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Terrific Third Years!

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Aarushi Chopra, MD

Undergrad: New York University

Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University


Interests: Interior design, cooking, traveling

Career Goal: Pediatric Weight Management and Primary Care

Where I live and what I love about it: Wilmington, DE. I love the short commute and easy parking!

Why I chose Nemours: Everyone says this but…the people!

Rutaa Desai, MD

Undergrad: Texas A&M University

Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine

Interests: I love being outdoors! I enjoy traveling and trying new vegetarian foods from all over the place. I also like binge watching TV shows when I get the chance.

Career goal: IOutpatient pediatrics! Clinic is my happy place.

Where I live and what I love about it: Wilmington, near Trolley Square. I love how close it is to the hospital and how pretty and peaceful the town is. There are lots of restaurants to try and sooo many parks to enjoy! The outdoors is beautiful here.

Why I chose Nemours: I had never stepped foot in Delaware before but I have family in New Jersey that I wanted to be close to. I also was hoping to have access to large cities nearby when I want a change in pace, and wilmington allows me to have that! I really enjoyed my interview, and even spoke with some of the residents on the phone after, and they told me everything they loved about the program. The fact that they took the time and effort to talk to me after their shift meant a lot and showed me what kind of people were residents at this program, so I knew I wanted to be a part of it! It’s also a plus to work at such a beautiful hospital :)


Julia Goroff, DO

Undergrad: Skidmore College

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Interests: Anything I can center around eating and drinking. Philly is a great food city!


Career goal: Primary Care


Where I live and what I love about it: Queen village in Philly. Easy walking distance to my co-residents, and again, so many great places to eat. We have a dog and 2 year old. There are lots of parks and other young families in the neighborhood. And always a street festival happening on the weekends.

Why I chose Nemours: I loved my sub-I rotation. Everyone was so welcoming and really gave me autonomy with the patients. It’s the people that really make the difference. I even had that sub-I attending send me a text on the first night of my third year to say congrats on making it all that way. That is the kind of family Nemours is.

Jenna O'Leary, MD

Undergrad: Clemson University

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine 

Interests: Eagles, Go Birds. Clemson, Go Tigers….Besides watching football I like spending time disc golfing with my husband Patrick and pup Floyd. Watching any and every show on Bravo and binge watching murder documentaries. And laying by any and all bodies of water!!!!


Career goal: Primary Care 

Where I live and what I love about it: East Passyunk area of South Philly. I love it because I have easy access to great Philadelphia restaurants and bars and am not too far from the stadiums or 95 to drive down to Wilmington.

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Lauren Jonas, MD


Undergrad: Cornell University

Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University


Interests: skiing, hiking, water sports, travel (I collect pins from every place I visit)

Career Goal: Undecided!

Check back in with me in a couple of years :)

Where I live and what I love about it: Wilmington. I love the proximity to the hospital and the quietness of my neighborhood. There are also really great restaurants in the area.

Dominique Jones, MD

Undergrad: George Washington University

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Interests: I love cooking, going to concerts, spending time with family, and playing with my dog Baloo

Career Goal: Undecided but leaning towards a hybrid of primary care and hospitalist

Where I live and what I love about it: Boothwyn, PA (part of Delaware county) which is about 15-20 min from the hospital. So far I love how close it is to 95 making it easy to get to Wilmington and Philly. 

Why I chose Nemours: I know this answer is cliche but the people are what made me choose Nemours. Even with virtual interviews I could tell that the residents in the program really looked out for each other and enjoyed not only working together but hanging out with each other. Also, being from Philly it was important for me to be close to family and Nemours had everything I was looking for right in my backyard.


Ghazal Khorrami, MD

Undergrad: Pennsylvania State University 

Medical School: Lewis Katz school of Medicine 

Interests: hiking, yoga, going to the beach, exploring new restaurants and then trying to cook the same food, squeezing my cat, napping every chance I get, hanging out with my friends and family.  

Career Goal: Right now everything seems very interesting so I will let you know next year!! 

Where I live and what I love about it: Philadelphia (Logan square area), I love that I get to go on hikes at Wissahickon park, walk by Schuykill river. I also love that I am an hour away from going to beaches in New Jersey. 

Jessica Knapp, MD

Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh

Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 


Interests: All things Bravo, true crime, ice cream and local breweries!

Career Goal: Currently applying for a neonatal-perinatal fellowship position!

Where I live and what I love about it: Philly - I currently live in South Philly and absolutely love it! From being able to walk to clinic and Jeff, to the restaurants, to the ice cream would not trade it in for anything!

Why I choose Nemours: It was the people! From the attendings I interviewed with to the residents I met, it felt like such a supportive group and just right for me.


Shafali Mahidadia, MD

Undergrad: Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Medical School: New Jersey Medical School

Career goals: Primary care pediatrics but still exploring

Where I live and what I love about it: Trolley Square in Wilmington, DE  Love the central location and smooth commute to work, lots of fun restaurants/bars walking distance with a younger population in the area who are always out and about!

Nick Manini, MD

Undergrad: La Salle University

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine


Interests: Huge Philly sports fan, basketball, video games, coffee, tacos, beer connoisseur 

Career Goals: Heme/onc fellowship

Where I live and what I love about it: Boothwyn, PA and love that it's about halfway between Wilmington and Philly (10 minutes from Nemours!)

Why I chose Nemours: Great people, beautiful hospital, exposure to all specialties/cases

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Hannah Martin, MD

Undergrad: Swarthmore College

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine


Interests: bird watching, reading, coffee - bird watching with a cup of coffee listening to audible? A perfect morning

Career Goal: Community hospital medicine

Where I live and what I love about it: The Riverfront in Wilmington - I love walking along the river, and having dinner right on the water! The commute to Nemours is easy, and I can drive into Philly or take Amtrak (I have yet to see President Biden!)

Why I chose Nemours: When I interviewed, I immediately felt the ease the residents (of all levels!) felt around each other. There was lost of laughter and good spirits. I knew I wanted to come to a program where residents were supportive of each other and who were comfortable around each other. I also wanted to come to a program where I would get education on a breadth of disorders and diseases ; I loved that I could learn on three distinct campuses.

Becca Matta, MD

Undergrad: Boston University

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine


Interests: The outdoors!  Camping, hiking, running, skiing. (Fun fact- I lived in a van in Alaska for a few weeks before starting intern year)

Career Goal: Working for a year then applying for Ped Emergency fellowship

Where I live and what I love about it: Washington Square West/Gayborhood in Philadelphia. Living in Philly is definitely worth it if you're on the fence!

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Erin Moroze, MD

Undergrad: Regis University

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine


Interests: Baking, napping, spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, hiking, and binging TV shows

Career Goal: General Pediatrics Primary Care

Where I live and what I love about it: Wilmington, DE. I love that I can get to the Riverfront, Delaware beaches, and Philadelphia in a reasonable amount of time. There is also plenty to do in Wilmington including eating good food, exploring local parks, and plenty of shopping!

Danielle Mullins, MD

Undergrad: Washington College

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine


Interests: Reading, Golfing, Gardening, Playing with my dog Remi

Career Goal: Pediatric/Newborn Hospitalist

Where I live and what I love about it: I live in a town called Rising Sun, MD. I love the more rural feel but still have close proximity to Wilmington, Baltimore and Philly.

Why I chose Nemours:  I grew up nearby and always dreamt of working at Nemours! Meeting the fellow residents during my interviews sealed the deal.

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Tanu Patel, MD

Undergrad: University of California, Berkeley

Medical School: University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

Interests: I like running and doing yoga in my free time! I also really enjoy meal-prepping, listening to music, and reading for fun.

Career goal: Most likely Neonatology, but I’m still exploring all the different options.

Where I live and what I love about it: I live in the Riverfront area of Wilmington. There are a lot of great paths and parks for walking around and being outdoors! (And it’s a very short commute to Nemours!)

Jim Sharer, MD

Undergrad: Penn State University

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Interests: I like to spend as much of my free time as possible hanging out with my lovely fiancée, Julianna. If I'm on vacation, you can usually find me golfing, skiing, or surfing. I got my skydiving license during medical school but haven't jumped much during residency..

Career Goals: Primary Care

Where I live and what I love about it: I lived in Queen Village (a neighborhood in SE Philly) during intern year and really enjoyed the neighborhood and the proximity to center city. I moved to Point Breeze (a neighborhood in SW Philly) for 2nd/3rd year because my roommate got a new job on the other side of town. Overall, I have been very happy with my decision to live in Philly during residency and have not been bothered much by the commute.

Why I chose Nemours: Because of all the wonderful people you're reading about on this website!

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Laura Stanfel, MD

Undergrad: Tulane University

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Interests: I love to sing, run (not fast but I have done 3 half marathons) and hike. I also love a good true crime documentary or podcast.

Career Goals: PICU

Where I live and what I love about it: I live in Trolley Square. I love being close to parks and trails for running and there are lots of great restaurants in the area!

Why I chose Nemours: Even through virtual interviews, I could tell that everybody from the program administration to the other residents were so kind and supportive, which was very important to me. I also loved all of the different clinical and educational opportunities available at Nemours and I knew I would get excellent training!

Paige Stansell, MD

Undergrad: University of Indianapolis

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Interests: You can always find me walking my dog, Sirius, or binging a new series or movie! I also love to hike, sing, play the piano, and bake!

Career Goal: I'm applying to Heme/Onc Fellowship this year!

Where I live and what I love about it: Trolley Square in Wilmington! I love how walkable it is to get anywhere that you would need and there’s lots of fun restaurants close by! Super short commute to the hospital and close to the Riverfront and other fun areas.

Why I chose Nemours: Fro-Yo machine!! Just kidding, beautiful hospital, perfect size for me, the residents seemed to really get along and had a great vibe!

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Brady Stevens, DO

Undergrad: University of Maryland

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: singing, running, musical theatre, true crime, podcasts, outdoors

Career Goal: Gen Peds, complex care

Where I live and what I love about it: South Philly. Easy access to 95, affordable, and lots of good food!

Why I chose Nemours: Location, beautiful hospital, medical complexity, fun people, LGBTQ supportive

Mercy Toma, MD

Undergrad: Southeastern University

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Interests: cooking Nigerian food (when I have the time), watching the real housewives of Atlanta and Beverly Hills, reading fantasy/paranormal fiction, having long discussions/arguments with my family about Marvel movies

Career goal: Hospitalist medicine

Where I live and what I love about it: Center City Philly. Love that Chinatown is right next to me so I have lots of options for boba, restaurants and groceries. 

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Megumi Tsuda, MD

Undergrad: Brown University

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Interests: Trying new cafes, pizza, and ice cream places

Career Goal: Pluripotent

Where I live and what I love about it:  Wilmington, Delaware- I love the 10 min commute to work, plenty of things to do and places to eat, drivability to Philadelphia 

Amanda Walker, MD

Undergrad: Williams College 

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College


Interests: baking, pizza, trying new Philly restaurants, hiking in Wissahickon, walking around Philly listening to podcasts, bioethics 

Career Goal: Still under consideration! Likely a hospitalist position short-term, then PICU fellowship

Where I live and what I love about it: Pennsport in South Philly! It's easy to get to Center City but nice to have a quieter neighborhood with more space (and parking!). Plus, it's super close to I95 so only takes me 28 minutes to get to Nemours (on a good day).

Why I chose Nemours: I'm sure all my co-residents have already mentioned the people, so I'll talk about the training! Nemours has every subspecialty you could want, and the attendings are so approachable and excited to teach. I really liked the X+Y schedule, and think it's a big improvement for outpatient education. I also liked our diversity of training sites -- I think our program really gives us the best of all worlds (even if it might mean a bit more driving!).

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