Emergency Medicine

Meet the Residents - Class of 2021

Class of 2020
  • Jonathan Bar
  • Hometown: Fair Lawn, NJ
  • Undergraduate: Cornell University
  • Medical School: Weill Cornell Medicine

Hobbies: hiking, backpacking, camping, anything outdoors, martial arts, sport shooting, soccer, baseball, running, cooking, writing. Favorite Food: Chicken milanese, and olive oil, I use it in everything! Favorite Book: Art of War by Sun Tzu Favorite Song: Stairway to Heaven, Baba O'Reilly, Badlands, Citizen Soldier, Can't Take my Eyes Off of You (Valli) Weirdest job: Technical service rep at Aquaproducts (troubleshooting robotic pool cleaners); Wilderness survival instructor Perfect day off: climbing a big mountain with my friends on a clear day, about 65 degrees out, with a beautiful view at the top Best thing about Philadelphia: Tremendously affordable for a big city (especially if you are used to NYC prices!) and a super walkable city.

  • Nikita Desai
  • Hometown: Westford, MA
  • Undergraduate: Penn State
  • Medical School: Jefferson (Sidney Kimmel)

Hobbies: Lounging with my cat Luna, watching the Pats, hiking, traveling Favorite Food: Deep dish pizza Favorite Book: Wuthering Heights / HP series Favorite Song: Swallowed in the Sea - Coldplay Perfect day off: sleeping in as late as possible, grabbing drinks/catching up with friends and binge watching a really bad Netflix show Best thing about Philadelphia: The absolute best food, the history and the people.

  • Amanda Deutsch
  • Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Undergraduate: Harvard
  • Medical School: University of Iowa
    - Carver College of Medicine

Hobbies: Super nerd when it comes to Nintendo games, board games, & cards. Love to cook, bake, go to new restaurants, and host dinner parties! Read young adult novels & non-fiction. Staying fit for the sole desire of continuing to eat as much as I want. Traveling & adventuring with friends. Favorite Food: Popcorn (this is a food group of its own for me) Favorite Book: Kid me: The Secret Garden. Adult me: Unbroken, Boys in the Boat, & anything by Sarah J. Maas. Weirdest job: I once delivered flowers on Valentine's day for a flower shop. It was far more difficult than I expected to carry vases of roses around, but incredibly fun to see peoples' faces when they received flowers. Best thing about Philadelphia: I'm in love with how walkable Philly is, as well as the amount of restaurants I plan to try. The popup beer gardens (actual gardens) combine some of my favorite things: flowers, and getting to relax with co-residents.

  • Rachel Gartland
  • Hometown: Pittsford, NY
  • Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
  • Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis

Hobbies: Being a coxswain for rowing teams, playing fetch with my one-eyed rescue pup named Jacks, and baking new desserts Favorite Food: Any sort of fried potato - french fries, chips, hash browns, etc. Favorite Book: Harry Potter Favorite Song: anything by Zac Brown Band Weirdest job: I was a standardized patient for medical students and played the role of a super sassy moody teenager Perfect day off: Lounging on a boat in the Finger Lakes with my dog, family, friends, chips & salsa, a glass of wine, and blue skies. Best thing about Philadelphia: Being in a big, diverse northeastern city close to so many friends and family.

  • Umang Jain
  • Hometown: Wellesley, MA
  • Undergraduate: Northwestern University
  • Medical School: Northwestern University

Hobbies: Cooking, HBO/Netflix, occ. exercise Favorite Food: Burritos Favorite Book: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon Favorite Song: Despacito Perfect day off: Sleeping in, having a big breakfast, food coma'ing, and then sleeping again Best thing about Philadelphia: Great food scene I'm just discovering (Zahav, Vedge, etc.)

  • Joseph Leanza
  • Hometown: Goldens Bridge, New York
  • Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
  • Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Hobbies: Hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, ice hockey, reading, beer enthusiast Favorite Food: Chicken cordon bleu Favorite Book: Lolita Favorite Song: Too hard, let's do genres. Blues, classic/punk/soft/alt rock, hip hop, some edm. Weirdest job: Pizza and Chinese food delivery driver for a few years. Cooked burgers and dogs at a golf course during college. Worked in finance before medical school. Perfect day off: mountain biking with my dog and a bbq with friends and family Best thing about Philadelphia: Despite being a New Yorker, I'm loving the Philly pride. Great people, laid back vibe, lots of outdoor activities. And of course, Penn.

  • Seth Merker
  • Hometown: Somers, NY
  • Undergraduate: Brandeis University
  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Hobbies: Biking, hiking, kayaking, basketball, football, triathalons, basically anything that involves a ball or going outside! Favorite Food: Apple Pie Favorite Book: A Walk In The Woods Favorite Song: I have way too many Spotify playlists to choose. Things you did in a previous life: Used to be a Firefighter by night and Personal Trainer by day before somehow ending up in medical school. I've road-tripped to 47 states so far with my family. Best thing about Philadelphia: The biking and the beer gardens!

  • Neil Ray
  • Hometown: Chatsworth, CA
  • Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
  • Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine

Hobbies: eating, tennis, eating, sketching, lounging in coffee shops, eating, reading (fun) books about medicine, playing on my Nintendo Switch, DIY projects, eating, amateur cider brewing Favorite Food: I will eat anything (and everything) that's in front of me Favorite Book: Ender's Game Favorite Song: Over My Head by The Fray Things you did in a previous life: Engineered and designed medical devices Best thing about Philadelphia: The food scene - my goal is to eat at every restaurant in Philly.

  • Gregory Rippberger
  • Hometown: Sharon, MA
  • Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
  • Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine

Hobbies: Soccer, Running, Sailing Favorite Food: Blueberry yogurt Favorite Book: A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe Favorite Song: Changes all the time! Perfect day off: Sailing and hiking Best thing about Philadelphia: Small blocks, so everything feels close!

  • Katherine Brodie
  • Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • Undergrad: University of Michigan
  • Medical School: Georgetown University

Hobbies: Hula hooping, concerts, spoiling my dog, brunch, baking, college football, Disney movies, trying to golf, eating cheese Favorite Food: Pretzels dipped in ranch dressing Favorite Song: The Rabble - STS9 Things you did in a previous life: Dog nanny, barista, selling overpriced jeans, Dave & Buster's hostess Best Thing about Philly: The Street Festivals!

  • Kaytlena Stillman
  • Hometown: Mountain Lakes, NJ
  • Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
  • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Hobbies: Swimming, guitar, piano, tennis, photography, acting, dancing, skiing Favorite Food: Thai Favorite Book: The Alchemist Favorite Song: Fire and Rain by James Taylor Something I did in a previous life: I studied acting in NYC for a year after college (and was subsequently asked to perform my monologue during a med school interview!) Best thing about Philadelphia: The nostalgia! I loved my time in Philly as an undergrad, and I'm psyched to re-explore all the amazing restaurants/bars/activities that this city has to offer.

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