Cary B. Aarons, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery 

Dr. Aarons is an outstanding surgeon who has expertise in minimally invasive surgery and sphincter-preserving surgery for rectal cancer, particularly laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery, malignant and benign colorectal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and benign anorectal conditions. He is the Associate Program Director of the general surgery residency program and the colon and rectal surgery fellowship program. He is an active member of various specialty organizations including the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons where serves as a member of the awards committee. He chairs the department of surgery’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee as well as Residency Interview Selection Committee. 


Peter L. Abt, MD
Professor of Surgery– Clinician-Educator

Dr. Abt is an outstanding, innovative academic transplantation surgeon. He is a highly productive clinician at HUP and CHOP and participates in the Division of Transplant Surgery’s organ retrieval initiatives. He focuses on the relationship between organ donor quality, recipient health, and resource utilization. He initiated the paired kidney exchange program, allowing patients with immunologically incompatible living doors to obtain a transplant. His contributions have been recognized by the American Transplant Congress, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and the Association of Academic Surgery. He has served as the Director of the Penn Transplant Institute Multiorgan Abdominal Transplant Fellowship since 2014. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Sandra Amaral, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator.

Dr. Amaral is a leading expert in the fields of pediatric nephrology and transplantation who has served as Medical Director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program since 2014. She studies kidney transplantation with particular interests in reducing treatment burden for adolescents and young adults, including designing studies to make daily medication regimens easier to diagnosing transplant injury earlier using innovative, non-invasive approaches, and on addressing disparities in health and healthcare as they relate to kidney transplantation. She has a successful record of grant funding. She is the Co-founder of the innovative CHOP’ed Cooking Camp for Children with Chronic Kidney Disease. In 2018, she received the Excellence in Teaching Epidemiology Award.
 

Marietta S. Ambrose, MD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine  

Dr. Ambrose is a highly accomplished cardiologist who focuses on multimodality cardiovascular imaging and women’s cardiovascular health. She directs the Penn Cardiology International (PCIL), HUP’s cardiovascular medicine division’s global outreach section. One of PCIL’s current initiatives focuses on improving healthcare in the Caribbean region. She is a mentor to first- and second-year medical students in the Elizabeth Blackwell Society mentorship program and to visiting underrepresented minority medical students in the Edward Cooper Clerkship. She also serves as the cardiology representative to the Penn Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She received the Outstanding Teaching in Clinical Cardiology Faculty Award in 2017 and the Vincent and Bonnie Anderson Outstanding Medical Student Teaching Award in 2016. 
 

Kristy Arbogast, PhD*
Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Arbogast is recognized for her international stature, her major impact on the field of pediatric injury biomechanics, her influential record of scholarship, her sustained record of grant funding, and her outstanding contributions to teaching and mentoring. She focuses primarily on understanding the biomedical tolerance to injuries for children across the developmental spectrum and the development of interventions to prevent or reduce the severity of injury from motor vehicle crashes. She is also advancing research relating to pediatric sports concussion. At CHOP, she is the Engineering Core Director and the Co-Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and Co-Director of the National Science Foundation Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies. She is a Fellow in the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
 

Janet E. Audrain-McGovern, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Audrain-McGovern’s interdisciplinary research is having a significant impact on public health. Using longitudinal and randomized control trial designs, she has contributed to research on physical activity and smoking, depression and smoking, and behavioral economic theories of tobacco use. Her research on the relationship between adolescent electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use and subsequent cigarette smoking filled a critical gap in knowledge of the risks of adolescent e-cigarette and inspired a major public health campaign to prevent adolescent e-cigarette use. She has been successful in obtaining funding to support her research. She publishes in leading journals in the field including American Journal of Psychiatry, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, and Pediatrics. She is an Associate Editor of Tobacco Regulatory Science. She lectures nationally and internationally. She has been a member of the Scientific Review Panel of the Prevent Cancer Foundation since 2005.
 

Allison Ballantine, MD, MEd 
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Ballantine is an outstanding clinician who is recognized nationally for advancing complex pediatric inpatient care as well as supporting advances and innovations in academic medicine. She is active in the pediatric hospitalist movement with a specific focus on the challenges of providing comprehensive care to medically complex and underprivileged patient populations. In her role as section chief of inpatient services for the division of general pediatrics, she has overseen the development of clinical programs, quality insurance, and patient safety activities. She was also instrumental in building and continues to co-direct the Master in Education for Healthcare Providers Program at Penn’s Graduate School for Education. She received the Blockley-Osler Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2017. She has been on the CHOP Faculty Honor Role numerous times. 
 

Rochelle Bagatell, MD
Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Bagatell is a world leader in clinical research in neuroblastoma. Her research focuses on the treatment of children with neuroblastoma and the development of new agents for neuroblastoma and other solid tumors and has led to significant practice changes. She has served as Solid Tumor Section Chief of the division of oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 2010. She is the Vice Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group, the largest childhood cancer research organization in the world. She leads an international collaborative initiative incorporating investigators from the United States and Europe to determine the best method to evaluate primary site response for future clinical trials. She has a highly successful record of funding by the NIH and industry. She is an active member of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2018, she became Chair of the North American Advisory Board of Advances in Neuroblastoma Research.
 

Keith Douglas Baldwin, MD, MPH, MSPT
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Baldwin is an influential leader in pediatric orthopaedic surgery who specializes in the treatment of traumatic and neuromuscular conditions. His research in these areas has changed practice. He has published his research in leading specialty journals in his field. He is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Orthopedics and an associate editor of the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma. He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons since 2016. He is a frequently invited speaker at national and international meetings. He is past President of the Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association and Health Policy Chair of that organization. He has given numerous talks at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Association of Pediatrics, and the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Association.
 

Margaret E. Johnson Baylson, MD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Community Health 

Dr. Baylson is a dedicated physician and educator who has distinguished herself clinically, educationally and administratively as a leader and a highly valued faculty member. She has provided invaluable leadership to the Family Medicine Residency program as the Director since 2010 and has overseen unprecedented growth in the program. In 2017, she was named chief of family medicine at PPMC. She is the current President of the Assembly of Program Directors and Department Chairs of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She has made important contributions to the medical literature in the area of family planning and reproductive health care of women.   
 

Amy J. Behrman, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Behrman is an influential national leader in the field of occupational and environment al medicine, with a particular expertise in infectious disease and vaccination. She has had a significant impact on the protection of healthcare workers through her participation and leadership in institutional, state and national professional organizations such as the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and in the development of clinical practice guidelines and position statements published in specialty journals. Under her leadership as Medical Director, Penn Occupational Medicine has grown substantially to provide comprehensive services for area employers including a managed workers’ compensation program, health promotion and prevention programs, surveillance for occupational health concerns such as tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, rabies and other infectious diseases, environmental consultative services, and drug screening. In 2014, she became a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) since 2014, the highest degree of recognition in the field.
 

Rinad Beidas, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Beidas is a national leader in implementation science. She is the Director of Implementation Research for the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research and the Director of the Implementation Working Group of the University of Pennsylvania. She focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for youth psychiatric disorders in community settings. The goal of her research is to improve the quality of services, to ensure access to healthcare by vulnerable populations, and to influence policy impacting health and mental/behavior health. She has an outstanding record of funding and scholarship. She is on the editorial boards of Administration and Policy in Mental Health Services Research, Behavior Therapy, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. In 2017, she received the Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award, a Penn Medicine Award of Excellence.
 

A.G. Christina Bergqvist, MD
Professor of Neurology – Clinician-Educator

Dr. Bergqvist is a prominent pediatric epileptologist who is one of the few experts in the world in the use of the ketogenic diets, the preferred treatment for children with medication resistant epilepsy who are not candidates for epilepsy surgery. She is the Director of the Ketogenic Diet Program and the Medical Director of the Dietary Treatment Program for Epilepsy and Neurological Disorders at CHOP. She has participated in writing international guidelines for the optimal clinical management of the ketogenic diet. She consults on the establishment of new centers with ketogenic diet programs for epilepsy and other metabolism-based treatments for neurological disorders. She is a reviewer for numerous journals including Epilepsy Research, Journal of Pediatrics, Neurology and Pediatrics. She serves as a member of the scientific advisory board of The Charlie Foundation, an organization established in 1994 in to raise awareness about the ketogenic diet as a treatment for childhood epilepsy.
 

Christian A. Bermudez, MD
Professor of Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Bermudez is a nationally prominent, highly productive cardiothoracic surgeon who is a leader in the field of cardiopulmonary transplantation. His research complements his clinical activities and focuses on end stage cardiopulmonary failure, cardiothoracic transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). He is the Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation and ECMO as well as the Director of Thoracic Transplantation. He has contributed publications in leading journals in his field. He is a member of the editorial board of ASAIO Journal and an editorial board consultant for Journal of Heart & Lung Transplantation. He lectures nationally and internationally including presentations at the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, the Society for Thoracic Surgeons, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and the American Heart Association.
 

Michael R. Betts, PhD
Professor of Microbiology           

Dr. Betts is an internationally recognized investigator who has made seminal contributions to the field of human immunology research, particularly the emerging field of T cell function within lymphoid tissues. He discovered that the nature and function of anti-HIV T cells in tissues is fundamentally different from that in blood, suggesting a new phenotype and noncytolytic control mechanisms. This discovery has profound implications for pathways of virus control. He is also known for his important collaborative contributions in the Penn community and internationally. Among his numerous publications are a number of highly influential and frequently cited works in premier journals including Nature Medicine, Blood, PLoS Pathogens, and Journal of Immunological Methods. He is the Director of the Cell & Molecular Biology (CAMB)-Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology Graduate Group and a member of the CAMB Executive Committee. He has served in organizing roles for scientific meetings.
 

Anita Bhandari, MBBS, MD 
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Bhandari is a nationally recognized expert in the complications of sickle cell disease and in the care of children with pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension. She participates in a study using electrical impedance tomography to assess ventilation in pediatric patients with pulmonary hypoplasia. As Medical Director of inpatient pulmonary services at CHOP, she has undertaken numerous CQI projects specifically addressing the improvement of healthcare delivery to the sickest patient population not requiring ICU level of care. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Thoracic Society. In 2018, she received the CHOP Physician Partnering Award for outstanding accomplishment as a nursing partner. 
 

Joshua I.S. Bleier, MD 
Professor of Clinical Surgery 

Dr. Bleier is a nationally prominent colon and rectal surgeon He has special interest in pelvic floor complications and fistulas and has lectured on these topics. He has been named as one of Philadelphia magazine’s Top Docs for colon and rectal surgery each year from 2015-2018. He has a number of influential leadership roles. At Pennsylvania Hospital, he is Vice Chair for the department of surgery, section chief for colorectal surgery, and chair of the CEQI committee. He has been the program director of the colorectal fellowship since 2014. He is an active member of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ACRS) and the Association for Surgical Education.
 

Jan P. Boswinkel, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Boswinkel is an excellent clinician specializing in pediatric sedation and an innovator in patient safety. He is the Vice President of Medical Operations and Chief Safety Officer at CHOP. He has undertaken an initiative to strengthen the role of the medical directors in the hospital and develop a clearer track for physicians in operational roles. He is also responsible for the content, delivery and ongoing development of patient safety curriculum for all physicians and support staff. He launched and directs the Pediatric Sedation Service, one of the first general pediatrician run sedation services and the largest in the country. He is a member of the American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics and a founding member of the Society for Pediatric Sedation. He has been named to the CHOP Faculty Honor Roll seven times. 
 

Kent D.W. Bream, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Community Health 

Dr. Bream is an accomplished clinician and educator who is committed to advancing community health locally and globally for underserved populations. He is the Medical Director of the Sayre Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in West Philadelphia, which provides inclusive, quality and affordable healthcare to underserved community members. He is also the Director of the Latin America Global Health Program and the Guatemala Penn Partners Program. His work is recognized annually by Penn Medicine in the "Simply Because" publication. He is the Community of Practice Core Director for the National Center of Integrated Behavioral Health. He is a national New Faculty Mentor with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and in this role, he is sought out by faculty at other institutions regarding career development. 
 

Christopher D. Brown, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetics

Dr. Brown is a highly accomplished independent and collaborative genomic computational biologist who uses a combination of high throughput experimental and computational approaches to study the mechanism underlying complex human diseases. His current focus is on massively parallel assays that interrogate non-coding DNA function and applying these approaches developing the fine-mapping of the causal variants of human disease. He has an impressive record of NIH funding. His scholarly contributions are equally impressive, highly cited, and appear in such journals as Nature, Nature Medicine, Cell Stem Cell, Science, and PNAS. He is an editor of PLoS Genetics, the leading open-access journal in the field. He is an active member of the Genomics and Computational Biology Graduate Group and the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group. He is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics.   
 

Andrew C. Calabria, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine   

Dr. Calabria is a prominent pediatric endocrinologist who is an authority in disorders of hypoglycemia, particularly in children with postprandial hypoglycemia after a Nissen fundoplication. He has a number of leadership roles at CHOP. In addition to serving as the Clinical Director of the division of endocrinology and diabetes, he directs the bone health consult service and the division of endocrinology and diabetes consult service. In 2016, he was named to CHOP’s Early Career Faculty Honor Roll. In 2017, the Pediatric Endocrine Society selected his publication “Postprandial hypoglycemia in children after gastric surgery: Clinical characterization and pathophysiology” as Best Novel Insights paper. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The Endocrine Society, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the Pediatric Endocrine Society.                                                                                                                                                                               

E. Cabrina Campbell, MD
Professor of Psychiatry—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Campbell is an excellent clinician who is widely described as a champion of patient care. She specializes in the treatment of patients with schizophrenia and cocaine addiction and focuses on the psychopharmacologic indications for treatment and associated toxicities. She has made numerous contributions to teaching and is known for her compassion and dedication to students, residents, and other trainees. In 2014, she received the Albert Stunkard M.D. Award for Residency Teaching, the Robert Dunning Drips Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, and was named the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Faculty Inductee from the Class of 2015. That same year, she was the Faculty Inductee to the Humanism in Medicine Society. She is a member of The American College of Psychiatrists, the American Association of Directors in Psychiatry Residency Training, and the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society.
 

Kenisha Campbell, MD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Campbell is a distinguished clinician specializing in adolescent medicine. She is the Medical Director of Adolescent Primary Care/Family Planning and the Director of Adolescent Medicine Outpatient Clinical Services at CHOP. Under her leadership, the number of clinical programs in the subspecialty clinic and patients as well as patient satisfaction have increased. She has led and participated in several clinical quality care initiatives and she serves on numerous clinical committees. She is a member of the CHOP Multicultural Physicians’ Alliance Professional Development Committee and a member of the Executive Board and Professional Development Chair of The Alliance of Minority Physicians (AMP). She is the current President of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. 
 

Serena Cardillo, MD 
Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Cardillo is a highly skilled endocrinologist whose specializes in types I and II diabetes, cystic fibrosis related diabetes and post-transplant diabetes. She has contributed significantly to the HUP community through her clinical care, participation in academic committees, and efforts in medical education, especially the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She also provides annual education to the multidisciplinary team at the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center to ensure that the most up to date comprehensive care is delivered to these patients. She is an Associate Program Director and Core Faculty Member for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She has led several innovative national education programs in the area of diabetes management for primary care providers.  
 

Russell P. Carstens, MD
Professor of Medicine

Dr. Carstens is a leader in the field of RNA binding proteins and tissue-specific splicing. He uses a combination of genetics, developmental biology and systems biology to study the molecular mechanisms of alternative splicing, an important process in gene expression. He was the first to identify an alternative splicing regulatory program for the epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT). He also identified the role of epithelial spicing regulatory proteins (ESRPs) in developments and maintenance of the cell specific properties of epithelial cells. He has contributed a number of highly cited publications in leading journals including Molecular Cell, Developmental Cell, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Cellular Biology. He has been a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation since 2010.
 

Keri A. Cohn, MD. DTMH, MPH 
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Cohn is a nationally prominent expert in pediatric infectious disease and pediatric emergency medicine clinician whose international medical experience has had an impact on clinical, educational and academic programs. She has created and directs one of the only Pediatric Emergency Medicine Global Health Fellowships within the United States and serves as the Director of Global Health for the division of emergency medicine at CHOP. She has represented CHOP/PENN in clinical work in low-resource settings abroad, including Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak. She has continued her work in Sierra Leone where she often serves in an educational capacity, training local health care providers. She was named to the CHOP Early Career Honor Roll in 2018. 
 

Adam Cuker, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Cuker is an influential leader in his field. He is an accomplished clinical trialist who has made significant contributions to research in immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). He has been invited to write two “How I Treat” manuscripts for the journal Blood, an indication of the high regard in which he is held among his peers. He is a senior executive editor of American Society of Hematology Self-Assessment Program, 7th edition, and a member of the editorial boards of Journal of thrombosis and Haemostasis and Blood. He is an outstanding teacher and mentor of medical students, nurse practitioners, graduate students, residents in medicine and pathology, and hematology fellows. He received the John Glick, MD prize for teaching excellence in oncology in 2015. He has had leadership positions in the American Society of Hematology, including service as chair of the ASH initiative to develop guidelines on venous thromboembolism.
                      

Diva D. De León-Crutchlow, MD, MSCE
Professor of Pediatrics – Clinician-Educator

Dr. De León-Crutchlow is a prominent world authority in the field of hyperinsulinism. She specializes in the diagnosis and management of monogenic disorders of insulin regulation resulting in diabetes and hypoglycemia, and general endocrinologic problems. Her translational research focuses on congenital and acquired forms of hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia, a genetic disorder in which the insulin cells of the pancreas, called cells, secrete too much insulin. She is particularly interested in the role that the alterations of the entero-insular axis may play in the pathophysiology of these disorders. She co-edited a textbook, Frontiers in Diabetes, considered the most comprehensive resource for treating patients with neonatal diabetes and congenital hyperinsulinism. She received the Be My Sugar Award for Medical Excellence form Congenital Hyperinsulinism International in 2017.
 

Stefanie L. Davidson, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology 

Dr. Davidson is an excellent clinician who has developed an international reputation for providing clinical care to pediatric patients with uveitis and glaucoma. In collaboration with physicians in rheumatology at CHOP, she created and is currently the Co-Director of the multidisciplinary Uveitis Coordinated Care Clinic that has attracted patients nationally and abroad. She is the only pediatric ophthalmologist with additional subspecialty training in uveitis in the greater Philadelphia region. She also serves as principal investigator in the creation of a registry and database of pediatric uveitis and as an examiner in several clinical research studies. She serves on national committees such as the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). She chaired the Costenbader Lecture Committee in 2018. She is an editorial consultant for several pediatric journals including Archives of Ophthalmology and Journal of American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 
 

Mario DeMarco, MD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Community Health 

Dr. DeMarco is a highly respected physician specializing in maternal child health and family medicine obstetrics. He provides clinical care in an outpatient setting and attends on the inpatient service at HUP. He has served as the Site Director for Penn Family Care since 2010. In 2019, he became Director of Family Medicine Obstetrics. He coordinated participation in the Interventions to Minimize Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants through Continuous Improvement Techniques (IMPLICIT), a regional quality improvement initiative focusing on reducing preterm births through a variety of interventions. He has received support from the March of Dimes to implement innovative models for improving women’s health at two health centers in West Philadelphia. He also makes important contributions to teaching. He has developed innovative clinical and preclinical curricula including a Frontiers course in Public Health and an elective in Maternal Child Health.  
 

Sara Bonamo DeMauro, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. DeMauro is a national leader in the area of neonatal follow-up, particularly in the area of long-term assessment and management of children who were preterm or critically ill at birth. She has served as the Program Director of the Neonatal Follow-up Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 2012. This nationally recognized program provides comprehensive medical and developmental care to premature and medically complex infants after they leave the hospital and provides families with the resources they may need from infancy into early childhood. The program has exceptional follow-up rates of children enrolled in clinical trials and provides high-quality clinical assessments for >3000 high-risk children and families. She has made important contributions to research in evaluating the impact of tracheostomy and vocal cord paralysis following patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) ligation. She received the Istvan Seri Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014 and was named to the Early Career Faculty Honor Roll at CHOP in 2016 and 2018.
 

Chris T. Derk, MD, MS 
Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Derk is a nationally recognized clinical rheumatologist who focuses on the care of patients with scleroderma. He participates as a site investigator in clinical trials in scleroderma and is a member of the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium and the European Scleroderma Trials and Research Group. He has had a key role as course director for numerous regional rheumatology meetings and has contributed to scholarship in his field. As the Penn Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director, he has been essential in enhancing and improving the program. He has been named a Philadelphia magazine’s Top Doc annually from 2017-2019.
 

Bimal Desai, MD, MBI 
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Desai is a physician leader in medical informatics. In addition to patient care as attending on the general pediatrics service, he is CHOP’s Assistant Vice-President and Chief Health Informatics Officer. He has made significant contributions to many institutional, local and national electronic health databases with various purposes including promotion of evidence-based decision-making and research collaborations, surveilling hospital acquired infection, and improving security of EHRs. He is responsible for building the Digital Health Program at CHOP that includes patient digital engagement, telemedicine/virtual care, digital health research and external technology partnerships. In 2017, he received Enterprise Award Healthcare Innovator from the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital & Technologies (PACT). 
 

Nicolai M. Doliba, PhD, DSc
Research Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Dr. Doliba is an internationally recognized collaborative and independent investigator who has made significant contributions to the field of pancreatic beta cell metabolism. He uses a combination of different methods and approaches to focus on the role of bioenergetics, ion transport and metabolic coupling factors in nutrient- and drug-stimulated insulin release at normal conditions and during diabetes mellitus. He attempts to address directly the essential mechanisms of stimulus-secretion coupling in pancreatic islets. He has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, most of which are in high impact journals in the fields of endocrinology and metabolism. He is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Endocrinology, Experimental and Clinical Physiology, Advances in Diabetes and Endocrinology and Diabetes, and Journal of Glycemic Disorders.
 

Kevin Dysart, MD 
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Dysart is an outstanding, nationally recognized neonatologist. At CHOP, he has been Associate Medical Director of the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit since 2012 and Medical Director of Neonatal Transport since 2017.  He is a key member of the chronic lung disease team that provides support for quality improvement initiatives in the nursery. He has participated in the development of a care algorithm for patients with chronic lung disease. As Director of clinical research implementation, he integrates and operationalizes clinical research studies into the everyday routine of the NICU. He is an active member of the Neonatal Research Network/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He chairs the Data Safety Monitoring Board of the Seattle-PAP Study, Nationwide Children's Hospital. 
 

Christopher W. Edwards, MD 
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine 

Dr. Edwards has made impactful contributions to the field of clinical informatics in emergency medicine. He is Assistant Chief of emergency medicine at PPMC and Director of emergency medicine clinical informatics for UPHS, focusing on clinical operations and quality improvement. Since the health system's transition to the PennChart EMR system, he has worked on standardizing workflows for all UPHS emergency departments in areas including clinical documentation, opioid dispensing, and has collaborated with other departments such as orthopedics and anesthesiology and critical care to develop standardized pathways. He has served on a number of committees, task forces and work groups across UPHS and outside the institution. In 2017, he was selected as Winner of a UPHS PPMC Quality and Safety Award for the development and implementation of an EMR-Based Sepsis Alert System. 
 

Andrea Facciabene, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Facciabene’s cutting-edge research is advancing the field of cancer immunology and immunotherapy. His basic research includes the development of two new vaccination strategies: one uses mitochondria isolated from tumors, the other utilizes new tumor vasculature antigen. He also studies regulation of anticancer immune response by the gut microbiota. The goals are to advance understanding of tumor immunology and to use the new findings to develop efficacious new therapies. His clinical research includes the development of new preclinical immunotherapies. He has been successful in obtaining support for his research from the NIH, foundations, and industry. His scholarship is considered innovative and impactful. He is a member of the Translational Research Cancer Centers Consortium, a consortium between Canadian and United States institutions with a focus on immunotherapy and other biologic therapies.
 

Daniel C. Farber, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery 

Dr. Farber excels as an orthopaedic surgeon and educator. He has a number of influential leadership positions in his department. He has been the Foot and Ankle Fellowship Director since 2014. He has been is a mentor for residency and career issues and has initiated a series of seminars to educate fellows and senior residents about relevant business topics. This year, he became Associate Residency Program Director. He was named Foot and Ankle Research Director in 2014. He is working on an IRB approved protocol to study tendon transfer for Achilles tendonitis. He has also participated in several basic science research studies. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeons (AOFAS). He is a co-founder of the Hermes Society, a group of AOFAS travelling fellows who foster international collaboration on clinical, education and research topics. 
 

David M. Feldser, PhD
Associate Professor of Cancer Biology      

Dr. Feldser is an outstanding, innovative cancer biologist whose groundbreaking research uses genetically engineered mouse models to focus on the identifying the mechanisms that underlie cancer initiation and progression. He couples cellular, genomic and biochemical analyses with in vivo tools with the goal of identifying new therapeutic strategies to eradicate malignant cells. He is credited with developing an approach that uses “gene switches” to serially activate or inactivate a cadre of tumor suppressor genes using advanced methods for conditional gene activation and re-activation , known as the XTR model (eXpressed, Trapped, and Restored genes). In a recent senior-author publication in Nature, Dr. Feldser describes the stage-specific role of the retinoblastoma (Rb) tumor suppressor gene in the progression of lung cancer and the development of metastasis, a result made possible only through the use of the XTR model he developed and which has potential clinical applications. In 2016, he received the Richard A. “Buz” Cooper Scholar Award and in 2017, he received the Alan Steinberg Scholar in Cancer Research award and the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute Discovery Project Award.    
 

Even S. Fieldston, MD, MBA, MSHP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Fieldston is a nationally recognized leader in pediatric hospital medicine health services research. His research focuses on systems of pediatric care, particularly children’s hospitals. He studies issues relating to workload, workforce, and quality of care including investigations and operations work on patient flow, resource utilization, healthcare finance, social determinants of workload, readmission, patient advocacy, and process improvement. He has served as the Medical Director of Clinical Operations at CHOP since 2014. He is on the editorial board of Hospital Pediatrics and Academic Pediatrics. In 2015, he received the inaugural Pediatric Hospital Medicine Research Excellence Award and in 2018, he received the Physician Partnering Award from CHOP’s department of nursing, respiratory, and neurodiagnostics. He was named to the Faculty Honor Roll at CHOP in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and to the Early Career Faculty Honor Roll in 2016.
 

David S. Frankel, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Frankel is an emerging leader in the field of electrophysiology. He is a highly accomplished clinical and translational researcher whose research has led to two innovative procedural techniques for catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia, both of which have been widely adopted in clinical practice and have improved outcomes. In 2016, he was selected as one of the 40 Top Physicians under 40 by the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He has served as Director of the prestigious Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program since 2015. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications in premier journals in his field, including Journal of Cardiovascular Physiology, JAMA Cardiology, and Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. He is successful in garnering support for his research. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.
 

Deborah L. French, PhD
Research Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. French is recognized nationally for her research in the field of hematopoietic stem cell biology. She focuses on ex vivo generation of platelets from PSC-derived megakaryocytes and the creation of experimental models to study Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML). She has been Director of the Human Pluripotent Stem Cell core in the Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 2008. More than 60 Penn/CHOP labs have used the PSC core to generate cell lines critical for their research. Her peer-reviewed publications are in leading journals including Blood, Circulation and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. She is a member of the editorial board of Stem Cell Research. She is an excellent mentor and role model for trainees. She has developed an enrichment course to train investigators to maximize successful outcomes when using PSCs to model development and disease. She is a member of the International Society of Stem Cell Research and the American Society of Hematology.


Noelle V. Frey, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Frey is a leader in the emerging field of cellular immunotherapy. Her research has focused on the development of early phase clinical trials using innovative treatments for patients with leukemia. She is a key member of the CAR-T cell therapy program. In 2012, she was named Associate Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at HUP. She has a successful record of funding. Her publications are in prestigious journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Science Translational Medicine, and Blood. Her publication in Blood, “How I treat adults with relapsed or refractory Philadelphia chromosome-negative acute lymphoblastic leukemia” has changed practice in this area. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of American Journal of Hematology. In 2013, she received The Department of Medicine Robert Austrian Award in Patient Oriented Research. In 2012, she received The John Glick M.D. Prize for Teaching Excellence in Oncology. She is a frequently invited lecturer nationally and internationally.
 

Eron Friedlaender, MD, MPH
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Friedlaender is a pediatric emergency medicine physician who is an established leader in advocacy efforts for children with autism. She has and has been instrumental in establishing programs to improve care of these patients in the acute care setting. She has demonstrated an ability to effect changes in policy and practice that have long lasting effects. Her role as the leader of the Chair's Initiative, "Improving Care for and Service Delivery to Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders," brought together experts from multiple disciplines to look at how healthcare facilities can enhance their support and care of these patients. She is a member of various hospital committees and multidisciplinary and quality improvement initiatives working to streamline and improve care of the most challenging patients. She is an active member of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  
     

William C. Gaetz, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Radiology

Dr. Gaetz is an internationally recognized expert and leading scholar in magnetoencephalography (MEG), an imaging technique that measures the magnetic fields produced by electrical activity in the brain. He focuses on assessing the functional significance of cortical oscillations in children using MEG. He uses a multimodal approach where cortical oscillations are interpreted in the context of associated structural (MRI) and molecular (MRS GABA) measures. Results are used to detail age dependent change as well as the interpretation of clinical findings in pediatric populations with autism, Friedreich Ataxia, and epilepsy. He developed a repeated methods MEG/MRI protocol to evaluate how the brain remapped itself after limb amputation, a process called massive cortical reorganization (MCR), which was used in the first successful double hand transplant in a child conducted at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2015. Many of his publications are highly cited. He is a reviewer for numerous journals.
 

Matthew J. Gillespie, MD
Professor of Pediatrics--Clinician-Educator

Dr. Gillespie is a leading pediatric cardiologist who focuses on interventional catheterization in pediatric and congenital heart disease. His research interests complement his clinical activities and center on minimally invasive, catheter-based interventions for the treatment of structural heart defects in children and adults. He has served as the Associate Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at CHOP since 2013. His work was recognized with the Biomedical Device of the Year 2016-17 by the Penn Center for Innovation. He is on the editorial board of The Journal of Structural Heart Disease and is a reviewer for numerous additional journals. He is an executive committee member of the Congenital Heart Disease Council and a mentor for the Emerging Leaders in Medicine Committee for the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention.
 

Robert L. Giuntoli, II, MD 
Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology  

Dr. Giuntoli is an outstanding clinician, teacher, and administrator. He is the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Chester County Hospital where he focuses on outpatient care of women with gynecologic malignancies and complex gynecologic conditions and surgical management including minimally invasive surgery. He participates in clinical research as a member of the Population Science Team in Gynecologic Oncology and in clinical trials. He has a particular interest in uterine sarcoma and received grant funding Abramson Cancer Center Sarcoma Pilot Grant and Slay Sarcoma Research Initiative Grant to investigate the genetic basis of leiomyosarcoma in collaboration with another colleague. In 2018, he was elected to the Academy of Master Clinicians, the highest honor to be bestowed on a Penn clinician. 
 

David J. Goldberg, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Goldberg has achieved national and international recognition as an expert in pediatric cardiology, particularly single ventricular heart defects. His research complements his clinical work and focuses on the treatment of single ventricular heart defects, a process of surgical interventions called stage reconstruction involving surgical reconfiguration of the heart and circulatory system. He has been influential in developing guidelines for the Fontan procedure, the third stage of the reconstruction, and in pharmacologic treatments of these patients. He has served as Director of the Cardiac Kids Development Follow-up Program at CHOP since 2013. The program provides screening, evaluation and coordinated care for children with complex congenital heart disease who have or are at risk for neurodevelopmental issues. He has a successful record of grant funding. He is a reviewer for numerous journals. He has been the Director of Fellowship Education in the Echocardiography Laboratory at CHOP since 2009.         
 

Lee R. Goldberg, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine--Clinician-Educator

Dr. Goldberg is a nationally prominent, highly productive cardiologist with special expertise in heart failure and transplantation. His administrative roles include Section Chief of Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant, Vice Chair for Informatics, and Disease Team Lead for Heart Failure. His research focuses on heart failure disease management and the development of novel technological approaches. He collaborated in the development of a device therapy for central sleep apnea, the Remede implanted phrenic nerve stimulator. He is on the editorial board of JACC: Heart Failure. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is an outstanding educator of medical students and residents. He received the Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring in Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant award and the Donald B. Martin Teaching Service Award.
 

Jonathan D. Gomberg, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Gomberg is an accomplished and dedicated cardiologist. He is Director for the cardiac side of the kidney and liver transplant programs, evaluating patients clinically and directing the process of these evaluations as on ongoing program. His efforts in this area have had a substantial positive impact on patient access for pre-transplant evaluation and for ongoing follow-up, both of which have improved patient experience and outcomes. He is also the originator and coordinator for the Consultative Cardiology monthly conference and is considered the “go to” person for Consultative Cardiology’s EPIC issues. He is a member of the Cardiovascular PennChart Governance Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. 
 

Emily K.B. Gordon, MD, MSEd
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care 

Dr. Gordon is an outstanding cardiac anesthesiologist and cardiac intensivist. She is the Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Intensive Care Unit at PPMC. In this role, she has improved the care of patients through implementation of protocols and a robust quality assurance system. She participates in several committees including the Program Evaluation Committee and Competency Committee associated with both the Anesthesiology Residency Program and the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship. In 2016, she completed her Masters in Medical Education and was named Associate Program Director for the Anesthesiology Residency where she assisted in redesigning the curriculum and the evaluation system. In 2019, she was appointed Vice Chair for Education for her department. In that role, she oversees educational programs for residents, CRNAs, staff, and faculty teaching activities. She has conducted research on burnout, resiliency, feedback and debriefing in collaboration with the Social Science Laboratory in Perioperative Medicine. 
 

Casey S. Greene, PhD
Associate Professor of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Research

Dr. Greene is a thought leader in biomedical informatics and data science who is advancing the field. His work focuses on the development and evaluation of methods that interrogate the emergent complexity of biological systems. His laboratory develops deep learning methods that integrate distinct large-scale datasets to extract the rich and intrinsic information embedded in such integrated data. He created the “Research Parasite Award” which is given each year to honor a data scientist who has analyzed the data of others to make an important scientific contribution. In 2017, he was named Director of the Childhood Cancer Data Lab of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, the first informatics lab of its kind where scientists construct tools that make data and analysis easily mineable and widely reusable. His publications are in leading journals including Cell, Cell Systems, Cell Report, and Nature. He is an outstanding teacher and mentor of medical students and postdoctoral trainees.
 

Keith W. Hamilton, MD  
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Hamilton excels as clinician and teacher. He has clinical expertise in general infectious diseases, healthcare-acquired infections, infections with multi-drug resistant pathogens and mycobacterial infections. He is the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, overseeing all antibiotic use programs at HUP, and he is considered one of the most innovative leaders in this area. He has several other hospital and administrative appointments at HUP including Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Mycobacterial Co-management Clinic and Director of the Infectious Diseases Transition Service (IDTS). He is involved in research initiatives focused on healthcare epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship, and nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections. He is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). In 2016, he received the Penn Innovation Accelerator award and in 2018, he received the Clinical Innovation Award, Vizient, Inc. He has received numerous teaching awards. He is Director of undergraduate medical education for his department.
 

Yuchi Han, MD, MMSc
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Han is advancing the field of cardiovascular magnetic resonance. She uses imaging tools such as echocardiography and cardiac MRI to understand cardiac physiology/pathophysiology and to characterize the myocardium in different disease states. She focuses on right ventricular function, real-time imaging, and valvular disease. She was named Director of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in 2017. She is associate editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Teaching Award in Cardiac Imaging at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a frequently invited lecturer nationally and internationally. She has had leadership roles in the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of The 22nd World Congress on Heart Disease.
            

Christine Hill-Kayser, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology--Clinician-Educator

Dr. Hill-Kayser is a nationally recognized, innovative pediatric oncologist who has a special interest in proton therapy for pediatric central nervous system and solid tumors and the use of technology to improve survivorship after cancer treatment, specifically radiotherapy. She has served as Chief of the pediatric radiation oncology service since 2014. In this role, she oversees operations and all clinical and research activities. Under her leadership, the service has grown to one of the largest pediatric radiation oncology groups in the world and has developed collaborations with national and international referring physicians. Her research is published in leading journals including Cancer, the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Journal of Oncology Practice, and the Journal of Cancer Survivorship. She has been Editor-in-Chief of OncoLink since 2014. She is Associate Editor of Pediatric Radiation Society (PROS) Forum Project and Executive Editor of the Proton Therapy Clinical Education Program powered by OncoLink. In 2016, she received the Gastrointestinal Oncology Patient Experience Innovation Award.
 

Rebecca Hirsh, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Hirsh is a highly regarded clinical oncologist. She is the Director of Inpatient Oncology Services at HUP, where she provides organizational and clinical support to optimize the care delivered throughout the inpatient services, to enhance the training of physicians, to coordinate care between inpatient and outpatient, and to develop services that can adapt to a changing environment. She is involved in patient-based quality initiatives in her department. She is Co- Director of the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health. In this role, she works to ensure appropriate, inclusive patient care for the LGBT communities throughout the health system including a focus on education, research, advocacy and patient care that has been recognized nationally. She is an associate member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. In 2014, she received the Office of Patient Affairs Patient Advocacy Award.  
 

Brenda Barber Hoffman, MD 
Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Hoffman is a recognized leader in the field of renal medicine. She specializes in the care of patients with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease. She is the Director of the Acute Dialysis Program at PPMC. Under her leadership, the program has grown in size and in quality to meet increased clinical demand. She is a member of the Program Evaluation Committee for the Nephrology Fellowship Program where she helps to identify areas for improvement in the program by reviewing program evaluations and incorporating fellow and faculty feedback. She also serves as Chair of the Renal Division’s Clinical Competency Committee, which advises the Program Director on the competency of each trainee based on ACGME milestones and the various evaluation tools used within the renal fellowship program. She is an Education Advisor for the Committee on Appointments and Promotions at the School of Medicine. She is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation, the International Society of Nephrology, and Women in Nephrology. 
 

Jiri Horak, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care 

Dr. Horak is an exemplary clinician with an expertise in cardiac surgical critical care sought out by many colleagues. He is part of a subspecialty team of anesthesiologists with intraoperative and postoperative transesophageal echocardiography expertise who are available for clinical consultations for severely ill patients. He has served as the Anesthesia Chief of the Adult Congenital Heart Program at HUP since 2003, Director of the Heart and Vascular ICU at HUP since 2004, and the UBCL Physician Leader for cardiac Surgery on Founds 5 since 2007. He is an excellent teacher who has received several teaching awards.   
 

Farzana Rashid Hossain, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Hossain is a highly skilled gastroenterologist and physician leader who has distinguished herself clinically and in education. She has helped to lead the development of a Center for Transitional Medicine for adolescent patients with GI diseases, especially those with complex cases of inflammatory bowel disease. She was appointed to the Mayor of Philadelphia’s first Commission for Women, designed to help women and girls achieve equal opportunities and to assist with entrepreneurship, economic empowerment, and health and wellness policy issues. She has been Director of Quality Improvement at Penn Medicine at Radnor since 2011 and Director of the Women’s GI Health Program since 2017. She is a highly valued mentor. 
 

Maarouf A. Hoteit, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Hoteit is an excellent physician with a regional and national reputation. He specializes in general and transplant hepatology and liver cancer. He has been instrumental in the formation and growth of the Multidisciplinary Liver Tumor Clinic at HUP and currently serves as the clinic’s Director. The clinic has facilitated access to care for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and has improved the coordination of care and inter-specialty communication regarding patients. He has been Associate Medical Director of Liver Transplantation since 2017. He is also an excellent educator. He is the Program Director of the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship at HUP. He is a member of the International Liver Cancer Association, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Society of Transplantation.
 

Maxim Itkin, MD
Professor of Radiology – Clinician-Educator            

Dr. Itkin is an internationally recognized expert in interventional radiology who focuses on lymphatic interventions, particularly thoracic duct embolization, and whose contributions have changed the standard of care. He is the Director of the Center for Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions, a HUP/CHOP joint program that provides highly specialized care for children and adults with lymphatic leaks and lymphatic flow disorders. His research is published in leading journals including Radiology, Chest, Pediatrics, The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. In recognition of his contributions and achievements in research and education, he received the Luigi Mastroianni, Jr. Clinical Innovator Award in 2015, a Penn Medicine Award of Excellence, Best Educational Poster Award from the Society of Interventional Radiology in 2016, and the Award of Excellence and Innovation in IR from the Cardiovascular and Interventional Society of Europe in 2018.
 

Cynthia R. Jacobstein, MD, MSCE 
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Jacobstein is a gifted clinician who is known nationally for her expertise in the application of the EHR and the impact of patient care and safety. She is an attending physician in pediatric emergency medicine at CHOP and her focus and expertise around medication safety and pathway development have been integral in assisting her colleagues in streamlining and standardizing care and improving patient safety. Her attention to detail and her forward-thinking attitude around electronic health record support through order sets provide concrete assistance for patient care daily in the emergency department. Her contributions and initiatives in her role as Associate Director of Emergency Information Systems at CHOP impacts virtually every patient cared for in the emergency department.
 

Luv R. Javia, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery 

Dr. Javia is a talented physician and an expert in pediatric airway reconstruction. He has made clinical contributions and innovations in the areas of pediatric tracheal disease, high-risk neonate airway management, and endoscopic ear surgery technology. He is a key member of the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders where he built a multidisciplinary team to help treat children with complex tracheal disorders with advanced surgical techniques, such as slide tracheoplasty. He is the first pediatric otolaryngologist at CHOP to perform this procedure. He works closely with CHOP's Center for Fetal Diagnosis and the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit to help manage high-risk deliveries of children identified prenatally to have life-threatening airway disorders. He is Member of CHOP Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Education Committee. In 2016, he received the American Broncho-Esophagological Association (ABEA) Ellen M. Friedman Foreign Body Award. 
 

Martha S. Jordan, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Jordan is a national expert in the field of T cell signal transduction and its regulation of thymocyte development and T cell differentiation. She focuses on understanding how specific pathways direct these differentiation steps in thymocytes and peripheral T cells. Her group is studying signaling pathways and epigenetic modifiers that have recently been implicated in T cell lymphomagenesis with an aim towards understanding how these pathways and enzymes direct both normal and malignant T cell biology. She has a successful record of grant funding and publishes her work in prestigious journals. She plays an active role in the Immunology Graduate Group as a co-mentor and participates in Biomedical Graduate Studies training and education. She presents her work nationally.
 

Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Kangovi has made seminal contributions to research on the social determinants of health. She is the founding executive director of the Penn Center for Community Health Care Workers (CHW), a national center of excellence dedicated to advancing health in low-income populations through effective community health worker programs. She led the team that designed IMPaCT, a standardized scalable community health worker program that has proven in three randomized controlled trials to improve chronic disease control, primary care access, mental health and quality of care while reducing hospital admissions. The model is being replicated nationally. She has an impressive record of funding. She received the Lipkin Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine in 2013 and the Aspen Institute Spotlight Health National Scholar and the Luigi Mastroianni Clinical Innovator Award in 2018. In 2019, she received the National Outstanding Junior Investigator Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine. She is one of 80 national invited experts on the Academy Health/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Paradigm Learning Community: Revolutionizing Health Services Research.
 

James J. Kearney, MD
Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology:  Head and Neck Surgery 

Dr. Kearney is an outstanding clinician and teacher. He was the first in the department, city, and region to develop an office based diagnostic program with ultrasound guided fine needle tumor needle biopsies as an otolaryngologist. He has integrated a team of pathologists and endocrinologists for clinic based diagnostic evaluations of thyroid nodules and tumors. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He received the Resident Teaching Award twice. Additionally, he has been named Top Doctor in Castle Connolly Regional and Philadelphia magazine on numerous occasions. In 2018, he received department’s George Strawbridge Award. 
 

Leslie S. Kersun, MD, MSCE, MSEd
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Kersun is a renowned expert on the care of children, adolescents and young adults with Hodgkin Lymphoma. She is also an outstanding teacher who has attained a strong national reputation for excellence in innovation in teaching. In 2014, she completed a Master of Education degree from Penn and is currently the Program Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, one of the largest and most competitive programs in the nation. She is also the Director of Medical Education for the division of oncology and a key member of the CHOP Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communications. She has received a number of prestigious awards for teaching including the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital and selection for the CHOP Faculty Honor Roll in 2015, the Joanne Decker, MD Mentor Award at CHOP in 2017, and the Alan R. Cohen Master Clinician Award for the department of pediatrics in 2018. 
 

Nabeel Khan, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Khan is an accomplished gastroenterologist and a respected educator. He is the Director of Gastroenterology at the Corporal Michael J Crescenz VA Medical Center where he has built and expanded the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) program, endoscopy/advanced endoscopy programs, and has facilitated growth of the hepatology program (liver cirrhosis, liver cancer and pre-liver transplant). He also serves as the Site Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at the VAMC and sits on the Gastroenterology Fellows Clinical Competency Committee. He is an active member of professional societies such as American College of Gastroenterology and Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America and the American Gastroenterological Association. He an editorial board member of the World Journal of Gastroenterology. 
 

Kirsten S. Knox, MD, PhD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Knox is an accomplished clinician and teacher. As a general internal medicine physician, she practices at HUP and the Corporal Michael J Crescenz VA Medical Center. She is the Medical Director of the HUP Hospitalist High Utilizer Program, a program she developed. It targets high inpatient utilizers on the HUP hospitalist service with the aim of improving continuity, streamlining care, and decreasing admission rates for this high risk and vulnerable population. The program is unique in being both inpatient-based and clinician-run. Her other leadership roles within and outside of Penn Medicine include Co-Lead of the Sickle Cell Care Collaborative Group, Hospitalist Lead of the HUP Bioresponse Clinical Team, and Co-Chair of the Society of Hospital Medicine “Care of Vulnerable Populations” Special Interest Group. In recognition of her teaching prowess, she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2018. 
 

Christian G. Kohler, MD
Professor of Psychiatry--Clinician-Educator

Dr. Kohler has achieved international recognition for his expertise and his groundbreaking research in the field of emotion processing and emotion expression deficits in schizophrenia. He has expanded his interests to include the evaluation and treatment of young persons with first onset of mental illness and persons with behavioral problems in the setting of neurological or complex medical disorders. He has a number of leadership roles including Clinical Director of the Neuropsychiatry/Schizophrenia Research Center, Director of the Psychosis and Recovery Center, and Service Line Chief of the UPHS Inpatient Psychiatry Services. His research is published in prestigious journals in his field including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry. He is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals. He received the Albert I. Stunkard Faculty Recognition Award in 2010 and 2011 and the department of psychiatry’s Earl Bond Award for outstanding mentoring and training of residents and fellows in 2017.   
 

Laura M. Kosseim, MD 
Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Kossiem is a gifted physician in the division of general internal medicine who has developed a successful and innovative program for patients, the Orthopaedic Risk Stratification Tool (RST) at PPMC. This assists in identifying patients who are a greater risk for bad outcomes following hip or knee arthroplasty, which has led to a significant decrease in the mortality rates of patients undergoing these procedures. She has been the Director of the Orthopaedic Co-Management Program at PPMC since 2010. In 2016, she received the Sylvan Eisman Outstanding Primary Care Physician Award and has been named as a Philadelphia magazine’s Top Doc in 2018 and 2019.  
 

 Lauren Krivitzky, PhD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry 

Dr. Krivitzky is an accomplished pediatric neuropsychologist who is an expert in rehabilitative neuropsychology, particularly as applied to children with traumatic brain injury and stroke. She is knowledgeable in the principles of brain behavior relationships and is skilled at applying her knowledge to complex cases. In the division of Child and Adolescent Psychology and Behavioral Sciences (DCAPBS) at CHOP, she works with families, the referring physician, and the patient’s school/community representatives to develop the best therapeutic plan. She also provides consultation services within the Pediatric Stroke Program. She is the Director of the Psychology Fellowship and Externship Training Program. She is a member of the International Neuropsychology Society and the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology. In 2017, she received the Psychology Internship Training Program Teaching Award from DCAPBS at CHOP. 
 

Monisha Kumar, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Kumar is a nationally recognized neurointensivist who is an expert in coagulation derangements in the neuro intensive care unit. She participated in the development and writing of the Neurocritical Care Society’s Guidelines on the Reversal of Anticoagulation after Intracerebral Hemorrhage. She is the co-chair of the NCS Guidelines Committee, an influential leadership position. Her highly collaborative research focuses on hemostasis and coagulation after brain injury. She receives funding for her research from foundation and internal grants. She is the Chief Editor of a highly regarded book on management of neurosurgical patients in the neurosurgical critical care unit. In 2017, she received the Victoria L. Rich Patient Satisfaction Award and became a Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society. She is an excellent teacher and mentor of medical students, residents, and fellows from various programs. She presents her research nationally. In addition to being an active member of the Neurocritical Care Society, she is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Academy of Neurology.
 

Samuel T. Kuna, MD
Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kuna has made seminal contributions to the field of sleep medicine, particularly the management and pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA). He has developed innovative clinical strategies through programs such as the REVAMP (Remote Veteran Apnea Management Platform) program that is designed to facilitate the remote diagnosis and management of OSAHe received the 2018 FedHealth IT Innovation Award in recognition of this achievement. In a collaborative effort with researchers at the San Francisco VA, he established uniform national VA coding of sleep-related clinical activities that allows specific services to be identified and tracked. Since 2002, he has served as Medical Director of the VISN 4 Eastern Regional Sleep Center at the Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was named Chief of the sleep medicine section in 2012. He has an impressive record of funding and scholarship. He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 1998.
 

Gillian Ladd Lautenbach, MD 
Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Lautenbach is a highly skilled clinician specializing in outpatient practice. She has been the Associate Chief for Ambulatory Medicine and Clinical Operations in the division of general and internal medicine since 2016. In this role, she has been instrumental in recruiting new faculty members, developing individual professional improvement efforts for faculty, and managing many elements of practice transformation. Examples of programs that were developed under her leadership include the Annual Patient Experience Week held each October, development of an Intranet based Wait Time Toolkit with resources, and links to help providers and practice managers improve actual patient wait time in their offices.
 

Anita C. Lee, MD 
Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Lee is a highly regarded general internal medicine clinician and teacher who is responsible for many of the basic teaching programs that prepare medical students for the transition from the medical school experience to patient care. She has brought considerable creativity to these successful and popular programs. In recognition of her teaching skills, she received the John M. Eisenberg Teaching Award in 2011. In 2012, she received Preclinical Teaching Award in Module 3 and in 2017, she received the Perelman School of Medicine Dean's award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital.  She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine. 
 

Frank S. Lee, MD, PhD.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Lee is an internationally recognized leader in the field of oxygen sensing and signal transduction in the Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) pathway. His rigorous and innovative research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which the HIF prolyl hydroxylase PHD2 is regulated and in understanding the physiologic relevance of the pathway. The molecular mechanisms of the hypoxic response and has important therapeutic implications for cardiovascular disease, anemia, and cancer. He has had continuous support from NIH throughout his career. He has published his work in premier journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Blood, and Molecular and Cellular Biology. He is a reviewer for many journals. He has reviewed grants for the Wellcome Trust, French National Cancer Institute, and Telethon Foundation (Italy). He is a member of the American Heart Association Peer Review Committee and has served as an ad hoc member of several NIH study sections/special emphasis panels.
 

Sharon Andrea Lewis, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology 

Dr. Lewis is an accomplished physician and well-respected teacher. She manages complex neurological diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas in her expanding patient and referral base at Pennsylvania Hospital and regionally. She has been a mentor, role model, and guide for many underrepresented minority groups ranging from high school students through neurology residents and faculty colleagues. She is the Director of pipeline programming for the Program of Diversity and Inclusion at PSOM. She serves as an Elizabeth Blackwell mentor, a Penn Women’s Biomedical Society mentor, and faculty advisor to the Johnson’s Scholars Program. In 2015, she was inducted into the Penn Med Minority Hall of Fame for Commitment to Underrepresented Minorities. In 2018, she received the Penn Pearls Teaching Award and in 2019, she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital.
           

Daniel J. Licht, M.D.
Professor of Neurology – Clinician-Educator

Dr. Licht is a nationally prominent pediatric neurologist who has made important contributions to research in the neural consequences of congenital heart disease. Using an interdisciplinary approach, he focuses on the mechanisms of neurodevelopmental injuries in infants with congenital heart disease and on the development of instrumentation that provides monitoring of brain vasculature and function. He has served as Director of the Neurovascular Imaging Lab at CHOP since 2005. He is also known as an innovative clinician who implements non-invasive imaging techniques for clinical use. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Recent Patents on Medical Imaging and a review editor for Frontiers in Obstetric and Pediatric Pharmacology. In 2017, he received the Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees and the CHOP Annual Faculty Mentor Award. In 2018, he received the Carole Marcus Mid-Career Award to Promote Career Development and Mentoring in Pediatric Research.
 

Scott A. Lorch, MD, MSCE
Kristine Sandberg Knisely Professor in Neonatology

Dr. Lorch is an outstanding academic neonatologist who is recognized nationally for his contributions to neonatal health services and outcomes research. He uses novel quantitative methods to focus on the impact of variations in the quality of healthcare organizations, disparities associated with socioeconomic, racial and ethnic status, and the influence of health care system organization on the outcomes and quality of care of children, specifically prematurely born infants. He has served as the Director of the Center for Perinatal and Pediatric Health Disparities Research at CHOP since 2014. He has been highly successful in securing extramural funding for his research. He publishes his research in prominent journals including Pediatrics and the Journal of Pediatrics. He has received numerous awards for resident teaching at CHOP. He has served as fellowship director in the division of neonatology since 2011. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Pediatric Research. He has held organizing roles for annual meetings of the Pediatric Academic Societies.
 

Eline T. Luning Prak, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine--Clinician-Educator 

Dr. Luning Prak is an outstanding academic pathologist who serves as a vital contributor to the Penn research community. She has served as Facility Director of the Human Immunology Core Facility since 2014. The Human Immunology Core provides state-of-the-art immune assays, cellular products and immunological expertise for clinical trials and immunology research. Under her leadership, the core has doubled in size providing support to over 20 active clinical trials and more than 100 active immunology projects with investigators worldwide. She has also served as Co-Director of the Immunology Core for the Center for AIDS Research since 2017. Her research focuses on understanding B cell development and tolerance induction. Currently, her laboratory is studying the antigens that drive the formation and maintenance of large B cell clones in health and disease. She has a highly successful record of funding. She also makes significant contributions to the education and mentoring of medical and graduate students, residents and fellows. She lectures nationally and internationally and has had numerous organizing roles in scientific meetings. She is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists.
 

Niels D. Martin, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Martin is a distinguished leader in the field of trauma, emergency surgery, and critical care. Since 2015, he has served as Section Chief of Surgical Critical Care, Co-Medical Care of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Program Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, one of the most successful programs in the country. His research focuses on three areas of critical care management of the surgical patient including surgical critical care metrics, quality, and outcomes; end of life care and surgical futility; and surgical education in the intensive care unit. He is an editor of Principles of Adult Surgical Critical Care. He is an editorial expert of International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science. In 2012, he received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award that recognizes faculty members who demonstrate both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion for the delivery of care. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He was elected President of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery and is President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
 

Christopher James Mason, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care 

Dr. Mason is a highly regarded clinician who provides anesthesia for orthopedic, general, thoracic, gynecologic and ambulatory surgery. He is part of a regional team for orthopedic procedures and is frequently requested for thoracic surgery procedures at PPMC. In his role as Trauma Director for the department of anesthesiology and critical care, he has developed and implemented new protocols for the clinical care of trauma patients. He serves on multiple committees including Trauma Physician Council, the Perioperative Trauma Core Group, the PPMC Perioperative Operating Room Executive Committee, and the PPMC Transfusion Committee. He has been one of the key leaders in developing an enhanced recovery after surgery protocol for thoracic surgery in which perioperative care is designed to reduce length of stay and minimize narcotics usage. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
 

Patrick J. McMahon, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. McMahon is a gifted clinician who is an innovator in utilizing digital health to improve access to care and shorten lengthy wait times in pediatric dermatology. He is the Medical Director of Teledermatology at CHOP. The service, called MyDerm E-Visits, allows patients to consult with CHOP dermatology doctors online. Patients can send high-quality photographs from smart phones. The results of the project were published in JAMA Dermatology in 2017. He is collaborating with CHOP Digital Health to develop a version of the application that can be integrated with EPIC with plans to launch it throughout the entire CHOP primary care network. In recognition of his national leadership in this area, he was named Chair of the Teledermatology Taskforce within the Society for Pediatric Dermatology in 2016. In 2019, he received the Chair’s Initiative Award for Provider-to-Provider Teledermatology eConsults. He was named to CHOP’s Faculty Honor Role in 2018.
 

Scott D. Metzler, PhD
Research Professor of Radiology

Dr. Metzler is an international expert in the development, characterization and use of instrumentation for emission tomography, particularly single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with an emphasis on high-resolution applications, and on collimation for positron emission tomography (PET). He has established highly productive collaborations with cardiology, physics, and biomedical engineering. He has advanced the use of SPECT small animal imaging at Penn and has been instrumental in developing a program of SPECT research on cardiology at human and animal scales. He has served as CT Technology Chief for his department since 2013. He has an impressive history of funding and scholarship. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science and IEEE Transactions on Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences. He has served on NIH study sections. He is a frequently invited lecturer nationally and internationally and has had organizing roles in numerous scientific meetings. He is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Association of Physicists, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
 

Nuala J. Meyer, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Meyer is advancing the research in ARDS and sepsis. Her translational research program focuses on the role of Interleukin I receptor antagonist in sepsis and ARDS and in the angiopoietin pathway in ARDS pathogenesis. She is currently using genomic tools to interrogate plasma proteins in these pathways as potential intermediate causal factors for clinical trials with the goal of developing effective therapies. She founded and directs the Molecular Epidemiology of Sepsis in the ICU (MESSI) cohort that includes a biorepository containing samples from over 2200 critically ill patients. This cohort is a resource for investigators in this important area and has made the Perelman School of Medicine a national center for sepsis research. Her influential publications are in leading journals in her field such as the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. In 2017, she received the American Thoracic Society Critical Care Assembly Early Career Achievement Award that recognizes an individual “who has made the most outstanding scientific contributions in clinical, translational, or laboratory-based research relevant to critical care” early in his or her career. In 2013, she became a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.
 

Suyash Mohan, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Mohan is a nationally prominent neuroradiologist with a special expertise in neurooncology. He focuses on clinical and translational applications of advanced neuroimaging techniques in the development of noninvasive imaging-based biomarkers and on developing a radiology expert system for decision support in neuroradiology. He was named Director of the neurological clinical research division in 2017. The American Society of Neuroradiology selected him for the 2018 Anne G. Osborn ASNR Outreach Professorship in South Africa. He received the prestigious Wallace T. Miller Award for excellence in teaching in 2013, the excellence in teaching award from his division in 2015 and in 2016, he was awarded Magna Cum Laude for an educational exhibit by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). He is a highly sought after lecturer nationally and internationally. He is an active participant in the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the American Society of Neuroradiology, and the RSNA.
 

Manoj Mittal, MD, ML
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Mittal is an outstanding clinician and leader in the field of pediatric emergency medicine who focuses on patient safety and quality care. He has become a national expert in brief resolved unexplained events (BRUE) and had led the development of the clinical pathway for the emergency department which is available publicly to all clinicians via the internet. His ongoing efforts in leading QI initiatives and participation on the Patient Safety Committee for the last decade have provided essential and positive impacts on the emergency department workflows. He is currently the emergency department Lead in the Employee Telehealth Project at CHOP. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Emergency Medicine, Committee for Quality Transformation, and its Patient Safety Task Force.  
 

Roger Moore, MD 
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care 

Dr. Moore is a national leader with a history of excellence in the care of complex cardiovascular patients, both in adult and pediatric populations. He has made significant contributions to the transformation of anesthesia for electrophysiologic procedures and the development of protocols and educational materials for this high-risk group of procedures. He has held numerous and influential leadership positions in the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Anesthesiologists and has been the Chair of the US delegation to the World Federation of Anesthesiologists. In 2018, he received the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Legacy Award. 
 

Una O’Doherty, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine – Clinician-Educator

Dr. O’Doherty is an outstanding academic pathologist who is recognized nationally and internationally for her clinical, translational and basic research contributions to the HIV/AIDS field. Her research focuses on the viral and cellular mechanisms that enable HIV to establish latent infection and she was the first to show that HIV integrates directly into resting CD4+ T cells. Most recently, she has begun a collaboration with members of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies applying her understanding of HIV infection to develop methods for transducing T cells with CAR-T vectors without activation and with minimal cell expansion that should result in longer T-cell persistence in patients. Many of her publications have been highly cited. She is an editor of Virology and a reviewer for numerous other journals. She is a member of the NIH, NIAID study section for AIDS Molecular and Cellular Biology. She has been the chair of the MD, PhD admissions committee of the Cell and Molecular Biology Group since 2015. She is a member of a number of professional and scientific societies including the American Society of Apheresis where she serves as a member of the Public Affairs Committee.
 

William T. O’Donnell, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. O’Donnell is a highly regarded cardiologist, an excellent teacher, and student/resident advocate who specializes in preoperative risk assessment and preoperative management of liver and kidney transplant patients. He has a strong local and regional clinical reputation and a busy consultative cardiology practice at the Penn Heart and Vascular Center. He is also an outstanding leader of divisional efforts to ensure physician and advanced practitioner coverage of inpatient services. In 2015 and 2016, his teaching contributions were recognized with the Cardiovascular Medicine Division Outstanding Teaching award in Clinical Cardiology.   
 

Alexis Ogdie-Beatty, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Ogdie-Beatty is advancing research in the field of rheumatology. She uses clinical epidemiology and translational research techniques to develop treatment strategies for PsA to improve patient outcomes and to understand the physiologic aberrations leading to the development of PsA. She is leading studies aimed at investigating the pathophysiology of PsA and long-term outcomes of PsA such as cardiovascular disease. She has been a leader in the development of treatment guidelines for PsA by the Group for Research and Assessment in Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. She has also co-led much of the psoriatic arthritis work by the OMERACT organization, the primary international group devoted to developing and standardizing outcome assessments in rheumatology. Her publications are in high impact rheumatology journals. She received the American Society for Clinical investigation Young Investigator Award in 2016, the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics Distinguished Faculty Award in 2017, and the Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award in 2018.
 

Donald M. O’Rourke, MD
John Templeton, Jr, MD Professor in Neurosurgery

Dr. O’Rourke is an internationally recognized academic neuro-oncologist who has made significant contributions to the field glioblastoma research. He was a pioneer in incorporating state-of-the-art molecular genetic analyses into the classification and treatment of brain tumors. He has recently led a multidisciplinary team in developing chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells for recurrent glioblastoma patients that resulted in a seminal publication in Science Translational Medicine. In 2018, he was named Director of the newly established Glioblastoma Translational Center of Excellence (TCE) in the Abramson Cancer Center, focused on Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most common and lethal form of brain cancer. He has a successful record of securing NIH-funding for bench research and well as clinical trials focusing on immunotherapy against glioblastoma. In 2015, he was elected to the American Academy of Neurological Surgery.
 

Nova Panebianco, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Panebianco is an innovator and leader in emergency medicine, particularly in point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS). Her studies have focused on ultrasound-guided procedures, first trimester ultrasound, volume status assessment, and ultrasound in the use of acute dyspnea. She is the co-author of a Measey Foundation grant for medical education at the Perelman School of Medicine making PSOM one of the few schools offering a fully integrated vertical ultrasound curriculum. In 2018, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. She is an excellent teacher who has made significant educations to teaching and mentoring of students, residents, fellows and other faculty. She created the first combined emergency medicine/internal medicine ultrasound fellowship in the country. She is the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director. She is Chair-elect of the emergency ultrasound section of the American College of Emergency Physicians, active member and past president of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, and Secretary of the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship.
 

Liming Pei, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Pei is a highly accomplished independent and collaborative investigator in the area of cardiac metabolism and endocrinology. The overall goal of his research is to advance the understanding of how different organs react to energy cues and communicate with each other to maintain whole-organism homeostasis on both physiological and pathological contexts. His pioneering work has resulted in a new field of research called cardiac endocrinology, which has applications to endocrine and metabolic conditions, including diabetes and heart failure. His scholarly contributions are in high impact journals such as Nature, Cell Metabolism, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Genes & Development. He has an excellent record of mentoring pre- and postdoctoral trainees. He presents his research at national and international venues, including Keystone and Cold Spring Harbor meetings and Gordon Conferences. He is a member of the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Society for Microbiology.
 

Mark-Allen Pizzini, MD 
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care 

Dr. Pizzini excels as clinician, educator, and administrator. The focus of his practice is in non-cardiac anesthesia with particular expertise in thoracic anesthesia. He is Chief of anesthesiology and critical care at PPMC where he has guided the development of the current thoracic and other specialty enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols. The thoracic ERAS have resulted in reductions in post-operative narcotic use and the prostate ERAS protocol has led to the implementation of the first same day surgical prostatectomy in the mid-Atlantic region. In addition, he has introduced or championed more than a dozen safety, quality and efficiency policies at PPMC, including a reformatted anesthesia Time-Out, Complex Case Evaluation System and OR utilization standards. He created a new quality improvement team for the peri-operative area and leads an Operational Committee. He participates in clinical quality reviews and development of new clinical initiatives. He is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists. 
 

Anatoliy Popov, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Radiology

Dr. Popov is a highly accomplished investigator whose contributions have had an impact on the field of chemistry and imaging and have diagnostic and therapeutic implications. His research focuses on the development of imaging probes to image and treat diseases, primarily cancer. He uses his knowledge of organic synthesis, transition metal catalysis, fluorine chemistry, polymer chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and molecular imaging to develop new drugs, imaging probes, and medicinal polymers. He has a highly successful record of funding. His numerous publications are in leading journals in the cancer or organic chemistry fields and include ACS Omega, Oncotarget, ACS Macro Letters, Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, and Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. He is a member of the editorial board of European Reviews of Chemical Research. He presents his research nationally and internationally. He is a member of the World Molecular Imaging Society and the Division of Fluorine Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.


Madhura Pradhan, MD, MBBS 
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Pradhan is a gifted clinician who can adeptly manage complex medical cases while delivering a high level of patient care. Her expertise is in chronic kidney disease and peritoneal dialysis. She is the Medical Director of the Peritoneal Dialysis Program, the Outpatient Director of the division of nephrology at CHOP, and Co-Director of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Program in Nephrology. She developed a joint neurology-nephrology program for the tuberous sclerosis patients which includes joint neurology nephrology clinic followed by a conference with radiology to review imaging studies. She also created two innovative groups at CHOP, the Narrative Medicine CHOP and the Balint group in nephrology. Both programs allow physicians, social workers, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents and fellows to gather to give voice to the physician patient experience and to reflect on challenging cases with a focus on the doctor-patient relationship and built a sense of connection and community among colleagues. She has received numerous awards for teaching and clinical care during her career.  

Hengyi Rao, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Neurology

Dr. Rao is a highly productive independent and collaborative researcher in neurology and cognitive neuroimaging. He uses multiple neuroimaging methods, including functional MRI, PET, EEG/ERP (electroencephalography/event related potentials), and neuromodulation techniques to study normal and abnormal human brain function in relation to individual differences in sleep deprivation, fatigue, mood disorders, and risk taking. He has been successful in obtaining funding for his research. In 2011, he received the Sleep Deprivation Section Investigator Award from the Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has trained and mentored more than 30 postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, residents, graduate students, and undergraduate students. He was invited to present in April 2019 to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development sponsored multi-center Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, a network of seven sites that perform clinical trials and translational studies in pelvic floor disorders. He is a member of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
 

Chitra Ravishankar, MD
Professor of Pediatrics – Clinician-Educator      

Dr. Ravishankar is an internationally prominent pediatric cardiac critical care clinician who is recognized particularly for her expertise in pediatric heart failure, cardiac transplantation, and the use of ventricular assist devices. In 2018, she was named Medical Director of the Cardiology Service. She received the Alan Cohen Master Clinician Award at CHOP in 2014 and the first “Heart of Gold” Award from the Hayden’s Heart Foundation in 2016. Her research complements her clinical activities and focuses on short-term and long-term postoperative outcomes of children with congenital and acquired heart defects. She was the co-investigator for the landmark Infant Single Ventricle Trials and for the Single Ventricle Reconstruction (SVR) trial, which are two major multi-center trials in cardiology and cardiac surgery. She has contributed peer-reviewed publications in premier journals including Circulation, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the New England Journal of Medicine.
 

Robert E. Roses, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Roses is an outstanding surgical oncologist who treats patients with liver cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, small bowl and pancreatic tumors and gastric cancers. He also works with surgeons in the division of colon and rectal surgery on cases that involve liver metastases, performing jointly laparoscopic procedures that are not done anywhere else in the Philadelphia region. His research aligns closely with his clinical work and focuses on the management of gastrointestinal tract malignancies and hepatopancreatobiliary surgery. He was awarded a funded visitorship to Japan to observe surgery for gastric cancer through the Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery and the Society of Surgical Oncology in 2015. He received the Ernest F. Rosato Faculty Teaching Award annually from 2014-17 and the William Y. Inouye Faculty Award in 2014 and 2016. This award recognizes the faculty member whose leadership, caring attitude, and surgical judgment have been a model for the surgeon in training and with whom a bond of mutual respect and friendship has been established.
 

Joseph W. Rossano, M.D., M.S.,
Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Rossano is a leader in pediatric cardiology with expertise in critical care management of children with cardiovascular disease. He has a number of leadership positions at CHOP, including Chief of the division of cardiology, Medical Director of the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure Program, and Co-Executive Director of The Cardiac Center. He holds the Jennifer Terker Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology at CHOP. His research interest involves the epidemiology and outcomes of cardiovascular diseases in children and multi-institutional collaborative observational and interventional studies. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Circulation, The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the Journal of Cardiac Failure. He is on the editorial board of Journal of Critical Care Medicine. He has leadership roles in a number of professional and scientific societies including the Scientific Advisory Council for the American Red Cross and the Education Curriculum for Pediatric Heart Failure for the National Heart Failure Colloquium. He has served on numerous prestigious national committees in developing standards and guidelines related to pediatric heart failure.
 

Denise E. Sabatino, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Sabatino is a nationally and internationally known basic and translational investigator in the field of hemophilia gene therapy research, particularly in the development of gene therapy for hemophilia A. Her research focuses on the study of variants of coagulation Factor VIII to understand the biochemical properties of these proteins and to identify novel variants with enhanced function and on the development of gene-based therapeutic approaches for treating hemophilia. She has been continuously funded since her appointment and publishes her research in leading journals such as Blood and Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. She is a review editor for Cellular Immunology and a reviewer for the Pfizer ASPIRE Hemophilia Award Grant Program. In 2018, she served as Workshop Co-Chair and member of the executive steering committee of the NHLBI/NIH Factor VIII Inhibitor State-of-the-Science Workshop. She is an active member of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, and the American Society of Hematology.           


Pasquale Santangeli, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Santangeli has emerged as a leading academic clinical electrophysiologist whose innovative diagnostic and treatment strategies have been adopted worldwide and have improved the outcomes of patients with serious arrhythmias. He is the Co-Director of the Penn Ventricular Tachycardia Center.  He is a highly regarded clinical trialist. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications in the premier journals in his field. He is an assistant editor of Journal of Interventional Electrophysiology, section editor of Arrhythmia Grand Rounds, and a member of the editorial board of Heart Rhythm Case Report Journal. In 2015, he was named Best Reviewer for Annals of Internal Medicine. He is an excellent teacher and mentor of medical students, residents, and fellows. In the past five years, he has given 62 invited lectures including presentations nationally and internationally. He is an active member of the Heart Rhythm Society.

 

Deirdre L. Sawinski, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Sawinski is a leading epidemiologist in the field of kidney transplantation. Her highly collaborative research focuses on virally mediated complications in kidney transplantation, particularly HIV and HCV infection in transplantation. She has contributed significantly to research in the management of end-stage kidney disease (ESRD) patients who have been transplanted as well as those who remain on dialysis. In 2015, she was named Assistant Medical Director of the Penn Kidney Pancreas Transplant Program, one of the largest and most advanced interdisciplinary transplant programs in the nation. She has been continuously funded since 2010. She is a fellow of the American Society of Transplantation. In 2018, she received the department of medicine Edward Holmes Award for Early Career Faculty. She is a highly regarded teacher and mentor of medical students, housestaff, and renal fellows and is involved in numerous educational and leadership roles nationally. She was asked to develop a clinical curriculum in transplantation for the Clinical Meeting of the National Kidney Foundation.
 

Robert A. Schnoll, PhD
Research Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Schnoll is an outstanding independent and collaborative investigator in the treatment of nicotine dependence and health behavior research. His research focuses on improving pharmacotherapy for the treatment of nicotine dependence, understanding and treating nicotine dependence patients with cancer, HIV, or mental illness, and promoting best practices for physician-delivered nicotine dependence treatments. He has a history of successful grant funding. He has contributed numerous peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and American Journal of Preventative Medicine. He is associate editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine and Pharmacogenomics & Personalized Medicines. He is an outstanding mentor of undergraduate students, graduate/medical students, and fellows. He is an active member of the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Since 2008, he has had an organizing role in four national or international meetings. He is an innovative, highly productive contributor who is having an impact on the field of nicotine dependence.
 

Steffan W. Schulz, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Schulz is recognized as a clinical expert in rheumatology, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is known for his compassionate care. He is actively involved in the Penn Lupus Program, which receives referrals from across the region and beyond. The program uses a multidisciplinary approach to achieve the concept of comprehensive care. He also participates in several clinical trials for novel therapies for treatment of this complex disease. He has been an invited lecturer at meetings of the Lupus Foundation of America. He is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and the Philadelphia Rheumatism Society. 
 

Mark H. Schutta, MD 
Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Schutta is an outstanding diabetologist. He is the Medical Director of the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center. His contributions include standardization of care as well as a program to expand the use of insulin pumps and continuous glucose meters. He founded and directs the Penn In-Patient Diabetes Management Program which provides care for hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia patients. This program has decreased the length of stay for patients on the transplant service and provides state-of-the-art care and training for endocrine fellows, housestaff and medical students. As a member of the UPHS Critical Care Committee, he served as the leader of the Glycemic Control Work Group which devised a universal IV insulin protocol for all critical care patients in the Penn Medicine System. He was named by US News and World Report Best Doctors in the Nation in 2017 and 2018. 
        

Lisa Schwartz, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Schwartz is a highly accomplished and influential leader in pediatric psychology, particularly in research on the psychosocial effect of cancer and other blood diseases on adolescents and young adults (AYA) and their families. She developed the Social-Ecological Model of AYA Readiness to Transition (SMART) that provides a framework to assist clinicians in assessing and tracking the readiness of the AYA patient to transfer care. SMART has had a major impact on the field and its use has been extended to other health conditions, including sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes. She is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Mobile Health Research Affinity Group of CHOP’s Research Institute. She has an excellent record of research funding. She is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Pediatric Psychology and Journal of Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, the two leading journals in the field. She has been invited to present her research by the Centers for Disease Control and the Institute of Medicine.


Anupama V. Shahane, MD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Shahane is an excellent rheumatologist and teacher. She provides care to patients and has increasing referral network of physicians both within Penn Medicine and in the greater Philadelphia region at the Perelman Center and Valley Forge rheumatology offices. She is highly engaged in the teaching mission of the division and PSOM and serves as the Associate Program Director for the rheumatology training program. She is active in the American College of Rheumatology and the Pennsylvania Rheumatology Society. At Penn Medicine, she is active Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and she chairs the Academic Education Conference Committee.
 

Patrick M.A. Sleiman, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Sleiman is a highly collaborative analytical scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of human genetics/genomics. His research focuses on the genetic causes of human disease, particularly the genetic variants associated with neurodegenerative diseases and pediatric asthma and allergic diseases. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Applied Genomics at CHOP. Many of his peer-reviewed publications are highly cited and in prestigious journals including Science, Nature Reviews, Neuroscience, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics and Nature Medicine. He is a section editor of Genomic Epidemiology, BMC Medical Genomics. He has been invited to participate in EAGLE, an international consortium of researchers who are carrying out large-scale meta-analyses of genome wide association studies in asthma and eczema. Since 2016, he has chaired the eMERGE Consortium Working Group.
 

Lachlan James Smith, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Smith is an innovative, nationally recognized leader in the pathophysiology and treatment of degenerative and developmental disorders affecting the spine, particularly those affecting the intervertebral discs and vertebral bones. The scope of his research includes basic mechanistic studies, translational studies in animal models and clinical studies in human patients. He focuses on developing improved therapies to treat age-associated intervertebral degeneration, a major cause of chronic back pain. A second area is on the pathophysiology and treatment of genetic disorders that affect spinal development. He is widely known for his impact on research in mucopolysaccharidosis, a group of inherited conditions in which the body is unable to properly breakdown mucopolysaccarides, long chains of sugar molecules that are found throughout the body, resulting in permanent, progressive cellular damage. He has been highly successful in garnering support for his research. He is Co-Director of the Histology Core of the Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders. The Histology Core provides comprehensive, high quality histology services to musculoskeletal researchers at Penn and the broader research community. He has had an organizing role in numerous scientific meetings.
 

Joseph F. Sobanko, MD
Associate Professor of Dermatology—Clinician-Educator             

Dr. Sobanko is an outstanding dermatologic surgeon who has made significant contributions as a clinician, a researcher, and teacher. He provides state-of-the-art care for patients with melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers and has developed a laser surgery practice for therapy of dermatologic disease and cosmetic indications. He is a national and international authority on quality of life and patient reported outcomes associated with skin cancer, skin cancer surgery, and cosmetic procedures.  He has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading subspecialty journals. His textbook on safety in office-based procedures is recognized for improving practice nationally. In 2017, he was named the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania “Provider of the Year.” He is an equally outstanding teacher and mentor who continuously exceeds expectations. In 2015, he received the Bernett L. Johnson, Jr., M.D. Faculty Award for Dedication in Teaching. He has been the Director of Penn Dermatology Resident Surgical Education since 2010 and Director of the Dermatologic Surgery Medical Student Research Fellowship since 2015. He is a highly sought after speaker nationally and internationally. He has been a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery since 2011.
 

Stephen L. Soffer, PhD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry 

Dr. Soffer is a highly regarded behavioral therapist with special expertise in the assessment and treatment of ADHD. He is recognized throughout the CHOP community and the region for his compassion and skilled patient care. He is Director and Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DCAPBS) at CHOP.  Under his leadership, the DCAPBS outpatient program has significantly expanded providers, the breadth of service offered to patients, and access to evidence based assessment and treatment. He was the driving force for DCAPBS in adopting clearer guidelines for screening and assessment of suicidality, establishing quality improvement initiatives related to youth suicide prevention including suicide risk assessment, clinician education, and care planning. In addition to his roles with DCAPBS, he is the Training Director of the Psychology Internship Training Program and a member of the Steering Committee on the Philadelphia Youth Suicide Prevention Taskforce. 
 

Andrew P. Steenhoff, MBBCh
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator       

Dr. Steenhoff is a leader in the field of pediatric infectious diseases and global health. He combines clinical and research skills to improve pediatric outcomes in the developing world. His research focuses on pediatric infectious diseases with a particular interest in tuberculosis, HIV, pneumonia, and gastroenteritis. He has been the Medical Director of the Global Health Center at CHOP since 2015. He created a global health program in Botswana as part of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. He is Co-Director of the International Core of the University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research. In 2017, he received the Humanitarian Award in appreciation for outstanding and dedicated service to the Liberia Medical Mission. He has an excellent record of teaching medical students, residents and fellows. He has served as the Fellowship Director of the Pincus Global Health Fellowship at CHOP since 2015. He is fellow of the College of Medicine of South Africa.
 

David R. Steinberg, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Steinberg is a highly productive, accomplished wrist and hand surgeon whose translational and clinical research focuses on the upper extremity, as well as reducing opiates, and the use of diagnostic and prognostic imaging techniques. Recent studies include cartilage and flexor tendon repair. He has been the Chief of hand surgery at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center since 1997 and the Acting Chief of orthopaedic surgery at the VAMC since 2018. He was elected to the American Orthopedic Association in 2014 and the American College of Surgeons in 2017. He is an outstanding and dedicated educator. He has served as the Director of the Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship since 1997 and as the Education Officer for his department since 2010. He lectures nationally. He is a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the International Foundation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, and the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology.
 

Andrew A. Strasser, PhD
Research Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Strasser is an innovative, transdisciplinary investigator in the field of nicotine and tobacco research. He focuses on behavioral variations and individual differences and usage patterns in cigarette smoking, with a specific focus on investigating the effect of smoking behavior and topography on biomarkers of exposure. He also examines the effects of advertising, packaging, and labeling on perceptions, use, and exposure of combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigarillos. He is the Director of the Biobehavioral Smoking Laboratory of the Penn Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC). He has a highly successful record of research funding. He is an associate editor of Nicotine and Tobacco Research and a reviewer for a number of other journals. He is a standing member of the NIH study section on addiction risks and mechanisms. He presents his research nationally and has had organizing roles in scientific meetings. He is a member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and the American Association for Cancer Research.
 

Gregory E. Supple, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Supple is an accomplished electrophysiologist and a respected educator who is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for his academic and clinical contributions to cardiac electrophysiology. He performs diagnostic and therapeutic electrophysiology at HUP and sees arrhythmia outpatients at the Penn Heart and Vascular Center (PCAM) and Penn Medicine at Valley Forge. He is the Co-Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program and Associate Director of the Electrophysiology Fellowship. In 2018, he was appointed Associate Director of the Electrophysiology Translational Center of Excellence, with the expectation to establish a ventricular tachycardia (VT) center that maps a new model of multidisciplinary care for the growing population of patients referred to Penn and to continue global efforts related to VT ablation and treatment. He received the Outstanding Teaching Award for Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellows in 2017 and 2018. 
 

Meera V. Sundaram, PhD
Professor of Genetics

Dr. Sundaram is an internationally prominent developmental geneticist who has made seminal contributions to her field. Since her promotion, she has leveraged her expertise in C. elegans genetics and signal transduction to focus on the mechanisms of epithelial tube morphogenesis and has become a leader in this area. She uses the simple model organism (C. elegans) to identify genes and pathways that contribute to tubular organ formation and maintenance, processes that are fundamental to the formation of key human tissues. Her research is published in premier developmental genetics journals such as Development, PLOS Genetics, Developmental Biology, Genetics, and Nature Communications. She is an Associate Editor of Genetics. She served as a member of an NIH study section from 2011-14. She makes significant contributions to teaching and mentoring of graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and undergraduate students. In 2013, she received the Jane Glick Award for graduate teaching.
 

Sanjeev K. Swami, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Swami excels as clinician and educator. As Director of Outpatient Clinical Services for the division of infectious disease at CHOP, he has been instrumental in enhancing both the patient and the trainee experience in the outpatient clinics. He has increased patient access to the ID clinics by adapting clinic scheduling to better meet patient needs and providing closer follow-up to complex patients with ongoing infectious disease issues. He has been instrumental in the development of the Neurologic Infections Program, an interdisciplinary clinic established to improve patient care. It was the first of its kind in the nation and has served as a model for other specialty ID clinics being developed. He is also the Division’s Quality Improvement Champion and serves on the department of pediatrics Clinical Affairs Committee. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society. 
 

Ignacio E. Tapia, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Tapia has advanced the field of pediatric sleep medicine, particularly the pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children. He is the Deputy Editor of Paediatric Respiratory Reviews and a peer reviewer for a number of other journals. In 2018, he received the Carole L. Marcus Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society. This award recognizes the career accomplishments in the area of pediatric sleep and respiratory neurobiology. He is an outstanding teacher and mentor. He has been the Director of the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program at CHOP since 2014. He is actively engaged in numerous inclusion and diversity initiatives, including the Alliance of Minority Physicians, the Penn Visiting Clerkships for Students Underrepresented in Medicine, and the Penn LGBTQ Mentoring Program. In 2018, he was appointed as Faculty Advisor to the Latino Medical Student Association. He was elected to the Faculty Honor Role by the CHOP housestaff in 2016 and 2017. He created the international fellowship “Complex Pulmonary Diseases”, targeted to foreign pediatricians who wish to advance their education in pediatric pulmonology.   
 

Jesse A. Taylor, MD
Professor of Surgery– Clinician-Educator

Dr. Taylor is a highly accomplished plastic surgeon who uses cutting-edge techniques and strategies to treat children and adolescents with cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies. In 2017, he orchestrated the separation of 10-month old craniopagus twins using an innovative external halo distractor device to minimize the amount of surgery and perioperative morbidity, recording the youngest ever-successful separation. He specializes in rhinoplasty, otoplasty, cleft lip and palate repair, cranial reconstruction for craniosynostosis, cranio-maxillo-facial distraction osteogenesis, and complex facial reconstruction. His research focuses on techniques in bioengineering using stem cells, growth factors, and novel drug delivery systems. He is the Director of the Center for Facial Reconstruction and Chief of the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at CHOP. He holds the Peter Randall Endowed Chair of Plastic Surgery at CHOP. He publishes his research in leading journals in his field. In 2016, he became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an outstanding educator and mentor.
 

Julia C. Tchou, MD, PhD 
Professor of Clinical Surgery  

Dr. Tchou is an excellent surgeon who specializes in breast cancer surgery and treatments of various breast diseases. She is a “go-to” breast surgeon in the Philadelphia region and beyond. She is the Breast Surgery Section Chief at HUP and Co-Director of the Rena Rowan Breast Cancer Center. She has engaged in quality improvement initiatives that resulted in improving surgical outcomes of breast cancer patients, such as the reduction in narcotics use for pain control after mastectomy, decrease in the re-excision rate after breast conservation surgery, and improving one-to one nursing care for her patients. She participates in translational research and clinical trials related to breast cancer. She has been named as a Top Doc by Philadelphia magazine consecutively from 2010 -2018 and received the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Patient Advocacy Award in 2016. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and serves as a mentor on their Women in Surgery Committee.   


Preethi Thomas, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Thomas has an outstanding regional reputation as an expert in the care of those with a wide variety of autoimmune and musculoskeletal disorders. She sees outpatients at Radnor and PCAM and consults on the inpatient services at HUP, PPMC, and PVAMC. She has developed strong referral relationships with the primary care providers and specialists at Radnor and throughout Penn Medicine, and a wide network of community and regional providers seeking rheumatologic consultation. Additionally, she volunteers once a week at a clinic in Chinatown where she may see 30-40 patients. In 2017, she was recognized as a Healthcare Hero by UPHS and as a Philadelphia magazine’s Top Doc in 2018. 
 

Elizabeth A. Valentine, MD |
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care 

Dr. Valentine is an outstanding clinical anesthesiologist. She provides anesthesia for orthopedic, general, thoracic, gynecologic, ambulatory surgery and emergencies on call at HUP and PPMC. She was named section chief of vascular anesthesiology at HUP in 2016. As the Patient Safety Officer for ther department, she is part of the department's Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement infrastructure and reviews all of the Patient Safety Nets (PSN) including professionalism issues. She has also been invited to participate in the Patient Advocacy Reporting System (PARS) professionalism program because of her leadership in this area and excellent communication skills. She is a member of the American Society and Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, and American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety.  She also was recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 in 2017. 
 

Dan T. Vogl, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Vogl is a nationally recognized oncologist whose clinical and translational research in myeloma therapeutics focuses on early phase clinical trials of novel agents. He has been Director of the Abramson Cancer Center Clinical Research Unit since 2015. In this role, he oversees the conduct of clinical trials research and manages approximately half of all cancer clinical trials conducted at Penn. He led a recently completed reorganization of the CRU that established disease-and modality-focused research teams that have improved efficiency and quality while increasing satisfaction among clinical investigators in the Cancer Center. His peer-reviewed publications are in prestigious journals, including Blood, JAMA Oncology, and Journal of Clinical Oncology. In 2011, he received the Brian Durie Humanitarian Award from the Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group. He is an active member of the American Society of Hematology and the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network.    
 

Grace J. Wang, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Wang makes significant contributions as a vascular surgeon, clinical researcher, teacher and administrator. She is a highly skilled vascular surgeon who focuses on aortic aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral artery disease and end stage renal disease requiring dialysis access. She is widely known for her expertise in performing thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). Her research focuses on the development and use of large-scale databases to study trends in practice, predictors for outcomes, and gender disparities in access to care and outcomes in vascular surgery. Under her leadership, the Vascular Quality Initiative, a database designed to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness and cost of vascular health care, will be made accessible to all specialists who perform vascular procedures and interventions across all entities of Penn Medicine. She has served as Co-Director of the Vascular Laboratory at HUP since 2013. In 2017, she received the Society for Vascular Surgery Women’s Leadership Training Award. She is a dedicated teacher and mentor for medical students and trainees. She presents her work nationally and has had numerous organizing roles in scientific meetings.
 

Blair C. Weikert, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine 

Dr. Weikert is an excellent physician who specializes in infectious diseases (ID). He is an ID consultant on the Solid Organ Transplant Service at HUP and is an attending physician on the oncology ID service. His outpatient practice focuses on transplant issues and he regularly cares for HIV patients and performs general ID consultations. In addition, he serves as Course Director for the second year ID course for medical students where he is in charge of curriculum development, teaching, and grade assessments. In 2017, he received the Perelman School of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Faculty Teaching Award. He is active in division committees and in the community outside of Penn Medicine where he is a service volunteer for MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) and for The Aids Activities Coordinating Office in Philadelphia, participating in educational programs regarding HIV and testing for the community.  
 

Robert M. Weinrieb, MD
Professor of Psychiatry—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Weinrieb is a highly regarded expert in the field of liver transplantation in patients with alcoholic liver disease and is one of the few psychiatrists in this field. He has made contributions to the field as a collaborative as well as an independent researcher. His work on continuing methadone maintenance in liver transplant candidates has been an important contribution to transplant practice. He is the chief psychiatric consultant to the Penn Transplant Institute where he is responsible for evaluation and clearance of candidates for transplantation as well as follow up of many transplanted patients. He has been a Fellow of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry since 2014. He is a dedicated teacher of residents, fellows, and medical students. He developed and has served as Program Director of the ACGME-accredited Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship program since 2007. He received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2010. He presents his work nationally, including lectures at national society meetings and grand rounds. He has served as chair, co-chair and moderator for national meetings and/or courses.
 

Scott L. Weiss, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care—Clinician-Educator        

Dr. Weiss is advancing the field of pediatric critical care. The long-term goal of his translational research program is to identify a targeted therapeutic approach to augment mitochondrial bioenergetics and improve clinical outcomes for children with sepsis-associated immune dysregulation and organ injury. He created a pediatric patient registry and established Penn as a Center of Excellence for Pediatric Sepsis. He is a driving force in quality improvement work for sepsis at CHOP, including leading a taskforce to develop a hospital-wide sepsis screening alert integrated within the electronic medical record. He also serves as the Co-Vice Chair for the international Pediatric Surviving Sepsis Campaign, the leading task force in the field, and has consulted for the Pennsylvania Department of Health about sepsis-related regulations. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care. He received the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Star Research Achievement Award in 2017 and the Presidential Citation in 2017 and 2018. He became a Fellow of the society in 2017.
 

Allison Willis, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Neurology   

Dr. Willis is a leading scholar in neuroepidemiology and movement disorders, particularly Parkinson’s Disease. She uses analytical and spatial epidemiology to examine healthcare outcomes and disparities in neurological disease populations and to develop evidence-based best clinical practices for neurodegenerative diseases. She is studying the way in which comorbid disease burden impacts treatment disparities and outcomes in Parkinson’s Disease, the spatial variation in medical care and medical care quality and its impact on outcomes, and transitions in care for vulnerable neurological disease populations. She is the Director of the Translational Center of Excellence for Neuroepidemiology and Neurology Outcomes Research and she founded and directs the Pediatric Neurology Health Services Research Group. She also serves as the Co-Director of the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. She has contributed peer-reviewed publications in premier journals including JAMA Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Neuroepidemiology, and Neurology. In 2015, she received the John Stolk Award for Movement Disorders Research from the American Academy of Neurology.
 

Joanne Nicole Wood, MD, MSHP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Wood is having an impact on the field of child abuse and neglect as well as on the care provided to abused children. Her research focuses on improving occult injury screening practices for children suspected of being victims of physical abuse, along with understanding the use and utility of such practices in the evaluation of abuse injuries. Her research in the field of child maltreatment extends beyond hospital-based care to the child welfare and behavioral health systems. At CHOP, she is the Director of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship at CHOP and the Research Director of Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection & Health. She is an excellent teacher and mentor of medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows. In 2015, she received the Academic Pediatric Association award for outstanding mentoring and in 2017, she received the Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees in the Junior Faculty Category at CHOP. She has been invited to present her research nationally and in Canada and Mexico. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Ray E. Helfer Society.
 

Rui Xiao, PhD
Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Xiao is an influential, innovative statistical geneticist whose methodological research focuses on developing statistical and computational methods to facilitate mapping and identification of genes for complex traits. Her collaborative research includes studies of the genetics of schizophrenia, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. She also collaborates on research in intellectual and developmental disabilities, rheumatology, infectious diseases, and endocrinology in pediatric populations. She has contributed to the development of methods that address a broad range of problems, from quantifying isoform variation using RNA-Seq data to phenotypic validation using electronic health records. She is the Deputy Statistical Editor of Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. She is a member of the International Biometric Society and the International Chinese Statistical Association.