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Residents

Current residents

Class of 2021

Arthur Johnson, MD

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Kelly Krupa, MD

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Kristin Krupa, MD

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Mohamad Rassoul Abu-Nuwar, MD

Jordan University of Science & Technology

Patrick Regan, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie

Mandy Rice, DO

University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Class of 2022

Jose Alonso Escalante, MD

Universidad de Costa Rica Facultad de Medicina

James Babowice, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Steven Ballesteros, MD

Medical College of Georgia

Elizabeth Blears, MD

Rush University Medical Center

Brendan Hagerty, MD

Temple University School of Medicine

Melissa Hetrick, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie

Hillary Simon, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus

Class of 2023

Sarah Assali, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Samantha Falls, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus

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

Zachary Spigel, MD

The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

Shinichiro Yokota, MD

Hirosaki University School of Medicine

Class of 2024

Brian Chen, MD

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

David Habib, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine

Nicholas Lombardi, MD

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Conor Maxwell, DO

Michigan State University College of Ostheopathic Medicine

Sefali Patel, DO

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic

Julia Solomina, MD

First Moscow State Medical University

Paige Tannhauser, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine

Class of 2025

Sara Burki, MD

Universita P. J. Safárika Lekárska Fakulta

Kevin Chien, M

F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Christos Mouzakitis, MD

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine

Schae Saravitz, MD

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

James Shahoud, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Tiffany Wilkins, MD

Ross University School of Medicine

Class of 2021 - Prelim PGY 1

Joshua Acosta, MD

Howard University College of Medicine

Patrick Ballman, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Daniel Brynien, MD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Cory Demino, MD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Brad Ziapour, MD

Babol University of Medical Sciences

Residents on research

Mark Barlek, DO

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Philip Bauer, MD

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Abdulrahaman Hammad, MD

Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine

Pavan Rao, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine

Stanley Wolfe, MD

West Virginia University School of Medicine

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:

Class of 2020

Nicholas Bailey, MD

Allegheny Health Network
West Penn Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Richard Cheek, MD

General Surgery
Mary Washington University
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Benjamin Cragun, MD

Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
University of Arizona
Tuscon, AZ

Ashley Hill, MD

Colorectal Surgery Fellowship
Geisinger Health System
Danville, PA

Matthew Shaheen, MD

Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
William Beaumont Hospital System
Detroit, MA

Guirguiss Tadros, MD

Vascular Surgery Fellow
University of Maryland Medical Center

Class of 2019

Stephanie Cerrone, DO

4/3 Joint Program with Cardio Thoracic Surgery
Allegheny General Hospital
Allegheny Health Network
Pittsburgh, PA

Laura Chanlatte de los Santos, M

Attending staff at Jefferson Hospital
Allegheny Health Network
Pittsburgh, PA

Alexandra Falvo, MD

MIS and Bariatric Fellowship
Geisinger Health System
Danville, PA

Tamara Floyd, MD

Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship
Ascension Providence Hospital
Southfield, MI

Omar Hashmi, MD

Attending staff
Mountain View Regional Hospital
Las Cruces, NM

Isaac Kriley, MD

MIS Fellowship
University of Florida
Jacksonville, FL

Anne Meslang, MD

Attending staff
MultiCare Health System
Spokane, WA

Class of 2018

Ravi Ambani, MD

Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Case Western University
Cleveland, OH

Robert Brookover, MD

Colorectal Surgery Fellowship
Albany Medical Center
Albany, New York

David Aaron Guel, MD

4/3 Joint Program with Thoracic Surgery
Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Johnathan Levy, MD

Minimally Invasive Esophogeal Surgery Fellowship
Western Pennsylvania Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Joseph Sorg, MD

Attending staff
Saint Vincent Hospital
Erie, PA

Class of 2017

Wade Berger, DO

Attending staff
Heritage Valley Hospital
Sewickley, PA

Lou Capecci, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Kellen Hayes, MD

Bariatric/Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Fellowship
Allegheny Health Network
Pittsburgh, PA

Derek Ornelas, MD

Attending staff
Mercy Health
Boardman, Ohio

Meredith Witten, MD

Breast Surgery Fellowship
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL

Class of 2016

Michael Archer, DO

Thoracic Surgery Fellowship
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Yohey Hashimoto, MD

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center

Rick Mai, MD

Attending staff
Las Vegas, NV

Zachary Peckler, MD

Attending staff
Riddle Hospital
Media, PA

Jennifer Rittenhouse-Puhak, MD

Attending staff
Laurel Ridge Surgical Associates
Uniontown Hospital

Rachel Tindall, MD

Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship
Cedars Sinai Hospital
Attending staff
Allegheny Health Network
Pittsburgh, PA

Class of 2015

Linda Bergal

Attending staff
Houston

Amanda Celii

Trauma/Critical Care/ ACS Fellowship
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Mark Crye

Cardiothoracic Fellowship
Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Benedict Leung

Attending staff
Heritage Valley Hospital
Beaver, PA

Michael Stellmaker

Attending staff
Saint Luke's Hospital
Duluth, MN

Wesley Vosburg

MIS Fellowship
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA

Class of 2014

Tara Grahovac

Breast Fellowship
UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA

Kelly Wanamaker

Cardiothoracic Fellowship
Brigham Woman's Hospital
Boston, MA

Jennifer Chen

Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Attending Staff
Allegheny Health Network
Pittsburgh, PA

Edward Vilella

Vascular Fellowship
Loyola Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Jacquelyn Palmer

Breast Fellowship
Carolina Medical Center
Charlotte, NC

Vanessa Papalazaros

Attending staff
Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital
Albany, OR

Class of 2013

Shahab Akvan

Cardiothoracic Fellowship
Baylor University
Waco, TX

Collin Conway

Attending staff
Forbes Hospital
Monroeville, PA

Nicole Figel

Minimally Invasive Fellowship
UT Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX

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, NC

Elizabeth Dovec

Bariatric/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Jared Murdock

Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

John Rutkoski

Advanced Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery Fellowship
Valley Health System
Ridgewood, NJ

Tae-Ho Song

Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

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, CA

Casey Yossa

Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

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, MO

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

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