Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Class of 2018

Our current cohort of students is shown here. A list of students from past classes and where they are now can be found on a separate page.

Joey Bahng

Joey Bahng
Chapter Co-President
 Joseph.Bahng@uphs.upenn.edu

My name is Joey Bahng, and my gender pronouns are they/them/their. I am an MS4 applying into Obstetrics and Gynecology. I grew up in central Florida near Orlando, and I went to NYU for undergrad where I earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Italian. I pursued post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Johns Hopkins University before starting medical school at Penn. I have been involved with LGBT People in Medicine + Allies, the trauma chaplain shadowing program, and research with the breast cancer group. Outside of medical school, I am interested in issues of social justice, science-fiction novels, and knitting.


Thomas Riley

Thomas Riley
Chapter Co-President
 Thomas.riley@uphs.upenn.edu

Hello! I’m Tom, an MS4 applying into internal medicine. I’m originally from Lancaster, PA and went to undergrad at Penn State where I graduated with a BS in Bioengineering. At Penn Med I’ve been involved in the United Community Clinic, the Caritas Catholic Medical Student Organization, and critical care research. My academic interests include critical care, transplant medicine, community outreach, and engineering. In my free time, I enjoy biking, reading, playing tennis, and exploring Philadelphia with my wonderful wife.


Emily Brown

Emily Brown
Community Engagement and Patient Care Chair
 Emily.Brown3@uphs.upenn.edu

My name is Emily Brown, and I am a MS4 going into Family Medicine. I grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia, with my family employed at Colonial Williamsburg. I went to MIT for undergrad and majored in Biological Engineering. In medicine, I am interested in women’s health and clinical practice innovation for primary care. When not in clinic, I like to run, try out new coffee shops, and visit the dog park.


Sara Ginzberg

Sara Ginzberg
Medical Student Wellness Chair
 Sara.Ginzberg@uphs.upenn.edu

Hi! I’m Sara, and I’m applying into General Surgery. I grew up the Philly suburbs and attended undergrad at the University of Michigan, where I majored in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Before medical school, I taught for Kaplan Test Prep and spent time volunteering in an ED in Cape Town, South Africa. At PSOM, I have enjoyed advocating for wellness initiatives and curriculum reform through MSG and learning about how to promote social justice through medicine. My hobbies include baking, birdwatching, playing board games, watching political comedy, and salsa dancing.






Ben Carey

Ben Carey
 George.Carey@uphs.upenn.edu

Hi! My name is Ben Carey. I’m from East Tennessee and graduated in 2010 from The University of Chicago with a BA in classical studies. After college, I worked in a translational cancer lab before attending the Bryn Mawr post-bacc program. At Penn, I’ve served as one of the student coordinators for the HHBC (Heart Health Bridge to Care) community clinic and am currently completing the medical education certificate program and involved in infectious disease research. I am planning to apply to Internal Medicine Primary Care programs. My professional interests include medical education, general internal medicine, and infectious disease, particularly HIV primary care and antibiotic stewardship. In my free time, I enjoy reading and taking walks with my wife, Catherine (also an MS4 in GHHS); our infant son, Remy; and our dog, Barnie.


Peter Chansky

Peter Chansky
 pchansky@upenn.edu

Hi Penn Med! My name is Peter and I'm a returning MS4 after completing a one-year clinical research fellowship in Dermatology. I’m originally from Bryn Mawr, PA and went to college at Penn before staying for medical school. I’m particularly interested in complex medical Dermatology and improving access to dermatologic care for underserved populations.  Outside of medical school I love to host dinner parties and brunches for my friends, run along the river trail, and teach rigorous spin classes set to popular music (find me at Pottruck!).  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about Dermatology, Philadelphia, or if you are in need of a new brunch recipe!



Chris DeFrancesco

Chris DeFrancesco
 cdefra@upenn.edu

Hi! My name is Chris, and I am an MS4 returning from a research year spent at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I'll be applying into orthopedic residencies this year, but I am excited to make the most of my time left here at Penn. This includes working in various student organizations and helping with upperclass outreach to the rest of the school. In my free time, I really enjoy to travel (at least across Broad or South Streets), explore the food scene here, and watch ridiculous amounts of college football. Feel free to reach out!


Jessica Dong

Jessica Dong
 Jessica.Dong@uphs.upenn.edu

Hi I’m Jessica! I grew up outside Chicago, went to Dartmouth for undergrad, and spent a couple of years working in San Francisco at a small company dedicated to helping people with diabetes and obesity. I’m taking a year out to complete the MD/MBA dual degree at Wharton, and in the future I hope to work on improving systems of preventative health. I’m planning on applying into Internal Medicine with a focus on women’s health. Outside of school I love farmer’s markets, cooking, hiking, playing volleyball, and going back to visit to San Francisco as often as I can.


Annie Duckles

Annie Duckles
 aduckles@upenn.edu

Hello! My name is Annie and I’m a CDYO (combined-degree year out) student. I am originally from a small town outside of Rochester, NY and went to college in Washington, DC. I’m taking this year to do my Masters in Public Health at Penn and plan on applying into primary care track internal medicine programs next year. My interests include women’s health, refugee health, and medical student/physician wellness. Outside of medicine, my life hobbies consist of creating cocktails, tasting whiskey, and doing crafts! 


Claudia Gambrah

Claudia Gambrah
 Claudia.Gambrah-Sampaney@uphs.upenn.edu

Hello! My name is Claudia and I am a rising MS4 doing a research year before applying into Pediatric Neurology. I’m originally from Ghana but also call Texas as home. I graduated from Washington University in 2013 with a degree in Biochemistry and Spanish and spent a year in New York working in the Emergency Department before starting at Penn for medical school. Within medicine, I am particularly interested in the intersection between neurology and infectious disease, and I am also very interested in global health. Outside of medical school, I love being outdoors, photography and traveling the world!


Geoff Gusoff

Geoff Gusoff
 ggusoff@upenn.edu

I’m a 4th year medical student taking a year out to study primary care innovation and local economic development at the business school. I’m planning to apply in Family Medicine. During medical school I’ve been most involved in the Family Medicine Interest Group, Social Justice Healthcare Group, and the Philadelphia Workers Association, a local organization of immigrant day laborers organizing for better working conditions. Before medical school, I spent 2 years working on “liberation medicine” projects in El Salvador and Peru, 2 years studying social ethics and liberation theology in divinity school, and 2 years teaching ESL for a labor union. I’m also a big fan of improv comedy and firepits.


Kathryn Himmelstein

Kathryn Himmelstein
 Kathryn.Himmelstein@uphs.upenn.edu

I am an MS4 originally from Cambridge, MA. Before medical school, I worked for five years as a high school math teacher in Brooklyn and Chicago. At Penn, I’ve been involved with a variety of programs for high school students including the Summer Mentorship Program and the Pipeline Program, as well as White Coats for Black Lives. My interests include racism in medicine, reproductive health, and infectious diseases. Outside of medicine, I love running by the Schuylkill, eating popsicles on my roof, and visiting my family in New York and New Jersey.



Tom Liu

Tom Liu
 Tianyu.liu@uphs.upenn.edu

Hi! My name is Tianyu (Tom) Liu, and I am a rising MS4 student interested in ophthalmology. I grew up outside of Philadelphia, studied Biology at Swarthmore College, and then worked in D.C. at The Advisory Board Company before starting medical school. At Penn, I’m been involved with organizing community outreach events through the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. In my free time I enjoy running, biking, exploring Philly’s restaurant scene, and spending time with friends and family.


Christopher Magoon

Christopher Magoon
 christopher.magoon@uphs.upenn.edu

I’m a Canton, Ohio native who graduated with a degree in History from Yale, focusing on American freedom movements.  After college, I worked for a rural education nonprofit in Southwestern China and worked as a freelance writer before starting a postbac-premed program at Bryn Mawr.  When not in school, I’m a fan of sitting on the couch with our dog Willow and going on bird-watching adventures.  Next year, my wife Alison and I are likely to head back to China on a Fulbright grant, where I will be researching vision impairment in Chinese schools.  Don’t hesitate to reach out via email.  I’m happy to be helpful in any way I can.  You can also contact me through my website www.christophermagoon.com



Catherine Mezzacappa

Catherine Mezzacappa
 Catherine.Mezzacappa@uphs.upenn.edu

Hi there! My name is Catherine and I’m an MS4 planning to apply into Med-Peds. Before medical school I completed an MPH in Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Global Health, and worked in international health program design and evaluation for several years – first in Haiti with a women’s health organization responding to the 2010 earthquake, and then in Rwanda with Partners in Health. My professional interests include social justice and advocacy, particularly surrounding the interactions between social policy and health. Lately I’ve been spending most of my time with my newborn son, who I share with my husband, Ben, who happens to also be an MS4 and GHHS member. (We’re very original!) I also like cooking, long chats with friends, spending as much time as possible outdoors, and exploring the sights and smells of Philadelphia with our dog Barnie and an ever-changing cast of rescue dogs. (Dogs are the best!)


Lauren Miller

Lauren Miller
 milauren@upenn.edu

Hi, I’m Lauren! I’m from Ohio and went to school at the University of Pittsburgh where I studied Neuroscience. I am spending a year in business school to complete the MD/MBA dual degree, and plan to apply into ENT next year.  I like biking, baking, and enjoying good beers with friends.


Sara Rendell

Sara Rendell
 srendell@upenn.edu

Hi! I am an MD/PhD student planning to go into internal medicine. My PhD work is in medical anthropology, and I study inequality and health care, particularly the lives and health of illegal immigrants and refugees. I also do some consulting for the World Health Organization in the area of maternal and child health. I love in person conversations, writing and reading poetry, and running/cycling.


Charlie Santos

Charlie Santos
 Charles.Santos@uphs.upenn.edu

I am a Charleston, South Carolina, native and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in a self designed program combining anthropology and science. Before coming to medical school I completed a cross country bicycle ride with a non-profit called Bike and Build, I continue to be an avid cyclist on the schuychyll trail as well as an errant hammocker. I also spent time out west in Colorado and Nevada, completing a term of service with Americorps as a Conservation Corps volunteer and tried to enjoy as much natural beauty as possible while out there. Currently I am interested in pursuing a psychiatry residency with interests in community/public health, global mental health, and addiction.



Christopher Teng

Christopher Teng
 Christopher.Teng@uphs.upenn.edu

I'm a New Englander, born and raised in the suburbs outside of Boston as the middle of three brothers. I studied molecular biology at Princeton, after which I spent my year off before med school counseling and mentoring undergraduates. In med school I’ve continue to be interested in mentorship and medical education, so feel free to reach out! While here at Penn, I’ve been a part of various student groups, including MSG, Unity Clinic, APAMSA, and PMCF. I’ll be applying into pediatrics this year with the hopes of doing a pediatric specialty in the future. Outside of the classroom, I perform with a hip hop and contemporary dance group on campus, and I spend a lot of free time playing volleyball, cooking, and eating my way through the city.


Vasiliki Triantafillou

Vasiliki Triantafillou
 Vasiliki.triantafillou@uphs.upenn.edu

Hello friends! My name is Vasiliki (Vas for short). I was born and raised in South Jersey where I grew up dancing competitively and working in my parents' diner as well as had the incredible luck to spend every summer with my grandparents in Greece. I ventured (just slightly) north for college where I majored in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology at Yale before coming to Penn Med.

I am currently taking a year out to do research and I am enjoying the free time to additionally think about how we learn and teach medicine.  Outside of medicine, you can find me on "Schuylkill beach" enjoying the sunshine, dancing, or brunching (whether that's at one of Philly's many BYOs or throwing down in the kitchen for friends). Please feel free to reach out!


Alex Warshauer

Alex Warshauer
 Alexander.Warshauer@uphs.upenn.edu

I’m an MS4 planning to pursue a career in trauma surgery. Originally from Warren, NJ, I came to Penn after graduating from Boston College in 2014 where I ran the student EMS organization and played trombone in the marching band. At Perelman I have been involved with the Medical Student Government, the Agnew Surgery Clinic and the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group. During my first summer, I worked with Dr Neils Martin as an Agnew Summer Research Fellow evaluating goals-of-care conversations in the SICU. I am also pursuing a Certificate in Medical Education. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, homebrewing and volunteering at the PennVet Working Dog Center where I foster dogs trained in search and rescue, scent detection and criminal apprehension.


Jonathan Wood

Jonathan Wood
President Emeritus
 jowood@upenn.edu

I’m a small-town New Englander at heart--born in Texas, with soil from Yankee Stadium sprinkled under my hospital gurney (true story!). I majored in dusty books at Yale and then served seven years in the Air Force before coming to Penn Med. My dream is to practice primary care and economic development simultaneously. I’m working through an MBA before applying to Family Medicine residencies.



Rosaline Zhang

Rosaline Zhang
 Rosaline.Zhang@uphs.upenn.edu

Hi! My name is Rosaline. I was born in Grasse, France (apparently the world capital of perfume, near Nice) but grew up mostly around Seattle. I graduated from Penn undergrad in 2014, with double major in Urban Studies and Biology. At PennMed, I served on the board of the Elizabeth Blackwell Society promoting women in medicine, and cofounded the Penn Global Surgery Group. Currently, I am taking a year out to do the Masters in Translational Research and then plan to apply for plastic surgery residencies. Outside of medical school I enjoy baking and feeding my friends vegan treats, running, listening to podcasts, volunteering and spending time at my church. Feel free to email me with any questions!


Jessica Zuo

Jessica Zuo
 Jessica.Zuo@uphs.upenn.edu

Hello! I’m Jessica, a fourth year applying into Internal Medicine with an aim of becoming a geriatrician. After studying neurobiology and global health and health policy at Harvard, I spent a year in Peru working with homeless elders through a government program called Vida Digna. During med school, I’ve been involved with MSG, wellness programming, APAMSA, Student Healthcare Alliance at Penn (a group focused on interprofessional collaboration), and healthcare access research. Outside of school, I enjoy photography, wandering around Philly, and watching adorable animal videos.