Internal Medicine Residency

Leadership Overview


Michael Parmacek, MD, Chair Department of Medicine

Michael Parmacek MDDr. Parmacek performed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. He performed clinical and research fellowship training in Cardiology at Northwestern. Following fellowship training he performed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the HHMI at the University of Michigan. Dr. Parmacek was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Medicine (Cardiology) at Michigan (1987-92). He then joined the faculty of the University of Chicago serving as Co-Chair of the Cardiology Fellowship training program (1992-1998). Dr. Parmacek was recruited to Penn, where he served as Chief of the Cardiovascular Medicine Division from 1998 until 2014. During his tenure, the Cardiovascular Division ascended to the top tier of academic cardiology divisions in the United States. Dr. Parmacek was appointed founding Director of the Penn Cardiovascular Institute in 2005. The Parmacek laboratory is recognized for discoveries influencing understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of congenital heart disease, diseases of the aorta, heart failure and regenerative biology. Dr. Parmacek has been elected to the ASCI, AAP, and he has served on the Advisory Council of the NHLBI.

Todd Barton, M.D, Program Director

Todd Barton, M.D.

Todd Barton is the Program Director of the internal medicine residency program, and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine. Todd was raised in St. Louis, where he was a varsity benchwarmer in high school and became a fervent Cardinals fan. He went to college at Swarthmore College, where he met his future wife and called play-by-play for the school’s football and basketball teams. Todd then attended medical school at The University of Rochester, where he led an AIDS education task force during the first two years. Between second and third years of medical school, Todd did a year out research project with the Immunodeficiency Program at Penn, where his interest in caring for HIV-infected patients was cemented. After medical school graduation, he came to Penn for internship, residency, chief residency, infectious diseases fellowship, and faculty life. Todd attends on multiple infectious disease services including the bone marrow transplant and HIV services, and has an outpatient practice with a mix of HIV, Lyme disease, and general infectious disease patients. He has won several teaching awards from medical students, residents, and fellows during his time on faculty at Penn. Todd took over as Program Director on June 1, 2016. His wife, Maryl, is a pulmonary attending at Penn. Todd also has two teenaged children, a dog who is 6 months away from being a teenager, and a guinea pig who is completely useless in all measurable ways.

Jessica Dine, M.D, Associate Program Director

Jessica Dine, MD

Dr. Dine is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care. She is also an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Dine’s clinical focus is on consultative pulmonary medicine. Her research interests include understanding and measuring clinical leadership and creating measures of supervision, influence and training in medical education.

Judd Flesch, M.D, Associate Program Director

Judd Flesch, MD

Dr. Flesch is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care. He also serves as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Site Director for the Residency Program at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC). Dr. Flesch’s clinical interests include consultative pulmonology and respiratory failure. He attends on the General Medicine Service, the Pulmonary Consultation Service, and the Medical Intensive Care Unit at PPMC. He is also an Associate Director of the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health, and has an interest in the climate for LGBT medical trainees and educating trainees in the care of LGBT patients.

Jason Wagner, M.D, Associate Program Director

Jason Wagner, MD

Jason Wagner is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care. He serves as the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Site Director for the Residency Program at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Core Faculty for the Quality, Safety, and Value Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residency Program. He also is an Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program where he is the Site Director for the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Clinically, he attends on the general wards, intensive care unit, and maintains an outpatient pulmonary practice. His main academic interest is the intersection between medical education and high-value care.

David Aizenberg, M.D, Associate Program Director

David Aizenberg, MD

Dr. Aizenberg is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. His clinical time is divided between outpatient primary care, inpatient general medicine, and employee health clinic. He supervises residents in clinic at the Penn Internal Medicine University City Practice. Dr. Aizenberg’s academic interests include clinical reasoning and educational innovation. He has spear-headed the program’s transition to the 6+2 scheduling system and is in charge of the overall didactic curriculum for the residency. When he is not working, Dave enjoys dominating his friends at table tennis, losing his voice cheering for the Michigan Wolverines, and spending time with his wife and 2-year-old son.

Serena Cardillo, M.D, Associate Program Director

Serena Cardillo, MD

Dr. Cardillo is an Associate Professor of Clinical medicine in the Division Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. She is also an Assistant Program Director and Core Faculty Member in Endocrinology for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Cardillo’s clinical practice is based at the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center where she specializes in the management of patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes as well as transplant associated and cystic fibrosis related diabetes. She also serves as the Director of Graduate Diabetes Education for the center. Dr Cardillo serves as the Director of the Interactive Learning Module Curriculum for internal medicine interns. Her interests in medical education are in the use of simulation to assess and teach communication skills. At the postgraduate level she has led several innovative national education programs in the area of diabetes management for primary care providers.

Jennifer Myers, M.D, Assistant Program Director

Jen Myers, MD

Jennifer S. Myers, MD FHM FACP is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Assistant Program Director, and the Director of Quality and Safety Education for the Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the director of the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety at Penn and in that role directs a fellowship program at Penn for post-graduate fellows or junior faculty in the area of quality and safety research, policy, and administration. She is also co-director of a GME-wide Healthcare Leadership in Quality residency track which has trained over 80 residents in the past 5 years. In 2010, she received the Clinical Excellence Award from the Society for Hospital Medicine, and in 2011 was named a Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar for her innovations in medical education. She is the founding director of the “Quality & Safety Educators Academy” – the first national faculty development program of its kind which is now in its 5th year and has trained close to 500 faculty members from around the country. Dr. Myers has spoken and written nationally on patient safety issues in healthcare, medical education innovation in quality and safety, and the need for integration between graduate medical education and health care systems.