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DANVILLE, PA -- Geisinger officially welcomed 110 new physicians to its graduate medical training program beginning July 1. The new physicians come from all over the globe including the U.S., Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Iran, Dominica, St. Maarten, Nepal, Cayman Islands and Granada.

“Geisinger’s Medical Education programs prepare students and residents to deliver and manage care using both the traditional physician methods of one-on-one patient-physician interaction and the breakthrough processes that are propelling Geisinger integrated health care delivery forward,” said Linda M. Famiglio, M.D., FAAP, Geisinger’s Chief Academic Officer.

Residents attended new staff orientation at the Henry Hood Center and were fitted for white coats, signifying their career transition into doctors. Later, they were introduced to the community at a picnic held at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. There, 36 area business owners set up tables to introduce the group to the various options for shopping, dining and leisure activities that are offered in the region.

The residents will work in specialties throughout Geisinger, including anesthesiology, neurological surgery, clinical psychology, family medicine, general surgery – Northeast, general surgery, internal medicine, pediatric dentistry, emergency medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics, neurology, OB/GYN, oral and maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology, pediatrics, podiatry and psychiatry.

After completing four years of medical school, the residents begin training programs ranging from 3 to 7 years. See the attached list for names of the residents and specialties.

Geisinger 2016 Residents:

Caleb Hodge, D.O.
Andrew Longenecker, M.D.
Birju Patel, D.O.
Jose Soto, M.D.
Stefa Trela, M.D.

Neurological Surgery
Reginald Fong, M.D.

Clinical Psychology
Magdalene Bracken, M.A.
Jessica Lawson, M.A.
Jenna Marx, M.S.
Jessica Murakami, M.A.
Rachel Petts, M.A.
Christopher Rutt, M.A.
Brittany Williams, M.A.

Family Medicine

Halime El-Hajmoussa, M.D.
Sonia George, M.D.
Leah Miller, M.D.
Devesh Patel, M.D.
Atith Saheba, M.D.

General Surgery – Northeast

Kelly Johnson, D.O.
Rebecca Jordan, D.O.
Gordian Ndubizu, D.O.
Apurva Trivedi, D.O.

General Surgery
Mark Dudash, M.D.
Benjamin Fisher, M.D.
Michael Howard, M.D.
Mark Jayanathan, M.D.
Mahdi Malekpour Ghorbani, M.D.
Manuel Martinez, M.D.
Brandon, Nuckles, M.D.
Reza Salari, M.D.
Newaj Abdullah, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Marc Cassone, D.O.
Utpal Jha, M.D.
Kelly Kalovcak, M.D.
Ammara Khalid, M.D.
Zachariah Nealy, M.D.
Carl Shultz, D.O.
Alexander Staller, D.O.
Johnathan Swinden, M.D.
Jason Bankert, D.O.
Melanie Ezra, D.O.
Jamie Hood, D.O.
Alexandria Jilg, D.O.
Christine Lee, D.O.
Ashka Patel, D.O.
Sunny Patel, D.O.
Kyndra Sallee, D.O.
Daniel Valdes, D.O.

Pediatric Dentistry
Priyanjali Devan, DDS
Colton Popp, DDS

Emergency Medicine
Christopher Berry, M.D.
Ryan Brown, D.O.
Mistraine Durand-Douglas, D.O.
Kevin Handon, M.D.
Mark Lehman, M.D.
Elizabeth Martino, M.D.
Nicholas Welch, M.D.
Kyle Yebernetsky, M.D.
Kimberly Zins, D.O.

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Marvin Hurley, D.O.
Robert Lowe, D.O.
Timothy McElroy, M.D.
Ayesha Moghul, M.D.
Amanda Ward, M.D.

Evin Bender, M.D.
Sankeerth Challagundla, M.D.
Narendra Sharma Kala, M.D.
Carolina Vivar, M.D.


Sara Lange
Michelle Lewis, D.O.
Katelyn Welshans, M.D.

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery
Jeffrey Goldstein, DDS
Zainabbas Hassam, DMD
Orthopaedic Surgery
Matthew Fanelli, M.D.
Max Gehrman, M.D.
Hui Zhang, M.D.

Kevin Stavrides, M.D.
Robert Tuliszewski, M.D.

Holly Cimprich, D.O.
David Garner, D.O.
Cassadra Phillips, D.O.
Emily Schoch, D.O.
Bailey Young, D.O.
Nicole Anand, D.O.
Steven Black, M.D.
Kaitlyn Iaccarino, D.O.
Bradley Kramer, D.O.
Bianca Lavoile, M.D.
Allison Patten, D.O.
Grant Ciavarella, D.O.
Audrey Dean, M.D.

Patrick Barholomew, DPM
William Clark, DPM
Katie Neidecker, DPM
Alex Olivera, DPM
Lauren Pelucacci, DPM

Andreea Bucaloiu, M.D.
Wei-Dar Lu, D.O.
Joshua Nickerson, D.O.
Karm Trivedi, D.O.


About Geisinger
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator®, ProvenCare® and ProvenExperience®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital became the newest members of the Geisinger Family. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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