Internal Medicine Residency

2015-2016 Chief Residents

Briana Buckner -


  • Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Undergraduate: University of Carolina at Chapel hill
  • Hometown: Stone Mountain, Georgia
  • Favorite Book: The Color Purple and The House Behind the Cedars
  • Favorite Sports Teams: The Atlanta Falcons
  • Favorite TV Show: Fixer Upper on HGTV
  • Dream Job Outside of Medicine: Writer for a women's magazine
  • Leisurely Pursuits: Reading, scrapbooking, baking, cooking, hopefully a garden one day
  • Why Penn:Great environment to learn, encouraging faculty and approachable people
  • Why Philadelphia: Great restaurants, always something fun to do, I love summertime Philly, checkout, it explains it all

Dan Pugliese -


  • Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Undergraduate: Princeton University
  • Hometown: Middletown, Connecticut
  • Favorite Books: Kafka on the Shore, The Aeneid, The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears
  • Favorite Music: Classic Rock (Led Zeppelin, The Beatles) to Alt-Rock (Wilco, Radiohead) to "Indie" (currently listening to new Alabama Shakes, Jamie xx, and Tame Impala)
  • Dream Job Outside of Medicine: Being on the PGA tour
  • Hobbies: Running, Cooking, Golf
  • Favorite TV Shows: Game of Thrones, Futurama, Last Week Tonight
  • Why Penn: Penn has a rich history within medical education but now is filled by earnest, hardworking people who you are proud to call your colleagues. The clinical training is rigorous but rewarding -- you have the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population with every disease you've ever heard of (and some you haven't!). Penn has the resources to provide whatever experiences you need to develop into the kind of physician you want to be: basic to translational research, global health, medical education, and quality improvement.
  • Why Philadelphia: Philadelphia has so much to offer, most of which is easily accessible in Center City. The restaurant scene is incredible, and you are rarely confronted with the kind of waiting times that you are in other large cities. There is so much history and culture as well as beautiful green space to explore. And if you ever feel the need to branch out, New York City and Washington D.C. are easily accessible.

David Wu -


  • Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School
  • Undergrad: Duke University
  • Hometown: Houston, TX
  • Favorite Books: A Brief History of Time
  • Favorite TV Show: Daily Show, American Dad
  • Leisurely Pursuits: Coffee, unhealthy foods, video games
  • Why Penn?: It's a program that emphasizes resident autonomy and freedom of decision-making, with a truly diverse patient population that spans three hospitals (including a VA). This translates to strong clinical training with exposure to the full spectrum of human disease. Couple that with Penn as a research powerhouse, with the opportunity to be involved in some world-class investigation, ranging from bench work to clinical epidemiology.
  • Why Philadelphia?: A big city that's affordable. Philly's downtown is dense and infinitely walkable. There's a ton of history and cutlure here, and there's always something going on.