Class of 2019
Stephanie Cerrone, DO - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Laura Chanlatte de los Santos, MD - Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) School of Medicine, Santo Domingo
Alexandra Falvo, MD – Penn State College of Medicine
Tamara Floyd - Rush University Medical College
Omar Hashmi, MD – Temple University School of Medicine
Isaac Kriley, MD - University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Science
Anne Meslang, MD - Eastern Virginia Medical School of the Medical College of Hampton Roads
Class of 2020
Nicholas Bailey, MD - Marshall University - Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Richard Cheek, MD - University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Benjamin Cragun, MD - Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Ashley Hill, MD - Penn State College of Medicine
Matthew Shaheen, MD - Wayne State University School of Medicine
Guirguiss Tadros, MD - Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine
Class of 2021
Steven Ballesteros, MD - Medical College of Georgia
Melissa Hetrick, DO - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie
Kelly Krupa, MD - Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Kristin Krupa, MD - Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Patrick Regan, DO - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie
Hillary Simon, DO - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus
Class of 2022
Jose Alonso Escalante, MD - Universidad de Costa Rica Facultad de Medicina
James Babowice, DO - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Mark Barlek, DO - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pavan Rao, MD - Indiana University School of Medicine
Julia Solomina, MD - First Moscow State Medical University named after I. M. Sechenov
Stanley Wolfe, MD - West Virginia University School of Medicine
Class of 2023
Sarah Assali, DO - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Oliver Knoell, MD - The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Cody McGee, MD - State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Jenna Rimko, DO - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Shinichiro Yokota, MD - Hirosaki University School of Medicine
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::
Class of 2018
Ravi Ambani, MD – fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Case Western University in Cleveland, OH
Robert Brookover, MD – fellowship on Colorectal Sugery at Albany Medical Center in New York
David Aaron Guel, MD – completing the 4/3 Joint Program with Thoracic Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital
Johnathan Levy, MD – fellowship in Minimally Invasive Esophogeal Surgery at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA
Joseph Sorg, MD – Attending staff at Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie, PA
Class of 2017
Wade Berger, DO - Attending Staff at Heritage Valley Hospital, Sewickley, PA
Lou Capecci, MD – fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Kellen Hayes, MD – fellowship in Bariatric/Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Attending at Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, PA
Derek Ornelas, MD – Attending Staff at Mercy Health in Boardman, Ohio
Meredith Witten, MD – fellowship in Breast Surgery at the University of Alabama
Class of 2016
Michael Archer, DO - fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN
Yohey Hashimoto, MD - fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center
Rick Mai, MD – Attending Staff in Las Vegas, NV
Zachary Peckler, MD – Attending Staff at Riddle Hospital in Media, PA
Jennifer Rittenhouse-Puhak, MD – Attending Staff at Laurel Ridge Surgical Associates at Uniontown Hospital
Rachel Tindall, MD - fellowship in Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Cedars Sinai Hospital. Attending staff at Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, PA
Class of 2015
Linda Bergal, Attending staff, Houston
Amanda Celii, Trauma/Critical Care/ ACS Fellowship, Emory University, Atlanta
Mark Crye, Cardiothoracic Fellowship, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh
Benedict Leung, Attending staff, Heritage Valley Hospital, Beaver, Pa.
Michael Stellmaker, Attending staff, Saint Luke's Hospital, Duluth, Minn.
Wesley Vosburg, MIS Fellowship, Tufts, Medical Center, Boston
Class of 2014
Tara Grahovac, Breast Fellowship, UPMC, Pittsburgh
Kelly Wanamaker, Cardiothoracic Fellowship, Brigham Woman's Hospital, Boston
Jennifer Chen, Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. Attending Staff at Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, PA
Edward Vilella, Vascular Fellowship, Loyola Medical Center, Chicago
Jacquelyn Palmer, Breast Fellowship, Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.
Vanessa Papalazaros, Attending staff, Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, Albany, Ore.
Class of 2013
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 Fellowship, Sinai, Baltimore, Md.
Class of 2012
Phoebe Abraham - Attending Staff, West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Eric Boyle - Bariatrics Fellowship, Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.
Elizabeth Dovec - Bariatric/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, 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
Class of 2011
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
Class of 2010
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
Class of 2009
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
Class of 2008
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