Alissa Craft, DO, MBA
Dr. Craft was practically born a PhiDE member, attending her first convention before the age of 10. After that introduction to medicine and fraternity, she went on to complete medical school at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (now AT Still University). She then trained in Pediatrics at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and in pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care in San Diego, CA.

She worked for many years in clinical medicine before becoming involved in medical education. She served as Associate Dean at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to become Vice President of Accreditation for the American Osteopathic Association. Now, she consults for medical schools in the areas of accreditation and curriculum development.

Her other areas of interest are Quality Improvement in Health Care, Ethics in the NICU, and, of course, PhiDE.


Past 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.


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. 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.


C. Travis Watterson, MD.
Board Member
Dr. C. Travis Watterson is a diagnostic radiologist, currently completing a fellowship in pediatric radiology at Boston Children’s Hospital. Initially joining Phi Delta Epsilon as a charter member of the CA Gamma premedical chapter at UCLA in 2004, he went on to serve as that chapter’s Vice President and President. After obtaining his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychobiology, Travis received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia / Virginia Commonwealth University and completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. During residency, he further served as UCLA’s Chapter Advisor and as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Chief Resident in Diagnostic Radiology. He is looking forward to his upcoming move to Atlanta where he will further specialize in neuroradiology and pediatric neuroradiology as a fellow at Emory University.


Karen Katz
Karen Katz is the Chief Executive Officer of Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity and serves as an ex-officio member of the Board. She earned a bachelor of science from the University of Evansville and master of science in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Karen is a past president for both the Professional Fraternity Association (PFA) and Professional Fraternity Executive Association (PFEA). She has served Chi Omega Fraternity on the National Recruitment Team and is the University of Miami Chi Omega Recruitment Advisor.  She was the Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisor at Florida International University (FIU) for four years where she starting volunteering for numerous fraternities including Sigma Phi Epsilon which she advises now as the Alumni Advisory Council President. She has been a lead facilitator for the North-American Interfraternity Conference’s Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute since 2004 and volunteers on advisory boards for Campuspeak and Circle of Sisterhood.


Jess Walpole

Jess Walpole, MIV, attends The Ohio State University College of Medicine where she served as the Colony Coordinator for our Chi chapter. She has been a member of Phi Delta Epsilon since 2011. During her undergraduate career at Miami University in Oxford, OH, Jess served the Ohio Gamma chapter as a Committee Chair and Chapter President. She has attended numerous RLCs and International Conventions, and most recently served as the 2018 International Convention Chair. Jess will we graduating from OSUCOM in 2019 and is planning to pursue a career as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. As a Student Representative, she is focusing on mentorship and chapter building by helping premedical members achieve their goal of getting into medical school while making the most of their time in PhiDE!


Megan Obi

Megan Obi, MIV, attends Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Megan served as chapter president for our Upsilon chapter in 2016 and currently continues to serve on the Upsilon board in a peer advisory capacity. In 2017, Megan served as a member of the Conference Committee for the Midwest Regional Leadership Conference and at that time was also award the Shipley Glick Award for 2017 Outstanding Medical Member. Before attending medical school, she attended Columbia University where she majored in Neuroscience & Behaviour. Megan’s goal as a Student Representative is to help foster continued support of our members both during their time in and post medical school.

Learn About PhiDE


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. Read More