Current Residents

Class of 2023

Allie Ryan – Chief

Hometown: Abington, PA

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Medical School: St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Community Health, International Medicine

About Me: I always have at least two snacks on me at all times. Avid Philadelphia sports fan. I also love to travel, try do something active every day and enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and family.

Melissa Yu Dang – Chief

Hometown:  Livingston, NJ

Undergraduate:  Rutgers University

Medical School:  Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests:  International Medicine, Palliative Care

About Me:  I’m a Jersey girl who finally got out of Jersey (but barely).  I love spending time with people, eating food, and most of all, eating food with people, so come share a meal with me!  Other interests include traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and graphic design.

Alexander Yang – Chief

Hometown: Lincroft, NJ

Undergraduate: Penn State

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM interests: US, critical care, telemedicine, policy

About me: Favorite activities involve rocks, flying discs, and two wheels (with or without a motor). I eat with a titanium spork and Dremel my cat’s claws. Was a paramedic; but years of soft tissue/neuronal damage from experiencing Philly’s potholes in the back of an ambulance forced me into med school. If I wasn’t an EM doc, I’d be flying an Airbus A380. Check out!

Mike Chase

Hometown: Union, NJ

Undergraduate: Muhlenberg College

Medical School: Jefferson

EM Interests: Social justice, International medicine

About Me: Jersey born, but happy to be staying in Philly for four more years! Mildly (majorly) obsessed with anything related to food, whether it is cooking, baking, or going out to eat. I love the Philly food scene, and trying new restaurants and going to rooftop happy hours are some of my favorite things. I also enjoy running and doing acrobatics, which usually helps balance out my love for food.

John Dubensky

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Undergraduate: Juniata College

Medical School: PCOM

EM Interests: Addiction Medicine, Toxicology

About Me: Born and raised in the Steel City. Live music is the true American pastime. Hoping to write books one day, will continue doing medicine until that pans out.

Alex Dwyer

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Columbia

Medical School: A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Disaster Medicine, Ultrasound

About Me: I like old libraries and new coffee shops, hazy IPAs and any bar with a patio. Never met a dog or a St. Louis toasted ravioli I didn’t like. Can usually be found watching Parks & Rec and counting down the days until Christmas.

Brendan Heeb

Hometown: Canandaigua, NY

Undergraduate: skipped it … seemed unnecessary

Medical School: Albany Medical College

EM Interests: Critical Care, Advocacy

About Me: New to Philadelphia and originally from upstate New York. On my days off you can find me cooking (aka eating) or aggressively rooting for the Buffalo Bills.

Jon Hess

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) near Akron, OH

EM Interests: Aerospace medicine, International medicine

About Me: I’m all about new adventures and exploring the areas around me. I love rock climbing, hiking, skiing and eating a bunch of new foods after I’ve finished. Also huge live music fanatic. I’m in the USAF and I am looking forward to a career as EM Flight Doc!

Tori Kneller

Hometown: LaPorte, IN

Undergraduate: Indiana University

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Critical Care

About Me: I am a crazy cat lady and have the cutest cat named Louie. I like to be active and outdoors whether its waterskiing and being on the lake or going on runs or hikes. My guilty pleasure is watching the Bachelor with a glass of wine.

Daniel Morrad

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Undergraduate: San Diego State University

Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Wilderness Medicine, Ultrasound

About Me: Southern California Native. Love backpacking, cooking, jazz and funk guitar. Exploring new cities and trying all the food I can get my hands on keeps me sane!

Kyaw Naing

Hometown: Arcadia, CA

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont SOM

EM Interests: Ultrasound

About Me: Born in Myanmar and grew up in Southern California. I am looking forward to exploring the food scene in Philadelphia. My hobbies are basketball, video games, and weight lifting.

Josh Reitz

Hometown: Rochester, MN

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University

Medical School: LUCOM

EM Interests: wilderness medicine, critical care

About Me: Married with 2 kids. I love all things outdoors. I also enjoy running, board games, cooking, and gardening.

Scott Rupp

Hometown: Aurora, CO

Undergrad: Saint Louis University

Medical school: Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD

EM interests: Wilderness Medicine or potentially Toxicology

About Me: I am a Captain in the United States Air Force training to become a Flight Surgeon. My hobbies include just about everything outdoors: hiking, camping, and climbing, as well as being a cinephile who always loves a good movie.

Chelsea Schmidt

Hometown: Appleton, Wisconsin

Undergraduate: Colorado College

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Middletown

EM Interests: International Medicine

About Me:  I love being outside as much as possible, whether it’s running, camping, skiing, or urban adventures. I dig travel, feminism, and visual arts. I have four brothers. My favorite foods are ketchup and gum.

Rick Tumminello

Hometown: Highland Lakes, NJ

Undergraduate: Cabrini University

Medical School: PCOM

EM Interests: EMS/Pre-hospital, trauma and critical care

About Me: Big fan of good food and strong coffee. Wannabe world traveler. Played rugby in college and still play guitar from time to time.  Part time history nerd and will sink my teeth into half a book before getting bored and never finish it.

PA Class of 2023

David Rusev

Hometown: Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Undergraduate: University of Washington 

Graduate School: University of Washington School of Medicine MEDEX NW 

EM interests: Wilderness medicine, Ultrasound 

About me: Immigrated to the United Sates in the 1990s! Kahului, HI is my second home. In my spare time I surf, play in beach volleyball tournaments, coach indoor volleyball, compete in basketball tournaments, snowboard, golf, and go hiking. I firmly believe in accountability and ownership of ones actions. Some of my favorite historical figures are Marcus Aurelius, Julius Cesar, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Napoleon Bonaparte. 

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” -Marcus Aurelius 

Class of 2024

Samara Albazzaz

Hometown: Des Plaines, IL

Undergrad: University of Chicago

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

EM Interests: social emergency medicine, health justice

About Me: I love playing soccer (and supporting the glorious USWNT), biking in the city, and pretending to be the punk of my dreams while playing guitar. Ideal job if EM didn’t exist would be to help run a free bike shop-community garden-community center that maybe specializes in water ice. We’ll see.

Vincent Basile

Hometown: Washington Township, NJ

Undergrad: Penn State University

Medical School: Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Trauma, community health, resident wellness

About me: Grew up in Philly and South Jersey. Stereotypical Philadelphia sports fan, often seen stressing out during games. I enjoy pick up sports, video games, a good happy hour, eating my way through Philly and sitting on the beach until the sun goes down.

Caitlin Boyle

Hometown: Rochester, MI

Undergrad: University of Michigan 

Medical School: LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine 

EM Interests: critical care, medical education 

About Me: I worked as a bartender for years before medical school and even took a 20 wk bartending course in Las Vegas. I love figure skating, traveling, eating, and taking long naps in the middle of the day. If I’m watching TV, most likely it is something on Bravo. Also, Go blue!!

Alexander Busch

Hometown: Phillipsburg, NJ

Undergraduate: Miami University (Ohio)

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Event/Mass Gathering medicine, Ultrasound

About Me: Born in Cincinnati, OH, grew up in NJ, and lived in Washington DC for a year before med school. Now happy to be getting to explore Philly and go for runs with my wife Kelsey and dog Millie! Being able to go see live music and sporting events are some of my favorite things about city life. I love finding new places in the city including restaurants and happy hour spots, especially outdoors in nice weather.

Jean-Gabriel Coignet

Hometown: Saint Priest en Jarez, France

Undergrad: University of Rochester

Medical school: Drexel University College of Medicine

EM interests: Pre-hospital care/EMS, Wilderness Medicine

About me: I’ve lived in 4 countries and moved 17 times so far. I speak French and Spanish, and really enjoy flying.

Karen Custodio

Hometown: Gloucester Twp., NJ

Undergrad: The College of New Jersey

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Social Emergency Medicine, International EM/Global Health

About Me: I originally worked in public health before serving in the US Peace Corps in Cameroon. After that, I backpacked around North Africa, ran with the bulls in Pamplona, then finally decided on a career in medicine — and my stories became a lot less interesting! Now I spend my free time biking, running marathons, reading fiction, and shooting archery whenever I can. I’m a big fan of live music from opera to jam bands and I am very excited to be training in Philadelphia so close to home.

Annemarie Daecher

Hometown: Shamong, NJ

Undergraduate: Villanova University

Medical School: SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University 

EM Interests: Critical Care

About Me: I’m a big college basketball fan and a lover of Philly sports (but mostly the Eagles). I enjoy running on the Schuylkill River Trail, exploring the food scene in the city, and traveling. If I’m not in Philly you’ll probably find me on a beach somewhere!

Nicholas Dulin

Hometown: Hazlet, NJ

Undergrad: Rutgers University

Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

EM Interests: Trauma, Research, Aerospace Medicine

About Me: Former EMT, hedgehog owner and reproductive endocrinology technician before going to doctor school. I enjoy travelling, target shooting, motorized two wheel/wing vehicles, scuba diving, rock climbing, lifting heavy things up and putting them down repeatedly.

Brittany Hartman

Hometown: Parker, Colorado

Undergrad: University of Northern Colorado

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

EM Interests: EMS, Community Advocacy, Toxicology 

About Me:  Constantly curious extrovert with a musical theater background who loves to travel, cook, and generally get out! I am happy both outside hiking and indoors playing board games.

Julianne Heater

Hometown: Stillwater, NJ

Undergrad: Bloomsburg University

Medical School: PCOM

EM Interests: International Medicine and US

About Me: I truly believe a strong cup of coffee solves most problems. The Great British Baking Show has been a source of inspiration, especially during quarantine. I have a cat named Pumpkin Wilson and plan to rescue all the animals I can.

Dylan Kelleher

Hometown: Sandy Hook, CT

Undergrad: Dickinson College

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: EMS, Critical Care

About Me: Love trying new foods, either at a local restaurant or by cooking them myself, exploring breweries and beer gardens, and getting outside for a hike or some skiing.

Kristen La

Hometown: Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Undergrad: The University of Texas at Austin

Medical school: McGovern Med School at UTHealth Houston

EM interests: International Medicine, Critical Care

About me: I’m always down to explore and try new things, and in my free time I enjoy traveling, hiking, practicing photography, and watching movies. I also love a good street taco or bowl of ramen!

Frank Marowitz

Home town: Manchester, NH

Undergraduate: University of New Hampshire

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: EMS, Wilderness Medicine, Education

About me: Originally from Central NJ but I now call NH home.  Prior to medical school I worked as a geotechnical engineer.  I have an awesome wife who is the best life partner.  In my free time I enjoy playing outside especially if it involves skis or bicycles.

Landon McNeely

Hometown: Pampa, TX

Undergrad: Baylor University

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Wilderness Medicine, Social EM

About Me: If I’m not working, you can likely find me rock climbing or playing unnecessarily complicated board games with my wife. Or trying to stop our cat from destroying everything we own.

Chris Riviello

Hometown: Wayne, NJ

Undergrad: Rutgers, The State University of NJ

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Middletown

EM Interests: Addiction/Pain Management, Toxicology, Medical Education

About Me: When not learning/doing all things emergency medicine I enjoy going for runs, playing goalie (soccer), trying not to lose a digit cooking or with DIY woodworking projects and fixing a true crime addiction with various podcasts/documentaries.

Class of 2025

Alan Barte

Hometown: Herndon, VA

Undergrad: College of William & Mary

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

EM Interests: Disaster Medicine, Ultrasound

About Me: Raised in Northern Virginia and stayed in-state for all my life secondary to in-state tuition and family. If I’m not in the ED or in bed I’m probably in the climbing gym. I used to be an EMT in college, worked at a climbing wall, and was a bartender for a summer after going to a 2 week bartending school, and like playing chess. Always down to climb, eat, or drink with old or new friends. 

Anne Basil

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Undergrad: UMBC, Johns Hopkins

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Neurocritical care, trauma-informed care (and pretty much everything else excluding admin)

About Me: Past lives before medical school include a dancing career and working on HIV vaccine trials in Uganda. Current interests include: the art museum, bachata/zouk, Dostoyevsky, Polish history and spending time with my tribe. 

Mahrukh Choudhary

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Undergrad: Philadelphia University

Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

EM Interests: Critical Care, Medical Education

About Me: Born and raised in Philadelphia but still exploring all that Philly has to offer. I love a good happy hour, group workout, and any La Colombe coffee I can find

Alec Furstenberg

Hometown: Commerce Township, MI

Undergrad: University of Michigan

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College

EM Interests: Advocacy, Medical Education

About Me: Michigan made but I’ve loved Philly since moving here for med school. Outside of the hospital, you can catch me complaining about how bad my favorite sports teams are, playing basketball and video games, hiking, or exploring the Philly food scene.

Kyle Hughes

Hometown: Manchester, MA

Undergrad: Colby College

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College

EM Interests: Addiction Medicine, Medical Education

About Me: Winter is my favorite season because it’s the best one. If I’m not outside skiing, playing tennis, hiking or biking, I’m inside indulging in something Kenji Lopez or papa Joshua Weissman inspired me to cook. Avid anime fan and unapologetic pcmasterrace believer. Favorite place I’ve been, Masai Mara in Kenya, next up on my travel itinerary, Vietnam.

Dylan Krause

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Undergrad: Stevens Institute of Technology

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: EMS, Medical Education

About Me: Prior to medical school I played basketball for a year in the United Kingdom. When not at the hospital, you can find me exploring Philadelphia’s restaurants, trying a new IPA, and catching up on any of the latest reality TV shows.

Kelly MacKenzie

Hometown: Hinsdale, IL

Undergrad: Rice University

Medical School: Rush Medical College

EM Interests: Global/International Health

About Me: Everything is pretty flat where I’m from in the Midwest, so when I’m not mountain climbing up the hills to my home in Manayunk, I’m probably at a local restaurant with my husband, Adam, planning my next vacation abroad, or watching football. Go Pack Go!

Cullen O’Donnell

Hometown: Morrisville, PA

Undergrad: LaSalle University

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie

EM Interests: EMS

About Me: Love music and play several instruments, also love eating and cooking food. Excited to be a part of the Einstein EM team because it’s here where I was first introduced to EM when I shadowed during my junior year of college. – should definitely start an EM themed band…

Josh Pettengill

Hometown: State College, PA

Undergrad: Gettysburg College

Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Medical Education, Community EM, Wilderness Medicine

About Me: Indoctrinated into Philadelphia sports fandom as an infant and grew up playing ice hockey after being placed into a pair of skates as a 4 year old. When not at the hospital I enjoy spending time with my wife, family and friends. I enjoy golfing (most of the time), running or going on walks with my wife, grabbing dinner and drinks in the city, fantasy football, and watching sports (particularly NFL Sundays)

Jonathan Pun

Hometown: Jackson Heights, NY

Undergrad: New York University

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

EM Interests: Wellness, Medical Education

About Me: I’m a Philly transplant but haven’t been rejected yet! When I’m not in the hospital, you’ll see me petting random dogs, eating with friends, or trying something new.

Will Secor

Hometown: Harwinton, CT

Undergrad: Northeastern University

Medical School: NYITCOM

EM Interests: Global Health, Wilderness Medicine

About Me: I grew up in a rural area of CT, played soccer and lacrosse growing up.  I am passionate about global health and worked in Uganda and Ghana for a year conducting bench and public health research.  I worked at Boston Children’s Hospital coordinating clinical research trials prior to medical school in NY.  I don’t consider myself a foodie so much as a person who will eat everything in sight.

Grei Shele

Hometown: Berat, Albania-Philadelphia, PA

Undergrad: Pennsylvania State University

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Medical Education, Community Health, International Medicine

About Me: I was born in Albania and moved to Philadelphia when I was 11 years old. I play soccer and volleyball. I love traveling and trying new restaurants with my partner Jessica. More recent hobbies include cooking Chef Ramsay-inspired breakfast dishes and ping pong. My favorite thing to do on my time off is hanging out with friends ideally by the beach. Super excited to be back in Philadelphia serving my community and being close to family. 

Donielle Sturgis

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Undergrad: Spelman College

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Medical Education/Mentoring, Public Health

About Me: I have my Masters in Public Health and worked for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in HIV prevention/care before starting medical school.  I love hanging out with my family and friends, going to brunch, traveling, swimming, and taking care of my dog.  I’m a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan and play fantasy football in multiple leagues during football season.

Nathaniel Sundquist

Hometown: Augsburg, Germany

Undergrad: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences

EM Interests: Everything! Toxicology, Tactical Emergency Medicine, International Emergency Medicine

About Me: Grew up in Germany as a kid and then moved to Colorado Springs. Currently in the U.S. Army. Love to hike, swim, study languages, history, watch classic movies, travel and just pick up random hobbies. Looking forward to spending the next 4 years here on the East Coast and stuff my face with all the good (and more importantly cheap) food in Philly. 

Don Vongviphut

Hometown: Torrance, CA

Undergrad: Stanford University

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Medical Education

About Me: Grew up in Cali, met my wife in Jersey. Enjoy golfing, cycling, hunting, and generally just being outside.

Class of 2026

Amanda Ammentorp

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Undergrad: College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: health disparities, operational/tactical medicine, education/mentoring

About Me: Active duty Air Force; I have a twin sister and a dog named Archie who just turned 2! I love skiing/snowboarding and scuba diving

Alina Broton

Hometown: San Diego

Undergrad: California Baptist University

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

EM interest: EMS, Critical care, Trauma

About me: I was born and raised in San Diego now adjusting to the Philly life, aka potholes and lots of honking. I am a sushi lover, a firm believer that all dogs are cute, and will never turn down a happy hour invite. During the summer you can find me at the beach and during the winter on my snowboard. I will always believe that the west coast is the best coast.

Michael Buxbaum

Hometown: North Wales, PA

Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University

Medical school: Sidney Kimmel Medical College

EM Interests: EMS

About me: The more groovy of the north wales interns, I spend most of my free time hanging out with friends or playing tennis. Passionate Philly sports fan, we are good people I swear, despite what the news says. Avid hiker, always trying to find national parks and unique trails. Find me watching Seinfeld or obscure movies when I have some time to relax.

Matthew Chadwick

Hometown: North Wales, PA

Undergrad: University of Michigan

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Medical Education

About Me: Grew up right outside Philadelphia, so of course, a huge sports fan, especially when it comes to the Eagles. Go Birds! If I’m not working, I’m probably watching a scary movie, reading a book, heading to happy hour with friends, or relaxing down the shore with family! Some people like to say I look like Jordan Speith, but I definitely don’t golf like him!

Devin George

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Undergrad: Pasadena Community College & Cal State Northridge

Medical school: Temple Lewis Katz School of Medicine

EM Interests: Social emergency medicine, critical care, austere medicine

About me: California blended and along a narrow way. I was a paramedic in various places. I majored in philosophy. My wife and I emigrated from LA to Philly for med school. Our journey gained us two beautiful children, friends and a resilient community where I get to learn medicine. I also love tenkara fly fishing, camping, cycling, rock climbing, music, telescoping the planets and reading.

Hilary Gray

Hometown: Bala Cynwyd, PA

Undergrad: Hamilton College

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Education, Wellness, Advocacy

About Me: Lover of pups, baking, thrifting, sour beers, dark comedies, and green space. Played collegiate squash, then completed a post-bacc at Cornell University, and even briefly worked as a PCA at Einstein prior to medical school.

Brandon Hamm

Hometown: Maysville, KY

Undergrad: University of Kentucky

Medical School: University of Pikeville- Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Critical Care, Ultrasound, Public Health

About Me: Kentucky native- Philadelphia transplant. When I’m not in the ED, I’m probably running, watching basketball, hiking, or enjoying a hazy IPA. Stoked to explore the Philly food scene.

Ravi Pandya

Hometown: Philadelphia

Undergrad: The Pennsylvania State University

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Trauma, EMS

About me: Born and raised in Northeast Philly. When I’m not bleeding green for the Eagles, I’m probably fanboying over Joel Embiid and the Sixers (Trust the Process – IYKYK). I’ll spend hours talking about coffee, bourbon, and how Taco Bell is the greatest fast-food chain in existence.

Joseph Pavlik

Hometown: Holbrook, NY

Undergrad: Binghamton University

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Global Health

About me: Long Island guy excited to be in Philadelphia. Former baseball player/coach, hopefully a current softball player. When I’m not in the emergency room you can find me traveling, golfing, hiking, eating, or supporting my beloved West Ham United Football Club.

Trient Spires

Hometown: Tooele, UT

Undergrad: Utah Valley University

Medical School: Rocky Vista University – Southern Utah

EM Interest: Wilderness/Austere Med, Ultrasound 

About Me: Born and raised in rural Utah. Sort of a non-planned non-traditional path to medicine. I spent 9 years in the Army National Guard and decided to pursue medicine in my junior year of undergrad. A Ph.D. in chemistry seemed less and less appealing when compared to helping people directly. When not on shift I am usually spending time with my wife and two beautiful children, who have graciously tagged along through this medical/Airforce journey. Most of my hobbies rely on the outdoors, including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, and going to the beach. Always down for another MTB buddy. 

Aditi Suresh

Hometown: West Chester, PA

Undergrad: Drexel University

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

EM Interests: Social EM, Medical Education

About Me: I’ve been in Philly for what feels like forever, so I know all the hot spots for brunch and Thai food. As a past a cappella nerd, I love to sing and beatbox! My most controversial opinions include hating coffee and liking the Game of Thrones finale (I’m sorry).

Phylicia Thomas

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Undergrad: Spelman College

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Academic Medicine, Medical Education/Mentoring, Hospice and Palliative Medicine

About Me: Proud New Yorker- Bx Baby! Jamaican Blood. In my past life, I worked as a nurse before starting medical school. I enjoy scary movies and any sour candy. Love hanging out with family and friends. When not in the ED, you can find me traveling or enjoying a great meal and cocktail.

Spandana Vuyyuru

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Undergrad: University of Tennessee

Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center

EM Interests: Medical Education, Social Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Medicine

About me: New to Philly and already love living in the city! Grew up in TN near the smokies – love hiking and being out in the mountains. Some current favorite things of mine – hanging with friends, trying new restaurants and bars, cooking, eating pasta, scary movies & Halloween parties, rollerskating, and watching my plants grow.

Nina Wade

Hometown: NYC

Undergrad: Princeton University

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Sports Medicine, Forensics

About Me: New Yorker born and raised, which means I’m usually walking and talking very fast. Can usually be found in the nearest movie theater, hipster cocktail bar, or Asian restaurant. Always down to explore Philly, binge-watch TV, or play video games with some snacks.

Clifford (Ryan) Zinn

Hometown: Hershey, PA

Undergrad: Lehigh University

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interest: Critical Care, EMS/flight medicine

About Me: Originally from central PA, born and raised. Spent most of my weekends playing tennis and ice hockey (very unorthodox sport combo – I know)! My initial interest in medicine began through my mom as a nurse, and a careers fair project I completed in 8th grade. I majored in Biology and completed a Master’s program in Biomedical Science at PCOM prior to beginning medical school. When I’m not working, you can probably find me spending time with friends and family, boating, and trying new foods, breweries or restaurants. Philadelphia is a great city, has lots to do and explore. Now, if only the sports teams could pull it together — go Birds!