Nithin Adappa, MD
Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Adappa is a highly accomplished, innovative academic rhinologist. His research has advanced knowledge in the role of bitter taste receptors in chronic sinusitis and has important clinical applications. His other area of research is endoscopic skull base surgery for sinonasal malignancy. He received the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Inaugural Bobby Ray Alford Research Award in 2015. He publishes in leading journals including the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology. He has served as co-Director of the University of Pennsylvania Rhinology and Skull Base Fellowship since 2014.

 


Nuzhat A. Ahmad, MBBS
Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Ahmad is a nationally prominent interventional endoscopist who focuses on the role of endoscopic ultrasound in the diagnosis and staging of esophageal and pancreatic cancers and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Her innovative research has had a major impact on clinical practice in gastroenterology. She is the Director of endoscopy continuous quality improvement, Co-Director of the Penn Medicine Pancreatic Cyst Program and Co-Director of the Quality Improvement and Delivery Services Program. She is on the editorial board of Digestive Diseases and Science and is a reviewer for numerous additional journals.   She has been the Medical Residency Director for Gastroenterology since 2010.

 


Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery—Clinician-Educator

 Dr. Ahn is a preeminent academic orthopaedic surgeon who works with interdisciplinary teams of biologists, engineers, surgeons, veterinarians, and clinical investigators to study the outcomes of orthopaedic trauma and fracture treatment and the molecular enhancement of bone formation and fracture healing. His clinical and translational research focuses on the identification of interventions to improve patient care including regulation in bone healing, improving paradigms of medical decision-making and surgical procedures. He is Co-Director of Penn Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Reconstruction. In 2016, he received the Founders Award from the American Physician Scientists Association. In 2017, he was named an Advisory Dean in student affairs in the Office of Academic Programs.

 

Subha L. Airan-Javia, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Airan-Javia is a gifted clinician and educator focusing on transitions in care and health information technology education and training. She is a leader in education technology for all residents at HUP and serves as the Director of IT and Handoff Education for the HUP Internal Residency Program. She is the Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for the health system and has been appointed to the Society of Hospital Medicine’s IT Committee where she has led the committee in developing a Heath IT Curriculum outline and toolkit based on her experiences at HUP. She was an integral part of “Carelign”, the electronic mobile care coordination and handoff tool used daily. In recognition of her achievements, she has received the Digital Edge 25 Award, Fierce Innovation’s Innovator Award, Healthcare’s Most Wired Innovator Award, and the 2014 UPHS CEQI Health System Patient Safety Award.


Aletha Y. Akers, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Akers is a national expert and leader in the field of adolescent health and in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Her research focuses on the psychosocial determinants of adolescent sexual behaviors and reproductive decisions, with an emphasis on family, partner and peer influences. She also develops and evaluates clinic and community-based interventions to improve adolescent reproductive health. She is the Medical Director of Adolescent Gynecology Consultative Services at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She was elected into the Society of Pediatric Research in 2016. She received a Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations Award in 2018 for leadership in a policy initiative that expanded access to long-acting reversible contraceptives for underserved adolescents in Pennsylvania. She was invited to serve as a research mentor for the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine’s national mentoring program for junior faculty in the medical and social sciences pursuing academic careers in adolescent health research. In 2016, she was invited to present her research to members of Congress.
 

 Michelle Alonso-Basanta, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Alonso-Basanta is a nationally recognized expert in diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), base of skull, head and neck, and spine, including stereotactic cranial and extracranial radiotherapy. Her research focuses on novel radiation techniques, neuropsychiatry, and multimodality approaches to cancer therapy to improve outcomes and decrease toxicity of treatment. She has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading journals such as the Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Neuro-Oncology, and Radiation Oncology. In 2014, she was named as the first Helen Blum Assistant Professor. In her role as Chief of the Radiation Oncology CNS Service, she sets policy and procedures for treatment, radiation therapy quality assurance, and safety. She also serves as Associate Chief of Clinical Operations and Director of Quality Assurance for the department.

 

Anastassia Amaro, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Amaro is a prominent clinician who cares for patients in the Rodebaugh Diabetes Center at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and at the Penn Metabolic Medicine Clinic where she is the Director. She has expertise in managing complicated cases of diabetes mellitus, including diabetes in post-transplant patients and patients who undergo bariatric procedures. Her special interest and expertise in clinical management of obesity have resulted in a constantly growing number of in-house and external referrals to the Penn Metabolic Medicine for the medical management of obesity.  She also has been instrumental in developing the PMM Obesity Phenotype Database research registry that collects anthropometric and biochemical data building the potential for the PMM to facilitate future clinical trials.  She is a member of several professional societies including the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society, The Endocrine Society and American Diabetes Association.

Nicole Aqui, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Aqui is an expert in her field. She is the section chief of apheresis services and transfusion services and is the Director of the Transfusion Medicine Clinical Service Center. She provides clinical service to the Blood Bank, Apheresis/Infusion clinic and the Hematopoietic-Stem cell lab. She has been a leader in expanding the size and scope of the transfusion referral clinical service, including the development of a novel program to transition patients with sickle cell anemia and thalassemias from CHOP to HUP.  She chairs the Institutional Review Board #1 (high-risk protocols) and is the site PI for a multicenter registry to collect clinical data and biological samples from patients with thrombotic microangiopathies.  She received the Gift of Life Award in 2015 and the Philadelphia Living Legend award by the City Council of Philadelphia in 2016.

 

Zoltan P. Arany, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine

Dr. Arany is an international thought leader in the field of cardiovascular metabolism. His innovative and high impact basic and translational research bridges the fields of molecular cardiology, angiogenesis and metabolism and focuses on the gene regulatory events underlying cardiovascular metabolism, with a focus on the interaction with the vasculature. He has a highly successful record of funding. In recognition of his achievements, he received the Inaugural Yale Calabresi Prize in Vascular Biology in 2014 and he was elected to the Interurban Clinical Club in 2015. He is an outstanding educator and mentor of medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows and postdoctoral fellows. He lectures nationally and internationally, including presentations at Gordon Conferences, FASEB, and Keystone Conferences.

 

Pavan Atluri, MD.
Associate Professor of Surgery—Clinician-Educator    

Dr. Atluri is an outstanding cardiovascular surgeon, basic and clinical researcher, teacher, and administrator. His pioneering basic science research involves cell therapies and tissue engineering methods to address cardiac degeneration. His clinical research involves the optimization of mechanical assist device therapy on the right ventricle during left ventricular assist device placement and on the safety and feasibility of minimally invasive mitral valve surgery. He is the Director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Director of the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery Program, and Co-Director of the Heart Failure Center of Excellence, Heart & Vascular Center. Each of these programs has flourished under his leadership. He has been highly successful in securing grant funding. He has an equally impressive record of teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows. He is a frequently invited lecturer nationally and internationally.
 

Christina Bales, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Bales is a gifted pediatric gastroenterologist in the division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.  She provides clinical care to outpatients and inpatients and has a national reputation as an expert in intestinal rehabilitation. She has had an impact on advancing improvements related to the care and safety of this vulnerable patient population. She was named Alan R. Cohen Master Clinician, CHOP in 2016-2017 and CHOP Gastroenterology Fellow’s Faculty Honor Roll for Excellence in Nutrition Teaching in 2017. In addition, she is a member of the Chairman’s Initiative to Reduce Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Outpatient Setting for the department of pediatrics and the Clinical Competency Committee to Improve PN Safety.

 

Dimitry Y. Baranov, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Baranov is considered the go-to anesthesiologist for neurosurgery cases and leads a select team that provides anesthesia for awake craniotomies, a delicate procedure in which precise anesthesia care is critical.  At HUP, he is the Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesia. He is the main OR coordinator overseeing the HUP operating room schedules. In 2016, he was appointed Residency Program Director and chair of the resident Selection/Interview Committee. He is one of the key faculty developing and implementing a simulation curriculum for residents. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists. 


 

Yoseph Barash, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetics

Dr. Barash is a nationally and internationally prominent computational biologist who is the leading expert in computational models for alternative splicing. His pioneering, cutting-edge research uses genomic and genetic data to computationally model RNA processing. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading journals in his field. He has reviewed grants for the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale and the Israeli Science Foundation. He has been invited to give numerous seminar/lectures at many conferences, including Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Intelligent Systems on Molecular Biology, indicating the high level of respect in which his work is held.




Diane L. Barsky, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Barsky is a leader in the field of pediatric nutrition who has established an international reputation in pediatric malnutrition and nutritional support. She is the Director of the Home Parental Nutrition Service, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at CHOP. She is an active member of numerous professional societies and currently serves on the Pennsylvania American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Obesity Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention in Community and the Malnutrition Committee and Clinical Nutrition Week Monitoring Committee of the American Society for Parenteral and Eternal Nutrition. She is a reviewer for numerous nutrition journals. 


 

Devraj Basu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery--Clinician-Educator

Dr. Basu is a highly accomplished head and neck surgeon and basic and translational researcher who is a leader in the field of stem cell biology and head and neck oncology. He studies mechanisms by which some tumor cells evade modern cancer drugs to establish novel approaches for lasting control of the most aggressive and treatment-refractory head and neck cancers. Recently, his laboratory has been generating patient derived xenografts (PDXs) from human papillomavirus-related (HPV+) head and neck cancers to improve experimental cancer models. This work was published in 2017 in Laryngoscope and received an Honorable Mention Award that led to his election as a fellow in the Triological Society, an international honorary society of otolaryngologists/head and neck surgeons. In 2014, he received the Joseph P. Atkins MD Resident Teaching Award.

 

Edward Behrens, MD 
Joseph Hollander Associate Professor in Pediatric Rheumatology

Dr. Behrens is an international expert in hemophagocytic and cytokine storm disorders. His research focuses on Toll-like Receptor (TLR) signaling and the role of TLRs and cytokines in hemophagocytic syndromes, including the Macrophage Activation Syndrome (MAS), a severe, potentially life-threatening complication of chronic rheumatic diseases such as system-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis. In 2015, he received The Lady Barbara Colyton Prize for Autoimmune Research, a Perelman School of Medicine Award of Excellence. In 2016, he received the Nezelof Award in Basic Science/Histiocyte Society. That same year, he was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation.


 

Nadia L. Bennett, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Bennett is an outstanding clinician and educator.  As a full-time hospitalist at HUP and PPMC and a member of the division of general medicine, she divides her time between clinical and education responsibilities. She serves a variety of roles that are key to the educational experiences of medical students and trainees including Co-Director of the Internal Medicine Core Clerkship, founder and Director of the Inter-Professional Hospital Medicine Series at PPMC, and Lead Faculty and Program Director for the PPMC Chiefs’ Service. She has received numerous teaching awards including the Penn Pearls Award, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the Donald B. Martin Teaching Service Award, and John M. Eisenberg Teaching Award. She has been inducted into the PSOM Minority Hall of Fame and Penn Gold Humanism Honor Society

 

Ben E. Black, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Dr. Black is an outstanding, innovative investigator who has made seminal contributions to the field of structural biology. His interdisciplinary and creative research uses a range of biophysical, biochemical and cellular approaches to focus on the identification and characterization of the mechanisms that regulate chromosome segregation and on the elucidation of signaling pathways that safeguard the genome during mitosis. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals including Journal of Cell Biology, Nature, Journal of Biological Chemistry and Current Biology. He received the Dean’s Innovation Award in 2017.


 

Melissa Bleicher, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Bleicher is an exceptional physician and educator who plays a key role in Penn’s Renal Transplantation Program. She is the Assistant Medical Director of the Penn Kidney Transplant Program and the Director of the Transplant Adolescent Transition Program.  In these roles, she focuses on improving quality and safety in post-transplant care and efficiency as a team. She has spearheaded several new programs in the renal division and has been recognized with the annual Renal Division teaching award. She also serves as the division lead of the DOM Epic Optimization Initiative, numerous workgroups within the DOM optimization initiative, and renal division EPIC governance committee. She is an active member of the American Societies of Nephrology and the American Society of Transplantation.

 

Angela R. Bradbury, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine in the Standing Faculty—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Bradbury is a nationally recognized translational researcher in the field of cancer genetics, with a special interest in ethical issues and communication. She focuses on evaluating novel delivery models, such as telehealth or mobile health (mHealth) approaches, to facilitate dissemination and implementation of genetic testing and services, and evaluation of the psychosocial and behavioral outcomes of genetic testing. In 2013, she received the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conquer Cancer Foundation Advanced Clinical Research Award in Breast Cancer for her project focusing on “risks, benefits and utilities of multiplex testing for breast cancer susceptibility. She has served on and had leadership positions on numerous national committees including the American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Education Committee, American Society of Clinical Oncology Medical Ethics Committee, and the Institute of Medicine National Cancer Policy Forum IRB workshop planning committee.


Benjamin M. Braslow, MD
Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr. Braslow is an exceptional trauma surgeon whose expertise is sought after for the surgical treatment of soft tissue infections and complex abdominal problems. He is an innovator, with vast experience in reconstructing body walls and giant hernias. He is section chief of the emergency surgery service at HUP and is the coordinator of trauma/emergency outpatient services. He reviews and develops clinical management guidelines and trauma/surgical critical care policies and procedures. He is also an active participant in performance improvement programs in trauma and surgical critical care. He recieved the Penn Pearls Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2013 and 2017 and the Ernest F. Rosato PENN Surgical Faculty Teaching Award in 2012-2013.

 

Julie Ann Brothers, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics– Clinician-Educator

Dr. Brothers is a highly productive clinician and clinical investigator who has made important contributions to the field of preventive pediatric cardiology and exercise physiology in congenital heart disease, particularly coronary artery anomalies. In 2009, she created the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society AAOCA Registry with pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons from across North America enrolling more than 500 patients and has been the principal investigator of the Registry since its inception. In 2014, she was named Medical Director of the Coronary Anomaly Management Program (CAMP) at CHOP, the only program in the mid-Atlantic region providing comprehensive care and monitoring for children with coronary artery anomalies, the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death from structural heart disease in athletic children and young adults.
 

Katherine K. Brown, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology

Dr. Brown is an outstanding clinician and teacher. She is a general dermatologist with an emphasis on adult allergic contact dermatitis and other forms of dermatitis. She has built a high quality contact dermatitis center at Penn Medicine Radnor. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the current chair of the Education Committee of the American Contact Dermatitis Society where she is leading an initiative to explore working with digital platforms to deliver lectures remotely to help broaden patch testing education to residents and foster interest in contact dermatitis. She is a member of the Physician Advisory Council at Penn Medicine Radnor. She is a reviewer for JAMA Dermatology and Dermatology.

 


Carolyn L. Cambor, MD
Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Cambor has made impressive contributions to education within her department and across PSOM, Penn, and nationally. She has a long history of curricular development and implementation in the realm of education with numerous service and leadership roles. In addition, she has been active in numerous national educational efforts and has had many important leadership roles in national organizations. She is currently Department’s Director of the Office of Education and the Education Officer for her department. In addition, she is course director for the Organ Pathology and MDTI Courses and directs the Autopsy Pathology Elective for medical students. Her efforts have been rewarded with numerous teaching awards from students, peers, and the University. She is a member of the PSOM Academic Clinician Advisory Committee and she also serves as the Associate Directory of the Medical Pathology Service at HUP. 
 

Rodney M. Camire, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Camire is an innovative, international leader in the field of hemostasis and thrombosis. His research has advanced the understanding of the structure and function of coagulation proteins with potential therapeutic application for the treatment of patients with bleeding and thrombotic disorders. His contributions have been recognized with awards from the American Heart Association and the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis. In 2017, he received the 18th ISTH Biennial Award for Contributions to Hemostasis (BACH)-investigator Award from the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis. He has a highly successful record of securing external funding for his research. He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, the primary journal in his field. He lectures nationally and internationally, including presentations at the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis and the British Society for Haemostatis and Thrombosis. He is a member of a number of professional and scientific societies.  

Steven B. Cannady, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Cannady is a thought leader in the field of head and neck reconstructive surgery. He has developed an innovative complex reconstructive program, particularly in the area of survivorship reconstructive surgery. He is the Director of Microvascular Surgery and Education and Safety Officer for his department and the Co-director of the Abramson Cancer Center, Head & Neck Cancer Service Line at PAH. He is also a dedicated and involved teacher. In 2015 and 2016, he received the Department of Otorhinolaryngology Teacher of the Year Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and American Head and Neck Society.


 

James Lee Carey, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery—Clinician-Educator            

Dr. Carey is a renowned academic orthopaedic surgeon whose basic, clinical and translational research focuses on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, cartilage repair, and osteochondritis dissecans treatment. He has been an influential member of the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) Knee study group, which focused on outcomes following primary ACL reconstruction. He was a founding member and is now President of the Research in OsteoChondritis of the Knee (ROCK) group, a cartilage research group that has grown to include 24 centers in the United States and internationally. In recognition of his contributions to his field, Dr. Carey received the O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (2014), the Medical Device Accelerator Award from the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation (2016), and the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2016).

Benjamin Chang, MD
Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr. Chang is an outstanding pediatric plastic and hand surgeon with an international reputation. He is the Co-Director of the CHOP Hand Transplant Programs and was instrumental in organizing and executing the first bilateral hand transplantation at HUP and the world’s first pediatric hand transplantation performed at CHOP. He has been voted “Top Doc” in Philadelphia Magazine every year since 2010. He is also a gifted teacher whose contributions have been honored with the Penn Pearls Clinical Teaching Award and the Don LaRossa Annual Teaching Award. He is the Program Director of the Penn Plastic Surgery Residency Program, Site Coordinator for the Surgery 200 elective in hand surgery for Penn medical students, and Site Director for the hand and plastic surgery rotation at CHOP for hand fellows from Penn and The Curtis National Hand Center.

 

Kyong-Mi Chang, MD
Professor of Medicine

Dr. Chang is a leader in viral pathogenesis and liver disease who is making significant contributions to her field. She uses high-dimensional single cell immune analysis via flow and mass cytometry to study immune mechanisms of viral persistence and liver disease pathogenesis in human hepatitis C and B viruses, with and without HIV infection. She is Co-Director of the Immunology Program, NIH Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive & Liver Diseases and the Associate Director of the Penn Center for Viral Hepatitis. Since 2012, she has served as Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and Associate Dean for Research at the VAMC. As a result of her leadership, VA related research funding for PSOM faculty has more than doubled and the infrastructure to pursue research at the VA has increased substantially.


Jinbo Chen, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics                                                                                     

Dr. Chen is an innovative and highly productive methodological and collaborative researcher who focuses on two interrelated areas, statistical methods for outcome-dependent sampling designs and statistical methods in molecular and genetic epidemiology. Her collaborative research is integrated with her statistical methodology and focuses on cardiovascular health and cancer. Most recently, she has been studying statistical methods for efficient inference of joint genotype effects and gene-gene/gene-environment interactions and methods on efficient analysis of time-to-event data in the presence of missing covariates. She has an impressive record of grant funding. Her peer-reviewed publications are in leading journals including Biometrics, Statistics in Medicine, American Journal of Epidemiology, Cancer Research and Genetic Epidemiology.
 

Yong Chen, PhD
Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics

Dr. Chen is a distinguished leader in biostatistics. His innovative and rigorous methodological and applied research has applications in comparativeness effectiveness research, statistical genetics/genomics, and biomedical informatics. He and his group focus on developing statistical computing methods and software for addressing problems related to data in modern technology, such as electronic health records, vaccine/drug safety reports, Twitter data, mHealth data, and high dimensional genetic and genomic data. He has a strong interest in risk prediction models, precision medicine, and evidence-based medicine. His research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the NIH. In 2018, he was elected to the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology.

Stella T. Chou, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Chou is an international leader in pediatric hematology and transfusion medicine who has made seminal contributions to research in sickle cell disease and genotyping of blood groups. She uses induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and primary human cells to model blood development and study the pathophysiology of hematopoietic disorders. She has been highly successful in obtaining research funding. She is an excellent teacher and mentor of medical students, fellows and residents. She is a frequently invited lecturer nationally and internationally. She is an active member of The American Society of Hematology and has chaired the Transfusion Panel for the ASH Sickle Cell Disease Guideline Panel since 2016.


 

Kristin G. Christensen, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Christensen is a dedicated and highly skilled clinician in both the ambulatory and inpatient settings.  She has a particular interest in practice improvement and has lead initiatives around developing a new approach to preventative care visits and creating a post-acute care clinic to improve quality of care after hospital discharge. In 2011, she developed and served as the Director of the Post Acute Care Clinic (PACC) in the Cooper practice. In 2012, she was awarded Honorable Mention for the UPHS Quality and Patient Safety Award – Post Acute Care Clinic:  Improving the Hospital Discharge Visit in General Internal Medicine. In 2016, she moved her activities to Penn’s Radnor Facility where she was named Lead Physician and the Thorne Sparkman, Jr. MD Assistant Professor.



Antonella Cianferoni, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Cianferoni is a leading expert in the field of allergy and immunology, particularly in the areas of food allergy and eosinophilic esophagitis. She has made major contributions to clinical and basic research in T-cell characterization in food allergy and genetic risk factors for the development of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). In 2015, she was named Co-Director of FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education Center) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. FARE, a leading advocacy organization working to benefit 15 million American children and adults with food allergies, aims to accelerate drug development in the field as well as improve the quality of care for patients with food allergies. She has a history of leading or participating in numerous clinical trials. She received the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorder Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) in 2015 and the AAAAI Foundation and Phil & Barbara Lieberman and Friends Lecture Award for “Investing Together in Our Future” in 2017.

Akiva S. Cohen, PhD
Research Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Cohen is an internationally prominent investigator in the field of traumatic brain injury. His innovative research uses electrophysical, neurochemical, histological and behavioral techniques to study the neurophysiology and treatment of closed head trauma. He has a successful record of obtaining funding for his research. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Journal of Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Journal of Neurophysiology, and PNAS. He is acting editor of Frontiers Systems Neuroscience and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Neurotrauma. He is a member of a number of professional and scientific societies including the Society for Neuroscience, the National Neurotrauma Society, and the International Brain Research Organization. 



Noam A. Cohen, MD, PhD
Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Cohen is an international leader in basic and translational rhinology research. His innovative research focuses on the pathophysiology of chronic rhinosinusitis, particularly the role of cilia and ciliary dysfunction. He is currently investigating the role of bitter taste receptors and the implications of their genetic determinants as factors in predisposing to chronic rhinosinusitis. He is the Director of Rhinology Research and Chair of the Otorhinolaryngology Resident Research Committee. In 2017, he received the inaugural George Strawbridge award presented by his department to the faculty member who had advanced the field of otorhinolaryngology with creative insights and innovative work and has made outstanding contributions to the mission of the department. He has a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring residents and medical students, particularly in training those interested in careers as clinician scientists. He presents his research nationally and internationally.
 

David P. Cormode, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiology

Dr. Cormode is having an impact on the field of molecular imaging. He uses a multidisciplinary approach, combining materials chemistry and radiology, to focus on the development of novel and multifunctional nanoparticle contrast agents for medical imaging applications. A current area of study is the development of gold and bismuth nanoparticles as contrast agents for computed tomography (CT). The nanoparticles can be further modified to have a variety of additional functional properties. These approaches provide enhanced characterization of cardiovascular diseases and cancers that will provide for improved therapy selection. He has a successful record of garnering grant funding to support his research. Many of his peer-reviewed publications are in high impact journals. In 2017, he served as an ad-hoc grant reviewer for the Clinical Molecular Imaging and Probe Development Study Section of the NIH.
 

Daniela H. Davis, MD, MSCE
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Davis a regional, national, and international leader in pediatric critical care medicine with specific strengths in the area of patient safety, quality improvement and operational administration. She has participated in and led many high-profile quality improvement initiatives in her roles as Senior Quality Improvement Advisor for the Office of Clinical Quality Improvement at CHOP and Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Programs for her department. She has served as Medical Director of the CHOP PICU since 2017. She is a member of the Leadership Group and co-chairs the Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Initiative of the Solutions for Patient Safety, a collaborative of more than 130 children’s hospitals. In 2018, she received the Physician Partnering Award from CHOP. She has been on the CHOP Faculty Teaching Honor Role four times. She is a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.
 

Rajat Deo, MD, MTR
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Deo is an academic electrophysiologist and clinical and translational researcher who is recognized nationally as a leader in kidney dysfunction, atrial fibrillation, and sudden cardiac death (SCD), one of the leading causes of death in the United States. He and his colleagues recently completed a study in which they developed and validated for the first time a prediction model to determine SCD risk in adults without a history of cardiovascular disease. He has also demonstrated that chronic kidney disease is an independent risk factor for atrial fibrillation and SCD. He is a reviewer for numerous journals such as Circulation, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, and the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. He is invited to present his research nationally and internationally.



C. Jessica Dine, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine--Clinician-Educator      

Dr. Dine is a highly accomplished, influential leader in medical education. particularly in the area of workplace assessment in clinical medicine. She is the Director of Assessment for the department of medicine. She developed and implemented new evaluation instruments that aligned with the competencies considered essential for unsupervised practice. She has also focused on using the evaluation data to improve feedback and performance of the trainees as well as methods to evaluate trainees who may be struggling. She developed a predictive model in this area that has led to a nation-wide study. She directs the Advanced Consultative Pulmonary Program in the Harron Lung Center where she is leading a collaborative practice model to improve patient access and incorporate ambulatory pulmonary training for faculty and trainees. She received the Robert L. Mayock-Alfred P. Fishman Teaching Award in 2013 and the Donald B. Martin Teaching Service Award in 2014.   
 

Yoav Dori, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Dori is a nationally and internationally prominent expert in lymphatic flow disorders and pediatric cardiovascular disease who has made seminal contributions to his field. His department chair, Dr. Joseph St. Geme, III, credits Dr. Dori with the most important advancement in pediatric cardiology in the last 15-20 years. He has significantly improved the outcomes of children with lymphatic disorders and has advanced the understanding of the origins of those disorders. He has served as the Director of the Pediatric Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions and Lymphatic Research at CHOP. He is a frequently sought-after lecturer nationally and internationally. He is a board member of two non-profit organizations: OPHeart and the Plastic Bronchitis Foundation. He is also a member of the American Heart Association.



Lorraine Dugoff,MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Dugoff makes significant contributions as a clinician, investigator, teacher and administrator. She is a national and international leader in maternal fetal medicine and clinical genetics. Her research focuses on prenatal screening and diagnosis, screening and prevention of adverse pregnancy outcomes and education. She publishes in premier journals in her field. She excels as an educator and mentor of medical students, residents and fellows. Nationally, she contributes to the development of innovative teaching methods and testing instruments and designs and leads faculty development and motivational programs. She co-developed the Genetics Education Module, a web-based educational tool for providers and patients for prenatal genetic screening and diagnosis. She was appointed chair of the Reproductive Screening Special Interest Group of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Perinatal Quality Foundation and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Jonathan Dunham, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Dunham is an excellent rheumatologist who delivers care to patients with a broad spectrum of complex rheumatologic disorders at PCAM, HUP, PPMC and PVAMC. He is engaged in teaching activities at all levels and has led his division‘s educational program for the medical students at PSOM since 2010/2011. He has been the Course Director for the Mechanisms of Disease and Therapeutic Interventions and the Director for the medical student clerkship in rheumatology. He is one of the core clinical faculty supervisors of the rheumatology fellows’ outpatient clinic and has substantive interaction with every fellow in the program. In 2017, he was named as an Advisory Dean for PSOM.


 

Celeste P. Durnwald, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Durnwald is a nationally recognized leader in maternal-fetal medicine, particularly in the areas of diabetes and pregnancy. In addition to directing the High Risk OB Clinic in the Dickens Center for Women’s Health, she is the Director of the Penn Perinatal Diabetes Program, a multidisciplinary team that provides specialized care for women who develop diabetes during pregnancy and women with a diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. This program is one of the largest and most comprehensive programs for diabetes in pregnancy in the nation. She also led the development of the Obesity Task Force, resulting in a multidisciplinary approach to the care of the obese pregnant patient. Her research complements her clinical work and has advanced the care and education of pregnant patients with diabetes. She is widely known for her research initiative to test the effectiveness of a behavioral educational program for diabetic pregnant patients to improve glucose control across pregnancy. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Nabil M. Elkassabany, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Elkassabany is an influential leader in the field regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine. His research has had an impact on the implementation of ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) protocols, contributing to improvements of perioperative care to decrease cost and complications, decrease the use of opioids, decrease readmissions, and improve patient satisfaction. He is the Director of the Orthopaedic Anesthesia Section for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Director of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine at PPMC. He is an editor of The American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) newsletter and the regional anesthesia section of Decision Support in Medicine (DSM).

 


Christine B. Falkensammer, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Falkensammer is a highly regarded echo cardiographer who has distinguished herself as one of the go to clinicians in fetal echocardiography locally and regionally. She has been an invited lecturer at the Austrian American Foundation CHOP Pediatric Cardiology Seminar in Salzburg and has lectured at the Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging Symposium locally and regionally. She is a member of the Pediatric Heart Network Infant Single Ventricle trial. She is the principal investigator at CHOP of a multicenter study to examine the utility of echocardiogram verses hemodynamic data in predicting ECMO wean. She has been invited to write a review chapter on fetal cardiology for Rudolph’s Pediatrics. She leads the fetal heart program quality control review program and is an integral member on a variety of QI projects in her division.

 

Rui Feng, PhD
Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics

Dr. Feng is a highly productive statistical geneticist who focuses primarily on methodologies and applications in clinical and genetic studies. She is recognized nationally for her important contributions to statistical genetics, statistical genomics, and biostatistics in family-based genetic studies, copy number variation, imprinting, and high-dimensional genomics. Her highly collaborative research is demonstrated by her influential roles in numerous grants. She has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading journals in the field. She has numerous editorial positions including memberships on the editorial boards of Frontiers in Statistical Genetics and Methodology, Frontiers in Epigenetics, and PeerJ. She is highly praised as a mentor. She is known for taking on challenging teaching assignments and for making significant efforts to improve course content and delivery.

Can H. Ficicioglu, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Ficicioglu is recognized nationally for his contributions to the field of biomedical genetics, particularly in the areas of lysosomal storage disease, cobalamin C disease, and newborn screening. His goal is to provide effective cutting-edge treatments to patients through participating in disease registries, leading and participating in clinical trials, and publishing research on patient outcomes. He is the founder and Director of the CHOP Newborn Metabolic Screening Program, one of the premier programs in the nation. He has been the Director of the CHOP Lysosomal Storage Diseases Program since 2016.
In 2017, he was appointed to the Pennsylvania Rare Diseases Council, working with state officials, other healthcare professionals, parents of children with rare diseases, researchers and other experts to advise the Pennsylvania legislature and relevant agencies about policies and programs related to services for patients with rare diseases. He has been the Chair of the Lysosomal Storage Disease Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Newborn Screening Advisory Board since 2014.

Autumn Fiester, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Fiester is having an impact on clinical ethics, mediation and bioethics education. Her research focuses primarily on ethical concerns generated by the current practice of clinical ethics consult services and the ethical obligations surrounding difficult patient/family interactions. She is also a leader in LGBT bioethics. With her colleague, Dr. Lance Wahlert, she created the International Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity Project, an academic consortium of over 300 scholars, and the LGBT Bioethics Affinity Group of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. Her contributions to education at Penn and internationally are impressive. As Director of the Penn Program in Conflict Management, she focuses on promoting conflict resolution training for formal clinical ethics consultations and ethics conflicts at the bedside. She is a consultant to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Ethics Service. She teaches an intensive training course in Clinical Ethics Mediation, a 4-day course for clinical providers to develop skills in navigating conflicts in communication, cultural differences, and disparate value systems between and among providers, patients and family members. In 2016, she was named Assistant Chair for Education & Training in her department. She lectures nationally and internationally.
 

Jared C. Finlay, PhD (deceased)
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Finlay was a leading clinical medical physicist who focused his research on the clinical applications of optical spectroscopy in two areas. The first is photodynamic therapy (PDT), a cancer treatment that uses a drug called a photosensitizer or photosensitizing agent and a particular type of light that produces an active form of oxygen and kills nearby cancer cells. The second area is the use of scintillating materials and Cherenkov emission for dosimetry in ionizing radiation therapy. He served as the Director of the Master of Medical Physics Program since 2015. The curriculum integrates theory, cutting-edge clinical application and medical ethics training to prepare students for careers overseeing clinical applications of radiation and developing innovative medical technologies. He was a highly regarded teacher and mentor. Under his leadership, the Master of Medical Physics Program was enhanced to include a revised and updated curriculum, an expansion of the number and scope of lectures, and communication skills and ethics training.

 

Kristin N. Fiorino, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Fiorino provides outstanding clinical care to pediatric gastroenterology and hematology patients. As the Assistant Director of the nationally recognized Lustgarten Motility Center at CHOP, she continues to be an integral part of the planning and operations of the center by incorporating state of the art technology into the care provided by the division of gastroenterology. She is the division expert on motility disorders, and her expertise brings many referrals regionally. Additionally, she one of only three physicians with skilled manometry, catheter placement and other specialized interventions. She is a member of the Clinical Care and Quality Improvement Committee of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and is also member of the American Neurogastoenterology and Motility Society. In 2016, she received the CHOP Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellow Teaching Award.

 

Brian T. Fisher, DO, MSCE, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Fisher makes significant contributions as researcher, clinician, teacher and administrator. He is a national and international expert in the field of infectious diseases, particularly in the area of viral and fungal infections in immunocompromised children. He has had continuous funding for his research since 2011. He has served as Chair of the infectious disease domain of the Children’s Oncology Group Supportive Care Division since 2014. In this role, he is responsible for oversight of active infectious disease related trials as well as the development of new studies. That same year, he became Co-Director of the International Pediatric Fungal Network. In 2017, he was named fellow of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He has been the Program Director for the pediatrics infectious disease fellowship program since 2014. He has been selected for the faculty honor role at CHOP several times. He presents his research nationally and internationally.       

 

Michael J. Fisher, MD
Professor Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Fisher is an accomplished academic pediatric neuro-oncologist who has emerged as a leader in the field of brain tumors associated with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). His independent and collaborative clinical research uses clinical outcomes analyses and molecular profilin to improve existing cancer treatment protocols. His laboratory is also evaluating new, targeted clinical therapies that be used to treat pediatric solid tumors. He participates in and holds leadership roles in numerous institutional, national and multi-institutional clinical trials. He is the Chief of the section of neuro-oncology, director of the neuro-oncology fellowship program, and director of the neurofibromatosis program at CHOP. He is a reviewer for numerous journals and has served as a grant reviewer for the Department of Defense since 2010.

 


Jeremy J. Flood, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Flood is an expert in managing type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus, thyroid nodules, hyper- and hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer and hyperparathyroidism. In 2011, he was appointed as chief of the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at PPMC. Among his initiatives was the establishment of the faculty outpatient practice and inpatient consultation service. He has led efforts to improve inpatient care at PPMC, including training and educating students, trainees, and staff. He serves as the Director of the University of Pennsylvania -CHOP Endocrinology Grand Rounds series. Under his leadership, the division at PPMC has enjoyed substantial growth. He is a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology.

 

 


Elizabeth Fox, MD, MS
Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Fox is an accomplished pediatric oncologist who excels in the field of investigational therapeutics and pharmacology. Her highly productive clinical research program focuses on drug development for childhood cancers and the clinical pharmacology of anticancer drugs. She has made many contributions to the development, conduct and analysis of early phase cancer clinical trials. Since 2013, she has served as National Vice Chair of the Developmental Therapeutics Committee for the cooperative Children’s Oncology Group which oversees 30 Phase I and Pilot clinical trials in 21 institutions. In 2010, she was named Head of developmental therapeutics in oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also leads the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Center of Excellence in Child Cancer Drug Development and Clinical Pharmacology Program at CHOP.



Maria Fraga, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Fraga is a distinguished physician who cares for neonatal patients with surgical problems as well as those undergoing ECMO in the CHOP Neonatal/Infant Intensive Care Unit and on the Neonatal Surgical Service. She developed and established the Point-of-Care Neonatal Ultrasound program at CHOP and serves as the Program Director. She was named to the 2015-2016 Early Career Faculty Honor Roll by the Senior Resident Graduating Class at CHOP. She is Chair of an annual didactic and practical hands-on course for teaching bedside ultrasound assessments and procedures to neonatologists from across the nation, with over 100 attendees.  She was recruited by the Society of Critical Care Medicine as an ultrasound instructor and lecturer teaching at national courses throughout the year. She is also working with the Neonatology Fellowship program leadership to incorporate point-of-care ultrasound training as part of neonatology fellowship curriculum.
 

Jason S. Fritz, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Fritz is an expert on care of pulmonary vascular disease, unexplained dyspnea, and critical care. He is the Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the Harron Lung Center and Co-Director and originator of the PPMC Dyspnea Program, a multidisciplinary program that focuses on patients with dyspnea that is undiagnosed despite traditional evaluation. He has worked to increase inpatient admissions at PPMC for patients with pulmonary vascular disease requiring invasive hemodynamic evaluation and titration of appropriate therapies. He is a member of the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program Curriculum Committee. 

 


Barry D. Fuchs, MD
Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator        

Dr. Fuchs is a leader in the field of critical care medicine who is recognized as a pioneer in the emerging field of patient safety and implementation science. He is a highly collaborative clinical researcher who has advanced patient care using automatic surveillance linked to the electronic medical record to identify early Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, sepsis, and acute renal failure. He has contributed  peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Critical Care, and Critical Care Medicine. He has achieved institutional and external recognition for his quality and safety improvement initiatives. He is an editor of World Journal of Critical Care Medicine and a member of the editorial board of Annals of the ATS. He was elected fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians in 2012.



Peter E. Gabriel, MD, MSE
Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology

Dr. Gabriel is an expert in biomedical informatics and has been on the forefront of innovation in this rapidly expanding field. He is Chief Informatics Officer for the Abramson Cancer Center and the multidisciplinary Penn Medicine Cancer Service Line, while maintaining his role as Director of Informatics for the department of radiation oncology. He develops and maintains informatics systems and tools that inform patient care, including tools for toxicity monitoring, patient safety, and clinical operations. He has created the infrastructure for clinical pathway development and is working on a system for electronic patient-reported outcomes tracking. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology where he has served as a member of the Health Information Technology Work Group since 2015, the American Medical Informatics Association, Epic Oncology Steering Board, and American Society of Radiation Oncology.
 

Juliette A. Galbraith, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Dr. Galbraith is an outstanding clinician, excellent educator, and highly effective leader. She has developed a regional and national reputation for excellence in providing emergency psychiatric services in a variety of settings as well as for leading an important initiative to standardize emergency psychiatric care across the health system. She is the Director of the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service at PAH and the Medical Director of the UPHS Emergency Psychiatry Service Line. In 2015, she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital and in 2017, she received the Albert Stunkard Faculty Recognition Award from her department. In 2018, she became a member of the Academy of Master Clinicians, the highest clinical honor for a Penn Medicine clinician. She is a member of Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the Association for Academic Psychiatry, and the American Group Psychotherapy Association.



Theodore J. Ganley, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Ganley is a leader in the field of pediatric sports medicine, a highly regarded educator, an outstanding clinician and a productive clinical researcher. He has a particular focus on pediatric osteochondritis dissecans and pediatric ligament injuries. He is actively involved in the education of medical students, residents, fellows and colleagues. He collaborated with Dr. John Flynn to develop a Summer Scholars Program for medical students interested in academic orthopaedic surgery. He also worked with a medical student to develop a simulation model used to teach and evaluate surgical trainees in ACL graft preparation. He is a highly sought-after speaker and has had an organizing role in numerous scientific meetings. He is the President of the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, Chair of the Evidence Based Practice Committee of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Chair of the Orthopaedics Program of the 2018 National Conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and member of the Advisory Board of the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium.

Maria N. Geffen, PhD
Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Geffen is an internationally recognized computational neurobiologist who is advancing the field of auditory neuroscience. She uses a combination of computational and biological approaches to study the mechanisms behind dynamic auditory perception, memory and learning. She has made important discoveries of novel neuronal circuits supporting dynamic auditory perception. She has a highly successful record of garnering support for her research. She has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Communications, and PLoS Biology. In 2016, she received the Advances and Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience Young Investigator Award and in 2017, she received the NRSA Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for her role as mentor. In 2017, she was keynote speaker at the University of Washington and Allen Brain Institute Retreat and the University of Southern California Hearing and Communication Retreat.            

Jeffrey S. Gerber, MD, PhD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Pediatrics--Clinician-Educator

Dr. Gerber is a leader in pediatric antimicrobial stewardship, an area of critical importance in healthcare.
At CHOP, he is the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP), considered a national model, is designed to improve the use of antibiotics to optimize the treatment of infections and reduce adverse events associated with antibiotic use thereby improving the quality of patient care and patient safety. In 2016, he received the Caroline B. Hall Clinically Innovative Research Award from the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Society and the Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award, a Penn Medicine Award of Excellence. In 2017, he became a fellow in the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Society. He is associate editor of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety and an editorial board member of Infection Control and Healthcare Epidemiology. He is a frequently invited lecturer nationally and internationally.

 

Samuel B. Goldfarb, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Goldfarb is a nationally recognized leader in the field of lung and heart-lung transplantation in children. He serves in a number of administrative leadership roles in his division, including Medical Director of Heart/Lung Transplant Program, Director of the Flexible Bronchoscopy Service, and Director of the Rare Diffuse Lung Disease Center. He is the Co-Director of the Solid Organ Transplant Center at CHOP. He has been integral in the development of the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Center, a recently established national referral center for PCD. He received the 2014 Alan R. Cohen Master Clinician Award from the department of pediatrics. He is an active member of the International Heart and Lung Transplant Society. He has been named to the CHOP Faculty Honor Role several times.

 


Clarisa R. Gracia, MD., MSCE
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Gracia is a nationally prominent reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist whose research focuses on ovarian aging and the interdisciplinary field of oncofertility and fertility preservation. She is an outstanding, highly productive clinician who provides care for newly diagnosed cancer patients and cancer survivors, focusing on long term reproductive and endocrine complications, including preservation of fertility. In 2009, she became Director of the highly regarded Fertility Preservation Program which has enjoyed considerable growth under her leadership. In 2011, she was named Director of Third Party Reproduction at HUP and, in 2013, she was appointed Associate Chief for Clinical Operations for the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at HUP. She is a founding member of The Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences, a unique educational opportunity for high school students in Philadelphia. In 2011, she was appointed as the consulting epidemiologist to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Practice Committee to lead an evidence based guideline development process that transformed the use of oocyte cryopreservation.

Matthew F. Grady, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Grady is a leader in pediatric concussion management. He has the largest primary care sports medicine clinical practice in the CHOP system and participates in clinical research and education in the diagnosis and management of concussions. He was the co-leader of the CHOP Chairman’s Initiative, Minds Matter, a specialized program developed to help families, healthcare providers, school staff and coaches recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions and support children’s physician-guided recovery. In 2012, he helped develop a non-profit society, Delaware Valley Society for Sports Medicine, and is a current board member. He is the Program Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Sports Fellowship at CHOP. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
 

David T. Grande, MD, MPA
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Grande is a national leader in health policy, particularly in the areas of professionalism and the impact of pharmaceutical advertising on physician behavior, ethical questions involving health information technology and privacy, and the delivery of high quality healthcare to vulnerable populations. He contributes peer-reviewed publications in premier journals including JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Journal of Clinical Oncology. He makes substantial contributions to teaching and mentoring medical students and residents at the Perelman School of Medicine and undergraduate students at Wharton. In 2016, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award. He is a frequently invited lecturer. In 2017, he was named Associate Director of the National Clinical Scholars Program at Penn.

 


Struan F. A. Grant, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Grant is an international leader in the genetics of complex diseases. His innovative research focuses on the genetic aspects of endocrine traits related to pediatric obesity, diabetes, bone mineral density, and osteoporosis. He has had a number of seminal contributions including the discovery of the polymorphic Sp1 site in the COL1A1 gene and its association with osteoporosis and the identification of variation in the TCF7L2 gene as a key player in conferring type 2 diabetes risk. His current research focuses on the genetics of birth weight and body index and on the genetics of bone mass and mineral density. He is Co-Director of the Spatial and Functional Genomics Research Affinity Group at CHOP. He has been highly successful in obtaining funding for his research. He holds editorial positions for Pediatric Obesity, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, and JBMR Plus.

             

Eric Paul Greenblatt, MD
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Greenblatt is highly regarded clinician and educator who focuses on the management of patients undergoing bariatric, complex general surgical procedures, and liver transplantation surgery. He holds several leadership positions within his department at HUP including Section Chief of the Lamont Generalist Anesthesia Block, Director of the Difficult Airway Identification Program, Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Improvement Team leader for the Department, Chair of the Epic OpTime Anesthesia EMR Implementation, and Department Perioperative Blood Bank Liaison. In these roles, he and his colleagues have developed and implemented many programs and protocols that have resulted in improved patient care. He is a member of the International Anesthesia Research Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists. 



Elizabeth A. Grice, PhD
Associate Professor of Dermatology     

Dr. Grice is an outstanding researcher who has made seminal contributions to the field of the cutaneous microbiome. She integrates genomics, microbiology, dermatology and immunology to examine host-microbe interactions of the skin in health and disease. Her research has significant therapeutic implications. In 2016, she received the Michael S. Brown New Investigator Award, a Penn Medicine Award of Excellence. In 2017, she received the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award, the University of Pennsylvania One Health Award, and the Linda Pechenik Montague Investigator Award from the Perelman School of Medicine. She is an equally impressive teacher and mentor of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wound Healing Society and that society’s liaison to the International Consolidated Wound Infection Guideline Team.

 

Peter W. Groeneveld, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine   

Dr. Groeneveld is an innovative and influential investigator in health services research who focuses on the comparative effectiveness and diffusion of health care technology, with a particular emphasis on cardiovascular technologies. He has served as Director of the Leonard Davis Institute Health Services Research Data Center since 2007 and Director of Research at LDI since 2013. In 2016, he founded and directs the Cardiovascular Outcomes, Quality, and Evaluative Research (CAVOQER) Center. The goal of CAVOQER is to determine which tests, treatments, technologies, structures, processes, organizations, incentives and systems provide the best patient outcomes and optimal economic value in the “real world” of cardiovascular health care. He has held important leadership roles in the American Heart Association and the Veterans Affairs Health Economics Resource Center.

 

Robert W. Grundmeier, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Grundmeier is a nationally recognized pioneer in the development and implementation of innovative approaches to clinical decision-making and the use of the electronic health record, particularly in primary care settings. He has had a key role in building the largest pediatric informatics group in the country. Among his numerous contributions are studies focusing on managing missing race/ethnicity data in EHRs, improving asthma management through clinical decision support, monitoring the use of psychotropic and simulant medications in children with mental health disorders and, more recently, natural language processing. He was named Section Chief of informatics in 2013. In 2017, he received the Editor’s Choice Award from the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.



Jacob T. Gutsche, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care—Clinician-Educator

Dr Gutsche is a national leader in anesthesiology who has made significant contributions in the areas relating to perioperative and critical care quality. He is widely known for his innovative work in ECMO, particularly ECMO retrieval, resulting in improvements in patient survival and long-term outcomes. His research focuses on improvement in patient selection criteria for ECMO candidates and prevention of bleeding complications associated with ECMO. His publications have influenced patient care. He is the Co-Medical Director of Penn Lung Rescue, one of the only programs of its kind, which was developed to provide expanded access to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). He is the Medical Director of the Anesthesiology Service, Special Treatment Unit. He is the System Director for Cardiovascular Critical Care and Postoperative Care at HUP and PPMC. He has served as Chair of the University of Pennsylvania Health System Critical Care Committee since 2014.


Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE
Professor of Medicine

Dr. Halpern is an influential international leader in health services research and bioethics. His innovative and impactful research focuses on resource allocation in critical care medicine and organ transplantation and end-of-life decision making. In 2010, he became the Director of the Acute Care Services Research group. In 2012, he founded and continues to direct the Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) Program and, in 2017, he became the Director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center. He lists numerous peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals. He received the Samuel Martin Award in Health Evaluation Sciences, the Distinguished Investigator Award: Translation from Clinical Use into Public Benefit and Policy from the Association for Clinical and Translation Science, and the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation for Medical Research. His contributions to teaching and mentoring medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and fellows have been equally remarkable. He lectures nationally and internationally. He has served as an invited consultant for the NIH, CDC and the World Bank.

Holly L. Hedrick, MD
Professor of Surgery – Clinician-Educator

Dr. Hedrick is an outstanding academic pediatric surgeon who is a leader in pediatric and fetal surgery. She has had a major impact on the diagnosis and treatment of congenital diaphragmatic hernia and other lung lesions that result in hypoplasia. She developed and directs the Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program at CHOP, an innovative, multidisciplinary clinic that provides long-term, comprehensive to children with conditions that limit lung growth resulting in pulmonary hypoplasia. In 2014, she was named the Louise Schnaufer Endowed Chair of Pediatric Surgery. She has contributed over 100 peer-reviewed publications in leading specialty journals. She co-directs the annual fellow course in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). She presents her work nationally. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Pediatric Surgical Association.
 

Daniel N. Holena, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Holena is a leading expert in the field of trauma and critical care who specializes in the treatment of traumatic injury, emergency general surgery conditions, and surgical critical care. His outcomes research on preventable mortality and failure to rescue has advanced the field. He has an excellent record of funding and scholarship. He is an outstanding teacher and mentor of medical students, general surgery residents, and trauma and surgical critical care fellows, both in and out of the operating room. In 2015, he received the Patrick M. Reilly Trauma Teaching Award. He is a highly sought out and respected lecturer. His research presentations have been recognized by awards such as first prize for Best Oral Presentation at the European Congress of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, initially in 2011 in Milan and then again 2013 in Basel. In 2016, he won the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation research award for the most promising research proposal and their best podium presentation award.

Wei-Ting Hwang, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Hwang is a highly accomplished collaborative researcher and statistical methodologist. Her collaborative research focuses on cancer and environmental health science. Her methodological work involves statistical methods for survival and longitudinal data, including population heterogeneity, multistate processes, study design and biomarker evaluation. In 2014, she was named Director of the Biostatistics Research Support Core of the Penn Superfund Research and Training Program (SRP) Center. The Center focuses on community-based concerns of asbestos hazardous waste. She is a standing member of the NIH Clinical Oncology Study Section. She makes substantial contributions as an educator and mentor in the graduate and doctoral programs in biostatistics and epidemiology. She is a member of the International Biometric Society, the American Statistical Association, the Society of Clinical Trials, and the American Association for Cancer Research.


Oksana A. Jackson, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery—Clinician-Educator       

Dr. Jackson is a highly regarded pediatric plastic surgeon who focuses her clinical and research activities in three specific areas. Working with a multidisciplinary team of pediatricians, orthodontists, speech specialists, otolaryngologists, genetic counselors and social workers, she provides expert plastic and reconstructive clinical care for children in the United States and internationally with cleft lip and palate. She has participated in international surgical mission trips, most recently to the Children’s Hospital of Pécs in Hungary to operate on children with complex cases of cleft lip and palate. She collaborates with speech pathologists at CHOP to diagnose and treat patients with velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD), a disorder affecting the soft palate and pharynx which can cause complications with swallowing and speech. She is also nationally recognized for her expertise in treating patients with facial palsy and for her collaborative program on pediatric breast disorders. She has a number of leadership roles at CHOP, including Director of the Facial Motion Disorders Clinic, Director of the Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Clinic, Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Breast Program, and Co-Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Program.


Melinda Jen, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Jen is an emerging leader in the field of pediatric dermatology. She is the only pediatric dermatologist in the northeast US with special training in pediatric dermatologic surgery. At CHOP, she is the Medical Director of Pediatric Dermatology Surgery and Laser Therapy where she provides an expertise for patients that other pediatric dermatology groups cannot offer. She is also the Director of the Pigmented Lesion Group, a multidisciplinary group that manages and treats challenging pigmented lesions that are referred to CHOP throughout the region. She received the Society for Pediatrics Dermatology mentorship award and the Women’s Dermatologic Society Career and Community Advancement Award in 2015 to develop and foster mentorship relations with an international expert in pediatric dermatologic surgery. She was selected for CHOP’s Faculty Teaching Honor Roll in 2016. She is an active member in the Society for Pediatric Dermatology.


F. Bradley Johnson, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Johnson is an internationally recognized physician-scientist who is having a major impact in the field of aging and cancer. His innovative independent and highly collaborative research uses a unique approach in combining yeast and mouse models to focus on telomeres, G-quadruplexes and chromatin and their roles in the pathogenesis of age-related diseases including cancer. His clinical innovations include the implementation of sequencing technology in the HLA (human leukocyte antigen) laboratory, resulting in accreditation by the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. In 2017, he was named Associate Director of the Institute on Aging. He is a member of the editorial review boards of Aging Cell, Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, and Frontiers in Genetics of Aging. He chairs the NIH Cellular Mechanisms of Aging and Development Study Section. He is an outstanding educator and mentor of medical students, graduate students, residents and post-doctoral fellows.



Suhail K. Kanchwala, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Kanchwala is an innovative, highly productive reconstructive surgeon who is an expert on complex microsurgical and reconstructive procedures in the areas of lymphedema, vascular surgical complication management, and breast reconstruction. He is the Chief of plastic surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. He led the implementation of the Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Protocol (ERAS) for plastic surgery patients at PAH, a multidisciplinary initiative among surgery, perioperative nursing, pharmacy and social work, resulting in decreases in the length of stay for patients by 20% and a decrease in postoperative opioid use by 30%. He established the Surgical Lymphedema program, a collaboration between specialties including medical and surgical oncology and interventional radiology to offer vascularized lymph node transfer surgery. His research complements his clinical activities. He is an outstanding teacher and mentor of medical students, residents and fellows.

 

Lewis J. Kaplan, MD
Professor Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Kaplan is a national leader in academic trauma surgery. His basic and translational research focuses on surgical critical care and surgical infections. He is the Director of Surgical Critical Care at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading journals in his field including The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Archives of Surgery and the Journal of Trauma. He serves on the editorial boards of World Journal of Critical Care Medicine, Journal of Trauma, Critical Care Research and Practice, Surgical Infections, and Critical Care Medicine. He is an active member in a number of professional and scientific societies such as the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Surgical Infection Society. He has had leadership roles in the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is Treasurer currently and will serve as President in 2020.

 

Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD
Research Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Kassam-Adams is an influential leader in the field of acute trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder in children. Her research has advanced the field and has influenced national public health policy involving mental health needs of children and their families after traumatic injury. She co-founded and directs the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress at CHOP. She has had continuous funding for her research. She has contributed numerous peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Pediatrics, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She lectures nationally and internationally. She was President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and has held a variety of positions in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the American Psychological Association.  

 


 

Rachel R. Kelz, MD, MSCE, MBA
Professor of Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Kelz is an outstanding academic surgeon. Her research focuses on identification of modifiable causes of variability in surgical cost and outcomes to improve surgical quality and reduce disparities in health care. She also focuses on the development of innovative approaches to surgical education. She received the Health System Healthcare Hero award each year since 2010 to recognize her delivery of patient centered care. In 2017, she received the inaugural Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine award. She lists numerous peer-reviewed publications in top journals in her field including the Journal of Surgical Research, the Journal of Surgical Education and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. She is an innovator in surgical education who makes significant teaching contributions within Penn and nationally. She is the associate program director for the general surgery residency program. She is Director of the Quality In-Training Collaborative of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Philadelphia Academy of Surgeons.
 

Amna N. Khan, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Khan is an excellent clinician and educator in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism who provides clinical services at PCAM, HUP and VAMC. The focus of her care is on complex patients with osteoporosis, fragility fractures, hyperparathyroidism, hypercalcemia, and other bone disorders.  She is the Co-Director of the Penn Bone Center and has been invited to present on several grand rounds, primarily on osteoporosis. In addition, she has organized a quarterly multidisciplinary conference Endo-Rheum Bone Conference at the VAMC that is attended by physicians from various specialties. In 2016, she received the Edward Rose Faculty Teaching Award




Thomas F. Kolon, MD
Professor of Urology in Surgery—Clinician-Educator
     

Dr. Kolon is nationally recognized for his expertise in pediatric urology, particularly in the care of children with genital disorders and renal/bladder cancers. His research focuses on the treatment of patients with undescended testis and varicocele, with specific emphasis on fertility preservation and rehabilitation. He was named the Howard M. Snyder Endowed Chair in Pediatric Urology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2017. He has served as Associate Director of Pediatric Urology at CHOP since 2014. Dr. Kolon is an outstanding teacher and mentor of medical students, residents and fellows. He has been the Program Director of the Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program since 2007. He presents his work nationally and internationally. He is an active member of a number of professional and scientific societies.



Janet L. Kwiatkowski, MD, MSCE
Professor of Pediatrics, MD, MSCE

Dr. Kwiatkowski has achieved a national and international reputation as an outstanding clinician and accomplished clinical investigator in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic complications in sickle cell disease, complications of thalassemia, transfusional iron overload, and gene therapy for the hemoglobinopathies. She is the Director of the Thalassemia Program at CHOP. The program is considered a national model. She has a highly successful record of funding for her research. Her publications are in premier journals including Blood and Journal of Pediatrics. She is a reviewer for many journals in her field. She presents her research nationally and internationally.




Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Ky has made seminal contributions to cardio-oncology. She is an outstanding researcher who has pioneered the field of cardio-oncology, an internationally recognized program. Her translational and clinical research focuses on novel signaling pathways and mechanisms in human heart failure, cardiac remodeling, and cancer therapy cardiotoxity. She has an impressive record of research funding. She is the Director of the Penn Center for Quantitative Echocardiography and the Director of the Penn Cardio-Oncology Center of Excellence. She has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading cardiology and cancer journals such as Circulation, Circulation Research, Journal of the American Heart Association, JAMA Oncology, and Clinical Cancer Research. In 2017, she became a member of The American Society of Clinical Investigation. She serves on NIH study sections.


Frank T. Leone, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Leone is a prominent and innovative leader in the treatment of tobacco dependence, particularly the evaluation of novel treatment strategies. He studies the mechanisms for improving physician guideline adherence, including teaching strategies, implementation of electronic health record incentives, and the recognition and modification of cognitive biases that influence physician decision making. In 2015, he received a Penn Medicine Quality and Patient Safety Award for improving tobacco dependence treatment for hospital inpatients. He is the founding Director of the Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program at Penn. His research has been continuously funded. He is a member of the Board of Associate Editors of Tobacco Regulatory Science and a member of the editorial board of Annals of the American Thoracic Society. In 2014, President Gutmann appointed Dr. Leone as Chair of the Committee to Study Tobacco Use on Campus and he currently chairs the Implementation Committee to reduce tobacco use on campus.

Matthew H. Levine, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery

Dr. Levine is a distinguished leader in the field of transplantation. His basic science and translational research focuses on defining the role that histone deactylases (HDACs) and heat shock proteins (HSPs) play in tolerance of renal ischemia-reperfusion work. He also studies the role of gender and hormone milieu on the response to renal ischemic injury. In collaboration with Dr. Wayne Hancock and Dr. L. Scott Levin, Dr. Levine is investigating the role of costimulation blockade and cytokine pathway manipulation in rejection or tolerance of limb transplantation in murine models. He has been the Surgical Director and Primary Surgeon of Kidney Transplantation at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 2015. Under his leadership, the program has met or exceeded benchmarks for outcomes. In 2017, his role expanded to Surgical Director for the Transplant Center at CHOP. Dr. Levine has collaborated with Dr. L. Scott Levin on the development and implementation of the vascularized composite allograft (VCA) transplant programs at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and CHOP. He recently received the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Rising Star in Transplantation Award. Nationally, he is a leader in continuing medical education in transplantation. In 2013, he was elected to the Society of University Surgeons.

Xiaowei Sherry Liu, PhD             
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Liu is an influential leader in the field of bone biology who has made seminal contributions to her field. She uses state-of-the-art imaging, computational modeling and skeletal physiology to study the biological processes in bone and the ways in which they influence bone material, microstructures and biomechanical properties in aging, disease and therapies. Her research has clinical applications for treating osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases. In 2012, she was named Associate Director of the McKay MicroCT Imaging core in her department, now the Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders. In 2017, she became Director. She publishes her research in premier journals in her field. She makes substantial contributions to teaching and mentoring in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She developed a highly-rated course, BE561 Musculoskeletal Biology and Bioengineering, designed to educate students at the interface of topics in musculoskeletal biology and bioengineering.
 

Justin L. Lockman, MD, MSEd
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Lockman is an excellent clinician and master educator. He has distinguished himself in the area of educational excellence and leadership locally as well as on a national level. He is the Director of Education for anesthesiology and critical care medicine at CHOP a well as Director of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program and Chair of Fellowship Program Evaluation Committee. He has promoted excellence in national pediatric anesthesiology education through the publication of a widely read textbook series, Pediatric Anesthesiology Review Topics, and he serves as Editor-In-Chief of this 11-volume series. He received the departmental teaching award in 2012 and 2014 and was selected to the CHOP Pediatric Residency Faulty Honor Roll in 2013, 2014, and 2017. He is President Elect of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program Directors Association.



Kathleen M. Loomes, MD
Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Loomes is a nationally prominent pediatric hepatologist recognized for her expertise in the genetics of liver growth and development. Her clinical and translational research focuses on biliary disorders, particularly Alagille Syndrome. She was named Co-Director of the Fred and Suzanne Biesecker Pediatric Liver Center at CHOP in 2017. She has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Hepatology, Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences and Gastroenterology. She is on the editorial boards of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Hepatology. She is a standing member of the NIH Hepatobiliary Pathophysiology study section and has been named Chair of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease’s Pediatric Special Interest Group for 2018-19. She has been the Director of Research Training for the gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship training program since 2006.
 

Wenqin Luo, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Dr. Luo is an innovative neuroscientist whose transformative research is having a major impact on the field of mammalian somatosensation. She uses molecular, genetic and physiological techniques to study the development and function of touch and pain-sensitive sensory neurons and their integration into functional neuronal circuits. This research has implications for the treatment of chronic pain and itch as well as regeneration of spinal cord and somatosensory neurons. She has an impressive record of funding. She has published peer-reviewed manuscripts in high impact journals including Neuron and Journal of Neuroscience. She received a Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes (2012-14) and a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences (2014-17). She is an ad hoc member of the NIH neurodifferentiation, plasticity, and regeneration study section. Dr. Luo also makes significant contributions to teaching and mentoring medical students and graduate students. She is an active member of four graduate groups.

Neil R. Malhotra, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Malhotra is an academic neurosurgeon who is a leader in the fields of translational spine research, advanced approaches to brain and spinal lesions, and spinal column reconstruction. Through the Neurosurgery Quality Improvement Initiative (NQII), he developed the NQII EpiLog tool that uses existing EMR technology in a budget-neutral way to capture outcomes data on all patients and has resulted in a provisional patent by the institution. He has been successful in securing support for his research. He serves as Vice Chair for Operations, Director of the Neurosurgery Quality Improvement Initiative, and Director of the Translational Spine Research Laboratory. He has been a member of a number of editorial boards. He makes extensive contributions to teaching medical students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows.



Maria R. Mascarenhas, MBBS
Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Mascarenhas is an accomplished pediatric gastroenterologist who has made significant contributions to pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition, nutrition education, parenteral nutrition and the role of nutrition in various disease processes, particularly cystic fibrosis. She established the Integrative Health Program at CHOP, a program focused on offering integrative therapies that are evidence-based. She is site principal investigator on an industry grant. She is the section Chief of nutrition in the division of gastroenterology and nutrition, the Medical Director of the department of clinical nutrition, and the Director of the Integrative Health Program at CHOP. From 2008-16, she was an editor of ICAN: Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition. In 2017, she received a Best in Medicine Award from the American Health Council.
 

Christopher E. Mascio, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr. Mascio is a highly accomplished cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and has been recognized as a leader in the mechanical circulatory support in pediatric patients and those with failing single ventricles. He provides transplant services for heart and lung transplants at CHOP and for adult congenital cardiac surgical and transplant services at HUP. He is a reviewer for several leading journals in his field. He is a board examination question writer for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and was a member of the planning committee for the Congenital Symposium of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons 53rd Annual Meeting. 

 


Thornton B.A. Mason II, MD, PhD, MSCE 
Professor of Clinical Neurology 

Dr. Mason is an outstanding pediatric neurologist and a national leader in the field of pediatric sleep medicine. He is the Medical Director of inpatient neurology at CHOP and he has made significant contributions to the innovation and improvement of inpatient care. He serves as the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Director and is a member of the Clinical Competency Committees for the sleep medicine fellowship and the pediatric neurology residency. He is co-leader of the Inpatient Discharge Improvement Committee, co-chair of the division’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee, and the 9S Unit Partner’s Leadership Committee, and is also a member of the division’s Executive Committee. He is an ad-hoc reviewer for Sleep and the European Journal of Pediatric Neurology

 

 

Christina Master, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Master is an outstanding clinician and teacher who cares for sports medicine patients at three sites within the CHOP Network - at the Center for Performance and Sports Medicine in King of Prussia, the Specialty Care Center in Bucks County, and HUP. She also cares for children with nonoperative musculoskeletal issues and has a special clinical and research interest in pediatric concussion. She is the Associate Program Director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and Co-Director of the Minds Matter Concussion program at CHOP. Since 1993, she has cared for a diverse set of outpatients at the CHOP Karabots Care Center in West Philadelphia, including patients with complex medical conditions, the medically underserved, as well as children from the University of Pennsylvania community at large. She continues in this practice, now entering her 23rd year.  She has successfully organized the now annual CHOP Concussion CME course, which draws over 150 participants annually from the region, nationally, and even internationally. She also continues to be an active invited speaker for many local school and sports groups, lecturing about sports and pediatric concussion, as well as the importance of return to learn and play of the pediatric athlete and rehabilitation strategies for those with prolonged recovery from concussion.

Sarah B. Mathews, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Dr. Mathews has developed a regional and national reputation for highly effective and innovative care in the field of behavioral wellness for women. Her primary focus has been women’s reproductive psychiatry and women’s mental health in aging population. She has been a vital participant, from both a clinical and an education standpoint, in the Penn’s Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness (PCWBW).  She has also developed unique expertise through her work in the Special Delivery Unit at CHOP where she works with expectant mothers and mothers who have recently given birth to infants with complex conditions. She is the Director of the University of Pennsylvania Geriatric Clinic and the University of Pennsylvania Anxiety Disorders Clinic. She has been recognized for her teaching by being awarded the Albert Stunkard Faculty Recognition Award by the graduating psychiatry class consecutively from 2013 through 2016. Additionally, she received the Award for Outstanding Outpatient Psychiatry Teaching Attending in 2015.

 

Oscar H. Mayer, MD 
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics 

Dr. Mayer is highly accomplished pediatric pulmonologist who maintains a general busy pulmonology practice at the division of pulmonary medicine’s main location in the Buerger Center. He plays a lead role in the division in the care of children with pulmonary complications of neuromuscular disease and chest wall and spine disorders, interacting with the divisions of neurology and orthopaedic surgery in both clinical care and research for these disorders. He is the Medical Co-Director of the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency at CHOP and the Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, responsible for all testing and research performed there including expanding testing capacity in the preschool and infant age groups. He is also a member of the Pediatric Program Committee for the American Thoracic Society’s International meeting. He chaired the 14th International Congress on Neuromuscular Disease and was the Co-Director of the pulmonology component of the International Forum on Scoliosis. He has lectured internationally and nationally and has been selected as of the “Best Physicians of New Jersey” for Pediatric Pulmonology SJ five times.  

 

Gregory Mayro, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Mayro is a highly effective clinician and educator who provides high quality inpatient care and medical education in internal medicine. He cares for patients admitted to the general medical services at HUP, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and the Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) unit at Good Shepherd Partners Specialty Hospital (GSPP) and also provides consultative services to the Penn Institute for Rehabilitative Medicine at GSPP. As the Site Lead at GSPP, where he has combined his efforts as both a hospitalist and infectious disease specialist, he has been crucial in the transition to staffing LTACH with Penn hospitalists in an effort to optimize patient care.

 

 


Kristin J. McKenna, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. McKenna is a prominent and gifted neonatologist. She cares for a large number of neonates in the NICU with renal conditions working with the Division of Nephrology to optimize identification and management of renal injury. She is the Director of the Physician’s Assistant Residency Program, the lead of the Perinatal Nephrology Group, and the Acute Kidney Injury Working group. In addition, Dr. McKenna currently participates as a member of the Apnea Consensus Committee, the Neonatology Fellowship Selection Committee, and the NICU Nutrition Committee. She has a sustained record of excellence in teaching residents and medical students. She has served as a reviewer for Pediatrics.

 




Emma Meagher, MD
Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Meagher has made outstanding and innovative contributions to clinical and translational science education programs at the University of Pennsylvania. These programs have been emulated nationally and internationally. In 1996, she designed and implemented the Patient-Oriented Research training program that continues today. In 1998, she developed the Master of Science in Translational Research (MTR) degree program, the first training program of its kind in the United States and a national model of excellence. In 2012, Dr. Meagher expanded her interests to include educational and professional development programs in regulatory science. Two programs were launched in 2015: Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs (MSRA) and the Master of Science in Regulatory Science (MSRS). She was designated as a Master Facilitator by the NIH National Research Mentoring Network and as the Chair of the Association of Clinical and Translational Science Mentoring Subcommittee. She serves as Vice Dean and Clinical Research Officer, Director of Clinical and Translational Research Training, and Senior Associate Provost for Human Research.

 

Jay J. Mehta, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Mehta is an accomplished and productive pediatric rheumatologist. He serves as Clinical Director of his division, responsible for overseeing operations and operations of the clinical care provided both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. He is regarded as thoughtful, passionate, and highly competent physician educator and is recognized nationally for his expertise in the care of children with Sjogren Syndrome where he is leading international efforts to develop classification criteria and international registry for this condition. He received the Clinician Scholar Educator Award from the Rheumatology Research Foundation in 2017.  He has served on multiple committees with the American College of Rheumatology, including Medical Student and Education Committee and the Pediatric Special Committee. He is also an influential member of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), including Chair of the Early Investigator Committee (2014-17) and Vice Chair of the Scleroderma, Vasculitis, Autoinflammatory and Rare Diseases Committee (2017-20)

 

Rachel K. Miller, MD, MSEd
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Miller is a national leader in geriatric education. At the VA, she is devoted to clinical care in the home and ambulatory care settings and consult service, with the majority to home care. She has training in geriatrics and palliative care and her expertise has enabled her to contribute to Penn across departments. She is currently co-leader of the interprofessional training curriculum for medical students and has been recognized locally and nationally for her teaching. In 2009, she was selected by the department of medicine as a Measey teaching preceptor. She was a John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence Scholar from 2012-2016 and is a recipient of the Geriatric Academic Career Award. She is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and is co-Chair of the Geriatrics Task Force.

 

Christina M. Mitchell, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Mitchell is an excellent clinician and educator who is a highly valued member of the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. She was the inaugural endocrinologist to initiate an endocrine practice at Penn Medicine, Valley Forge. This practice is a model of outstanding care and has continued grow over the last 6 years. She was recognized as a Top Doctor by Main Line Today magazine in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She received Excellence in Teaching Award from the Class of 2014 and 2017. She is an active member in PSOM committees including the Pre-Clinical Curriculum Committee, Interviewer, PSOM Admissions Committee and Credentials Committee.

 

 


Cynthia J. Mollen, MD, MSCE
Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Mollen has achieved national prominence as a leader in adolescent health, with a particular focus on utilizing the emergency department and non-primary care settings as sites for interventions related to major public health issues, such as unintended teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. In 2017, she was named Chief of the division of emergency medicine at CHOP. She has a successful history of extramural funding from government and foundation grants. She is an associate editor of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and a member of the editorial board of Pediatric Emergency Care. She is an outstanding teacher of medical students, postgraduates, and residents. She presents her work nationally. She was the President of the Board of Directors for AccessMatters (formerly the Family Planning Council) from 2015-17. She has held organizing roles for annual meetings of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 


Jennifer J.D. Morrissette, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Morrissette is a gifted cytogenetics and genomic diagnostic expert and teacher. She was instrumental in setting up the Center for Personalized Diagnostics and in designing and implementing the initial round of tests offered by the laboratory, a significant collaborative effort. She serves as the Center’s Clinical Director. Additionally, as Scientific Director of the Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory, she serves as institutional expert and advisor on Cytogenetics and is responsible for the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of cytogenetic diagnostic services rendered throughout the institution. She participates in the development and maintenance of an interactive multidisciplinary program for trainees from her department, hematology-oncology and genetics. In 2013, she received the Peter C. Nowell Award in Pathology, given to a faculty member who has made outstanding teaching contributions.

 

David Munson, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Munson is a distinguished clinician in the area of neonatal palliative care. As Medical Director of NICU operations, he serves on important committees and is a member of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) at CHOP. In addition, he helped establish the Chronic Lung Disease Program and is a founding member of the biosurgery attending group. He is an outstanding teacher. He received the Alan Cohen Master Clinician Award in 2012, he was nominated to the CHOP Residency Faculty Honor Roll for five consecutive years, and he received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. He is a member of the American Society of Pediatrics, Perinatal Pediatrics Section. He directs the Fetal Palliative Care program in the Center for Diagnosis and Treatment.

 


Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Musunuru is a leading physician-scientist who has made seminal contributions to cardiology and stem cell biology. He uses genome-wide association studies and sequencing to identify DNA variants and genes associated with cardiovascular disease. He also researches the use of stem cells for regenerative medicine and the use of gene editing as a long-term treatment for disease. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications, many in high impact journals such as Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Cell Stem Cell and Circulation Research. In 2017, he was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He is on the editorial board of Circulation Research and is Editor-in-Chief of Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. He presents his research in national and international venues, including the Keystone Symposium on Cardiac Development, Regeneration and Repair and the Gordon Research Conference on Lipoprotein Metabolism.



Suneel N. Nagda, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology

Dr. Nagda is an excellent clinician who has established a successful practice at PAH and has developed an area of expertise in the care of breast cancer patients. He helped initiate several new programs geared towards providing more patient-centered care for patients with breast cancer, including the development of a protocol that provides the necessary care in a shorter period, allowing for patients from longer distances to take advantage of the care Penn has to offer. He is the Site Director for the Radiation Oncology Residency Program at PAH and the Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Advisor for his department. He received the Educator of the Year award from the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology, and the Hercules award for most new patient starts in the department in both 2015 and 2016. 

 



Charles L. Nelson, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery – Clinician-Educator

Dr. Nelson is a highly productive, nationally prominent orthopedic surgeon who has made important contributions to the field of adult joint reconstruction, focusing on hip and knee reconstruction. He is the Chief of the Adult Reconstruction of UPHS. He is a referral source for minimally invasive joint arthroplasty and complex primary and revision joint replacement in the setting of bone loss, peri-prosthetic fracture, infection, and morbid obesity. His research interests include the management of complications of total hip and total knee arthroplasty, the use of stemmed implants, and ethnic health disparities. In 2014, he received the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Achievement Award. He is the Chair of the Resident and Fellows Education Committee for the International Congress for Joint Replacement. He is widely recognized as a leader and role model in promoting underrepresented minority surgeons in his field.

 


Mark D. Neuman, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Neuman is an influential health policy researcher in surgery and anesthesia whose research on understanding the health-system determinants of long-term outcomes of surgery and acute care among older adults has important implications on their care. He has an impressive record of funding and scholarship. In 2015, he received the Marjorie Bowman New Investigator Award, a Penn Medicine Award of Excellence, and a Presidential Scholar Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. In 2015, he was named Director of the Penn Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation (CPORT). In 2016, he became chair of the Pathways and Protocols Subcommittee of the UPHS Opioid Task Force. He is the Director of the Leonard Davis Institute Associate Fellows program which supports career development in health services research for over 100 trainees from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and seven Penn schools. In 2016, he initiated the CPORT Scholars program to provide mentoring and educational opportunities for trainees and early-career anesthesiology faculty.

 

Matthew O’Connor, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. O’Connor is an excellent teacher and cardiologist in the CHOP division of cardiology. He serves as Medical Director of Heart Transplantation. He is involved in all aspects of caring for children with diverse etiologies of cardiomyopathy and heart failure including diagnostics, medical management, mechanical ventricular assist device therapies, and heart transplantation. He is also an active participant in the Echocardiography Laboratory, the Cardiac ICU Consult Service, and the Lancaster General Cardiology Program. Additionally, he is active the Transplant Program QI activities. He was on the CHOP Resident Teaching Honor Roll in 2015-2016. He is a member of the American Heart Association and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

 



Judith A. O’Donnell, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. O’Donnell is an exemplary clinician. Her primary clinical efforts are to direct and support the Infection Control efforts at PPMC and has demonstrated success in dramatically lowering health-care associated infection rates (central line associated bloodstream infections- CLABSI; and catheter-associated urinary tract infections- CAUTI) with statistically lower than expected rates for the last 3 consecutive years. Under her leadership, the outpatient ID practice has been recognized for its outstanding performance in several Press-Ganey metrics and, in 2015 the practice received the CPUP Service Excellence Award. Since her appointment at Penn, she has been named a Fellow of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and has received the Frank J. O’Hara Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater (University of Scranton), the Delaware Valley Healthcare Improvement Foundation Patient Safety Award, and the UPHS Patient Safety and Quality Awards. 

 

Neha N. Patel, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Patel is a leader in quality and safety. She serves as the Co-Director of Healthcare Leadership in the quality residency track. She is a physician advisor for a wide array of quality improvement efforts at HUP and has worked on several innovative projects including an award-winning use of secure messaging platforms to improve cross-disciplinary communication on inpatient services. As Director of Mobile Strategy and Applications for UPHS, she has taken a lead role in the development and adoption of applications to improve the patient experience and increase quality and safety. She has a national reputation as a thought leader in the domain of mHealth development and is helping to steer the Penn Medicine mHealth strategy as Director of the mHealth Center of Excellence.

 



Stacie B. Peddy, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Peddy is the Director of Simulation in The Cardiac Center at CHOP.  She is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in cardiac simulation. As an attending physician in the Cardiac Care Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at CHOP, she provides medical care to neonates, infants and children. She is also the CICU faulty representative on the hospital’s Resuscitation Committee and an active member on the education committees of critical care and cardiology fellowships.

 

 

 


Marissa Perman-Laskin, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Perman-Laskin is an outstanding pediatric dermatologist and educator. She is the Clinic Director of the section of dermatology at CHOP. She co-founded a monthly polycystic ovarian syndrome multidisciplinary clinic with the division of endocrinology and nutrition and the Epidermolysis Bullosa Multidisciplinary Clinic where she is the Director. She is currently establishing a registry for patients with epidermolysis bullosa at CHOP, which will serve as a database that will support future research, including long-term longitudinal follow up on patients with many different types of epidermolysis bullosa and related complications. She received the FY2018 Department of Pediatrics Chair Initiative Award for the development of the Epidermolysis Bullosa Multidisciplinary Clinic. She has been invited to present her work at national meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Society for Pediatric Dermatology. 

 

Joseph Piccione, DO, MS
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Piccione is a gifted teacher and a recognized leader at the top of the clinical field in airway interventions and bronchoscopy. He has established a unique, highly regarded aerodigestive program and has contributed actively to the bronchoscopy program. He is emerging as a national resource in addressing quality improvement for the care of children with airway disorders. In 2013, he became the Pulmonary Director of the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders at CHOP, and in 2014, he was named Chair of the Croup Clinical Pathway Committee. He has been selected for the Faculty Teaching Honor roll at CHOP every year since 2013.

 




Michael A. Posencheg, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Posencheg is an expert in the care of preterm infants and committed to the field of quality improvement and patient safety. He is the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Nursery and Newborn Nursery at HUP. He has made significant contributions in the area of quality improvement in the division of neonatology, at HUP, and the broader health system. He has developed a quality improvement program for the HUP intensive care nursery and well-baby nursery that promotes excellence in clinical outcomes and prevention of medical errors. Three HUP ICN QI projects in the past five years have won Quality and Safety Awards. In 2016, he was appointed Penn Medicine Associate Chief Medical Officer, Value Improvement. He received the Istvan Seri, MD, PhD Faculty Teaching Award, the Penn Medicine Quality and Patient Safety Honorable Mention, the Victoria L. Rich Patient Satisfaction Award – Women’s Health Nursing, Baby Friendly Committee and has been named to the CHOP Faculty Honor Roll six times. 

 

Jane Portnoy, MD
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Dr. Portnoy is a highly skilled ophthalmologist who provides clinical and surgical patient care at Penn Medicine at Radnor and at VAMC. She acts as both teacher and mentor to medical students, ophthalmology residents and ophthalmology fellows at Scheie Eye Institute. She also supervises ophthalmology fellows at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. At Mercy Fitzgerald, she is Physician Lead of the satellite practice and has pioneered the expansion of the department’s community presence, serving as a role model for community expansion at other sites. In addition, she established a unique community clinic focused on the care of West Philadelphia’s African immigrant population where she provides comprehensive and high-level neuro-ophthalmology services to individuals with complex medical conditions. She has served this population with complex disease with great compassion and cultural sensitivity while enhancing the educational experience of the trainees at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. In 2017, she received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Lifetime Membership Award. 

 

Jesse M. Raiten, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Raiten is an outstanding clinician who specializes in thoracic anesthesia, neuroanesthesia and urologic anesthesia in the operating rooms of HUP and Surgical Critical Care Unit at PPMC. He is the Director of Quality and Patient Safety for his department at PPMC, overseeing quality metrics and patient safety initiatives while ensuring the delivery of high quality anesthetic and critical care services. He is also a member of the  Anesthesiology Patient Safety Committee there. In this role, he works closely with the Director of Quality and Chief of PPMC to ensure optimal care protocols. He has made contributions to global health, including visiting professorship and course director for the medical student clerkship at Perdana University School of Medicine in Malaysia and participating in initiatives to advance anesthesia and critical care education in Rwanda.

 

J. Eduardo, Rame, MD, MPhil
Associate Professor of Medicine—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Rame is a national expert in the field of advanced heart failure and mechanical circulatory support. His research focuses on outcomes and complications of left ventricular assist device approaches and the investigation of myocardial and systemic metabolism in chronic heart failure. He is also recognized for the development of a comprehensive program of long-term mechanical circulatory support for patients who are not eligible for heart transplantation (Destination Therapy) and patients who require left ventricular assist device therapy as a bridge to heart transplant. He is the Medical Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support for Penn Medicine. He has published his research in prestigious journals such as Circulation, The New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He is a dedicated and highly effective educator of medical students, residents and fellows. He lectures nationally and internationally.

 

Christopher Rassekh, MD
Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Rassekh is an accomplished head and neck surgeon who has achieved national and international prominence for salivary gland/sialoendoscopy and cranial base surgery. He is the Co-Chair of the Airway Safety Committee which has clinical, educational, scientific and quality improvement merits and continues to thrive and move forward both at HUP and UPHS. He is the Director of the Sialoendoscopy Program, providing opportunities for clinical, education and research pillars in otorhinolaryngology. He is editor and reviewer for several journals including Otolaryngology, Head Neck Surgery, Head and Neck and the Laryngoscope. He received the Joseph P. Akins Resident Teaching Award in 2015.

 




Michael R. Rickels, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine--Clinician-Educator

Dr. Rickels is an innovative investigator and an outstanding clinician and educator. His clinical and translational research focuses on diabetes. He is known particularly for his innovative studies of the function of islet cell transplantation as a therapy for Type 1 diabetes. He is Medical Director of the Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplant Program, Director of the Translational Research Program in the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, Associate Director of the Center for Human Phenomic Science, and Director of the Radioimmunoassay and Biomarkers Core of the Diabetes Research Center. He has a highly successful record of research funding. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Medicine and Diabetes. He has served on numerous committees for the NIH. He is an excellent and committed educator and mentor of medical students, graduate students, residents, and fellows. He presents his work nationally and internationally and has had an organizing role in numerous scientific meetings.

 

Michael N. Rubenstein, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Rubenstein is a highly regarded general neurologist with a busy clinical practice. In 2010, he traveled to Tanzania as part of a volunteer effort. This experience evolved into a clinical partnership with Penn Neurology and The Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME) which affords a regular experience for neurology residents to participate in global medicine and provide much-needed neurologic care in rural Tanzania. This program has been successful, gained national attention and is well-reviewed by residents and is attractive to prospective trainees. In 2018, he was included in Philadelphia Magazine’s, Top Doctors for Neurology and is a member of the Philadelphia Neurological Society.

 




Ronald C. Rubenstein, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Rubenstein is a preeminent academic pediatric pulmonologist whose research has advanced the understanding of the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis. He studies intracellular trafficking of CFTR (Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator) and its most common mutation, the deltaF508 mutation; abnormalities of this trafficking; interactions between CFTR and the epithelial sodium channel, ENaC; and development of agents that can normalize CFTR function and trafficking in vitro and in vivo. He publishes his work in prominent journals. He contributes significantly to the educational experience of undergraduate and graduate students, medical students, residents, pulmonary fellow and postdoctoral research fellows. He was named to the Residents’ Faculty Honor Roll at CHOP from 2013-15. He is the Chair of the Basic Science Review Committee for the Strategically Focused Children’s Research Network Review Committee of the American Heart Association.

 







Adam I Rubin, MD
Associate Professor of Dermatology—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Rubin is widely recognized for his expertise in clinical dermatopathology and clinical dermatology. His research focuses on adult and pediatric clinical nail unit disorders, nail unit dermatopathology, and pediatric dermatopathology. He publishes in leading journals in his field including Nature Communications, the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology and Pediatric Dermatology He is a grant reviewer for the Food and Drug Administration. He is a dedicated teacher and mentor of medical students, residents and fellows. He is a member of the American Dermatological Association, the Noah Worcester Dermatological Society, and the North American Clinical Dermatologic Society. He serves on the Board of Directors of The International Society of Dermatopathology, the European Nail Society and the Council for Nail Disorders.

 



Danish Saleheen, MBBS, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics

Dr. Saleheen is a genetic epidemiologist whose independent and collaborative multidisciplinary research has a high level of public health relevance. He focuses on advancing the understanding of genetic, blood-based and lifestyle factors that cause cardiovascular disorders. He is leading a number of research projects in Pakistan, including the development of an epidemiological biosource involving 65,000 participants on whom extensive lifestyle information and biological samples have been collected. He is leveraging the high levels of consanguinity in Pakistan and has identified a number of null homozygotes (i.e., human knockouts) which are being systematically evaluated through deep phenotyping studies. His group is also evaluating gene-environment interactions to identify factors that influence these genes to cause cardiovascular disease. In 2018, he received the Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award for “The Human Knockout Project” from The Clinical Research Forum.                                                         

 

Peter D. Sananman, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

Dr. Sananman is an outstanding educator and highly productive clinician. He is the PPMC emergency department and hospital physician lead for disaster preparedness and planning. He organizes planning, preparation, and training for potential emergencies such as natural disaster, MCI, pandemics, bioterrorism or other extreme emergencies. He spent volunteer and clinical time in post-earthquake Haiti in 2010 and 2011, Romblon Philippines 2011, and the Sundanese Refugee Clinic in Tel Aviv in 2012.  He serves on multiple department and hospital-wide disaster preparedness committees as a member and in some cases chair and teaches DMEP course for the health system. He also speaks to numerous groups within and outside the health system about disaster management and preparedness.

                                                                       



Avni Santani, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Santani is a highly effective educator and productive clinician who has made significant national and international contributions to the field of genomic diagnostics. She co-founded and co-directs the “Advanced Course in Laboratory Genomics” for fellows and residents. The course provides the foundation of knowledge on molecular genetics, cytogenetics, informatics, and laboratory management. In 2014, she developed and launched the clinical exome sequencing test, providing diagnoses to families with children who have complex genetic disorders. In 2015, she received the Innovator of the Year award from the Philadelphia Business Journal and is one of three molecular geneticists to serve as a member of the Next Generation Sequencing Committee at the College of American Pathologists.  She is currently the Director of the division of genomic diagnostics at CHOP.

 


Siddharth P. Shah, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Shah is an outstanding clinician and educator who provides clinical care to nephrology patients at HUP, PCAM and UPHS affiliated dialysis units. He is the Group Medical Director of the dialysis program of the renal division where he leads programs targeting quality improvement, growth, and care integration. He is the Co-Director of the renal pathophysiology course, Module II where he contributes to the training of nephrology fellows, residents and medical students. He has received numerous teaching awards throughout his medical career, including the 2013 Francis Sterling Award for Teaching Excellence and the J. Russell Elkington Faculty Teaching Award, Renal-Electrolyte & Hypertension Division in 2017.

 




Hao Shen, PhD
Professor of Microbiology

Dr. Shen is an internationally recognized leader in the study of immune responses against bacterial and viral pathogens. His laboratory focuses on the basic questions related to the generation of effective immune responses, mechanisms of protective immunity, and the establishment of long-term immunological memory. He has a history of NIH funded research. He is editor of SOJ Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, associate editor of Frontier in Microbial Immunity, and a member of the editorial board of Cellular and Molecular Immunology and Biology-Direct. He has served on grant review panels for governmental and nongovernmental agencies. He has worked with the Shanghai Institute of Immunology and helped establish an internship program with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. These programs enable collaborative work to strengthen the global infectious diseases programs at Penn Medicine. He is highly praised as a mentor whose primary contributions have been in graduate education. He is a major contributor to the Graduate Training in Medical Science certificate program.

 

Sunny Shin, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology

Dr. Shin has made seminal contributions to the field of microbial pathogenesis. She uses the intracellular bacterial pathogen Legionella pneumophila, the causative agent of the severe pneumonia Legionnaires’ disease as a primary model, to understand how the immune system distinguishes between virulent and avirulent bacteria. She is known for the high quality, clarity and rigor of her research. She has contributed peer-reviewed publications in leading specialty journals in her field including Nature Immunology, Infection and Immunity, and PLOS Pathogens. She is on the editorial board of Infection and Immunity. She is an excellent teacher and devoted mentor for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. In the last three years, she has mentored or is mentoring 46 trainees on various projects and has sat on 16 thesis committees in addition to lecturing.




Russell “Taki” Shinohara, PhD
Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics          

Dr. Shinohara is a leading methodological and applied biostatistician who is having an impact on the field of neuroimaging. His methodological research focuses on the assessment of structural and functional changes in the brain throughout development and in neurological, psychiatric and developmental disorders. He is also a valued collaborator. His research has clinical applications to neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autism spectrum disorders. He has a successful record of garnering research funding. He also makes outstanding contributions to teaching and mentoring. In the last three years, he has mentored 26 trainees and is currently mentoring 20 trainees that have resulted in papers in preparation and published, grants in submission, and other on-going projects and research.




James Shorter, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Dr. Shorter is an innovative and leading edge investigator who focuses on the ways in which components of the proteostasis network enable cells to achieve successful protein folding, the basis of the majority of biological functions. The goals of his research include defining the structural and mechanistic basis for Hsp 104 function; applying Hsp 104 to disease-associated protein misfolding and aggregation; defining the metazoan disaggregase machinery; defining how small molecules modulate amyloid folding trajectories; and defining the misfolding trajectories of RNA-binding proteins with prion-like domains in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases. He is an editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Biophysical Journal and is on the editorial board of Disease Models and Mechanisms. He has received the ALS Association Investigator Initiated Award, the Sanofi Innovation Award, and the Department of Defense Therapeutic Idea Award.

 


Evan S. Siegelman, MD
Professor of Radiology—Clinician-Educator   

Dr. Siegelman is an influential international leader in body MRI techniques and interpretation who focuses particularly on clinical problems related to the abdomen and pelvis. He is a member of The Academy of Master Clinicians, the highest clinical honor for a Penn Medicine clinician. His scholarly contributions have advanced the field. Among them is a highly cited clinical review of MR imaging of ovarian germ cell neoplasms published in Radiographics. He was the primary imaging scientist in a 2007 New England Journal of Medicine article concerning the lipid lowering effects of microsomal triglyceride transfer protein in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. They demonstrated that one of the side effects was hepatic steatosis. His book, Body MRI, is the definitive text in the field. In 2018, he received the RadioGraphics Editors’ Recognition Award. He received the RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) Honored Educator Award in 2013. He is a fellow of the Society of Computed Body Tomography and MR.

 

Fiona Simpkins, M.D
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Simpkins is a nationally recognized expert in gynecologic oncology. Her research has potential clinical application for treatment of women with ovarian cancer. She has focused on the BRCA mutation tumor environment, particularly the mechanisms of PARP (Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase) inhibitor resistance in ovarian cancer. She is the Director of the Preclinical Drug Development Ovarian Research Center. She has had continuous research funding since 2009. In recognition of her expertise, she was asked to serve on the NRG (Gynecological Oncology Group) Experimental Therapeutics Committee involved with the review and approval of all Phase 1 novel therapy trials. She has served as the Director of Medical Student and Resident Education for Gyn Oncology since her appointment. Since 2016, she has served on the American Board of Ob/Gyn Examination Committee responsible for questions for board certification.

 


Devika Singh, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Singh is a thoughtful and deliberate physician with a passion for the craft of medicine and education who provides both direct and supervising medical care to children undergoing surgical procedures at CHOP. She has made important contributions both at the local and national level in the advancement of simulation-based education. She developed and leads the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellows Boot Camp, drawing participants locally, regionally and nationally. She is the Assistant Director for Simulation Education in her department.

 





Harvey E. Smith, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Smith is an innovative academic orthopaedic surgeon whose translational pre-clinical and clinical research focuses on degeneration and reconstruction of the intervertebral disc and the application of novel MRI imaging techniques for the non-invasive characterization of disease and treatment. He is the Director of Orthopaedic Spine Trauma at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications in prominent journals in his field such as the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Tissue Engineering. He is the only orthopaedic surgeon to receive a Career Development Award in the history of the Philadelphia VA. He is a reviewer for several journals and a member of the editorial board of the European Spine Journal. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, the Orthopaedic Research Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


 

Kim Smith-Whitley, MD
Professor of Pediatrics—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Smith-Whitley is a leading pediatric hematologist who is nationally prominent in the field of sickle cell disease (SCD) and its complications. Her clinical research focuses on pulmonary complications, both acute and chronic, in pediatric sickle cell disease. A recent focus of research is the transition from pediatric to adult management of the disease. She has developed a model of care that integrates clinical care, clinical research, and education with psychosocial research, health policy initiatives, and advocacy. In 2009, Dr. Smith-Whitley received the Master Clinician Award from CHOP and in 2015, she was selected as a member of The Academy of Master Clinicians, the highest clinical honor for a Penn Medicine physician. At CHOP, she is the Medical Co-Director of the Hematology Acute Care Unit, Clinical Director of the division of hematology, and the Director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. She is an outstanding teacher of medical students, residents and fellows. She presents her work nationally and internationally. She continues to work for the non-profit organization, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, as an advocate at the local and national level and serves on the Board of the Foundation of Women and Girls with Blood Disorders.

 

David A. Spiegel, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Spiegel is a renowned international expert in orthopaedic aspects of neuromuscular disorders in children, pediatric trauma, and clubfoot deformity. He has further distinguished himself for his clinical and educational programs in underserved regions of the world. His research complements his clinical and humanitarian interests. He received the Humanitarian Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America in 2013, the Walter P. Blount Humanitarian Award from the Scoliosis Research Society in 2016, and the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2017. His publications are in leading journals in his field including Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spine. He is a member of the editorial board of World Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a dedicated and highly effective educator and mentor of medical students, residents and fellows. He presents his work nationally and internationally and has organizing roles in scientific meetings.


 

Ben Z. Stanger, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Stanger is a world leader in the field of gastrointestinal development and malignancies. His cutting-edge investigations bridge the fields of cancer biology, developmental biology and regenerative medicine to focus on understanding how stem cells and progenitor cells in the vertebrate liver and pancreas behave during development, organ regeneration, and carcinogenesis. In 2017, he was named Director of the Penn Pancreatic Cancer Research Center (PCRC). The PCRC uses a multidisciplinary approach involving medical oncologists, surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists who meet weekly to discuss cases, optimize treatments and discover cures. He has a continuous record of NIH funding for his research. His peer-reviewed publications are in high impact journals including Nature, Cell, Cancer Cell, and Genes and Development. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the Council of the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

 

Corrie Stankiewicz, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Stankiewicz is a model clinician and educator. She cares for patients admitted to the general medical service at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. She sits on the undergraduate medical education leadership team and is the Site Director for all the student rotations in internal medicine at the VA. She is a member of the Internal Medicine Residency Program Leadership Committee and the Educational Steering Committee for the department of medicine. She received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2015 and the Francis Sterling Award for Educational Excellence in 2016. Nationally, she serves on the Education Committee for the Society of General Internal Medicine and is a faculty inductee into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She directs the medicine subinternship, capstone course though which 100 medical students rate annually. She is the Site Director for all students on medicine rotations at CMCVAMC, providing mentorship to all students there. 

 

Victoria Stepanova, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Stepanova is a highly accomplished researcher who has achieved national and international recognition in the field of urokinase biology. She has conducted or collaborated on research that focuses on the role of urokinase and other plasminogen activators on tumor growth, vascular and other forms of tissue remodeling and tissue transduction events that underlie those responses. She publishes her work in prestigious journals in her field, such as The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Blood, Biochemical Journal, and Molecular Biology of the Cell. She presents her work at national and international venues. She reviews grants for the Austrian Science Fund and the Italian Ministry of Health Department of Public Health and Innovation and is an ad hoc reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

 

Donna J. Stephenson, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Stephenson is a highly regarded neurologist who provides pediatric neurology services at CHOP, Brandywine and Lancaster and is an integral part of the headache program. She specializes in nerve blocks and botox for headaches. In addition, she has expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders including Tourette Syndrome, ADHD and autism. Currently, she is Head of the Community Neurology Section, Medical Director of Operations and Outreach, and a member of the Executive Committee in her division at CHOP. In 2015, she received Neurology Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching. She served as a guest editor for Neurology Edition of Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care and Neurology Edition of Current PediatricReports. She is Associate Editor of the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

 

 

Jai-Yoon Sul, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics

Dr. Sul is widely recognized for the development of cutting-edge technologies and his contributions to astrocyte research. He is a highly productive collaborative and independent researcher who uses optical imaging to study how to manipulate biological molecules to elucidate their function under physiological and pathophysiological states in mouse brain. More recently, he has been using his physiology and single cell expertise to focus on the role of astrocytes in alcohol addiction. He is recognized for his innovative technical contributions and is co-owner on 25 patents registered since 2005. He provides instruction on the use of multiphoton microscopy and the complexities of live cell image analysis. He also helped establish a single cell training workshop offered annually at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

 



Katherine S. Taub, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Taub is an outstanding physician who is as a well-known academic expert on Tuberous Sclerosis. She created and is co-directs the Tuberous Sclerosis Program, a multi-disciplinary clinic involving neurology, nephrology, neuroradiology and radiology. She has been involved in the growth of the NICU hypothermia program at Virtua. She is actively involved in education related committees serving as a member of the CHOP Pediatric Neurology Residency Education Committee and Head of the Clinical Competency Committee for the CHOP Epilepsy Fellowship. She has also been the pediatric neurology representative for the Physician Advisory Committee in New Jersey for the past several years. She is a member of the American Epilepsy Society and Child Neurology Society.

 



Khoon-Yen Tay, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Tay is an outstanding clinician and gifted teacher who provides clinical care in the emergency department at CHOP and Virtua in Vorhees, NJ. She has made significant contributions to her division’s community outreach and quality improvement efforts through providing on-site simulation at CHOP satellite urgent care centers and community emergency departments. She has been an innovator in continuing education for practicing physicians who provide care to acutely ill and injured children both in an academic center and in the broader community. She has developed and been co-leader for biannual “boot camps” for emergency physicians to train students, residents, fellows and faculty in needed emergency room procedures and skills. She is a member of the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education (INSPIRE) and Improving Pediatric Acute Care Through Simulation Research (IMPACTS) group. She also has been named to the CHOP Residency Early Career Faculty Honor roll in 2016 and 2017.

 

Boon-Keng Kevin Teo, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology—Clinician-Educator

Dr. Teo is a highly productive, innovative medical physicist who is recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to proton therapy and image guided proton therapy, particularly his high impact work in the clinical translation of advanced imaging including CBCT (cone beam computed tomography), DECT (dual-energy computed tomography), and prompt gamma imaging. His work on prompt gamma imaging was the first in the world to demonstrate the feasibility of in vivo range verification for pencil beam scanning proton therapy and received with the Michael Goitein best abstract award at the 2017 Proton Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG) annual meeting in Japan. He is a committed teacher and mentor of residents in radiation oncology, physics residents in radiation oncology, interns in the radiologic education program, and students in the Master of Medical Physics program.

 

Drew A. Torigian, MD, MA
Professor of Radiology
– Clinician-Educator

Dr. Torigian is a highly accomplished academic radiologist whose research focuses on clinical and translational quantitative radiology with CT, MRI, and PET imaging, including novel application of existing imaging techniques to solve current clinical problems and development of new computer-based image analysis techniques for improved quantification of various disease conditions. He has served as the Clinical Director of the Medical Imaging Processing Group since 2014. His grant funding supports multiple ongoing early phase clinical trials relating to the development of new therapeutics. He has contributed numerous peer-reviewed publications. He has been a fellow of the Society of Abdominal Radiology since 2014 and a fellow of the American College of Radiology since 2017. He has trained over 200 radiology/nuclear medicine residents and fellows, postdoctoral trainees, graduate, medical and undergraduate students, high school students, and visiting research scholars.

                           


Prashanth Vallabhajosyula, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Surgery —Clinician-Educator      

Dr. Vallabhajosyula is an outstanding surgeon scientist who, in a short period of time, has had a major impact on the field of cardiac surgery, particularly thoracic aortic surgery. His basic research focuses on understanding the diagnostic and therapeutic roles of tissue specific exosomes in disease and health. His clinical research involves aortic surgery, especially the surgical management of aortopathies associated with bicuspid aortic valve syndrome. To support this research, he built an institutional bicuspid aortic valve database resulting in more than 14 publications addressing surgical management and outcomes in bicuspid aortic valve repair and aneurysm surgery. He has been highly successful in garnering support for his research. He is a frequently invited lecturer. In 2015, he was the Co-Director of the Aortic Valve Repair Symposium, an annual international conference on aortic valve repair techniques and outcomes.

 


Ragini Verma, PhD
Professor of Radiology

Dr. Verma is recognized internationally as an innovative investigator who uses sophisticated mathematical algorithms to study computational brain connectomics, the analysis of brain connectivity. Her multidisciplinary independent and collaborative research program in computational brain mapping uses diffusion analytics, multi-modal connectomics, and genetic underpinnings of the brain’s network structure. These methods have application to the study of development, sex differences, and charting the network changes during the onset and progression of pathologies such as autism, brain tumors, and traumatic brain injury. She has an excellent record of funding and scholarship. Her 2014 PNAS paper focusing on sex differences in the structural connectivity of the brain was featured in every major national and international newspaper and was part of the BBC-horizon documentary “Is your brain male or female?” She has served on study sections and special emphasis panels for the NIH and as a reviewer for numerous journals.

 

Christopher Watt, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Watt is an outstanding clinician who is an exceptionally well-trained and experienced pathologist.  With his broad expertise in molecular pathology and laboratory medicine, he has helped oversee the development, implementation and proper use of molecular diagnostics to support the various clinical missions of the health system, including but not limited to the Abramson Cancer Center. He is the Associate Director of the Molecular Pathology Laboratory, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at HUP and Co-Director of the Pathology Residency program. In 2013, received the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Kevin E. Salhany Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious Perelman School of Medicine Leonard Berwick Teaching award. He is involved in a number of professional societies including the American Society of Clinical Pathology, Training and Education Committee for the Association of Molecular Pathology, College of American Pathologists Molecular Oncology Committee.

 

Matthew D. Weitzman, PhD
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Weitzman is an internationally recognized, innovative and productive investigator in the field of virology who focuses on the development of improved viral vectors for gene therapy and analysis of the role of the cellular DNA damage response in virus replication. He has been successful in securing continuous funding for his research and his scholarship is published in leading journals including Nature, Cell Host & Microbe, Molecular Cell, and the Journal of Virology. He has made outstanding contributions to teaching and mentoring at the Perelman School of Medicine and CHOP, and nationally. He received the CHOP Faculty Mentor Award in 2016 and the CHOP Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees in 2017. He is the faculty advisor for the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program and for the NIH Summer Research Experience. He leads advisory groups to support grant writing for CHOP/Penn fellows and faculty in a highly successful program called Grant Proposal Success (GPS). He served as Chair of the Education Committee for the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy and Chair of the ASGCT New Investigator Committee where he initiated programs for mentoring and career development. 

 

Jessica Wen, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Wen is an excellent hepatologist and a vital member of the transplant team who provides care to pediatric patients with liver disease at CHOP. She is the Director of the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Care Program and in the Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD) program. She developed and co-directs the combined Kidney/Liver Clinic, a multidisciplinary program for children with ARPKD and other conditions. She is member of the American Society of Transplantation, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition where she has served on the Hepatology Committee and currently serves on the Clinical Practice Committee. Dr. Wen has also been named on the Fellows Faculty Honor Roll from 2013-2017.





Gerald B.W. Wertheim, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 

Dr. Werthheim excels as a teacher and hematophthologist. At CHOP, he is responsible for diagnostic evaluation of peripheral blood specimens, body fluids, bone marrows and surgical specimens with hematopoietic pathology. He has a joint appointment with the division of gnomic diagnostics at CHOP, where he is responsible for final genomic interpretation for numerous hematopathology cases. He has developed and led the teaching efforts for a regional bi-monthly, continuing medical education accredited case conference series that has grown to include faculty and trainees from CHOP, Drexel, Fox Chase, HUP, Jefferson and Lehigh Valley.  He also serves as Director of the Clinical Competency Committee for the Hematopathology Fellowship Program and the ACGME Review Committee. He is a reviewer for several journals and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. 


 

Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics

Dr. Wiebe is a highly productive investigator whose research on trauma epidemiology and the impact of the environment on the etiology and prevention of disease is advancing the field. He has an excellent record of securing funding for his research. He has contributed numerous peer-reviewed publications in leading journals in his field including the American Journal of Public Health, Epidemiology, Injury Prevention and the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. In 2017, he received the Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize, presented annually by the editors and editorial board of Epidemiology to the author of the best paper published in the journal in the preceding year. The award-winning paper was “Mapping Activity Patterns to Quantify Risk of Violent Assault in Urban Environments.” He became Director of the Global Injury and Trauma Research Training Program for Botswana in 2016 and in 2017, he was appointed Director of the Penn Injury Science Center. In 2012, he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching and in 2015, he received The Sandy Norman Award for Teaching Excellence in the Master of Science of Clinical Epidemiology Program. He presents his work nationally and internationally.

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Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Wilck is an exceptional physician who has contributed to the treatment and prevention of infectious disease in the transplant patient population. In 2011, she was an integral part of the hand transplant team working to develop and establish important clinical guidelines for infection prevention for the first hand transplant performed at HUP.  She serves as Medical Director of Penn Home Infusion Therapy and re-established a regular Morbidity and Mortality Conference in 2016 for the Infectious Disease Division.  She Is a member of the American Society of Transplantation and active member of their cooperative group focusing on infections disease. She has been invited to co-author guidelines for the control of Herpes Simplex Virus disease in the post-transplant patient and has been invited to serve as Ad Hoc Infectious Disease Editor for Images in Transplantation, a CME feature in the American Journal of Transplantation.

 


Eric S. Witze, PhD
Associate Professor of Cancer Biology

Dr. Witze has made foundational discoveries that have advanced basic cellular biology and potential clinical therapies for cancer. He studies the role of protein palmitoylation in receptor tyrosine kinase signaling, asymmetric cell division and the metastatic behavior of cancer cells. In a seminal paper published in Molecular Cell in 2016, he discovered that the C-terminus S-acylation of EGFR inhibits the receptor’s activity and clarifies the role of palmitoylation in EGFR activity. The research demonstrates how critical S-acylation is in EGFR signaling and how this can be modified to influence cancer growth. In a Journal of Biological Chemistry publication in 2015, he demonstrated that Wnt5A plays a critical role in S-acylation and cellular polarization. This finding will have far-reaching applications for neurobiology, development, and many areas of biology. In a 2018 eLife publication, he further demonstrates how protein palmitoylation is linked with cancer development.

 


Daniel H. Wolf, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Wolf is an innovative independent and collaborative investigator who is recognized internationally for his pioneering research in the application of functional neuroimaging techniques to study the pathophysiological mechanisms in psychosis, depression, addiction, and other psychiatric disorders. He is known particularly for his translational research on the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, including difficulties with motivation and pleasure. Many of his publications are highly-cited and in top-tier journals in his field such as the American Journal of Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia Bulletin. He is an excellent teacher and mentor. In 2013, he received the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents from the American Psychiatric Association. He was named Associate Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Training Program in 2017. He was elected to the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in 2014.

 



Liza C. Wu, MD
Professor of Surgery--Clinician-Educator

Dr. Wu is an outstanding surgeon and educator who is making important contributions to academic plastic and reconstructive surgery. She specializes in post-oncologic reconstruction and microsurgery, including perforator flaps for breast, head and neck, extremity, and trunk reconstruction. She also performs tissue expander/implant reconstruction for breast and skin cancer. Her research complements her clinical work, focusing on outcomes in microsurgery and breast reconstruction surgery. She is an excellent teacher and mentor of medical students, residents and fellows. She received the Don LaRossa Teaching Award in 2014 and 2015. She directs the microsurgery fellowship program, recognized nationally as a preeminent program. She is the Diversity Officer for the department of surgery. She presents her work nationally and internationally.

 



Peter K. Yi, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Yi is a superb clinician who provides anesthesia for surgical patients including a focus on regional anesthesia for orthopedic procedures as well as acute postoperative pain management. He also provides palliative care for symptom management for chronic pain patients as part of end of life care and is currently the Director of Anesthesiology at Tuttleman Surgical Center at PAH. He is also actively involved in education within the Department as Medical Student Clerkship Director for Pain Medicine and Associate Director for Pain Medicine Fellowship.  Dr. Yi is also a medical officer with the National Disaster Medical System of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

 




Hanna M. Zafar, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Radiology– Clinician-Educator

Dr. Zafar is a national leader in radiology health services research and quality improvement. She is recognized nationally for her expertise in reporting, management, and outcomes of actionable imaging findings. She developed and implemented a structured reporting system, Code Abdomen, that enables the identification and tracking of reported incidental findings and appropriate clinical interventions. This system is now in place across HUP, PAH, and PPMC and is viewed nationally as an advance in patient care. She has been invited to lecture on the reporting, management and outcomes of non-emergent actionable imaging findings at every major annual national radiology meeting. She has a record of continuous funding for her research. She is an excellent teacher who dedicates a significant amount of time to educating residents, fellows, and community radiologists.                   

 


Lin Zhang, MD
Harry Fields Research Professor    

Dr. Zhang is an innovative and productive investigator in ovarian cancer research, particularly in cancer genomics. His basic and translational research focuses on the genetic and genomic bases of initiation and progression of ovarian cancer, the role and function of microRNAs in both breast and ovarian cancer, and the development of novel microRNA-based therapeutic strategies. In 2014, he received the Breakthrough Award from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. He is the Director of Research Operations of the Ovarian Cancer Research Center and the Co-Director of the RNA Biology Initiative of the Abramson Cancer Center. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals such as Cancer Cell, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, PNAS, and Cancer Research. He is an academic editor of PLoS One and a reviewer for numerous journals. He is a committee member of the American Research Association and a member of study sections of the NIH and the Department of Defense.