Cecilia M Smith, DO

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.

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Anthony A Donato, MD

Program Director, Transitional Year Residency Program

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
     
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Benjamin J Lloyd, MD

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
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Michael Cusick, MD

Ophthalmology

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.

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Michael P Feightner, MD

Radiology

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.

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Michael L Haas, MD

Radiation Oncology

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.

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Ryan P 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.

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Lisa M Motz, MD

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
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Jeremy M Ellis, MD

Director of Quality and Patient Safety

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.

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Neha R Majmudar, MD

Faculty

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.
 

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Susmita Paladugu, MD

Associate Clerkship Director for Inpatient

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.

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Bryan J Romero, DO

Faculty

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.

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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.

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Kyle M Macaulay, DO

Faculty

Dr. Macaulay is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, where he played NCAA Division 1 soccer and majored in Biology. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Originally from Toronto, Canada, he completed his residency at the Reading Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2020 and is honored to continue at Reading Hospital as Chief Resident/Junior Faculty. His professional interests include medical education and curriculum development. After his chief year, he looks forward to joining the Hospitalist team at Reading Hospital.

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Caitlyn R Moss, MD

Director 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.

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Kaitlin M Tarconish, DO

Faculty

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.

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Pavani D Pagolu, MD

Faculty

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.

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