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Physicians who’ve completed our Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship have successfully pursued career paths including continued fellowship training in various specialties. They’ve also worked as attending physicians in palliative medicine or as hospice medical directors.

2022 – 2023

  • Karan Soni, MD
    Palliative physician, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Spencer Strobel, MD
    Palliative physician, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

2021 – 2022

  • Anita Maybach, MD
    Palliative medicine faculty at Fauquier Medical Canter
    Palliative medicine faculty at UVA Culpeper Medical center
    Hospice medical director at Promedica
    Outpatient palliative care at primary care office

2020 – 2021

  • Leah Herbst, DO
    Palliative medicine associate
    Montefiore Hospital, NY
  • Varun Samji, MD
    Endocrinology fellowship 
    University of Virginia 

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
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