Transitional Year Faculty
Cecilia Smith, DO, FACP
Chair, Department of Medicine
Dr. Cecilia Smith is a graduate of Villanova University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at The Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital (now Drexel University) and a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Medical Center. Dr. Smith was a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine before joining the Department of Medicine at Reading Hospital in 2004. Dr. Smith is an educator in pulmonary medicine. Dr. Smith's professional interest includes interstitial lung diseases and pulmonary arterial hypertension. She is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College.
Eugene P. York, MD
Program Director, Transitional Year Residency Program
As Program Director, Dr. York brings a broad range of experience to the Tower Health System Transitional Year, with background as chief resident, outpatient residency director, private practice physician, Chair of medicine, Chief of medicine, urgent care director, head hospitalist, and student clerkship director. He has received Teacher of the Year Awards at Penn State University, University of South Florida, Lehigh Valley Health System, Pinnacle Health, and Community General Osteopathic Hospital. Dr. York was recipient of the Osler Award at Lehigh Valley Medical Center, the Nirav Patel Humanitarian Award at Tower Health System, Veterans Administration commendation, and was named a Healthcare Hero by the Lehigh Valley Business Journal. He founded the Street Medicine program for the homeless, the internal medicine bedside ultrasound program, and has published in clinical medicine as well as medical history, including the "The Trilogy of Medicine: Medicine Past, Present and Future.” Other interests include learning and memory systems, high value cost conscious care, bedside ultrasound, wilderness medicine, and alternative medicine. Dr. York would like to welcome you to the Tower Health System family, and to the Transitional Year program at Reading Hospital.
Benjamin J. Lloyd, MD
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Dr. Ben Lloyd is a graduate of the Hahnemann University School of Medicine and Reading Hospital’s Categorical Medicine Residency. After serving as chief medical resident, he entered private practice for two years before helping form the department’s Faculty Practice, integral to teaching primary care skills to residents and medical students. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Lloyd is clinical associate professor of medicine at Jefferson University Medical College. He is engaged full time as faculty member specializing in inpatient teaching and simulation training.
- 2011 National presentation to the Association for Hospital Medical Education on best methods to prepare Transitional Year Residency Programs for Certification
Michael Cusick, MD
Dr. Michael Cusick completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. During his medical training, Dr. Cusick worked as a Howard Hughes Scholar in clinical research at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health. He then completed his residency training in Ophthalmology at The Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. Dr. Cusick then completed a two-year medical and surgical vitreo-retinal fellowship at the Duke Eye Center in Durham, N.C. Dr. Cusick specializes in vitreo-retinal disorders including diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, macular holes, epiretinal membranes (macular puckers), vitreomacular traction syndrome, infectious and noninfectious uveitis, and posterior segment trauma.
Michael Feightner, MD
Dr. Michael Feightner is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Milton S Hershey Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Feightner served five years as a Radiologist in the United States Navy. His assignments included stations in Guam, San Diego, and Afghanistan. Dr. Feightner has been a Radiologist at Reading Health System since 2010.
Michael Haas, MD
Dr. Michael Haas is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist and President of Berks Radiation Oncology Associates. He joined Reading Hospital's staff in 2001 after completion of Residency and Chief Residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. His internship was completed at Carilion Health System in Roanoke, Va. He attended medical school at Robert Wood Johnson in New Jersey, and was an undergraduate at Duke University. He is on the Executive Council of the Berks County Medical Society. He is chairman of the Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic and a member of McGlinn Cancer Institute's Executive Committee.
Ryan Zimmerman, DO
Program Director, Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine – Sydney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Zimmerman is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-Virginia). He then completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Reading Hospital. The then served as Chief Resident / Junior Faculty member. He serves as Program Director – Osteopathic Medicine at the Tower Health System – Reading Hospital Internal Medicine Residency, which is dually accredited by the AOA and ACGME, and has been awarded Osteopathic Recognition by the ACGME during his tenure. He is a member of the ambulatory residency faculty and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Sydney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Zimmerman is a Diplomate of the America Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.
His professional interests include student and resident education, incorporation of osteopathic principles into general internal medicine practice, ambulatory management of complex medical patients with chronic disease, and maintaining focus on humanism within the patient-physician relationship. He lives in Reading, PA with his wife, Lisa Zimmerman, DO, and sons, George and Henry.
Anthony A. Donato, Jr., MD, MHPE
Associate Program Director, Inpatient Medicine
Dr. Donato completed his undergraduate work at Georgetown University and Medical School at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine on a scholarship program with the United States Air Force. Following completion of an Air Force Internal Medicine residency and teaching military residents and students as a Clerkship Director for Uniformed Services University, he joined Reading Hospital Internal Medicine Faculty in 2001. He continued his pursuit of improving his teaching skills with his completion of a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 and completed a Masters of Health Professions Education program through the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. His professional interests involve direct observation techniques and deepening apprenticeship models of resident development through innovative educational techniques. He currently serves as Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine, teaches residents on the inpatient wards, and is a Professor of Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
- 2011 National presentations to Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine on methods to implement "milestones" with the electronic portfolio and use of Reading's formal evaluation card to enhance development and measurement of competence
- 2011 International presentation to Canadian Conference on Medical Education on design and implementation of portfolios for postgraduate trainees
- 2009 Blockley-Osler Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching - Jefferson Medical College
Lisa M. Motz, MD, FACP
Student Clerkship Director
Dr. Lisa Motz is a graduate of Moravian College and Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Reading Hospital, where she also served as Chief Resident prior to joining the faculty in 2000. As Clerkship Director, she enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students who rotate through the Department of Medicine and its subspecialties, and working with our affiliated medical schools to improve undergraduate medical education. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Jefferson Medical College, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine. She serves as a key academic hospitalist member of our faculty, teaching regularly on the inpatient medicine and consultative services. Special interests include medical ethics and end-of-life care.
- 2011 Dean's Award for Excellence in Education - Jefferson Medical College - Medicine
- 2011 Leon Peris Memorial Award for Teaching - Jefferson Medical College
Jeremy Ellis, MD
Dr. Jeremy Ellis completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh prior to his medical education at Thomas Jefferson University. He graduated from residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network and is very excited to have joined the faculty at Reading Hospital. His professional interests focus on resident education and quality improvement initiatives.
I. Michael Goonewardene, MD
Dr. Michael Goonewardene is a graduate of the University of Delaware; and subsequently earned a PhD. in microbiology and immunology from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University School of Medicine). He worked in immunology research for six years, and then earned his MD degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Internship in Internal Medicine was served at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and training completed at Reading Hospital. He worked six years in a traditional internal medicine practice. He currently serves as an academic hospitalist, and provides inpatient teaching and mentoring to residents in Internal Medicine at Reading Health System. His interests include antibiotic stewardship and quality improvement.
Neha Majmudar, MD
Dr. Neha Majmudar is a graduate of George Washington University Medical School and Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Previously, Dr. Majmudar worked at the VA hospital in East Orange, NJ and was affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Her interests include outpatient medicine with focus on women’s health. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College.
Susmita Paladugu, M.D
Dr. Susmita Paladugu was born and raised in India and earned her medical degree from SVS Medical College - NTR University of Health Sciences in Andhra Pradesh, India. She went on to complete her residency in internal medicine at Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Philadelphia. She started working as a hospitalist at Reading Hospital in 2012. I am actively involved in antibiotic stewardship program at Reading Hospital. I also serve as Unit based Clinical Leader for Intermediate Unit (IMU). I am board certified and a member of ACP and SHM.
Bryan J. Romero, DO
Dr. Bryan Romero received his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Franklin and Marshall, went on to graduate from PCOM with a DO degree and Reading Hospital's Internal Medicine Residency Program. He was voted Resident of the year in 2012. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and American College of Osteopathic Internists. He serves as Clinical Instructor for the residency program and a mentor to medical residents and students. Dr. Romero and his residents work on Quality Improvement research in their office and reach out to community education programs. He also has an interest in addiction medicine and works as a physician in a local addiction treatment center.
Debra A. Zimmerman, DO
Dr. Debra Zimmerman is a graduate from Penn State University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Reading Hospital. After serving as Chief Resident, Dr. Zimmerman entered private practice for six years and now serves as a Clinical Instructor for the Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Track. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Her interests include ambulatory medicine with a focus on preventative health.
Kristen Sandel, MD
Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director
Dr. Kristen Sandel is a graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. Following her graduation from medical school, she completed her residency in emergency medicine at Drexel University, formerly know as MCP-Hahnemann. Dr. Sandel is board certified in emergency medicine and has been Reading Hospital's emergency medicine clerkship director and resident coordinator since 2007. She is an associate clinical professor for both The Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine as well as Drexel University. Dr. Sandel is also on the executive boards of the Berks County Medical Society and the Young Physician Section of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
Karen Eisenhart Wang, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Clerkship Site Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Jefferson Medical College
Staff Pediatrician, Children’s Health Center, Reading Hospital
Dr. Karen Wang is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her training in Pediatrics at Tufts University Floating Hospital for Children. Dr. Wang’s current professional interests include medical student education, family medicine resident education in pediatrics, continuing medical education, and medical care for underserved populations. She practices general pediatrics full-time. She founded the Reach Out and Read program at Children’s Health Center, a national early-childhood literacy program based in primary care offices. She serves on the Continuing Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education and Research Advisory Committees at Reading Hospital.
- 2011 Dean's Award for Excellence in Education - Jefferson Medical College - Pediatrics