Last Updated: Apr 27, 2020
(HARRISBURG, Pa. – 4/27/20) The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) released its list of this year’s Top Physicians Under 40.
Winners were nominated by colleagues and selected by a committee of PAMED members. To appear on the list, physicians must practice in Pennsylvania and be under the age of 40 on Dec. 31, 2020.
The 45 physicians on the 2020 list represent 19 different medical specialties.
This select group has demonstrated a significant amount of success early in their medical careers, said Lawrence John, MD, president of PAMED.
“The future of Pennsylvania medicine is very promising,” Dr. John said. “We’re excited to recognize these outstanding individuals and look forward to seeing the difference they will make in their communities for years to come.”
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Shikhar Agarwal, MD, Danville
Dr. Agarwal is a cardiologist who leads the structural heart disease program at Geisinger Medical Center. Before joining Geisinger, he served as the chief fellow in interventional cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Agarwal has led his organization’s efforts to grow programs for procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacements, mitral valve repair, and Watchman occluder implantation. He is dedicated to advancing cardiac care in rural areas of the state.
Prabhjot Singh Bedi, MD, Monroeville
Dr. Bedi is a hospitalist affiliated with UPMC East. He is president-elect of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Bedi has an interest in the transition of patient care from the hospital to the home setting, communicating closely with outpatient providers and serving in advisory roles for home nursing programs. Colleagues recognize him for his leadership on issues like antibiotic stewardship.
Vincent J. Carson, MD, Lancaster
A pediatric neurologist with the Clinic for Special Children, Dr. Carson specializes in treating children with genetic disorders. Many of Dr. Carson’s patients are from Amish and Mennonite communities. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he conducts research and has designed and implemented a new, safer way to deliver Spinraza treatment to patients with spinal muscular atrophy.
Amrita Chakraborty, MD, Erie
Dr. Chakraborty is a palliative care physician affiliated with Saint Vincent Hospital. Her colleagues note the dedicated care she provides to patients who are managing end-of-life issues. She is also involved with the Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency Program. Her enthusiasm for resident education will ensure that the skills and support she offers to patients are passed down to the next generation of physicians.
Ayan Chatterjee, MD, MSEd, Philadelphia
An ophthalmologist with Kremer Eye Center, Dr. Chatterjee is a fellowship-trained cataract and glaucoma surgeon. He specializes in numerous advanced techniques for treating cataracts and glaucoma, including the use of cutting-edge laser-assisted surgeries. He serves as a faculty member at Wills Eye Hospital and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University.
Anthony Cuneo, MD, PhD, McMurray
Dr. Cuneo is a physiatrist with The Orthopedic Group. During his final year of residency at Temple University, he was named resident educator of the year. Dr. Cuneo works to address the opioid crisis by offering non-narcotic, non-surgical treatment options for pain. He provides cutting-edge treatment options such as ultrasound and fluoroscopic guided injections. He also serves as supervising physician on Monongahela Valley Hospital's pain management committee.
Joshua D. Czerwinski, DO, Girard
Dr. Czerwinski is a family medicine physician with Elk Valley Family Medical Center, part of Allegheny Health Network. He is dedicated to offering patient-centered care to rural patients in his community. He is a faculty member at a family medicine residency. Dr. Czerwinski has developed a rapport with his trainees and is passing on the skills to be a successful primary care physician to the next generation of Pennsylvania doctors.
Rutul Jagdish Dalal, MD, Williamsport
An infectious disease doctor, Dr. Dalal is director of the UPMC Susquehanna Infectious Disease Department. He leads his organization’s Antibiotic Stewardship Program, Clostridium Difficile Control Task Force, and Catheter Associated UTI Task Force. He has been selected as an Infectious Disease Society of America fellow. Dr. Dalal also serves as infectious disease consultant for the Little League World Series, held yearly in Williamsport.
Eldra Daniels, MD, MPH, Mt. Joy
Dr. Daniels is a sports medicine physician with Penn State Health. While a resident in Penn State’s Family Medicine Residency Program, he received the Joseph P. Bering Award for Excellence in Patient Care. Dr. Daniels is involved with his community and has made several appearances on local news broadcasts to discuss health-related issues. He has also co-authored several papers on sports medicine topics.
Diwakar Davar, MD, Pittsburgh
Dr. Davar is a hematologist/oncologist with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine. He specializes in managing advanced melanoma and developing early phase studies to test novel immunotherapeutic approaches to treat advanced cancers. His research into the role of metabolism and the microbiome in cancer outcomes has been presented at large cancer conferences.
Anupriya Dayal, MD, Philadelphia
A radiation oncology resident with Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Dayal is a health policy advocate. In 2019, she provided testimony at the AMA House of Delegates in support of physicians affected by the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Dayal was selected a 2019 AMA Women Physicians Section Inspiration Award recipient. Her colleagues recognize her commitment to patient care, resident health, and medical advancement.
Hannah Huong Do, MD, Doylestown
Dr. Do is a gastroenterologist with Doylestown Health Gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include nutrition/metabolic support, colon cancer treatment, and viral hepatitis. In 2018, she received a Pa. Patient Safety Authority “Focus on the Patient” award for her initiative to standardize operating room setup for gastroenterology patients to reduce procedure times. Dr. Do is vice chair of PAMED’s Women Physicians Section.
David Ermak, DO, Hershey
Dr. Ermak is a vascular neurologist with Penn State Health. In addition to the care he provides to patients at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, he also offers tele-stroke care to patients at outlying hospitals. He is the IT liaison for his neurology department. Dr. Ermak also serves an assistant professor in Penn State’s neurology department and as medical director of quality and patient safety for his organization.
Arun George, MD, Pittsburgh
Dr. George is a resident in Allegheny Health Network’s Anesthesiology Residency Program. He is an advocate for the use of multimodal analgesic techniques to minimize the use of opioids during the perioperative period. He developed an innovative airway management maneuver to assist rural clinicians and out-of-hospital paramedics. Dr. George is a member of the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology’s Trainee Engagement Committee.
Neerav Goyal, MD, MPH, Hershey
An otolaryngologist with Penn State Health Otolaryngology, Dr. Goyal specializes in the surgical management of head and neck cancers. He serves as Penn State Health’s director of head and neck surgery and as team leader for head and neck surgical oncology disease. Dr. Goyal is actively involved with training medical students, residents, and fellows. He is an executive council member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology.
Khatuna Gurgenashvili, MD, Chambersburg
Dr. Gurgenashvili is a neurologist with Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute and WellSpan Neurology. She serves as medical director of neurology services at Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute. Dr. Gurgenashvili also serves as a neurohospitalist at a community hospital, striving to improve access to care in her community. She is involved in medical student education, nationally and internationally, and often hosts exchange students.
Lee M. Jablow, MD, Philadelphia
Dr. Jablow is an emergency physician with Tower Health’s Chestnut Hill Hospital. He is the chair and medical director of emergency medicine for his hospital. He has served in leadership roles for numerous committees in order to advance quality initiatives for his health system. He has championed an effort for his clinicians to receive waiver training to prescribe buprenorphine in order to assist patients with opioid use disorder.
Robert J. Kucejko, MD, MBA, MS, Philadelphia
A surgical resident, Dr. Kucejko is a trainee at Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Surgery. He represents PAMED’s Residents and Fellows Section as a member of PAMED’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Kucejko was an advocate for residents and fellows who were affected by the recent closure of Hahnemann University Hospital. Colleagues note his willingness to take time to help his colleagues and his community.
Ashutosh Kumar, MD, Hershey
Dr. Kumar is a pediatric neurologist with Penn State Health. He serves as director of his organization’s pediatric neuromuscular program. Dr. Kumar is a lead physician at the Pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Association Care Center at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where he cares for children with a wide range of neuromuscular disorders. He is also an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology and has been recognized as a top educator in his department.
Stephanie A. Larson, DO, Erie
Dr. Larson is an emergency medicine physician affiliated with Saint Vincent Hospital. She is an advocate for patients in her community who are suffering from opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders. She has worked to streamline the “warm hand-off” process to help patients find addiction treatment opportunities.
Christopher J. Lee, MD, Philadelphia
Dr. Lee is an internal medicine resident at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He is involved with developing screening programs for familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and is working on detecting FH among the Pennsylvania population. He is designing a trial aimed at identifying and treating undiagnosed FH patients, with the goal of eventually expanding screening to patients’ at-risk family members.
Gayatra Mainali, MD, Hershey
Dr. Mainali is clinical director of Penn State Health’s Division of Pediatric Neurology. She also serves as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology for Penn State Health and has been recognized by her health system for her work as an educator. Dr. Mainali works to reduce barriers to care for her patients with complex health problems, through initiatives such as developing new scheduling protocols to reduce the waiting period for appointments.
Christopher Melinosky, MD, Allentown
A neurologist with Lehigh Valley Health Network, Dr. Melinosky specializes in vascular neurology and neurocritical care. He has collaborated with paramedics on an initiative to provide emergent teleneurology services through Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Mobile Stroke Unit. Dr. Melinosky has participated in outreach programs at local nursing homes to address stroke prevention and treatment. He is also a mentor for medical students and residents.
Elizabeth A. Mohan, MD, Pittsburgh
Dr. Mohan is a family physician and geriatrician with UPMC St. Margaret Geriatric Care Center. She sees patients in the outpatient, inpatient, and nursing facility settings, focusing her care on the aging population in her community. Dr. Mohan also serves as associate program director of UPMC St. Margaret’s Geriatric Fellowship Program.
Sean G. Morgan, MD, Scranton
An emergency physician, Dr. Morgan is assistant medical director of the Emergency Department at Geisinger Community Medical Center. He serves on many of his hospital’s committees, including the Trauma & EMS Committee and the Sepsis Compliance Committee. Dr. Morgan also works with EMTs and paramedics in the pre-hospital setting to care for patients in their homes or at the scene of an injury.
Dominick A. Motto, MD, Pittsburgh
Dr. Motto is a surgeon with UPMC Passavant. He is a dedicated advocate for patients, and colleagues note his willingness to spend extra time addressing the concerns of patient, family, and medical staff. Dr. Motto also trains surgical residents in his role as clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Physician trainees view him as a skilled educator and mentor.
Yana Najjar, MD, Pittsburgh
A medical oncologist with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Dr. Najjar specializes in the treatment of melanoma. She leads innovative clinical trials and is focused on developing combinations of immunotherapy and targeted therapy to treat advanced melanoma. She also serves as an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Colleagues recognize her for the compassionate care she offers to patients and their families.
Sean B. O’Donnell, MD, State College
Dr. O’Donnell is a hematologist/oncologist with Penn State Health’s CancerCare Partnership at Mount Nittany Medical Center. He has taken a lead role in the development of clinical trials. Dr. O’Donnell is a dedicated physician advocate within organized medicine as a member of PAMED and the Pennsylvania Society of Oncology & Hematology (PSOH). He is co-chair of the legislative committee for PSOH.
Julie L. Orlosky, DO, Burgettstown
Dr. Orlosky is a family medicine physician with Cornerstone Care, a non-profit network of Federally Qualified Health Centers. Colleagues note her willingness to go above and beyond to care for her patients, always taking time to explain results and often calling specialists to discuss a patient’s case. She offers patient-focused care with an emphasis on preventive medicine.
Kathryn E. Palisoc, DO, York
Dr. Palisoc is a hospitalist with UPMC Pinnacle Memorial Hospital. She serves as vice chair of her organization’s Department of Medicine as well as hospitalist site medical director. Dr. Palisoc is a member of several committees at her hospital, including as chair of the Critical Care Committee. She is also involved with organized medicine and is vice president of the York County Medical Society.
Anand Popuri, DO, Erie
A pulmonary and critical care physician with LECOM Health, Dr. Popuri specializes in advanced bronchoscopy and the treatment of breathing disorders such as asthma and COPD. He works to advance pulmonary diagnostics and treatments in order to increase access to care for patients in the Erie region. Dr. Popuri is devoted to educating students and residents in current pulmonary practices to help shape the lives of future physicians.
Mindy Rabinowitz, MD, Philadelphia
Dr. Rabinowitz is an otolaryngologist with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She leads efforts to build her organization’s successful rhinology and skull base research program. She helped start Jefferson’s Women in Otolaryngology group. In 2018, she became the co-director of the sinus program developed for Jefferson's medical outreach in Haiti. Dr. Rabinowitz serves as a dedicated mentor and advocate for trainees at Jefferson.
Ganga Ruvinie Ranasuriya, MD, Williamsport
Dr. Ranasuriya is a pulmonologist and critical care physician with UPMC Susquehanna. Her colleagues note her willingness to take time to ensure her patients are fully informed about their treatment options. Dr. Ranasuriya is active in efforts to raise public awareness about lung health. She speaks at seminars for her community and participates in television interviews for local news channels.
Sanjay Sreerangapalle Reddy, MD, Philadelphia
A surgical oncologist with Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Reddy serves as assistant program director for his organization’s Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. Dr. Reddy is passionate about improving care and outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients. He is involved in numerous clinical trials and participates in community outreach efforts concerning treatment and prevention of pancreatic cancer.
Christie Regula, MD, Pittsburgh
Dr. Regula is a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon practicing with Vujevich Dermatology Associates. During her fellowship, she received the American College of Mohs Surgery’s Theodore Tromovitch Award, given annually to a fellow for outstanding research. She co-founded Sun Smart Pittsburgh, a charitable organization whose mission is to promote sun safety and skin cancer prevention by providing complimentary public sunscreen dispensers.
Ingrid Renberg, MD, MPH, Erie
A forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Renberg works with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as the regional chief of psychiatry for Northwest Pennsylvania. In her role, she oversees six institutions with a diverse patient population of male and female inmates, provides direction to psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners, and offers direct patient care. Dr. Renberg also serves as a district representative for PAMED’s Women Physicians Section.
Christian D. Shuman, MD, Pottsville
A family medicine physician with Geisinger Pottsville Community Medicine, Dr. Shuman serves as the site lead for his practice. He is a member of a task force which reviews how RNs across Geisinger’s system respond to patients who call in with acute issues. He also is the head physician his department’s convenient care location, acting as a liaison for its providers and monitoring quality control of the lab.
Brielle M. Spataro, MD, Pittsburgh
Dr. Spataro is an internist with UPMC General Internal Medicine at UPMC Shadyside. She is passionate about medical education and women’s health. Dr. Spataro serves as director of ambulatory education at Shadyside Hospital's internal medicine program. She is also an associate program director for the UPMC Internal Medical Residency Program.
Roby A. Thomas, MD, Pittsburgh
An hematologonist/oncologist with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Dr. Thomas has a clinical focus on genitourinary malignancies, gastrointestinal malignancies, and benign hematology. He participates in clinical trials and novel treatments for his organization’s cancer patient population. Dr. Thomas also works with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in developing machine learning and artificial intelligence to better understand cancer.
Justin G. Tunis, MD, Scranton
Dr. Tunis is a sports medicine physician with Geisinger Scranton - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He is passionate about medical education and serves as associate program director for Geisinger Sports Medicine Fellowship Program- Northeast. He is also an assistant team physician for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Dr. Tunis is a member of the Lackawanna County Medical Society Board.
Namrata Vijayvergia, MD, Philadelphia
A gastrointestinal medical oncologist with Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Vijayvergia specializes in treating neuroendocrine cancers. She is the principal investigator on multiple national and local clinical trials related to neuroendocrine and rectal cancer. Dr. Vijayvergia is also actively involved with training resident and fellows. She participates in community outreach, lecturing locally on prevention, education, and treatment of GI malignancies.
Dennis J. Warfield, Jr., MD, Hershey
Dr. Warfield is an anesthesiologist with the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management team at the Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center. He is also a clinical instructor for residents and fellows. Dr. Warfield has introduced anesthesia processes at his health system that have led to a reduction in opiate use during the perioperative period. He was elected to serve as an alternate delegate of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Sri Lakshmi Hyndavi Yeruva, MD, Chambersburg
Dr. Yeruva is a hematologist/oncologist with Wellspan Health. She runs a breast tumor board in which specialists involved in cancer care meet to develop an individualized cancer care plan for patients. Dr. Yeruva has authored numerous abstracts and publications in her field. She also serves as clinical assistant professor of medicine at Penn State College of Medicine and trains third-year medical students in internal medicine and hematology/oncology.
Jason C. You, MD, PhD, Wynnewood
Dr. You is an intern with Lankenau Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. His research has received NIH funding. Colleagues note his passion for advocacy and medical/clinical research. In 2021, he will be a neurology resident at Harvard University.
Brad Zacharia, MD, Hershey
A neurosurgeon with Penn State Health, Dr. Zacharia serves as director of brain tumor and skull base surgery for Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center and as co-director of neuro-oncology at Penn State Cancer Institute. He has introduced cutting-edge treatments for benign and malignant tumors of the brain, spine, and skull base to his community. Dr. Zacharia is actively involved with several regional and national neurosurgical societies. He is also an educator and mentor for residents, fellows, and students.
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