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Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity creates physicians of integrity with a lifelong commitment to our guiding principles of philanthropy, deity, and education through fellowship, service, mentoring, and formal training in leadership, science, and ethics.
In October of 1904, Aaron Brown and eight of his friends founded Phi Delta Epsilon at Cornell University Medical College. At that time, there were many doors closed to Jewish medical students and physicians, doors which would not fully open until after World War II.
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Karen attended medical school at University of Kentucky where she joined our Kappa Psi chapter twenty years ago. She became involved internationally after a decade of attending conventions and conferences and mentoring students. Karen practices medicine at the Cincinnati VA hospital and VA nursing home. Before receiving her medical degree, she received a master degree in nutrition. Karen is the recipient of this year’s Seymour Greenstone Graduate Member Award and she lives with her family in Lexington, KY.


Immediate Past President
Brian attended the University of Louisville for his BA, MD and Residency program. He recently moved to Illinois from Texas where he was an associate professor in the department of surgery at UT and the Medical Director of the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Now in Chicago, Brian is the Chief Medical Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. He has been named a “Hero of Emergency Medicine” by the American College of Emergency. Brian completed his first Iron Man competition in 2008.


Board Member
Russ is currently a resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Russ served as the International Medical Student Representative to the Board in 2010-2011 and has served as a Board Member since his graduation from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) in 2012. While at CCLCM, he was our Colony Coordinator and served as Chapter President for the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter. Russ initially joined PhiDE as an undergraduate and was a founding member of the OH Gamma Chapter at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He also served as the VP of Programming for the OH Gamma Chapter where he was instrumental in founding the chapter's annual charity banquet and silent auction to benefit the local CMN affiliate, Cincinnati Children's. Russ is married to PhiDE alumna, Brenda De La Cruz Stitzlein.


Board Member
Dr. Goldfischer received a BA from Tufts University where he majored in history. He received his MD from Cornell University Medical College where he was a member and later President of the Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon, and was elected to the board of the International fraternity as the medical student representative. He completed his internship in General Surgery and his residency in Urology at the University of Chicago, where he also served as chief resident. He received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Goldfischer authored/co-authored over 100 abstracts and articles in peer reviewed journals and regularly appears on radio and television. He is the founder and Co-CEO of Premier Medical Group of the Hudson Valley, a multi-specialty group and also serves as the Director of Research there. He is Chief of Urology at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.


Board Member
Dr. Anish Ghodadra is a resident in Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. He completed his undergraduate training in biomedical engineering and spent time as a medical device engineer before completing his medical training at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM). Anish completed his internship in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic before heading to Pittsburgh for Radiology residency. Anish will be completing his fellowship training in Interventional Radiology. He joined PhiDE as a founding member of the Epsilon Epsilon chapter and served as Colony Vice President of Recruitment and Chapter President. At our International Convention in 2012, Anish was honored with the Shipley Glick Award for Outstanding Medical Member. Anish joined the International Board in 2014


Board Member
Dr. Brittany Badal is a resident in Pediatrics at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg, FL. She first became involved with PhiDE as an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida, where she founded the FL Beta chapter and served as the Colony Coordinator and later Chapter President. She continued working with PhiDE as a medical student at the University of Louisville SOM where she served as Phi Chapter President. Additionally, Brittany served as the International Medical Student Representative to the Board in 2014-2015. She has attended multiple regional and international conventions and is excited to continue her work with our organization and bring the perspective as undergraduate, medical student, and now graduate member.


Board Member
Dr. Tony Chen has been a dedicated PhiDE frater since he founded the CA Iota Premedical Colony at the University of California, Berkeley his freshman year in 2006. He served as International Premedical Representative in 2008. Tony matriculated to the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine Class of 2014, during which he acted as Lead Facilitator for the 2013 West Coast Regional Leadership Conference. He matched to the University of Washington in Seattle, where he is currently pursuing his surgical training in Urology. Dr. Chen’s dedication to the fraternity is rooted in his passion for mentorship, legacy, and in promoting the motto of facta non verba. With his longitudinal membership experience, he hopes to bring forward innovative ways in which fraters and chapters from all levels and locations learn from and benefit from each other while deepening brotherhood bonds.


Board Member
Dr. Riley Cooper-McCann is a resident in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. Riley completed undergraduate training in social policy at Northwestern, volunteered with Americorps and completed research at the National Institutes of Health prior to medical school. Riley completed medical training at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) and a Master's in Public Health at Case Western Reserve University. Riley joined the Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon as a medical student and served as Chapter President, then as the International Medical Student Representative to the Board. Riley's dedication to PhiDE is rooted in a passion for service and a desire to see a generation of physicians who embody the spirit of Facta Non Verba, professionalism and respect for all.


International Convention Chair
Karthic Chandran attends Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University for Medicine and Sciences. He restarted our Beta Tau chapter in 2014 and served as the founding Chapter President and Colony Coordinator. Karthic attended University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and coordinated the annual charity gala "Miracles in May" raising over $10K during his senior year as the Vice President of Finance for IL Beta. In February 2016, Karthic was appointed the International Convention Chair. He will graduate from medical school in 2017


International Board Chair
Matt Razavian is an undergraduate student at Indiana University majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. He joined Phi Delta Epsilon in September 2014 and served his chapter as Vice President of Recruitment in 2015. He will be serving Phi Delta Epsilon's International Board while carrying out his duties as Indiana Alpha's Chapter President. Matt will graduate in spring 2017.


Karen Katz