Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Department of Medicine

Rheumatology Fellowship

The Rheumatology Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University trains two fellows per year for two years. We also offer a third year fellowship in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Applicants to the program will have usually completed two to three years of an Internal Medicine residency at the time of their application. We accept applicants who are currently in the United States on an H1-B and J-1 visa.

The program has a history of providing fellows with clinical excellence in general rheumatology. We also have a focus on Systemic Sclerosis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Neuro-Ophthalmology and Interstitial Lung Disease related to Connective Tissue Diseases. 

Fellowship Structure

Outpatient rheumatology clinics: Fellows have their own continuity clinic two times weekly. During this clinic, they see a large variety of rheumatologic diagnoses for which they serve as primary rheumatologists under supervision from the faculty. On a weekly basis, each fellow also participates in our two subspecialty clinics (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Systemic Sclerosis).

Inpatient rheumatology: Fellows see inpatient consults in 3 hospitals: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience and Wills Eye Hospital.

Location: The ambulatory clinics and inpatient facilities are all located in Center City within walking distance.

Pediatric rheumatology: Fellows spend approximately one month during their second year rotating with pediatric rheumatologists at the Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Fellows will have hands on ultrasound teaching as part of their outpatient rheumatology clinic. This is used to complement the physical examination and allow an objective measure of disease activity in certain patients.

Exposure to allied disciplines: Fellows have the ability and flexibility to spend time with allied departments at Thomas Jefferson University in the specialties of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Nephrology, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Laboratory Medicine.

Didactic teaching: Conferences take place on Friday mornings for 2.5 hours every week. During these sessions, medical students, residents, fellows, rheumatology faculty and external faculty participate in scholarly activities such as: case management conferences, journal clubs and didactic lectures.

Interdisciplinary conferences with Pulmonary Medicine and Nephrology are scheduled twice in each academic year. Dedicated Interstitial Lung Disease conferences are held monthly. Neuro-Ophthalmology conferences are held quarterly, during which there is participation of colleagues from the Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pathology and Radiology departments.

Additionally, first year fellows have the opportunity to attend a regional rheumatology conference that takes place typically in the first or second week of July as an introductory, but very comprehensive mini-course. This also presents an excellent opportunity to meet and network with first-year fellows from the other Programs. 

Scholarly activity: The division offers opportunities to participate in clinical, translational or basic science research, and each fellow is expected to engage in scholarly pursuit and to submit the results of their research for presentations at local, national or international meetings.

Educational Resources

As a fellow you will have access to the Scott Memorial Library and the Paul J Gutman Library. Reources like Pubmed, ProQuest, UpToDate, online journals, ebooks, text books, and so much more will be available to you. There is also a simulation lab to practice joint aspirations and injections. 

Fellows will have the opportunity to attend the Annual meetings and State-of-the-Art symposiums from the American College of Rheumatology and you will enjoy the benefits of full ACR membership.

Depending on availability of funds, educational allowances are offered to fellows to support travel expenses for conferences and poster presentations. Posters will be printed by the Division at no cost to the fellow. 

Contact

Marianthi Kiriakidou MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Fellowship Program Director
211 South 9th Street, Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Lynette Simmons
Administrative Assistant and Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: 215-955-2820
Fax: 215-923-7885

Current Fellows

PGY - 6

Cathy Patricia Lee Ching, MD
Medical School: Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador
Internal Medicine Residency: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine / JFK Medical Center Palm Beach Regional Campus GME Consortium, Palm Beach, Fl

PGY - 5

Nandini Setia, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia, GA
Internal Medicine Residency: Boston University, MA

PGY - 4

Yvan Maque Acosta, MD
Medical School: Universidad Nacional de San Agustin, Peru
Internal Medicine Residency: Jacobi Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

PGY - 4

Shady Abdelbaki, MD
Medical School: Ain Shams University, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
Internal Medicine Residency: Yale New Haven Health, Bridgeport, CT

Past Fellows (1980-2014)

Past Fellows

YEAR

NAME

CURRENT POSITION

2016-2018 Sindu Yenigalla, MD Rheumatic Disease Associates
Philadelphia, PA

2015-2017

Srikanth Naramala, MD

Adventist Health
Hanford, CA

2014-2016

Jowairiyya Ahmad, MD

Orange Regional Medical Center
Middletown, NY

2013-2015

Maryah Mansoor, MD

Christiana Care Rheumatology
Newark, DE

2012-2014

Amal Kebede, DO

Lancaster Arthritis & Rheumatology Care
Lancaster, PA

2011-2013

Shivani Purohit, MD

Mahwah, NJ

2010-2012

Jill Johnson, MD

The Arthritis Group
Philadelphia, PA

2009-2011

Nagalakshmi A. Shetty, MD

Coastal Healthcare
Manahawkin, NJ  

2008-2010

Wen Xiong, MD

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark, NJ 

2007-2009

Manisha D. Naik, DO

Tri-County Rheumatology
Rockledge, PA

2007-2009

Steffan W. Schulz, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 

2007-2009

Max Shenin, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

2005-2007

Marie S. O’Brien, DO

Lehigh Valley Physician Group
Allentown, PA

2004-2006

Patrick M. Cronin, DO

Cooper University Hospital
Voorhees, NJ

2004-2006

Dana B. Jacobs-Kosmin, MD

Einstein Arthritis Center
Philadelphia, PA

2003-2005

Melanie Chatterji, MD

Maryland Rheumatology
Olney, MD

2002-2004

Primal P. Kaur, MD, MS

Amgen, Inc.
Newbury Park, CA

2001-2003

Chris Derk, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

2000-2002

Stacey Fitch, DO

Pottstown Medical Specialties
Pottstown, PA

1999-2001

Andrew S. Koenig, DO

Blue Bell, PA

1999-2001

Nora Sandorfi, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

1997-1999

Bilal M. Agha, MBBS

Agha Arthritis Associates
Cary, NC

1997-1999

Lori Ann K. Cox, DO

UMDNJ
Basking Ridge, NJ 

1997-1999

Pierre Minerva, MD

Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists
Bryn Mawr, PA 

1997-1999

Mehmoodur Rasheed, MD

Carle Physical Group
Champaign, IL 

1995-1997

Thomas E. Lafferty, MD

Ocala, FL

1993-1995

Maria J. Watson, MD

Lafayette Clinic
Fayetteville, NC 

1992-1994

Karen D. Smith, MD

Eastside Rheumatology
El Paso, TX

1990-1992

Mary Elizabeth Price, MD

Carolina Glaucoma, P.A.
Wilmington, NC

1989-1991

Robert M. Griffin, Jr., DO

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center of Reading
Wyomissing, PA 

1988-1990

Susan B. Ward, MD

Arthritis Center
Exton, PA 

1987-1989

Mark A. Lopatin, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Abington Memorial Hospital
Rheumatic Disease Associates
Willow Grove, PA

1986-1988

Lisa S. Allen, MD

Lancaster Rheumatology Associates
Lancaster, PA 

1985-1987

Celia Fernandez, MD

Jupiter Internal Medicine Group
Jupiter, FL

1984-1986

John G. Fort, MD

Chief Medical Officer
POZEN, Inc.
Chapel Hill, NC 

1982-1984

Lawrence H. Brent, MD

Temple Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

1980-1982

Bernard R. Rubin, DO, MPH

Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI