Notable Speakers

Dr. Francis Sutter (Cardiothoracic Surgery)- Keynote Address

Dr. Francis Sutter is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon who is nationally recognized in his leading work with minimally-invasive robotic assisted beating heart coronary bypass surgery. He has been practicing for over 30 years and is the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Main Line Health system and is a clinical professor of surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Dr. Sutter received his bachelor's degree from La Salle University, medical education from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he completed his residency at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. His passion towards robotic surgery stems from his devotion towards patient care as minimally invasive surgery provides patients with significantly far less trauma and pain. Having performed over 1000 surgical robotic-assisted procedures, Dr. Sutter is a world renowned leader in this continuously changing and advancing field of surgery.

Dr. John McPhilemy (Orthopedic Surgery)- Closing Address

Dr. John McPhilemy is a board certified orthopedic surgeon practicing in Philadelphia PA. He received his Batchelors degree from Saint Joseph’s University and his medical education form Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Mcphilemy has been practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine for over 30 years and is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center and Aria - Jefferson Health. He is an avid sports enthusiast and served as the team orthopedic surgeon to the Philadelphia 76ers for over 20 years. As former president of the Philadelphia Orthopedic Society and the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, Dr. McPhilemy has a passion for continuing education and furthering advances in the field of Orthopedic Surgery. In addition to his clinical duties Dr. McPhilemy serves as both a Chairman and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Steven Yocom (Neurosurgery)

Dr. Steven Yocom, DO, is a board-certified neurosurgeon who currently practices at Cooper University, with offices in Cherry Hill and Camden, NJ. He is currently Co-Director of the Cooper Neurological Institute Spine Program and is the Director of the Neurosurgery Residency Program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Additionally, Dr. Yocom is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University and a Professor of Neurosurgery at PCOM. Dr. Yocom received his medical medical degree at PCOM as well as his general surgical residency training. He continued on to complete his neurosurgery residencies at Allegheny University Hospital/MCP Division, Philadelphia, PA and Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA, and his neurology residency at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, England. Dr. Yocom specializes in complex spinal surgery. He utilizes advanced spinal techniques and cutting-edge technology to operate on all types of spinal disorders. He also lectures and trains other spinal surgeons both locally and nationally. Dr. Yocom employs minimally invasive surgical techniques in his practice. He has a particular interest in spinal trauma and spinal cord injury, cancer treatment of the spine and the treatment of degenerative disease of the spine. He is a current member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Surgeons, American Board of Neurological Surgeons, American Board of Osteopathic Surgeons, and Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.

Dr. Monique Gary (Surgical Oncology)

Dr. Monique Gary is a board-certified breast surgical oncologist who currently practices at Grand View Health in Sellersville, PA. Dr. Gary received her bachelor’s degree from Florida A and M University and her master’s degree in molecular biology from PCOM. Dr. Gary received her medical education at PCOM, completed her general surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts/Berkshire Medical Center and in 2015, completed her fellowship in breast surgical oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Gary specializes in minimally-invasive breast surgery, oncoplastic surgery, hidden- scar nipple sparing mastectomy, intraoperative radiotherapy, cryoablation, and lymph node sparing surgery. Dr. Gary also acts as the medical director of the NAPBC-accredited breast oncology program and the director of the Cancer Genetic Risk and Prevention Program at Grand View Health. In addition, Dr. Gary is a faculty member at both the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and PCOM. Dr. Gary is an editor for BAOJ surgery and the author of many peer-reviewed articles regarding cancer progression, surgical outcomes, and disparities research. Dr. Gary is very passionate about developing programs that focus on cancer risk and prevention as well as healthcare inequality in and around her hometown of Philadelphia.

Dr. Thomas Geng (Surgical Critical Care)

Dr. Tomas Geng Jr., DO, is board certified in general surgery, surgical critical care and neurocritical care. He currently is practicing at Reading Hospital in the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, where he is the Associate Trauma Program Medical Director. Additionally, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and program director of the PCOM Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. Dr. Geng received his medical degree from PCOM and completed his general surgery residency at St. Luke’s Hospital. After a couple of years of general surgery practice, Dr. Geng completed a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Surgical Critical Care. He has a keen interest in technology and it’s integration into patient care. His projects include assisting with implementation of a completely integrated EMR. Dr. Geng is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association and Berks County Medical Society. Additionally, Dr. Geng acts as the site coordinator for all PCOM surgical residents at Reading Health System.

Dr. Phillip Ginsburg (Urology)

Dr. Phillip Ginsberg, DO, JD is a board certified Urologist practicing in Philadelphia PA. He received his medical education from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. He received additional training in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and in pediatric urology at the Children's' Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Ginsberg is an active member of the Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons which monitors currently accredited surgical residency programs in the United States. He served as the Chairman of the Division of Urology at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and is a Clinical Professor of Urology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Additionally, he is past president of the National Osteopathic Urology Discipline and he maintains membership to the American Urological Association, the Mid-Atlantic AUA, the Pennsylvania Urological Association, and the Philadelphia Urology Society. Dr. Ginsberg graduated from the Temple University School of Law in 1995 and is a licensed Pennsylvania attorney, practicing part time in Healthcare Law.

Dr. Justin Karush (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

Dr. Justin Karush is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon currently practicing in Illinois. He received his Bachelor's degree from Tulane University in 2004. He attended medical school at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed a general surgery residency at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following residency in 2011 he was a thoracic research fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering. He completed a fellowship in thoracic surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He has an interest in thoracic oncology and practices general thoracic surgery and adult cardiac surgery.

Dr. Katie Cahill (General Surgery)

Dr. Catherine Cahill is a board-certified general surgeon who currently practices at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. She received her medical education at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in 2011. She completed her residency at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in general surgery and has been practicing general surgery for approximately 6 years.

Dr. Marcin Jankowski (Trauma Surgery)

Dr. Marcin Jankowski is a board certified trauma surgeon and the Medical Director of Trauma and Critical Care at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Jankowski received his Bachelors from Penn State University and graduated medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005. He completed a general surgery residency at PCOM and a fellowship in surgical/critical care at Christiana Care Health System. In the past, he has served as both the medical director for trauma at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and the co-medical director of the Institute of Clinical Education, Simulation, Innovation, and Safety at Crozer-Chester. Dr. Jankowski is an active member of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and serves on the Board of Examiners. His memberships include Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Fellow of American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, Society for Critical Care Medicine, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society for the Simulation in Healthcare, and the American Osteopathic Assocation. Dr. Jankowski is actively involved with utilizing simulation technology in healthcare education and creating innovative education opportunities for medical students and residents. He is currently involved with the Stop the Bleed campaign and is passionate about leadership in healthcare.

Dr. Meredith Perry (Urology)

Dr. Meredith Perry is a board certified urologist with the Jersey Urology Group. She studied biology and fine arts at St. Joseph’s University before going on to receive her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006. After completing a year of General Surgery, Dr. Perry fulfilled a 4 year commitment in the United States Navy as a flight surgeon with the Marine Corps where she deployed to Afghanistan. Dr. Perry returned from her time in the military to complete another year in General Surgery and 4 years in Urologic Surgery at the Detroit Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Michigan. During her residency, Dr. Perry trained in reconstructive urology, actively conducted research in prostate cancer, and became a nationally recognized speaker on PTSD.

Dr. William Meis (Vascular Surgery)

Dr. William Meis is a board certified Vascular Surgeon with Aria-Jefferson. He currently practices at the Frankford Campus. He recieved his Medical degree at the Philadelphia college of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982. After a General Surgery Residency at PCOM he completed a fellowship at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia for Vascular Surgery and has been practicing for over 25 years.