Eduardo D Espiridion, MDChair, Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Eduardo Espiridion is the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Reading Hospital. He did his residency training in Psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Medical Center-Hillside Hospital (now known as Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Zucker Hillside Hospital) in Glen Oaks, New York. He is board-certified in General Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also a Certified Physician Executive from the American College of Physician Executives. He is an Associate Professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at PCOM, WVSOM, and WVUSOM. Dr. Espiridion is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Espiridion is the faculty course director for Behavioral Health at the medical school, Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health. Dr. Espiridion is a recipient of several teaching awards, including the Nancy Roeske Certificate for Excellence in Medical Student Education from the American Psychiatric Association, Specialty Preceptor of the year award, Outstanding teacher recognition award, and recently, the Golden Apple Award from the Drexel University College of Medicine Class of 2023. He has more than 40 published research articles. His research had been presented in regional and national medical conferences. Dr. Espiridion also actively engages in research peer reviews.
Daisy V Shirk, DOProgram Director, Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Daisy Shirk obtained her B.A. in Psychobiology from New York University and her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She then completed a Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Upon completion of her training, Dr. Shirk worked in Private Practice and served as Medical Director for Keystone Children and Family Services in Central Pennsylvania. She has also served as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where she later started the Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship. She has also received the distinction of Distinguished Fellow of both the APA and AACAP. She is now the Program Director for the General Psychiatry Residency Program at Reading Hospital - Tower Health and is the Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Shirk is board-certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Community Psychiatry. Dr. Shirk is a “foodie” who loves to travel, read, and make quilts.
Khurram S Janjua, MDCore Faculty
Dr. Khurram Janjua is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry Attending at Tower Behavioral Health. Dr. Janjua completed his general psychiatry residency training at Harlem Hospital Center at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Janjua completed his fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Janjua enjoys spending time with family, long drives and exploring nature, baking pizza, wood working, do-it-yourself projects, jogging, landscaping, and aquascaping.
Larry A Rotenberg, MDVisiting Faculty
Dr. Larry Rotenberg is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada. After completing a rotating internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, he completed his residency in Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine, where he was Chief Resident in Senior Year. Dr. Rotenberg would later complete his fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Temple. He also spent time as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, where he served as Chief of Psychiatry at the U.S. Army Medical Center in Okinawa. He has been Chair of Psychiatry at Reading Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at Temple and PCOM. Dr. Rotenberg was the 2001 Sole Winner of the Presidential Award from the PA Psychiatric Society. His hobbies include opera, reading, and spending time with grandchildren.
Maria Ruiza Yee, MDFaculty
Dr. Ruiza Yee completed her medical school training at the University of the Philippines. She did her Psychiatry residency at Temple University and a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at the University of PA. After her psychiatry training, she was in private practice for 25 years, during which time she served as the Medical Director of the Partial Program at the Reading Hospital and the Clozaril Clinic, which she continues to do to this day. She was the first in the region to establish a Clozaril Clinic. She had also been the Medical Director of the ACT Program. She was the first female psychiatrist in Reading. She has served as the Reading Hospital Psychiatry Department CME coordinator. She was the past president of the PA Psychiatric Society. She was the recipient of the Psychiatrist of the Year award from the Lehigh Valley Psychiatric Society. She is a Distinguished Lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She has always enjoyed and has been involved in the education of medical students from Temple, PCOM, and Penn State/Hershey and PA students from DeSales University, as well as psychiatric residents from Temple, and residents from Family Medicine and Internal Medicine at the Reading Hospital. She is currently an Associate Professor at Drexel University and a Clinical Associate Professor at PCOM. In her free time, she has volunteered at the Food Pantry, her church in various capacities, her children’s school, and the Rotary Club. She loves to travel with her husband
John Gurski, DOFaculty
Dr. John Gurski is an attending psychiatrist at Tower Health. He currently works as Medical Director of the Tower Behavioral Health Assertive Community Treatment Team and Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization program. His specific interests within psychiatry include community psychiatry and the treatment of chronic psychosis. He is originally from Philadelphia, PA where he also completed medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and his residency training in Psychiatry at Albert Einstein Medical Center.
Gina M Cavorsi, MDFaculty
Dr. Gina Cavorsi has been a Tower Health Department of Psychiatry team member on and off since 2014. She currently oversees the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) Unit in the ED. Dr. Cavorsi received both her MD and MBA from Temple University. She completed her training in Adult Psychiatry at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Cavorsi’s previous experience includes serving as Medical Director of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Psychiatric Emergency Service, Medical Director of Reading Hospital’s Partial Hospitalization Program, and Chief Medical Officer of Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital. Dr. Cavorsi reconnected with the PES in October 2020 to return to her emergency psychiatry roots, spend more time with her husband and three children, and take on the additional role of coaching girls and boys track and field at Wyomissing Junior-Senior High School. Before her career in medicine, Dr. Cavorsi was a Collegiate Academic All-American in Track and Field and a member of the US Bobsled Team.
Regina P Reed, MD,PhDFaculty
Dr. Regina Reed completed an MD/PhD program at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Her research interests focus on psychopharmacology and substance abuse. She completed a Psychiatry Residency and Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reed is board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. She is working with the consultation-liaison service at Reading Hospital and is a member of the core faculty of the Tower Health Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Reed loves spending time with her family and enjoys creative writing and community theater.
William Santoro, MDFaculty
William Santoro, MD, received his medical degree from Central University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. He did his Family Medicine Internship and Residency at Reading Hospital. He is board-certified in Addiction Medicine through the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is also board-certified Family Medicine through the American Academy of Family Practice.
From 1985 until 2016, he had a private practice in Laureldale, PA which is now part of Tower Health Medical Group. He also served as the Medical Director at Albright College from 1985 to 2012 and as a health officer for the township of Laureldale from 1987 to 2015.
He formerly served as the Medical Director at Reading Hospital Drug and Alcohol Program for the Center of Mental Health from 1988 until its closing in August 2020. He has also served as the Medical Director to New Directions Treatment Services, a methadone maintenance program since 1999. He was the Associate Medical Director at the Caron Foundation from 1994 until 2002.
In 2014, Dr. Santoro was appointed the first Section Chief of Addiction Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine at Tower Health. Since 2016 he has focused his practice exclusively on Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Santoro received the Berks County Medical Society Community Service Award in 1997; the Jasper G. Chen See Medical Professional Award for work in Addiction in 1997; the William J. Schofield III Award for work in Addiction in 2006; the Jacob Albright Award for Community Service in 2012; the Counsel on Chemical Abuse Professional Service Award in 2015; and the William Alexander Service Award in 2017.
His community activities include starting the medical clinic within the Reading – Berks Emergency Shelter. He was the founder and race director to the “To Reading and Back 10K” charity run for Easter Seals Society; Co-founder and race co-director of the “Alligator Run 10K” charity run for Crime Alert of Berks County; and Assistant coach to the Berks County Special Olympics track and softball teams. He also served as a volunteer medical director to the US Olympic Training Teams in Lake Placid New York. In his spare time, he enjoys running marathons.
Lee J Radosh, MDMedical Director, Center of Excellence for Opioid Use Disorder
Dr. Lee Radosh is the Medical Director of Reading Hospital’s Center of Excellence for Opioid Use Disorder, and practices addiction medicine in Tower Health Medical Group in Reading, PA. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania, then his medical degree at the Temple University School of Medicine. He completed a family medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania, and a faculty development fellowship at Michigan State University. He became faculty at the Reading Hospital Family Medicine Residency in 2000 and served as program director from 2011 until 2017. He is credentialed through the National Institute of Program Director Development and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. From 2017-2019, while serving as part-time family medicine faculty, he completed the Caron Treatment Centers Addiction Medicine Fellowship in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, and is currently Fellowship faculty. He is board-certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
Sahithi Gosala, MDFaculty
Sahithi Gosala, MD, is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Drexel University and is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Gosala completed her Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Caron Treatment Centers.
Douglas Berne, MDVisiting Faculty
Dr. Douglas Berne is a double boarded (adult and child and adolescent psychiatry) psychiatrist who is a consulting psychiatrist to the residency training program. He trained at Penn State College of Medicine for medical school, residency, and fellowship. He is currently the psychiatrist at KidsPeace Berks Campus Partial Hospital Program. Before that, he was the section chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Reading Hospital. He enjoys teaching students and is a popular speaker. Apart from teaching, he enjoys scuba diving, photography, movies, riding his motorcycle, and his several dogs, including one active and one retired therapy dog.
Maria Lapchenko, DOFaculty
Maria Lapchenko, DO, is a board-certified Adult and Forensic Psychiatrist with a special interest in teaching medical students and residents about topics germane to the medico-legal practice of psychiatry. She completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA where she served as the Administrative Chief Resident in her final year. She completed her Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2019.
Dr. Lapchenko’s clinical interests include the treatment of severe and persistent mental illness and psychiatric illness that co-occurs with intellectual disability and neurocognitive disorders.
In her free time, Dr. Lapchenko volunteers for various local organizations that address food insecurity in Southeastern PA.
Hannah M Mishkin, MDEmergency Medicine Program Director
Dr. Hannah Mishkin is the Emergency Medicine Program Director at Reading Hospital. She obtained her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College, completed her residency at St. Luke’s Hospital, and earned a Master’s of Science in Developmental Biology. Along with Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Mishkin is also affiliated with the American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Emergency Physicians (where she chairs the Pennsylvania Chapter’s Wellness Committee), and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. Outside of the Emergency Department, Dr. Mishkin enjoys quieter activities such as yoga, reading, and hiking. She loves to travel with her three boys and husband, and hopes to hike all the national parks! Her favorite hikes so far are Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park, Maine and Grinnell Glacier Trail in Glacier National Park, Montana.
John C Sheffield, MDDirector, Family Medicine Residency Program
A native of New England, Dr. John Sheffield joined the residency faculty in 2016 after nearly 10 years in private practice, followed by more than 10 years in academic family medicine. Dr. Sheffield received his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by medical training at the Medical College of Virginia. Since his family medicine residency days at the St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh, he never lost his love for medical education and is now happily devoted to resident and medical student learning. After gaining a wealth of clinical experience from his days working on a Native American reservation, university group practice, and his small private practice in New Hampshire, he returned to academic medicine and has previously been affiliated with the Penn State College of Medicine, The Good Samaritan Hospital, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has previously served in multiple residency capacities and roles, including inpatient/outpatient clinical care, health center leadership, medical student education, curriculum development, associate program director, and interim program director. He has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards in both resident and medical student education. Areas of clinical interest include evidence-based medicine, inpatient internal medicine, primary care orthopedics, and primary care procedures. On a personal note, Dr. Sheffield resides in Lebanon, PA with his wife, three sons, and an extremely friendly, hungry cat. Given a free moment, he enjoys gardening, caring for his tropical fish, physical fitness, and cheering for his favorite high school, college, and professional sports teams.
Jyoti A Pillai, MDFaculty
Jyoti Pillai, MD, is a Neurologist/Epileptologist and the Medical Director for Epilepsy at Reading Hospital - Tower Health and the Program Director for the Neurology Residency at Reading Hospital. She is also an Associate Professor of Neurology at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Dr. Pillai completed her medical school training and received her MBBS from Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India. She then went on to complete her Residency in Internal Medicine at Topiwala National Medical College, Nair Hospital, Mumbai, India, receiving her MD degree. She also obtained her MRCP degree from the UK (London). She completed her Internship at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA, followed by a Neurology Residency at Hahnemann/MCP Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She also completed a 2-year Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology/Epilepsy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and a Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society. She is board-certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Epilepsy. She has more than 15 years of experience of treating patients with Epilepsy/Seizures and Neurological Disorders. She also has the expertise in interpretation of EEGs.
Her special interests include management of women with epilepsy and patients with Drug Resistant Epilepsy. Dr. Pillai's research interests include Epilepsy with a focus on women's health, drug-resistant epilepsy, status epilepticus, cognitive and behavioral issues, and health disparities in patients with epilepsy. Her hobbies include traveling, learning different languages and cultures, and hiking.
Amy Bausher, PsyDFaculty
Amy Bausher, PsyD, is the director of the Tower Behavior Health DBT program, Chronic Pain Management Program, and MBSR program. She has attended MDIV- Christian Theological Seminary School, received her MS in Psychology at Indiana State University, and received her PsyD in Health Psychology at Indiana State University.
Her clinical interests include whole-person wellness, use of mindfulness and evidence-based treatment of medical disorders, intersection of wellness and spirituality, and enhancing wellness in general. Her hobbies include traveling, playing piano, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her husband and children.
Stephanie McDonough, MA, LPC, PsyDFaculty
Dr. Stephanie McDonough is a professor for the residency program. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Albright College in 2005, her master’s degree in Community Counseling from Alvernia College in 2008, and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Immaculata University in 2019. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and will take her licensure exams at the doctoral level soon. Dr. McDonough’s current interests are traveling, both within the United States and abroad. Her hobbies include yoga and art.
Farah A Moyer, PsyDFaculty
Dr. Farah Moyer received her Doctorate in Psychology from LaSalle University in 2007 and completed her doctoral internship at Reading Hospital. She is licensed to practice psychology in Pennsylvania (2009). She provides individual and group therapy to adults with a range of mood and personality disorders. As a member of the comprehensive DBT treatment team, Dr. Moyer specializes in working with patients who engage in high-risk behaviors. She works from a cognitive behavioral model and uses evidence-based treatment approaches. In her spare time, Dr. Moyer enjoys supporting her two school-aged children at their arts and sporting events, relaxing with a good book, and attempting DIY projects with mixed results.
Margaret J Siebert, PsyDFaculty
Dr. Margaret "Peggy" Siebert is a licensed psychologist, having completed her undergraduate from Temple University and her Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Nova University (now Nova Southeastern University). She completed her clinical internship with University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark. Dr. Siebert started working at Reading Hospital in 1998 as a psychologist with a general population, teenagers through geriatric. Later, she supervised doctoral psychology students during their internship training while at UMDNJ and at Reading. Dr. Siebert has also been a lecturer in the Reading Hospital Residency Program.