Current Residents

PGY-I Preliminary

  • Kaleen Burton, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Jeffrey Chen, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Gaytri Gupta-Elera, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Matthew Helm, MD; State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  • Kevin Moser, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Karthik Sabapathy, DO; Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Arissa Torrie, MD; Penn State College of Medicine

PGY-I Categorical

  • Nader Aboujamous, MD; Medical College of Georgia
  • Joshua Bowling, MD; Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Melanie Bray, MD; Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Joseph Cioccio, DO; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Daniel Gaballa, MD; George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Daniel Guck, DO; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jennifer Jacobs, MD; Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
  • Andrea Knab, MD; USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
  • George Krakowski, MD; Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Michael Le, MD; Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Catherine Luik, DO; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Philip Lynam, MD; Temple University School of Medicine
  • David Momand, MD; Ross University School of Medicine
  • Zachary Pattison, DO; Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kevin Rhie, MD; University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Leah Ross, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Christopher Soriano, MD; New York Medical College
  • Marianne Spengler Twilley, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Bradley Woodman, MD; University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Simin Zhang, MD; Weill Cornell Medical College

PGY-II

  • Edwin Campoverde-Hernandez, MD; San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
  • Christopher Cauto, MD; Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Jennifer Cooper, MD; University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Brent Dembo, MD; Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Anna Lisa De Obaldia, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Matthew Emerich, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Kamyar Haghayeghi, DO; Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lionel Kankeu Fonkoua, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Richard Koubek, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Kevin Lin, MD; State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  • Sarah Maher, MD; Ross University School of Medicine
  • Kevin Mills, MD; Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
  • Christina Mingora, MD; Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Matthew Nudy, MD; Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Kevin Parks, MD; Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Piscataway
  • Hardikkumar Patel, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Benjamin Stern, DO; New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • James Suleski, DO; Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Emily Wood, DO; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Cynthia Brooke Woods, DO; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM)
  • Melissa Yacur, MD; Temple University School of Medicine

PGY-III

  • Alaa E Awad, MD; University of Cairo – ABIM Subspecialty Research/Extended Pathway (Nephrology)
  • Joseph Awantang, MD; University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Balraj, MD; University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Simranjit Bedi, DO; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Daniel Benyo, MD; The Commonwealth Medical College
  • Ilan Berlinrut, MD; Saint George’s University
  • Jesse Blank, MD               ; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Ruchi Desai, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Lisa Domaradzki, MD; Ross University School of Medicine
  • Mehrdad Ghahramani, MD; Ross University School of Medicine
  • Sahithi Gosala, MD; Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Maria Paula Henao, MD; Raymond and Ruth Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • John Interrante, MD; Temple University School of Medicine
  • James Kogut, DO; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Eric Marks, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Britt Marshall, MD; University at Buffalo State University of New York
  • Ifesinachi Ndukwu, MD; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Jigisha Patel, MD; Ross University School of Medicine
  • Christopher Pizzola, MD; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Joseph Scrobola, DO; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

The NRMP Fellowship Match has proven very successful for our residents with an overall success rate of greater than 95%. Of those who have applied to fellowship over the past five (5) years, the majority have placed in one of their top three program choices even in the most competitive specialties.  

2015-2016 (100% match rate)

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • University of Texas-Houston

Gastroenterology

  • Allegheny General (2)
  • Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech Carilion SOM
  • Emory University
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Geriatrics

  • Johns Hopkins

Hematology/Oncology

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2)

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • University of Virginia

Nephrology

  • Yale-New Haven

Pulmonary/Critical Care

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2)

Hospitalist Medicine (5)

Primary Care (1)

2014-2015

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2)
  • Medical University of South Carolina

Endocrinology

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Geriatrics

  • NY Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center

General Internal Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Inaugural position)
  • University of Texas-Southwestern

Infectious Diseases

  • University of Maryland

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • Drexel University

Nephrology

  • University of Texas-Houston

Occupational Medicine Fellowship

  • University of Utah

Pulmonary/Critical Care

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Rheumatology

  • University of North Carolina

Hospitalist Medicine (5)

Primary Care (2)

2013-2014

Allergy/Immunology

  • North Shore-LIJ Health System, NIH Physician-Scientist Program T32

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2)
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Utah

Gastroenterology

  • Geisinger Health System
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2)

Hematology/Oncology

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • Community Care of Lancaster

Rheumatology

  • Georgetown University

Hospitalist Medicine (7)

2012-2013

Allergy/Immunology

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Deborah Heart and Lung
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2)
  • St. Luke's Hospital
  • Medical University of South Carolina

Critical Care Medicine

  • Cleveland Clinic

Gastroenterology

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (3)
  • University of Minnesota

Hematology/Oncology

  • Mayo-Rochester

Pulmonary/Critical Care

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2)

Hospitalist Medicine (7)

2011-2012

Allergy/Immunology

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Emory University
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2)
  • University of Miami
  • University of Vermont-Fletcher Allen

Gastroenterology

  • West Virginia University

Hematology/Oncology

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • SUNY, Stonybrook

Infectious Diseases

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Nephrology

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Rheumatology

  • University of Alabama

Hospitalist Medicine (9)

Why I chose Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

  • "Having gone to medical school at Penn State, I really appreciated the teaching qualities of the faculty.  I felt the working atmosphere was such that I would be challenged but would always be able to ask for help.  I appreciated the camaraderie of the residents."  (Matt Sauder MD, Endocrinology Fellow, University of Virginia)
  • I chose Penn State because I was very impressed by the great teaching and unique learning environment.  Penn State is well known in my home country (Germany) for its pioneer work in cardiology; such as flow mediated vascular functioning testing and cardiac assist devices."  (Niels Engberding MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine)
  • "I was looking for a strong university program in a community large enough to provide a good patient case mix, yet small enough to avoid the stress of a big city.  I knew I would receive an excellent education and have the opportunity to work with physicians who were excellent role models."  (Adam Albert MD, Hospitalist; Lebanon VA Medical Center Lebanon PA)
  • "Excellent faculty with outstanding clinical acumen and a priority on teaching."  (Christopher Thompson, MD, Msc, FACG, FASGE, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of Therapeutic Endoscopy and Head of Developmental Endoscopy Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School)
  •  "I chose Penn State because it is a large referral center and provided the opportunity to care for patients with a wide variety of diseases.  I also liked the atmosphere within the hospital; good facilities and nice faculty/staff."  (Merritt Fajt MD, Instructor in Allergy-Immunology, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute @ UPMC/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)

How Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center prepared me for training after residency

  • "I was prepared for fellowship and now clinical practice. I feel very fortunate to have had a great experience at Hershey!"  (Kerim Oncu DO, Nephrologist, Geisinger-Scenery Park, State College PA)
  • "My training prepared me to be able to handle a large hospitalist service and work confidently with multiple sub-specialists.  My academic training at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey  Medical Center has given me the ability to supervise residents and play a role in their educational experience."  (Adam Albert MD, Hospitalist; Lebanon VA Medical Center Lebanon PA) 
  • "I felt very well trained after residency to be a competent physician. I was also confident that my training at Hershey would allow me to obtain a fellowship, even at the most competitive programs.  I was subsequently accepted to a nephrology fellowship at Yale."  (Brian Rifkin MD, Director of Dialysis and Interventional Nephrology, Hattiesburg Clinic, Hattiesburg MS)
  • "I felt that my training at Penn State prepared me very well for my training after residency as an allergy/immunology fellow. At Penn State we learned to think about complex cases and generate a differential diagnosis which has been extremely helpful to me."  (Merritt Fajt MD, Instructor in Allergy-Immunology, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute @ UPMC/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
  • "After my residency I started a cardiology fellowship at one of the best cardiology programs in the country.  I can say with confidence that I was well prepared as I could compare myself to my co-fellows who were from the most reputed medical schools/residency programs in the US."  (Niels Engberding MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine)
  • "I was extremely well prepared for fellowship/advanced training and transition to junior faculty." (Christopher Thompson, MD, Msc, FACG, FASGE, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of Therapeutic Endoscopy and Head of Developmental Endoscopy Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School)

Comments on the learning atmosphere, faculty, institution

  • "I always felt encouraged by the faculty and felt that I had adequate time and space to explore my own interests as well as required elements of my education. The faculty show evidence of truly caring about the residents as individuals and encourage development of personal interests/skills."  (Kristina Newport MD, Hospice of Lancaster County and Palliative Medicine Consultants of Lancaster, Lancaster PA)
  • "The learning atmosphere at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is truly superior.  The facilities are modern and the quality of lectures/seminars is outstanding.  World renowned speakers are routinely invited to medical grand rounds."  (Niels Engberding MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine)
  • "Speaking with my friends who attended other programs I realize how rare the 'Hershey experience' is. The attendings are very approachable and the program director took the time to listen to us.  There are monthly meetings with the program director and subsequent changes are made after these meetings."   (Kerim Oncu DO, Nephrologist, Geisinger-Scenery Park, State College PA)
  • The learning atmosphere was comfortable and manageable.  Although the hospital may seem large, it is the perfect size for a resident because you know your way around the facilities and know residents and faculty from other departments. The medicine faculty were very helpful and supportive and great teachers."  (Merritt Fajt MD, Instructor in Allergy-Immunology, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute @ UPMC/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
  • "The facilities were clean and modern, and have been significantly expanded since my tenure.  I thought this was a wonderful place to learn.  The staff physicians were enthusiastic and approachable.  My fellow residents were supportive and senior residents did a wonderful job of mentoring me in my training."  (Brian Rifkin MD, Director of Dialysis and Interventional Nephrology, Hattiesburg Clinic, Hattiesburg MS)

Comments on living in Hershey and the surrounding area

  • "I very much enjoyed living in central Pennsylvania. There were plenty of parks and recreational activities (both indoor and outdoor).  I found it a very nice place to raise children.  I liked the convenience of the location; being relatively close to big cities but not having to deal with traffic, etc." (Matt Sauder MD, Endocrinology Fellow, University of Virginia)
  • "Hershey was a wonderful place to train.  It avoids the stresses of a large city, yet has a large patient base from all of central Pennsylvania. Since Hershey prides itself in being a popular vacation area, there is never a lack of good places to eat, theater, music, and culture.  It is also close to several large cities when you want to travel for a weekend.  I trained with people from large cities as well as smaller towns, all finding their place here!"  (Adam Albert MD, Hospitalist; Lebanon VA Medical Center Lebanon PA) 
  • "I still speak with my friends from Hershey.  We laugh about going to the amusement park and riding the roller coaster after a stressful day.  We loved the Nissley Vineyards and Hershey Bear Hockey games. The school system is excellent.  It is a great place to raise a family."  (Kerim Oncu DO, Nephrologist, Geisinger Scenery Park, State College PA)
  • "Hershey offered a safe, inexpensive and easy to navigate town in which to live.  I always felt I had plenty of activities to entertain and help unwind from stressful days."  (Kristina Newport MD, Hospice of Lancaster County and Palliative Medicine Consultants of Lancaster, Lancaster PA)

To sum it up

  • "I felt that my residency training at Hershey helped me tremendously for fellowship and beyond.  I chose it for its location/catchment area which attracts a wide variety of patients across PA, its strong reputation, and most importantly, its residency-focused training.  I learned how to not only effectively manage internal medicine patients, but how to take responsibility for my patients and be a strong primary care provider.  I feel that the very strong combination of inpatient and outpatient teaching was outstanding.  I was extremely impressed with Dr. Bollard and other internal medicine staff who are committed to providing a supportive atmosphere for residents."  (Leila Khan MD, Associate Staff in Endocrinology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland OH)