Dr. Charmaine Wright is the Program Director of the med-peds 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 program 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 an 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 current mother of 2: Lydia 3yrs, and Luke 22 months. Current out-of-the-hospital activities include eating at 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.
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.
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.
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.