Emergency Medicine

New Faculty, Fellows, and Clinicians

Please welcome these physicians to our team, as they join us in our various missions at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center!

  • Abboud

    Michael E. Abboud, MD

    Mike grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He received a degree in Political Science from Penn, and stayed at Penn for four more years to attend medical school. He left the Philadelphia area for Boston in 2014 to complete Emergency Medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women's Hospital, graduating in 2018 after spending a year as Chief Resident. While in Boston, he took an interest in medical education, and developed curricula for procedural teaching and simulation for both residents and medical students.

    He is very excited to be moving back home with his wife and new dog.  Mike
    will start on July 1, 2018 as Assistant Professor on the AC track.  He will be
    splitting his clinical duties at HUP and PPMC, and will also be pursuing a
    Master's Degree in Education. Mike has clinical interests in cardiology,
    ultrasound (particularly ultrasound-guided nerve blocks), and critical care.
    Outside the hospital, Mike is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, hiker, & traveler.
    He also enjoys running and recently completed the 2018 Boston Marathon.
  • Binkley

    Mark Binkley, MD

    Mark grew up in central Pennsylvania. He went to Franklin & Marshall College where he majored in Biology, and then went on to Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency training in EM at York Hospital. Mark worked in a rural Emergency Department in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for the last 4 years before deciding to do a fellowship in Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine here at Penn. He finished the fellowship in June, and will put his knowledge to work with Hyperbaric Medicine / Wound Center at PMC and the PMC ED as Assistant Professor – AC track. In his spare time Mark enjoys traveling, spending time with his wife and son, golfing, and restoring antique cars.

  • Bonnel

    Alexander R. Bonnel, MD

    Alex will be attending in the EDOU starting July 2018. He is originally from Bethesda, MD, and went to college/medical school in Texas. Alex is a graduate of the Internal Medicine-Primary Care program here at Penn and was part of the global health track, through which he did rotations in Botswana and on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. In addition to working in the EDOU, he will also be pursuing a one year fellowship in point-of-care ultrasound through our emergency department. After fellowship, Alex intends to join Médecins Sans Frontières and put his ultrasound training to use in resource limited settings. During his free time, Alex plays the violin in the Penn Med Orchestra, takes language classes, and writes medical satire for GomerBlog.

  • Cassella

    Courtney R. Cassella, MD

    Courtney was born and raised in central New Jersey. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Yale University before attending medical school at New York University. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and Elmhurst Trauma Center in New York City. Courtney is excited to join Penn as an Ultrasound fellow and clinical instructor starting July1, 2018.

    Her academic interests include pelvic ultrasound and medical education. Outside of medicine, Courtney enjoys going on adventures with her husband and daughter, trying new restaurants, and reading.

  • Gaskill

    Zachary J. Gaskill, DO

    Zack grew up in Northern Delaware. He attended University of Delaware before heading to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. He completed his PCOM Family Medicine Residency in Norristown, PA. He is very excited to be starting his Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine fellowship in July 2018. When not working, Zack enjoys football, fishing and spending time with his wife and daughter at zoos and aquariums. They are excited to be welcoming a son in the early fall.

  • Glick

    Josh E. Glick, MD

    Josh was born in Philadelphia and raised in central Pennsylvania, but returned to the city to attend college at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as a technician in the Emergency Department before leaving to attend medical school at Penn State, located in his home town of Hershey, PA. He then returned back to the city of brotherly love to complete his residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Josh will be joining our department as an Assistant Professor – AC track, splitting his clinical shifts at HUP and PAH. His clinical interests include critical care, palliative care, & junior medical student education. When not working, Josh can be found trail-running, rock climbing, or camping at the beach with his wife and golden retriever puppy.

  • Hemmert

    Keith C. Hemmert, MD

    Keith was born and raised in northern New Jersey. He earned a degree in Philosophy from Harvard University and went on to New York University School of Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where he served as Chief Resident & was active in ED operations & departmental construction projects. Keith will be joining the department as an Assistant Professor on the AC track, and will focus on ED operations and the planning of the new ED in The Pavilion at HUP. Keith enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with his wife and their dog, Buckley.

  • Jenq

    Katherine Jenq, MD

    Katherine grew up in Oregon and completed both her undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University. She completed her emergency medicine residency and ultrasound fellowship at Penn in 2009 and was named Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Pennsylvania Hospital in 2010. She recently returned back to PAH in May. In her spare time Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

  • Kilaru

    Austin Kilaru, MD

    Austin grew up in West Texas. He left his boots behind and went to Yale College, where he studied English literature. Austin worked as a teacher in Thailand after college, and returned to attend Penn for medical school. He then completed his residency training at Highland Hospital, serving Oakland, California, spending his final year as chief resident. Austin returned to Penn to join the National Clinician Scholars Program as a research fellow. He is interested in studying the integration of emergency care with ambulatory care, population health approaches to coordinating and paying for emergency care, and developing tools to address social determinants of health at the bedside. Austin enjoys playing music, tennis, and hiking. He and his wife were recently married and went on two honeymoons! She will be starting a fellowship in pulmonary/critical care medicine at Penn.

  • Lee

    Kathleen C. Lee, MD

    Kat is from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University and completed her medical degree at Johns Hopkins. She is currently a senior resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Senior Fellow at the Penn Center for Digital Health. Kathleen’s interests include leveraging social and mobile technologies to better engage patients and providers. She joins Penn EM as Assistant Professor – AC track. She will spend her time at Presby, and the Center for Digital Health. Kathleen is a proud dogmom and enjoys jogging with her two pups, & also enjoys making her way through the Philadelphia restaurant and ice cream scene and tackling craft and woodworking projects.

  • Love

    Jennifer S. Love, MD

    Jenn was raised in New Rochelle, NY, just north of New York City. She completed her undergraduate education in biochemistry at Harvard and then ventured to Philadelphia for her medical school training at Penn. She loved Philadelphia so much that she completed her EM residency at Penn in 2018 and served as one of the chief residents during her final year. Jenn is excited to be joining the Penn faculty in July as a Penn Medicine Clinician at PPMC and HUP.


    During this year, she will also be applying and preparing for her
    fellowship in Toxicology (location TBD!) Jennifer has been mentored
    by Penn's fantastic toxicology faculty and is interested in local and
    national interventions to thwart the opioid epidemic. She has also
    served as a co-leader of the Penn SHEmergency group, and is
    passionate about mentoring and advancing women in medicine.
    In her spare time, she most enjoys spending time with her husband,
    traveling, cooking, listening to NPR and cultivating her urban garden.

  • Trivedi

    Mala P. Trivedi, MD

    Mala was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey. After studying Exercise Physiology at Rutgers College, she attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In 2009, she moved to Brooklyn, New York for her residency in Emergency Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital. She stayed in New York for the next five years working as an attending physician and academic clinician - first at North Shore University Hospital and then at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Mala completed Penn's Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine fellowship in June 2018. She has joined the Department as a per diem attending, soon to be an Assistant Professor AC track. She will be based mainly at HUP. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and volunteering with animals.

  • Kassem

    Jawad N. Kassem, MD, MPH

    Jawad is double-boarded in Emergency Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (UHM). Jawad obtained his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He continued his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Post-baccalaureate Pre-Medical Sciences Program and then began working in clinical research at Schering-Plough Research Institute while concurrently obtaining a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).


    Jawad returned to school at St. George’s University School of Medicine to follow his passion and fulfill his life-long dream of becoming a physician. He graduated in 2006 and went on to complete a surgical internship at UMDNJ prior to embarking on his training as an EM physician at SUNY Upstate Medical University. While in residency Jawad was introduced to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a subject he researched and published papers on, and then he returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete a fellowship in UHM.

    Jawad is an active EM and UHM clinician, researcher and educator. Currently, he serves on the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society’s Publication Committee, Accreditation Committee and is a site surveyor. Jawad’s extracurricular activities include SCUBA diving and short-form improvisation. After 6 years of clinical practice and administration, Jawad once again returns to the University of Pennsylvania, this time as a member of the faculty of Emergency Medicine as an Assistant Professor AC track and Assistant Fellowship Director of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He will do clinical shifts with the Hyperbaric Program at HUP, Hyperbaric and Would Care Center at PMC and HUP ED.

  • Merrick

    Stephanie Merrick, MD

    Stephanie has spent most of her life in Pennsylvania, currently living outside of Philadelphia in Flourtown. She lives with her husband and two cats, and they are expecting their first child this July. Stephanie went to Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and graduated with a B.S in biology. She worked for 2 years at the University of Pennsylvania in a DNA Sequencing Facility, and then attended medical school at St. George’s University. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. She has started a fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine with the Department. When Stephanie is not working, she enjoys traveling, running, hiking, and reading.

  • Moye

    Elizabeth Moye, MD

    Elizabeth is from Pittsburgh and went to Penn undergrad. She then left Pennsylvania and spent the last 12 years in New York, graduating from NYU Medical School in 2009 and completing her Emergency Medicine residency at NYU/Bellevue in 2013. Since residency, she has been an attending physician at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s/Mount Sinai West, a high volume academic department on the west side of Manhattan. Elizabeth has joined our department as an Assistant Professor on the AC-track, doing clinical shifts at PMC and HUP. Her interests include the healthcare of vulnerable populations and specifically women’s health. Her fiancé has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship in Political Science at Penn. She is excited to be back in Philadelphia, and enjoying the city in new ways, with her fiancé and their two-year-old daughter.

  • Nwakanma

    Chidinma Nwakanma, MD

    Chidi is a proud native of New York, hailing from Queens. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Pennsylvania and went on to obtain her MD from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Chidi returned to New York for residency in Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital, and completed a fellowship in Advanced Resuscitation there. She has joined the Penn family as an Assistant Professor-AC track, doing clinical shifts at PMC ED and HUP ED Resccu. Her academic interests include women's health, resuscitation/ER critical care, and international medicine. Chidi enjoys dancing, drawing, watching reality TV, eating and traveling. She is very excited to return to Philadelphia and Penn (as a grown up!).

  • Pellet

    Andrew Pellet, MD

    Andrew grew up just north of NYC in the Hudson Valley region of New York. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Manhattan College and medical degree at SUNY Buffalo. Before making a career change into Emergency Medicine at Penn, he completed 3 years of General Surgery training at the University of Vermont. Following his Emergency Medicine training at Penn, Andrew will be staying on as an Ultrasound fellow and clinical instructor. He plans to complete a Critical Care fellowship following this. His academic interests include point-of-care ultrasound and echo as well as resuscitation. In his spare time he enjoys running, hiking/backpacking and sampling Philadelphia restaurants.

  • Qasim

    Zaffer Qasim, MBBS FRCEM FRCPC (EM) EDIC

    Zaffer was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and has been lucky to have lived and worked in several countries across the world. He completed his medical degree from the University of Karachi, and residency training in Emergency Medicine in Manchester, England, as well as at Christiana Care in Delaware. He completed a fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care Medicine from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Zaffer has joined the department as an Assistant Professor-AC track, and will be splitting his time between the HUP ED-Resccu and the ED at Presbyterian. His academic interests include advanced trauma resuscitation including REBOA, critical care education, and prehospital care. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time with his wife, travel, and is looking forward to exploring all that Philadelphia has to offer.

  • Reisinger

    Nathaniel Reisinger, MD

    Nathaniel finished med school UT Southwestern, Internal Medicine residency at Columbia, nephrology fellowship at Penn, and is a Clinical Ultrasound Fellow 2017-2018. He will also serve as an attending and instructor in the EDOU. He is interested in novel technologies to enhance patient care in nephrology, is building a point-of-care ultrasound curriculum for nephrology fellows at Penn, and moderates the ultrasound skills clinic at the Cardio Renal Society of America, Cardiorenal University. He has a keen interest in the use of social media in nephrology, and is an intern in the Nephrology Social Media Collective 2017 @Nephrothaniel. He is Editor-in-Chief of PennKidney.com, and Jeff Berns’ chief social media strategist @Jeff_Berns_POTD. He works on the American Society of Nephrology quality improvement project “Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety” for preventing infections in the dialysis unit, and is active on the Renal Physicians Association Government Affairs Committee.

  • Tabakin

    Erica Tabakin, MD

    Erica was born and raised in New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at the College of New Jersey, followed by medical school at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson. Erica and her husband couples-matched in Philadelphia for residency. She completed her EM residency at Penn in 2017, and served as a chief resident in her fourth year. Erica is excited to be joining the Penn faculty as an Assistant Professor on the AC track. She will do clinical shifts in the HUP and PMC EDs. Her interests include medical education, quality improvement, and patient safety. She will be the HUP site coordinator for the EM200 medical students and co-faculty advisor for EMIG. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, and plans to pursue a hobby in cake decorating.

  • Teran

    Felipe Teran, MD

    Felipe was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. He completed Emergency Medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and Elmhurst Trauma Center in NYC. During residency, Felipe developed a strong interest in the delivery of resuscitation care in the Emergency Department. As a member of the hospital cardiac arrest and stroke committees, he worked on several QA projects focusing on system issues to optimize care. He served as Academic Chief Resident and became the first Education Fellow of the ALL NYC Emergency Medicine organization.


    During his Critical Care senior track, Felipe spent most of this time with cardiac anesthesia in the OR and CTICU, and trained in transesophageal echo (TEE), aiming to bring this application to the HUP ED as attending and instructor. After residency, Felipe joined Mount Sinai as Instructor of EM and Ultrasound Fellow in 2016. As a fellow, he led the creation of a multidisciplinary program for the use of TEE in the ED, developed a curriculum to train the department’s Ultrasound Division, and created a protocol for the application of this modality during resuscitations. His current research efforts are directed to determine the feasibility and clinical impact of this emerging ultrasound technique. Felipe has channeled his passion for critical care and ultrasound education through the organization of several large regional EM conferences, including Resuscitate NYC which he co-directs with EMCrit’s Scott Weingart every January.

    He has joined Penn as Instructor of EM, and faculty of the Ultrasound Division based at HUP, and will be pursuing the MSCE program. He will be moving to Philly with his wife who will be doing a Masters in Landscape Architecture at PennDesign. In his free time Felipe cooks, runs and makes short films.

  • Dr. Baston

    Cameron Baston, MD

    Cameron Baston had a meandering path on his way to medicine. A Philly local, he headed to MIT for his mechanical engineering degree before several careers, including automotive design at Texas Instruments, plasma physics research at Los Alamos National Labs, and a stint at a think tank for the Tellus Institute. Through global health work in Mexico and Rwanda he found his way to medicine, getting his MD at Jefferson before going to the UW in Seattle for residency and chief residency. During that time he worked on low cost medical devices for Shift Labs, and is now in his second year of Pulm/Crit fellowship at Penn, where his areas of interest are bedside ultrasound and appropriate use of critical care technology in the resource-limited setting. His family include his wife, daughter, and great dane Zephyr. He's joining the EM US team while getting his MSCE.

  • Dr. Baumlin

    Kevin M. Baumlin, MD, FACEP

    It is with great enthusiasm that we announce Kevin M. Baumlin, MD, FACEP, as Chair of Emergency Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital, and Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine for the Perelman School of Medicine. Kevin joins Penn Medicine as a globally recognized physician leader, and an accomplished clinician with a unique combination of applied capabilities including informatics, operational innovation, and quality and performance improvement. With more than 25 years of professional experience in medicine, Kevin comes to Penn from his role as Chair of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York, a position in which he had direct oversight

    of the facility’s 265 clinical care providers, 110,000 patients, and 45 residents. During his time in this role, Kevin oversaw the development and implementation of programs that resulted in significant operational improvements including a dramatically reduced wait time in the Emergency Room and improved Press Ganey scores. During that time, he was also an active member of several other committees including Quality and Performance, Patient Experience, and the hospital’s Medical Board.

    Kevin’s academic interests lie primarily in informatics and geriatric emergency medicine. He has published and lectured widely on both topics in leading academic journals.

    He was a key driver in the development of New York’s first Geriatric Emergency Department – a groundbreaking initiative in 2012 that was recognized by the New York Times. He was also instrumental in the creation of the widely recognized Care and Respect for Elder Emergencies (CARE) volunteer program for geriatric ED patients, as well as the Novel Interdisciplinary Care for Emergencies (NICE) program for frequent ED visitors. Both the CARE and NICE programs had a positive impact on patients, reducing both frequent visitor usage and the number of falls for geriatric patients.

    As the lead physician for Mount Sinai’s implementation of EPIC, Kevin was responsible for engineering an on-time, under-budget implementation that saw the whole enterprise transition from paper to electronic medical records. At the same time, he also supervised a smooth transition for the Emergency Department without a decrease in revenue.

    Kevin holds multiple professional certifications and memberships. In 2013 he received a LEAN Healthcare Certificate from the University of Michigan, and in the same year also earned an Accelerated Implementation Methodology (AIM) Certificate. Kevin also holds a 10x10 certification from the American Medical Informatics Association, and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Recently he received board certification in Clinical Informatics from the American Board of Preventative Medicine. Kevin is a member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Previously, he also served as Chair of the informatics committee for both groups.

    Over the course of his career, Kevin has also received several prominent honors and awards including multiple recognitions for excellence in teaching and patient care.

    To his peers, Kevin is known for his collaborative style of leadership, working with teams across disciplines to achieve his goals. At Pennsylvania Hospital, Kevin will work closely with members of the leadership team to improve ED patient throughput and, as a skilled and committed educator, he will work to develop professional development programs for attending physicians.

    As Vice Chair of the department of Emergency Medicine, Kevin will serve on the department’s Senior Leadership Council to provide guidance on the strategic direction of clinical, education and research missions. Specifically, he will provide guidance on the development of potential new business lines for the department regarding specialty populations. Furthermore, he will work towards a closer clinical integration of all UPHS Emergency Departments to help ensure that the branding of Penn Emergency Medicine is seamless across all our entities.

    With a proven track record of improved quality of patient care and Emergency Department operations, we look forward to having Kevin on our team.

  • Chelluri

    Jayaram (Jay) Chelluri MD, MHSA

    Jay grew up outside Pittsburgh, PA. He did his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and moved to Washington, DC immediately after to pursue his Masters in Health Administration focusing on Health Policy. After graduate school he went on to medical school at George Washington University where he met his wife. They then moved to New York where he completed his EM residency at Mt. Sinai in 2014. The next move took them back to Pittsburgh for a Critical Care Fellowship and Certificate in Clinical Research at UPitt. Jay’s primary interest is in ED to ICU transitions and systems improvement. Jay has started at Penn Medicine as Assistant Professor, AC – track. He has joined John Greenwood in the development of the ED-ICU as well as working as an intensivist in the VA SICU. In his spare time he enjoys chasing after his 16-month-old daughter, cooking, and traveling.

  • Coupet

    Edouard Coupet, MD

    Edouard was born and raised in Chicago, IL (Flossmoor). He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he majored in Molecular/Cellular Biology. He went to medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Edouard then moved to New York where he began his tenure on the east coast and completed his residency in EM at Jacobi/Montefiore.

    Edouard has started at Penn as a fellow for the Center for Emergency Care & Policy Research program with a concentration in violence prevention and hospital-based violence intervention research. His academic interests include ED-based public health interventions, health disparities, violence prevention, and alcohol/substance abuse. He will be working clinically at Presbyterian. When he's not in the ED, he enjoys running, soccer, basketball, reading, and traveling - particularly internationally.

  • Jang

    David H. Jang (DJ), MD, MSc

    DJ graduated from Tufts Med school in 2006 and completed his EM residency at Pitt in 2009, after which he completed a Medical Toxicology fellowship at NYU (2009-2011). He then obtained his MSc in clinical investigation at the NYU K30 program (2011-2013). During his time in New York, DJ developed a strong interest in shock and cardiac arrest from cardiovascular drug poisoning and obtained various foundation grants to complete relevant animal studies in this area. He was recruited to Penn in July 2014 as an Instructor supported by the NHLBI K12 career development research program.

    His current research focuses on mitochondrial bioenergetics from acute toxicologic
    poisoning. He has established an early track record of success with relevant
    publications and various sources of funding. Much of his work now focuses on studying changes
    in mitochondrial respiration and ROS along with mitochondrial motility in both cell-based and
    clinical research with acute poisoning. DJ is collaborating with Dr. David Eckmann, MD PhD
    (Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care) to develop a Center for Mitochondrial Bioenergetics
    in Emergency Medicine (MitoEM) with a focus on mitochondrial physiology in areas of acute care
    including sepsis, shock, and acute poisoning. He is an Assistant Professor-CE track and is based
    at HUP. DJ lives in Haddonfield (NJ) with his family, including his two sons, mother-in-law,
    a 10lb Pekingese dog, and his wife, who works part time as an oncology pharmacist at Perelman.
    Interests include running, triathlons, building and painting his extensive collection of miniatures
    (warhammer 40k), and tunnel trance music.
  • Guido

    Brett E. Guido, MD

    Brett had been a Floridian his entire life until moving to Philadelphia for residency in 2012. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Florid, and his medical degree at the Florida State University College of Medicine. His fiancé recently moved to Philadelphia where she works as a hospitalist at CHOP; they plan to be married this October in Sarasota, Florida. Brett is an Assistant Professor on the Academic Clinician track, after completing his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He will be working primarily at Presbyterian but also splitting shifts at HUP. His academic interests include bedside teaching and the use of music in the emergency department. Since coming to Philadelphia, Brett has developed a love of running and has completed 2 marathons, 6 half marathons and numerous other races. He spends his free time outside: running, biking, golfing and, most importantly, traveling.

  • South

    Eugenia (Gina) C. South, MD, MS

    Gina grew up in Stony Brook, NY, completed undergraduate work at Harvard University, and medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. She then finished 2 years of general surgery residency prior to moving to Philadelphia to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. As an RWJ fellow, Gina fell in love with several things: Philadelphia, research, and most importantly, her future husband. It was during this time that she made the switch to EM and completed her EM residency at Penn in 2016. Gina has joined our department as Assistant Professor – CE track. Her research focuses on neighborhood effects on health and safety in urban environments. More specifically, she is interested in understanding the ways in which the physical attributes of where people live, work, and play influence cardiovascular & mental health, substance use, & violent crime. Gina lives in Northern Liberties with her husband, 2 year-old son, and their new daughter. She enjoys cooking, exploring the city, and is a small group leader at her church.

  • Uspal

    Julie E. Uspal, MD

    Julie was born and raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. After obtaining her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, Julie attended the Penn State College of Medicine at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Continuing her eastward journey across the state, Julie completed her EM residency at Penn, serving as Chief Resident during her final year. Julie is excited to be continuing with the Penn EM team as an Assistant Professor on the AC-track.

    Throughout her residency, Julie has developed an interest in quality improvement, patient safety, and patient satisfaction and looks forward to taking an active role in developing further initiatives in these areas. Outside of the hospital, Julie loves spending time with her energetic pug puppy, Wallace, her awesome husband, and their new-born son.

  • Savul

    Sajjad Savul, MD

    A resident of South Jersey for over 15 years, Sajjad joins the occupational medicine residency program as the associate program director. He is board certified in occupational medicine, family medicine and addiction medicine. Sajjad completed his medical degree in Pakistan and did residencies at Wright State (aerospace medicine), Thomas Jefferson (family medicine) and University of Pennsylvania (occupational medicine). He has joined our department as Assistant Professor-AC track. He also serves as the medical director of occupational health at PPMC. His professional areas of interest include workplace safety, bio-surveillance and worker wellness. Savul likes spending time with his wife and their three school-aged children. They enjoy the outdoors and doing some travelling. Wife and kids will return to the Philly area after she finishes her fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Dartmouth Hitchcock.

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