PhiDE LEADERSHIP

Karen

KAREN BARNES, MD
President
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.

Brian

BRIAN ZACHARIAH, MD
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.

Russ

RUSS STITZLEIN, MD
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.

Evan

EVAN R. GOLDFISCHER, MD, MBA
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.

Anish

ANISH GHODADRA, MD
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

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BRITTNAY BADAL, MD
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.

Tony

TONY CHEN, MD
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.

Riley

RILEY COOPER-MCCANN, MD
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.

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Karen Katz
PhiDE CEO

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Alli Jussila
Alli Jussila attends Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she is completing a joint major with honors in both Chemistry and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry. Alli joined PhiDE in Fall 2013, and has since served as Canada Beta's Vice President of Finance (2015-2016) and Chapter President (2016-2017). In 2016, she coordinated the first Canadian Anatomy Fashion Show, raising $1,400 for CMN Hospitals. Alli most recently served PhiDE as the 2017 West Coast Regional Leadership Conference Chair. She will graduate in 2018.

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Martin Wrobel, MIV
Martin Wrobel, MIV, attends Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Martin held the position of Beta Tau chapter Vice President of Finance for the Alpha class. In 2017, Martin was our Regional Leadership Conference Chair for the Midwest region. Before attending medical school, he attended Northwestern University where he majored in Economics and Political Science. Martin will graduate from medical school in 2018, and plans to pursue a residency in Family Medicine.

Learn About PhiDE

MISSION STATEMENT

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.

HISTORY

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. Read More