Current Residents

Class of 2021

Steven Obrzut – Chief Resident

Home town: Germantown MD

Undergraduate: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Medical School: Albany Medical College

EM Interests: Wilderness Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Public Health

About me: I love the outdoors! Rock climbing, hiking, and skiing are my particularly favorite activities. I also love cooking, especially baking bread

Hamil Patel – Chief Resident

Home town: Edison, NJ

Undergraduate: Rutgers

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

EM Interests: International Medicine, Critical Care

About me: I love playing various sports especially basketball, football, and volleyball. I also travel a lot and am always ready to see and try new things. Listen to pretty much all kinds of music and really enjoy listening to new music.

Shawn Sethi – Chief Resident

Home town: Raleigh, NC

Undergraduate: NC State University

Medical School: Nova Southeastern University

EM Interests: Education, Research, Trauma

About me:I love trying out new foods and restaurants, cooking, traveling, live music and any kind of street/food festival. Before med school I did a post-bacc program at Drexel and lived in Center City for 2 years, so I’m excited to be back in Philly!

Renee Dyer

Home town: Chicago, IL

Undergraduate: Bates College

Medical School: LECOM

EM Interests: EMS/Pre-Hospital and Critical Care

About me:  I am an ice hockey Beer League-championship winning goaltender and huge Chicago Blackhawks fan, who also enjoys the finer things in life.  In addition to spending time with my two herding dog rescues, I enjoy discovering new foods and restaurants, exploring new places, traveling, and trying new things. The world is an incredible place.

Matt Edgar

Home town: Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate: Dickinson College

Medical School: Rowan SOM

EM Interests: Aerospace Medicine and Combat Medicine

About me: I’m in the USAF, have an amazing wife with a kiddo on the way and already have two big baby great danes!  I love philly, my church in center city, playing ball, and some good craft white beers.

Fiona Gibney

Home town: Tappan, NY

Undergraduate: Villanova

University Medical School: PCOMEM

Interests: International Medicine

About me: My interests include power yoga, hiking, interior design, traveling and watching documentaries. Most of my free time revolves around my perfect French Bulldog puppy, Lulu.

Jen Hwang

Home town: Miami, FL

Undergraduate: University of Miami

Medical School: Touro University Nevada

EM Interests: Medical Education, International Medicine

About me: I love traveling, going to the beach, trying new restaurants, salsa-dancing, beer gardens and having a great time with friends.

Elizabeth Rosenberg

Home town: Denver, CO

Undergraduate: Tufts University

Medical School: Washington University in Saint Louis

EM Interests: Sports Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, Wellness

About me:  I love to DO things. I am the queen of DIY and I like to be active – hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, pick-up sports, board games, etc. I also love food with friends, both cooking and eating out around town. Come and join me!

Lukasz Sewera

Home town: Chicago, IL

Undergraduate: Illinois Wesleyan University

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago

EM Interests: Wilderness medicine, Education

About me: I enjoy spending time outdoors (particularly hiking and backpacking), traveling, trying new restaurants and breweries. I’ve been rock climbing indoors for a few months and hope to start climbing outdoors soon. At home, I like to read, cook and brew beer.

Dan Simpson

Home town: Stillwater, NJ

Undergraduate: King’s College

Medical School: PCOM

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Pediatrics

About me: My interests include anything involving the outdoors whether it be running, biking, hiking, canoeing, or a lazy day at the beach. I love getting involved with community service projects and anything related to social justice. I have a Russian blue cat named Jax who is my baby. Love to enjoy good food, wine (and El Vez blood orange margaritas), and quality time with friends in my free time.

Dylan Smith

Home town: Reading, PA

Undergraduate: Franklin and Marshall College

Medical School: Temple University

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Toxicology, Wilderness Medicine

About me: Lifelong Pennsylvanian. Love hiking, fishing and the beach. Die-hard Philadelphia sports fan. When I’m not working I’m usually exploring the city with my fiancee looking for new restaurants.

Kristyn Smith

Home town: Suwanee, GA

Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University

Medical School: Rowan SOM

EM Interests: Residency curriculum development, Cultural and linguistic competency in emergency care, and Recruitment of URM medical students into emergency medicine

About me: Originally from the south, I have a love of warm weather and southern hospitality. In my free time I enjoy traveling, visiting museums, going to outdoor festivals, and learning to cook a new dish. I’m a sucker for a good wine and chocolate.

Seth Stallard

Home town: Boykins, VA

Undergraduate: Washington & Jefferson College

Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine

About me: I enjoy doing anything outdoors and spending time with my fiancé and two Australian Shepherds. I also love checking out local restaurants, craft breweries and traveling.

Douglas Stewart

Home town: Milwaukee, WI

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin

Medical School: University of Wisconsin

EM Interests: Palliative Care, Ultrasound, Sports Med

About me: After spending my whole life in Wisconsin (big Packers and Badgers fan!) I am very excited to explore some new terrain. I enjoy running, traveling with my lovely fiancée, eating at great restaurants, craft breweries, street festivals, jazz, and 90’s R&B.

PA Class of 2021

Jameson Boswell

Home town: Golden, CO

Undergraduate: University of Colorado

PA school: Red Rocks & Saint Francis University

EM interests: Wilderness Medicine

About me: I enjoy long trail runs with my dog, travel, climbing mountains, and cooking. I’m insane enough to enjoy long distance running and am competing in the Vermont 100 this year. If I weren’t in medicine I’d probably be running a food truck somewhere.

Class of 2022

Alyssa Alloy

Hometown: Wynnewood, PA

Undergraduate: George Washington University

Medical School: SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University

EM Interests:  Ultrasound, Community Health

About Me: Philadelphia born and raised, I love nachos, beer gardens, yoga, traveling, and a good Netflix binge.

Amy Bestick

Hometown:  Spokane, WA

Undergraduate: University of Washington

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

EM Interests: critical care, medical spanish, foreign body  removal

About Me: obsessive dog mom, low-key music snob (though I’ve lost my edge since leaving Seattle), perpetually trying to get back into running, wannabe art and instrument collector, currently reading 14 books on my kindle, lover of drug documentaries and mafia movies, spellchecker-in-chief.

Daniel Boron-Brenner

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Undergraduate: Colorado College

Medical School: AT Still University College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Mentoring/Medical Education, EMS

About Me: In a past life, I was a bellboy, sold cakes online, assisted a professional cartoonist, worked  at the 2nd busiest Trader Joes in the US, and was an EMT in the  South Bronx before entering med school. I’m excited to finally be  doing what I love (and getting health insurance to boot!)

Ari Davis

Hometown: Sharon, MA

Undergraduate:  Tulane University

Medical School: University of New England College of  Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Wilderness Medicine

About me: Just your average guy from Boston who believes God watches the Patriots on Sundays and that Marathon Monday is the best day of the year. My spirit animal is a black bear, my last meal would be southern BBQ, and my biggest fear are jellyfish.

David Hui

Hometown: Fremont, California

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkely

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

EM Interests: Health Policy/Public Health

About Me: Born and raised in lovely California so of course my biggest fear is the northeastern winter. However, I’m looking forward to tolerating winters in Philadelphia because of the amazing foodie and brewery scene. In my free time I also love to rock climb, hike, and travel.

Jessica Krueger – House Staff President Elect

Hometown: Woodland Park, Colorado

Medical School: SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University

EM Interests: Education, Resuscitation, Advocacy

About Me: When not working in the ED I can be found appreciating food at one of Philadelphia’s many fine restaurants or crafting something fun.

Seth Loofbourrow

Hometown: Lewiston, Idaho

Undergraduate: Lewis-Clark State College

Medical School: AT Still University College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Community EM, EMS Direction, Tactical Medicine, EM research

About Me: I am an Inland Northwesterner, and an avid outdoorsman. I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, guitar playing, some video gaming, and playing with my kids.

Petya Lozanova

Hometown: Vratsa, Bulgaria

Medical School:  University of Maryland School of Medicine

EM Interests: Education, Recussitation

About Me: I am originally from Bulgaria but now am loving Philadelphia life! If I wasn’t doing emergency medicine, I’d be opening my own restaurant!

Kathryn Lucas

Hometown: Chesterton, Indiana

Undergraduate: Indiana University  Nevada

Medical School: Touro University Nevada  College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM interests: Critical Care, Wilderness Medicine

About Me: Prior to medical school I worked in Colorado as a whitewater raft guide, chemist, and in the medical field. I  love to be outside and my hobbies include whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and adventuring.

Christopher Mitchell

Hometown: Newark, DE

Undergraduate: University of Delaware

Medical School: SKMC at Thomas  Jeffferson University

EM interests: Medical Education

About Me: Eagle scout, ice hockey player and former theater kid. Die-hard Philly Sports fan, lover of all things nerdy. I’m basically Leonard from Big Bang Theory, but, you know, with sports and outdoors.

Steven Nguyen

Hometown: La Puente, CA

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

Medical School: Western University of  Health Sciences COM

EM interests: Education, Informatics, Toxicology

About Me: Born and raised in southern California. Culture and travel buff so I’m up for anything and willing to explore everything. I’m a huge food enthusiast and I love cooking. Will eat for food!

Joseph Pinizzotto

Hometown: Toms River, NJ

Undergraduate: University of Miami

Medical School: Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Trauma, Critical Care

About me:  I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors-trail running, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding and surfing. I grew up an hour outside of Philadelphia, but I’ve been away from the northeast for the past ten years. I’m looking forward to coming back and exploring the area!

Chad Siewers

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Undergraduate: Virginia Tech

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Simulation, MedEd, Wellness

About Me: Outside of the hospital you can find me spending time with my two doggos and seeking out every great beer, cocktail, and coffee Philly has to offer.

Meghan Tape

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Undergraduate: Northeastern University

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: International Medicine, Disaster Medicine

About Me: I’m a USAF Flight Doc also trained in medical acupuncture. My husband and I love to travel the world with our 2 and 6 year old comedians who don’t believe our new Philly apartment is NOT a hotel. I’m always down for food, drinks, coffee or trying something new.

PA Class of 2022

John Bates

Hometown: Fayston, VT

Undergrad: University of Vermont

PA School: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Wilderness medicine

About me: I grew up in Vermont and do not tolerate fake maple syrup. When not in the ED, I can be found climbing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, or trying to learn the ukulele.

Class of 2023

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.

Melissa Yu Dang

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.

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.

Allie Ryan

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.

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.

Alexander Yang

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 http://www.campcranium.org!

Class of 2024

Samara Albazzaz

Hometown: Des Plaines, IL

Undergrad: University of Chicago

Med 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 

Med 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

Med 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

Med 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

Med 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

Med 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

Med 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

Med 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

Med 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

Med 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

Med 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.