Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Current Residents

Third-Year Family Medicine Residents

Agoos

Zoe Agoos, MD
University of Vermont College of Medicine, 2015
Brown University, B.A., 2007
Zoe.Agoos@jefferson.edu

I’m originally from Boston, MA and then stayed in New England for college at Brown University. I was an anthropology major and did my thesis on ancient Mayan glyphs and ceramics (because why not!) as well as studying abroad on a comparative health program that took me to India, China, and South Africa. After graduating I moved back to Boston and worked as a research and academic assistant in global public health at Harvard Medical School for nearly four years before entering medical school myself at the University of Vermont. At UVM, I was involved with refugee health education and then was lucky enough to receive an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to start a Patient Navigator Program for non-working adults in the local Bhutanese refugee community. I was also a member of our student Wellness Committee and spent a summer working with the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) Program in Gallup, NM working with Navajo Community Health Representatives.

I chose family medicine because it will allow me to have longitudinal relationships with my patients and their families, and because this is the only field of medicine I encountered that really takes into account the psychosocial, cultural, and financial aspects of life that affect our patients’ health. I’m excited to be doing my residency at Jefferson because of the amazingly committed, talented, and passionate people here from the administration to the faculty to my co-residents. I’m looking forward to getting involved with the many underserved primary care efforts here, especially refugee health, and hoping that along the way I’ll be able to use some of my Spanish and American Sign Language.

Amadi

Grace Amadi, MD
Chief Resident

University of Michigan Medical School, 2015
Duke University, B.S., 2010
Grace.Amadi@jefferson.edu

Hello! I grew up in Northville, MI and went to Duke University for undergrad, where I double majored in art history and biology. I returned back home for medical school at the University of Michigan. Though I went straight from college to medical school, I took a year off between my third and fourth year of medical school and did several things including working as a server at a restaurant, substitute teaching (every subject from cosmetology to math), starting a health coaching program at a free health clinic, and teaching a course about the intersections between art and medicine to second year medical students at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

I decided on family medicine during my third year, when I realized that I loved the challenge of taking care of people of all ages, wanted to build meaningful, longitudinal relationships with my patients, and wanted to better understand and advocate for my patients in the context of their family and community. I chose Jefferson because of its commitment to providing great quality care to the surrounding community as well as its attention to providing a great educational experience to residents and preparing them to do whatever they want in the future. I look forward to a great three years in Philadelphia!

Botti

Bryan Botti, MD
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2015
Cornell University, B.A., 2011
Bryan.Botti@jefferson.edu

I'm from Livingston, NJ, which is about 40 minutes outside New York City. I went to Cornell University for undergrad, where I majored in Neurobiology & Behavior and minored in Spanish, Music, and Theatre Performance. In college I thought I wanted to be an actor or a biologist, but I realized I wasn't talented enough for the former and I didn't like bench research enough for the latter. So I decided on medicine because I felt it encompassed both science and humanities.

I then went back to Jersey to attend medical school at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where I had some difficulty deciding on a specialty because I liked all of my rotations. I decided on family medicine because of its broad and varied nature, the potential to do almost anything in your career, and the opportunity to be the primary healthcare provider for someone. To me, that's what being a doctor has always been about.

I chose Jefferson because of its rigorous academic training in an underserved community setting. I felt it would provide the best way to become a confident, competent family physician while also working with patients who need healthcare the most. Also, after visiting here, I felt the faculty and residents were cool, down-to-earth people with goals very similar to mine.

In my free time I love picking things up and putting them back down at the gym (aka weightlifting), singing, seeing plays, going to the beach, and exploring restaurants and bars in Philadelphia. I'm still new to the area, so I'm enjoying seeing all the fun things this city has to offer!

Emerson

Laura Emerson, MD
University of Florida, College of Medicine, 2015
University of Florida, B.A., 2010
Laura.Emerson@jefferson.edu

I am a native of Gainesville, FL, and I attended undergraduate school and medical school at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). My interest in medicine was solidified when I studied abroad in Paris during college. I did an internship in a pediatric ER there, and I learned about the maternal-child health programs available in France. During medical school, I went to rural Mexico as part of an outreach trip, and I volunteered at a free clinic for the underserved in Gainesville. When deciding what field of medicine to go into, I knew I wanted to go into primary care. As I looked at the health care needs of the US and other countries, it became obvious to me that providing sound primary care to a community could make a huge difference in the community’s health outcomes. Furthermore, I knew I would never get bored in family medicine, because there is such an incredible variety in what family medicine doctors see and do.

When it came time to apply to residency programs, I decided it was finally time to branch out and leave the Swamp! I was initially drawn to Jefferson because of the respect the family medicine program has at Jefferson and within the field of family medicine. I wanted to develop a solid background in full spectrum family medicine, women’s health, adolescent health, and urban medicine.

Most importantly, I wanted to spend the next three years of my life in a supportive environment with a group of fun residents and approachable faculty that take mentorship seriously. So far I have been very happy in Philadelphia! There are tons of places that satisfy my inner Francophile (Parc and Miele!) and so many opportunities to experience the arts – the Barnes Foundation and the Pennsylvania Ballet are two of my favorites. In my spare time, I enjoy trying new restaurants, baking treats for my co-residents, dancing, and cycling.

Kuperman

Mariana Kuperman, MD, MPH
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2015
Jefferson School of Population Health, MPH, 2013
The George Washington University, B.A., 2003
Mariana.Kuperman@jefferson.edu

Hi! I graduated from George Washington University in 2003 with a BA in International Affairs and Spanish. I then returned to my native city of Philadelphia and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with a Puerto Rican women’s group. I worked for four years at the Maternity Care Coalition’s Cribs for Kids program, and it was there that I realized that my passion for Public Health would best be fulfilled as a physician. I completed a two-year postbac at University of Pennsylvania and began medical school at Jefferson Medical College in 2011. While completing medical school, I did not lose sight of my connection to Public Health. During my application year, I completed the coursework for a Master’s in Public Health, and received my MPH from Jefferson in May 2013.

While I loved so many specialties, Family Medicine was the only one where I felt people really cared about all aspects of the patient and where I could really apply my passion for population health. I chose Jefferson because I loved the residents and attendings so much and knew that I wanted to stay in the Philly area.

When not doing medical things, I love to exercise – yoga, running, Pure Barre, Lithe, I’ll try anything! I also love spending time with my husband, parents, twin brother, and all our friends and family in Philly. I have SO many favorite restaurants here, but my #1 is definitely Osteria!

McIntosh

Lionel McIntosh, MD
Yale School of Medicine, 2011
Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 2005
Lionel.McIntosh@jefferson.edu

I was born in The Bahamas and grew up in Mack Town, a settlement on the southern shores of the island of Grand Bahama. I completed my undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University where I studied Neuroscience and Italian. Medical school took me to New Haven, Connecticut where I attended the Yale School of Medicine. Here I completed my medical studies and a Master’s degree in Health Science.

Prior to joining the team at Jefferson I worked in pharmaceuticals as part of a team producing TDF the active ingredient in Tenofovir and as a physician in the national heath service in The Bahamas. I was drawn to Family Medicine because the patient is at the center of the specialty’s philosophical dogma. Continuity of care, community outreach and the ability to care for patients of all ages piqued my interests. The training facilitates a holistic approach to the care of the patient and provides a solid foundation on which one is able to carve out a niche in medicine based on one’s interests. My interests in medicine are varied but I enjoy adolescent medicine and HIV/AIDS education/outreach.

Jefferson is a natural fit for me because of the genuine camaraderie that exists between the faculty and residents. Moreover, the program’s legacy of academic and clinical excellence make it an outstanding program in which to train. Philadelphia is also an amazing city with lots to offer in the arts, entertainment, sports and culture.

I consider anything involving food to be a good time. As a newbie to the Philadelphia area I am impressed with the culinary fare and would recommend Petit Roti, Brown Sugar and Erawan as spots to try. Outside of medicine I enjoy running, playing capoeira, going to the beach and sampling new foods.

Rague

Allison Rague, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2015
Gettysburg College, B.A., 2009
Allison.Rague@jefferson.edu

I am originally from a small town in Northern Pennsylvania where I grew up biking in the summer and skiing in the winters. I left my little town for another small town to go to Gettysburg College where I received my bachelors of arts in Health Science. I waivered in my career choices for a while before finally decided on medicine by my senior year of college. While I studied for the MCAT and worked on applications I moved to Washington, D.C. In D.C I worked as a server at Café Deluxe and enjoyed being a “real person.” From D.C., I moved to Philadelphia to start medical school at Jefferson. I initially found Philly to be a little gritty compared to DC, but soon fell in love with the city!

Deciding on family medicine was an obvious choice for me. I was influenced by the great family physicians I knew growing up. They were my neighbors, family friends, and doctors. I knew I wanted to be a part of a community and families. Going to school at Jefferson allowed me to see all the family medicine can be. There is something here for everyone. I saw people working in communities throughout the city, involved in adolescent care, women’s health, geriatrics, refugee health, working abroad, etc.

When it came to choosing a residency I wanted to find a place and program that felt right. I had worked in the Department as a student and witnessed the unparalleled reputation the residents and faculty have at the university. The residents, faculty, and staff are all incredibly supportive. Everyone wants to see us succeed. Additionally, fun traditions already in place, like a holiday party where residents roast the attendings, retreats, book club, and weekly happy hours. I ultimately couldn’t leave such an amazing community where I was confident I would receive an education that would allow for a wide breadth of practice. I was lucky enough to find all of this and only have to move three blocks!

In my free time I love trying new gym classes like spinning, yoga, and dance-party workout. I also enjoy running and biking along the river. Since life is all about balance I make sure to eat a lot at Philly’s amazing restaurants. Some of my favorites include Barbuzzo, Tria, Hawthornes, and the list goes on and on!

Reaves

Bruce Reaves, MD
Howard University College of Medicine, 2014
Duke University, B.S., 2010
Bruce.Reaves@jefferson.edu

I was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA then when I was thirteen, I moved to High Point, NC. I attended Duke University for undergrad where I majored in Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, and minored in Chemistry and Visual Arts. After undergrad I moved to Washington, DC and attended Howard University College of Medicine; becoming the first person in my family to graduate from college.

Ever since I was five, I wanted to become a physician. Then, it was because I thought that doctors were superheroes and their coats were capes. Little has changed; I still have a love and admiration for the white coat. I specifically chose Family Medicine because I appreciate the ability to be able to treat people of all populations- regardless of age, gender or location. Very few specialties allow you to practice and diagnose medicine with only your hands and mind when called to do so (this is necessary in certain populations- globally and locally)—I experienced this first hand on a medical mission to Haiti while in medical school. It was there that I realized that I belonged in family medicine.

One of many things that attracted me to the Jefferson family was its commitment to the community and our patients. Very few programs have such an array of respected community-based programs in addition to a top-rated hospital. Also the Family Medicine Department at Jefferson is truly amazing; they are personally invested in the residency program and making sure that each new (and old) doctor reaches his or her full potential.

Outside of the hospital I love watching movies, going to the gym and exploring the artistic scene that Philly has to offer—from shows at the Mann to musicals at Forrest Theater to the Barnes Foundation.

Silverman

Angela Silverman, MD, MPH
Temple University School of Medicine, 2015
Drexel University School of Public Health, MPH, 2011
Appalachian State University, B.S., 2007
Angela.Silverman@jefferson.edu

I grew up in Cuba, NY - a tiny town two hours south of Buffalo where I climbed trees, swam in the lake, and built snow forts every winter. From there my family moved to North Carolina, where I graduated high school and stayed to attend Appalachian State University. After much internal debate and many English literature classes, I earned my degree in Exercise Science. I spent two years living the young adult dream in San Francisco, working at a fitness center/spa and volunteering with the community when I wasn't out exploring both California's natural world and its urban life. I moved back east in 2009 to get my MPH from Drexel University in Philadelphia and stayed for medical school at Temple University. Philly has grown and truly grown on me over the past six years, and I'm excited to be staying for residency at Jefferson!

I began working with urban underserved populations serving meals to the homeless in San Francisco, and was able to continue to do so in Philadelphia through a local needle exchange clinic and my work with shelter-based health education and clinics at Temple. Along with my MD, I earned a Masters in Urban Bioethics from Temple, which allowed me the opportunity to think outside the hospital and get into the community as a health care provider. I feel fortunate today to be at an institution that values what's important to me - providing high quality, comprehensive medical care to diverse urban underserved communities and doing so with passion and joy. I have interests in HIV care, global health, LGBT health, reproductive health and family planning, and I feel fully supported in learning and exploring my interests at Jefferson. The program and its community partners provide every opportunity to learn as much as I can about all these things and much more!

In my free time, I love to travel - I've made it to five out of seven continents in the past five years (Antarctica, here I come!). My favorite adventures have included driving across the US on my own, writing med school applications beside Montmarte, climbing Masada at dawn, seeing the pyramids and cruising down the Nile, and standing under the falls at Iguazu. When I can't travel, I enjoy biking, fostering kittens, reading until dawn, finding all the best vegan food and drinks, and exploring my own city!

Thesing

Claire Thesing, MD: Chief Resident
Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2015
University of Notre Dame, B.S., 2011
Claire.Thesing@jefferson.edu

 I grew up in small town New Hampshire, but left the woods, mountains, and beaches of New England for college. I spent four years at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN (Go Irish!) where I was fortunate to have some formative experiences including tutoring at the local homeless shelter, working with refugee populations in my home state, and studying abroad in France. After undergrad I returned to the East Coast for medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine in DC, and now have moved a little further north to join the great community at Jefferson and to explore another new city!

Growing up with a dad who is a family physician and a mom whose unofficial job was to give back to the community, family medicine just made sense to me as a specialty choice. I want to work directly with patients, to care for the many aspects of individual’s life that affects their health such as their social supports, and to help them to live healthy lives.

Jefferson’s family medicine program offers what I am looking for in my training: a strong academic environment with both intensive inpatient training on a family medicine team as well as diverse outpatient opportunities beyond a continuity clinic that include working at a federally qualified health center. Not only does the program’s structure and mission align with my own goals in family medicine, but the people in the program are all driven to care for all patients, regardless of age, income, or background. I am excited to learn from and with them over the next three years.

Besides medicine, I love spending time with friends and family, exploring neighborhoods, finding new coffee shops, and eating delicious foods. I’m slowly starting to pursue these adventures as I get to know Philly. I’m an avid runner (ok, maybe jogger) and love to toss the Frisbee. Really, any chance to be outside I certainly embrace. I am grateful to be in a city and at a program that allows me such a variety of opportunities!

Second-Year Family Medicine Residents

Aragon

Miranda Aragon, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 2016
University of New Mexico, B.A., 2012
Miranda.Aragon@jefferson.edu

I'm a native New Mexican, and though I'm spoiled on ridiculously good food there, I'm excited to start the next adventure in a beautiful and fun part of the country! I studied minority and policy issues during undergrad at the University of New Mexico and graduated with a BA in political science. After a whirlwind backpacking tour of Europe, I promptly started medical school with the goal of finding opportunities to work with underserved communities and fire people up about systemic change.

During medical school I spent time working in vibrant communities (including the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico shortly after the Gold King Mine contamination) and on important initiatives, especially regarding reproductive health. It has continued to inspire me to work toward social equity, which is where family medicine comes in! I'm excited to be working in a field that prioritizes relationships and the concept of well-being at the center of a complex web of social, political, economic and environmental systems. Jeff appealed to me because of the diverse patient population, opportunities for family planning training and the warm, welcoming FM family.

I'm a total foodie and enjoy traveling, hiking, intersectionality, live music, road trips, and making really awesome playlists (in my humble opinion).

Bardet

Kyle Bardet, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2016
University of California, Davis, B.S., 2010
Kyle.Bardet@jefferson.edu

I’m a California native who has decided to make South Philadelphia home. I was born on the beach in SoCal, grew up in the Central Valley, and attended UC Davis in Northern California. Originally planning for a career as a veterinarian, I studied animal sciences before getting a degree in neurobiology, physiology, and behavior. I managed veterinary hospitals in California and Philadelphia after college, even though I quickly realized I preferred working with patients who talked more and bit less. I realized that anatomy and physiology aren’t nearly as interesting without the social interactions, relationships, and emotional context only human patients have, and I was sold on family medicine early on.

I attended medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and chose to stay at Jefferson for residency to continue working with Philadelphia’s diverse and urban populations. Outside of doctoring, I enjoy TV, napping, and eating dessert (the most important meal of my day). To make up for these vices, you can find me running the Schuylkill River Trail or walking my dog, Gryff, through the many parks in the city.

Lai

Sunny Lai, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, 2016
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2015
University of California, Berkley, B.A., 2009
Sunny.Lai@jefferson.edu

For nearly three decades, I called the San Francisco Bay Area my home. I spent the first thirteen years in the South Bay growing up on the same street as Apple. In high school, I moved to the North Bay, a place with bountiful redwood trees, to attend a high school with a strong orchestra where I played the violin. In college, I ventured to the East Bay to study international development at the University of California, Berkeley. After two years of working at a community clinic in San Francisco, I studied medicine at University of California, San Francisco with an emphasis in urban underserved care (PRIME-US track) and took a year to study public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

I am excited to finally begin my work as a family medicine doctor! I first learned about the specialty while working at a community health clinic in San Francisco after college. As a health coach, not a single day passed without hearing how poverty, violence, and general life chaos caused or contributed to people's health conditions. There I witnessed numerous family medicine doctors who were attuned to this reality and incorporated it seamlessly into their care. Not only were they their patients’ trusted guides in illness and health, they were also their advocates for better social conditions. Ever since, I have wanted to follow in their footsteps.

When I interviewed at Jefferson, I felt right at home! I sensed a strong commitment to social justice and the surrounding community. I knew that I could flourish and become the physician that I want to be here. Although I miss the Bay Area tremendously, I cannot wait to explore all that Philadelphia has to offer. Ask me in a few months and hopefully I can tell you about my favorite underground arts collectives, hikes, noodle shops, and people.

Leshner

Amy Leshner, MD
University of London, St. George's School of Medicine, 2016
Rutgers University, Rutgers College Honors Program, B.A., 2009
Amy.Leshner@jefferson.edu

I am from South Jersey, but as many of us from the suburbs do, I call Philadelphia my home. I graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick in 2009, where I studied biology and cognitive science. Studying cognitive science helped me to see how we could take an interdisciplinary look at the mind and self, and that same mentality led me to a holistic view of health and the body… which has led me to family medicine! After college, I worked at the Center for Studies of Addiction at UPenn for a couple of years and got to know what the behind-the-scenes of clinical research looks like while learning about the important and complex field of addiction.

I then headed off to medical school in a unique program through St. George’s, University of London in which we spent the first two years studying in Cyprus and the second two years in Chicago while earning a UK degree. It was wonderful to live and study in two such different and culturally rich environments. I had classmates from all over the world, and have gained perspective by learning alongside friends and teachers with varied and vibrant backgrounds.

I was drawn to Family Medicine as soon as I entered medical school. I care deeply about health equity, meaningful patient-provider relationships, education, and wellness, and this is the field of medicine that shares my values most closely. I am thrilled to train at Jefferson where they are amazing at turning those values into action. Plus, after a few years spent exploring the world outside of the East Coast, I get to come home to friends, family, and my favorite concert venues to boot. In my free time I like to keep houseplants alive, read recipes and then disregard them, try new fitness regimens for two weeks at a time, and learn to identify birds, but mostly just be outside and get excited about nature.

Li

Erica Li, MD
Boston University School of Medicine, 2016
Boston University B.A., 2013
Erica.Li@jefferson.edu

I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and grew up there with my parents and two sisters. After high school, I decided to do the combined BA/MD program at Boston University. I majored in medical sciences with a minor in anthropology, which I loved. Over the last seven years, Boston has become my second home. Although I am sad to be leaving Boston, I am also extremely excited to move to Philadelphia to start my family medicine residency.

I decided to pursue medicine pretty early on and I haven’t looked back since. Every experience I had during medical school only reaffirmed my choice. During my third year of medical school, it became obvious that family medicine was the specialty for me. I love getting to know people and their stories and I’m excited for the genuine and longitudinal relationships that I will develop with my patients.

I chose the Jefferson program for residency because of the amazing faculty who are committed to teaching and the emphasis on service to the community and marginalized populations. I also immediately felt connected to the residents and staff that I met. I can’t wait to become a part of the Jefferson family!

When I’m not at work, I’ll most likely be eating something delicious, running outside by the water, or binge-watching Netflix. I also love to read books, go to concerts, and cook (or attempt to).

Love

Gillian Love, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2016
The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 2012
Gillian.Love@jefferson.edu

I grew up in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania - middle of nowhere, known only for the hometown of Yuengling. Cheers! I went to Penn State for my undergrad and majored in neurobiology. I’ve always been interested in human interactions and wrote my thesis in the biobehavioral health department. My combined interests in both people and science led me to Jefferson for med school!

Choosing family medicine was a simple decision for me; it’s the only specialty that allows me to explore all of my (very different) interests. I adore geriatrics and palliative care, but also love adolescents, family planning, and mental healthcare. The eye-opening opportunities I had in med school and all of the amazing people at JFMA made me want to stay for residency!

After growing up in a rural area, I love living in Philly. In my free time, my favorite “hobby” is restaurant and bar hopping with friends. I am so glad to be staying here to continue my restaurant bucket list! I also love traveling, playing piano (keyboard in my tiny apartment), tennis, and going to spin class. When I feel less motivated, I’m great at binge-watching Showtime and Real Housewives.

Simon

Rebecca Simon, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2016
The George Washington University, B.S., 2011
Rebecca.Simon@jefferson.edu

As my love for cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and the Phillies would suggest, I was born in Philadelphia and raised in the suburbs of the city. I spent my formative college years just down I-95 in Washington, DC, in pursuit of the Obamas and a bachelor's in Public Health at The George Washington University. It was there that I gained awareness for the importance of primary care and built on my passion to community service. My decision to become a family physician and to pursue Jefferson for medical school and residency was inspired by my work with vulnerable populations.

After college I returned to my beloved Philly and worked with Project HOME in their medical clinic and as the healthcare services coordinator for the Hub of Hope winter initiative, which aims to house chronically street homeless individuals. In medical school I joined the Urban Underserved Program, traveled to Rwanda with JeffHEALTH, rotated with IHS in Shiprock, New Mexico and directed a weekly clinic through JeffHOPE and its partnership with Prevention Point Philadelphia — all focused on addressing healthcare needs of medically underserved populations.

In my free time you can find me running around the city with my dog, a black lab-basset hound mix, or eating at one of the city’s amazing restaurants. I am so excited to be staying in Philly for the proximity to my family, the food, and the Phillies!

Sizemore

Daniel Sizemore, MD
The University of Toledo College of Medicine, 2016
University of Toledo, M.S., 2012
Cedarville University, B.A., 2011
Daniel.Sizemore@jefferson.edu

I was born and raised in Freehold, NJ, but wanting to see more of the world I decided to do my undergraduate education at a small school in central OH called Cedarville University. There I learned that much of the world consists of unending cornfields. However, I also developed my passion for medicine during this time. While I majored in Psychology and planned on an academic career, I did an internship at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) where I soon fell in love with their philosophy of providing high quality healthcare to underserved populations.

I stayed in the Midwest as I completed my Masters and Medical degrees at the University of Toledo. Even before starting med school, I pretty much knew that I would end up in primary care and my time spent volunteering at the student-run free medical clinic and on my clinical rotations only cemented that fact. Seeing the breadth and variety of services a family doctor can provide and the core tenants of continuity of care, community involvement, and holistic care made it obvious that family medicine was the only choice for me.

After witnessing the academic rigor and passion for underserved care that both the residents and the faculty at Jefferson exhibit, it became clear that this was the best choice for the next step in my medical education. (Plus it didn’t hurt that my co-residents seemed to share my enjoyment of good food and drinks.)

When not in the clinical setting, I spend my time walking around and exploring the city, being an amateur movie critic, looking at pictures of cute animals on the internet, and attempting to teach myself Spanish.

Weissberger

Michael Weissberger, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, 2016
The College of William & Mary, M.S., 2010
The College of William & Mary, B.S., 2005
Michael.Weissberger@jefferson.edu

I’m originally from Norfolk, VA which is known for its Navy base and for its proximity to Virginia Beach — neither of which I frequented. I went to the College of William and Mary (Go Tribe!!) for undergrad and graduate school where I studied computer science.

Afterwards I worked as a software engineer and web/graphic designer for several research projects and for a not-for-profit. In fact I spent ten years in Williamsburg, VA again rarely visiting its main attraction — Colonial Williamsburg! It was here however that I would find the first sign of my future: a Thomas Jefferson statue on campus and TJ re-enactors in class with me (I should have known)... I really enjoyed working as a computer nerd, but wanted more human interaction in my day to day life, so I decided to attend medical school at MCV/VCU School of Medicine in Richmond, VA, a whole 45 miles up the road.

While at MCV, it became very quickly apparent to me that family medicine was the specialty that so much enjoyed the kinds of gratifying longitudinal connections I was searching for in a career. I also felt a close shared sense of humanism with many people I met in the field. Also I liked everything in medical school!

I chose Jefferson because of its focus on community medicine, its work helping the marginalized populations of Philadelphia, its focus on women’s health and family planning, and because of the great people with whom I clicked during my interview. Jefferson really embodied what I was looking for: an excellent academic program, passionate people, a socially progressive mission, and a warm environment. It also helps that Philadelphia is a WONDERFUL city.

In my free time I enjoy baking bread, cooking, reading and getting involved in politics, ultimate frisbee, watching baseball, singing (I was in a barbershop quartet and the glee club!), watching movies, playing with my dog Murphy, and going out to eat. I am really looking forward to eating my way through the city!

Woods

Anna Woods, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2016
University of Chicago, B.A., 2010
Anna.Woods@jefferson.edu

Born and raised in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, I ventured to the Midwest to play basketball and pursue a degree in Human Development at the University of Chicago. After graduating I realized my days as a competitive athlete were over, but my interest in the medicine was only just beginning. I returned to the Philadelphia area to attend Bryn Mawr's post-bac program and work as a research assistant at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Upon completion of the program, I obtained my medical degree at Jefferson, and it was there that I solidified my passion for family medicine.

I chose family medicine because it spoke to both my interests in human development and primary care. I decided to continue my training at Jefferson because it is near the people I love, in the city I call home, and is such a fantastic program I could not leave. When I am not practicing medicine, I like to stay active-whether it's playing a game of knock out for old time's sake, swimming, or even letting my dog lead the way as we go for a stroll through the historic yet lively streets of Philly.

First-Year Family Medicine Residents

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Sara Ancona, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine, 2017
The College of New Jersey, B.S., 2011
Sarah.Ancona@jefferson.edu

I grew up in Newtown, PA which is a suburb about 45 minutes north of Philadelphia. I graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Biology and a minor in Classical Studies. I knew I wanted to go to medical school ultimately, but I was really passionate about service and wanted to have a different experience so for two years after college I participated in an AmeriCorps program called City Year in Philadelphia.  During this time, I tutored 7th graders in Math and Literacy as well as ran after school programs. My time in City Year was one of the most valuable experiences I have ever had and really strengthened my interest in working with underserved populations in some way in my career.

I stayed in Philadelphia for medical school, attending Drexel University College of Medicine, where I was involved with a student-run clinic for women and children as well as tutoring and mentoring other medical students. I decided to pursue a career in Family Medicine because I have found that although I love the scientific aspects of medicine, what excites me most is forming long-standing relationships with patients and having continuity of care. I also love the variety in acuity of illness you get to see in Family and that I get to see both children and adults, and treat whole families!

I am so excited to be starting my residency at Jefferson because it is in a city that I love and want to continue to explore and it has long-established ties to the community, as well as great people who are truly dedicated to community health. I also love that it is associated with such a great children’s hospital in DuPont.

When I am not working, I love spending time with my family dog, Sammie, and my family and friends (in that order, but don’t tell them). I also love coffee and I am always up for trying new coffee shops or just lounging around and watching some good TV!

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Barbara Cymring, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2017
Williams College, B.A., 2011
Barbara.Cymring@jefferson.edu

 

I'm originally from Argentina but moved to the US when I was 14. I called Miami home for a few years until I ventured out to the Northeast for college. I graduated from Williams College with a degree in Biology, and then moved to NYC for two years to work in research before medical school. Philly has been my home for the past four years while attending Sidney Kimmel Medical College. I love this city so much that I decided to stay here for residency!

I didn't know anything about Family Medicine until third year of med school, but I quickly fell in love with this field and its people. I enjoy making meaningful connections with my patients and following them over time, and I love the variety of ages and conditions that we see.

I chose to stay at Jefferson because of its strong ties to the community, its mission to serve Philadelphia's most vulnerable populations, its rigorous academics, and because of the wonderful people I've met here!

When I'm not studying or working, you will likely find me at the gym, or in the kitchen, experimenting with a new recipe. And if the weather is nice, I might be wandering around the city, sipping on some cold brew, or (more likely) ice cream.

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Jessica Deffler, MD
Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, 2017
Villanova University, B.S, 2013
Jessica.Deffler@jefferson.edu

I grew up in New Jersey and went to college at Villanova, where I got involved in advocacy for the homeless. While there I also volunteered at a free clinic in Philly and met some great people who inspired me to go into primary care. I decided to head south for med school and enjoyed my four years in North Carolina (warmer winters and beautiful mountains!). I also volunteered as a Spanish interpreter and spent time in Ecuador and Mexico on global health trips.

I chose Family Medicine because of the opportunities to engage with social justice issues and form patient relationships that foster change. I am also passionate about nutrition as medicine. One of my favorite parts of med school was working with my mentor to write a plant-based nutrition guide for med students. I chose Jefferson because it struck me as a place that values diversity and strong community work. I also wanted to live in the city so I can ditch my car and walk/bike all over – especially by the river! In my free time you can find me experimenting with vegetarian recipes, doing yoga, amateur salsa dancing, and getting outside any chance I can. 

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Rachel Ehrman-Dupre, MD
Virgina Commonwealth University School of Medicine, 2017
Occidental College, B.A., 2011
Rachel.Ehrman-Dupre@jefferson.edu

Born in Boston, MA but Charlotte, NC is where I was raised and is my home! I briefly thought I was a west-coaster and attended undergrad at Occidental College in Los Angeles but ultimately settled back on the east coast. I moved to Washington D.C. to split my time working at a chronic pain clinic and being a really awful waitress.  Working at the pain clinic provided me with a front row seat to the plight of medically complex patients whose needs are not appropriately met.  This heightened my interest in healthcare policy, fostered my love and admiration for the geriatric population, and solidified my plan to be a family physician.

I went to medical school at VCU in Richmond, VA and though I was at first wary of Richmond’s small size, I fell in love with it and had a wonderful 4 years. I chose to leave and make my way to Jefferson because it was important to me to train at a strong academic center that respected family medicine as a specialty and understood it’s place within the healthcare system.  The strong community that the program fosters was easy to see and it was just the right fit!

To me Philly is the perfect city! There are great restaurants and bars, beautiful old city buildings and history, two rivers and nice green spaces, and it is still somehow more affordable than most east coast cities. It’s been so much fun to explore and I’m so happy to call Philly my new home!   

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Kali Graham, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2017
Bryn Marw College, B.A., 2010
Kali.Graham@jefferson.edu

As a lifelong Philly area native/aficionado, I’m thrilled to be staying at Jefferson for residency. I was born in Philadelphia and raised in the surrounding suburbs. I went to Bryn Mawr College for undergrad where I graduated with a degree in Political Science. After college I planned on a career in health policy but quickly realized my passion for clinical medicine and working directly with medically underserved populations. After working in Boston for a year

I returned to my alma mater to attend Bryn Mawr's premedical post-bac program before attending Jefferson for medical school.

As a medical student at Jefferson I was constantly impressed by the dedication my Family Medicine attendings and residents showed their patients. I decided on Family Medicine because of the opportunity to work with marginalized communities and serve as the primary support for my patients’ medical, emotional, and social needs. I also loved all of my rotations in medical school and knew I wanted a career where I could develop a broad base of clinical knowledge. Jefferson’s Family Medicine program offers the perfect mix of clinical diversity, academic rigor, and commitment to patient-centered care that I was looking for in a residency program.    

When I’m not in the hospital I love escaping to the Jersey shore, going to concerts, planning overly ambitious road trips, and continuing to explore everything Philly has to offer.

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Zachary Klock, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2017
Ursinus, B.S., 2013
Zachary.Klock@jefferson.edu

I am from Yardley, Pennsylvania, just a short trip up I-95 in the northeastern suburbs of Philly. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College, where I studied Spanish and Biochemistry. During my undergraduate career, I spent a semester in Madrid, Spain, broadening my educational experience and teaching at a local school.

After spending most of my life in the suburbs, I finally made the move to the city for medical school here at Jefferson. As a medical student, I was a part of the Urban Underserved Program, led a weekly clinic at a homeless shelter through JeffHOPE, volunteered at medical clinics for refugee and Latino populations in Philadelphia, and spent a summer at a government health center in Guatemala.

I chose to pursue a career in family medicine because of its emphasis on clinical diversity, continuity of care, and the need to build relationships with patients. I was drawn to Jefferson’s training program because of its commitment to community medicine and Philadelphia’s underserved populations, as well as the strength of its inpatient training. I looked up to the family medicine residents throughout medical school, and I am excited to be joining a community so passionate about medicine and dedicated to their patients.

I am thrilled to have another three years to continue to embrace all of the wonderful opportunities Philadelphia has to offer.  In my free time, I can often be found running, biking, or rollerblading along the Schuylkill River or checking out one of Philadelphia’s many restaurants.

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Aimee McMullin, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine, 2017
Drexel University, B.S., 2014
Aimee.McMullin@jefferson.edu

I am originally from New York, but have spent the last 7 years in Philadelphia as a Drexel Dragon for both my undergraduate and medical degrees.  I am sort of a sports fan anomaly: both an Eagles and Mets fan.  According to some Philadelphia natives, it takes 8 years to be considered a true Philadelphian and I am incredibly excited to earn that title in these next years of residency!

I chose to go into Family Medicine because primary care is the known solution to many of our country's problems in healthcare.  My goal is to create a new culture of medicine that values humanism and to integrate the social determinants of health into patient care.  Zipcode determines health more than any other factor including genetic code.  My interests in family medicine include women's health, population health, addiction medicine, and street medicine. I love Jeff's commitment to working with vulnerable populations including the relationship with both the Stephen Klein Wellness Center and Covenant House. 

When I am not advocating for patients in Philadelphia, I can be found trail running at the Wissahickon Park with my amazing partner or visiting microbreweries around Philadelphia (Evil Genius just opened).  I also spend a serious amount of time gardening, even though I tend to kill more plants than I care to admit.  Every city has a different feel- Philadelphia has grit.  I am constantly surprised by little things in this city such as the wheel of parables on 13th and South St., Artists village on Germantown Ave., or random murals and community gardens on hidden tiny streets.  I could not be more excited to continue to serve the people of this city.   

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Jennifer Moyer, MD, MPH
Tufts University School of Medicine, 2017
Tufts University School of Medicine, M.P.H., 2017
Wesleyan University, B.A., 2011
Jennifer.Moyer@jefferson.edu

I was born in Japan, where my mother is originally from, and moved to Princeton NJ when I was in elementary school to be closer to my father’s side of the family. Though my entire family went to small liberal arts schools outside the Philly area (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore), I decided to venture a little further and pursued a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. There I became more interested in learning how communities engage with healthcare systems in different cultures beyond the Japanese and American culture I was familiar with.

Between college and medical school, I lived in Thailand for a year teaching English to 8th grade students, and in NYC for one year while working as a clinical research associate at the Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. I attended medical school at Tufts University where I received a joint MD/MPH and was involved in learning more about addiction medicine and correctional healthcare.

I chose family medicine because I believe that this field appreciates individual patients as members of a community, and trains providers to see beyond biomedical illnesses in order to understand the person as a whole. I am especially excited to start my training at Jefferson, where faculty and residents are committed to providing care to a diverse urban underserved population.

I’m excited to have water on both the East and West side of the city, to be closer to my family in NJ and NYC, and to explore the narrow streets of Philly! I can’t wait to get to explore more throughout the next three years!

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Andrew Rabovsky, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2017
The Ohio State University, B.S., 2013
Andrew.Rabovsky@jefferson.edu

I was born in Cleveland Ohio and grew up about 10 miles east.  I then did my undergrad at The Ohio State University before returning to Cleveland for medical school at Case Western Reserve University.

Growing up, I always associated medicine with primary care, and the decision to pursue family medicine became more and more clear as I went through medical school.  I really value the longitudinal relationships that family physicians are able to have with their patients and I enjoy how a variety of physical, social, and behavioral issues often overlap during a patient visit. During medical school, I further developed an interest in primary care research, specifically in the areas of social determinants of health and practice redesign. I was drawn to Jefferson because of the great full-scope training and the sense of family I felt on my interview day!

In my free time, I love playing soccer, running, hiking, and watching the Browns (Superbowl next year!), Indians, Cavs, and Buckeyes. I am so excited to explore Philadelphia over the next few years!

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Zeynep Uzumcu, MD
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2017
Rutgers University, B.A., 2011
Zeynep.Uzumcu@jefferson.edu

I was born in Ankara, and raised all over, but my home’s New Jersey — where I went to college and medical school. It’s so exciting to be starting residency across the river in Philadelphia, where the food has been excellent (Blackbird vegan cheesesteak is crazy good), but where I’m still searching for the perfect slice of pizza! I guess Jersey has me spoiled.

My first introduction to primary care was during an  undergrad internship, where I worked in a mobile medical clinic van in Washington D.C. The doctors there served an uninsured and underinsured population, met their patients where they were, and cared about the well-being of the most vulnerable in their community. That’s the kind of doctor I want to be, and that’s why I’m in Family Medicine.

I’m so excited to be here at Jeff, where I’ll be chasing my passions in obstetric care, women’s health, and healthcare for the poor. In my downtime I’ll be exploring the bookstores of Philadelphia, eating my weight in noodles, and discovering the miles and miles of trails in beautiful Wissahickon.

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Christine A. Arenson, MD
Alumni Professor & Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine

R. Patrick McManus, MD

R. Patrick
McManus, MD

Director, Residency Program

Daniel Doggett
Program Coordinator

Department of
Family & Community Medicine

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