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Fellowship Match 2019
See where our residents matched!

2018-2019    
FIRST YEAR
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalAryn Andrzejewski, MD Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalRyan Augustin, MDCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalAli Azeem, MDTufts University School of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalAndrew Baird, MDJacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalAlexandra Bursic, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalVasilii Bushunow, MDState University of New York Upstate Medical University
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalEmily Chan, MDDrexel University College of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalNicole Doria, MDGeorge Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalCallie Drohan, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalJavier Farinas, Jr, MDChicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalShea Ford, MDUniversity of Florida College of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalMichael George, MDOhio State University College of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalMaura Heffernan, MDUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalAnjuli Jain, MDGeorge Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalSophia Knoell, MDThe University of Toledo College of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalAnkit Medhekar, MDUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalBrent Medoff, MDGeisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalAndrew Murphy, MDBaylor College of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalThien-Bao "Peter" Nguyen, MDBaylor College of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalRichard Pham, MDThe University of Toledo College of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalQiaochu "Bernice" Qi, MDWeill Cornell Medical College
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalAnthony Santisi, MDCooper Medical School of Rowan University
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalSamuel Sauerwein, MDRutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalAndrew Swartz, MDUniversity of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalMichael Tao, MDStony Brook University School of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalAlvin Thalappillil, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalTanu Verma, MDWayne State University School of Medicine
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalVivek Verma, MDChicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
PGY 1Traditional CategoricalChristopher Wynkoop, MDGeorgetown University School of Medicine
PGY 1Clinical Scientist TrackTiffany Brazile, MDGeisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
PGY 1Clinical Scientist TrackJennifer Rodriguez, MDUniversity of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
PGY 1Clinical Scientist TrackBailey Sparks, MDSidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
PGY 1GeneralistTimothy Bober, MDSidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
PGY 1GeneralistMalik Darwish, MDCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine
PGY 1GeneralistLauren Sigler, MDLewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
PGY 1GeriatricsEmily Galli, MDPennsylvania State University College of Medicine
PGY 1GeriatricsMegan McCarty, MDAlbany Medical College
PGY 1Global HealthJ. Michael Beckham, MDBaylor College of Medicine
PGY 1Global HealthCaitlin Couper, MDThe University of Toledo College of Medicine
PGY 1Global HealthSamuel Hand, MDUniversity of Alabama School of Medicine
PGY 1Global HealthVincenzo Polsinelli, MDJacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
PGY 1International ScholarsOlufunso "Funso" Agbalajobi, MDUniversity of Lagos College of Medicine
PGY 1International ScholarsAnna Apostolopoulou, MDUniversity of Athens School of Health Sciences
PGY 1International ScholarsSara Faghihi Kashani, MDTehran University of Medical Sciences School of Medicine
PGY 1International ScholarsMohamed Hassan, MDUniversity of Medical Sciences & Technology (UMST) Faculty of Medicine
PGY 1International ScholarsSaloni Kapoor, MDAll India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
PGY 1International ScholarsArjun Lakshman, MDGovernment Medical College Kozhikode
PGY 1Research PathwayEmily Geramita, MD, PhDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 1Research PathwayJosiah Radder, MD, PhDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 1Research PathwayMadison Stellfox, MD, PhDNew York Medical College
PGY 1Women's HealthClare Cene-Kush, DOPhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
PGY 1Women's HealthYahanna Torres, MDUniversity of California, Davis, School of Medicine
PGY 1Med-PedsKathryn Connor, MDOhio State University College of Medicine
PGY 1Med-PedsDedeepya Konuthula, MDYale School of Medicine
PGY 1Med-PedsMargaret Shang, MDUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine
PGY 1Med-PedsJeremy Winer, MDUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine
PGY 1Neurology PreliminarySudipa Biswas, MD
PGY 1Neurology PreliminaryEmre Cakmak, DO
PGY 1Neurology PreliminaryKeiko Fukuda, MD
PGY 1Neurology PreliminaryJames Harb, MD
PGY 1Neurology PreliminaryIris Lin, MD
PGY 1Neurology PreliminarySydney Palka, MD
PGY 1Neurology PreliminaryJi Yeon Son, MD
PGY 1Preliminary
Dermatology
Braden Candela, MD
PGY 1Preliminary
Dermatology
Alison Moynihan, MD, PhD
PGY 1Preliminary
Radiology
Lauren Gray, DO
PGY 1Preliminary
Radiology
Neiladri Khan, DO
PGY 1Preliminary
Radiology
Danielle Miller, DO
PGY 1Preliminary
Radiology
Muhammad Nisar, MD
PGY 1Preliminary
PM&R
Laryssa Richards, DO
PGY 1Preliminary
ANES
Yujing Zhao, MD
PGY 1Transitional
Radiation Oncology
Katherine Chen, MD
PGY 1Transitional
Ophthalmology
Patrick Commiskey, MD
PGY 1Transitional
Ophthalmology
Ricardo Couso, MD
PGY 1Transitional
Ophthalmology
Asad Durrani, MD
PGY 1Transitional
Radiology
Anthony Higinbotham, MD
PGY 1Transitional
Radiology
Shinjini Kundu, MD
PGY 1Transitional
Neurology
Desiree Markantone, MD
PGY 1Transitional
Dermatology
Danielle McClanahan, MD
PGY 1Transitional
Radiation Oncology
Arpan Prabhu, MD
PGY 1Transitional
Ophthalmology
Caroline Vloka, MD
SECOND YEAR
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalKristin Berger, MDPennsylvania State University College of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalEric Bucklew, MDLewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalHassieb Din, MDMedical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalWilliam Reed Doerfler, MD
Future Chief 2020-2021
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalKendall Downer, MDIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalScott Friedberg, MDRuth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion Israel Institute of Technology
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalEli Goshorn, MDCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalVance Hartke, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalJoshua Haswell, MDUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalDanielle Heffner, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalZerina Hodzic, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalYoseob "Joseph" Hwang, MDCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalChad Kosanovich, MDGeorgetown University School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalJoseph Kovacs, MDTulane University School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalChad Liber, MDOhio State University College of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalTianshi "Mike" Liu, MDUniversity of Kentucky College of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalAndrew Lutz, MDUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalTerence Mclaughlin, MDJacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalMichelle Nguyen, MDStanford University School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalSunmin Park, MD, PhDWashington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalEric Peng, MDCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalTariq Salim, MDUniversity of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalCarlita Shen, MDUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine - Rockford
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalKaitlyn Shrake, MDThe University of Toledo College of Medicine
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalHilary Strollo, DOEdward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus
PGY 2Traditional CategoricalSara Van Meerbeke, MDUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine
PGY 2Clinical Scientist TrackDustin McCurry, MD
Future Chief 2020-2021
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
PGY 2Clinical Scientist TrackElizabeth Oczypok, MD, PhD
Future Chief 2020-2021
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 2Clinical Scientist TrackHongyang "Jo" Pi, MDCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine
PGY 2GeneralistAnthony Davis-Maxwell, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 2GeneralistPreeya Fozdar, MDUniversity of Virginia School of Medicine
PGY 2GeneralistSeema Jain, MDOhio State University College of Medicine
PGY 2GeriatricsAimee Pickering, MDUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine
PGY 2GeriatricsBlair Stone, MDWest Virginia University School of Medicine - Charleston
PGY 2Global HealthChristopher Marino, MDThe University of Toledo College of Medicine
PGY 2Global HealthAngela Suen, MDUniversity of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
PGY 2Global HealthRachel Wojcik, MD
Future Chief 2020-2021
University of Colorado School of Medicine
PGY 2Global HealthPatrice Zigrossi, MDEastern Virginia Medical School
PGY 2International ScholarsMichail Alevizakos, MDUniversity of Athens School of Health Sciences
PGY 2International ScholarsChristina Mallarino-Haeger, MDPontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogot‡ Facultad de Medicina
PGY 2International ScholarsManiraj Neupane, MD, PhDInstitute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University
PGY 2International ScholarsDidem Saygin, MDIstanbul Üniversitesi, Cerrahpasa Tip Fakültesi
PGY 2International ScholarsAnastasia Tsagianni, MDUniversity of Athens School of Health Sciences
PGY 2International ScholarsMaria Velez Velez, MDUniversidad CES Escuela de Medicina, University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
PGY 2Med-PedsMelinda Delaney, MDWayne State University School of Medicine
PGY 2Med-PedsKarla Duhaime, MDWayne State University School of Medicine
PGY 2Med-PedsKathryn Leyens, MDState University of New York Upstate Medical University
PGY 2Med-PedsLauren Waterman, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 2Research PathwayEdwin Chen, MD, PhDWashington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
PGY 2Research PathwayAmir-Ali Ghaffari, MD, PhDUniversity of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
PGY 2Research PathwayNeil Kelly, MD, PhDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 2Women's HealthChelsea Dahl, MDStony Brook University School of Medicine
PGY 2Women's HealthVisesh Kothary, MDVanderbilt University School of Medicine
PGY 2Women's HealthJenna Skowronski, MD
Future Chief 2020-2021
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
PGY 2Women's HealthGabrielle VanSpeybroeck, MDUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine
PGY 2Women's HealthMaryam Zamanian, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
THIRD YEAR
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalBrian Ahn, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalMichelle Ahn, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalMichael Bashline, MDTemple University School of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalRoma Bhatia, MDMayo Clinic School of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalRyan Belecanech, MDCooper Medical School of Rowan University
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalJohn Black, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalAnn Canterbury, MDThe University of Toledo College of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalAlexis Carulli, MD, PhDUniversity of Michigan Medical School
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalPeter Finin, MDUniversity of Michigan Medical School
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalColleen Gavigan, MDUniversity of Virginia School of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalPhillip Hamilton, MDOhio State University College of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalKatrina Han, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalLauren Harter, MDPerelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalJoshua Jun, MDEastern Virginia Medical School
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalAaron Kuntz, MDNortheast Ohio Medical University
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalJacob Lipkin, MDPennsylvania State University College of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalAnna LaRosa, MD
Future Chief 2019-2020
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalRebecca Levine, MD
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalCasey McQuade, MD
Future Chief 2019-2020
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalJimmy Mullally, MDUniversity at Buffalo State U of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalKristen Raffensperger, MDDrexel University College of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalRachel Rodenbach, MDUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalJared Romeo, DO
Future Chief 2019-2020
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalCody Rutledge, MD, PhDUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalNiyati Shah, MD, PhDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalMichael Simonson, MDSidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalBenjamin Smith, MDWest Virginia University School of Medicine - Charleston
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalJesse Solomon, MDRuth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion Israel Institute of Technology
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalSunny Tao, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3Traditional CategoricalRichard Zou, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3Clinical Scientist TrackSumedha Chablani, MDIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
PGY 3Clinical Scientist TrackNatalie Klar, MDAlbany Medical College
PGY 3Clinical Scientist TrackRicardo Nieves, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3GeneralistNeethu Abraham, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3GeneralistMaylene Xie, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3GeriatricsAdi Shafir, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3Global HealthDivya Bhamidipati, MDBaylor College of Medicine
PGY 3Global HealthMichelle Fleshner, MD
Future Chief 2019-2020
Tulane University School of Medicine
PGY 3Global HealthAyako "Wendy" Fujita, MD
Future Chief 2019-2020
Emory University School of Medicine
PGY 3Global HealthOlubusola "Busola" Oluwole, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3International ScholarsFurkan Ertem, MDIstanbul Universitesi, Istanbul Tip Fakultesi, Erciyes Universitesi Tip Fakultesi
PGY 3International ScholarsAliza Hussain, MDAga Khan University Medical College
PGY 3International ScholarsH. Immo Lehmann, MDOtto-von-Guericke-Universitat Magdeburg Medizinische Fakultat
PGY 3International ScholarsYijia Li, MDPeking Union Medical University
PGY 3International ScholarsGeorgios Triantafyllou, MDAristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School
PGY 3International ScholarsKarim Yatim, MDAmerican University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
PGY 3Med-PedsKristen Ehrenberger, MD, PhDUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine - Urbana
PGY 3Med-PedsMaren "Molly" Ketcham, MDWeill Cornell Medical College
PGY 3Med-PedsJoseph Pechacek, MDVirginia Tech School of Medicine
PGY 3Med-PedsJaime Tomko, MD
Future Chief 2019-2020
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
PGY 3Women's HealthAlaina Chodoff, MDSidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
PGY 3Women's HealthKelly Gibbs, MDUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
PGY 3Women's HealthNeeti Patel, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
PGY 3Women's HealthLauren Statman, MD, PhDNew York University School of Medicine
PGY 3Women's HealthYanting "Ting" Wang, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Chief Medical Residents

Steven Fox, MD

Home Town: King of Prussia, PA
College: The Pennsylvania State University
Med School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Career Plans: Global Health and Care for Underserved Populations, Medical Education, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Point of Care Ultrasonography

Bio

Steve grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, attended undergraduate at Penn State, and returned to Philadelphia for medical school at Jefferson, where he met his wife with whom he couples’ matched to this residency program. He was drawn to the program for the Global Health and Underserved Populations Track and for the program’s strong focus on medical education. He considered some highlights of his residency training to be the ICU experience, the resident-led rounds on the medical wards, the Birmingham Free Clinic, and the international electives. After chief year, he will pursue fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, with a focus on point of care ultrasonography, global health/underserved populations, and medical education. In his free time he enjoys cycling, playing ultimate frisbee, and drinking tea.

Agnes Koczo, MD

Home Town: Budapest, Hungary
College: Wesleyan
Med School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Career Plans: Cardiology; Women’s Health

Bio

Agnes was born in Budapest, Hungary but grew up in the suburbs outside New York City. She was originally interested in art history and attended Wesleyan University (not to be confused with Wellesley College), but fell in love with science through working in a chemistry lab during college. She became interested in women’s health and cardiology during her undergraduate years and after attending Virginia Commonwealth University for medical school, she came to the Pitt for the women’s health track. Agnes was excited about the strong general medicine program, excellent mentorship, and breadth of research. She pursued projects specific to both her interests in cardiology and women’s health with hopes to focus her patient care and research in both after graduation. She also met her husband and got married in residency!

Anjali Rao, MD

Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Brown University
Med School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Career Plans: Cardiology Fellowship, Medical Education, Health Policy & Advocacy

Bio

Anjali was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill. After high school, she left Pens and Steelers country for New England to study neuroscience and music at Brown University. While there, she was given the opportunity to direct her own education, which allowed her to explore both the sciences and the humanities. After graduation from college, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Birmingham Clinic on the South Side of Pittsburgh. This was her first exposure to the complexity of the health care system, sparking her desire to serve as an advocate for patients and their families. She attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she became captivated by the fields of internal medicine and cardiology. Her decision to stay in her hometown for residency was twofold: 1) to continue to serve the people of her city as a physician, and 2) to train in a supportive environment that would foster her interests in medical education, cardiology, and advocacy. She has taken on active roles on the diversity & inclusion committee and in the resident health policy group. After her chief year, Anjali plans to pursue a career in cardiology in which she can investigate the link between chronic inflammation and cardiovascular disease, as well as continue to advocate for patients and trainees alike.

Joe Rocco, MD

Home Town: Northern Cambria, PA
College: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Med School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Career Plans: Infectious Disease, Immunology, Transplant ID, Tick-borne Diseases

Bio

Joe was born and raised in Northern Cambria, a small town in the middle of nowhere in west-central Pennsylvania. He studied biology and immunology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he also played four years of college basketball. He met his current wife, Steph, while in college and she currently works as a mental health therapist at a school for children with autism. Joe attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. He chose to stay at Pitt for residency because of the exceptional internal medicine faculty, emphasis on medical education, and diverse research opportunities across the different subspecialties. While not at work, Joe enjoys camping and fishing as well as playing basketball when he finds the time. After his chief resident year, he plans to pursue a career in Infectious Disease as a physician-scientist and clinical educator.

Diana Samberg, MD, MS

Home Town: Fort Myers, FL
College: Princeton University
Med School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Career Plans: Academic Internal Medicine, Medical Education, Women’s Health

Bio

Diana grew up in Fort Myers, FL. She left Florida to study chemical engineering and engineering biology at Princeton University. She met her husband, Matthew at Princeton, and they moved to Pittsburgh together when she started medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. She had her first son, Seth, during medical school, and her second son, Morris, during residency at UPMC. She was drawn to UPMC for residency due to its strong General Internal Medicine program and Women’s Health Program. She completed the Women’s Health Track and the Medical Education Certificate. After her chief year, Diana plans to pursue a career as a clinician educator in general internal medicine.

Chief Medical Residents

Steven Fox, MD

Home Town: King of Prussia, PA
College: The Pennsylvania State University
Med School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Career Plans: Global Health and Care for Underserved Populations, Medical Education, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Point of Care Ultrasonography

Bio

Steve grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, attended undergraduate at Penn State, and returned to Philadelphia for medical school at Jefferson, where he met his wife with whom he couples’ matched to this residency program. He was drawn to the program for the Global Health and Underserved Populations Track and for the program’s strong focus on medical education. He considered some highlights of his residency training to be the ICU experience, the resident-led rounds on the medical wards, the Birmingham Free Clinic, and the international electives. After chief year, he will pursue fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, with a focus on point of care ultrasonography, global health/underserved populations, and medical education. In his free time he enjoys cycling, playing ultimate frisbee, and drinking tea.

Agnes Koczo, MD

Home Town: Budapest, Hungary
College: Wesleyan
Med School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Career Plans: Cardiology; Women’s Health

Bio

Agnes was born in Budapest, Hungary but grew up in the suburbs outside New York City. She was originally interested in art history and attended Wesleyan University (not to be confused with Wellesley College), but fell in love with science through working in a chemistry lab during college. She became interested in women’s health and cardiology during her undergraduate years and after attending Virginia Commonwealth University for medical school, she came to the Pitt for the women’s health track. Agnes was excited about the strong general medicine program, excellent mentorship, and breadth of research. She pursued projects specific to both her interests in cardiology and women’s health with hopes to focus her patient care and research in both after graduation. She also met her husband and got married in residency!

Anjali Rao, MD

Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Brown University
Med School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Career Plans: Cardiology Fellowship, Medical Education, Health Policy & Advocacy

Bio

Anjali was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill. After high school, she left Pens and Steelers country for New England to study neuroscience and music at Brown University. While there, she was given the opportunity to direct her own education, which allowed her to explore both the sciences and the humanities. After graduation from college, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Birmingham Clinic on the South Side of Pittsburgh. This was her first exposure to the complexity of the health care system, sparking her desire to serve as an advocate for patients and their families. She attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she became captivated by the fields of internal medicine and cardiology. Her decision to stay in her hometown for residency was twofold: 1) to continue to serve the people of her city as a physician, and 2) to train in a supportive environment that would foster her interests in medical education, cardiology, and advocacy. She has taken on active roles on the diversity & inclusion committee and in the resident health policy group. After her chief year, Anjali plans to pursue a career in cardiology in which she can investigate the link between chronic inflammation and cardiovascular disease, as well as continue to advocate for patients and trainees alike.

Joe Rocco, MD

Home Town: Northern Cambria, PA
College: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Med School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Career Plans: Infectious Disease, Immunology, Transplant ID, Tick-borne Diseases

Bio

Joe was born and raised in Northern Cambria, a small town in the middle of nowhere in west-central Pennsylvania. He studied biology and immunology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he also played four years of college basketball. He met his current wife, Steph, while in college and she currently works as a mental health therapist at a school for children with autism. Joe attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. He chose to stay at Pitt for residency because of the exceptional internal medicine faculty, emphasis on medical education, and diverse research opportunities across the different subspecialties. While not at work, Joe enjoys camping and fishing as well as playing basketball when he finds the time. After his chief resident year, he plans to pursue a career in Infectious Disease as a physician-scientist and clinical educator.

Diana Samberg, MD, MS

Home Town: Fort Myers, FL
College: Princeton University
Med School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Career Plans: Academic Internal Medicine, Medical Education, Women’s Health

Bio

Diana grew up in Fort Myers, FL. She left Florida to study chemical engineering and engineering biology at Princeton University. She met her husband, Matthew at Princeton, and they moved to Pittsburgh together when she started medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. She had her first son, Seth, during medical school, and her second son, Morris, during residency at UPMC. She was drawn to UPMC for residency due to its strong General Internal Medicine program and Women’s Health Program. She completed the Women’s Health Track and the Medical Education Certificate. After her chief year, Diana plans to pursue a career as a clinician educator in general internal medicine.