Thomas Jefferson University

Current Residents & Fellows

Residents

PGY-VII

Chalouhi

Nohra el-Chalouhi, MD
Medical College: Universite Saint-Joseph

 

 

Biography

Nohra was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon where he attended Saint Joseph University Medical School. He moved to Philadelphia in 2011 where completed a two-year research fellowship in neurosurgery at Jefferson. Nohra has a special interest in vascular neurosurgery and has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers to date. In 2016, he awarded the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Resident Award for his work on the biology of intracranial aneurysms. In addition to dedicating a year to complex spinal surgery, Nohra is currently completing an endovascular and open vascular fellowship. In his free time, Nohra enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and playing/watching basketball.

Christian Hoelscher, MD

Christian Hoelscher, MD
Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University
Medical: New York University

Biography

Christian is originally from Long Island, New York, and lived for two years in Düsseldorf, Germany before moving to Bucks County with his family in 1996.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Penn State and his medical degree at NYU. He has completed enfolded fellowships in both stereotactic & functional as well as spine surgery. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, Thomas and Christian.  They most enjoy playing ice hockey and baseball.  He will be joining Jefferson in practice at the Jefferson New Jersey campus located in Washington Township, New Jersey beginning in August 2020.

Richard Schmidt, MD

Richard Schmidt, MD
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Medical: UMDNJ - University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey

Biography

Richard was born and raised in Basking Ridge, NJ and attended the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate degree. He returned to New Jersey for medical school where he attended NJMS at Rutgers University. Throughout residency, Richard has published on a wide variety of neurosurgical fields, including epilepsy surgery, neuromodulation, and endovascular neurosurgery. Additionally, he has become an institutional leader in quality and process improvement, overseeing numerous projects and educating house staff in QI/PI techniques. Richard is currently completing a fellowship in vascular neurosurgery. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, cooking, hitting the slopes and spending time with his wife and daughter. He will be joining Jefferson in practice at the Jefferson New Jersey campus located in Washington Township, New Jersey beginning in August 2020.

PGY-VI

Thana Theofanis, MD

Thana Theofanis, MD
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical: Thomas Jefferson University

Biography

Thana grew up in Camp Hill, PA and attended NYU for her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience. She then graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. During her research year she pursued a project looking at a rat model for clinical applications of sphenopalatine ganglion stimulation and modulation of the blood brain barrier. She also has worked closely with Dr. Gooch to establish a resident lab curriculum for microvascular and bypass skills. She has published on topics regarding cerebrovascular neurosurgery, which is among her primary interests. Thana has a background of classical ballet training and has a great appreciation for the fine and performing arts. She also enjoys traveling, good coffee and trying new cuisines.

Donald Ye, MD

Donald Ye, MD
Undergraduate: University of California - Berkeley
Medical: Case Western Reserve University

Biography

Donald grew up as a migrant immigrant with many childhood homes throughout the Midwest. His family settled in the Bay Area in California and he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he double majored in Psychology and Molecular and Cell Biology. He returned to the Midwest to complete his medical degree at the Cleveland Clinic. He developed an interest in Neuro-oncology as an HHMI-NIH Research Scholar in the Surgical Neurology Branch at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and has continued that pursuit as a resident at Thomas Jefferson University. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Detroit Lions football, takes pride in his work as League Manager, and travels the world with his wife in pursuit of the best bowl of ramen.

PGY-V

Fadi al Saiegh, MD

Fadi al Saiegh, MD
Medical: Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

Biography

Fadi grew up in Hannover, Germany where he also attended medical school. He was the recipient of several scholarships that allowed him to do clinical and research rotations in Switzerland, Australia, and the U.S., including one year of basic neuroscience research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He returned to the U.S. to pursue neurosurgical residency training at Thomas Jefferson University. He has published articles on spine, vascular, and functional neurosurgery. He plans on pursuing a fellowship in open vascular & endovascular neurosurgery. In his spare time, he enjoys running, trying out new cuisines, and exploring new cultures.

Victor Sabourin, MD

Victor Sabourin, MD
Undergraduate: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick)
Medical: Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School

Biography

Victor grew up in New Jersey and went to college at Rutgers University where he majored in Biology and East Asian Studies. Deciding to pursue a medical career, he took a year off between college and medical school to volunteer in a spinal cord injury lab at the W.M. Keck Center. He attended NJMS at Rutgers University for medical school, where he helped to establish the AANS medical student chapter and graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He is also an HPSP student for the United States Army and will be going into active duty after finishing his neurosurgical residency. Victor is interested in stereotactic & functional neurosurgery along with spine surgery.

Anthony Stefanelli, MD

Anthony Stefanelli, MD
Undergraduate: University of Scranton
Medical: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Biography

Tony grew up in Bear Creek, Pennsylvania and attended college at the University of Scranton where he double majored in Philosophy and Biology. He went on to attend Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University where he graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. His major academic interests lie in stereotactic & functional neurosurgery along with spine surgery. He also serves as the department’s Chief Wellness Officer where he works to develop programs promoting personal and emotional health along with work-life balance. Outside of the hospital, he is a huge automotive fan and loves to race and attend car shows throughout the year. He also enjoys playing with his German Shepherd, Bruiser.

PGY-IV

Ritam Ghosh, MD

Ritam Ghosh, MD
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Biography

Ritam grew up in Edison, NJ and attended NYU for his undergraduate education. He then graduated from NJMS at Rutgers University for medical school where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and received the Peter W. Carmel award in neurological surgery. He has published in topics regarding skull base and vascular neurosurgery and his primary interests include open and endovascular neurosurgery as well as resident education. In his free time, he enjoys sports, movies and exploring the Philadelphia food scene. 

Ellina Hattar, MD

Ellina Hattar, MD
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Biography

Ellina was born in Amman, Jordan and grew up in the Middle East, as well as Odessa, Ukraine and Montreal, Canada. Her family immigrated to Ramsey, New Jersey when she was 13 years of age.  She attended Johns Hopkins University where she earned a dual degree in Neuroscience and Public Health. She returned to New Jersey after college to attend NJMS at Rutgers University for medical school. Ellina enjoys the variety of surgical cases she is exposed to and continues to keep an open mind regarding future sub-specialization. During her spare time, she enjoys running with her husband, Jose (a family medicine resident at Jefferson), having movie nights with their chihuahua, Matilda, and spending time with her close-knit family in New Jersey.

Omaditya (Goldey) Khanna, MD

Omaditya (Goldey) Khanna, MD
Undergraduate: Illinois Institute of Technology
Medical: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Biography

Omaditya (Goldey) grew up in Bangkok, Thailand before moving to the U.S. to pursue higher education. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in Chemical Engineering, and then obtained his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. He spent a year during medical school pursuing a research fellowship investigating factors that influence the clinical behavior of cerebral cavernous malformations. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring Philadelphia's many coffee shops, following Chicago sports teams, and watching Netflix and HBO.

PGY-III

Daniel Franco, MD

Daniel Franco Martinez, MD
Medical: Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) School of Medicine

Biography

Dan is a native of the Dominican Republic where he resided until moving to the U.S. for neurosurgical residency at Thomas Jefferson University. As a young apprentice of the arts, he has yet to decide what he would like to pursue, although he is currently interested in stereotactic & functional neurosurgery along with spine surgery. When out of the hospital, Dan likes to play soccer, listen to Latin music, and enjoy the occasional steak.

Niko Mouchtouris, MD

Nikolaos Mouchtouris, MD
Undergraduate: University of California at Los Angeles
Medical: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Biography

Niko grew up in Athens, Greece and moved to Los Angeles to study Biochemistry at UCLA. He then moved to Philadelphia where he attended Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. His research interests lie in cerebrovascular neurosurgery and medical technology innovation. In his free time, he enjoys teaching the origin of medical terminology and explaining how to pronounce gyro.

Kevin Hines, MD

Kevin Hines, MD
Undergraduate: Franklin and Marshall College
Medical: Temple University

Biography

Kevin grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he attended Franklin and Marshall College. He then made the big move to Philadelphia where he graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. Still entertaining a wide variety of neurosurgical interests, he is grateful for the excellent exposure he has received as a resident. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys playing basketball, watching Philadelphia sports, playing poker, and is currently pursuing an enfolded fellowship in karaoke performance. 

PGY-II

Philipp

Lucas Philipp, MD, MPH
Undergraduate: The University of Kansas
Medical/Graduate: Emory University
 

 

Biography

Lucas was born and raised in the Heart of America, just outside of Kansas City. Initially an aspiring musician studying the saxophone at The University of Kansas, his love of the sciences ultimately prevailed, and he graduated with Honors and Distinction with a degree in Human Biology. He is an Eagle Scout, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. He attended Emory University School of Medicine where he published on multiple topics including the natural history of subarachnoid hemorrhage, new technologies in functional neurosurgery, and predictive risk models in spinal trauma. He completed his M.P.H. in Epidemiology at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health to further develop his autonomy as a clinical researcher, and interests in global health following surgical outreach endeavors in Puerto Rico and Haiti. He has also sustained a lifelong passion for education, with roles ranging from private tutor for the KU basketball team to authoring medical content with Khan Academy. Outside of work, he enjoys playing/recording music, and spending time with his wife and dog.

Mahtabfar

Aria Mahtabfar, MD
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Medical: Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson
 

 

Biography

Aria is a native of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. He received his undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania where his interests in health policy the evaluation of quality metrics, cost implications, and organizational structures were fostered. He joined the neurosurgery residency program after graduating from NJMS at Rutgers University. He has pursued research in complex spine and cerebrovascular neurosurgery. In his spare time, he enjoys lifting weights, playing golf, and watching collegiate sports.

Atallah

Elias Atallah, MD
Medical: Universite Saint Joseph (Lebanon)

 

 

Biography

Elias was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon where he attended Saint Joseph University school of medicine. He served as a teaching assistant in Anatomy throughout medical school as he has a passion for education. He was awarded the USAID service award in recognition of his contributions to community service and advocacy in underserved communities. Upon coming to the U.S., he completed a two-year research fellowship in neurosurgery at Jefferson before starting residency. His primary interests include open and endovascular neurosurgery along with neurooncology. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, squash, and tennis.

PGY-I

Andrews

Carrie Andrews, MD
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical: Thomas Jefferson University
 

 

Biography

Carrie grew up in Abington, Pennsylvania, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Johns Hopkins University. She then returned to Philadelphia to attend Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. During medical school she performed basic science research spinal cord injury and clinical research in vascular neurosurgery. In her free time, she enjoys dance, yoga, and spending time with friends and family.

Fitchett

Evan Fitchett, MD
Undergraduate: University of California at San Diego
Medical: Thomas Jefferson University
 

 

Biography

Evan grew up in Santa Rosa, California, and attended the University of California at San Diego, where he studied Human Biology. He then spent time working at the Scripps Research Institute, studying the influence of sensory experience on neuronal circuit development before moving to Philadelphia to attend the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. In medical school he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor sociecty and was involved in vascular neurosurgery research. In his free time, he enjoys bowling, listening to classic rock, and wine tasting.

Keppetipola

Kavantissa Keppetipola, MD
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Medical: Rush Medical College
 

 

Biography

Kavantissa (Kavan) grew up moving across the U.S. before finally settling in Potomac, Maryland near Washington, DC. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated with dual degrees in Neuroscience and History. He then moved to Chicago to attend Rush Medical College. As a resident, he appreciates the breadth of neurosurgery practiced at Jefferson, where he is pursuing his interest in stereotactic & functional neurosurgery while keeping an open mind. In his free time, he likes exploring Philadelphia’s restaurants and neighborhoods, and enjoys basketball, history, and the outdoors. 

Leibold

Adam Leibold, MD
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Graduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical: Indiana University

 

Biography

Adam grew up in Indiana and attended Indiana University where he studied Microbiology and Immunology. He went on to receive a Master of Science at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he studied the immune microenvironment in mouse models of colon cancer. He then went back to Indiana University to complete medical school, where he developed an interest in neurosurgery and applying his immunologic background to the study of brain tumors. In his free time Adam enjoys exploring the Philadelphia food scene, playing golf, snowboarding, and relaxing with his fiancé, Lena, and their dog, Gary.


Fellows

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Michael Avery, MD
Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Fellow
Medical: University of Western Ontario
Residency:  University of Calgary

 

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Pascal Lavergne, MD
Skull Base Fellow
Medical: Laval University
Residency: Laval University