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Residents

Current residents

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

  • 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

Class of 2022

  • Abdulrahaman Hammad, MD - Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Clears, MD - Rush University Medical Center
  • 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
  • Stanley Wolfe, MD - West Virgina University School of Medicine

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
  • 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
  • Paige Tannhauser, MD - Drexel University College of Medicine

Class of 2020 - Prelim PGY 1

  • Eric McLaine, DO - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolina Campus
  • Aaron Price, DO - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus
  • Kevin Schulte, DO - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie
  • Tiffany Wilkins, MD - Ross University School of Medicine

Residents on Research

  • Steven Ballesteros, MD - Medical College of Georgia
  • Philip Bauer, MD - University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Brendan Hagerty, MD - Temple University School of Medicine
  • Melissa Hetrick, DO - Lake Erie College of Ostheopathic Medicine, Erie
  • Pavan Rao, MD - Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Hillary Simon, DO - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus
  • Julia Solomina, MD - First Moscow State Medical University
  • Zachary Spigel, MD - The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

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 2019

  • Stephanie Cerrone, DO - Completing the 4/3 Joint Program with Cardio Thoracic Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Laura Chanlatte de los Santos, MD - Attending staff at Jefferson Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Alexandra Falvo, MD - MIS and Bariatric Fellowship, Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA
  • Tamara Floyd, MD - Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship at Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI
  • Omar Hashmi, MD - Attending staff at Mountain View Regional Hospital in Las Cruces, NM
  • Isaac Kriley, MD - MIS Fellowship at University of Florida in Jacksonville, FL
  • Anne Meslang, MD - Attending staff at MultiCare Health System in Spokane, WA

Class of 2018

  • Ravi Ambani, MD – fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Case Western University in Cleveland, OH
  • Robert Brookover, MD – fellowship on Colorectal Surgery 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

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