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Physician Announcements

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Faculty - Robert C. Kovell, MD, joins Penn Urology

Robert C. Kovell, MD, has joined Penn Urology. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (now the Perelman) School of Medicine, Dr. Kovacs completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in genitourinary reconstruction and prosthetics at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Dr Kovell specializes in reconstructive urologic surgery, the treatment of urologic trauma, the side-effects of prostate cancer treatment and the treatment of men with penile and urethral cancers. Dr. Kovell sees patients at Penn Medicine Washington Square.

Introductions: Stacy Ugras, MD, joins the Division of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Stacy Ugras, MD, is now on the faculty of Penn Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery. A graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Ugras completed her general surgery residency and general surgery internship at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Subsequently, Dr. Ugras completed fellowships in breast surgery and research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Ugras' clinical expertise includesthe diagnosis and management of breast cancer, including sentinel node biopsies, skin-sparing & nipple-sparing mastectomy and the management of benign breast disease.

Dr. Ugras sees patients at Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery Penn Medicine Washington Square and Penn Medicine Radnor.

Recent Additions at Penn Plastic Surgery - John P. Fischer, MD

A graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University, John P. Fischer, MD, has joined the faculty of Penn Plastic Surgery. Dr. Fischer received his medical degree from State University of New York -  Upstate Medical University, then completed internships and residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fischer's clinical interests include reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, with a special focus upon abdominal wall and hernia repair, breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery of the trunk and breasts. His research interests include patient-centered outcomes and health services research.

Dr. Fischer sees patients at Penn Medicine University City.

Friday, August 28, 2015

William Short, MD - New Faculty at Penn Infectious Diseases

William Short, MD, MPH, [link], has joined Penn Infectious Diseases. A graduate of the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Dr. Short completed  his residency and a fellowship in infectious disease at the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University. Dr. Short’s clinical interests include the diagnosis, management, and treatment of HIV infection. An expert in the management of HIV and pregnancy, he is certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM).  

Dr. Short is board certified in internal disease and infectious disease. He sees patients at the Penn Presbyterian Infectious Diseases Clinic



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Recent Arrivals: Colon and Rectal Surgeon Nicole M. Saur, MD

Nicole M. Saur, MD, has joined the Penn Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery. A graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Saur completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center and a fellowship in colorectal surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Saur’s clinical interests include minimally invasive colorectal surgery.

Dr. Saur is board certified in general surgery. She sees patients at Colon & Rectal Surgery, Penn Medicine Washington Square.

Ian S. Soriano, MD, FACS, joins the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery

Ian S. Soriano, MD, FACS, graduated from a combined undergrad-medical degree program at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Soriano completed general surgery residencies at Mount Sinai Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center and a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Soriano’s practice focuses on minimally invasive surgery for GI disorders, including laparoscopic and robotic bariatric surgery. Dr. Soriano is board certified in general surgery. Dr. Soriano will see patients at Penn Medicine Washington Square.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Recent Faculty Arrivals at Penn Heart & Vascular: Interventional Cardiologist Robert S. Fenning, MD

Robert S. Fenning, MD, has joined the faculty of Penn Heart & Vascular at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. A graduate of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fenning completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Fenning specializes in interventional cardiology, including interventional treatment for coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, and superficial venous disease including varicose veins and venous insufficiency. Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Fenning sees patients at Penn Cardiology of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.



Get to Know: Electrophysiologist Benjamin A. D’Souza, MD

Electrophysiologist Benjamin A. D’Souza, MD, has joined the faculty of Penn Heart & Vascular at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. A graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. D'Souza completed a residency at the Children's Hopital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he subsequently completed fellowships in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Dr. D’Souza specializes in the diagnoses and management of complex arrhythmia disorders, with a special focus on atrial fibrillation, complex ventricular tachycardia ablation including epicardial ablation, and arrhythmias in adults with congenital heart disease. Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, Dr. D'Souza
sees patents at Penn Cardiology at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Penn Translational Medicine & Human Genetics Welcomes Staci Kallish, DO

Staci Kallish, DO
A graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of the New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, Staci Kallish, DO, completed a pediatric residency at Cooper University Hospital, and subsequently completed clinical and biochemical genetics training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Kallish’s clinical interests include lysosomal storage diseases and connective tissue disorders. Her research interests embrace clinical trials of novel therapies for genetic and orphan diseases, including the lysosomal storage diseases, and are carried out in collaboration with Penn’s Orphan Disease Center .

Dr. Kallish is board certified in pediatrics, clinical genetics and clinical biochemical genetics. She sees patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

Penn Infectious Diseases welcomes Naasha Talati, MD

Naasha Talati, MD
A graduate of the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, Naasha Talati, MD, completed a residency in internal medicine at Duke University Hospital and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Emory University, where she subsequently received a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree. Dr. Talati's clinical expertise embraces a wide spectrum of infectious disease, including HIV, nosocomial infection, MRSA, fungal infections, mycobacterial infections and tuberculosis. She has considerable expertise in managing osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, complicated diabetic foot infections, complex post surgical infections, recurrent UTIs and infected decubitus ulcers. Dr. Talati is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. She currently serves as the assistant hospital epidemiologist for Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and sees patients at Penn Community Practice at Presbyterian Medical Center.