Faculty

Thomas Davis, MD, Program Director, is a 2008 graduate from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his combined residency in Med-Peds at Geisinger in 2012. He served as Med-Peds co-chief during his fourth year. He is currently the Director of the Comprehensive Care Clinic, which is a clinic designed to care for adolescents and young adults with complex medical illness that start in childhood and will follow them into adulthood. The clinic operates as a combination of both the medical home and complex care delivery models. He has received a grant from the Picker Institute, “Employing a Patient-Centered Approach to Develop a Medical Passport to Improve Transition and Educate Health Care Providers.” The information obtained from this grant has been presented at both national and international conferences and has been incorporated into the Comprehensive Care Clinic. Dr. Davis is also active in the Health Care Transition Research Consortium leadership group looking at improving transitions of care nationally and internationally. He has worked on multiple projects on transitions and continues to look for new and exciting projects for residents to participate in. Most recently, he has received funding through GHP Quality Fund to be the clinical lead for the Medically Complex Pediatric Patient Care Model redesign looking to combine both clinical enterprise and health information technology to improve care for the most medically complex pediatric patients.

Susannah Kisvarday, MD, Associate Program Director, is board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. She completed her medical school training at Louisiana State University in 2005 and her residency at Geisinger Medical Center in 2013. She joined the Lewisburg internal medicine-pediatrics practice after completing residency. Dr. Kisvarday enjoys the complexity of her combined practice but has a special interest in adolescent care. She continues to be an integral part of the residency program serving as core faculty and as a clinical preceptor. Residents enjoy working with her and her enthusiastic approach to patients.

Michaelyn Tinstman Notz, DO, Associate Program Director, is a 2007 graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her combined internal medicine and pediatric residency at Geisinger Medical Center in 2011. She was co-chief of the Med-Peds program in 2010-2011. She served as pediatric chief resident in 2011-2012. She joined Geisinger Health System as faculty in 2012. She is medical director for the Pediatric Complex Care Clinic in Geisinger Medical Center for children with multiple medical problems and technology dependence. She works as a pediatric hospitalist at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. She also is the director of osteopathic medical Eeducation for Geisinger Health System. Dr. Notz is recognized for her dedication to resident and student teaching. She continues to be actively involved with the Med-Peds program serving as core faculty and associate program director.

A. Michelle Thompson, MD, is Associate Chief Academic Officer for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Officer for Geisinger Health System. Prior to these positions she was the program director for the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency program for 13 years. Dr. Thompson has led innovations in medical education curriculum at Geisinger for the last decade, focusing on teaching students, residents and practicing physicians about improving the quality of care.

She came to Pennsylvania from North Carolina after completing her BS at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MD at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. After completing a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at Geisinger, she served as chief resident for the internal medicine residency and joined the faculty in pediatrics and medicine.

Dr. Thompson has served as invited faculty on the topic of teaching residents about quality for the ACGME, the AAMC and the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. She has received a Josiah Macy Foundation Grant to study the Integrated Health System as a Laboratory for Improving Quality Improvement Competence and has received a grant from the Picker Institute, “Employing a Patient-Centered Approach to Develop a Medical Passport to Improve Transition and Educate Health Care Providers”. Dr. Thompson has been invited to take part in national roundtable discussions focused on developing core competencies for interprofessional education and identifying capability gaps in graduate medical education. She co-wrote an invited commentary in Academic Medicine, “Considering the Clinical Context of Medical Education.” She was an invited presenter at the national ACGME meeting this past year on the topics of interprofessional education in the clinical learning environment and the use of milestones in creating resident improvement plans. She was awarded the Drs. Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching from Temple University School of Medicine and Geisinger Health System Housestaff Teaching Award.

Agnes Sundaresan, MD, MPH, is a clinician-investigator in Geisinger Health System, splitting her time between an outpatient hospital-based Med-Peds clinical practice and the Henry Hood Center for Health Research. She also has a faculty appointment at Temple University and is a clinical preceptor for their medical students during their outpatient rotation. As Med-Peds faculty, she is responsible for directing the resident monthly journal club. She is also responsible for developing and managing the critical appraisal curriculum with the intent that residents will become skilled in identifying and incorporating scientifically valid evidence into their clinical practice. She completed her medical education at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India and combined medicine-pediatrics residency training at Geisinger. She has also completed a master of public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research interests are environmental and genetic epidemiology of chronic respiratory diseases like chronic rhinosinusitis and asthma where she has engaged in collaborative research both within Geisinger and outside institutions.

Keith A. Boell, DO, FAAP, FHM, is a practicing internal medicine and pediatrics hospitalist, the former director of the Hospital Medicine Program at Geisinger Medical Center and currently a medical director at Geisinger Health Plan. He is a graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Boell completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Geisinger and is a past chief resident of the internal medicine residency program. Dr. Boell is currently pursuing his Master's in Healthcare Quality and Safety Management at Thomas Jefferson University. He has faculty appointments at Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and previously served as the pediatric medical student clerkship director at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. 

Mark Speake, MD, is a 1984 graduate of the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. He completed his combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency at Geisinger. He worked in primary care in Princess Anne, MD, for two years before returning to Geisinger. Since 1990, Dr. Speake has been practicing both internal medicine and pediatrics at the Lewisburg clinic. Dr. Speake served as the internal medicine-pediatrics residency program director until 2003. He continues to be actively involved with the residency program serving as core faculty and as a clinical preceptor. Dr. Speake is well known for his excellent patient care and love for teaching residents. When not at work,

Alicia Laskowski, Program Coordinator,
is a new addition to the Med-Peds Residency program since December 2015 and is a great asset to our team. She started at Geisinger in 2008 with the general internal medicine clinic. During the past eight years, she has been heavily involved in outpatient and inpatient assignments within internal medicine. Alicia had previous experience working with the internal medicine and internal medicine-pediatrics residents as their secretary in general internal medicine. She is available and happy to assist you in nearly every aspect of the residency program.