Meet Our Med-Peds Residents
Meet our Penn-CHOP Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program residents.
Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1)
Sharon-Rose Nartey, MD
Sharon-Rose is originally from Ghana, but also calls Chicago home. She comes to us from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) where she was heavily involved in DEI initiatives. Some of these efforts included co-founding the school’s chapter of White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL), leading a statewide WC4BL rally, and serving as co-president of Wisconsin's chapter of Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Her academic interests include advocacy, medical education reform, health disparity research, and mentoring students who are underrepresented in medicine. Outside of the hospital, Sharon-Rose enjoys catching up with friends and exploring local food spots.
Spenser Chen, MD
Spenser was born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Taipei and San Jose, California. Prior to medical school, he worked closely with community leaders and volunteered as a community organizer and advocate in a Latinx immigrant community in the Bay Area while also working at a Disability Justice non-profit. At the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, he explored his interests in liberation theology, social medicine, and medical education while partnering with community-based organizations in advocacy. His academic interests include transitional care and decolonial praxis in global health. Outside of the hospital, you can find him catching up with friends and perfecting noodle soup recipes.
Victoria Moffitt, MD, MPH
Victoria is originally from New Jersey but has lived in Philadelphia since starting her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a “Penn lifer” ever since! Prior to medical school she studied English literature, Hispanic Studies, and journalism before joining a post-baccalaureate program in the health sciences. She attended medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn, where she simultaneously pursued a Master’s in Public Health. Her passions include adolescent medicine, One Health, and global health, particularly partnering with communities in Guatemala and Ecuador. Throughout medical school, she has engaged in public health projects working alongside a community in San Cristóbal, Galápagos. Most recently, she investigated the impacts of climate change on child and adolescent mental health on the island and is working with community partners on interventions to support these young people. She is also passionate about working with adolescents who are experiencing homelessness at the clinic at Covenant House Pennsylvania. She is a dog-lover who is always seeking opportunities to scuba dive, do HIIT workouts, bake chocolate chip cookies, and read fantasy novels!
JK Vervilles, MD, MPH
JK is originally from Bowling Green, KY. Before medical school, he taught middle school science in Minneapolis through Teach For America and the University of Minnesota. After teaching, he spent several years working at Epic, the electronic health records software company, where he helped customize the software for organizations switching from another EHR. At Sidney Kimmel Medical College, he developed interests in Med-Peds primary care, digital health, quality improvement, and public health. When not at the hospital, you can find him with his husband and playing with their three cats, traveling, running along the Schuylkill River, line dancing at Tavern on Camac, or hunkering down in one of Philly’s many cozy coffee shops and reading a good book.
Kingsley Fortin-Leung, MD, MS
Kingsley was born in Hong Kong but spent most of his childhood in San Rafael, CA. Prior to medical school, he taught English in South Korea (where he met his husband!), obtained his Master of Science in Epidemiology, and worked in HIV research. At Emory University School of Medicine, he was active in advocacy efforts through the Asian and Pacific Islander American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) and Emory’s LGBTQ+ student group. His academic interests include HIV medicine, transgender health, antimicrobial stewardship, and medical education. When he’s not working, he’s baking, dancing, or cuddling with his dog, Dumpling.
Lane Kantor, MD, MPH
Lane grew up in Seattle, WA. They went to medical school at UCLA where they helped design and implement a novel Structural Racism and Health Equity curriculum that fosters students’ critical consciousness of racial capitalism, neoliberalism, and abolitionist praxis. They also earned an MPH in Health Policy from Harvard, where they examined the intersections between the medical industrial complex, anti-transgender legislation, and the undermining of intersex bodily autonomy. Their research centers around exploring the sexual health and educational needs of transgender youth and their parents and implementing EHR changes to improve rates of preventative screenings for transgender patients. Their academic interests include medical education and gender-affirming care and they plan to combine clinical practice, health policy advocacy, and community organizing to work toward racial, social, and economic justice for the LGBTQIA2S community. When not at the hospital, you can often find them playing ultimate frisbee, making (and eating!) charcuterie boards, playing extremely time-consuming board games, and trying local restaurants.
Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY2)
Denysia Allen, MD
Denysia Allen comes to us from Drexel University College of Medicine, where she enjoyed solving diagnostic mysteries. She spent much of her time mentoring high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. In addition, she is passionate about advocacy, and has worked with the Philadelphia community, most recently educating families of color on the benefits of receiving the COVID vaccine. She currently plans to pursue a combined hematology-oncology fellowship with focus sickle cell disease, but is still considering other specialties. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, Jade and Joe. One of her favorite past times is exploring the vibrant food scene in Philadelphia and now considers her to be the foodie in the class, always ready to try and new restaurant and offer recommendations to her fellow interns. Originally from Phoenix, she now considers herself a Philly transplant after enjoying it so much and deciding to stay for residency.
Roshni Bhat, MD
Roshni comes from New Jersey. She went to medical school in Philly at Temple. While at Temple, she worked at the student-run clinic and developed an interest in improving access to treatment for substance use disorders. Her academic interests include addiction medicine, primary care, and medical education. When not at the hospital, you can find her trying to convince her friends to play one more round of Codenames or Pandemic.
Okechi Boms, MD
Okechi is originally from Nigeria, but also calls Nashville home. Prior to medical school, he worked across several countries improving access to medical care and building health infrastructure. At Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School, he created research and advocacy initiatives including a youth advocacy program to promote the pursuit of health care careers among minority students. His academic interests include health policy and health system development in communities globally. Outside of the hospital, he is often catching up with friends for a pickup basketball game or sketching designs in his notepad.
Natasha Dass, MD
Natasha is originally from San Rafael, CA outside of San Francisco. Prior to medical school she worked as high school math teacher in San Jose. After teaching she worked in clinical research implementing educational interventions to improve cancer screening. She then went to Dell Medical School in Texas where she was active in mentoring students and in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Her academic interests include humanities in medicine and medical education. Outside the hospital, she loves playing with her dog Max and spending time with her husband who is a Penn internal medicine resident.
Erica Onwuegbuchu, MD
Erica is originally from Dallas, TX. Prior to medical school, she spent a few years working as a behavioral technician providing ABA therapy to kids and adults with Autism. She went to medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. While at UTMB, she was active in DEI efforts through mentorship and advocacy in Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Pan-African Student Society (PASS), and Colors in Medicine. Long term, she is passionate about transitions of care in pediatrics to adults with complex & special health care needs in the Primary Care setting. When not in the hospital, you can find her recruiting co-residents for kickboxing classes, karaoke, and weekend brunch!
Andrea Szabo, MD
Andrea comes from Cleveland, OH where she went to medical school at Case Western Reserve University. While there, she developed a passion for Med-Peds primary care, global health, and public health. She's now part of the Global Health Track and plans to go to Botswana this year with some of her Med-Peds co-residents. When not at work, you can find her checking out a new fitness class, dancing, or going for a bike ride after hitting up one of the class happy hours (two programs = three times the happy hours).
Post Graduate Year 3 (PGY3)
Brittany Glassberg, MD
Brittany comes from New York and went to medical school at Mt. Sinai where she led their student run free clinic and Med-Peds interest group. Her interests include medical education and transitions of care between childhood and adulthood. When not at the hospital, you can catch Brittany exploring Philly’s restaurant scene (and afterward attempting to burn it off on the Peloton) or taking a quick train trip to NYC to hang with family!
Michelle Munyikwa, MD, PhD
Michelle is our resident Philly expert, after 10 (!) years here at Penn as an MD-PhD student. Michelle has done significant work with the Center for Health Equity and Advancement, focusing on race and medicine. Her medical interests include education (both medical and graduate), infectious diseases, and working with young adults. When not at work, you can find Michelle eating delicious food, checking out a concert or comedy show, or relaxing on the beaches in Delaware.
Kaelo Moahi, MD
Kaelo comes from Botswana! He spent medical school in Rhode Island at Brown, where he did work in the refugee and vulnerable immigrant communities, along with research in Botswana focusing on the intersections of poverty and health. His academic interests include HIV care, infectious disease and global health. When not at the hospital, you can find Kaelo playing soccer on the fields of Philadelphia and charming co-residents on both sides with his calm demeanor and easygoing style.
Cricket Gullickson, MD, MPH
Cricket comes from Wisconsin and went to medical school in Atlanta at Emory. As a first-generation college student, she has shown her commitment to public health both locally and abroad and has earned an MPH along the way. When not at the hospital, you can find her playing with her cute kitty — ask her to show you his model photo! Fun fact: She is named after a soap opera star!
Post Graduate Year 4 (PGY4)
Madeline Chandra, MD
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH. Go-to Igloo order: Yogorino with BYO toppings. She was born and raised in the Midwest but has been a huge Philadelphia fan since moving for medical school. She has a passion for global health equity and hopes to work as a Med-Peds hospitalist after residency. She is the mother to countless houseplants and likes to do yoga or run/bike on the Schuylkill River trail. On a free weekend, she loves trying new Philly restaurants and going to the Jersey or Delaware shore to develop her newfound hobby of surfing!
Kevin Ackerman, MD
Kevin is from mid-state New York and went to Weill Cornell Medical College before moving a bit down the East Coast to Philly for residency. He applied to Allergy / Immunology fellowship this July and looks forward to providing continuity of care for patients across the lifespan. He is interested in medical education and is participating in the Medical Education Leadership Track through the Penn Internal Medicine program. Kevin loves being active in any way whether that is on long runs of any distance from 3 to 26.2 miles, his daily commute over the Schuylkill River to work on his bike, or walking up the stairs to Founders 14 or 9NW. He looks forward to every Med-Peds hangout at Igloo with his co-residents where the optimal variety in flavor and texture is Greek frozen yogurt with mochi, cookie dough, and peanut butter.
Erin Tully, MD
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA. Go-to Igloo order: variable, but always includes peanut butter cup for Cody, her dog. Lover of dogs (but mostly for Cody). She goes on regular 4 a.m. runs and figure skates in her spare time. She loves cereal and tortilla chips, but not together (but maybe together sometimes?). Her co-interns describe her as the friendliest, most down-to-earth human being. She is the rising Med-Peds chief resident for 2024-2025.
Swati Goel, MD
Hometown: Dehradun, India. Go-to Igloo order: Yogorino with bananas and peanut-butter crocco. Connoisseur of tea and lives by the motto, “If a problem can't be solved with tea, you know it’s a big problem.” Having grown up in the beautiful foothills of the Himalayas, she has an undying love for mountains and sunsets. She moved to the States for college where she first discovered and fell in love with Michael Bublé's voice, but also importantly with Baltimore City. She stayed in Baltimore for a Masters of Science in Public Health, before completing medical school in Boston. She is passionate about improving healthcare delivery in resource constrained settings and aspires to build a career that combines her interests in global health and pulmonary/critical care.
Jennifer Sun, MD, PhD
Jennifer was born in Chicago and grew up in the Los Angeles area. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology at the University of Michigan. She then stayed in Ann Arbor to complete her MD/PhD degree in Developmental Psychology, where she studied lifespan development, self-perceptions of aging, and psychosocial determinants of health. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at Penn/CHOP in 2023, and she is honored to be serving as Med-Peds chief resident at Penn/CHOP for 2023-2024. She hopes to pursue a career as a combined Med-Peds hospitalist with a focus on medical education. In her free time, she enjoys baking French pastries, traveling with her husband, cuddling with her pet bunny, and reading in coffee shops.