Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Asano-Gonnella Center for Research in Medical Education & Health Care

Our Team





  • Hojat, Mohammadreza

    Professor, Director of Jefferson Longitudinal Study of Medical Education

    Mohammadreza Hojat, PhD

    Mohammadreza Hojat, PhD

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    1015 Walnut Street
    Curtis Building, Suite 320
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    (215) 955-9459
    (215) 923-6939 fax


  • Maio, Vittorio

    Managing Director
    Research Professor of Population Health
    Director, Health Economics and Outcomes Research Fellowship

    Maio, Vittorio

    Vittorio Maio, PharmD, MS, MSPH

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    1015 Chestnut Street
    Curtis Building, Suite 319
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    (215) 955-1821
    (215) 955-6959 fax



Phyllis M. Accetta

Administrative Assistant to Dr. Gonnella
Phone: 215-955-6634
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Mrs. Accetta is the Administrative Assistant to Dr. Gonnella, Director for the Center. She came to the Center in July, 2000. Prior to coming to the Center, she was Secretary to the Dean of Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College) from September, 1996, to July, 2000. Mrs. Accetta provides administrative support to Dr. Gonnella. She also provides administrative support for communication and the preparation of project reports and publications.

Shira Carroll

Administrative Assistant to Daniel Louis
Phone: 215-955-9458
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Shira Carroll joined the Center in January 2015. Shira is the Administrative Assistant for the Center and to Vittorio Maio, Managing Director. She is also the project coordinator for the Jefferson Scale of Empathy. Her responsibilities include correspondence with clients and prospective clients, assistance in providing paper and on-line surveys to clients and creating quarterly reports. She maintains the databases that track correspondence, orders, translations of the scales and publications.

Lifan (Leefun) He, MS

Programmer/Analyst II
Phone: 215-955-6964
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Lifan (Leefun) He earned his MS at Temple University in Health Informatics. He provides technical support for computer applications in medical education such as ExamSoft in the preclinical curriculum, the Longitudinal Study, clinical skills assessments, Clinical Clerkship Review and NBME Subject Examinations in the preclinical and clinical curriculum.  

Jennifer DeSantis, M.Ed

Senior Research Study Analyst
Phone: 215-503-6087
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Jennifer DeSantis earned her M.Ed. from Stanford University. She provides analytic and research support for psychological and behavioral research studies and the Longitudinal Study, with an aim to promote well-being and patient care within medical education, physicians, and patients. She also manages domestic and international analytic services for the Jefferson Scale of Empathy. 

Niusha Jafari, MS

Sr. Research Programmer/Analyst
Phone: 215-955-0731
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Niusha Jafari earned her MS in Statistics from Temple University. Before becoming a data scientist, she completed her MS in Engineering Management at Rowan University. Niusha provides support for research activities related to the Jefferson Longitudinal Study (JLS), and also provides analysis for multi-institutional and nationwide projects in medical education.  She also collaborates on projects studying and analyzing the quality and cost of health care in the Italian health care system. 

Edward C. Nicks, Jr.

Statistical Assistant
Phone: 215-955-7360
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Mr. Nicks is a statistical assistant whose primary re­sponsibility is coordinating examination and evaluation services for the Medical College and the College of Health Professions. He assists with maintaining the longitudinal database of medical students and graduates, coordinating mailings, collecting data and providing statisti­cal analysis and reports. He also assists with managing computers and other hard­ware within the Center.

Carol Rabinowitz

Phone: 215-955-9399
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Mrs. Rabinowtiz is Programmer/Analyst for the Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Mathematics from Rutgers University. She is responsible for SAS programming for projects in health care. In the past year, the main areas of her fo­cus have been on collaborative projects studying the quality and cost of care in the Italian health care system.