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Certificates of Merit
Stephen L. Burnstein, DO, Marlton, NJ, has retired "after 35 wonderful years" at his rheumatology practice. Dr. Burnstein also served as vice chairman and then chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at RowanSOM (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine); he now continues at RowanSOM as a clinical professor of medicine, teaching rheumatology.
Theodore S. Eisenberg, DO, Merion Station, PA, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in cosmetic breast surgery, served as a guest speaker at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) World Congress in New York (fall 2013), as part of the Aesthetic Surgery of the Breast program; he shared his experiences performing more than 5,000 breast augmentations. In January 2014, he presented a lecture on his I.D.E.A.L. Breast Lift for simultaneous augmentation mastopexy at the AACS Breast Symposium. He and his wife, Joyce, co-authors of The Scoop on Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts the Myths, were interviewed by Dr. Manny Alvarez on Fox News Health on the topic of “What You Need to Know About Breast Implants.” The couple also appeared on CBS-3’s Talk Philly for an interview with Pat Ciarrocchi about breast health and mammograms.
R. Michael Gallagher, DO, Vero Beach, FL, was highlighted in the article “Headache Doc Takes Pain Head On” published in Florida Today (December 12, 2013). Dr. Gallagher authored chapters on “Headache” in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Conn’s Current Therapy (Elsevere-Saunders).
Robert A. Eslinger, DO, Reno, NV, is the medical director at Reno Integrative Medical Center.Dr. Eslinger co-authored the article “GC Protein-Derived Macrophage-Activating Factor Decreases a-N-Acetylgalactosaminidase Levels in Advanced Cancer Patients,” published in Oncolmmunology (August 2013). His work is cutting edge research in advanced cancer treatment.
Fizul H. Bacchus, PhD, DO, Dover, DE, is the owner and chief executive officer of Adolescent Medicine General Pediatrics & Allergy PA. Dr. Bacchus was given medical staff recognition by Bayhealth Medical Center for 25 years of service and active staff privileges. Dr. Bacchus founded the Benjamin Burton MD Pediatrics Department at Bayhealth Medical Center.
Craig J. Lenz, DO, Dothan, AL, delivered the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the fall commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus held in December 2013.
Earl H. Brinser, DO, Elizabethtown, PA, was appointed regional medical director of Living Independently For Elders (LIFE). LIFE supports individuals 55 and older living safely at home by providing an alternative to nursing home care.
Julia M. Pillsbury, DO, Dover, DE, serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Coding and Nomenclature as well as the American Medical Association CPT Editorial Panel.
Christopher P. von Hake, DO, Morton, IL, has joined the medical staff at Kosciusko Community Hospital.
John E. Everett, III, DO, Redding, CA, was the recipient of the 2013 Values in Action Physician of the Year Award presented by Dignity Health. Dignity Health's highest award, it is a recognition of demonstrated excellence in caring for patients in a manner consistent with the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Mercy. Dr. Everett provides trauma services to Tehama and Shasta counties. He is a member of the California Emergency Physicians group and has been offering emergency medical services for Mercy Medical Center Redding and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital since 2004.
Patrick J. Carey, DO, Williamsport, PA, joined the medical staff at Susquehanna Health Orthopedics.
Howard A. Hassman, DO, Boca Raton, FL, founder of CRI Lifetree, a clinical research organization (CRO), has announced its purchase by PRA, the fourth largest CRO in the world. Dr. Hassman was promoted to senior vice president, worldwide, as a result of the acquisition. This merger will enable the companies to provide its clients a full range of Phase l-ll clinical research services in specialized patient populations for both inpatient and outpatients settings and will make it the most comprehensive, high-end phase l organization in the world.
Carol L. Henwood, DO, Pottstown, PA, joined Main Line HealthCare, and opened a new practice, Family Medicine, in Royersford.
Dyanne Westerberg, DO, Glen Mills, PA, was appointed monthly columnist for the new family health section of the Gloucester City News. Dr. Westerberg is the chief of the department of family and community medicine at Cooper University Health Center.
Ross Contino, DO, Hanover, PA, joined the medical staff at Silver Spring Township-based All-Better Care Urgent Care Center.
Karen E. Arscott, DO, Waverly, PA, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Pre-Medical Conference hosted by the Misericordia University's American Medical Student Association. Dr. Arscott is an associate professor of clinical sciences at Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton.
Mark D. Baker, DO, Erie, PA, joined the medical staff at Medical Associates of Erie. Dr. Baker is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
David Carlson, DO, Springfield, IL, was appointed chief physician executive of Hospital Sisters Health System.
Mark E. Moran, DO, Coopersburg, PA, was named medical director of the Surgery Center of Allentown.
Michael A. Becker, DO, Blue Bell, PA, was recognized as an Unsung Hero by the American Osteopathic Association, a designation given to "an osteopathic physician who has enhanced the image of osteopathic medicine by living each day as an example of what an osteopathic physician should be."
Anthony E. DiMarco, DO, Kennett Square, PA, joined Lancaster General Medical Group as the managing physician at Parkesburg Family Medicine. He was also appointed medical director at LG Health Urgent Care-Parkesburg.
Joan M. Grzybowski, DO, Conshohocken, PA, was recognized as a Guardian of the Profession by the American Osteopathic Association. This award is presented to "an osteopathic physician who demonstrates a strong sense of pride in the osteopathic medical profession and works actively to advance osteopathic medicine."
Daniel J. Parenti, DO, Philadelphia, PA, was recertified in pulmonary medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.
Mark A. DeMasi, DO, Ocean City, NJ, joined the medical staff at Reliance Medical Group in Pleasantville.
Ronald M. Lieberman, DO, Dover, DE, had his book Back Pain: How to Treat Upper and Lower Back Pain published by My Inspired Media-Publishing (November 2013), The text is available through amazon.com.
J. Steven Blake, DO, MSc., Philadelphia, PA, president & chief executive officer, Blake Gastroenterology and Associates, LLC, and member of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Trustees, named a new junior partner, Carmen Anita Sandridge, DO ’02.
Rocco J. Crescenzo, DO, Norristown, PA, co-authored “Quality of Life (Qol) Among Patients with Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) Treated with Pazopanib Versus Sunitinib in the COMPARZ Study,” Journal of Clinical Oncolgy 31, 2013 (suppl 6; abstr 346); “Comparison of PFS and Safety for Asian Compared to North American and European Populations in the Phase III Trial of Pazopanib Versus Ssunitinib in Patients with Treatment-Naive RCC (COMPARZ);" Journal of Clinical Oncolgy 31, 2013 (suppl 6; abstr 366); and “Progression-Free Survival by GCIG Criteria: Analysis of the Secondary Endpoint of the AGO-OVAR16 Trial," International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer 23(8), October 2013 (suppl 1). Dr. Crescenzo also did an oral presentation at the European Society of Gynecologic Oncology, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Diane A. Adams, DO, Roaring Spring, PA, joined the obstetric and gynecological staff at Nason Hospital.
Beth A. Bingaman, DO, Phoenixville, PA, joined the medical staff at Goshen Family Practice, part of Main Line HealthCare.
Michael J. Tozzi, DO, South Hill, VA, joined the medical staff at Halifax Surgical Associates, part of Halifax Regional Health Systems.
John Green, III, DO, APO, AE, has been promoted to the rank of colonel in the United States Army. Dr. Green is the command surgeon assigned to the Area Support Group at Doha, Qatar. He has served in the military for 33 years.
Anthony V. Matejicka, II, DO, Toms River, NJ, was appointed chief medical officer of Community Medical Center.
A. Steven Pecora, DO, Linwood, NJ, was elected secretary-treasurer of the medical staff at Cape Regional Medical Center
Kirby J. Scott, IV, DO, Hagerstown, MD, was highlighted in the article “Hagerstown, MD ENT Doctor Knows How to Combat Sinus Problems” published in the Digital Journal (January 2, 2014).
John B. Bulger, MBA, DO, Danville, PA, was elected secretary-treasurer of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Dr. Bulger is the chief quality officer and director of the hospitalist service line for Geisinger Health System in Danville. He is a member of Philadelphia College of Ostopathic Medicine board of trustees.
Timothy G. Grube, DO, Frackville, PA, opened a new practice, Grube Gynecology, in Frackville.
Beth A. Ricci, DO, Erie, PA, was Millcreek Community Hospital’s Doctor’s Day honoree on March 26, 2014. Dr. Ricci is an associate clinical professor of family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and Millcreek Community Hospital. She is a practicing physician with Medical Associates of Erie, the clinical practices of LECOM, at the Southeast Family Practice office.
Joshua E. Goldberg, DO, Willow Grove, PA, has recently acquired Ear Nose Throat & Facial Plastic Surgical Specialists, PC. Dr. Goldberg has been in practice for 15 years and is board certified in pediatrics and adult otorhinolaryngology. In addition, he is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Melissa M. Broyles, DO, Glen Mills, PA, completed her fellowship at the University of Arizona under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Broyles has opened a new integrated medicine practice in Thornton.
Patricia M. Ihnat, DO, Wilkes-Barre, PA, was appointed chairman of emergency services at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Paul O'Donnell, DO, Woodstown, NJ, joined the surgical staff at Cape Regional Physicians Associates.
Christopher L. Snyder, DO, Dudley, PA, was highlighted in the article “Snyder Pursues Interstellar Dream,” published in The Fulton County News (January 14, 2014). Dr. Snyder is one of 1,058 aspiring astronauts selected for a second phase of interviews and medical testing for the Mars One project, which aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars and will be departing Earth in 2024.
Seeta Arjun, DO, Mullica Hill, NJ, opened a new practice, Infocus Urgent Care, in West Windsor.
Michael E. Fath, Jr., DO, Duryea, PA, joined the medical staff at InterMountain Medical Group.
Nicole J. Heisman-Rifkin, DO, Collegeville, PA, and her husband, Elliott Rifkin, welcomed their daughter, Maya Jailyn, born December 27, 2013. Little Maya joins big brothers Tyler and Dylan.
John Nicasio, DO, Longmeadow, MA, joined the medical staff at HMC Endocrinology at the Holyoke Medical Center.
Dominic J. Valentino, III, DO, Grenloch, NJ, co-authored an article titled “Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia in Cocaine-Induced Cardiac Arrest: Further Evidence” published in the American Journal of Critical Care (January 1, 2014).
Keri Jo A. McHugh, DO, Spotsylvania, VA, completed the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon with a time of 4:04:45. Dr. McHugh is a board-certified emergency physician at Culpeper Regional Hospital.
Patrick James McHugh, DO, Spotsylvania, VA, was accepted into the University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA Class of 2016.
Carmen Anita Sandridge, DO, East Norriton, PA, was named junior partner by J. Steven Blake, DO ’89, president and chief executive officer, Blake Gastroenterology and Associates, LLC, and member of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Trustees.
Ving Yam, DO, Escondido, CA, was highlighted with his wife, Stephanie K. Iem, DO, MS/Biomed '03, in the article “Holistic Care at Family Medicine and Geriatrics,” published in The San Diego Union-Tribune (January 12, 2014).
Jarrod H. Gipe, RPh, DO, Carlisle, PA, received two appointments: chairman of the anesthesiology department and medical director of the outpatient surgery center at Carlisle Regional Medical Center.
Stephanie K. Iem, MS/Biomed '03, DO, Escondido, CA, was highlighted with her husband, Ving Yam, DO '02, in the article “Holistic Care at Family Medicine and Geriatrics,” published in The San Diego Union-Tribune (January 12, 2014).
Alan J. Kanouff, DO, Hollidaysburg, PA, a partner with Altoona Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania, was awarded a sleep medicine certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Tamika L. Perry, DO, Dallas, TX, joined USMD Holdings, Inc. and the medical staff at the Cedar Hill Clinic.
Ann Marie Stephenson, MBA, DO, Bethesda, MD, joined the medical staff at Capital Digestive Care.
Emily L. Rogerson Cisek, DO, Rehoboth, MA, joined the medical staff at Southcoast Physicians Group in New Bedford.
Ronald B. Lincow, DO, Dresher, PA, opened the PMA Pain Management Center in Phoenixville. Dr. Lincow is also chief medical officer for On Call Physician Staffing. He and his wife, Robin, are the proud parents of Ruby Fiona, born on June 22, 2013. Little Ruby joins big brothers Shane (6) and Max (4).
Mark Richard Lloyd, DO, Garner, IA, joined Hancock County Health System.
Kenneth Angus Powell, DO, Jacksonville, FL, owns Coastal Spine and Pain Center. Dr. Powell was elected to the Board of Directors of Physician Group Services and PCP Financial Services.
John Victor Tedesco, DO, Muskogee, OK, was highlighted in an article titled “With Scalpels or 'Axes,' He’s Dedicated to His Craft” (hispanicbusiness.com, December 2, 2013)
Jennifer Lynn White, DO, Saratoga Springs, NY, joined the medical staff at Saratoga Inpatient Physicians as a hospitalist.
Jeffrey A. Arthur, DO, Greenwood Village, CO, joined the medical staff at Colorado Orthopedic Consultants. Dr. Arthur performs knee and hip total joint replacement procedures.
Gregory C. Beato, DO, Blacksburg, VA, owns Medical Associates of Southwest Virginia. He received the Frist Humanitarian Award presented by HCA Hospital for his compassion and service to patients and the community. Dr. Beato has been the recipient, for three consecutive years, of the “Best Bedside Manner in Internal Medicine Award" in Our Health Magazine.
Tammy L. Dietz, DO, Austin, TX, and her husband, Joshua J. Rininger, are the proud parents of Jaxon James, born February 27, 2013.
Holli M. Warholic, DO, Macungie, PA, joined the medical staff at St. Luke’s Hospital-Anderson Campus. Dr. Warholic offers comprehensive gynecologic and obstetrical care for women of all ages.
Jonathan R. Kaufmann, DO, Honolulu, HI, was appointed chief medical information officer at Queens Medical Center. Dr. Kaufmann continues to be a hospitalist.
Jessie L. Mosley, DO, Huntingdon, PA, was named chairman of the department of medicine at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital.
William J. Olstein, DO, Nanty Glo, PA, joined the medical staff at UPMC Huntingdon Family Physicians, an affiliate of UPMC Altoona and associated with Altoona Family Physicians Residency Program.
Paul M. Rutkowski, DO, Dickson City, PA, married Kristin Mackowiak on September 21, 2013, at the Old Orchard Inn in East Aurora.
Jessica Lynn Masser, MS/Biomed '07, DO, Johnstown, PA, was recognized as a Guardian of the Profession by the American Osteopathic Association. This award is presented to "an osteopathic physician who demonstrates a strong sense of pride in the osteopathic medical profession and works actively to advance osteopathic medicine."
Gregory A. Strunk, DO, Alexandria, PA, joined the medical staff at UPMC Huntingdon Family Physicians, an affiliate of UPMC Altoona and associated with Altoona Family Physicians Residency Program.
Linda Barnhart, DO, Kennerdell, PA, and her husband, William, welcomed their son, Henry Paul, born on October 19, 2013.
Carrie A. Champ Morera, PsyD, Hershey, PA, and her husband, David, welcomed their daughter, Layla Fabiola, born on February 26, 2013. Little Layla joins big sister Hailey (3).
Kelly C. Donnelly, DO, Slingerlands, NY, joined the neurology department at Albany Medical Center.
Laura C. DePalma, DO, Greenville, NC, joined the Department of Pediatrics as a clinical assistant professor at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and its group medical practice, ECU Physicians.
Karen N. Duvall, DO, Johns Creek, GA, and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed their son, Micah Walker, born on February 13, 2013.
Caitlin Halbert, MS, DO, Newark, DE, graduated from the general surgery program at Christiana Care Health System in June 2014. She will be starting a minimally invasive and bariatric fellowship in July 2014 at Stony Brook University in New York.
Kyle C. Klitsch, DO, Allentown, PA, joined the medical staff at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.
Pamela Sue Tipler, DO, Augusta, GA, was the recipient of the 2013 Taunia Oechslin Young Alumna Award presented by Lycoming College. This award was presented to Dr. Tipler for her significant contributions to her country and her profession; for demonstration of leadership and accomplishment; and for outstanding service, volunteerism and ongoing work. Dr. Tipler began her career in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve select. In 2009, she was promoted to captain and was stationed in Tacoma, Washington, where she served as a physician. She was deployed to Egypt, where she served as a flight surgeon for multinational forces and observers.
Mark A. Troiano, DO, Newark, DE, is a cardiology fellow at Christiana Care Health System.
Christine Elizabeth Brown, DO, Buffalo, NY, was named 2013-2014 chief resident of pediatrics at the University of Buffalo/Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Dr. Brown and her husband, Max have a two-year-old son, Cameron S. Brown, III.
Sara Beth Carr, MS, Philadelphia, PA, is employed as a behavior specialist and an intern-level school psychologist. She is currently completing her certification in school psychology from Eastern University. She married Sean Judge on October 26, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.
Courtney A. Downey, DO, Walnutport, PA, married Edwin Boyle, Jr. on August 31, 2013, in Jim Thorpe, PA.
Charlotte Amelia Ebner, DO, Winder, GA, and her husband, Billy Harris, are the proud parents of twins, Francesca and Marisa, born on January 2, 2014.
Bridget Anne Lowry, MS, Manassas Park, VA, married Benjamin Patrick Price on April 27, 2013, at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Clarks Summit. A reception was held at Country Club of Scranton, Clarks Summit. The couple honeymooned in Portugal.
Christina M. Raguckas, DO, Kingston, PA, joined Commonwealth Health and became a faculty member of the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s osteopathic and family medicine residencies.
Anjali Solanki, DO, Hackensack, NJ, joined Crozer-Chester Health Network and will be practicing at Family Physicians of the DCMH Health Pavilion.
Brian J. Blair, DO, Drexel Hill, PA, married Angel Chapman on September 21, 2013, at the Radisson Valley Forge. Dr. Blair’s best man was Michael Lyamu, DO ’11; groomsmen included Jonathan Foster, DO ’11, and Michael Samodio, DO ’11.
Justin Lyons Guther, DO, Coopersburg, PA, was named 2014-2015 chief resident of internal medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Emily Klonoski, DO, Scranton, PA, co-authored an article titled “Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia in Cocaine-Induced Cardiac Arrest: Further Evidence” published in the American Journal of Critical Care (January 1, 2014).
Joseph H. Lucas, PsyD, Sinking Spring, PA, opened a new mental health practice, Advanced Counseling and Testing Solutions, in Lancaster.
Amber L. Sobuto, DO, Old Forge, PA, married John J. Sobuto, III, DO '13 on October 19, 2013.