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Fellows and post-graduation paths

2020 – 2021 (Current)

  • Leah Herbst, DO
  • Varun Samji, MD

The following information reflects fellows' immediate plans after completing fellowship; this may not be up to date.

2019 – 2020

  • Halle Ellison, MD, FACS
    Palliative associate and clinical systems accelerator
    Geisinger, Danville, PA
  • Mary Brignadi, DO
    Hospice medical director, VITAS Hospice and Palliative
    Blue Bell, PA
  • Simran Mann, MD
    Hospice medical director, Hospice of the Piedmont
    Charlottesville, VA

2018 – 2019

  • Frank Portugal, DO
    Nephrology fellowship at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson, New Jersey
  • Fay Mathai, MD
    Palliative medicine physician – VA in Temple, Texas 

2017 – 2018

  • Waqas Jehangir, MD
    Hematology and oncology fellowship at University of Vermont
  • Shagufta Firdous, MD
    Palliative medicine associate, Geisinger Wilkes-Barre

2015 – 2016

  • Kelly Downey, MD
    Hospitalist, Geisinger, Danville, PA (2016–17)

2014 – 2015

  • Rebecca Puher, DO
    Palliative physician, Carle Hospital, Urbana, Il
  • James Burleigh, DO
    Palliative physician, Reading General Hospital, Reading, PA

2013 – 2014

  • Andrew Espenlaub, DO
    Palliative physician, Genesis Medical Group, Zanesville, OH
  • Carlos Fernandez, MD
    Palliative physician, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

2012 – 2013

  • Shahroon Choudhry, MD
    Hospitalist, Regional Hospital/Scranton Hospitalists, Scranton, PA

2011 – 2012

  • Kathryn Giorgini, DO
    Hospitalist and palliative physician, Evangelical Hospital, Lewisburg, PA