University of Pennsylvania Health System

Physician Announcements

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Penn Medicine welcomes Leslie Partem, MD

Leslie Partem, MD, received her medical degree from Lviv State Medical Institute and an advanced degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Kiev Medical Institute in the Ukraine. She subsequently completed an internship at Aria Health Frankford in Philadelphia and completed her residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Dr. Partem is board certified in Family Medicine. She sees patients at Penn Medicine Bala Cynwyd.

Penn Heart & Vascular in Heart Failure, Cardio-Oncology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease

ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE

Emily Sue Ruckdeschel, MD, received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Thereafter, Dr. Ruckdeschel completed a fellowship in adult and pediatric cardiology at the University of Colorado and the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Dr. Ruckdeschel specializes in the care of adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease. She is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease and board eligible for pediatric cardiology. She sees patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.


CARDIO-ONCOLOGY

Rupal O’Quinn, MD is a graduate of Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. O'Quinn completed her residency and chief medical residency at the University of Michigan Health Systems and subsequently completed fellowships in general cardiology (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Harvard University Medical School) and cardio-oncology (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania). Dr. O’Quinn specializes in cardio-oncology with a focus on cardiac complications as a result of cancer treatment. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. O'Quinn sees patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.



HEART FAILURE


A graduate of the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Edo Y. Birati, MD, completed both his residency and a fellowship in general cardiology at hospitals affiliated with Tel Aviv University. Most recently, he completed fellowships in advanced heart failure and transplantation and mechanical circulatory support therapy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Birati specializes in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. He sees patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.




Payman Zamani, MD, specializes in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in cardiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and received additional training at University of California, San Diego, for advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Dr. Zamani is board certified in internal medicine. He sees patients at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Penn Ob/Gyn Care welcomes Marlesa Moore, MD

A graduate of Howard University College of Medicine, Marlesa Moore, MD, has joined Penn Ob/Gyn Care. Dr. Moore completed her internship and residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. Her clinical interests include adolescent gynecology, laparoscopic surgery and high-risk obstetrics.
Dr. Moore is an active candidate for board certification in obstetrics and gynecology. She sees patients at Penn Ob/Gyn Exton, Penn Ob/Gyn West Chester and Penn Ob/Gyn Southern Chester County in West Grove, PA.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New Faculty at Penn Cardiology: Heart Failure Specialist Hansie M. Mathelier, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Heart Failure Specialist Hansie M. Mathelier, M.D., F.A.C.C., has joined the faculty of Penn Cardiology. Dr. Hansie Mathelier received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Subsequently, Dr. Mathelier completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases and advanced heart failure and transplantation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Mathelier's clinical and research interests include mechanical circulatory support, infiltrative cardiomyopathy, reducing heart failure readmissions and hypertensive cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Mathelier is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. She sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.







Delancey Internal Medicine Welcomes Hania Bajwa, MD, and Raphael Karkowsky, MD

A graduate of the Medical University of Lublin, Hania Bajwa, MD, completed her residency in the hospital system of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Bajwa’s clinical interests include preventive medicine, non-surgical weight management and body composition analysis. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine.






Raphael Karkowsky, MD, received his medical degree from the George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and completed an internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Karkowsky is a candidate for board certification in Internal Medicine.

Penn Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Welcomes Neeraj Panchal, DDS, MD and Steven Wang, DMD, MD, MPH


Neeraj H. Panchal, DDS, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School--where he completed an internship in general surgery, followed by training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Parkland Hospital in Dallas--and received his DDS from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. In addition to seeing patients with general facial and oral surgical concerns, Dr. Panchal’s clinical interests include orthognathic surgery, obstructive sleep apnea surgery, bone grafting, dental implant surgery, head and neck pathology, reconstruction, craniofacial trauma. Dr. Panchal sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.


Steven Wang, DMD, MD, MPH, obtained a Masters in Public Health at George Washington University before completing his DMD at Penn Dental Medicine and his MD at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, Dr. Wang completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wang’s clinical interests include orthognathic disorders, maxillofacial trauma, obstructive sleep apnea, nerve repair and TMJ surgeries.
Dr. Wang sees patients at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Janine Darby, MD, joins Penn Family Medicine Phoenixville

Janine Darby, MD, has joined Penn Family Medicine Phoenixville. A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Darby completed her internship and residency at Montgomery Hospital in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Darby's clinical interests include chronic care management, adolescent medicine and weight management. She is board certified in family medicine.

Penn Neurology Rittenhouse Welcomes Jacob L. Kaufman, MD

Jacob Kaufman, MD, has joined the faculty of Penn Neurology Rittenhouse. A  graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Kaufman completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he subsequently completed a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine. Dr. Kaufman is board certified in Neurology. Penn Neurology Rittenhouse, where Dr. Kaufman sees patients, is located in the Tuttleman Center at 1840 South Street in Philadelphia.






Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Penn Gastroenterology welcomes Robert B. Stein, MD


Robert B.Stein, MD, has joined Penn Gastroenterology. A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Stein completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Chicago Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Stein is board certified in gastroenterology. He sees patients at Penn Medicine Radnor and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Penn Center for Temporomandibular Joint Disease at the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

About the TMJ Center
 

The mission of the Penn Center for Temporomandibular Joint Disease at the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is to advance the understanding and treatment of temporomandibular joint disease through research and education. Our primary focus is on improving treatment for patients with dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

The prevailing symptom of TMJ disorders is discomfort, which ranges from acute irritation to chronic, debilitating pain. Other common symptoms include clicking or popping at the joint, crepitus (or grinding noises) and difficulty opening the jaw. The pain associated with TMJ disorders is unique in that the TMJ is served by the trigeminal nerves that innervate the face and sinus. Thus, pain originating in the teeth, muscles, sinus or nervous system can radiate to the TMJ.

TMJ disorders are divided into conditions affecting the muscles and those affecting the bones and cartilage of the joint. The most common diseases affecting the TMJ include myofascial temporal mandibular disorder (TMD, a muscle/ligament disorder) and internal derangement of the TMJ (osteoarthritis, a joint disorder). Often these two conditions occur concomitantly. Many other conditions can affect the TMJ, including rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Diagnosis
Because the nerves that serve much of the face and sinus also innervate the TMJ, the origin of TMJ pain can be difficult to diagnose. Finding the source of the pain to define the etiology of TMJ is one of the key services of the Penn TMJ Center. In addition to practical evaluations, diagnostic tools include Panorex, MRI and CT imaging.

Treatment
Treatment at the Penn TMJ Center is directed at the origin of pain. Short-term conservative management, which may include a night mouth guard, medication and physical therapy, is first line therapy and often beneficial. Patients who continue to have symptoms of TMJ disease or progression of their disease despite optimal medical management may benefit from interventional treatment.

Patients with TMJ disease involving the muscle may benefit from injections of medication (botox or steroids) into the affected muscle or the addition of stronger medications.

Patients with advanced disease affecting the bone or cartilage of their TMJ may benefit from an arthroscopy (minimally invasive surgery) arthroplasty (open joint surgery) or total joint replacement.

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, which involves introducing a camera into the joint via a small “nick” incision in front of the ear. This procedure allows for improved diagnosis, surgical manipulation of the disk, removal of scarring in the joint, as well as the introduction of medication into the joint via direct visualization.

Arthroplasty involves opening of the joint for surgical reconstruction. This is typically performed with an incision within or in front of the ear. This procedure allows your surgeon to repair or remove the disk in the TMJ. This procedure may also be performed to repair the bone to prevent jaw dislocation.

Patients with severe arthritis, bony fusion (ankylosis), tumors or trauma (broken bone) may benefit from complete replacement of the joint with an alloplastic or total joint replacement. During these procedures, an incision is placed in front of the ear and under the jaw line to allow for replacement of the ball and socket component of the joint.


The Penn Difference
The faculty at Penn Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery includes internationally known surgeons and pioneers in TMJ surgery. Penn surgeons have extensive experience in treating conditions involving the temporomandibular joint, including complex joint and combined jaw surgeries, and see one of the highest volumes of joint surgery in the country. The combined experience and volume translate into improved surgical outcomes. Penn physicians and researchers are at the forefront of medical and surgical science, involved in basic science and clinical research to improve treatment outcomes, prognosis, and prevention of temporomandibular disease.

Access

The TMJ Center welcomes patients with the symptoms of TMJ disorders at the following locations:

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
South Pavilion, 4th Floor
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

To make an appointment, please call 215-662-3586.

Prior to visiting the TMJ Center, patients are encouraged to obtain and bring previous imaging studies (MRI, CT, Panorex) and surgical reports. If applicable, please also bring any occlusal splint or night guard. A history and physical exam will take place at the initial visit. This will include a review of previous notes, tests, and x-rays. Additional imaging studies may be ordered, and can often be obtained in office.