Leadership team

Committed to providing real and lasting improvements in the lives of patients, today and well into the future.

J. Edward Hartle, MD

J. Edward Hartle, MD is chair of the Geisinger Medicine Institute. In this role, he is responsible for developing and maintaining a long-range, systemwide strategic plan for Geisinger as it relates to the Medicine Institute and its seven departments. He is also responsible for quality of care, postgraduate training programs, research activities, clinical services and fiscal performance.

Dr. Hartle received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He then served for four years as an internist/intensivist at Scott AFB Medical Center in Illinois before completing his nephrology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

He joined Geisinger in 1995 and was director of the Nephrology Department from 2002 until 2014. He has also served as Geisinger’s medical director of transplantation as well as medical director of both the nephrolithiasis clinic and the systemwide Erythropoietin Stimulating Agent Program.

Dr. Hartle is a clinical professor of medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. He has served as chairman of the medical review board of the Renal Network and on its board of trustees. He has also served as a nephrology representative on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee, as a member of the steering committee of the National Nephrology Coverage Advisory Panel and as chairman of the Renal Physicians Association Government Affairs Committee.

“The Geisinger Medicine Institute is in a unique position. With healthcare moving from fee-for-service to value-based medicine faster than even most experts expected, we have the resources, research, data gathering and analysis capabilities, medical expertise and people to be a leader in advancing healthcare for the communities we serve and the nation at large.”

Michael H. Fitzpatrick, MD

Michael Fitzpatrick, MD, is cochair of Emergency Medicine for the Geisinger Medicine Institute. In his current role, he provides medical direction and administrative oversight for emergency services, including clinical operations for Geisinger’s central region platforms, the Geisinger Life Flight® program and EMS activities, the Emergency Medicine Residency Program and research initiatives, the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Program and all program development and staffing initiatives.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and in emergency medicine at Geisinger Medical Center. He has achieved board certification in both of these specialties and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine.

An employee of Geisinger since 1998, Dr. Fitzpatrick has served as the director of Emergency Medicine for Geisinger Medical Center, the director of Geisinger Shamokin Community Hospital and Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, and the assistant program director for the Geisinger Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He has served on multiple committees, including Geisinger’s System Benefits and Performance Improvement committees and is currently cochair of the Chest Pain Program at Geisinger Medical Center.

Clinical interests
Dr. Fitzpatrick’s areas of clinical interest include hospital administration, performance improvement and optimizing patient experience.

Maria Kobylinski, MD

Maria Kobylinski, MD, is chair of Community Medicine for the Geisinger Medicine Institute. After graduating with a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where she majored in biology, Dr. Kobylinski received her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She completed her internal medicine residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership.

In her current position as chair of Community Medicine, Dr. Kobylinski oversees the operations of Geisinger’s 44 primary care practices. These clinics are actively working, through redesign, to ensure quality care for older, medically complex patients.

Dr. Kobylinski was previously the chief of staff at Sunbury Community Hospital and has served on its board of trustees.

Richard Martin, MD

Richard Martin, MD, is chief of Geisinger Careworks for the Geisinger Medicine Institute. He is a family physician and primary care doctor with more than 30 years of experience.

Dr. Martin received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in family medicine at Geisinger Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.

He currently serves as Geisinger’s systemwide chief medical officer for the care continuum service line and as director of value-based care for the community practice service line. In these roles, Dr. Martin is responsible for initiatives in value re-engineering of the care continuum and other population health initiatives at Geisinger, including primary care delivery transformation and post-acute efficiencies.

Additionally, he partners with the leadership of Geisinger Health Plan on systemwide population health delivery, with a primary focus on improving service and value and increasing the connectivity between payer and provider in the continuum of care.

Dr. Martin has coordinated population health activities across 22 counties in central and northeast Pennsylvania for Geisinger. He also serves as a subject matter expert for patient-centered medical homes, practice transformation and analytical redesign strategies for xG Health Solutions. He is nationally recognized for his expertise on the topics of patient-centered medical homes and primary care practice redesign.

Kenric Maynor, MD

Dr. Kenric Maynor is chair of Inpatient Medicine and director of Hospital Medicine for the Geisinger Medicine Institute. In his current role, Dr. Maynor is responsible for the clinical and operational leadership for hospital medicine, infectious diseases and palliative care across Geisinger. The system’s clinical scope encompasses 10 campuses with approximately 120 physicians, 60 advanced practitioners and more than 165,000 clinical encounters each year.

Dr. Maynor holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s of public health and a medical degree, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Yale–New Haven Hospital, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Maynor was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He is a fellow in the Society of Hospital Medicine.

He has been with Geisinger since 2006. Prior to his current leadership role, Dr. Maynor was the director of Hospital Medicine at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) and developed the hospital medicine program at Geisinger Community Medical Center.

In addition to leading clinical operations for Geisinger, Dr. Maynor has also led various quality initiatives. Currently, he is overseeing efforts to improve inpatient flow and communication between providers during transitions of care. He also serves as the system cochair of the Medical Emergency Response Committee and recently completed a 10-year tenure as vice chief of staff at GWV Medical Center.

Clinical interests
Dr. Maynor’s clinical interests include transitions of care, diagnostic errors and interdisciplinary team communication.

Rajiv Panikkar, MD 

Rajiv Panikkar, MD, is chair of the Department of Cancer Services for the Geisinger Medicine Institute.

Dr. Panikkar received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital, where he served as chief medical resident, and a hematology/oncology fellowship at Temple University Hospital/Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He is board certified in hematology and oncology.

Dr. Panikkar came to Geisinger in 2008 as a medical oncologist at Geisinger Medical Center. As department chair of Geisinger’s cancer service line, he currently leads 11 hematology/oncology and 6 radiation oncology sites across Pennsylvania. He is a principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute’s Community Research Program, a collaborative network designed to conduct oncology clinical trials and generate new knowledge through cancer care delivery research.

At Geisinger, Dr. Panikkar is involved in the GMC Medical Executive Committee, the IT Steering Committee, the Catalyst Group, the Professional Liability Claims Committee, the Cancer Care Committee, the Clinical Innovation Committee and the Proven Care Lung Cancer Committee. He continues to be active in Geisinger’s Lung Cancer Clinic, Head and Neck Tumor Clinic and Hematology/Oncology Tumor Board Conference

David Rolston, MD

David Rolston, MD

David Rolston, MD, is chair of the Department of Medicine Specialties for the Geisinger Medicine Institute and director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Dr. Rolston received his medical training and degree at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, University of Madras, India. He completed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, and was chief medical resident at Hahnemann and at Crozer Chester Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

After his residency, he was an attending physician and codirector of the internal medicine residency program at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Rolston then became a staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where he served as director of the Internal Medicine A91 Clinic, associate program director of the residency program in internal medicine, director of the physical diagnosis curriculum at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and deputy editor of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He served as treasurer/secretary of the Ohio branch of the American College of Physicians.

At Geisinger, he serves on several institutional committees and is part of the governing body for MyCode®. Dr. Rolston is an editor and reviewer for national and international scientific journals and has published more than 100 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters. He was the recipient of the prestigious Wellcome Trust Fellowship and has received numerous awards for research and teaching. He has been selected for Best Doctors in America.

Clinical interests
Dr. Rolston’s areas of clinical interest include taking care of patients with multiple medical problems, especially those with gastrointestinal disease. His research interests include intestinal water and electrolyte transport, intestinal-related infectious diseases and clinical and basic research as it relates to obesity.

Paul F. Simonelli, MD, PhD

Paul Simonelli, MD, PhD, is chair of the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine for the Geisinger Medicine Institute. He is also the systemwide director of Geisinger’s Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and the director of Population Health.

Dr. Simonelli received his medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and his doctorate in biochemistry from the City University of New York. He completed his residency at New York–Presbyterian Hospital and a fellowship in Pulmonary Disease at Columbia University. He is board certified in pulmonary disease.

He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Physician Executives and the American Thoracic Society.

Dr. Simonelli came to Geisinger in 2008 after serving on the faculty of Columbia University in clinical, research and administrative roles. He has helped oversee the significant expansion of pulmonary and sleep services for Geisinger and helped found Geisinger’s pulmonary–critical care fellowship in 2013.

Dr. Simonelli has been active in clinical research and has been the site principle investigator for several funded pulmonary medicine studies. He has special areas of interest in advanced lung disease, interstitial lung disease and chronic airways disease including asthma and COPD. He has been active nationally in the COPD Foundation, recently serving as chair of its Clinical Advisory Committee. Dr. Simonelli chairs the section on Advanced Lung Disease within the Pulmonary Department, and he has a lead role in systemwide protocol development and population management of asthma and COPD. He has also taken a leadership role in Geisinger’s Care Redesign Initiative.

“The goal of our population health initiatives in lung disease is to deliver the highest level of best practice care on a consistent basis to as many of our patients as possible.”

Ronald Strony, MD, FACEP

Ronald Strony, MD, is cochair of Emergency Medicine for the Geisinger Medicine Institute. He is responsible for the systemwide operations of Geisinger’s Emergency Department (ED), and is also the director of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV).

He received his medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pa., and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) in Danville. He is board-certified in emergency medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Strony has been a Geisinger employee since 2008. Prior to joining GWV’s ED, he served as an emergency physician at GMC, at Northwest Medical Center in Franklin, Pa., and at Saint Vincent Health Center and Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. He has led the transformation of GWV’s ED from a small, low-volume department to a large-volume, high-acuity center and best-practice ED.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Strony has served on multiple boards and held many leadership roles, including as president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

“Our patients deserve the very best quality and caring, and it is my personal and professional endeavor to have Geisinger’s emergency departments provide both.”