Our current residents and recent graduates are listed below.

Current Residents

Class of 2014

Tara Grahovac, University of Cincinnati
Kelly Wanamaker, Drexel University
Jennifer Chen, University of Pttsburgh
Edward Vilella, Thomas Jefferson University (executive chief)
Jacquelyn Palmer, Drexel University
Vanessa Papalazaros, Drexel University

Research Residents
Michael Archer, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rick Mai, University of Hawaii

Class of 2015
Linda Bergal, New York University
Amanda Celii, Thomas Jefferson University
Mark Crye, SUNY-Upstate
Benedict Leung, Marshall University
Michael Stellmaker, University of Minnesota
Wesley Vosburg, University of West Virginia

Class of 2016
Yohey Hashimoto, Yokohama City University School of Medicine
Isaac Kriley, University of Toledo
Zachary Peckler, Drexel University
Jennifer Rittenhouse-Puhak, Temple University
Rachel Tindall, University of Kansas

Class of 2017
Wade Berger, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Lou Capecci, Temple University
Meredith Witten, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Jason Kosky, Drexel University
Richard Cheek, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Kellen Hayes, Tulane University School of Medicine

Class of 2018
Robert Brookover, West Virginia University School of Medicine
Ravi Ambani, Drexel University
Joseph Sorg, Drexel University


Recent Graduates

An important consideration for many applying to a general surgery residency is the opportunities available upon completion. In fact, one the best markers of a residency program is the success of its graduates.

In addition to training skilled general surgeons, our program is proud that more than 50% of our graduates continue their training in a specialized area of surgery. Our chief residents routinely secure diverse fellowship positions, as demonstrated by the following list of recent graduates' initial positions after their chief residency:

Shahab Akvan - Cardiothoracic Fellowship, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Collin Conway - Attending Staff, Forbes Hospital, Monroeville, Pa.
Nicole Figel - Minimally Invasive Fellowship, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas
Victoria Lee - Attending Staff, Atlanta, Ga.
William Nelson - Attending Staff, Meadville Medical Center, Meadville, Pa.
Natasha St. Germain - Minimally Invasive Fellowhship, Sinai, Baltimore, Md.

Phoebe Abraham - Attending Staff, West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Eric Boyle - Bariatrics Fellowship, Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.
Elizabeth Dovec - Bariatric/Minimally Invasive SurgeryFellowship, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
Jared Murdock - Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
John Rutkoski - Advanced Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery Fellowship, Valley Health System, Ridgewood, N.J.
Tae-Ho Song - Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

George Nassif - Minimally Invasive Colorectal Fellowship, Lankenau Hospital
J. Ryan Rice - PRS Fellowship, Lahey Clinic
Irene Tower - Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship, Los Angeles
Casey Yossa - Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Allegheny General Hospital

Chad J. Carlton - Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, University of Texas-Houston
Michael S. Cowher - Breast Surgery Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic
Pablo G. Giuseppucci - Private Practice, Grove City, Pa.
Gregory S. Huang - Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship, University of Louisville
Justin K. Nelms - Vascular Surgery Fellowship, University of Maryland
Deane E. Smith, III - Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, New York University

Elizabeth L. Detschelt - Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Allegheny General Hospital
James E. Kasiewicz - Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, UPMC
Soumya Neravetla - Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, University of Miami
Jitesh A. Patel -  Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis
Geoffrey B. Pelz - Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, Allegheny General Hospital
Majed Y. Sarouf-Maalouf - PRS Fellowship, Akron General Hospital

Brian M. Goodman - Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, The Ohio State University
Mark W. Hennon - Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, University of Wisconsin
Jason R. Kasza - Minimally Invasive Surgery, George Washington University
Greta L. Piper - Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh