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108th Commencement, Temple University School of Medicine



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                  CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2010!


May 17, 2010

CONTACT:  Giselle Zayon, giselle.zayon@temple.edu



Photos by Joseph V. Labolito, Temple University


Commencement for the Temple University School of Medicine class of 2010, held on May 14, 2010, recognized the achievements of 162 students who earned the doctor of medicine degree; three who earned a dual doctor of medicine and doctor of philosophy degree; 18 who earned the doctor of philosophy degree; and three who earned the master of science degree. The event was held at the the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, a beautiful venue for the upbeat gathering of graduates, faculty, friends and family.

The Dean, John M. Daly, MD, an alumnus of the school himself, addressed the graduates and their loved ones. He stressed the importance of the support of family and friends to the achievements of each new graduate. “Their success,” he said to the proud families, “is due in large measure to your unfailing support.”


Alumnus Denis Cortese, MD, Director of the Health Care Delivery and Policy Program at Arizona State University and President Emeritus and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, served as the commencement’s keynote speaker. His address was entitled “A Vision for Health Care in the USA.”


“Forty years ago when I graduated from Temple,” said Dr. Cortese, “there were no ICUs, no transplant surgeries, no nanoparticles, novel therapeutics, pagers, cell phones, or internet.” He advised the new graduates to think about how very different the world of medicine will look another 40 years hence, challenging them to view themselves as shapers of yet-unknown models and paradigms of medicine and healthcare delivery.


Daniel Mueller, MD ’10, President of the Class of 2010, spoke on behalf of his classmates, recounting rites of passage and memories they have shared. He echoed the Dean’s sentiments about the value of family support. “They were proud of us before we could even color inside the lines,” he said. “Imagine how they must feel today.”


Dr. Mueller praised his classmates for their spectacular service ethic, listing no less than 20 different ways his classmates dedicated themselves to volunteer service during medical school. They held clothing drives, turned vacant lots into community gardens, tutored elementary students, and organized missions of service at home and abroad. “Temple students have a heart with a capital T,” Dr. Mueller said.


Stephanie Cantenese, MD ’10, co-editor of the 2010 yearbook, The Skull, sang the praises of the faculty member chosen by the class as its yearbook dedicatee, Amy Goldberg, MD, Professor of Surgery and Section Chief, Trauma Surgery and Critical Care. Dr. Cantanese lauded Dr. Goldberg’s contributions as a teacher, mentor and physician “who embodies the spirit of service to patients, students and community.”

In her acceptance remarks, Dr. Goldberg thanked the graduates, reminding them to bring their humanity to today’s high-tech medical world. Remember to be “high touch, too,” she said, “because the mastery of the art of medicine goes above and beyond the mastery of the science.”


Participating in the presentation of MS and PhD diplomas were Dean Daly and Drs. Scott Shore and Gerald Sterling. Participating in the presentation of diplomas to the MD degree recipients were Drs. Richard Kozera, Kathleen Reeves, and Gerald Sterling. Dean Daly conferred the degrees with Lewis F. Gould, Jr., representing the University Board of Trustees.

Serving as Marshals were Drs. Thomas Comerci, Judith Litvin, Paul Lyons, Brett Oxberry, and Carson Schneck. Assisting with the hooding of the graduates were Drs. James Heckman, Lawrence Kaplan, Bennett Lorber, Alisa Peet, Lynn Kirby and Dianne Soprano.

Dr. Mueller led the recitation of the Hippocratic Oath. Organist Wesley Parrott provided the processional and recessional music. The Transplantations, the medical student a cappella group, sang the national anthem. William Schulze, Assistant Dean for Academic Affiliations, gave the invocation and benediction, and Executive Associate Dean Richard Kozera served as Master of Ceremonies.


Among the graduates were 20 individuals with family members who also graduated from the School of Medicine and/or serve as faculty. As is Temple tradition, these family members took their places on stage to participate in the conferring of diplomas.


The graduates will now embark on post-graduate training at Yale, Wake Forest, Johns Hopkins, and other leading institutions across the United States. Approximately 45% will remain in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including 11 who will continue their training at Temple. Those with MS and PhD degrees will find work in industry, government and education.


Student Awards

Each year just before commencement at Temple University School of Medicine, select faculty and graduating students are presented with honors for special achievement. On May 13, 2010, during a ceremony attended by family, friends, classmates and colleagues, the following members of the Class of 2010 and their faculty received these special honors:


THE MARY DALY AWARD for excellence in clinical care, compassion, and patient service:

Carolynn Joy Ainsworth Nassar

JOSEPH. DOANE MEMORIAL PRIZE for the member of the graduating class who has attained the highest average throughout all four years of medical school:

Hannah Rebecca Ravreby

THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE SERVICE AWARD for leadership and service that has made outstanding contributions to the life of the medical school:

Daniel Jon Mueller

FLORENCE G. FREEDMAN AWARD for outstanding achievement in cancer research:

Matthew Finley (Molecular Biology and Genetics)

ANGELO DIGEORGE PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN PEDIATRICS for a graduate who has been attending an affiliate campus:

Leigh Anne DiCicco

JOHN F. HUBER AWARD for excellence in gross anatomy:

Daniel William Upton

LEROY KRUMPERMAN AWARD for the most promising graduate entering the field of anesthesiology:

Tiffany Kay Lonchena

EXCELLENCE IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE AWARD for a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated excellence both clinically and academically in the specialty of Emergency Medicine:

Benjamin Nguyen Bui


Sarah Frances Schuster Moyer

DR. JOSEPH N. GROSSMAN PRIZE for commitment to family practice, high academic standards, and sensitive concern for the human aspect of patient care:

Samantha English Day

THE EDELL FAMILY ENDOWED PRIZE IN COMMUNITY MEDICINE for commitment to community service and collaborating in service and outreach planning:

Chinyere I. Ogbonna

MATHILDE AND LOUIS SOLOFF PRIZE for superior knowledge, skill and interest in cardiology:

Paul Lewis Hermany

EMMANUEL WEINBERGER PRIZES for excellence in the subspecialties of Internal Medicine:

Kristin Elizabeth Criner (Pulmonary)

Jessica Lee Gould ( HIV/Infectious Diseases)

Carolynn Joy Ainsworth Nassar (Rheumatology)

ALLEGHENY COUNTY (PA) MEDICAL SOCIETY AWARD for outstanding academic performance, interpersonal traits, and extracurricular service:

Chinyere I. Ogbonna

LESLIE SQUIRES AWARD for outstanding compassion for patients:

Varsha Somasekharan

JERRY ZASLOW MEMORIAL AWARD for high academic achievement and well-rounded activity within the University and within the community:

Sara Jalali

DR. CHARLES SCHNALL ALUMNI AWARD FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE for the most outstanding performance in the clinical years:

Kelly Jeanne Loftus

DR. HAROLD LAMPORT BIOMEDICAL PRIZE for a paper selected on the basis of its scientific quality, completeness, accuracy, originality, and significance or merit:

Rani Nasser

THE DR. HERMAN BROWN AWARD for excellence in the study of the art and science of surgery:

Jigarkumar Anilkumar Patel

W. EMORY BURNETT PRIZE for outstanding work in surgery:

Anne Hemphill Warner

A. RICHARD KENDALL AWARD for Excellence In Urology:

Brandon John Manley

J. ROBERT TROYER AWARD for the graduate with the highest academic performance in the first curricular year:

Robert M. Kurtz

FRANK BALDINO AWARD for the graduate with the highest academic performance in the second curricular year:

Amy Elizabeth Hosmer

Barrett Anthony Little

CHARLES H. KRAVITZ AWARD IN INTERNAL MEDICINE for academic excellence, familiarity with the current medical literature, intellectual curiosity, warmth, humility, and a genuine commitment to patient care:

Mario Valentine Fusaro

THOMAS M. DURANT PRIZE IN INTERNAL MEDICINE for the member of the graduating class who best exemplifies the ideal physician:

Hannah Rebecca Ravreby

GERALD D. SHOCKMAN AWARD for outstanding scholarship in microbiology and immunology:

Jason Alan Grieshober

EARLE H. SPAULDING AWARD for outstanding scholarship and aptitude in microbiology and immunology:

Daniel William Upton

MATTHEW T. MOORE PRIZE for excellent performance in neurology, and for personal integrity and conscientiousness:

Katarzyna Kedzierska

RAYMOND C. TRUEX AWARD for excellence in neuroscience:

Porshia Marie Tomlin

THE SCHOLAR’S AWARD IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY for outstanding aptitude in Obstetrics and Gynecology and for overall excellence in academic performance:

Aaron Jeffrey Wagner

J. ROBERT WILLSON RESEARCH AWARD for great promise for pursuing a career in the reproductive sciences:

Amanda L. Horton

JOHN W. LACHMAN AWARD for outstanding performance in orthopaedic surgery:

Michael Patrick O’Malley

BERNARD J. AND MAX L. RONIS PRIZE IN OTOLARYNGOLOGY for commendable aptitude in ear, nose and throat medicine:

Grant Makani Kiyoshi Garbo

WALDO E. NELSON PRIZE for the outstanding graduate in Pediatric Medicine:

James Edward Moyer

MARY P. WIEDEMAN AWARD for the graduate who has received the highest achievement in physiology:

Daniel William Upton

O. SPURGEON ENGLISH AWARD for excellence in behavioral science, behavioral medicine and clinical psychiatry, and for outstanding clinical, academic and interpersonal skills:

Raj Lachman Chablani

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CLINICAL PATHOLOGISTS’ AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE for the student who best fulfills the ASCP criteria of academic interest and promise in the field of Pathology:

Christopher Sebastiano

HERBERT M. STAUFFER AWARD for special aptitude in radiology during the fourth year:

Marc Dobson Tolley

AUGUSTIN PEALE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PATHOLOGY for a member of the graduating class who demonstrated outstanding achievement in Pathology:

Christopher Sebastiano


Daniel J. Ackerman

Sang W. An

Bryn A. Boslett

Robert J. Brenchak

Brian D. Campfield

Marybeth R. Concannon

Samantha E. Day

Leigh A. DiCicco

Jonathan B. Finkel

Gurpreet K. Gill

Jason A. Grieshober *

Silke Heinisch

Amy E. Hosmer

Robert M. Kurtz *

Barrett A. Little

Kelly J. Loftus

Tiffany K. Lonchena

Daniel J. Mueller

Ann M. Murray

Carolynn J. Nassar

Adaobi I. Nwaneshiudu

Michael P. O’Malley

Kim A. Quach

Hannah R. Ravreby

Nathan C. Tiedeken

Marc D. Tolley

Porshia M. Tomlin

Daniel W. Upton *

Anne H. Warner

Jessica L. Wobb


* Inducted in the Third Year

Faculty Awards

THE MARY DELEO PRIZE for excellence in Basic Science Teaching:

James L. Heckman, PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology


Paul E. Lyons, MD, Professor of Family Medicine

BLOCKLEY-OSLER AWARD for a physician-member of the affiliate faculty for excellence in bedside teaching:

Giovanni Laneri, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Western Pennsylvania Hospital


A. Michelle Thompson, MD, Department of Internal Medicine
Geisinger Medical Center

GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS for outstanding dedication, ability and zeal in furthering the education of medical students:

James L. Heckman, PhD

Keith McNellis, MD

Carolina Retamero, MD

Carson D. Schneck, MD, PhD

Gerald H. Sterling, PhD


Peter Axelrod, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine

Section of Infectious Diseases