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Questions and Comments
If you have questions or comments regarding the society, please feel free to email at any time we'd love to hear from you.
Dr. Rachel Kelz Faculty Advisor
Rachel Kelz, M.D.

Mark Etherington - President
Mark is a fourth year MD student planning to pursue a career in general surgery. He graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a degree in Neuroscience. As an Agnew Scholar, he worked with Dr. Grace Wang of the Division of Vascular Surgery, measuring femoral artery intima-media thickness in vasculopaths using ultrasound. He is currently working with Dr. Giorgos Karakousis of the Division of Endocrine and Oncologic surgery, using the NSQIP database to look at perioperative morbidity and mortality in patients with gastric cancer undergoing neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy. He is interested in gastrointestinal and oncologic surgery. He loves tennis and ultimate frisbee. He is happy to talk about anything related to surgery or life as a medical student.

Danielle Graham - President Elect/Vice President
Danielle is a fourth year MD/MBA student planning to pursue a career in general surgery. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a degree in Economics and Biological Basis of Behavior. Danielle is completing her Masters of Business Administration at the Wharton School and plans to lead patient safety and quality improvement initiatives in the future. She is currently working with Dr. Giorgos Karakousis on melanoma outcomes research. In addition to coursework, she founded the Wilderness Medicine Elective, as she is interested in providing medical care in resource-poor settings. She would love to discuss the field of surgery or any questions regarding life at Penn.

Megan Fracol - Vice President
Meg is a fourth year MD student who is planning to pursue a career in plastic surgery.  Her interests include reconstructive plastics, pediatrics, breast reconstruction and craniofacial surgery.  She graduated with highest distinction from the University of Kansas in 2011 with a B.S. in Biochemistry.  While at Penn, she has worked with Dr. Czerniecki researching a therapeutic breast cancer vaccine for patients with HER-2+ breast cancer.  For the Agnew Society, she is in charge of planning the annual welcome event, organizing an anatomy lecture series for first year medical students, organizing a suturing workshop and helping to plan various  guest lecture speakers throughout the year.  She has an interest in medical education and loves talking to/teaching/giving advice to younger students.  Please feel free to email her with any questions or thoughts!

Kathleen O'Neill - Community Outreach Chair
Katie is a fourth year MD student planning to become a general surgeon. She graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Anthropology. Her research and work interests include the cost of surgical care, catastrophic medical expenses, and access to surgical care both locally and in resource-poor settings. She recently returned from a year in Mirebalais, Haiti and at the WHO in Geneva researching the cost of surgical care and access to surgical services in low- and middle-income countries with the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change with Dr. John Meara from Boston Children’s Hospital. Additionally, during medical school she served as a project coordinator for the non-profit Puentes de Salud, and worked with refugee communities in Philadelphia. She is happy to discuss the field of surgery, surgical care in resource-poor settings, or any questions regarding life at Penn Med.

David Blitzer - Community Outreach Co-Chair
David is a fourth year medical student planning on pursuing residency in general surgery. He graduated magna cum laude from The College of William and Mary in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and Health Sciences as well as a minor in chemistry. He has had leadership positions in the LMSA chapter at Perelman, as well as with Penn Language Link, a program which provides medical interpreter training to members of the Penn community. Among his research interests includes a pilot program with Dr. Hansel Stedman to test a multimodal program for improving physical, mental, and emotional health in veterans after their return from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Outside of medical school he actively competes in triathlons ranging from the sprint to half-ironman distances.

Justin Hatchimonji - Agnew Historian
Justin is a fourth year medical student planning to pursue a career in general surgery. He graduated in 2006 from Yale University with a degree in Music. He came to Penn after spending five years performing professionally and completing a post-baccalaureate program at Columbia University. He is currently involved in multiple research projects in the Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery with Drs. Niels Martin and Jose Pascual. Justin is also pursuing a Master's Degree in Bioethics at Penn. Additionally, he serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Student Advisory Committee and volunteers at the United Community Clinic. He is happy to discuss anything related to surgery or life at Penn Med.

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