Cecilia M Smith, DOChair, Department of Medicine
Dr. 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 the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
Benjamin J Lloyd, MDProgram Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Dr. 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 the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He is engaged full time as faculty member specializing in inpatient teaching and simulation training.
Ronald K Herb, DODirector of Osteopathic Medical Education
Dr. Herb is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Reading Hospital’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. He serves as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His current professional interests include teaching residents and medical students in the ambulatory care setting. He is Site Director of the Primary Care Track located at the Berkshire Heights campus. Dr. Herb is involved in several committees that promote optimal treatment of chronic illness. Dr. Herb served on the board of Directors of Reading Health Physician Network from 2015-17.
Ryan P Zimmerman, DOProgram Director, Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Zimmerman is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-Virginia). He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Reading Hospital, and then served as Chief Resident/Junior Faculty member. Currently, he is Program Director of Osteopathic Medicine at Tower Health - Reading Hospital Internal Medicine Residency; the program was awarded Osteopathic Recognition by the ACGME during his tenure. He is a member of the ambulatory medicine faculty and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) and adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Sidney 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, MDTransitional Year Program Director
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 Master 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.
Krysta L Brown, DOAssistant Ambulatory Student Clerkship Director
Dr. Brown is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency with the Reading Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program and served as Chief Resident/Junior Faculty Member. She joined the Internal Medicine Practice as a full-time residency faculty following the completion of her residency. Dr. Brown’s professional interest include high value cost conscious care, ambulatory medical education and the role of nutrition and dietary changes to prevent and reverse chronic disease. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the PCOM Excellence in teaching award in 2017.
Jeremy M Ellis, MDDirector of Quality and Patient Safety
Dr. Ellis completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh prior to his medical education at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College 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.
Sarah J Luber, DO
Dr. Luber is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and Reading Hospital’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. After serving as chief medical resident, she joined the Internal Medicine Faculty with an Inpatient clinical focus. Dr. Luber is co-founder and active core member of the Reading Hospital Street Medicine Program, providing free care to the homeless of Berks County. Additionally, she holds an appointment as Tower Health Wellness Medical Director, with strong interest in population health and resiliency training. She is also involved in International Medical Missionary work and has developed a curriculum for an International Elective within the IM program.
Neha R Majmudar, MDOutpatient Faculty
Dr. 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, N.J., 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 the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
Lisa M Motz, MDStudent Clerkship Director & Inpatient Faculty
Dr. 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 the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She serves as a key academic hospitalist member of our faculty, teaching regularly on the inpatient medicine service.
- 2011 Dean's Award for Excellence in Education - Jefferson Medical College - Medicine
- 2011 Leon Peris Memorial Award for Teaching - Jefferson Medical College
Jonathan M Nesfeder, DOAssociate Program Director, Outpatient Medicine
Dr. Nesfeder is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine as a member of the Primary Care Track at Reading Hospital, Reading Health System in 2016. Following his Chief Resident/Junior Faculty year, Dr. Nesfeder remained with the program and is currently serving as Associate Program Director of Ambulatory Medicine and Medical Director of The Reading Hospital Internal Medicine Practice. His professional interests include medical education, ambulatory chronic disease management, and the integration of technology and patient care delivery.
Susmita Paladugu, MDAssociate Clerkship Director for Inpatient
Dr. Paladugu is a graduate from SVS Medical College, NTR University of Health Sciences, India. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency from Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Philadelphia in 2012. She has been working as Hospitalist teaching Internal Medicine Residents at Reading Hospital. She is excited to join Faculty and serve as Assistant Clerkship Director. Her career interests include medical education, incorporating scientific theories into teaching practices, curriculum development and especially point-of-care Ultrasonography.
Bryan J Romero, DOOutpatient Faculty
Dr. 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 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, DOOutpatient Faculty
Dr. 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.
Caitlyn R Moss, MDDirector of Curricular Development
Dr. Moss completed her undergraduate degree at Washington College prior to completing her medical education at the Penn State College of Medicine, where she graduated with distinctions in both AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. She serves as the Director of Curricular Development and an Academic Hospitalist. Her professional interests include medical education and quality improvement. She enjoys spending time golfing with her husband and snow skiing when she is not working.
Kaitlin M Tarconish, DOFaculty
Dr. Tarconish is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed residency training in internal medicine as a member of the Primary Care Track at Reading Hospital, Tower Health System, in 2018 and served as a Chief Resident/Junior Faculty member following her residency. After one year practicing as a non-academic outpatient internist, she was excited to return to the program as a full time ambulatory faculty member. Her professional interests include medical student and resident education in the ambulatory setting and ambulatory management of the complex medical patient.
Pavani D Pagolu, MDFaculty
Dr. Pagolu is a graduate of SV medical college, NTR University of Health Sciences, India. She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in 2008. She worked as an Academic Hospitalist for 12 years before joining the faculty of Internal medicine. She was a Co-director for the heart failure program and the physician leader for the Heart failure Unit. Her interests are medical education with focus on bedside teaching, clinical reasoning and Point of care Ultrasound. She will be leading the clinical education in Point of care Ultrasound. She is a mom of two boys and enjoys music, cooking and gardening.