Faculty

Thomas Ball, M.D., FACEP

Medical Director

Educational Background
  • 1999: Bachelor of Arts, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
  • 2004: Doctor of Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia
  • 2007: Residency, Emergency Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del.
Clinical Interests

• ED administration & operations

Board Certification
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2008
Awards and Honors
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Drexel University College of Medicine, Dean’s Special Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching
Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Emergency Medicine

 

Ilana R. Baltuch, M.D.

BaltuchEducational Background
  • 2007: Bachelor of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2013: Doctor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia
  • 2016: Residency, Emergency Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del.
Clinical Interests
  • Resident simulation
  • Bedside teaching
  • Physician wellness
Board Certification
  • 2017 American Board of Emergency Medicine
Professional Affiliations
  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Awards & Recognition
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College Hobart Amory Hare Honor Society of Thomas Jefferson University, 2010
  • Christiana Care Diamond, 2016
Selected Publications
  • Cooper, J, Baltuch, I. Antibiotic Use During Pregnancy in: Levine (ed): 2017 EMRA Antibiotic Guide, Irving, TX, 2017.
  • Matthews, P, Baltuch, I. Necrotizing Fasciitis in: Levine (ed): 2015 EMRA Antibiotic Guide. Irving, TX, 2015.

 

Pollianne Ward Bianchi, M.D., FAAEM

Clerkship Director

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Educational Background
  • 2005: Bachelor of Arts and Science, University of California, Davis, Calif.
  • 2010: Doctor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia
  • 2013: Residency, Emergency Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia
Clinical Interests
  • Interactive residency education and teaching
  • Women’s issues and wellness in the medical profession
  • Interprogram collaboration in Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiac resuscitation
Board Certification
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2014
Professional Affiliations
  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • Women in Medicine Committee
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • American Medical Association
Research Interests
  • Residency education and teaching
  • Clinical Emergency Medicine
Awards & Recognition
  • Award for highest score on the Emergency Medicine In-Service Exam, 2013
Selected Publications
  • Bianchi, Pollianne. #IlooklikeanEMdoc. AAEM’s Common Sense. 2016;23(1):16-17
  • Saks, Mark; Bianchi, Pollianne. An Elevated Pruritic Rash in a Young Traveler. Visual Journal Of Emergency Medicine. 2016;2:27-28.
  • Saks, Mark; Bianchi, Pollianne. Fingertip Amputation. Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2016;1:16-17.
  • Saks, Mark; Bianchi, Pollianne. A Symmetric Lower Extremity Cutaneous Inflammatory Reaction. Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2016;1:22-23.

 

Max Cooper, M.D., RDMS

Director of Emergency Ultrasound and Associate Program Director

Educational Background
  • 2009: Bachelor of Science, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
  • 2012: Doctor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia
  • 2015: Residency, Emergency Medicine, Jefferson University Hospital
  • 2016: Fellowship, Emergency Ultrasound, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Va.
Clinical Interests
  • Emergency/point-of-care ultrasound
  • Emergency obstetrics
  • Social media and medical education
Board Certification(s)
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2018
Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Research Interests
  • Emergency/point-of-care ultrasound
  • Emergency obstetrics
  • Medical education
Awards & Recognition
  • Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Award, Department of Emergency Medicine, Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
  • Navy Commendation Medal, NATO Role 3, Kandahar, Afghanistan
Selected Publications

 

Matt Destefano, D.O.

Director of Resident Education

Educational Background
  • 2010: Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.
  • 2016: Doctor of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia
  • 2019: Residency, Emergency Medicine, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Upland, Pa.
Clinical Interests
  • Teaching
  • Medical Education
  • FOAMed
Awards and Honors
  • Chief Resident
  • Resident of the Year 2019
Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Emergency Medicine
  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine

 

Richard Hamilton, M.D., M.S., FACEP

Chair

Educational Background
  • 1983: Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 
  • 1987: Doctor of Medicine, Hahnemann University Medical College, Philadelphia
  • 1988: Internship, Transitional Year, San Diego Naval Hospital, San Diego, Calif.
  • 1989: Areospace Medicine, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, Fla.
  • 1994: Residency, Emergency Medicine, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, New York City
  • 1997: Fellow, Medical Toxicology, New York University, New York City
Clinical Interests
  • ED administration
  • Medical toxicology
  • Aerospace medicine
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, 1995, 2005, 2015
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology 1998, 2008, 2018
Professional Affiliations
  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American College of Medical Toxicology
  • Aerospace Medical Association
  • Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine
Research Interests
  • Medical toxicology and pharmacology
  • Translational research
  • Aerospace medicine
Selected Publications
  • 7th Edition, Elsevier, Philadelphia (pending publication)

 

Sumaya Mekkaoui, M.D.

Education
  • 2010: Bachelor of Science, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.
    Major: Neuroscience, Minor: Public Health
  • 2015: Doctor of Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia 
  • 2018: Residency, Emergency Medicine, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, N.J.
Clinical Interests
  • Women in medicine
  • Medical student and resident education
  • Physician wellness
Board Certification

American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2019

Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
Selected Publications
  • Pescatore R, Mekkaoui S, Duffell B, et al. A Case of Lactation Anaphylaxis. Cureus 2019; 11(8): e5497. doi:10.7759/cureus.5497
  • Bhamidipati A, Mekkaoui S, Cassidy-Smith T. Neurovascular and Stroke Fellowships. In: Shafer K, ed. EMRA Fellowship Guide 2016. Opportunities for Emergency Physicians. 1st ed. Dallas, TX: Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association; 2016: 95-99.

 

Meaghan Reid, D.O.

Assistant Student Clerkship Director

Educational Background
  • 2010: Bachelor of Science, Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa.
  • 2014: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia
  • 2018: Residency, Emergency Medicine, Jefferson-Aria NE, Philadelphia
Clinical Interests
  • Physician wellness
  • Women’s issues and representation in the medical profession
  • Medical correspondence and community outreach
  • Health policy
Board Certification
  • American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine, 2019

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Pennsylvania Chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians
Research Interests
  • Opioid prescribing epidemics
  • Health policy
Awards and Recognition
  • Evelyn D. Witkin Award- excellence in teaching and mentoring, June 2018
Current (ongoing) Research
  • Opioids prescribed from an academic center ED compared to a community hospital ED; Crozer-Keystone Health System- currently participating in an ongoing multi-hospital research study

 

Mark Saks, M.D., MPH, FACEP, FAAEM

Program Director

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Educational Background
  • 1996: Bachelor of Arts, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • 1998: Masters in Public Health, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • 2002: Doctor of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, N.J.
  • 2005: Residency, Emergency Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia
Clinical Interests
  • Neurologic emergencies
  • Infectious disease
  • Undergraduate and graduate medical education
Board Certification
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2016 (recertification)
Professional Affiliations
  • Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine 
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine 
  • Academy of Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine
  • Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors 
Research Interests
  • Neurologic emergencies
  • Infectious disease
  • Professionalism
  • Medical simulation
Awards & Recognition
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Student Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award
  • Drexel University College of Medicine Golden Apple Teaching Award Nominee (multiple times)
Selected Publications
  • Saks, MA and Karras DJ. Emergency Medicine and the Public’s Health: Emerging Infectious Diseases. Emerg Med Clin N Am 2006; 24:1019-33. PMID 16982350
  • Saks, MA and Karras DJ. Update on Emerging Infections: News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Varicella Outbreak Among Vaccinated Children—Nebraska, 2004. Ann Emerg Med 2007; 49(1):99-102. PMID 17197292
  • Griswold-Theodorson, S, Hannan H, Handly N, Pugh B, Fojtik J, Saks M, Hamilton RJ, and Wagner D. Improving Patient Safety with Ultrasonography Guidance During Internal Jugular Central Venous Catheter Placement by Novice Practitioners. Simulation in Healthcare 2009; 4(4) 212-216. PMID 21330794
  • Saks M, Griswold-Theodorson S, Shinaishin F, and Demangone D. Subacute Tension Hemopneumothorax with Novel ECG Findings. West J Emerg Med 2010; 11(1):86-89. PMID 20411085
  • Ramoska E and Saks M. The Implementation of an Audience Response System Improves Resident Attitudes Towards Weekly Resident Conference. Med Teach 2011; 33(10):861. PMID 21942484
  • Wong S, Saks M, Wiler J, and Curtis J. Thermal Injury Associated with Propylene. J Emerg Med 2012; 42(4):452-53. PMID 20005659
  • Shin NC, Ramoska EA, Garg M, Rowh A, Nyce D, DeRoos F, Carter M, Hall RV, Lopez BL, and the Delaware Valley EM Residency Program Directors Group. Google internet searches on residency applicants do not facilitate the ranking process. J Emerg Med 2013; 44:995-998. PMID 23351574
  • Ginsberg MD, Palesch YY, Hill MD, Martin RH, Moy CS, Barsan WG, Waldman BD, Tamariz D, Ryckborst KJ, for the ALIAS and Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Investigators. High-dose albumin treatment for acute ischemic stroke (ALIAS) part 2: a randomized, double-blind, phase 3, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet Neurol 2013; 12:1049-58. PMID 24076337
  • Senecal EL, Heitz C, and Beeson M. Creation and Implementation of a National Emergency Medicine Fourth-Year Student Examination. J Emerg Med 2013; 45:924-934. PMID 23948604
  • Seeleang K, Manning Y, Saks M, and Winstead Y. Skin and Soft Tissue Infection Management, Outcomes and Follow-up in the Emergency Department of an Urban Academic Hospital. Adv Emerg Nurs J 2014; 36(4):348-59. PMID 25356895
  • Wright DW, Yeatts SD, Silbergleit, R, Palesch YY, Hertzberg VS, Frankel M, Goldstein FC, Caveney AF, Howlett-Smith H, Bengelink EM, Manley GT, Merck LH, Janis LS, and Barsan WG for the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Investigators. Very Early Administration of Progesterone for Acute Traumatic Brain Injury. NJEM 2014; 371:2457-2466. PMID 25493974

 

Julia Todd, D.O.

Education
  • 2008: Bachelor of Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • 2013: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia
  • 2018: Residency, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine, Jefferson Health Northeast, Philadelphia
Clinical Interests
  • Medical education
  • Teaching
  • Community medicine
Board Certification
  • American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, 2018
  • American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Physicians (pending oral board completion Nov 2020)
Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians
  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association
Research Interests
  • Graduate medical education
  • Clinical emergency medicine
Awards
  • Faculty Member of the Year, Crozer Emergency Medicine Residency, 2019
  • Evelyn D Witkin, MD Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Physicians, Jefferson Health Northeast Residency, 2018

Clinical Faculty

    • Dorothy Bloy, M.D.
    • Melissa Burkhart, M.D.
    • Joseph Cesarine, M.D.
    • Ana Davitt, M.D.
    • Magy Dawoud, M.D.
    • Jessica Delcollo, M.D.
    • Michael Demarco, M.D.
    • Michael Dumin, M.D.
    • Gregory Frattaroli, M.D.
    • Christine Giesa, D.O.
    • Marcus Grecco, M.D.
    • Karen Greenberg, D.O.
    • Mark Harris, M.D.
    • Tamika King, M.D.
    • Alexis Koda, M.D.
    • Michele Kossev, M.D.
    • Angela Kuehn, D.O.
    • Brandon Leahy, M.D.
    • Brad Li, M.D.
    • Mark Olshan, M.D.
    • April Papa, D.O.
    • Thomas Papa, D.O.
    • George Parsons, D.O.
    • Una Pro, M.D.
    • Kristen Ratner, M.D.
    • Patrick Sullivan, D.O.
    • Mary Wilsie, D.O.

How to Apply

The Crozer-Chester Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program participates in the National Match Process using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®).

Apply Here

Contact Us

Questions and other inquiries regarding the program can be made to Ms. Kiarra Cannon at kiarra.cannon@crozer.org or 610-447-6671.