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!

  • Syed Suhaib Ahmad, MD

    Syed grew up in New York. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from New York University and Doctorate in Medicine from SUNY Upstate at Syracuse where he also completed his residency in Emergency Medicine. Syed has worked as an attending in a variety of settings including major academic centers as well as remote community hospitals. He has served in the National Guard for 19 years with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. He currently serves as a Flight Surgeon. He is excited to be starting the Hyperbaric and Undersea medicine fellowship in July of 2019.
    His academic interests include expeditionary and wilderness medicine and prolonged field care. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking and traveling.

  • Anish Agarwal, MD, MPH, MS

    Anish grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and completed his undergraduate, medical and public health training at Tufts University. He trained in emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Chief Resident. Anish did a health services research fellowship within the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research prior to his residency, and he has just completed the National Clinicians Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania.


    Anish’s research interests lay at the intersection of health care delivery, innovation, and digital health. He seeks to utilize advancements in mobile health to help create and build learning health systems. His work has been applied to the opioid epidemic, provider wellness, patient engagement, and patient satisfaction. His work has been featured in peer-reviewed journals and throughout Penn Medicine, the University, and multiple media outlets. Anish will be joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine on the CE track.

  • Ari B. Friedman, MD, PhD

    Ari grew up in Alabama before moving to Philadelphia (Penn undergrad), then went on to Boston (Harvard Global Health fellowship), then back again to Philadelphia (Penn MD/PhD), then returned to Boston (Beth Israel Emergency Medicine Residency), and now back to Philadelphia once again! He has joined the department as Assistant Professor on the tenure track, with clinical shifts at HUP and PPMC. His research investigates the industrial organization of the unscheduled care system (primary care clinics, urgent care & retail clinics, EDs), access to care and insurance, and financial integration of population health into the medical system. Ari, his wife, and two children have explored Philadelphia’s many museums, zoos, and parks over the years, and look forward to returning.

  • 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 completed his Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine fellowship at University of Pennsylvania and will be staying on as an attending within the department working in the Hyperbaric Medicine Division.

    When not working, Zack enjoys football, fishing and spending time with his wife, daughter and new son, at zoos and aquariums.

  • Jonathan H. Kaplan, MD

    Jonathan was born and raised in the suburbs of New Haven, CT. He completed undergraduate at Tufts University and medical school at New York Medical college. He has just completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He has been in the NYC area for the past 10+ years and is excited to be moving to Philly to become a Clinical Ultrasound Fellow at PENN for the upcoming year. He’ll be moving with his girlfriend who will be starting a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at St. Christopher’s Children's Hospital. Outside of medicine, Jonathan loves to play guitar, travel, and experience the food scene.

  • Utsha Khatri, MD

    Utsha graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Emergency Medicine Residency Program, where she served as chief resident. She was selected to join the 2019-2021 cohort of National Clinician Scholars Program. As a fellow, she will continue to focus on improving the quality of medical care and social service delivery for vulnerable populations, with a focus on individuals with a history of incarceration and those with substance use disorder. Utsha received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Davidson College in North Carolina and then attended George Washington University for medical school where she completed the “Community Health” track. She is also a former Fulbright Scholar.

  • Daniel Kim, MD

    Daniel was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, before defecting to Michigan to complete his undergraduate and medical school degree at University of Michigan. He is a graduate of the Internal Medicine-Primary Care Program here at Penn. Daniel is excited to be one of the Ultrasound fellows and EDOU attendings starting July 2019. He has a passion for Geriatrics and hopes to bring point of care ultrasound into the homes of elderly patients.

    During his free time, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and photography.

  • Steven Lambrou, MD

    Steven grew up in the small rural town of Palatka located in north central Florida. After completing his emergency medicine residency at the University of Florida Gainesville, he stayed on at UF for an additional year as an attending before transitioning to join the UPenn faculty. Clinical interests include critical care management in the ED setting, ophthalmologic presentations in the ED, and management of toxidrome/withdrawal presentations.

    Personal interests include competitive shooting, a passion for fighting games, and he regards himself as a craft beer enthusiast. Steven will be Assistant Professor / AC track with his primary objective focusing on the clinical growth of the residents through direct bedside patient care.

  • Isaac Matthias, MD

    Isaac grew up in Philadelphia and attended Jefferson for medical school and Internal Medicine residency. He worked as a hospitalist at Penn Presbyterian from 2015 to 2018, and in 2018/2019 completed the combined Emergency Medicine / Internal Medicine ultrasound fellowship at Penn.

    He is staying on as an Instructor and attending in the Emergency Department’s Observation Unit. Isaac will serve as co-director of the Internal Medicine portion of the EM/IM ultrasound fellowship. His research interest is soft tissue ultrasound. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and music.

  • Daphne Owen, MD

    Daphne is originally from the San Francisco area. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Sociology. Daphne received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her Emergency Medicine residency. She has been a long-time volunteer at Puentes de Salud, a nonprofit health and wellness organization for uninsured communities in Philadelphia, and currently serves as the Assistant Medical Director. Daphne’s clinical and academic interests include the social determinants of health and improving health disparities.


    Daphne will be joining the EM faculty as an Assistant Professor on the AC track spending time at both HUP and PPMC. She will also be taking on a new role within the Perelman School of Medicine as the Director of Longitudinal Curriculum in Advocacy for Undergraduate Medical Education, in which capacity she will be working to integrate advocacy education and experiences into the medical school curriculum.

    Daphne enjoys time off exploring Philly and beyond with her dog and soon-to-be husband.

  • Michael B. Tom, MD

    Mike was born in Philadelphia and grew up just outside of Reading, PA. He completed his undergraduate education at The College of New Jersey and went on to complete medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ, and is excited to be joining the Division of Hyperbaric Medicine as a fellow in July.

    Outside of the hospital, he is a straight ticket Philly sports fan and a fitness junky. Mike was first drawn to the field of hyperbaric medicine through his interest in scuba diving and enjoys traveling to dive destinations with his family.

  • Anran Wang, MD

    Anran grew up in Maryland in the DC suburbs. He managed to collect a small handful of degrees along the way to medical school, including one in Classical Languages from University of Maryland and an MPH from University of Michigan. He stayed in Ann Arbor for his MD and came back to the east coast to Drexel/Hahnemann University Hospital for his residency in emergency medicine.


    He is excited to be joining the faculty in July 2019 as an Assistant Professor on the AC track, working at HUP and PPMC. His research interests lie in the intersection between clinical medicine and public health, with a focus on applied epidemiology and community engagement.

    Outside of work, Anran enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, biking around the city, and cooking.

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