Internal Medicine Residency

Meet our Core Leadership

Dava Szalda, MD, MSHP. Dava Szalda MD MSHP is the Program Director of the Med-Peds Program. She grew up in New York and went to SUNY Stony Brook for medical school. She came to Penn-CHOP for her med-peds residency and served as the inaugural chief resident for the program. Following her chief year she completed a Pediatric Hematology-Oncology fellowship at CHOP, with focused time in cancer survivorship. She completed the Masters in Health Policy Research Program at Penn, allowing her explore health services for adult survivors of childhood cancer and adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology patients. She remained active in medical education becoming an Associate Program Director of the Med-Peds Program prior to becoming Program Director.

Dr. Szalda currently works in pediatric oncology and serves as an Internist with an expertise in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Her academic interests are in cancer survivorship and transition from pediatric to adult medical care for all patients with pediatric-onset chronic illness. She is involved in several institutional initiatives to improve care for such patients. She is an educator at heart and enjoys teaching, learning from and advocating for students, residents and Med-Peds as a discipline at all available opportunities.

Outside of the hospital she can usually be found blocking traffic on Philadelphia side walks with her 4 boys -- husband, toddler and two furry children (dogs) as they enjoy the city. She also enjoys trying to make her way down the Philadelphia top 20 restaurant list each year and hiking in the Wissahickon park.

Oana Tomescu, MD, PhD. Oana, one of the program's Associate Program Directors, has been at Penn for 20 years, coming here for medical school and staying on as faculty. She is passionate about medical education and teaches at all levels of medical training. As both an Adolescent Medicine specialist and an adult primary care doctor, she has an interest in healthcare transitions of young adults with special health care needs. Another of her clinical interests is Mind-Body Medicine and she cares for her patients using an Integrative Medicine approach. She oversees the Physician Wellness curriculum for the Med/Peds and categorical Internal Medicine programs and is the faculty mentor of the Resident Wellness Initiative, a resident-run committee that sponsors wellness events throughout the year. Her research focus currently is studying the effects of the Physician Wellness curriculum on resident burnout, coping strategies and resiliency.

Chad Johr, MD Dr. Chadwick Johr is a rheumatologist, general internist, pediatrician and enthusiast of medical education. He went to Penn State for medical school, Brown for residency, and the University of Iowa for fellowship prior to joining the faculty here at the University of Pennsylvania. Aside from supporting our med-peds residents, Chad enjoys attending on the general medicine wards, caring for rheumatology patients in his young-adult transition clinic and as a co-director of the Penn Sjogren’s Syndrome Center. When not teaching learners about the wonders of methotrexate, Chad can be found beating residents and fellows at various “euro-style” board games, running up and down the Schuylkill river trail, learning Turkish on his iPhone, playing guitar, and trying not to spend his life savings eating out at all of the ridiculously delicious restaurants Philadelphia has to offer.

Sophia Jan, MD, MSHP Dr. Sophia Jan is an Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics program, a faculty member at PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a pediatrician for children with special healthcare needs at CHOP and a general internist at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Jan’s primary interest is improving the health and quality of life for children and adults with complex chronic conditions and disabilities. Her research includes policies and models of care related to children with special healthcare needs transitioning to adult-centered care. She is also interested in testing policies and interventions that improve the ability of children and adults with disabilities to remain in community-based settings during both emergencies and for long-term care. Dr. Jan was born and raised in New York City, received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2005 and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2009, where she was chief resident. From 2009 to 2012, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Masters in Health Policy Research (MSHP). Dr. Jan lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three young children. She is also a competitive dragonboat and outrigger canoe paddler.

Charmaine, MD, MSHP Dr. Wright is Core Faculty in the Medicine-Pediatrics Program. She grew up in Illinois, then went to Harvard for college and medical school. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Harvard's Combined Med-Peds Proram and was selected Chief her final year. During residency, she nurtured her interest in maternal-child health and nutrition throughout the lifespan. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Masters in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently as Assistant Professor at Penn. She works to understand the associations that exist between pregnancy behaviors, mother and child, and designs family weight loss interventions with and for vulnerable communities. She is a past Associate Program Director of Penn's Med-Peds Program and currently mother of 3 children. Current out-of-the-hospital activities include eating a Philadelphia's fabulous BYOB's with husband Sean at a ridiculously early time, acquiring baby sitter for said dinner, hiding her son's pacifier as she attempts to wean him from it, teaching her daughter about early 90's fashion and TV shows and phone conversations with her large extended Jamaican family who always remind her that academic medicine is great, but that making an Olympic track team would be even better.

Alana Feiler, MD, MPhil Alana is the Med-Peds Chief Resident for the 2016-2017 academic year. Alana grew up just across the Delaware River in New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University. She then went on to earn an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University in England. She attended medical school at Penn, where she won the Ken Ginsburg Soul of Medicine Award. Alana completed her residency training in the Penn/CHOP Med-Peds program in 2016, during which time she was a member of the Health Care Quality and Leadership Track and was a resident inductee into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her academic interests include general pediatric and adult medicine, medical education, and quality improvement. She also has strong interests in adolescent medicine and transitions of care for young adults with chronic illness. Alana played rugby in college, and she has participated in various intramural soccer and softball teams at Penn and CHOP during both medical school and residency. In the rest of her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, crosswords, photo-shopping, and reality television.