Current Residents

PGY-I Preliminary

  • Alexander Allen, M.D., Penn State College of Medicine
  • James Austin Baer, M.D., Penn State College of Medicine
  • Chelsey (Straight) Beebe, M.D., Penn State College of Medicine
  • Amrit Ami Khalsa, M,D,, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Omid Motabar, M,D,, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Paul Stoko, M,D,, The Commonwealth Medical College

PGY-I Categorical

  • Edwin Campoverde-Hernandez, M.D., San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
  • Christopher Cauto, M.D., Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Jennifer Cooper, M.D., University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Brent Dembo, M.D., Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Anna Lisa De Obaldia, M.D., Penn State College of Medicine
  • Matthew Emerich, M.D., Penn State College of Medicine
  • Kamyar Haghayeghi, D.O., Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Soroosh Hashemi, M.D., The Commonwealth Medical College
  • Lionel Kankeu Fonkoua, M.D., Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
  • Richard Koubek, M.D., Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
  • Kevin Lin, M.D., State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  • Sarah Maher, M.D., Ross University School of Medicine
  • Kevin Mills, M.D,, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
  • Christina Mingora, M.D., Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Ifesinachi "Ify" Ndukwu, M.D., Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
  • Matthew Nudy, M.D., Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Kevin Parks, M.D., Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,Piscataway
  • Hardikkumar "Henry" Patel, M.D., Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
  • Benjamin Stern, D.O., New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • James Suleski, D.O., Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Emily (Brennan) Wood, D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Melissa Yacur, M.D., Temple University School of Medicine

PGY-II

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

PGY-III

  • Jordan P Balencic, D.O., Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Gurneet S Bedi, M.D., Ross University School of Medicine
  • Eric Chang, M.D., Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
  • Meeta R Desai, M.D., Saint George's University
  • Michael S Devine, M.D., Saint George's University
  • Elizabeth H Federici, M.D., Saint George's University
  • Beth Ann Foreman, D.O., Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Stephanie L Harris, D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Allison J Kasmari, M.D., Jefferson Medical College
  • Julie L Mitchell, D.O., Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Seyedehsan "Ehsan" Navabi, M.D., Tabriz University of Medical Sciences
  • Nisarg "Nishu" B Patel, M.D., Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
  • Kevin L Rakszawski, M.D., Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
  • Hussein Rayatzadeh, M.D., Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • Michael A Santos, M.D., Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
  • Jonathan C Shallcross, M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Laurie (Podskalny) Shallcross, M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Jeremy A Spinazzola, D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kristen A Suchniak-Mussari, M.D., The Commonwealth Medical College
  • Lauren K Ventola, M.D., Saint George's University
  • Kathryn Waksmundzki, M.D., Saint George's University

The NRMP Fellowship Match has proven very successful for our residents over the years. Those who applied for fellowship the majority matched into one of their top choices and many stay at our academic medical center to complete subspecialty training. The list below has been revised to reflect the most recent match results over the course of the past several years.

Academic Practice

  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Rutgers University Hospital

Allergy/Immunology Fellowships

  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Henry Ford HSC
  • North Shore/LIJ (NIH Physician-Scientist T32)
  • University of Iowa
  • University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
  • University of Pittsburgh

Cardiology Fellowships

  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Deborah Heart and Lung
  • Emory University
  • Lahey Clinic
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Saint Luke's
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Miami
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Utah
  • UVM/Fletcher Allen
  • Wake Forest University

Clinical Oncology Fellowship

  • Yale

Endocrinology Fellowships

  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pittsburgh

Gastroenterology Fellowships

  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Geisinger Health System
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of West Virginia

General Internal Medicine Fellowship

  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • University of Texas/Southwestern

Geriatrics Fellowship

  • University of Miami
  • University of Rochester

Hematology/Oncology Fellowships

  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins/Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Mayo
  • Moffitt Cancer Center/University of Southern Florida
  • Mt. Sinai
  • SUNY-Brooklyn
  • SUNY-Stony Brook
  • University of Rochester
  • Vanderbilt
  • West Penn Allegheny Health System

Hepatology Fellowship

  • UMDNJ
  • University of Tennessee

Hospitalist Medicine

  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Apple Internal Medicine
  • Atlantic City Healthcare System
  • Brockie Group
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • INOVA Hospital
  • Jefferson University Hospitals
  • Johns Hopkins System, Howard County Hospital
  • Lancaster General Hospital
  • Lebanon VA Medical Center
  • Main Line Health, Paoli Hospital
  • PinnacleHealth
  • York Hospital

Infectious Diseases Fellowships

  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Rush
  • University of Maryland
  • Wake Forest University

Nephrology Fellowships

  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Texas at Houston
  • University of Texas/Southwestern
  • University of Washington Affiliate Hospital
  • Syracuse

Occupational Medicine Fellowship

  • University of Utah

Palliative Medicine Fellowship

  • Drexel University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

Preventive Medicine Fellowship

  • Mayo Clinic

Private Practices

  • Lancaster PA
  • Pittsburgh area
  • Wickenburg AZ

Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship

  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • University of Maryland

Rheumatology Fellowship

  • Georgetown University
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh

Why I chose Penn State Hershey

  • "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 Hershey 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 subspecialists.  My academic training at Penn State Hershey 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 PennState Hershey 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 PA.  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 PA.  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)