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. 

Diversity & Inclusion

The program, in partnership with its Sponsoring Institution, must engage in practices that focus on mission-driven, ongoing, systematic recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive workforce of residents, fellows, faculty members, senior administrative staff members, and other relevant members of its academic community

Diversity & GME

Diversity & Inclusion at SKMC


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 - 5

Anupam Somashekar, MD
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Internal Medicine Residency: University Of Maryland Medical Center Baltimore, MD

PGY - 5

Tanya Allawh, DO
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus
Internal Medicine Residency: Hospital of Uinversity of Pennsylvania, PA 

PGY - 4

Catherine Teskin, DO
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virgina Campus
Internal Medicine Residency: Christiana Care/Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Wilimington, DE

PGY - 4

Carol Nasr, MD
Medical School: Renaissance School of Medicine at Stoney Brook University
Internal Medicine: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School New Brunswick, NJ

Past Fellows (1980-2021)

Past Fellows




2019-2021 Shady Abdelbaki, MD ChristianaCare Rheumatology
Wilmington, DE
2019-2021 Yvan Maque Acosta, MD Infusion Solutions of Delaware
Dover, DE
2018-2020 Nandini Setia, MD Arthritis and Rheumatology of Georgia
Atlanta, GA
2017-2020 Cathy P. Lee Ching, MD University of Mississippi Medical Center Hospital
Jackson, MS
2016-2018 Sindu Yenigalla, MD Rheumatic Disease Associates
Philadelphia, PA


Srikanth Naramala, MD

Adventist Health
Hanford, CA


Jowairiyya Ahmad, MD

Orange Regional Medical Center
Middletown, NY


Maryah Mansoor, MD

Christiana Care Rheumatology
Newark, DE


Amal Kebede, DO

Lancaster Arthritis & Rheumatology Care
Lancaster, PA


Shivani Purohit, MD

Mahwah, NJ


Jill Johnson, MD

The Arthritis Group
Philadelphia, PA


Nagalakshmi A. Shetty, MD

Coastal Healthcare
Manahawkin, NJ  


Wen Xiong, MD

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark, NJ 


Manisha D. Naik, DO

Tri-County Rheumatology
Rockledge, PA


Steffan W. Schulz, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 


Max Shenin, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, PA


Marie S. O’Brien, DO

Lehigh Valley Physician Group
Allentown, PA


Patrick M. Cronin, DO

Cooper University Hospital
Voorhees, NJ


Dana B. Jacobs-Kosmin, MD

Einstein Arthritis Center
Philadelphia, PA


Melanie Chatterji, MD

Maryland Rheumatology
Olney, MD


Primal P. Kaur, MD, MS

Amgen, Inc.
Newbury Park, CA


Chris Derk, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


Stacey Fitch, DO

Pottstown Medical Specialties
Pottstown, PA


Andrew S. Koenig, DO

Blue Bell, PA


Nora Sandorfi, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


Bilal M. Agha, MBBS

Agha Arthritis Associates
Cary, NC


Lori Ann K. Cox, DO

Basking Ridge, NJ 


Pierre Minerva, MD

Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists
Bryn Mawr, PA 


Mehmoodur Rasheed, MD

Carle Physical Group
Champaign, IL 


Thomas E. Lafferty, MD

Ocala, FL


Maria J. Watson, MD

Lafayette Clinic
Fayetteville, NC 


Karen D. Smith, MD

Eastside Rheumatology
El Paso, TX


Mary Elizabeth Price, MD

Carolina Glaucoma, P.A.
Wilmington, NC


Robert M. Griffin, Jr., DO

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center of Reading
Wyomissing, PA 


Susan B. Ward, MD

Arthritis Center
Exton, PA 


Mark A. Lopatin, MD

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


Lisa S. Allen, MD

Lancaster Rheumatology Associates
Lancaster, PA 


Celia Fernandez, MD

Jupiter Internal Medicine Group
Jupiter, FL


John G. Fort, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Chapel Hill, NC 


Lawrence H. Brent, MD

Temple Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA


Bernard R. Rubin, DO, MPH

Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI