teach something new, answer questions, or offer advice. Whether it be going to didactics/conferences, working on the floors, performing procedures, or interacting with a diverse population with a variety of pathologies, there is always something new to learn on a daily basis. Ultimately, I wanted to be in a community that I knew would teach me as much as I hope I could teach it!   

Angelina Liddy

Hometown- Southampton, PA
Medical School: St. George’s University

Why Jefferson NE?
I chose Jefferson Northeast because each campus provides a variety in patient populations and pathology. When I spoke to the residents during interviews, I could tell they were intelligent, confident, and most importantly happy.

Thomson Cheriyan 

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Medical School: St. George’s University 

Why Jefferson NE?
 At the end of the day, residency is a tough process, but having the support of your program makes all the difference. After experiencing the camaraderie that the program emphasizes, choosing Jefferson NE was an easy decision. The amount of hands-on experience and autonomy that the program instills in each resident is something that makes this program unique. Growing up locally near the hospital has also given me the opportunity to give back to my community. I look forward to my future with Jefferson NE.

Iyare Iyamu

Hometown: Houston, TX Medical school: American University of Antigua 

Why Jefferson NE?
 The people and community. I wanted to be part of a cohesive residency that has multiple campuses of training to reach different subsets of the community. Rotating between three campuses gives you the opportunity to expericine and learn about some of the different communities in Philadelphia. There is a varay of unique pathologies that will add to your learning experience. There's a family type atmosphere with the residents, faculty and attendings. Everyone is easily approachable and helpful.

Elisenda Valdez-Pena

Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Medical School: Universidad Iberoamerican

Why Jefferson NE?
Hometown: Buenaventura, Colombia Medical School: Universidad Santiago de Cali Why Jeff Northeast? I chose Jeff Northeast because of its friendly and supportive environment between faculty, residents, and staff members, which I consider a very important part of the training. I also like the great training facilities that provide a wide variety of pathologies and the opportunities for residents to have hands on procedures and clinical experience.

Seth Lipshutz

Hometown: Margate, NJ Medical School: PCOM- Philadelphia

 Why Jefferson NE? As a 4th year medical student, I had the opportunity to rotate at Jefferson Northeast. In just the 4 short weeks I was able to spend with the residents and attendings, I was able to see how close and supportive everyone was with one another. It was extremely important to choose a program where I would enjoy going to work every day, and in joining the team at Jefferson Northeast I have truly found that. I was also blown away by the hands-on learning and abundance of responsibility that was given to the residents in the program. I have always been someone who learns best by having a hands-on experience, which is something this program brings to the table. I had also met several residents from Jefferson Northeast during other rotations during my time as a medical student, and the support and guidance they described from the attendings in making them a path for a successful career was something that drove me to pick this as my top program.

Sussy Dayana Obando Lara

Hometown: Buenaventura, Colombia
Medical School: Universidad Santiago de Cali 

Why Jefferson NE?
I chose Jeff Northeast because of its friendly and supportive environment between faculty, residents, and staff members, which I consider a very important part of the training. I also like the great training facilities that provide a wide variety of pathologies and the opportunities for residents to have hands on procedures and clinical experience.

Branden Stearns

Home Town: Edinboro, PA
Medical School: PCOM

Why Jefferson NE?
 I was fortunate enough to rotate at Jefferson NE as a medical student, and I loved how supportive and encouraging everyone was, from the residents and attendings to the cafeteria employees and maintenance staff. This program really felt like home, and I knew that this was a learning environment that would allow me to thrive. Because we are a community hospital with smaller programs, the internal medicine residents have several opportunities to perform procedures, which was a huge draw for me as someone who also enjoys working with my hands. With three separate campuses, our residents are also exposed to a diverse patient population with unique pathologies and needs--I believe this is what prepares our residents to handle both challenging and complicated cases with confidence--which is something I actively sought in my search for a residency program. Ultimately, I recognized that everyone in this program is heavily invested in the success of its residents, and that is why I chose Jefferson NE.

Sanjay Desai

Hometown: Cumming, GA Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

 Why Jefferson NE? I really enjoyed my interview day. All the attendings and residents seemed to have genuine camaraderie and friendships with each other. I got the impression that the residents had strong clinical training but were also fun human beings to be around. The three clinical training sites also meant that I would have an opportunity to work with a variety of populations ranging from innercity to more suburban and rural.

Kyle Mohney IM/EM

Hometown: Punxsutawney, PA Medical School: LECOM 

Why Jefferson NE?
Several factors weighed into my decision to choose Jefferson NE for residency. The three-campus system offers multiple environments to learn to practice medicine and provides exposure to many different patient populations and a rich variety of pathology that I felt would prepare me to confidently practice anywhere after graduation. I had completed several rotations here as a medical student and worked with competent residents at all different years of training, as well as attendings that wanted to teach and foster success. These reasons, in addition to the opportunity to complete a combined program, made it very easy to place Jeff NE at the top of my residency rank list.

Evgenia Nokovich IM/EM

Hometown: Fairhope, AL Medical school: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM)

Why Jefferson NE?
 I chose JNE because of the opportunity to dual train in the urban setting. I knew I wanted the experience of learning medicine in a large city, and JNE gave me that. Since I have started, one of the things that has solidified my choice is the strong female representation and leadership.

Zachary Weisner IM/EM

Hometown: Brockway, PA Medical School: LECOM

 Why Jefferson NE?
Clinically, my interests involve working with patients in the critical care setting and topics in cardiovascular medicine. My long-term goal is to split my time between the CVICU and the emergency department. As part of the EM/IM residency, we see patients in outpatient settings, emergency departments, hospital floors, and ICUs. It is a great opportunity to understand longitudinal patient care. Academically, we do have opportunities to pursue research through the Jefferson Enterprise. I plan to continue my projects concerning the prehospital cardiac arrest population and methods of prognosticating and treating traumatic brain injury. We have a great group. Check out our program!

Shaylor Klein IM/EM

Hometown: Karns City, PA Medical school: LECOM Erie

Why Jefferson Northeast?
I chose Jefferson Northeast because of the wide variety of pathology between the three campuses. The residents that I met with seemed confident in their abilities, loved the autonomy they had with patient care, and acted like one big family in and out of the hospital. Because of these interactions, I could absolutely see myself spending at least 5 years of my life in this location learning all that I could.

PJ Singh IM/EM

Hometown: Queens, NY Medical school: LECOM at Erie

Why Jefferson NE? One of the key reasons I chose JNE was because of how helpful and understanding everyone is. Everyone feels like family and helps each other out. There is a huge focus on mental health and I appreciate that so much. Additionally, I wanted to pursue combined EM & IM training. In the future I want to do a fellowship in critical care. I believe the versatility and dual background will provide excellent training for my future goal. JNE also has a phenomenal crit care fellowship program. There is a tremendous amount of pathology seen at JNE and the residents seem confident, kind and happy. 

Internal Medicine
PGY - 2

Tyler Drury

Hometown: Miami, FL
Medical School: PCOM - Greater Atlanta

Why Jefferson NE?
I picked this program because of a few factors it has that were important to me. Good training, a great location, and most importantly the amazing residents. The entire team (residents, attendings, other staff) is so supportive and truly help to nurture residents as they grow into their careers, which is something I also experienced as a medical student and absolutely sealed the deal for me on ranking this program #1.  

Tony Kadavanu

Hometown: Ahmedabad, India
Medical School: Dr DY Patil School of Medicine, Navi Mumbai

Why Jefferson NE?
The Jefferson NE IM residency program was my top choice. Having done residency in internal medicine back home, I had good clarity with regards to what I wanted from a residency program. I looked for a variety in pathology, support from faculty and most of all great comradery amongst residents. JNE ticked all my boxes. Rotating through three different hospitals , each having its own unique characteristics in terms of patient population, gives a distinct feeling ranging from urban, suburban to a level 2 trauma centre. There is a strong bond among the residents which is clearly evident and the support from the faculty is excellent. This creates the perfect atmosphere for learning and improvement which in the long term prepares us well for our journey ahead. The program being in Philly and close to my home was an added bonus

Penelope Kagan

Hometown: North Easton, MA Med School: Marian University COM

Why Jefferson NE?
I was drawn to the close knit, supportive environment that Jeff NE fosters. All the residents are approachable and willing to help each other. Training in Philadelphia also provides patient and cultural diversity, making it a great place to work!  

Danielle Palaferro

Hometown: West Chester, PA
Medical School: LECOM - Erie

Why Jefferson NE?
I was a medical student at Jefferson Northeast. I remember as a third year I was between Surgery and Internal Medicine. I had Surgery early in rotations, and thought this may not be my route after all. Internal Medicine was my last three months of third year. I remember being timid about giving my assessment and plans during presentations, but my amazing team of Residents and Attending, made me feel like my assessment was important to the team. It was this openness and teamwork that this program has to offer. And now a few months into intern year, I feel supported to learn medicine with my colleagues, and now friends.

George Pitsakis

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Medical school: PCOM

Why Jefferson NE?
I chose Jeff NE because of my experiences here as a student. Not only were all of the residents supportive of each other, but they were all so knowledgeable as well. Also being in this program allows me to stay in my hometown, while still seeing a variety of pathology.

Sanjay Rau

Hometown: Hingham, MA Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why Jefferson NE? Despite being a lifelong New Englander, I chose Jefferson Northeast because of the people. I had a wonderful interview day where I saw first-hand the high level of camaraderie among residents and their overall happiness with the program. Other highlights of this residency are its heavy emphasis on procedures and its ability to cultivate clinically strong, well-rounded, autonomous physicians.

Pranay Reddy

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Medical School: St. George's University SOM

Why Jefferson NE?
When I interviewed at Jefferson NE I was immediately overcome with awe due to the immense access to procedures and heavy emphasis on critical care medicine. This is very important to me moving forward in my medical career and became fundamental in choosing to spend the next 3 years of my life in Philadelphia at Jeff NE. I also believe that a residency program should operate like a tightly knit family and Jeff NE certainly fits that bill. There is such a clearly palpable chemistry amongst faculty and residents alike. This was something I wanted to become part of instantly. The educational chain flows with such fluidity between attendings, seniors, interns and medical students therefore establishing the perfect residency learning environment.

Elana Roadcloud

Hometown: Abington, PA
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Why Jefferson NE?
Jeff NE has an awesome reputation offering great clinical training and opportunities to learn from some of the best physicians in medicine. This is why I have always wanted to be a part of the Jeff NE family.

Rachel Kern IM/EM

Hometown: Churchville, PA Medical School: PCOM

Why Jefferson NE:
The Jefferson NE IM/EM Residency Program was my top choice. The camaraderie among the resident and attending physicians truly shows. While on my audition rotation I was an integral part of the team. I saw a variety of patient pathology and trauma, created differential diagnoses, discussed patient testing and plans, and I did my very first central line! This program offers a solid educational and clinical curriculum in a nurturing environment, which I experienced first-hand while working alongside the residents. I loved rotating through all three campuses, each with a distinct feel and patient population ranging from urban, to suburban, to a busy level 2 trauma center. I have personally not seen any other program that can offer this much variety and pathology. I was a non-traditional medical student with a family, and the suburbs surrounding Philadelphia are a wonderful place to raise children!

Matt Kening IM/EM

Hometown: Chicago, IL​​
Medical School: Marian University

Why Jefferson NE?
​Jefferson Northeast offers opportunities that stand out from other residency programs. Having rotated with the EM/IM program, I worked alongside faculty and residents from different services while also rotating through each campus. Training in EM/IM offers endless career opportunities following the diverse experience offered by Jefferson Northeast. The mentorship and leadership of the residents I rotated with helped me feel like I would be a great fit for the program. Few programs can offer the unique patient population and pathology offered by the Jefferson Northeast campus system. When not working, I am excited to enjoy all that the city of Philadelphia and surrounding area has to offer. I look forward to my time exploring a new area of the country only a few hours from the beach and mountains while also having endless things to do in the city. 

Kristin Lee IM/EM

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Medical School: PCOM

Why Jefferson NE?
I had the opportunity to do my third-year clinical rotations at Jefferson Northeast and during that time I was impressed by the quality of teaching as well as the diversity of patients and pathology across the 3 campuses. While the quality of my education was incredibly important when choosing my residency program, the most important factor was that I would be able to be a part of a supportive and tight knit group of people. The community at Jefferson Northeast is full of kind, incredibly well-trained, and confident physicians. I have known since my first rotation that Jefferson Northeast would be the right fit for me and I am very lucky that my perfect program is so close to family!

Jacob Steiber IM/EM

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Medical School: Rush Medical College

Why Jefferson NE?
As someone who is really excited about the idea of working as both a hospitalist and ED doctor within a hospital, I felt both the faculty and residents validated that the EM/IM program here would allow me to do so. The small size of the residency programs will allow me to develop great relationships with both residents, EM and IM faculty, and specialists. I also felt Philadelphia seemed like an ideal transition from Chicago and I like that the residency allows you to rotate in different communities and hospital settings within the Philadelphia metro area. I enjoy volleyball, tacos, comedy, podcasts, cooking, home improvement projects, live music, sitting outside with friends

Samantha Tauscher IM/EM

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why Jefferson NE? ​
I chose Jefferson because it offered everything I wanted in a program: rural, suburban, and city rotations, a smaller program, cool people, and a great location. Philadelphia is full of history, museums, and plenty of outdoor activities (marathons, biking, and right on the river), which allows me to pursue my hobbies. I chose EM/IM because I want to help bridge the gap between the emergency department and the medical floors, and to help with quality improvement in transitions of care for patients. I am also interested in critical care, and the dual program allows me to get a lot of ICU experience while working towards a fellowship.

Internal Medicine PGY-3 

Jennifer Brennan 

Hometown: Garnet Valley, PA
Medical School: PCOM

Why Jefferson NE? 
The support and respect that residents give each other daily truly stands out to me at Jefferson Health NE. My co-residents have helped me celebrate the good days, and have encouraged me after the bad ones. The residents push each other to learn and work hard, while simultaneously ensuring each other’s well being.

Ansa Chughtai

Hometown: Bucks County, PA
Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Why Jefferson NE? I chose Aria because there's nothing better than to train in your hometown with a diverse population. There is an incredible breadth of pathology and illness acuity. Your co-workers are amazing and everyone is willing to help one another.

Dalton Davidson 

Hometown: Bensalem, PA
Medical School: PCOM

Why Jefferson NE? 
The residents! There is an awesome culture and here everyone is so helpful to one another. Good Attendings, very approachable. No 24 hour call. Living in Bensalem, geography helped for me too.

Pavel Itersky

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why Jefferson NE? 
I was impressed with the education and training that this program offers when I rotated here as a medical student. Plus the opportunity to treat patients in the community where I grew up. The residents here are a tight-knit group and coming to work is fun.

Jeff Kingsley

Hometown: Pinehurst, NC
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why Jefferson NE?
Jefferson Northeast offers a unique opportunity to work with several different patient populations in a community hospital environment. All of the medical staff here is very welcoming and always seizes every opportunity to teach. Plus, you can wear scrubs on inpatient rotations.

Yong Mi (Kelly) Shin

Hometown: Commack, NY
Medical School: NYITCOM

Why Jefferson NE? 
I chose Jefferson NE because of it's supportive (& fun!) faculty and staff who train its residents with balance of autonomy and mentorship throughout all outpatient and inpatient clinical experience. To witness many alumni come back to the teaching staff and clinical service further showed me that Jefferson NE was a great place to learn and grow as a physician in training.

Matthias Struck

Hometown: New Providence, NJ
Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, WA

Why Jefferson NE? 
I am constantly impressed with my teachers and co-residents at Jefferson Northeast. People here are not only incredible clinicians, but more importantly, they are supportive and come with a sense of humility and humor when necessary.

Michael Cornman - IM/EM 

Hometown: Bensalem, Pa
Medical School: PCOM

Why Jefferson NE?
All of the residents and attendings at Aria are like family. From the moment I was introduced to the program, I could see that and I wanted to be part of it. 

Phil Fomina- IM/EM 

Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Med School: Touro

Why Jefferson NE?
I wanted to be in a small program that has a strong sense of family and teamwork. I also wanted a residency that emphasizes education and clinical experience. I desired a hospital with high acuity, with the residents having greater autonomy and ownership over patients and procedures while still having direction from senior residents and attendings. Most of all, I was looking for a program where I knew I would be happy for the next 5 years. I rotated here in the ED, medical wards and ICU. I saw all of what I wanted and more. The residents/faculty/support staff love coming to work and being with each other. It was my number 1 EM/IM program and I am honored and grateful to have been chosen. Philadelphia is a beautiful city and I’m so excited to call it my new home.

Brian Jordan- IM/EM 

Hometown: Long Valley, NJ
Medical School: Touro-Middletown

Why Jefferson NE?
I choose Jefferson EM/IM for the combination residency training and the broad range of pathology across the 3 campuses. I especially liked the location of the program’s hospitals, allowing for high volume training without the requirement of living in the city. 

Ryan Thordal- IM/EM 

Hometown: Gary, MN
Medical School: Rocky Vista University

Why Jefferson NE?
I chose Jefferson NE because of its reputation and the great training experience previous residents have had. I also like that the program exposes you to different patient populations and multiple emergency departments that will help prepare your for working in a variety of settings. On top of that, the staff and residents really seem to enjoy being a part of the program and working with each other. 

Neo Zambas - IM/EM 

 Hometown: Bloomsbury, NJ
Medical School: PCOM

 Why Jefferson NE?
I chose to complete my training at Aria because of the experience I had rotating here as a medical student. Every nurse, resident, and attending I interacted with was extremely helpful. I knew that if I came here I'd have a team of amazing people supporting me during my first year as a resident.

Internal Medicine / Emergency Medicine PGY-4

Matt Olson
IM/EM 

Hometown: Edina, Minnesota 
Medical School: Marian University

Why Jefferson NE?
The EM/IM program was a big draw for me. It allows me to get amazing training while keeping all my options open later to practice all types of medicine. I also have an interest in critical care and the IM/EM program here has real strong critical care training. The amazing training our residents get is evident by looking at our senior residents. Another strength of our program is the sense of family we have here. The Attendings and Residents genuinely care about each other which allows for a great, supportive, learning environme
nt.

Onyi Okorji
IM/EM 

Hometown: Anambra, Nigeria
Medical School: West Virginal School of Osteopathic Medicine

Why Jefferson NE?
I did not rotate here as a student however choosing this program was not a difficult process as the residents here I knew were very happy. I remember discussion from separate IM and EM resident colleagues who would choose this program over and over if needed because of the big sense of Love and Family with immense support. That I know now is very True. I chose IM/EM because of the opportunities for career path in future and the overall pathology Jefferson NE had in each training.

Jessica Schumann 
IM/EM 

Hometown: Perkins, Oklahoma
Medical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Why Jefferson NE? 
I chose Jefferson Northeast because our program offers the unique opportunity to train in a dual EM/IM program at a level II community hospital. I love that, as residents, our patients are our responsibility. I appreciate the procedural volume and critical care experience. I also love the variety offered with the multiple campuses. My co-residents are some of my very best friends, and you immediately feel a family atmosphere with good support from your co-residents and attendings. 

Internal Medicine / Emergency Medicine PGY-5

Zachary Messina

Hometown: Portage, Indiana
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why Jefferson NE?
I chose Jefferson NE IM/EM to help provide me with the best education to fit my goals. I did not do a rotation here, but I did later come back and shadow in both the Emergency Department and ICU. During my time here, everyone was encouraging and resourceful, and provided a lot of autonomy to their residents. The pathology at Jefferson NE was diverse and challenging, which was what I was hoping to get from a residency. I got a strong sense of family here as well.

Katy Hanson

Hometown: New Hampshire
Medical School: UNECOM

Why Jefferson NE?
I chose Jefferson for several reasons; first, because of the amazing opportunity to do a combined EM/IM program, which opens up my entire future to practice where ever and whatever type of medicine I may want to pursue one day. The second reason is the city of Philadelphia, which offers plenty of opportunities for my husband to find work and for me to see any kind of pathology imaginable.