University of Pennsylvania Health System

Physician Announcements

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Get to Know: Transplant Specialist David Goldberg, M.D., M.S.C.E., of Penn Gastroenterology

David Goldberg, M.D., M.S.C.E., is a transplant hepatologist with Penn Gastroenterology.

Dr. Goldberg received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center. He subsequently completed fellowships in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Goldberg's research interests include evaluation of the epidemiology of end-stage liver disease, geographic variation in access to organ transplantation, population level outcomes of patients with end-stage liver disease, surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma, organ allocation, utilization
and outcomes in living donor liver transplantation, and treatment of hepatopulmonary syndrome.

Dr. Goldberg is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He sees patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Interventional Cardiologist Sameer Khandhar, M.D., F.A.C.C., joins Penn Cardiology

Interventional cardiologist Sameer J. Khandhar, M.D., F.A.C.C., has joined the faculty of Penn Cardiology. Dr. Khandhar received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Khandhar subsequently completed fellowships in cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure and transplantation and interventional cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Khandhar specializes in interventional cardiology, including new interventional treatment options for patients with advanced heart failure, cardiogenic shock and pulmonary emboli.

Dr. Khandhar is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology. He sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

New at Penn Heart & Vascular: Cardiac Surgeon Matthew L. Williams, M.D.

Cardiovascular surgeon Matthew L. Williams, M.D., has joined the faculty at Penn Heart & Vascular. After receiving his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Williams completed a general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Williams' clinical interests include adult cardiac surgery, minimally invasive valve surgery, including TAVR, and ventricular assist devices and transplantation. His research interests include the treatment of heart failure and valvular heart disease.

Dr. Williams is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery. He currently sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Chileshe Nkonde-Price, M.D., M.Sc., M.R.C.P., to lead Women's Cardiovascular Program at Penn Medicine

Chileshe Nkonde-Price, M.D., M.Sc., M.R.C.P., will lead the Women’s Cardiovascular Program at Penn Medicine. Dr. Nkonde-Price received her medical degree from University College London Medical School. Following medical school, she completed her internship and residency at University College London Hospital and Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital. Subsequently, Dr. Nkonde-Price completed an internal medicine residency at Drexel University and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Yale University School of Medicine.

A member of the Royal College of Physicians of London (MRCP), Dr. Nkonde-Price has a master’s degree in health policy research from the University of Pennsylvania, as well.

Dr. Nkonde-Price's clinical interests include cardiovascular disease in women, and disparities in cardiovascular care, particularly the factors driving the rising prevalence of cardiovascular disease in minority women. Her research interests include the use of mobile technology and social media to measure and promote heart healthy behaviors in individuals and communities. She is the principal investigator of The ChangeMySteps Project, a smartphone-based project that combines gamification and social media to promote physical activity.

Dr. Nkonde-Price is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. She sees patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.



Penn Cardiology Welcomes Electrophysiologist Joshua Liez, M.D.

Electrophysiologist Joshua Liez, M.D., has joined the faculty of Penn Heart and Vascular. Dr. Liez received his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Liez then completed a fellowship in cardiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Liez's clinical interests include the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias, with a special focus on complex arrhythmia disorders, pacemaker and internal cardioverter defibrillator device lead extraction and epicardial VT ablation procedures.

Dr. Liez is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Get to Know: Transplant Hepatologist Vandana Khungar, M.D., M.Sc.

Vandana Khungar, M.D., M.Sc., is a transplant hepatologist at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing an M.Sc. in Epidemiology at Oxford University, where her thesis focused on inflammatory bowel disease, she received her medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Subsequently, Dr. Khungar completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at New York University, where she remained for one year after her training as a Clinical Instructor. In this position she served as the internist for the NYU World Trade Center clinic. She then went on to complete a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a fellowship in Transplant Hepatology at Columbia University.Dr. Khungar's areas of clinical interest include liver transplantation, immunosuppression, hepatocellular cancer and benign tumors of the liver and care of the chronic liver disease patient.

Dr Khungar is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. She sees patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Get to Know: Jesse Green, M.D., of Penn Gastroenterology

Jesse A. Green, M.D., has joined the Division of Gastroenterology at Penn Medicine. Dr. Green received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now the Icahn School of Medicine) in New York, NY, and completed his residency and internship in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics in Miami, FL. Most recently, Dr. Green was a full Professor of Medicine at the Albany Medical College and Director of the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit at Albany Medical Center Hospital, both in Albany, NY.
Dr. Green’s clinical and research interests focus upon Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Dr. Green has had a career-long interest in the quality assessment and improvement of gastrointestinal endoscopy in the hospital setting, and in the education and training of gastroenterology fellows, medical residents and medical students in general gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopy, with an emphasis on IBD, where applicable. As a co-author he has contributed to review articles, book chapters and presentations on many subjects, including IBD, pancreatitis, infectious disease and general gastroenterology. He has also lectured widely on inflammatory bowel disease and its complications.

Dr. Green is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Get to Know: Transplant Hepatologist Ranjeeta Bahirwani, M.D.

Ranjeeta Bahirwani, M.D., is a transplant hepatologist with the Division of Gastroenterology at Penn Medicine. A graduate of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Dr Bahirwani completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), where she subsequently completed fellowships in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology.
She is currently the associate fellowship program director in transplant hepatology at the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Bahirwani’s research interests include post-transplant outcomes focusing on predictors of chronic kidney disease after liver transplantation; candidacy for simultaneous liver-kidney transplantation; ICU outcomes in patients with end-stage liver disease; and predictors of need for ICU care/ICU mortality.

Dr Bahirwani is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant-hepatology. She sees patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Penn Neurosurgery Welcomes Ali K. Ozturk, MD

Penn NeurosurgeryAli K. Ozturk, MD, has joined Penn Neurosurgery as an Assistant Professor.

Dr Ozturk  received his BA in biology from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in neurosurgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and a fellowship in spine surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Ozturk specializes in the treatment of brain tumors, brain trauma, and complex spinal disorders, including tumors, degenerative spine disease, trauma, and minimally invasive spine surgery.

His research efforts focus on spinal disease, including degenerative and oncologic disease processes and the genetic basis of diseases affecting the central nervous system. He has published extensively on the genetic basis of human disease and his work in this field has earned him numerous awards and grants from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Dr. Ozturk is board certified in neurological surgery. He sees patients at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Penn Neurosurgery Welcomes David K. Kung, MD



David K. Kung, MD, joins Penn Medicine as the newest member of Penn Neurology. Dr. Kung obtained his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and completed a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Kung went on to complete fellowships in neurovascular surgery and endovascular neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Kung has a specific clinical interest in neurovascular diseases, and is accomplished in microsurgical, radiosurgical, and endovascular techniques. He has, as well, a deep interest in neurovascular research. He has authored or co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and is actively engaged in the study of cerebral aneurysms, including the mechanisms of growth and rupture, and novel treatments for these anomalies.

Dr. Kung is board certified in neurological surgery and sees patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.