David Swope, Ph.D
Director of Program Development
Assistant Professor of Medicine
David Swope, Ph.D
B.S. in Biology, Lebanon Valley College
Ph.D in Cell and Developmental Biology, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Swope earned his doctorate degree in Cell and Developmental Biology from Thomas Jefferson University. He completed a National Institute of Health funded Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rutgers University where he received formal training in education and instructed several courses at Minority Serving Institutions. After he finished his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Swope joined the Molecular Biology department at Princeton University.
At CMSRU, Dr. Swope is the Embryology course director, facilitates an Active Learning Group and teaches Cell/Molecular Biology to the medical students. His research interests are in medical education and the development of student centered learning within the medical curriculum. Additionally, he is the acting director of the Advanced Premedical Studies Post Baccalaureate program at CMSRU.
Harriet Hartman, Ph.D
B.A. in Public Service, UCLA
M.A. in Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ph.D. in Sociology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Dr. Hartman is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Rowan, where she chairs the Rowan Glassboro IRB. Her research is united by a focus on gender issues, in such different areas as gender in engineering and among contemporary American Jews. She edited Integrating the Sciences and Society: Challenges Practices, and Potentials. (Volume 16 in Research in Social Problems and Public Policy Series, Emerald Publishing), and her most recent book is Gender and American Jews: Patterns in Work, Education, and Family in Contemporary Life (UPNE Press); she is the editor-in-chief of the journal Contemporary Jewry. She was instrumental in establishing a new Concentration in Medical Social Sciences for Rowan undergraduates.
Valerie Braz, Ph.D
B.S. in Biochemistry, Philadelphia University
Certificate, Clinical Research Organization & Management, Drexel University
Ph.D in Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Braz earned her Ph.D in Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University focusing on HIV drug-target biophysics and organic synthesis. She completed postdoctoral work on novel small molecule methodology at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Braz is the Clinical Research Manager for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Hospital. At CMSRU, Dr. Braz is the Director of Capstone Projects at the medical school and will instruct Medical Biochemistry to students in the post-baccalaureate in advanced premedical studies program.
Devin Massaro, M.A.
B.S. in Human Development, Cornell University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Columbia University, Teacher's College
Devin Massaro is a second-year Ph.D student in Clinical Psychology at Rowan's Glassboro campus. He has worked in a wide range of research settings including: adult attachment, technology use, substance use, mindfulness, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. He also has clinical experience working in substance use treatment at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and currently works at the Rowan University Wellness center in both clinical and behavioral health positions.
Howard Mass, Ph.D
B.A. in Biology, University of Delaware
M.S. in Physiology, Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. in Physiology, Oklahoma State University
Dr. Mass received a B.A. degree in Biology from the University of Delaware and a Master’s and Ph.D. from the College of Veterinary Medicine graduate program at Oklahoma State University.
He did his postdoctoral fellowship at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Worth. His postdoctoral research focused on the neural control of the coronary circulation, the pressure-flow relationships of the coronary collateral circulation and effects of sympathectomy on cardiac function, synchrony and response to ischemia.
Upon completion of the fellowship he joined the faculty of the Ponce School of Medicine, Dept. of Physiology, Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he was eventually promoted to Professor and Chair of the department. While in Ponce, he taught in all areas of Medical Physiology, Cardiac Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. Dr. Mass was also involved in revising the Physiology curriculum which led to significant increases in student performance on the USMLE. Dr. Mass received grants from the NIH to study the effects of magnesium sulfate on myocardial reperfusion injury and infarct size and has a number of publications in this area.
In addition to his teaching at the Ponce School of Medicine, Dr. Mass has taught at the University of Puerto Rico Health Sciences Campus, and most recently at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education of the City University of New York. He currently holds the position of Cardiac Catheterization Lab Physiologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center of the New York Harbor Health Care System.
M. Alexandra Monroy, Ph.D
B.A. in Biology, Rutgers University
Ph.D in Pathology/Immunology, Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. Monroy completed postdoctoral studies at St. Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis MO. She studied the role of chromatin modifying factors in regulating gene expression. She then performed biomedical research as Faculty in the Department of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. She published work in diverse fields such as bone biology, epigenetics, cancer and vascular biology. She currently works in the Research Division of the Radiation Oncology Department in the Perelman School of Medicine. She is involved in studies analyzing the role of the tumor microenvironment in promoting cancer cell growth.
David Hilbert, Ph.D.
B.S. in Biology, The College of New Jersey
Ph.D. in Microbiology, Temple University
Dr. Hilbert completed his Ph.D. at Temple University in 2003 and a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University in 2006. Since that time he has worked as an industry research microbiologist at Medical Diagnostic Laboratories. He specializes in woman's health, performing research on the vaginal microbiome and sexually transmitted infections.
Jason Wallach, Ph.D
B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D in Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of the Sciences
Dr. Wallach earned his Ph.D in Pharmacology and Toxicology at University of the Sciences. His dissertation research focused on understanding and improving tolerability issues in the development of neuroprotective agents. He continues to conduct research in this area. Other research interests include polypharmacological drug design for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, depression and neuropathic pain as well as the identification, analytical characterization and pharmacology of novel psychoactive substances and drugs of abuse. He teaches courses at several universities in laboratory techniques, pharmacology, clinical psychopharmacology and physiology. Dr. Wallach is an adjunct professor for the HCOP Grant funded Prematriculation program and Advanced Premedical Studies Program.
Gary Young, DPH
B.A in Sociology, Pennsylvania State University
M.A in Sociology/Statistics, Pennsylvania State University
DPH in Epidemiology & Social Medicine, Johns Hopkins University – School of Public Health
Dr. Young is the Executive Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy for The Cooper Health System. His career spans more than 35 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing, statistical consulting and government relations. Dr. Young has extensive expertise in health policy and regulatory affairs. He received his bachelor's and master’s degree in sociology with a concentration in statistics and research methods from The Pennsylvania State University, where he also held a research fellowship in economics and applied statistics. Later, he studied epidemiology and toxicology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he received both a master’s and a doctorate in Public Health. He has taught at Penn State University, Drexel University, Rutgers University-Camden, and has been a long-standing faculty member of the Community College of Philadelphia. He has published policy papers and research on poverty, chemical exposure and chronic disease burden.
Dr. Young joined Cooper in 1985 as Director of Planning and Marketing. He was promoted to Vice President for Planning and Marketing in 1996, and then appointed Executive Vice President for Planning and Marketing in 2000. He has served as Executive Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy since 2006. Dr. Young has served on numerous health care strategy and policy committees for the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals and the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). He is currently a member of the Policy Development Committee of the NJHA and a member of the Government Relations Steering Committee of the AAMC. He is also an active member of the American Sociological Association and the American Association of Public Health.
Tulin Budak-Alpdogan, MD
M.S. in Tumor Immunology from Hacettepe University Institute of Oncology, Ankara-Turkey
M.D. from Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara-Turkey
Dr. Budak-Alpdogan completed her medical degree at Hacettepe University School of Medicine in Turkey. She completed her residency at Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, with a Hematology fellowship at Marmara University in Istanbul. She has taught medical education curriculum at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson, Drexel University College of Medicine and here at CMSRU. She currently works in the Hematology Oncology department at Cooper’s MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has extensive experience in translational research for developing clinically applicable novel drug, and cellular therapy combinations. She has evaluated clinically relevant tissue healing issues in breast cancer; increasing use of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer generates complicated reconstruction surgery problems. Dr. Budak-Alpdogan’s research interests aims to determine the effects of chemotherapy on adult mesenchymal stem cells located in adipose tissue. Adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells are suggested to have role in post-surgical wound healing. She has worked with mesenchymal stem cells for modulating post-stem cell transplant healing.
Kathy Behling, MD, Ph.D
B.A. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dartmouth College
Ph.D in Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Dr. Behling is full-time faculty as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences. She currently runs courses on topics related to pathology, histology, genetics, and neuroscience.
Dr. Behling earned her doctorate in Neuroscience as well as her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she was also awarded the Emily and Francis Bothelho prize for excellence in the basic sciences and was a participant in graduate studies through funding from an NIH Vision training grant. After graduation, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Childhood Communication at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She then completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital followed by a fellowship in Molecular Genetic Pathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Surgical Pathology at Pennsylvania Hospital.
Dr. Behling is an active member in the Department of Pathology at Cooper University Hospital with involvement in the autopsy service as well laboratory administrative activities. Her research interests are in the areas of translational studies related to novel biomarker discovery. Dr. Behling is a member of the Association for Molecular Pathology.
Gayatri D. Borra, MD
M.D. from Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati, India
Dr. Borra is a Hospitalist at Cooper University Hospital. She graduated from S.V. Medical College, India and earned a Bachelors in Medicine and Bachelors in Surgery degree in 2000. Dr. Borra completed her residency at Monmouth Medical Center in Long branch, NJ in Internal Medicine in 2006. She has worked as a Hospitalist for 10 years. Dr. Borra is an instructor in the Department of Medicine with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and has taught medical students and residents on teaching services since 2012. She is also a physician advisor and a physician champion for patient experience at Inspira Health Network.
Consuelo C. Cagande, MD
M.D. from Cebu Institute of Medicine, Cebu, Phillipines
Dr. Cagande is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. In addition to being the Residency Program Director, she is also the Medical School Phase 1 Neurology -Psychiatry Co-Course Director. She did her general psychiatry residency at Cooper University Hospital and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr Cagande has always had a strong interest in academia since residency. She enjoys teaching medical students and residents. She has been awarded the Arnold Gold Award for Excellence in Teaching and Humanism and is a member of the Arnold Gold Honor Society. Her main specialty interests are medical education, Women’s Health, anxiety, trauma and disaster preparedness. She has also worked on cultural psychiatry topics, including global child and adolescent psychiatry. She is currently involved in research and has published and presented at local, regional, national and international conferences.
She is currently the New Jersey Psychiatric Association (NJPA) President (2015 – 2017). Dr Cagande has also been involved in community service/organizations. She is a past president of the Philippine American Medical Society of New Jersey, currently Chairs the Philippine Community of Southern New Jersey Scholarship Committee and volunteers at her church to feed the Camden City homeless.
Elizabeth Cerceo, MD, FACP, FHM
B.S. from Rutgers University with a double major of Biology and Psychology and a double minor in French and Music
M.D., UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Dr. Elizabeth Cerceo is assistant professor of medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and a teaching fellow of their Academy of Master Educators. She also currently serves as a hospitalist attending, Department of Medicine, at Cooper University Hospital and associate program director for the internal medicine residency where she develops novel curricula, mentors, and facilitates quality improvement and patient safety initiatives. She is course director for the Medical Humanities and is involved with education from the medical student level to faculty development. As such, she organizes Medicine Grand Rounds, Subspecialty Rounds, Hospitalist Grand Rounds, Wellness in Medicine, and the Art of Medicine series. She is developing an innovative longitudinal research curriculum and has spearheaded wellness initiatives at Cooper. Her research interests focus on medical education, pneumonia, sepsis, and hypertension. Dr. Cerceo is a reviewer for several journals, including Critical Care Medicine and the Journal of Hospital Medicine as well as for MKSAP and for various annual meetings.
Shalini Dave, DO
B.S. in Biology from Duke University
M.A. in Medical Sciences from Boston University
D.O. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Dave is finishing her psychiatry residency at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA in June 2017 and will then be starting fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. During residency, she served as an administrative chief resident and helped to coordinate the psychiatry grand rounds series. She also served as a resident representative to the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society Council and was the 2016 recipient of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society Resident Achievement Award.
Catherine Ginty, MD
B.S. in Environmental Policy from Colby College
M.D. from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Dr. Ginty completed her degree at Colby College in Environmental Policy with a minor in Anthropology. She completed her Post Bacc at the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine in 2011, served as Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine in 2014 and completed her Cooper Hospital Administrative Fellowship in 2015. Dr. Ginty’s interests include process improvement, lean six sigma, resident education and women in medicine. She grew up in Philadelphia and currently lives in South Philadelphia with her husband and toddler son.
Deneen Hendrick, DO
B.S. in Natural Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
D.O. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Deneen M. Hendrick, DO, a native of Teaneck, New Jersey, received a degree in Natural Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD, and a DO degree from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Dr. Hendrick completed a Pediatric Residency at the Thomas Jefferson University/AI Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, followed by pediatric practice for underserved communities in multiple states.
Dr. Hendrick currently serves as Coordinator for Pre-Health Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, where she is responsible for implementing effective and collaborative pre-health programming and initiatives for undergraduate students interested in health careers.
Dr. Hendrick served previously as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at PCOM, as well as serving as a presenter for the Office of Diversity of Inclusion, where she designed and taught a cultural competency module for medical students. In addition, she has served as a member of the PCOM Faculty Committee on Admissions and frequently represents the medical profession for recruitment fairs, open houses, and medical school panels and workshops throughout the northeast and at national medical education conferences.
Dr. Hendrick is an advocate for providing access to educational opportunities and continues to share her medical and professional experiences and expertise to motivate, encourage, inspire and empower the upcoming generation of middle, high school, college, health professions and medical students to embrace change and choice and be proactive in their educational pursuits and future opportunities. She is a frequent workshop presenter, lecturer, panelist, and facilitator on programs on mentoring, childhood development, health professions career development, STEM career fields, cultural competency and medical school education and access for economically and academically disadvantaged students, as well as a wide variety of professional, community and educational organizations, including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the School District of Philadelphia, The Links Incorporated, Jack & Jill of America, and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations.
Dr. Hendrick lends her time and talents in many volunteer endeavors, including serving as an alumni interviewer for Johns Hopkins University, for over 20 years, and serving as co-advisor for the PCOM Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), a group of medical students devoted to mentoring, community service and health education. She is a proud Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and is a Charter Member of Omega Mu Omega Chapter in Philadelphia, where she currently serves as chaplain.
Christopher Jones, MD
B.S. in Biology, Stanford University
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School
Dr. Jones is an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, followed by a fellowship in emergency medicine administration at the Christiana Care Health System. Dr. Jones is the director of clinical research for the CMSRU Department of Emergency Medicine. His research focuses on the study of publication bias and clinical trial registries.
Meena Khandelwal, MD, FACOG
M.D. from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
J. Hope Kilgannon, MD, FAAEM
B.A. in International Relations, American University
M.D., UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Dr. Kilgannon is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She graduated from American University with a degree in International Relations in 1993, and completed her post- baccaulaureate work at the University of Maryland shortly thereafter. Dr. Kilgannon graduated AOA from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2000. She trained in Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident. She took a position on faculty at Cooper upon completing residency in 2003. Dr. Kilgannon is an active member of the faculty, mentoring students and residents, and frequently leads small group medical student simulation courses for emergency medicine students. In addition, Dr. Kilgannon has been an active participant in the Emergency Medicine research arena. Her primary focus for research is the critical period of illness after resuscitation from cardiac arrest. She and her colleagues have had their work published in the journals JAMA, Circulation, Critical Care Medicine, and Resuscitation.
Brian McCauley, MD, MPH
Bachelor’s in Science from Drexel University
M.P.H from Drexel University
M.D. from Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Dr. McCauley is a graduate of the CMSRU inaugural Class of 2016. He is a current General Internal Medicine Resident at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Prior to CMSRU he received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Science and his Master’s Degree in Public Health from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
Brian started his career with the United States Air Force as an Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT) out of McGuire AFB and numerous other locations worldwide. Following discharge from active service, he worked as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) in a Cardiac Catheterization Lab at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, a Laboratory Manager/Research Specialist at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and as a Per-Diem Medical Educator.
While at CMSRU, Brian was the Founder/Director/Advisor of Tutor Time at the Ferry Avenue Library, he is a Cubmaster for the Boy Scouts of America Pack 228, a speaker for Junior Urban Medical Pioneers (JUMP) and at the Brimm Medical Arts High School, and provides extra-curricular science enrichment in the Wallingford-Swarthmore Elementary School.
Brian has authored more than a dozen academic publications in Cardiology, several of which he did while a student at CMSRU. He has been selected by the Deans to represent CMSRU on numerous occasions. He is the recipient of multiple awards and scholarships for his excellence in professionalism, service learning and performance, including the Leonard Tow Award for Gold Humanism.
Debrah Meislich, MD
B.S. in Bio-Psychology from University of Pennsylvania
M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Dr. Meislich attended college and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. She mentioned the following when discussing the prospect of being a student mentor “I thought when I started medical school that I wanted to pursue a career in Psychiatry as I had worked for a Psychiatrist for 2 years prior to starting Medical school. However I realized early on that Psychiatry wasn’t for me and when I rotated in Pediatrics I instantly felt at home. Dr. Meislich did her Pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children from 1984-1987. While a resident, the physicians who influenced her and taught her the most were the Pediatric Infectious Disease specialists. From 1987-1990, Dr. Meislich worked in a General Pediatric practice in Brookline Massachusetts while her husband attended law school. They moved back to Philadelphia in 1992 to fulfill her dream, beginning her Pediatric ID fellowship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Dr. Meislich worked for 4 years at Einstein until coming to Cooper University Hospital. She has been working as a Pediatric Infectious Disease clinician at Cooper since 1996 and has served as Pediatric Clerkship Director since the conception of CMSRU.
Jenny Melli, MD
B.S. in Biology from Villanova University
M.D., UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Dr. Melli is a physician in the Division of Internal Medicine and practices Primary Care in Camden. She graduated medical school from UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson and completed her residency in General Internal Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital / Brown University. She is currently the Program Director for the Cooper Internal Medicine Residency Program Primary Care Track as well as the Deputy Clerkship Director for the CMSRU IM clerkship.
Dr. Melli oversees the IM Resident clinic in suite 215, precepts residents, and also sees her own patients in both suites 215 and 104. She is particularly interested in care of the underserved, Women’s Health, medical education, and physician wellness. She speaks Spanish as a large proportion of her patients are Spanish speaking. Her clinic in suite 215 serves a diverse population of patients with Medicaid and patients with Medicare who reside in Camden and tend to have complex medical and psychosocial issues. Suite 104 serves patients with private insurance who, in general, have more resources and are less complex though still diverse.
Samia F. Mian, MD
B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC-Irvine
M.D., Ross University School of Medicine
Dr. Mian is a clinical nephrologist in Thorofare, Sewell and Salem, NJ. In 2001 she received her bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from University of California, Irvine and graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 2005. She completed her training in internal medicine at University of Illinois/Advocate Christ Hospital Oaklawn, IL in 2008. In 2010 she completed her fellowship training in Nephrology at Cooper Hospital/UMDNJ and joined the group of University renal physicians at Cooper Hospital in 2011. She has three kids and loves to spend time outdoors. She enjoys teaching medical students, residents and fellows as it provides the best way for her to continue to expand her learning.
Muhammad Muntazar, MD
M.D from Sindh Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
Joseph Nyzio, BS Pharm, MBA, DO
B.S. in Pharmacy – Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science
D.O. – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
MBA in Healthcare – The George Washington University
Dr. Nyzio completed his anesthesia residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. He currently runs his own anesthesia company and practices at a busy multispecialty surgery center in Somers Point, NJ. Dr. Nyzio specializes in regional anesthesia techniques for postoperative pain management in orthopedic patients.
Andrea Russo, MD, FACC, FHRS
M.D., SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
Dr. Russo is Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Director of Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services and Director of the CCEP Fellowship Program at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J. She previously joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 1997 and was Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Russo is active on several national committees, sub-committees and work groups within the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). She is the current 2nd Vice President of HRS, Vice-Chair of the HRS Program Committee, member of the HRS Board of Trustees, Chair of the ACC Best Practice and Quality Improvement (BPQI) Subcommittee, and member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Subspecialty Cardiovascular Disease Test Writing Committee. She was the former Treasurer/Secretary of HRS, former Chair of the HRS Finance Committee, former Chair of the HRS Health Policy Committee, former Vice-Chair of the HRS Quality Improvement Subcommittee, former Chair of the ACC Cardiovascular Practice Improvement Program, and prior member of the HRS Program Committee and team leader for the Implantable Devices section. Dr. Russo also served as a member of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Cardiovascular Measurement Endorsement and Maintenance Committee, in addition to several other volunteer efforts within HRS and ACC. She has also served as co-chair or member on several guideline or consensus document writing groups.
Dr. Russo has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and book chapters. Her areas of particular interest include gender differences in arrhythmias, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, atrial fibrillation, and performance improvement activities.
Karim Ghobrial-Sedky, MD, MSc
M.D. from Alexandria Faculty of Medicine – University of Alexandria, Egypt
Dr. Sedky is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU). He has held several leadership positions including directorship of the inpatient unit at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI) at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. In addition to being the Medical Student Clerkship Director currently at CMSRU, he is also the director of scholarly activity. After completing his medical school at Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, he obtained a Master degree in Anatomical Science and Neurobiology from University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. His general psychiatry training as well as his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship was from Drexel University School of Medicine (previously known as Medical College of Pennsylvania- Hahnemann).
Dr. Sedky has a strong passion for research and currently serves as director of scholarly activities. He received Drexel research award during his residency at Drexel University in 2005. He has multiple publications and serves as a reviewer in journals. He currently has two ongoing research studies.
Dr. Sedky has always strived to work in academic setting. He received the best teacher award during his work at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 2009. He has a special interest in pediatric sleep medicine and addiction psychiatry. He is board certified in general adult psychiatry, sleep medicine and addiction psychiatry (ABAM). He is a member of American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
Christopher Smith, MD
B.S. in Mathematics, Drexel University
M.D., Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU)
Dr. Smith graduated from CMSRU in 2017 and is a current Emergency Medicine Resident at Cooper University Health Care in Camden, NJ. Prior to enrollment at CMSRU, Dr. Smith completed his Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Certification at La Salle University in 2011 and received his BS in Mathematics from Drexel University in 2003.
While enrolled at CMSRU, Dr. Smith was heavily involved in community outreach, primarily with the Cooper Sprouts Community Garden and monthly food distributions facilitated through donations from the Food Bank of South Jersey.
He currently resides in Camden, NJ with his wife and two children.
Magdy Takla, MD
M.D. from Alexandria Faculty of Medicine – University of Alexandria, Egypt
Dr. Takla serves as the Associate Division Head for Obstetrics Anesthesia at Cooper University Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and board certified through The American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Takla completed his residency training at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY and Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. He interned at Alexandria Main University Hospital in Alexandria, Egypt and North General Hospital in New York City. Dr. Takla’s special interests are obstetric anesthesia, trauma anesthesia and regional anesthesia.
Pamela Zee, MD
B.S. in Biopsychology, Vassar College
M.D., UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Dr. Zee is pleased to join CMSRU as volunteer faculty. She is charged with the development of Pre-med physician mentorship within CMSRU’s Post Baccalaureate Program. After completing her undergraduate studies at Vassar College, Dr. Zee earned her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson, Camden (UMDNJ-RWJ, Camden). She continued her medical training during internship and residency at Cooper University Hospital, Camden. Dr. Zee enjoyed many years as Assistant Professor of Medicine (UMDNJ-RWJ, Camden), serving to educate medical students and residents before pursing full time clinical research and drug development at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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