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Dr. Gaurav Patel
The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education | Internal Medicine Resident | PGY-2Click to Read More about Dr. Patel's Dedication to his Patients
A patient of Dr. Gaurav Patel wrote in to commend his, “caring for his patients and impeccable attention to detail.” The patient continues, “We were so very pleased with the care he gave to my mom.”
Resident Spotlight ArchivesDr. Pravin ChackoWe recently received an email outlining the exceptional care of two Internal Medicine residents: Dr. Pravin Chacko and Dr. Israel Stewart. Here’s what a relative of the patient had to say: “…My grandmother has been in the midst of being in and out of the hospital. The residents have been nothing but phenomenal to her. The last few days I have been in close contact with Dr. Chacko and also Dr. Stewart… They are the face of The Wright Center and we should be very proud that they are showing such a positive energy and excelling greatness in what they do. I would like to commend them and thank them from the bottom of my heart for showing such kindness and care to my grandmother – taking the time to sit, listen, talk with her and get to know her and her history. Dr. Chacko and Dr. Stewart will be nothing but amazing in their future endeavors and we should be proud to have them as such great residents!”
Dr. Isreal StewartWe recently received an email outlining the exceptional care of two Internal Medicine residents: Dr. Pravin Chacko and Dr. Israel Stewart. Here’s what a relative of the patient had to say: “…My grandmother has been in the midst of being in and out of the hospital. The residents have been nothing but phenomenal to her. The last few days I have been in close contact with Dr. Chacko and also Dr. Stewart… They are the face of The Wright Center and we should be very proud that they are showing such a positive energy and excelling greatness in what they do. I would like to commend them and thank them from the bottom of my heart for showing such kindness and care to my grandmother – taking the time to sit, listen, talk with her and get to know her and her history. Dr. Chacko and Dr. Stewart will be nothing but amazing in their future endeavors and we should be proud to have them as such great residents!”
Dr. John SharpA patient of Dr. John Sharp recently wrote, “I was admitted to Geisinger/CMC on July 14. Dr. John Sharp was assigned to my care and well being. He was a terrific provider, discussing my symptoms and taking proactive steps to resolve my problem and lessen my anxiety. He was very professional but at the same time, compassionate to me and my family. I hope the hospital is aware of how valuable he is to the patients and facility. You are very fortunate to have him.”
Dr. Lyndsey VuDr. Lyndsey Vu, a second-year resident with The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Family Medicine Program, organized an afternoon of service at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, Wilkes-Barre. A total of 20 doctors, nurses and family members prepared and served lunch to almost 100 community members.
Dr. Vu also took the time to represent The Wright Center on local news station, WNEP’s, morning show, Leckey Live, and talk about the “man flu” in coordination with medical students from The Commonwealth Medical College.Dr. Upinder Khaira
We were thrilled to receive this note from the daughter of one of Dr. Khaira’s patients. See the full text of the letter below:
I am writing to you today about Doctor Upinder Khaira, who was the Resident Doctor starting on December 9th 2015, at the ICU in Moses Taylor Hospital during my mother’s stay.
Just to give you the background, that morning I called my mother and knew she was having a stroke, my husband and I took her to MTH, and the stroke team took over and a neurologist came in and she received the TPA drug, and that was another great experience I am forwarding to those in charge.
That afternoon my mother was taken up to the ICU and we waited until she was settled in.
A doctor came out to speak to us, and it was Doctor Upinder Khaira. His manner, attention to detail and compassion really put our fears to rest.
He watched her and questioned and tested her, etc. He was so thorough and any questions we had were quickly answered completely every day. He had some doubts and we did as well, he told us his was doing more testing and it was not until he was satisfied he shared the information with us. I believe his attention to detail and knowledge lead to further testing to remove any doubt to any other potential problems, again everything was explained to us so well.
We were so confident in my mother’s care that I was able to leave her knowing she had the best of care, and that was priceless. I cannot tell you in words my respect and admiration for Doctor Upinder Khaira, who I feel should be commended.
When I tried to tell Doctor Upinder Khaira how much everything he did meant to me, my husband and my mother, he replied, “thank you but this my job.” I told him, and I want you to know, that yes some people do their jobs and other go so far beyond their jobs. Doctor Upinder Khaira is one of these special people who not only does his job well, but so much more beyond the job.
Thank you“Dr. Michelle O'BrienDuring her rotation at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Wright Center resident Dr. Michelle O’Brien was recognized by her team coordinator for her efficiency and compassion. Thank you, Dr. O’Brien, for your continued commitment to your patients and The Wright Center’s mission. See below for the full text we received recognizing Dr. O’Brien:
“Hi, I wanted to share with you that my Team Coordinator, Amy, had wanted to recognize Dr. Michelle O’Brien for her outstanding work yesterday with our patients. Dr. O’Brien efficiently addressed medical issues, discharge instructions, and signed prescriptions which allowed patients to be discharged in a timely fashion. Our unit was 100% of discharges off the unit before 11am. Thank you for showing leadership, commitment and compassion. You have showed what being a quintessential team player means.”
Dr. Vijaya Dendi
We recently received this letter from one of Dr. Vijaya Dendi’s patients at the V.A. What a wonderful testimonial to the impact his compassion and competence as a doctor is making on his patients’ lives.
The letter reads: “To whom it may concern,
I am writing to praise Dr. Vijaya Dendi. He is a resident at The V.A. Hospital in Wilkes-Barre P.A. I was in hospital 3-30 to 4-05-15. His compassion and expertise were wonderful. He checked and rechecked my records and diagnosis. His manner was courteous, firm, competent. I felt I could trust him. I feel he is an asset to his profession and an asset to the V.A. and all of its patients. I trust you will consider this letter for him and all of the veterans in all of his and the V.A.’s endeavors.”
Dr. Dinesh Keerty
The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education | Class of 2015Click Here to Read an Update on Dr. Keerty's Latest Successes
Dr. Dinesh Keerty, a 2015 graduate of The Wright Center, currently serves as an Assistant Member within the Department of Internal and Hospital Medicine at the Moffitt Cancer Center as well as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Medicine at the University of South Florida Morsani Medical College. We caught up with Dr. Keerty, who filled us in on some of his successes since graduating from our program. He writes, “I am in charge of the Direct Referral Center (DRC), which caters to the needs of cancer patients. It is a type of urgent care center which treats complications of cancer care and patient’s other medical problems that arise during their treatment. Care coordination is performed with the patient’s primary oncological team. Management of cord compression, neutropenic fevers, chemotherapy side effects and reactions, and neoplasm related pain are evaluated and treated. I supervise a team of nurses and physician assistants to perform the above duties.”
Alumni Spotlight ArchivesDr. Yelin YangWe recently received a note from a patient of 2016 graduate, Dr. Yelin Yang. It states, “Dr. Yelin Yang was extremely attentive to every detail with my mother’s care. This was a very unexpected hospital stay and both Dr. Yelin Yang and Dr. Graurav Patel were phenomenal.”
Dr. Mina MakaryMina Makary, MD, a 2014 Graduate of The Wright Center has been promoted from his role with Geisinger Community Medical Center (CMC) as an Associate Hospitalist to the Associate Program Director for Graduate and Undergraduate Medical Education.
His assumption of a new leadership role with Geisinger CMC is largely due to his achievements in the initiative to link the disparate worlds of graduate and undergraduate medical education in an effort to enhance the training of the region’s up-and-coming doctors. As a hospitalist himself, Dr. Makary has been lauded by his patients and colleagues alike, many echoing a former patient’s claim that he is “a breath of fresh air” and “a ray of sunshine” during otherwise trying times.
In his role with Geisinger CMC, Dr. Makary has also shared in the role of training new hospitalists and physician’s assistants and has helped coordinate the graduate medical education efforts of Geisinger Health System and The Wright Center.
In response to Dr. Makary’s initiative at Geisinger CMC and successes as a burgeoning leader within the organization, one of his colleagues wrote, “Aside from his great fund of medical knowledge and work ethics, what I had noticed from my first working days at Geisinger and had set Dr. Makary apart from his colleagues is his exemplary leadership skills and enthusiasm to work. He was always the man to reach out to orient fresh graduates and take their hands into the system. He is the man that always take extra steps volunteering to ease work challenges for his colleagues for the sake of the whole team. This leadership and devotion adds to his technical skills and clinical knowledge making him a wonderful teacher and guide to his medical residents.”
Dr. Makary credits his successes to the training and guidance he received during his residency at The Wright Center and specifically thanks Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, Dr. Wasique Mirza and Dr. Timothy Burke for their leadership and passion for advancing graduate medical education.Dr. Srikant KumarWe recently had the chance to catch up with Dr. Srikant Kumar, a 2012 Wright Center Graduate, who is making waves at Banner Health, an Arizona non-profit and parent company to the University of Arizona Hospitals. Dr. Kumar practices in two of these hospitals, Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital, both in Mesa, AZ.
We are thrilled to announce that earlier this month, Dr. Kumar was selected to be one of two Lead Hospitalists from his group of about 32. He was also was nominated for and now serves as the Vice Chair, Department of Medicine for the 2015-2017 term and was recently elected to the Medical Executive Committee at Banner Heart Hospital for the 2015-2017 term. In addition to his recent accolades, Dr. Kumar serves on the Physician Peer Review Committee at one of the network’s hospitals.
Commenting on his post-residency successes, Dr. Kumar states, “I would like to thank Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, Dr. Arjinder Sethi and the entire Wright Center family for their role in helping shape my journey. Their leadership style is something I am trying to emulate here in Arizona. Their forward-thinking and optimism was always my inspiration.”Dr. Ariane ConaboyDr. Ariane Conaboy, a 2011 graduate of The Wright Center’s residency program, was highlighted as a “Northeast Woman” in The Scranton Times-Tribune.
“You may face adversity, you may fail, you might not do as well, but as long as you work hard you can accomplish good, positive things,” Dr. Conaboy said.
Dr. Conaboy is devoted to her patients and her community. She is an avid volunteer and hopes to instill the core values of community service on her two young children.
Dr. Chris MinelloOur very own Dr. Chris Minello was recently appointed to the board of the Lackawanna County Medical Society.
A Clarks Summit native, Dr. Minello attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania to complete his residency with The Wright Center. He is now practicing at our Clarks Summit practice, helping The Wright Center to bring high-quality healthcare to his hometown.
Dr. Mladen Jecmenica
The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education | Associate Program DirectorClick to Read More About Dr. Jecmenica's Dedication to his Patients
A patient of The Wright Center wrote in to praise faculty member, Dr. Mladen Jecmenica. She writes, “Dr. Mladen Jecmenica is worth his weight in gold. He discussed the plan for me at length and possesses all the qualities of a top physician. He was fully aware of my needs and worries and went out of his way to oversee my care, which was wonderful. The Wright Center is an asset to Geisinger/CMC. I would come back to your facility.”
Faculty Spotlight ArchivesDr. Charles DeckThe daughter of a patient of Dr. Charles Deck wrote in to praise his treatment of her mother, stating, “Dr. Deck was the “charge doctor” on my mom’s case. We had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Deck the minute we arrived in the ER, along with Dr. Gaurav Patel and Dr. Yelin Yang. This team was the best care that we could have imagined for mom, given that this hospital stay was unexpected. Dr. Deck has done and continues to do a superb job of overseeing his residents, while taking care of his patients as well. Given the circumstances, we had an overall wonderful experience. Mom is on the mend and I thank these wonderful doctors for giving such attention and fabulous care to their patients.”
Dr. Linda Thomas-HemakA faculty member from The Wright Center wrote in to praise Wright Center President and CEO, Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak. She writes that Dr. Thomas-Hemak is, “the most approachable and wise CEO and patient-centered clinician.”
Dr. Nina PoliakA Wright Center resident wrote us to to praise faculty member, Dr. Nina Poliak, commending her, “numerous publications in pediatric journals, and training at Baylor College of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.” He continues, she is “appreciated by her patients and their parents” and is, “a teacher to residents and students. Dr. Poliak goes above and beyond what is asked of her.”
Dr. Dipti PancholyDr. Dipti Pancholy, Faculty Lead for Internal Medicine Curriculum, Care Transitions and Consultative Medicine, has been selected to present at the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Annual Meeting on March 8, 2016 in San Diego, California. She will be showcasing her abstract, “Training Resident Physicians by Implementing Transition of Care Curriculum and Rotation Decreases the Gap in Physician to Physician Communication: A Study of Care Transitions”.
Dr. Pancholy has also recently been honored by the American Medical Association with the 2015 Inspiring Physician Award. Dr. Pancholy was nominated by her daughter, Dr. Neha Pancholy, who wrote in her nomination:
“Dr. Dipti Pancholy’s relentless efforts show her mentees and other aspiring physicians that it is possible to have a fulfilling career while maintaining a family and personal life. She has worked as an internist in northeastern Pennsylvania for 20 years and she has held many roles. She has been part of a group practice, built her own solo practice and now works as a curriculum administrator at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. While she always excelled in the workplace, she also raised four children, two of whom are currently in medical school themselves, and spends ample time with her family. She continues to amaze all of her mentees with her ability to showcase both the wonders of a career in medicine and the gratification of raising a family.”
Dr. Pancholy is an irreplaceable resource for her colleagues and resident mentees, Dr. Patel and Dr. Dongerkery. The Wright Center is honored to have such a wonderful physician on our team.Dr. Samir PancholyDr. Samir Pancholy, Program Director for The Wright Center’s Cardiology Fellowship and Professor of Medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) was recently published in the Journal of Invasive Cardiology. His abstract, “A Simple Technique to Facilitate Right Heart Catheter Placement from Right Atrium to Right Ventricle: The Virtual Hydraulic Guidewire Technique” was co-written with Dr. Nishith Vayada and Dr. Tejas M. Patel and is now featured digitally on the Journal for Invasive Cardiology’s website.Dr. Jignesh ShethDr. Jignesh Sheth, Senior Vice President of Mission Accountability, represented The Wright Center on the national panel for The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. He provided his expert testimony on Electronic Medical Records and Meaningful Use. We are so excited to continue our collaboration with ONC as we work together to elevate healthcare delivery systems across the nation.
Dr. Sheth was elected by the KeyHIE Governance Board to represent independent practices for a term of three years.
A patient of Dr. Sheth wrote us to commend Dr. Sheth, stating, “He is so caring and always there to help. He has been helping me for the past 7 years or more. He makes me feel like a friend and not just a number.”
The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education | Director of Oral HealthClick Here to Read More About Beth's Recent Successes
A colleague of Beth Frushon, RDH, PHDHP, wrote in to recognize her commitment to her patients and the clinic, stating, “Beth’s dedication to her patients is unparalleled. During her time with The Wright Center, she has been instrumental in success of the organization’s oral health clinic. From her responsive approach with some of our most needy patients, to her room-brightening sense of humor, Beth never fails to ease the minds of even the most nervous of patients.”
Staff Spotlight ArchivesRebecca Alunni, PA-CA patient of Rebecca Alunni, PA-C, recently wrote us to express his appreciation for her “caring, helpful, smart and dedicated demeanor,” continuing, she is, “a credit to her profession.”
Kellen KrakyA community member and Wright Center patient recognized Manager of Youth Services, Kellen Kraky, writing, “Kellen has been a dedicated worker and community leader in many projects and represents The Wright Center in positive manner. She is always willing to go the extra at all of The Wright Center’s events, especially Wonderful Women and the Health Fair and 5k race. She presents herself in a professional manner and is an asset to The Wright Center.”
Stephanie PiorkowskiA Wright Center resident wrote in to recognize Medical Assistant, Stephanie Piorkowski, who has worked for The Wright Center for almost a decade. He writes, “Stephanie has made my job as a resident in clinic so much easier. She is always available to help out her colleagues, without hesitation. She is friendly and courteous to patients, attendings, residents, PA, NPs and the rest of the staff and has done a tremendous job with us for almost ten years.”
Gerri McAndrewA community member and Wright Center patient recognized Medical Assistant, Gerri McAndrew, writing, “Gerri always has a smile for you. She is friendly and always does her best to help in any way she can. Her charitable contributions to The Wright Center and the community are amazing. I have known Gerri for a very long time and she does so much more than people realize. She is not only an asset to The Wright Center, but also to all of the community. She is a devoted wife and mother and a terrific baker. She does a great job with her leadership of the Auxiliary. I am very proud to have her as a friend.”
Dr. Meaghan RuddyDr. Meaghan Ruddy, Acting Vice President for Graduate Medical Education & Director of Transformative Education, has been recognized by The Osmosis Blog as a leader in medical education.
Dr. Ruddy states, “medicine is a culture of hope, expectation, helpfulness, compassion, perseverance – so much greatness that there is potential in every care team member, every patient encounter, every administrator, potential to do immeasurable good for humanity. I count myself lucky every day that I’m allowed to remain a part of what is possible.”
Laura JeffreyCongratulations to Laura Jeffrey on passing her Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) exam. Laura was also recently promoted to Human Resource Manager.Stephen BennettCongratulations to Stephen Bennet, who was recently promoted to Grants Accountant.