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PGY-5 - Chief Residents

Austin Goetz, MD
Medical School: Ross School of Medicine
Hometown: Joplin, Missouri


Austin completed a preliminary general surgery year at Mayo Medical School. He joined Einstein as a preliminary PGY-2 and was subsequently offered a categorical position. He completed two research years at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, successfully publishing a number of highly regarded journal articles. Austin has served as academic chief in his PGY-4 year and is the current administrative chief. He has a wide range of surgical interests and is currently considering a fellowship to complete his training. Austin is extremely active, managing to work out daily and enjoying Philadelphia’s vibrant food scene and scenic hikes.

“Einstein is a hidden gem amongst the giant University programs in Philadelphia with excellent training, mentorship, and camaraderie. Philadelphia is a fantastic city with culture, fine cuisine, sports, close beaches, hiking, and the most beautiful art museum in the country.”

Bauer TM, Dhir T, Strickland A, et al. Genetic Drivers of Pancreatic Cancer Are Identical Between the Primary Tumor and a Secondary Lesion in a Long-Term (>5 Years) Survivor After a Whipple Procedure. J Pancreat Cancer. 2018;4(1):81-87. Published 2018 Nov 1. doi:10.1089/pancan.2018.0015

Dhir T, Schultz CW, Jain A, et al. Abemaciclib Is Effective Against Pancreatic Cancer Cells and Synergizes with HuR and YAP1 Inhibition. Mol Cancer Res. 2019;17(10):2029-2041. doi:10.1158/1541-7786.MCR-19-0589

Goetz A, Nweze N, Joshi A, Farma J. Synchronous subcutaneous granular cell tumours, a rare presentation. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2018;100(4):e85-e87. doi:10.1308/rcsann.2018.0016

Lal S, Cheung EC, Zarei M, et al. CRISPR Knockout of the HuR Gene Causes a Xenograft Lethal Phenotype. Mol Cancer Res. 2017;15(6):696-707. doi:10.1158/1541-7786.MCR-16-0361

Lowder CY, Dhir T, Goetz AB, et al. A step towards personalizing next line therapy for resected pancreatic and related cancer patients: A single institution's experience. Surg Oncol. 2020;33:118-125. doi:10.1016/j.suronc.2020.02.003

Nevler A, Muller AJ, Cozzitorto JA, et al. A Sub-Type of Familial Pancreatic Cancer: Evidence and Implications of Loss-of-Function Polymorphisms in Indoleamine-2,3-Dioxygenase-2. J Am Coll Surg. 2018;226(4):596-603. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2017.12.052

Tiriac H, Belleau P, Engle DD, et al. Organoid Profiling Identifies Common Responders to Chemotherapy in Pancreatic Cancer. Cancer Discov. 2018;8(9):1112-1129. doi:10.1158/2159-8290.CD-18-0349

James Krupp, MD
Medical School: Northwestern School of Medicine
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Jimmy has pursued a variety of plastic surgery and general surgery research projects, and has been recently accepted to Emory’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, which he will begin in summer 2021. Outside of the hospital, Jimmy is an avid sports fan who enjoys running, hiking, and playing board games in his free time.

“Philly has a lot of great craft breweries to explore. There is always something interesting happening. There are many interesting parks and hiking spots. Einstein is a diamond in the rough. It is a rare program that has both the experience found at a county hospital and at a private community hospital with early hands-on operative experience.”

Karadsheh MJ, Shafqat MS, Krupp JC, Weiss ES, Patel SA. A Theoretical Model Describing the Dynamics of Venous Flow in the DIEP Flap. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2019;35(9):688-694. doi:10.1055/s-0039-1693692

Levitsky J, Baker T, Ahya SN, et al. Outcomes and native renal recovery following simultaneous liver-kidney transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2012;12(11):2949-2957. doi:10.1111/j.1600-6143.2012.04182.x

Weiss E, Krupp J, Simmons J, Jablon L, Friend K. The Influence of Breast Density on the Utility of MarginProbe in Partial Mastectomy. Am Surg. 2018;84(8):e273-e274.

Weiss E, McClelland P, Krupp J, Karadsheh M, Brady MS. Use of Prolonged Prophylactic Antibiotics with Closed Suction Drains in Ventral Abdominal Hernia Repair. Am Surg. 2019;85(4):403-408.

Aitua Salami, MD, MPH
Medical School: University of Benin
Hometown: Benin City, Nigeria

Aitua completed a preliminary general surgery training year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Thereafter, he joined Einstein as a categorical PGY 1 resident. Aitua has a strong interest in Cardiothoracic surgery, and will be joining the University of Minnesota in summer 2021 for a 3-year fellowship in Cardiothoracic surgery. Prior to his surgical training, Aitua received his Master of Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has a number of publications and awards from his research endeavors and continues to pursue Cardiothoracic and HPB-related outcomes and health services research. In his free time, Aitua loves to spend time with his family, watch soccer, boxing, and travel.

When asked about the best parts of Einstein, Aitua mentions the collegiality that exists between residents and members of staff, as well as case diversity and volume. He specifically mentions our amazing program director, Dr. Joshi, and loves the mixture of community- and academic-based experience.


Kathryn Capasso, MD, MS
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Hometown: Monroe, Connecticut

Katie completed a preliminary surgery year at Baylor University, and she subsequently joined Einstein as a categorical resident. She plans on obtaining a breast fellowship after residency. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and relaxing on the beach.

Capasso K, Awad NA, Alvarez N, Deutsch ER, Zaki R, Choudry RG. Urinary excretion after transcaval renal penetration of a fragmented Bird's Nest filter. J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2020 Apr 16:S2213-333X(20)30208-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jvsv.2020.03.014. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32305584.

Capasso KE, Manners MT, Quershi RA, Tian Y, Gao R, Hu H, Barrett JE, Sacan A, Ajit SK. Effect of histone deacetylase inhibitor JNJ-26481585 in pain. J Mol Neurosci. 2015 Mar;55(3):570-8. doi: 10.1007/s12031-014-0391-7. Epub 2014 Aug 2. PMID: 25085711.

McDonald MK, Capasso KE, Ajit SK. Purification and microRNA profiling of exosomes derived from blood and culture media. J Vis Exp. 2013 Jun 14;(76):e50294. doi: 10.3791/50294. PMID: 23792786; PMCID: PMC3727427.

Qureshi RA, Tian Y, McDonald MK, Capasso KE, Douglas SR, Gao R, Orlova IA, Barrett JE, Ajit SK, Sacan A. Circulating microRNA Signatures in Rodent Models of Pain. Mol Neurobiol. 2016 Jul;53(5):3416-3427. doi: 10.1007/s12035-015-9281-4. Epub 2015 Jun 18. PMID: 26081151.

Shah TD, Hickey MC, Capasso KE, Palenchar JB. The characterization of a unique Trypanosoma brucei β-hydroxybutyrate dehydrogenase. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2011 Oct;179(2):100-6. doi: 10.1016/j.molbiopara.2011.07.001. Epub 2011 Jul 7. PMID: 21767577.

Murad Karadsheh, MD
Medical School: Michigan State University
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Murad completed two preliminary years at Einstein before joining us as a categorical resident. He plans to specialize in plastic surgery after residency, and has published on a variety of plastics topics. Outside of the hospital, Murad enjoys reading, staying active, and traveling; Philadelphia has a number of restaurants to enjoy and has a plethora of hiking and camping options. At Einstein, Murad has developed a strong surgical foundation that he attributes to the broad surgical experience, mentorship, and supportive colleagues.

Eichhorn MG, Karadsheh MJ, Krebiehl JR, Ford DM, Ford RD. Vibration for Pain Reduction in a Plastic Surgery Clinic. Plast Surg Nurs. 2016 Apr-Jun;36(2):63-8. doi: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000134. PMID: 27254235.

Karadsheh MJ, Shafqat MS, Krupp JC, Weiss ES, Patel SA. A Theoretical Model Describing the Dynamics of Venous Flow in the DIEP Flap. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2019 Nov;35(9):688-694. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1693692. Epub 2019 Jul 30. PMID: 31362321.

Karadsheh MJ, Nelson J, Wilcox R. The Application of Skin Adhesive to Maintain Seal in Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. Wounds. 2015 Sep;27(9):244-8. PMID: 26367786.

Karadsheh M, Nelson J, Rechner B, Wilcox R. Application of a Skin Adhesive to Maintain Seal in Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Demonstration of a New Technique. Wounds. 2017 Nov;29(11):E106-E110. PMID: 29166258.

Weiss E, McClelland P, Krupp J, Karadsheh M, Brady MS. Use of Prolonged Prophylactic Antibiotics with Closed Suction Drains in Ventral Abdominal Hernia Repair. Am Surg. 2019 Apr 1;85(4):403-408. PMID: 31043202.

Teena Nerwal, MD, MS
Medical School: Ross School of Medicine
Hometown: Riverside, California

Teena has completed two research years during her time at Einstein, with a number of notable publications. She is interested in pursuing a fellowship in colorectal surgery. Teena loves to watch movies, play video games, and pursue home improvement projects in her free time.

When asked about the best parts of Philadelphia and Einstein, Teena says, “Philadelphia - the food and the locals. Einstein - the culture (it’s love/hate or like fungus, just grows on you with time), and the surgical team. It’s by far the best of the best at Einstein.”

Bauer TM, Dhir T, Strickland A, Thomsett H, Goetz AB, Cannaday S, Brody JR, Pishvaian MJ, Yeo CJ. Genetic Drivers of Pancreatic Cancer Are Identical Between the Primary Tumor and a Secondary Lesion in a Long-Term (>5 Years) Survivor After a Whipple Procedure. J Pancreat Cancer. 2018 Nov 1;4(1):81-87. doi: 10.1089/pancan.2018.0015. PMID: 30788462; PMCID: PMC6371588.

Choudry R, Deutsch E, Durinka J, Dhir T. Stent-Apposition Salvage of an Anterior Tibial Artery After Inadvertent Angioplasty Balloon Retention During CTO Revascularization. EJVES Short Rep. 2016 Aug 9;33:1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvssr.2016.06.003. PMID: 28856314; PMCID: PMC5576009.

Dhir T, Jiang N. Misleading Elevation of Troponin T caused by Polymyositis. Int J Biomed Sci. 2013 Jun;9(2):107-11. PMID: 23847461; PMCID: PMC3708267.

Dhir T, Schiowitz R. Old man gallbladder syndrome: Gangrenous cholecystitis in the unsuspected patient population. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2015;11:46-49. doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2015.03.057. Epub 2015 Apr 18. PMID: 25917175; PMCID: PMC4446664.

Dhir T, Schultz CW, Jain A, Brown SZ, Haber A, Goetz A, Xi C, Su GH, Xu L, Posey J 3rd, Jiang W, Yeo CJ, Golan T, Pishvaian MJ, Brody JR. Abemaciclib Is Effective Against Pancreatic Cancer Cells and Synergizes with HuR and YAP1 Inhibition. Mol Cancer Res. 2019 Oct;17(10):2029-2041. doi: 10.1158/1541-7786.MCR-19-0589. Epub 2019 Aug 5. PMID: 31383722; PMCID: PMC6794000.

Karipineni F, Joshi P, Parsikia A, Dhir T, Joshi AR. Laparoscopic-assisted Ventral Hernia Repair: Primary Fascial Repair with Polyester Mesh versus Polyester Mesh Alone. Am Surg. 2016 Mar;82(3):236-42. PMID: 27099060.

Lowder CY, Dhir T, Goetz AB, Thomsett HL, Bender J, Tatarian T, Madhavan S, Petricoin EF 3rd, Blais E, Lavu H, Winter JM, Posey J 3rd, Brody JR, Pishvaian MJ, Yeo CJ. A step towards personalizing next line therapy for resected pancreatic and related cancer patients: A single institution's experience. Surg Oncol. 2020 Jun;33:118-125. doi: 10.1016/j.suronc.2020.02.003. Epub 2020 Feb 8. PMID: 32561076; PMCID: PMC7498307.

Schultz CW, Preet R, Dhir T, Dixon DA, Brody JR. Understanding and targeting the disease-related RNA binding protein human antigen R (HuR). Wiley Interdiscip Rev RNA. 2020 May;11(3):e1581. doi: 10.1002/wrna.1581. Epub 2020 Jan 23. PMID: 31970930; PMCID: PMC7482136.

Weiss E, Dhir T, Collett A, Reola M, Kaplan M, Minimo C, Omert L, Leung P. Effect of complement C1-esterase inhibitor on brain edema and inflammation after mild traumatic brain injury in an animal model. Clin Exp Emerg Med. 2020 Jun;7(2):87-94. doi: 10.15441/ceem.19.050. Epub 2020 Jun 30. PMID: 32635699; PMCID: PMC7348678.

Yin F, Saad M, Xie H, Lin J, Jackson CR, Ren B, Lawson C, Karamchandani DM, Bernabeu BQ, Jiang W, Dhir T, Zheng R, Schultz CW, Zhang D, Thomas CL, Zhang X, Lai J, Schild M, Zhang X, Liu X. Validation of American Joint Committee on Cancer 8th edition of TNM staging in resected distal pancreatic cancer. World J Gastrointest Pharmacol Ther. 2020 Jun 9;11(2):25-39. doi: 10.4292/wjgpt.v11.i2.25. PMID: 32550043; PMCID: PMC7288727.

Zhu Z, Dhir T, Soe M, Green L, Jiang N. Hepatitis C prevalence in HIV-infected individuals: a comparison of inpatient and outpatient care. Int J STD AIDS. 2014 Oct;25(11):806-11. doi: 10.1177/0956462414521169. Epub 2014 Feb 3. PMID: 24492852.


Gabi Barmettler, MD
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Hometown: Andover, Massachusetts

Gabi intends to become a breast surgeon and is interested in breast surgical oncology, surgical disparities, and medical education. She has a number of publications investigating the biochemical and neurologic characteristics and etiologies of migraine headaches, and she intends to expand her research into the field of breast surgical oncology. Gabi is extremely active, taking advantage of Pennsylvania’s outdoors by hiking, kayaking, running, and biking. She loves to spend time with her wife as well as their dog and cats. In non-pandemic times, Gabi is an avid traveler.

“Philadelphia: Affordable and welcoming city with plenty of events happening. Amazing restaurants. Vibrant city with many green spaces such as the Wissahickon to enjoy benefits of city living with proximity to nature. The Einstein family. Residents are my second family; we work hard and support each other through all of residency. Nurses, staff, and Einstein employees work together to make a difference in the North Philly community.”

Barmettler G, Brawn J, Maleki N, Scrivani S, Burstein R, Becerra L, Borsook D. A new electronic diary tool for mapping and tracking spatial and temporal head pain patterns in migraine. Cephalalgia. 2015 Apr;35(5):417-25. doi: 10.1177/0333102414545892. Epub 2014 Aug 20. PMID: 25143550.

Becerra L, Bishop J, Barmettler G, Kainz V, Burstein R, Borsook D. Brain network alterations in the inflammatory soup animal model of migraine. Brain Res. 2017 Apr 1;1660:36-46. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2017.02.001. Epub 2017 Feb 3. PMID: 28167076; PMCID: PMC5731648.

Becerra L, Bishop J, Barmettler G, Xie Y, Navratilova E, Porreca F, Borsook D. Triptans disrupt brain networks and promote stress-induced CSD-like responses in cortical and subcortical areas. J Neurophysiol. 2016 Jan 1;115(1):208-17. doi: 10.1152/jn.00632.2015. Epub 2015 Oct 21. PMID: 26490291; PMCID: PMC4760506.

Bishop J, Becerra L, Barmettler G, Chang PC, Kainz V, Burstein R, Borsook D. Modulation of brain networks by sumatriptan-naproxen in the inflammatory soup migraine model. Pain. 2019 Sep;160(9):2161-2171. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001583. PMID: 31033778; PMCID: PMC7193782.

Linnman C, Moulton EA, Barmettler G, Becerra L, Borsook D. Neuroimaging of the periaqueductal gray: state of the field. Neuroimage. 2012 Mar;60(1):505-22. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.11.095. Epub 2011 Dec 14. PMID: 22197740; PMCID: PMC3288184.

Maleki N, Barmettler G, Moulton EA, Scrivani S, Veggeberg R, Spierings EL, Burstein R, Becerra L, Borsook D. Female migraineurs show lack of insular thinning with age. Pain. 2015 Jul;156(7):1232-9. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000159. PMID: 25775358; PMCID: PMC4474740.

Maleki N, Brawn J, Barmettler G, Borsook D, Becerra L. Pain response measured with arterial spin labeling. NMR Biomed. 2013 Jun;26(6):664-73. doi: 10.1002/nbm.2911. Epub 2013 Jan 15. PMID: 23319440; PMCID: PMC3634868.

Ryan Cohen, MD
Medical School: Boston University
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Ryan plans on completing a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery, and he has investigated the management of small bowel obstructions while at Einstein. He enjoys playing basketball and cycling when he’s not working. He mentions that the best part of Einstein is the strong relationships he has built with his co-residents and attendings.

Apostolos Kandilis, MD, MSc, PhD
Medical School: University of Athens
Hometown: Athens, Greece

Apostolos obtained both his PhD in surgery and a Master’s of Science in bioinformatics. He has already completed fellowship training in the UK and the US, however he will complete residency with Einstein prior to launching his independent surgical career. He is interested in minimally invasive surgery. In his free time, he enjoys running and spending time with his daughter. He has enjoyed the range of food Philadelphia has to offer, and he has found a kinship with a number of the faculty here at Einstein.

Peer-reviewed Manuscripts
Kandilis AN, Koskinas J, Tiniakos DG, Nikiteas N, Perrea DN. Liver regeneration: focus on cell types and topographic differences. Eur Surg Res 2010;44:1-12. PMID: 19864910

Tiniakos DG, Kandilis A, Geller SA. Tityus: A forgotten myth of liver regeneration. J Hepatol 2010 Aug;53(2):357-61. PMID: 20472318

Kandilis AN, Karidis NP, Kouraklis G, Patsouris E, Vasileiou I, Theocharis S. Proteasome inhibitors: possible novel therapeutic strategy for ischemia-reperfusion injury? Expert Opin Investig Drugs 2014 Jan;23(1):67-80. PMID: 24125540

Mantas D, Kandilis A, Charalampoudis P: Nonfunctioning symptomatic paraganglioma. Is there an optimal follow-up for patients with extra-adrenal benign paragangliomas. J Surg Case Rep. 2014 Sep 5;2014(9). PMID: 25194052

Spartalis E, Charalampoudis P, Kandilis A, Athanasiou A, Tsaparas P, Voutsarakis A, Kostakis ID, Dimitroulis D, Svolou E, Korkolopoulou P, Nikiteas N, Kouraklis G. A Case of Retroperitoneal Castleman's Disease and an Update on the Latest Evidence. Case Rep Surg. 2014;2014:643746. PMID: 25431731

Kandilis AN, Koskinas J, Vlachos I, Skaltsas S, Karandrea D, Karakitsos P, Pantopoulou A, Palaiologou M, Nikiteas N, Tiniakos DG, Perrea DN. Liver regeneration: immunohistochemichal study of intrinsic hepatic innervation after partial hepatectomy in rats. BMC Gastroenterol. 2014 Nov 25;14(1):202. PMID: 25421900

Kandilis AN, Papadopoulou IP, Koskinas J, Sotiropoulos G, Tiniakos DG. Liver innervation and hepatic function: new insights. J Surg Res. 2015 Apr;194(2):511-9. PMID: 25555404

Di Cocco P, Kandilis A, Rajagopal P, Hakim N: Paratransplant Hernia. A True Emergency After Renal Transplant. Exp Clin Transplant. 2015 Aug;13(4):363-4. PMID: 25184289

Di Cocco P, Kandilis A, Rajagopal P, Herbert P, Hassen Y, Hakim N. Surgical Stapler for Right Renal Vein Elongation Using the Inferior Vena Cava in Kidney Transplant. Exp Clin Transplant. 2016 Oct;14(5):564-566. PMID: 25233447

Hakim DN, Nader MA, Sood A, Kandilis A, Hakim NS: Rescue of Transplanted Kidney Thanks to an Implantable Doppler Probe: Is This the Future? Exp Clin Transplant. 2016 Aug;14(4):454-5. PMID: 25343411

Kandilis A, Di Cocco P, Rajagopal P, Hakim NS. Salvage of a Live-Related Transplant Kidney Using an Interposition Polytetrafluoroethylene Vascular Graft: A Unique Case. Exp Clin Transplant. 2016 Dec;14(6):679-681. PMID: 26029889

Bashir MU, Kandilis A, Jackson NM, Parikh JA, Jacobs MJ: Distal Pancreatectomy Outcomes: Perspectives From a Community-Based Teaching Institution. Ann Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg. 2020 May 31;24(2):156-161. PMID: 32457260

Samantha Olafson, MD
Medical School: George Washington University
Hometown: Houston, Texas

Sam plans on becoming a trauma/critical care surgeon, and has pursued a number of research projects in that capacity. Sam heads the trauma research group at Einstein, and mentors a number of medical students interested in surgery. She is very active outside of Einstein as well, participating in Crossfit and hiking and camping when possible. She recently adopted a German shepherd puppy whom she has named Juice.

“Philly has historic charm folded into a modernized city. There is something for everyone from amazing restaurants to a massive urban park! The Einstein General Surgery program has become my second family. The camaraderie in this program is astounding.”

Ju T, Rivas L, Arnott S, et al. Barriers to bariatric surgery: Factors influencing progression to bariatric surgery in a U.S. metropolitan area. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2019;15(2):261-268. doi:10.1016/j.soard.2018.12.004

Pourmand A, Marcozzi D, Shokoohi H, Alhmoudi A, Olafson S. Atraumatic bilateral posterior shoulder dislocations, a rare case of sleep deprivation. Am J Emerg Med. 2016;34(7):. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2015.11.052

Rivas L, Zettervall SL, Ju T, et al. The Effect of Pancreaticojejunostomy Technique on Fistula Formation Following Pancreaticoduodenectomy in the Soft Pancreas. J Gastrointest Surg. 2019;23(11):2211-2215. doi:10.1007/s11605-019-04164-6

PGY-2 Categorical

Sakib Adnan, MD
Medical School: University of Maryland
Hometown: Salisbury, Maryland

Sakib is interested in thoracic surgery and medical education, and is interested in researching endovascular techniques in trauma surgery, REBOA, and bariatric surgery outcomes. Outside of the hospital, Sakib is active in Brazilian jiu-jitsu but also balances his exercise with a love of cooking and collecting houseplants.

“I love the size of Philadelphia and how there are so many neighborhoods, each with its own character. There is always something to do and any niche interest you might have likely has a following. The food here is top-notch too. The Einstein surgery program is a tight-knit group, which I love. Residents enjoy a high level of autonomy and a broad scale of pathology. I am sure I will come out of Einstein as a very well prepared surgeon-clinician.”

Adnan SM, Anderson RG, Madurska MJ, McNeill CJ, Jansen JO, Morrison JJ. Outcomes following abdominal trauma in Scotland. Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg. 2019 May 8. doi: 10.1007/s00068-019-01146-w. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 31069413.

Adnan SM, Romagnonli AN, Elansary NN, Martinson JR, Madurska MJ, Dubose JJ, Scalea TM, Morrison JJ. Radial versus femoral arterial access for trauma endovascular interventions: A noninferiority study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Sep;89(3):458-463. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000002740. PMID: 32826737.

Adnan SM, Romagnoli AN, Martinson JR, Madurska MJ, Dubose JJ, Scalea TM, Morrison JJ. A Comparison of Transradial and Transfemoral Access for Splenic Angio-Embolisation in Trauma: A Single Centre Experience. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2020 Mar;59(3):472-479. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2019.11.028. Epub 2019 Dec 18. PMID: 31865031.

Adnan SM, Romagnoli AN, Madurska MJ, Dubose JJ, Scalea TM, Morrison JJ. Safety and efficacy of radial access in trauma in 65 trauma endovascular cases. J Vasc Surg. 2020 May;71(5):1564-1571. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2019.08.227. Epub 2019 Oct 11. PMID: 31611111.

Adnan SM, Wasicek PJ, Crawford A, Dubose J, Brenner M, Scalea TM, Morrison JJ. Endovascular control of pelvic hemorrhage: Concomitant use of resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta and endovascular intervention. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Jan;86(1):155-159. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000002079. PMID: 30575686.

Drumheller BC, Basel A, Adnan S, Rabin J, Pasley JD, Brocker J, Galvagno SM Jr. Comparison of a novel, endoscopic chest tube insertion technique versus the standard, open technique performed by novice users in a human cadaver model: a randomized, crossover, assessor-blinded study. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2018 Dec 27;26(1):110. doi: 10.1186/s13049-018-0574-2. PMID: 30587216; PMCID: PMC6307118.

Harmon LA, Haase DJ, Kufera JA, Adnan S, Cabral D, Lottenberg L, Cunningham KW, Bonne S, Burgess J, Etheridge J, Rehbein JL, Semon G, Noorbakhsh MR, Cragun BN, Agrawal V, Truitt M, Marcotte J, Goldenberg A, Behbahaninia M, Keric N, Hammer PM, Nahmias J, Grigorian A, Turay D, Chakravarthy V, Lalchandani P, Kim D, Chapin T, Dunn J, Portillo V, Schroeppel T, Stein DM. Infection after penetrating brain injury-An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma multicenter study oral presentation at the 32nd annual meeting of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, January 15-19, 2019, in Austin, Texas. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Jul;87(1):61-67. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000002327. Erratum in: J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 Sep;87(3):744. PMID: 31033883.

Madurska MJ, Franklin C, Richmond M, Adnan SM, Stansby GP, White JM, Morrison JJ. Improving the safety of resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta - Compliant versus semi-compliant balloon systems. Vascular. 2020 Oct;28(5):612-618. doi: 10.1177/1708538120922106. Epub 2020 May 1. PMID: 32356682.

Morrison JJ, Madurska MJ, Romagnoli A, Ottochian M, Adnan S, Teeter W, Kuebler T, Hoehn MR, Brenner ML, DuBose JJ, Scalea TM. A Surgical Endovascular Trauma Service Increases Case Volume and Decreases Time to Hemostasis. Ann Surg. 2019 Oct;270(4):612-619. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003486. PMID: 31356265.

Shockcor N, Adnan SM, Siegel A, Tannouri S, Rasko Y, Kligman M. Preoperative Opioid Prescription Patients Do Not Suffer Distinct Outcomes After Bariatric Surgery: a Matched Analysis of Outcomes. Obes Surg. 2020 Oct;30(10):4014-4018. doi: 10.1007/s11695-020-04772-1. PMID: 32557387.

Shockcor N, Adnan SM, Siegel A, Wise E, Zafar SN, Kligman M. Marijuana use does not affect the outcomes of bariatric surgery. Surg Endosc. 2020 Mar 12. doi: 10.1007/s00464-020-07497-5. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32166550.

William Ketchum, MD
Medical School: Uniformed Services University
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland

Will completed a preliminary year at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and subsequently joined Einstein as a categorical intern. “As someone who owes until the year 2041 to the Army, my main interest is being as complete a surgeon as possible by the time I graduate so I can be prepared for deployment and operating abroad.” Will does not plan to sub-specialize in surgery, as he believes in remaining a true general surgeon, able to adequately serve the soldiers under his care in any circumstance.

Will values work-life balance; he stays active by playing soccer, running (begrudgingly), and lifting weights. He mostly enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Elizabeth, and his two dogs, Chewie and Scout.

“My favorite part about living in Philadelphia is that it doesn’t feel overcrowded like your typical large city. Everything isn’t packed and stacked on top of itself. Despite the large population in the area, everything is spread out so you feel like you have some space to breathe. Einstein is a great place to to train because it keeps you out of your comfort zone just enough to force you to adapt and learn. It is not the type of place where your hand will be held through every step, and this forces you to take charge of your own learning and take on a large degree of responsibility for your patients early on. I’ve seen and worked in other surgery programs, and I find this aspect of the surgery program at Einstein to be extremely rare.”

Ketchum WA, Lin-Hurtubise KM, Ochmanek E, Ishihara K, Rice RD. Management of Symptomatic Hepatic "Mega" Hemangioma. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2019 Apr;78(4):128-131. PMID: 30972235; PMCID: PMC6452022.

Qin MY, Atwood RE, Ketchum WA, Kaba SA, Bradley MJ. Characterization of serum levels of testosterone and corticosterone in a blast and amputation rat model of heterotopic ossification. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. 2020 Jun;509:110799. DOI: 10.1016/j.mce.2020.110799.

Candace Ward, MD, MPH
Medical School: University of Miami
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Candace completed a preliminary general surgery year at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth as an active duty military member. She joined Einstein as a categorical PGY-1 and is interested in trauma/critical care, colorectal surgery, and global health. She is pursuing a number of research projects in trauma and plastic surgery and has previously published in basic science research. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, exploring new breweries, and learning new languages.

“Einstein has been the perfect mixture of academics and high-volume, hands-on surgical training that I was looking for when applying to residency. Everyone in our program is extremely supportive of any endeavor you choose, and they will move mountains to get you there. Philadelphia itself has been amazing – everyone is very friendly, the food is fantastic, and a great hike is only 10 minutes away at any point. I couldn’t have chosen a better program or location for my surgical residency.”

Razafsky D, Ward C, Potter C, Zhu W, Xue Y, Kefalov VJ, Fong LG, Young SG, Hodzic D. Lamin B1 and lamin B2 are long-lived proteins with distinct functions in retinal development. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 27(12):1928-37. 2016 June.

Razafsky D, Ward C, Kolb T, Hodzic D. Developmental regulation of linkers of the nucleoskeleton to the cytoskeleton during mouse postnatal retinogenesis. Nucleus.4:399 – 409, 2013 Aug.

PGY-1 Categorical

Leonardo Kozian, MD
Medical School: Ross School of Medicine
Hometown: Glendale, California

Leo completed a preliminary intern year in general surgery here at Einstein and subsequently accepted a categorical PGY-1 position this year. He plans on pursuing plastic surgery after residency. In his free time, he stays active by running and rock climbing and relaxes by collecting records, taking care of his house plants, and corralling his cat Casper.

“I love that we have four seasons…I like that we’re close to New York and that Philadelphia has a variety of little neighborhoods. At Einstein, we have a close-knit group that helps each other through residency. We actually operate and take care of acutely ill patients.”

Zhen Lu, MD
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University
Hometown: Houston, Texas

Zhen completed a preliminary general surgery year and joined Einstein as a categorical intern. He has a broad range of interests currently, but he is excited to live in Philadelphia, where he can enjoy the outdoors and spending time with friends and visiting family. One of our most energetic residents, Zhen loves to learn about the many cultures and backgrounds of his patients and their communities in Philadelphia.

Threshia Malcolm, MD, MS
Medical School: University of Missouri
Hometown: Yonkers, New York

Threshia completed a preliminary intern year at Einstein before joining us as a categorical resident this year. She is interested in MIS currently and has previously performed research in both basic science and clinical research. She has a wide range of hobbies and interests outside of the hospital including skiing, scuba diving, cooking, cycling, and playing hostess at home. Threshia loves the people at Einstein and still has a lot to explore in Philadelphia.

Liu Y, Prasad-Hayes M, Ganz EM, Poggio JL, Lenskaya V, Malcolm T, Deshmukh A, Zheng W, Sigel K, Gaisa MM. HIV-positive women with anal high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions: a study of 153 cases with long-term anogenital surveillance. Mod Pathol. 2020 Aug;33(8):1589-1594. doi: 10.1038/s41379-020-0518-z. Epub 2020 Mar 9. PMID: 32152521.

Woodman R, Student J, Malcolm T, Miller C, Lockette W. Acetazolamide increases locomotion, exploratory behavior, and weight loss following social stress: A treatment for emotional eating?. Metabol Open. 2020 Jan 13;5:100023. doi: 10.1016/j.metop.2020.100023. PMID: 32812910; PMCID: PMC7424787.

PGY-2 Preliminary Surgery

Khalid Almahmoud, MD
Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine
Hometown: Columbia, Missouri

Khalid has already had a successful surgical career in Europe in orthopedic and trauma surgery. He has completed a large number of research projects, with over 50 publications and an NIH grant. Khalid continues to pursue trauma and critical care as a subspecialty and takes his love of adventure home with him by road tripping and hunting in his free time.

“Philadelphia will give you the small town feel. Einstein is a small well rounded program, focus on education and teaching. We have the full surgical scope especially for trauma interested resident. I believe this program will give me the needed experience to become the academic trauma surgeon that I want to be.”

Almahmoud K, Pfeifer R, Al-Kofahi K, Hmedat A, Hyderabad W, Hildebrand F, Peitzman AB, Pape HC. Impact of pelvic fractures on the early clinical outcomes of severely injured trauma patients. Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg. 2018 Apr;44(2):155-162. doi: 10.1007/s00068-016-0754-6. Epub 2017 Jan 13. PMID: 28091737.\

Almahmoud K, Namas RA, Abdul-Malak O, Zaaqoq AM, Zamora R, Zuckerbraun BS, Sperry J, Peitzman AB, Billiar TR, Vodovotz Y. Impact of Injury Severity on Dynamic Inflammation Networks Following Blunt Trauma. Shock. 2015 Aug;44(2):101-9. doi: 10.1097/SHK.0000000000000395. PMID: 26009819; PMCID: PMC4504837.

Almahmoud K, Teuben M, Andruszkow H, Horst K, Lefering R, Hildebrand F, Pape HC, Pfeifer R. Trends in intubation rates and durations in ventilated severely injured trauma patients: an analysis from the TraumaRegister DGU®. Patient Saf Surg. 2016 Nov 3;10:24. doi: 10.1186/s13037-016-0109-6. PMID: 27822309; PMCID: PMC5094000.

Almahmoud K, Namas RA, Zaaqoq AM, Abdul-Malak O, Namas R, Zamora R, Sperry J, Billiar TR, Vodovotz Y. Prehospital Hypotension Is Associated With Altered Inflammation Dynamics and Worse Outcomes Following Blunt Trauma in Humans. Crit Care Med. 2015 Jul;43(7):1395-404. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000000964. PMID: 25803650.

Almahmoud K, Abboud A, Namas RA, Zamora R, Sperry J, Peitzman AB, Truitt MS, Gaski GE, McKinley TO, Billiar TR, Vodovotz Y. Computational evidence for an early, amplified systemic inflammation program in polytrauma patients with severe extremity injuries. PLoS One. 2019 Jun 4;14(6):e0217577. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217577. PMID: 31163056; PMCID: PMC6548366.

Haris Chaudhry, MD
Medical School: F.M.H College of Medicine and Dentistry
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Haris joined Einstein as a preliminary PGY-2 this year and is interested in thoracic, minimally invasive, and colorectal surgery. He has a number of publications in a wide range of surgical topics. Haris is a very social person, enjoying his free time by exploring Philadelphia’s many restaurants and hanging out with his friends and family. He appreciates that Philadelphia has a good cultural mix and great food options, oting that the city is a wonderful place to live.

“Einstein has … robust training that prepares you well.”

Alizadeh RF, Chaudhry HH, Li S, Jafari MD, Mills SD, Carmichael JC, Pigazzi A, Monson JRT, Stamos MJ. Ileocolic Resection for Crohn's Disease: A Minimally Invasive Approach Claims Its Place. Am Surg. 2018 Oct 1;84(10):1639-1644. PMID: 30747686.

Chaudhry HH, Grigorian A, Lekawa ME, Dolich MO, Nguyen NT, Smith BR, Schubl SD, Nahmias JT. Decreased Length of Stay After Laparoscopic Diaphragm Repair for Isolated Diaphragm Injury After Penetrating Trauma. Am Surg. 2020 May;86(5):493-498. doi: 10.1177/0003134820919724. PMID: 32684037.

Fan SM, Grigorian A, Chaudhry HH, Allen A, Sun B, Jasperse N, Albertson S, Nahmias J. Female pediatric and adolescent genitalia trauma: a retrospective analysis of the National Trauma Data Bank. Pediatr Surg Int. 2020 Oct;36(10):1235-1241. doi: 10.1007/s00383-020-04736-7. Epub 2020 Aug 26. PMID: 32851470; PMCID: PMC7449526.

Khosrawipour T, Schubert J, Khosrawipour V, Chaudhry H, Grzesiak J, Arafkas M, Mikolajczyk A. Particle stability and structure on the peritoneal surface in pressurized intra-peritoneal aerosol chemotherapy (PIPAC) analysed by electron microscopy: First evidence of a new physical concept for PIPAC. Oncol Lett. 2019 Jun;17(6):4921-4927. doi: 10.3892/ol.2019.10162. Epub 2019 Mar 19. PMID: 31186701; PMCID: PMC6507490.

Mikolajczyk A, Khosrawipour V, Schubert J, Chaudhry H, Pigazzi A, Khosrawipour T. Particle Stability During Pressurized Intra-peritoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy (PIPAC). Anticancer Res. 2018 Aug;38(8):4645-4649. doi: 10.21873/anticanres.12769. PMID: 30061231.

Mikolajczyk A, Khosrawipour V, Schubert J, Grzesiak J, Chaudhry H, Pigazzi A, Khosrawipour T. Effect of Liposomal Doxorubicin in Pressurized Intra-Peritoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy (PIPAC). J Cancer. 2018 Oct 20;9(23):4301-4305. doi: 10.7150/jca.26860. PMID: 30519333; PMCID: PMC6277654.

Mikolajczyk A, Khosrawipour V, Schubert J, Plociennik M, Nowak K, Fahr C, Chaudhry H, Khosrawipour T. Feasibility and Characteristics of Pressurized Aerosol Chemotherapy (PAC) in the Bladder as a Therapeutical Option in Early-stage Urinary Bladder Cancer. In Vivo. 2018 Nov-Dec;32(6):1369-1372. doi: 10.21873/invivo.11388. PMID: 30348690; PMCID: PMC6365759.

Nasir U, Tariq MA, Ali A, Asad SD, Asif A, Farukhuddin F, Khan R, Chaudhry HH, Choudry S. Slurring of Speech and Lip Paresthesia: Symptoms of Levodopa End of Dose Wearing Off in Parkinson's Disease. Cureus. 2018 Jul 16;10(7):e2986. doi: 10.7759/cureus.2986. PMID: 30237947; PMCID: PMC6141052.

Schubert J, Khosrawipour V, Chaudhry H, Arafkas M, Knoefel WT, Pigazzi A, Khosrawipour T. Comparing the cytotoxicity of taurolidine, mitomycin C, and oxaliplatin on the proliferation of in vitro colon carcinoma cells following pressurized intra-peritoneal aerosol chemotherapy (PIPAC). World J Surg Oncol. 2019 Jun 3;17(1):93. doi: 10.1186/s12957-019-1633-5. PMID: 31159819; PMCID: PMC6547564.

PGY-1 Preliminary Surgery

Clark Chen, MD
Medical School: University of Miami
Hometown: Cerritos, California

Clark is interested in orthopedic surgery and has co-authored nearly a dozen publications on the subject. Outside of the hospital, Clark stays active by hiking and playing basketball and relaxes in Philadelphia’s many breweries. He loves the great community of people and patients he has found at Einstein.

Bernthal NM, Burke ZDC, Hegde V, Upfill-Brown A, Chen CJ, Hwang R, Eckardt JJ. Long-term follow-up of all-polyethylene tibial components when used for oncological endoprosthetic reconstruction. Bone Joint J. 2020 Feb;102-B(2):170-176. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.102B2.BJJ-2019-0535.R1. PMID: 32009432.

Chen CJ, Brien EW. Early postoperative compilations of bone filling in curettage defects. J Orthop Surg Res. 2019 Aug 16;14(1):261. doi: 10.1186/s13018-019-1297-4. Erratum in: J Orthop Surg Res. 2019 Oct 28;14(1):336. PMID: 31419993; PMCID: PMC6698034.

Ennis HE, Bondar K, McCormick J, Chen CJ, Donnally CJ 3rd, Kaplan L. The 50 Most Cited Articles in the Indications, Risk Factors, Techniques, and Outcomes of ACL Revision Surgery. J Knee Surg. 2020 May 5. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1702182. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32369839.

Hsiue PP, Chen CJ, Villalpando C, Ponzio D, Khoshbin A, Stavrakis AI. Trends and patient factors associated with technology-assisted total hip arthroplasty in the United States from 2005 to 2014. Arthroplast Today. 2020 Mar 9;6(1):112-117.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.artd.2019.12.009. PMID: 32211486; PMCID: PMC7083725.

Hsiue PP, Chen CJ, Villalpando C, Sanaiha Y, Khoshbin A, Stavrakis AI. Effect of Parkinson's Disease on Hemiarthroplasty Outcomes After Femoral Neck Fractures. J Arthroplasty. 2019 Aug;34(8):1695-1699.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2019.03.055. Epub 2019 Mar 29. PMID: 31023515.

Hsiue PP, Greig D, Chen CJ, Patel B, Trikha R, Rowan FE, Khoshbin A, Stavrakis AI. Incidence and Risk Factors for the Development of Acute Colonic Pseudo-Obstruction (Ogilvie Syndrome) in Total Joint Arthroplasty Patients. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2020 Jun 2. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-20-00096. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32501855.

Hsiue PP, Kelley BV, Chen CJ, Stavrakis AI, Lord EL, Shamie AN, Hornicek FJ, Park DY. Surgical treatment of metastatic spine disease: an update on national trends and clinical outcomes from 2010 to 2014. Spine J. 2020 Jun;20(6):915-924. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2020.02.010. Epub 2020 Feb 19. PMID: 32087389.

Hsiue PP, Seo LJ, Sanaiha Y, Chen CJ, Khoshbin A, Stavrakis AI. Effect of Kidney Disease on Hemiarthroplasty Outcomes After Femoral Neck Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Nov;33(11):583-589. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000001576. PMID: 31343596.

Li Z, Chen CJ, Wang JK, Hsia E, Li W, Squires J, Sun Y, Huang J. Neuroendocrine differentiation of prostate cancer. Asian J Androl. 2013 May;15(3):328-32. doi: 10.1038/aja.2013.7. Epub 2013 Mar 18. PMID: 23503426; PMCID: PMC3739654.

Lipianskaya J, Cohen A, Chen CJ, Hsia E, Squires J, Li Z, Zhang Y, Li W, Chen X, Xu H, Huang J. Androgen-deprivation therapy-induced aggressive prostate cancer with neuroendocrine differentiation. Asian J Androl. 2014 Jul-Aug;16(4):541-4. doi: 10.4103/1008-682X.123669. PMID: 24589459; PMCID: PMC4104077.

Wang H, Wang P, Amajoyi O, Chen CJ, Chen GY. The Safety of Percutaneous Trigger Digit Release Increased by Neurovascular Displacement with Local Hydraulic Dilatation: An Anatomical and Clinical Study. Med Sci Monit. 2017 Oct 22;23:5034-5040. doi: 10.12659/msm.904676. PMID: 29055964; PMCID: PMC5665611.

Sagar Desai, DO
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: New Milford, New Jersey

Sagar is completing a preliminary surgical year prior to matriculating into Einstein’s own interventional radiology residency. He has interests in bariatric surgery and interventional radiology. He has enjoyed researching the interplay between these two topics and has produced a number of presentations, posters, and publications on related studies. Outside of work, Sagar enjoys going to the gym, snowboarding, and hanging out with his friends.

“I completed medical school in Philadelphia, and there is nowhere else I would rather live through my 20's. There is great camaraderie between all members of the surgical department at Einstein, and the clinical training/caseload available to residents is second to none.”

Efficacy of Arteriography versus CTA during Preoperative Evaluation for the Surgical Conversion of a Gastric Bypass to Duodenal Switch (poster, first author)

Safety and Efficacy of Axillary Access Interventions during Complex Endovascular Interventions in Peripheral Arterial Disease (oral presentation, second author)

Adherence to Appropriate Imaging Management per Published Guidelines for Incidental Adnexal Masses at a Level 1 Trauma Center (oral presentation, first author)

Catheter Directed Thrombolysis in the Setting of Massive Iliofemoral Deep Vein Thrombosis: case study and review (publication, first author)

Use of Supplemental Diagram for Case Presentations of Complex Interventional Procedures (poster, first author)

Gloryanne Gautier Nieves, MD
Medical School: St. George's School of Medicine
Hometown: Orlando, Florida (also Comerío, Puerto Rico)

Glory has broad interests in all areas of surgery; she plans to exploring MIS and robotics surgeries while at Einstein. She has previously performed research in the oral microbiome as it relates to disease, but she plans to expand her reach into surgical topics as well. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys cooking and decorating her apartment; she also expresses her creativity via painting. She also notes the camaraderie of the Einstein team and appreciates Dr. Joshi’s “surgery family” outlook on his residents.

Chakraborty, Shreyasee & Persaud, Verneshia & Vanegas, Sonya & Gautier, Gloryanne & Esiobu, Nwadiuto. (2014). Analysis of the Human Oral Microbiome of Smokers and Non-Smokers Using PCR-RFLP and Ribotyping. Advances in Microbiology. 04. 681-691. 10.4236/aim.2014.410073.

Chakraborty, Shreyasee & Esiobu, Nwadiuto. (2017). Metagenomic rDNA Profiles of the Oral Microbiome in Healthy Subjects Are Distinctive Compared to That in Smokers and Disease Subjects Despite High Variations between Subjects. Advances in Microbiology. 07. 158-174. 10.4236/aim.2017.72013.

Jasmine Mirza, MD
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Hometown: Anaheim, California

Jasmine is interested in diagnostic and neuroradiology; she is currently completing a preliminary PGY-1 year with general surgery at Einstein. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, baking, and exploring the numerous restaurants in Philadelphia. Jasmine appreciates the diversity and energy of Philadelphia. She also enjoys working with her co-residents and faculty at Einstein.

Research Residents

Daniel Chakhalian, MD
Medical School:
University of Arkansas
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Dan is our current research resident. He is interested in plastic and reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, and nerve repair. Dan is a man of eclectic tastes, ranging from dining out and hiking to restoring his antique Philadelphia home and painting miniatures.

When asked about Einstein and Philadelphia, he mentions the camaraderie among surgical residents, whom he describes as reliable, intelligent, and empathetic. He cites Philadelphia as a large city with a great ambiance and innumerable activities.

Chakhalian, D, Shultz, RB, Miles, CE, Kohn, J. Opportunities for biomaterials to address the challenges of COVID‐19. J Biomed Mater Res. 2020; 108: 1974- 1990. https://doi.org/10.1002/jbm.a.37059

General Surgery PAs

Michelle Kostelansky
Hometown: Plains, Pennsylvania

Michelle enjoys working on our general and vascular surgery teams. Michelle is a globetrotter, exploring a number of exotic locales on her time off.

“In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, skiing, and scuba diving. I love Philadelphia because it offers something for everyone—from its history to food scene! My colleagues and patients make Einstein a truly rewarding place to work.”

Inna Shum
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Inna has a special interest in vascular surgery, although she is considered a valuable asset on any of our surgical teams. Inna enjoys the outdoors with her family by visiting many of the local parks and attractions in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

“What I love about Philadelphia (which is a large, diverse city) is its many beautiful sights and attractions that will cater to basically any interest. What I love about Einstein is the focus on friendliness and approachability among its employees, a concept that I’ve noted to be greatly lacking at some other organizations.”

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