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John J. Russell, M.D., Program Director, Chief of Family Medicine

John J. Russell, M.D.

“Risus sit Amet” – My oldest daughter was to come up with a family motto for Latin class. She chose “risus sit amet “, which means laughter must be shared. Whether it is in the office with patients, teaching and learning with residents, or sitting at home with my children, I believe that laughter is the currency that helps give life meaning and is the most direct way to connect with others for it shows that we appreciate life, with all its complexities, inconsistencies and joys.

There is the old expression that medicine is “an art”. The question is which type of art is Family Medicine most like? In thinking about this question, I would say that family medicine is most like Jazz. When you watch a great jazz artist perform several nights in a row you hear many of the same songs each night. In the spirit of jazz though, they do not sound exactly the same. The “melody” of Family Medicine is Evidence Based Medicine. The tempo is defined by the needs of the patient. The improvisation that integrates the melody, tempo, and an indefinable quality of spirit is what makes the artist an artist, and what makes the medicine that each of us practices as unique as we are and allows us to change our approach based on the individual needs of each patient.

What background influences my art? My art of medicine is informed and influenced by the hard-working values of my family who taught me that anything worth doing is worth doing well. My art is informed by a deep sensitivity to people and enhanced by growing up just miles from the hospital, understanding the rhythms and nuances of the people of our community. I also bring the joy and wonder of someone who loves and is constantly amazed by the beauty, courage, energy, and devotion that our patients show us daily in how they handle their lives through health and disease."

Biography

Dr. Russell grew up close to Abington and currently lives with his family in the neighborhood where he was raised. He is a graduate of Temple University and the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine training at Abington Memorial Hospital, served as Chief Resident, and joined the faculty directly after his residency in 1993. He was named Program Director in 2012 and also serves as Chair of the Family Medicine Department at Abington-Jefferson Hospital. He served as President of the Abington Hospital Medical Staff from 2010-2012. He is member of multiple hospital and Health system committees and is Chair of both the Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Ethics Committees.

He has served as contributing editor for several primary care publications and has been published articles in multiple different journals.  Over the years, he has worked on educational projects for the AAFP, the American Diabetes Association and the Infectious Disease Society of America.  He does the monthly podcast for the ADA (Clinical Core Update) with Dr. Neil Skolnik. He is a host at ReachMD, most notably of “ReachMD Book Club” and “Clinician’s Roundtable”. He is also a co-author of two textbooks, Dermatology Skills in Primary Care and Common Dermatologic Conditions in Primary Care.

Dr. Russell lectures extensively to primary care physicians on a local and national level and has won several resident teaching awards.  At Abington he coordinates two large primary care CME events each year. He is involved as a presenter and organizer of many online CME programs. Dr. Russell has been  named a “Top Doctor” in Family Medicine by Philadelphia magazine multiple times. His professional interests include immunizations, dermatology, cardiology, pharmacology, medical history, and bioethics. Dr. Russell can be contacted at john.russell@jefferson.edu.

Publications

Publications

  • Russell J, Ryan E.  Common Dermatologic Conditions in Primary Care (textbook). Totowa,NJ: Humana Press, 2019
  • Internal Medicine News: Clinical Edge- Vaccine: Expert Commentary July 2018-Dec 2018
  • Pay Yourself First 2nd Edition: David Burd, Jim Hemphill : “Forward” TGS press 2016 (in press)
  • Co-Editor AAFP Learning Link Clinical Updates 2008-2012 (a bi-weekly literature review newsletter through AAFP)
  • Co-Editor Redi-Reference Clinical Updates Newsletter Jan 2001-2008 (A palm-based literature review newsletter for primary physicians)
  • Russell J, Cardillo S. “Challenging Cases in Effective Management of Type 2 Diabetes ” AAFP Learning Link Video CME series Available at http://www.aafplearninglink.org/Webcasts/Diabetes/Challenging-Cases-in-Effective-Management-of-Type2-Diabetes/index.aspx November 1, 2009
  • Russell J, Cardillo S. “Quality Management of Type 2 Diabetes: Approach to Medical Treatment” AAFP Learning Link Video CME series Available at http://www.aafplearninglink.org/Webcasts/Diabetes/quality-management-type-2-diabetes-approach-medical-treatment/index.aspx September 1, 2009
  • Albert R, Russell J “Solitary Pulmonary Nodule” Am Fam Physician October 15, 2009 Vol 80:8
  • Paller, A,  Jaworski JC, , Simpson EL, Boguniewicz M, Russell JJ,  Block JK, , Feldman SR,Clark AR, Tofte S,  Eichenfield L “Major Comorbidities of Atopic Dermatitis: Beyond Allergic Disorders” Am J Clin Dermatol 2018 Dec; 19 (6): 821-38 PMID 30168085
  • Russell J “Community Acquired Pneumonia” (chapter) Infectious Disease in Primary Care. Totowa,NJ: Humana Press, 2007
  • Russell J, Albert R “Adult Immunizations” (chapter) Infectious Disease in Primary Care. Totowa,NJ: Humana Press, 2007
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J. (prepared Palm Version) Guidelines for Antiviral Therapy in Influenza 2006:CDC
  • Russell J “Community Acquired Pneumonia Guidelines” (chapter) Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care. Totowa,NJ: Humana Press, 2006
  • Trozak DJ, Tennenhouse DJ, Russell J. Dermatology Skills for Primary Care (textbook). Totowa,NJ: Humana Press, 2005
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J. Clinical Guidelines for Family Physicians: Diabetes. Family Practice News. April 16, 2005.
  • Russell J. Helping Patients Take control of Their Asthma. Patient Care. April 2005;39(vol 4):15-25.
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J. (prepared Palm Version) 2005 American Diabetes Association: Clinical Practice Recommendations
  • Russell J. Expert Perspective on Depression. Pri-Med Online. Sept 6, 2004
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J. Clinical Guidelines for Family Physicians: Diabetes. Family Practice News. April 15, 2004.
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J. (prepared Palm Version) 2004 American Diabetes Association: Clinical Practice Recommendations
  • Russell, J (prepared Palm Version) Infectious Disease Society of America Community Acquired Pneumonia Guidelines 2004
  • Russell J (prepared Palm Version) Infectious Disease Society of America Lyme Disease Clinical Guidelines 2003
  • Russell J. Get Ready for this Year’s Flu Season. Patient Care. October 2003;37(vol 10):40-52
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J. (prepared Palm Version) 2003 American Diabetes Association: Clinical Practice Recommendations
  • Russell J., Godek B., Adult Immunizations: Underused in Primary Care. Patient Care. July 2003; 37:53-65
  • Russell J. Topical Tacrolimus: A New Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis. Am Fam Physician Nov 15, 2002; 66:1899-1902.
  • Russell J. Topical Therapy for Acne. Am Fam Physician Jan 15, 2000;61:357-66.

Presentations

Presentations

  • AAFPANP National Meeting “Making Influenza a Primary Care Concern” July 25, 2020 (virtual)
  • National Forum for Specialty Pharmacists “The Evolving Landscape of Atopic Dermatitis: Implications for Specialty Pharmacists” June 30, 2020 (virtual)
  • ACP; “Improving Adult Vaccine Confidence-Harnessing Shared Decision Making To Improve Compliance” June 30, 2020 (virtual)
  • NJAFP Family Med Forum “Influenza Frontline Management and Prevention” June 27, 2020 (virtual)
  • Grand Rounds Adventist Shady Grove Medical Center. “Overcoming Challenges in the Treatment of Influenza: Examining the Underuse of Antiviral Therapies and Exploring Novel Approaches” Rockville, MD June 25, 2020 (virtual)
  • AAAAI National Meeting “Influenza: Reducing Complications in High Risk Patients through Advanced Treatment Options” June 10, 2020
  • NPACE Meeting “Influenza Treatment in the Primary Care Setting” April 23, 2020, Chicago (virtual)
  • Virginia Academy of Family Physicians Winter Retreat, “Influenza Frontline Management and Prevention for Family Physicians. Wintergreen, VA, January 24, 2020
  • Grand Rounds Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health. “Influenza Update 2020” January 29, 2020
  • NACE Conversations in Primary Care: “Leveraging GLP-1 Receptor Agonists to Advance Glycemic and Extraglycemic Goals in Type 2 Diabetes” Dec 7, 2019, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Infectious Diseases of Children “Tis’ the Season- Pediatric and Adolescent Influenza” Nov 23, 2019 New York, NY
  • Texas Academy of Family Physicians; “Influenza Frontline Management and Prevention for Family Physicians.” Nov 9, 2019, Houston, TX
  • Temple University Family Medicine Review Course: “Update Pediatric Antibiotic Guidelines” Cherry Hill, NJ, October 26, 2019
  • Society of Hospital Medicine “Influenza: Prevention and Treatment”, October 6, 2019 Austin, TX
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update: Abington PA, October 5, 2019 “Top Articles in Primary Care”
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update: Course Director. Abington PA, October 5, 2019
  • AAFP FMX. “Influenza Vaccine in Patients Over 50”, Philadelphia, PA, September 25, 2019
  • AAFP FMX. “Treating Influenza: Where We Are and Where We’re Going”, Philadelphia, PA, September 22, 2019
  • ACOFP Intensive Board Review Course. “Immunization Update 2019” Chicago, IL August 23, 2019
  • ACOFP Intensive Board Review Course. “Pulmonary Function Testing” Chicago, IL August 23, 2019
  • Thomas Jefferson University Family Medicine Review Course; “Adult Immunization Update 2019” June 22, 2019, Rehoboth, DE
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update: The Patient with Gastrointestinal Disease Course Director. Abington PA, April 26, 2019
  • ACP Annual Meeting. “Treating Influenza: Where We Are and Where We’re Going”, Philadelphia, PA, April 9, 2019
  • Temple University Family Medicine Review Course: “Update Pediatric Antibiotic Guidelines” Cherry Hill, NJ, March 22, 2019
  • NJAFP “Pneumococcal Vaccination” January 15, 2019
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update: Abington PA, October 26, 2018 “Top Articles in Primary Care”
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update: Course Director. Abington PA, October 26, 2018
  • Bucks County Health Department Meeting “Influenza Update” October 17, 2018 Doylestown, PA
  • Thomas Jefferson University Family Medicine Review Course; “Pediatric Immunization Update 2018” June 20, 2018 Rehoboth, DE
  • Thomas Jefferson University Family Medicine Review Course; “Adult Immunization Update 2018”: June 20, 2018 Rehoboth, DE
  • Pri-Med West “Influenza in Older Adults” Anaheim, CA, June 1, 2018
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update: Orthopedics Course Director. Abington PA, May 3, 2018
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update: Abington PA, Nov 5, 2017 “Top Articles in Primary Care”
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update: Course Director. Abington PA, Nov 5, 2017
  • FMEC: “Financial Management for Family Medicine Residents and Students”; October 23, 2017, Cleveland, OH
  • FMEC: “Pulmonary Function Testing” October 22, 2017, Cleveland OH
  • Temple University Family Medicine Review Course:” Immunization Update 2017” Valley Forge PA, October 10, 2017
  • Thomas Jefferson University Family Medicine Review Course: “Adult Immunization Update 2017”, June 19, 2017 Rehoboth, DE
  • Temple University Family Medicine Review Course; “Immunization Update 2017” Valley Forge PA, March 19, 2017
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update: Course Director. Abington PA, Nov 4, 2016 “Top Articles in Primary Care”
  • PCMH Congress:  “Addressing Barriers to Top Quality Diabetes Care in 2016” Chicago. October 8, 2016
  • NJAFP Immunization meeting. (Keynote Speaker): "Improving Pneumococcal Immunization Rates” June 22, 2016. Philadelphia, PA
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update: Women’s Health Course Director. Abington PA, May 13, 2016
  • PAFP “Adult Immunization Update 2016” Lancaster, PA May 6, 2016
  • Pri-Med West “Influenza in Older Adults” Anaheim, NY April 28, 2016
  • Pri-Med New York “Immunization Update 2015” New York, NY Nov 19, 2015
  • Pri-Med Updates “Immunization Update 2015” Indianapolis, IN Nov 6, 2015
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update Abington PA, Course Director October 30, 2015 “Top Articles in Primary Care 2015”
  • AAFP FMX “Optimizing Type 2 Diabetes with a GLP-1 Receptor” Denver, CO Oct 1, 2015
  • Pri-Med East “Immunization Update 2015” Boston, MA Sept 19, 2015
  • Gitlin Primary Care Update: Neurology-Course Director Abington , PA Director May 15, 2015
  • Pri-Med South “Immunization Update 2015” Fort Lauderdale, FL Feb 5, 2015
  • Best Practices in Primary Care Medicine, “Early and Aggressive LDL-C Management: Perspectives on Commonly Asked Questions” Philadelphia, PA June 18, 2010
  • Pri-Med New York (pre conference) “Early and Aggressive LDL-C Management: Perspectives on Commonly Asked Questions” New York, NY June 16, 2010
  • Pri-Med Southwest (pre conference) “Early and Aggressive LDL-C Management: Perspectives on Commonly Asked Questions” Houston, TX March 3, 2010
  • Best Practices in Primary Care Medicine, “Early and Aggressive LDL-C Management: Perspectives on Commonly Asked Questions” (Reston, VA; Atlanta GA) 2009
  • Pri-Med Updates “Hypertriglyceridemia: An Independent Risk Factor for Coronary Disease” (Brooklyn, East Rutherford, Miami )2009
  • Primary Care Update, “Top Articles in Primary Care” Abington PA October 2, 2009 (Course Director as Well)
  • Pri-Med Updates “Early and Aggressive LDL-C Management: Perspectives on Commonly Asked Questions” New Orleans, LA; Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh PA; Melville, NY) 2009
  • Pri-Med Updates “Managing Triglycerides: A Crucial Component of Cardiovascular Risk Reduction” (New York, NY, Pittsburgh, PA) 2008
  • Primary Care Update “Top Articles In Primary Care” Abington Memorial Hospital Sept 26, 2008 (Course Director as well)
  • Medical Grand Rounds “Influenza” Abington Memorial Hospital Sept 24, 2008
  • Pri-Med Updates “LDL the Moving Target: Getting Your Patients To Goal” (Minneapolis, MN; Brooklyn, NY) 2008
  • Primary Care Network: Best Practices in Primary Care “LDL the Moving Target: Getting Your Patients To Goal” (Orlando, FL; Baltimore, MD; San Antonio TX; Dallas TX)2008
  • Pri-Med Updates “Dyslipidemia: From Evidence to Implementation: Getting Patients To Goal” (East Rutherford, NJ Pittsburgh, PA, Baltimore MD); 2007
  • Temple University Family Medicine Review Course, Lancaster, PA
    • Workshop-“Case Studies in Lipid Management” Sept 25, 2007
  • Center for Business Intelligence 7th Annual Forum on Continuing Medical Education “The Growth of Online CME and Its Impact on the CME Experience for Physicians”, Philadelphia PA; June 18, 2007
  • Pri-Med Updates “Targeting Triglycerides to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk: Focus on Omega-3 Fatty Acids” (Jacksonville, FL; Philadelphia, PA, St Paul MN)2007
  • Primary Care Network: Best Practices in Primary Care “Dyslipidemia: From Evidence to Implementation: Getting Patients To Goal” (Atlanta, GA; New York, NY; Detroit MI;Baltimore)2007
  • Pri-Med Updates “Top Primary Care Articles of 2006” Princeton, NJ March30, 2007
  • Temple University Family Medicine Review Course, Lancaster, PA
    • Workshop-“Case Studies in Lipid Management” March 27, 2007
  • Pri-Med Updates “Dyslipidemia: From Evidence to Implementation: Getting Patients To Goal” Elmhurst, IL Feb 23, 2007
  • Pri-Med Updates “Adjunct Therapy to Statins: The Use of Omega-3 Fatty Acids”
    • (Sacramento, CA; Portland OR;Dallas, TX; Orlando FL) 2006
  • Temple University Family Medicine Review Course, Lancaster, PA
    • Workshop-“Case Studies in Lipid Management”
    • Lectures: “Sinusitis”
      • “A Primary Care Approach to Lipid Management” Sept 26-27,2006
  • Pri-Med Updates “Combination Lipid Therapy” (Harrisburg, PA; Miami, FL; Cincinnati, OH; Detroit, MI; Princeton, NJ) 2006
  • Pri-Med Updates “Top Primary Care Articles of 2005” Indianapolis, IN March 24, 2006
  • Pri-Med Updates “Evidence-Based Medicine at the Point of Care” Pittsburgh , PA; Portand OR) 2006
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine-Northeast Regional Meeting “ECG 101-Minding Your P and Q Waves” Hershey, PA October 27, 2005

Mathew M. Clark, M.D., M.A., Associate Director

Mathew M. Clark, M.D., M.A."Work is love made visible.” – Kahlil Gibran

Biography

"I’m privileged to have been a physician and teacher for almost 40 years. Although our work can be stressful and tiring—especially during medical school and residency—at its best it can also be deeply meaningful and rewarding. I enjoy being part of our residents’ lives and learning, as they morph from recently-graduated students to competent attending physicians."

Dr. Clark has a B.A from The Evergreen State College, an M.A. in psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and an M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Family Medicine faculty at Abington in 1990, he worked in a community health center and an emergency department in Philadelphia. He has also spent extended periods of time doing medical service in Thailand and Mexico, and regularly performs forensic medical evaluations for refugees seeking political asylum. Dr. Clark has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics. He regularly speaks and publishes for a national Family Medicine audience. Areas of interest include geriatrics, procedural medicine, and physician well-being.

Dr. Clark is a traditional and jazz musician. Before COVID-related restrictions, he played several times a week in clubs, for dances, and for hymn-singing at Abington Friends Meeting. Dr. Clark can be contacted at mathew.clark@jefferson.edu.

Publications

Publications

  • Cancer screening in the older patient Am Fam Phys 2008;78(12):1369-74,76.
  • Sinusitis. in Essential Infectious DiseaseTopics for Primary Care. Humana Press. 2008. 57-64.
  • Guidelines: Pharmacologic treatment of dementia. Fam Pract News 2008;Apr 15:31
  • Top studies of 2006. Pri-Med online. 2007.
  • Restless legs syndrome.in Essential Practice Guidelines in Primary Care.Humana Press.2006;317-21
  • Guidelines: restless legs syndrome. Fam Pract News 2006; Apr 15:53
  • How to sort out a complaint of dizziness. Patient Care 2003;May:44-52.
  • Restless legs syndrome. J Am Board Fam Pract 2001;14:368-74.
  • Combination antihypertensive drugs: recommendations for use. Am Fam Phys 2000;61(10):3049-56
  • Preventive dentistry and the family physician. Am Fam Phys 1996;53(2):619-26.
  • Medical care of the dental patient. Am Fam Phys 1995;52(4):1126-32.
  • Oral Ketorolac: simply an ordinary NSAID (letter). Am Fam Phys 1994;51(2)352-4.
  • Teething may not be the culprit (letter). Emer Med 1994;June:6.
  • Cardiovascular complications of cocaine abuse (letter). Am Fam Phys 1993;47(5):1072.

Presentations

Presentations

  • Restless Legs Syndrome , Nocturnal Leg Cramps.Lancaster Family Practice Review, March 2013
  • Cerebrovascular disease SAM workshop. Lancaster Family Practice Review, March 2013
  • Pharyngitis, Otitis, Sinusitis. Primary Care Update, Abington Nov 2012
  • Obstructive sleep Apnea. Lancaster Family Practice Review April, April 2012, Sept 2012
  • Health Behavior SAM Workshop Lancaster Family Practice Review. April 2011, Oct 2011
  • Vitamin D; Facts and Fallacies. Primary Care Update. Abington Oct 2010
  • Chronic Pain. Best Practices in Primary Care. Atlanta June 2010
  • Fibromyalgia. Pri-Med Update. NYC June 2010
  • Travel Medicine. PAFP Clinical Education Series, Lancaster, June 2010
  • Polypharmacy in the Elderly. Lancaster Family Practice Review. April 2010
  • Community Acquired Pneumonia. Lancaster Family Practice Review. April 2010
  • Pulmonary Artery Hypertension Pri-Med Updates, Dearborn November 2009
  • Fibromyalgia: Myths and Realities. Primary Care Update. Abington October 2009
  • Dental Issues in Family Medicine. PAFP Clinical Education Series, Hershey June 2009
  • Antibiotic Use in Upper Respiratory Infections. PAFP Clinical Education Series, Hershey June 2009
  • Dementia, Delirium, and Depression. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2009, Sept 2009
  • Fibromyalgia. Pri-Med Updates. Houston, March 2009, Norfolk May 2009, Nashville June 2009, Reston November 2009
  • Judicious Antibiotic Use in Upper Respiratory Infections. Primary Care Update. Abington Sept 2008
  • Restless Legs Syndrome. Pri-Med Updates. Raleigh May 2008, Wash D.C. June 2008, Chicago June 2008
  • Cancer Screening in the Elderly. Lancaster Family Practice review May 2008
  • Physician Well-being. Workshop . Lancaster Family Practice Review. April 2008, September 2008
  • Herpes Simplex. Lancaster Family Practice Review April 2008, September 2008
  • The Year’s Top Studies. Pri-Med Updates. Nashville March 2008 Indianapolis May 2008
  • Fibromyalgia. Pri-Med Updates. Dallas March 2008, Los Angeles Nov 2008
  • Physician Well-being. PAFP Clinical Education Series. Nov 2007
  • The Year’s Top Studies. PAFP Clinical Education Series. Nov 2007
  • Physician Well-being. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2007, Sept 2007
  • Dementia Workshop. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2007, Sept 2007
  • Otitis Media: an Approach for 2007. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2007, Sept 2007
  • Pediatric Sleep Problems. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2007, Sept 2007
  • Hypertension Workshop. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2007, Sept 2007
  • Top Studies of 2006. Pri-Med Updates. St. Louis. March, 2007
  • Restless Legs Syndrome. Pri-Med Updates. Houston, Jan 2007, Chicago April 2007. Anaheim May 2007. NYC Aug 2007. Baltimore Dec 2007.
  • Restless Legs Syndrome. Pri-Med Updates. Hartford Oct 2006, Brooklyn Oct 2006, Minneapolis Nov 2006, Portland Nov 2006
  • Breaking Bad News to Patients PAFP Clinical Ed. Series, Williamsburg, VA July 2006
  • Restless Legs Syndrome PAFP Clinical Ed. Series, Williamsburg, VA July 2006
  • What Do You Mean, “Dizzy”? Lancaster Family Practice Review, March 2006, Sept 2006
  • Dental Issues in Family Practice. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2006, Sept 2006
  • Physician Satisfaction and Well-Being. STFM Regional Meeting. October, 2005
  • Restless Legs Syndrome. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2004, March 2005, September 2005
  • Pharyngitis: Is it Strep? Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 2003, October 2003.
  • Sharpening Your Suturing Skills. STFM Regional Meeting. October 1998
  • Beyond the Retirement Community. STFM Regional Meeting. October 1998
  • Dental Issues in Family Practice. Lancaster Family Practice Review. March 1996
  • Medical Consequences of Dental Health. “Sunday Rounds”. National Public Radio. October 1995.
  • Joint Aspiration and Injection Techniques. STFM Regional Meeting. October 1994.

Amy L. Clouse, M.D., Associate Director

Amy L. Clouse, M.D.

"When I first walk in the room to see a patient, the first thing I notice is if they look happy or sad. I do this because a person’s mood sets the tone for the visit and likely their approach to their healthcare and probably their life. What has always intrigued me is who someone is and not just what their disease is, because who they are influences more than anything else how they do with whatever it is they are seeing me for. I feel the same way about teaching: who someone is, their orientation toward learning, how they learn, it all helps me to understand how to best help them to grow both as a doctor and as a person."

Biography

After earning her B.A. in Biological Sciences with a Minor in Women's Studies from Northwestern University, Dr. Clouse attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania where she received her M.D. degree with Honors. She started post-graduate training in Obstetrics/Gynecology at the Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center and then changed to Family Medicine when she realized that her professional interests in women's health would be better served by this specialty. Dr. Clouse completed her residency training at the West Jersey Family Practice Residency Program in 1998 as Chief Resident.

Dr. Clouse brings strong skills, experience and enthusiasm for women's health care to our program including obstetrics, menopausal issues, and gynecologic procedures such as colposcopy and endometrial biopsies. She also holds a Certificate for Added Qualifications in Adolescent Medicine and has a special interest in eating disorders and other adolescent issues such as contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.

Dr. Clouse speaks nationally on women's health topics and has multiple publications to her credit. She has recently co-edited a women's health book for primary care providers and contributed two chapters to that book. She considers herself a “foodie”, always enjoys a good book and a great glass of wine and can often be found training for a local running race. She can be reached at amy.clouse@jefferson.edu.

Selected Publications Since 2005

Selected Publications Since 2005

  • Clouse, A, Sherif, K, eds. Women’s Health in Clinical Practice: A Handbook for Primary Care. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press 2008.
  • Clouse, A. Cervical Cancer Detection and Prevention: New guidelines for screening and managing abnormal Pap tests. (chapter) Women’s Health in Clinical Practice. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press 2008.
  • Clouse, A. Eating Disorders: Primary Care Assessment and Management. (chapter) Women’s Health in Clinical Practice. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press 2008.
  • Clouse, A. Skolnik, N. Clinical Guidelines for family physicians: Eating Disorders. Family Practice News. 15 May 2007 (Vol. 37, Issue 10, Page 29).
  • Clouse, A. Cervical Cancer Detection and Prevention: New Guidelines for screening and managing abnormal Pap tests (chapter) Clinical Guidelines for Primary Care, Humana Press. Totowa, NJ 2006.
  • Clouse, A. Women's Health: Managing cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. Patient Care, May 2005.

Selected Presentations Since 2005

Selected Presentations Since 2005

  • Weighing In: Managing Eating disorders from a Primary Care Perspective. Primary Care Update-Women’s Health Focus, Abington Hospital June 5, 2010
  • Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding. Temple University Family Practice Review, Lancaster PA. March 2010
  • Adolescent Contraception: Making an informed choice Pediatric Grand Rounds, Abington Memorial Hospital, February 2010.
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases Update. Temple University Family Practice Review, Lancaster PA. March 2009, September 2009.
  • Contraception Update: Pills, Patches and Postcoitals. Temple University Family Practice Review, Lancaster PA. March 2009, September 2009.
  • HPV Update: Primary and Secondary Cervical Cancer Prevention Family Medicine Grand Rounds, Lancaster General Hospital. March 2008.
  • Pap Smears, HPV Typing and the HPV Vaccine: Where do we stand? Temple University Family Practice Review, Lancaster PA. March 2007, September 2007.
  • Contraception Update. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Northeast Regional Meeting, Boston, MA October 2006.
  • Pills Patches and Postcoitals Abington Hospital Family Medicine Department Meeting July 2005.
  • "Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Among Underserved Women: The Case of the Pap Test," Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Northeast Regional Meeting, October 2005.

Susan Fidler, M.D., Associate Director

Susan Fidler, M.D.

“Shoshin” is a concept derived from Zen Buddhism meaning “with a beginner’s heart, mind and spirit.”

These are words that resonate with me and represent why I love working with our resident physicians here at Abington Family Medicine. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to help educate and guide our new physicians as they learn new skills and face new challenges in this continually changing era of healthcare. My time with our residents and students reminds me to approach the problems and issues my own patients face with enthusiasm and a “beginner’s heart”.

Biography

Dr. Fidler is a graduate of Villanova University and The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine residency at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh. She holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine and completed a fellowship at Jefferson’s Rothman Institute. Prior to joining Abington Family Medicine in 2014 she worked as a full-time primary care provider for Abington Health. She enjoys spending time with her husband, children, family and friends. She likes to spend her free time cooking, at the beach and watching sports. Dr. Fidler can be reached at susan.fidler@jefferson.edu.


Gerald J. Hansen, III, M.D., Associate Director

Gerald J. Hansen, III, M.D.

"One of my favorite patients was a wonderfully wise and delightful Ukrainian great grandmother. She lived until almost her 102 birthday in a residential apartment in one of the retirement communities we provide care. In spite of complex medical problems such as inflammatory bowel disease, Parkinsonism and aortic stenosis, her mental faculties were quite sharp. She loved it when I would bring by medical students and our residents to sit and speak with her. As well as teaching these folks medicine in Geriatrics, she would impart some of the wisdom gained from a century of experience. Her favorite nugget was “after everything is said and done, the only thing that matters is love.”

The nurses at her facility informed me that she was refusing to eat or take her medications and that she wanted to die. I sat down and spoke with her to make sure that pain, depression or any reversible condition was not behind her decision. She assured me that was not the case and that she was happy that her time had come. With tears in my eyes, I told her I would miss her and that it was my privilege to know and care for her. She looked at me and asked with her Ukrainian accent, “May I say something doctor?” “Certainly," I replied. She grabbed my hand tenderly and said, “You have been a wonderful friend.”

The richness of patient relationships and the gifts of the opportunities to facilitate learning by students and residents are what make being a family physician and teacher so special to me. Our program has many stories such as this and we welcome you to become a part of them."

Biography

Dr. Hansen is a graduate of Trinity College and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his family medicine training at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia and post residency training in family therapy at the Child Guidance Clinic of Philadelphia. Dr. Hansen has over 20 years of experience in teaching residents and medical students and has been director of the program for nine years. In addition to his Board certifications in family medicine and pain management, he has a certificate of added qualification in geriatrics and an affiliate certification in marriage and family therapy. Dr. Hansen has served as a hospice medical director for 12 years and lectured regionally and nationally on pain management and end of life care issues. As Chairman of Abington Hospital's Physicians' Health Assistance Committee, and member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley Physicians' Aid Association, Dr. Hansen has demonstrated a strong commitment to physician health and well-being that extends to the residents of our program. His other professional interests include addictions medicine, obesity, cross culture medicine and primary care counseling. Dr. Hansen can be contacted at gerald.hansen@jefferson.edu.

Publications

Publications

  • Adaptation of MMWR U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010. Smartphone Application. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Publication.
  • Monthly review of two articles from The Journal of Pain. American Academy of Family Physicians Learning Link. July 2010-present.
  • Second-Generation Antidepressants. Family Practice News. March 2009.
  • “Managing the Chronic Pain Patient at Risk or with a History of Addiction” American Academy of Family Physicians Learning Links Series on Pain Management, November 2008.
  • Chapter on “Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis Guidelines.” Pending publication of “Essential Practice Guidelines in Primary Care”, edited by Neil Skolnik, M.D.
  • “Substance Abuse Management in Adolescents”, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA (March 2010)
  • “Substance Abuse Management”, Primary Update Conference, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA (October 2009)
  • “Advances in Pain Management”, Primary Care Update Conference, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, AP (September 2008)
  • TEAM STEPPS Trainer, Abington Memorial Hospital, 2008
  • The selective poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1(2) inhibitor, CEP 8983, increases the sensitivity of chemoresistant tumor cells to temozolamide and irinotecan but does not potentiate myelotoxicity. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. August 2007
  • "Preventing Elder Abuse - Recognizing Caregiver Stress" International Elder Abuse Awareness Day Grand Rounds, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA, June 2006
  • "Suturing Workshop", PAFP Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA April 2006, 2007, 2008
  • "Family Physicians and the Battle of the Bulge - Our Role In Obesity Management", Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Northeast Regional Meeting, Hershey, PA October 2005. Finalist for Best of Conference Presentation.
  • CEP-1104, an inhibitor of the SAPK/JNK pathway, reduces TNF-a release from lipopolysaccharide-treated cells and mice. European Journal of Pharmacology. May 2005. 
  • Acute Pelvic Pain. PEPID Primary Care Plus, PDA Software. Last updated April 2005.
  • "Suturing Workshop", PAFP Annual Meeting, King of Prussia, PA, April 2005
  • "Suturing Workshop", PAFP Annual Meeting, King of Prussia, PA April 2004
  • "Productivity with Fairness - A Faculty Compensation Model" - Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, N.E. Regional Meeting, Pittsburgh PA October 2003. Nominated for Best of Conference Presentation.
  • "Alternative Medicine - What Is The Evidence?" - Grand Rounds, St Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA April 2001
  • "Congestive Heart Failure" - OB/GYN Primary Care Grand Rounds, Abington Memorial Hospital, PA. November 2000.
  • Panelist, End of Life Care Symposium, St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA. Sept. 2000.
  • "Chronic Pain Management in the New Millennium" - Grand Rounds, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, NJ. August 2000.
  • "Palliative Care Pearls" - Grand Rounds, St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA. February 2000.

Presentations

Presentations

  • Diets: Fads vs. Facts. Primary Care Update. Abington Memorial Hospital. November 2011.
  • Approach to the Patient with Chronic Nonmalignant Pain. Family Medicine Education Consortium. Northeast Regional Meeting. Hershey, PA. October 2010.
  • A Guide to Problem Wound Management for the Primary Care Physician. Primary Care Update. Abington Memorial Hospital. October 2010.
  • Practical Aspects of Chronic Pain Management: A Case-based Approach. AAFP Management of Chronic Pain Learning Link. January 2009.
  • Alternate Pathways to Medicine. Department of Nutrition. The Pennsylvania State University. Annual presenter Spring 2002-2007.

Tracey Roesing, M.D., Associate Director

Tracey Roesing, M.D.“Inside every block of marble or stone lies a beautiful statue; one only needs to uncover the excess material to reveal the work of art within.” – Michelangelo

Biography

As I have worked with patients, students and residents over the years it has become apparent to me that each has something amazing to offer, if we take the time and develop the interest and ability to see and work with the people around us. After ten years in private practice, I decided to move to an academic medical career. The energy and excitement for continued learning, in addition to the high level of care that is provided to the community, were the main things that influenced me to seek a faculty position at Abington Family Medicine.

Dr. Roesing completed her undergraduate education at James Madison University, and then went on to complete medical school at MCP/Hahnemann University in 2000. She then spent her three-year Family Medicine residency at Abington Memorial Hospital, graduating in 2003. While in private practice, Dr. Roesing returned to the Abington Family Medicine residency program as a part-time community physician preceptor. In 2014, Dr Roesing decided to assume her present full time faculty role at the residency program. Dr. Roesing serves as the family medicine clerkship site director for third year medical students from Jefferson, Drexel and PCOM.  Additionally, she is a certified wound care physician and spends time working at the Warminster Wound Healing Center at Abington Jefferson Health.

Outside of the office, Dr. Roesing has quite a busy family life with her husband, four children and two dogs.  A former collegiate lacrosse player and current sports fan, most of her family activities revolve around sports and other active, outdoor activities.


Meera Shah, D.O., M.B.A., Osteopathic Program Director

Meera Shah, D.O., M.B.A.“To be human, is to be grateful” – inspired by Rev. Pandurang Shastri Athavale

"To cultivate this everlasting, progressive, and intense sense of gratitude has been an important goal in my life. I am grateful to so many who have helped me be the person I am today. I owe it to my hard-working parents, who uprooted everything and started over to offer me better education and opportunity, and to my husband and three beautiful children who continually support me and my passion for my profession. I am also grateful for my many teachers and mentors and for the opportunity to be able to be a small part of the educational journey of family medicine residents

Any object visually exists only because it knows to reflect the light that has shined upon it. The realization of how blessed I am has taught me to reflect that light of love and warmth unto others, particularly my patients. As influential teachers in my life, my patients continue to inspire me every day to become not only a better physician, but also a better human being. It is what makes me proud to be a part of the Family Medicine community at Abington – Jefferson Health."

Biography

Dr. Shah is a graduate of University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she also obtained a Masters in Chemistry. She received her medical training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine while working on her MBA in healthcare administration at St. Joseph’s University. She is a product of our proud Family Medicine Residency program and is an Osteopathic Physician who is proficient in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Dr. Shah brought her enthusiasm and zeal to Abington Family Medicine in 2011 after completing her fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital. Currently, she is part time faculty with Abington Family Medicine, dedicated to serving our local nursing homes, and taking part in mentoring our residents in our Family Medicine.

Dr. Shah is a proud mother of three, and when not immersed in the joys of motherhood also takes deep interest in studying philosophy and scriptures of her Indian culture. She can be reached at meera.shah@jefferson.edu.

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Publications

Publications

  • M.Shah, F. Jaffa, D. Carcia. Dermatology in the Elderly. July 2017.
  • M. Shah, K. Kiselova. 78 yo male with indigestion. QuantiaMD case presentation. Jan 1017
  • M. Shah, S. Oh. 85 yo M who refused dialysis. QuantiaMD case presentation. Jan 2017

Presentations

Presentations

  • Chapman Points in OMM. Presented at Family Medicine Education Consurtium. Nov 2018
  • Hypertension in the Elderly. Presented at the Primary Care Update Conference, Abington Jefferson Health, Nov 2017

Neil S. Skolnik, M.D., Associate Director

Neil S. Skolnik, M.D."My favorite story is that of an old Yiddish tale where one of the “wise men” of Chelm says to his wife, “If I were the czar, I would be even richer than the czar.” His wife, puzzled as usual by his remarks says, “How can that be?” To which the wise man replies, “If I were the czar, I would do a little teaching on the side.” I like this story because it conveys a fundamental truth: when you love teaching, you teach. That is why I, and all the faculty of our program are here at Abington Family Medicine."

Biography

Dr. Skolnik is a graduate of Union College and Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Following his residency, Dr. Skolnik completed a faculty development fellowship at Jefferson and served as one of the faculty in a small inner city family medicine office. He wrote the book On the LedgeA Doctor’s Stories from the Inner City about his experiences there. He has a long-term strong interest in medicine and the humanities and often incorporates the humanities into his medical teaching.

Dr. Skolnik has been primary author and editor of four medical textbooks, Essential Practice Guidelines in Primary CareEssential Infectious Disease Topics for Primary Care, Electronic Medical Records – A Practical Guide for Primary Care, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases – A Practical Guide for Primary care, all published by published by Springer Publishing, the second largest publisher of biomedical textbooks in the world. 

For fifteen years Dr. Skolnik served as the primary care series editor for the Springer Current Clinical Practice Series overseeing the development of over twenty-five primary care medical textbooks. In addition, Dr. Skolnik has worked with large organizations including the Centers for Disease Control, the American Diabetes Association, the Infectious Disease Society of America developing iPhone and Android based applications to facilitate information retrieval at the point-of-care.

Dr. Skolnik writes a monthly guidelines column in Family Practice News and writes, along with a another of our faculty, Chris Notte, the monthly Med Tech Report, also in Family Practice News and Internal Medicine News. Dr. Skolnik lectures regionally and nationally on a variety of primary care topics including most commonly diabetes, asthma, COPD and exercise in medicine.    He has served as a member of the Expert Panel Report 4 (EPR-4) Working Group of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee helping develop the National Heart Lung and Blood  Institute’s (NHLBI) 2020 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.  

He is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, has a strong interest in promoting scholarly work among the residents at AFM and thoroughly enjoys teaching medical students and residents.

Dr. Skolnik can be contacted at neil.skolnik@jefferson.edu.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Skolnik NCOVID-19 has created a ‘quiet agony’ in nursing homes | Expert Opinion. The Philadelphia Inquirer June 1, 2020
  • Skolnik N. Restricting nursing homes kept important family ties from elderly, not COVID-19. USA Today May 27, 2020
  • Skolnik N, Sciblo C, Peters D, Azzolino C, Katz M, Gooberman E.  Three lessons these doctors learned in caring for COVID-19 patients | Expert Opinion.  The Philadelphia Inquirer May 7, 2020 
  • Sutton A, Skolnik NWe Must Care for Ourselves As We Care for Others. Journal of Family Practice. 2020; 69(3):119
  • Harris SB, Cheng AYY, Davies MJ, Gerstein HC, Green JB, Skolnik NPerson-Centered, Outcomes-Driven Treatment: A New Paradigm for Type 2 Diabetes in Primary CareArlington, Va., American Diabetes Association, 2020 (https://doi.org/10.2337/db2020-02)
  • Skolnik NS, Nguyen TS, Shrestha A, Ray R, Corbridge TC, Brunton SA. Current evidence for COPD management with dual long-acting muscarinic antagonist/long-acting β2-agonist bronchodilators, Postgraduate Medicine. 2020, 132:2, 198-205, DOI: 10.1080/00325481.2019.1702834
  • Skolnik N. Reexamining Recommendations for Treatment of Hypercholesterolemia in Older Adults. JAMA.2019;321(13):1249–1250. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.1676
  • Skolnik N. Treating Hypercholesterolemia in Older Adults—Reply (Letter in Reponse to American Heart Association Letter).  JAMA. 2019;322(7):695-696. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.8807
  • Umpierrez, G. E., Skolnik, N. , Dex, T. , Traylor, L. , Chao, J. and Shaefer, C. (2019), When Basal Insulin is Not Enough: A Dose Response Relationship Between Insulin Glargine 100 Units/mL (U100) and Glycemic Control. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2019. doi:10.1111/dom.13653
  • Chamberlain JJ, Doyle-Delgado K; Peterson L; Skolnik NDiabetes Technology: Review of the 2019 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes . Ann Intern Med. 2019; 171(6):415-420. 
  • Skolnik NS, Carnahan SP . Primary care of asthma: new options for severe eosinophilic asthma. Curr Med Res Opin. 2019 Jul;35(7):1309-1318. doi: 10.1080/03007995.2019.1595966. Epub 2019 Apr 29. PMID: 30880484
  • Handelsman Y, Chovanes C, Dex T, Giorgino F, Skolnik N, Souhami E, Stager W, Niemoeller E, Frias JP. Efficacy and safety of insulin glargine/lixisenatide (iGlarLixi) fixed-ratio combination in older adults with type 2 diabetes. J Diabetes Complications. 2019 Mar;33(3):236-242. doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2018.11.009. Epub 2018 Nov 30. PMID:30600136
  • Aroda V, Johnson E, Novak L, Skolnik NOptimizing Insulin Therapy: Basal Insulin and Beyond . J Fam Pract. 2018 Oct;67(10 Suppl). pii: jfp_6710r. PMID: 30423012
  • Pablo Frias J, Lorenz M, Roberts M, Dex T, Schmider W, Hurst W, Skolnik NImpact of lixisenatide dose range on clinical outcomes with fixed-ratio combination iGlarLixi in patients with type 2 diabetes. Curr Med Res Opin. 2019 Apr;35(4):689-695. doi: 10.1080/03007995.2018.1541316. Epub 2018 Dec 6. Erratum in: Curr Med Res Opin. 2019 Apr;35(4):731.  PMID: 30360647
  • Blonde, L., Khunti, K., Harris, S.B, Meizinger C, Skolnik NSInterpretation and Impact of Real-World Clinical Data for the Practicing Clinician. Adv Ther. 2018 Nov;35(11):1763-1774. doi: 10.1007/s12325-018-0805-y. Epub 2018 Oct 24. Review. PMID:30357570
  • Blonde L, Dendy JA, Skolnik N, White JR Jr. From Randomized Controlled Trials to the Real World: Putting Evidence into Context. J Fam Pract. 2018 Aug;67(8 suppl):S55-S60. No abstract available.  PMID: 30137055
  • Dhand R, Cavanaugh T, Skolnik N. Considerations for Optimal Inhaler Device Selection in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. 2018; 85(supp1):S19-S25. oi: 10.3949/ccjm.85.s1.04
  • Umpierrez, G. E., Bailey, T. S., Carcia, D., Shaefer, C., Shubrook, J. H. and Skolnik, N. (2018), Improving postprandial hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes already on basal insulin therapy: Review of current strategies. Journal of Diabetes, 10: 94–111. doi:10.1111/1753-0407.12576
  • Gupta, S., Wang, H., Skolnik, N. et al. Treatment Dosing Patterns and Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Starting or Switching to Treatment with Insulin Glargine (300 Units per Milliliter) in a Real-World Setting: A Retrospective Observational Study. Adv Ther (January 2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12325-017-0651-3
  • Skolnik N. Lesson from the Big Fish. In-Fisherman Magazine Winter 2018
  • Cersosimo E, Johnson EL, Chovanes C, Skolnik N. Initiating therapy in patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes: Combination therapy vs a stepwise approach. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism 2018;20:497–507https://doi.org/10.1111/dom.13108
  • Umpierrez GE, Bailey TS, Carcia D, Shaefer C, Shubrook JH, Skolnik N. Improving postprandial hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes already on basal insulin therapy: Review of current strategies. Journal of Diabetes. 2017 doi:10.1111/1753-0407.12576
  • Skolnik N. No Wonder No One Trusts Us. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Sep 1;177(9):1253. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.2863.
  • Skolnik N. The Best We Can Be. Circulation. 2017 Jul 18;136(3):247-248. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.029042. PMID: 28716829
  • Skolnik N, Dupree R, Johnson E.  iGlarLixi, a titratable once-daily fixed-ratio combination of basal insulin and lixisenatide for intensifying type 2 diabetes management for patients inadequately controlled on basal insulin with or without oral agents. Curr Med Res Opin. 2017 Aug 4:1-8. doi: 10.1080/03007995.2017.1359518.
  • Chamberlain JJ, Kalyani RR, Leal S, Rhinehart AS, Shubrook JH, Skolnik N, Herman WH. Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes: Synopsis of the 2017 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. Ann Intern Med. 2017 Oct 3;167(7):493-498. doi: 10.7326/M17-1259. Epub 2017 Sep 12.
  • Skolnik NS, Jaffa F,  Kalyani RR, Johnson E, Shubrook J. Reducing CV Risk in Diabetes – An ADA Update.  Journal of Family Practice 2017; 66(5):S4-S9.
  • Skolnik NS, Jaffa F,  Kiriakov Y. Individualizing Dual Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.  Journal of Family Practice 2017; 66(4):300-308.
  • Chamberlain JJ, Herman WH, Leal S, Rhinehart AS, Shubrook JH, Skolnik N, et al. Pharmacologic Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes: Synopsis of the 2017 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. Ann Intern Med. 2017;166:572-578. doi: 10.7326/M16-2937
  • Umpierrez G, Skolnik NS, Carcia D,et al. Improving postprandial hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes already on basal insulin therapy: a review of current strategies. Journal of Diabetes (in press) 2017
  • Skolnik NS. Tithonus Syndrome. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(9):1247.
  • Skolnik NS. Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation and Cognitive Bias – Letter to the Editor. Circulation 2016 Sep 6;134(10):e187-8
  • Skolnik NS, Horn DB.  Lifestyle Management of Obesity. Supplement to The Journal of Family Practice 2016; 65(7):S13-S16
  • Skolnik N, Bonnes H, Yeh H, Katz A. Dapagliflozin in the Treatment of Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Presenting With High Baseline A1C. Postgraduate Medicine 2016, 128(4):356-363 DOI:10.1080/00325481.2016.1173514
  • Skolnik N, Pfotenhauer K, Johnson EL, Warren F, Shubrook JH. Highlights of the Updated 2016 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. Osteopathic Family Physician 2016 June; 8(3):12-18
  • Johnson E, Warren F, Skolnik N, Schubrook J. Diabetes update: Your guide to the latest ADA standards. J Fam Pract. 2016 May;65(5):310-318
  • Skolnik NS, Grover A. Diabetes Has Gotten Pretty Darn Complicated. Clinical  Diabetes. 2015 Jul;33(3):114-5. doi: 10.2337/diaclin.33.3.114.
  • Skolnik NS (editor). Electronic Health Records: A Practical Guide for Primary Care. Humana Press, Totawa, NJ a division of Springer Science and Business Media (2010)
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J (co-editors). AAFP's LearningLink Clinical Update - Bimonthly Electronic Journal Review formatted for iPhones, computers, podcast 2010-present
  • Skolnik NS and Notte C – Electronic Health Records Report (monthly column) - Family Practice News, Internal Medicine News, Clinical Endocrinology News (total circulation over 200,000) September 2009 - ongoing (www.clinicalendocrinologynews.com )
  • Skolnik NS and (various co-authors) - Clinical Guidelines for Family Physicians (monthly column)- Family Practice News (circulation approximately 90,000) Jan. 2004 - ongoing (over 70 columns to date)
  • Skolnik NS. A View from the Top: Reflections of Leaders in the Electronic Health Record Industry, in Electronic Health Records: A Practical Guide for Primary Care. Humana Press, Totawa, NJ a division of Springer Science and Business Media (2010)
  • Skolnik N.S.. prepared: American Diabetes Association's official iPhone and PDA version of The Annual American Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Recommendations and Standards of Care 2011, 2010, 20098 (developed as software for CD insert that was published in Diabetes Care, Jan. 2008), 2007, 2006, 2005
  • Skolnik NS (editor-in-chief), Albert R. Essential Infectious Disease Topics for Primary Care. Humana Press, Totawa, NJ (Feb 2008)
  • Skolnik NS and Liu J. Inspiratory Stridor, Croup, and Epiglottitis, in Pauman, Taylor's Manual of Family Medicine. Lippincott (2007)
  • Skolnik NS, Kuritzky L, Neill R, Schneider D (editors). Essential Clinical Guidelines for Primary Care Physicians. Humana Press, Totawa, NJ (2007)
  • Skolnik N.S.. prepared CDC's PDA version of the 2006 and 2002 CDC Sexually Transmitted Disease Guidelines available from www.cdc.gov/std/treatment
  • Skolnik N.S. Infectious Disease Society of America iPhone and PDA Series Editor - Infectious Disease Society of America Clinical Guidelines (PDA version of guidelines from 2000-present)
  • Skolnik N.S.. prepared CDC's PDA version of the 2006 Chemoprophylaxis Guidelines for the Treatment of Influenza
  • Skolnik, NS. Series Editor -Current Clinical Practice Series (develops titles and works with authors/editors to develop content in the Current Clinical Practice series which currently includes textbooks on Cardiology in Family Medicine; Contraception for Primary Care Physicians; Obstetrics in Family Medicine; Pain Management; Respiratory Care; Asthma; Women's Health; Thyroid Disease, and other titles). Humana Press, Totawa, NJ (2004 - present)
  • Skolnik NS, Russell J (co-editors). Redi-Reference Clinical Update - Bimonthly Electronic Newsletter formatted for PDAs. 2001-2010
  • Skolnik NS. Croup - Book Chapter in Manual of Family Practice, Robert Taylor editor. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA 2002
  • Skolnik NS, Napoletano M, Sagin T. Redi-Reference Clinical Guidelines eHandbook for Handheld Computers. Redi-Reference, Inc. 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (Reviewed in Book Review Section of Annals of Internal Medicine Nov. 20, 2002. 135:934)
  • Skolnik NS. Medical Information in the Palm of your Hand: eReferences for Home Care on Palm Operating System Devices. Home Heath Care Consultant/Home Care Medicine. Jan. 2002. 9:17-19
  • Skolnik NS, Beck J, Clark M. Combination Antihypertensive Drugs: Recommendations for Use. American Family Physician 2000; 61:3049
  • Abrams KA, Skolnik NS, Diamond J. Patterns and Correlates of Tobacco Use Mong Suburban Philadelphia 6th-grade through 12th-grade Students. Family Medicine 1999;31:128.
  • Skolnik, NS. On the Ledge: A Doctor's Stories from the Inner City (Book) -Faber and Faber, Inc. (Boston/London) 1996

Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

  • The Role of Exercise in Primary Prevention - Pri-Med South. Fort Lauderdale (February 2020)
  • The Role of Exercise in Primary Prevention - Pri-Med North. Boston (December 2019); Fort Lauderdale (February 2020)
  • Teaming Up to Overcome Challenges in Severe Asthma Management
  • The Role of Targeted Therapy in Personalized Care. AAFP Satellite Symposium, Philadelphia PA September 2019
  • Asthma Insights: Treating by Phenotype and Improving Adherence to Treatment. AAFP Satellite Symposium, Philadelphia PA September 2019
  • The Role of Exercise in Primary Prevention  - Pri-Med. Washington, DC (April, 2019); Raleigh, North Carolina (April 2019); Chicago, Ill (July 2019), Philadelphia (August 2019)
  • Current Treatment Recommendations for Medical Management of Diabetes. Eastern Shore Medical Symposium, Rehoboth DE (June, 2019)
  • Prediabetes & Type 2 Diabetes Prevention. Eastern Shore Medical Symposium, Rehoboth DE (June, 2019)
  • Cardiovascular Outcome Trials in Diabetes and Implications for Clinical Practice, American College of Physicians Satellite Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (April, 2019)
  • Prediabetes & Type 2 Diabetes Prevention. Diabetes is Primary, American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, Orlando, FL, June 2018
  • Famous People with Diabetes – New and Emerging Basal Insulins. The France Foundation; West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians. Charleston West Virginia, April 2018
  • Top Articles 2017-2018.  Delaware Academy of Family Physicians. Wilmington, DE, April 2018
  • Famous People with Diabetes – New and Emerging Basal Insulins. The France Foundation; Delaware Academy of Family Physicians. Wilmington, DE, April 2018
  • Targeting Diabetes Patients for Physiologic Long-Acting Insulin - Maximizing Safety, Reducing Hypoglycemic Risk and Optimizing HA1c Goal Attainment.  Chicago March 2018; Miami March 2018
  • Best Practice Roadmaps and Rational for Use of Complementary Insulin Combinations to Optimize Control in Type 2 Diabetes - The Practical & Mechanistic Role of   GLP-1 Receptor Agonists for Managing Postprandial Glucose in Patients Treated with Basal Insulin.  Chicago April 2017, New Orleans May 2017. 
  • Best Practice Roadmaps and Rational for Use of Complementary Insulin Combinations to Optimize Control in Type 2 Diabetes - The Practical & Mechanistic Role of   GLP-1 Receptor Agonists for Managing Postprandial Glucose in Patients Treated with Basal Insulin.  American College of Physicians Satellite Symposium, San Diego, CA March 2017. 
  • Combination Therapy vs. Sequential Therapy in Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. Advances in Diabetes Management. European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Munich, Germany September 2016.
  • Diabetes in the Elderly.  American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions– Diabetes is Primary. New Orleans, LA June 2016 
  • Unmet Needs in the Treatment of Diabetes in the United States. FDA Advisory Committee Hearing – iGlarLixi., Silver Spring, MD May 2016
  • One Size Fits All: Exercise in Primary Care- Pri-Med. Boston, MA (September 2015), Chicago, IL (Oct. 2015)
  • Get Moving and Eat Your Way to Health:  Exercise and Nutrition in Primary Care – Pri-Med, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY (Oct 2015), Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore (December 2015)
  • Top Articles in Diabetes. Diabetes is Primary – American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions. Boston MA, June 2015
  • Treatment of Hypertension in Diabetes. Advanced Course in the Treatment of Diabetes and its Complications. American Diabetes Association. Atlanta, GA (May, 2010)
  • Treatment of Diabetes – the Value of Lifestyle Modification, Diet, and Exercise. Advanced Course in the Treatment of Diabetes and its Complications. American Diabetes Association. Atlanta, GA (May, 2010)
  • Treatment of Depression in Diabetes. Advanced Course in the Treatment of Diabetes and its Complications. American Diabetes Association. Atlanta, GA (May, 2010)
  • Maximizing Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes and First-line Oral Agents to Manage Diabetic Hyperglycemia. American Diabetes Association – Current Concepts in Diabetes. Dearborn, Michigan (April 2010)
  • Getting your Patient to Goal: Oral Antihyperglycemic Combinations and Incretin-based Therapies. American Diabetes Association – Current Concepts in Diabetes. Dearborn, Michigan (April 2010)
  • National Guidelines Update: The New COPD GOLD Guidelines 2009 online CME program. Temple University School of Medicine Dec. 2009.
  • Top Articles for Primary Care. Pri-Med Medical Conference. Princeton, NJ , Dearborn, MI(September, May 2009).
  • Fibromyalgia. Pri-Med Medical Conference. East Rutherford, N.J. June 2009.
  • Diabetes 2009. Online – American Academy of Family Physicians – Learning Link. www.aafp.org/learninglink May 2009.
  • Fibromyalgia. Best Practices in Primary Care. Las Vegas, Nevada April 2009.
  • Update on Diabetes. Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. Skytop Breakaway, Skytop, PA. March 2009.
  • Practical Aspects of Chronic Pain Management: A Case-based Approach. American Academy of Family Physicians – Learning Link. www.aafp.org/learninglink March 2009.
  • Assessment and Management of Chronic Pain. American Academy of Family Physicians – Learning Link. www.aafp.org/learninglink September 2008.
  • Top Articles of the Past Year. Pri-Med Medical Conference. Durham, NC; Baltimore, MD; East Rutherford, NJ (April, March, Nov 2008).
  • Family Practice Review Course- American Medical Seminars. Sarasota, FLA. March 2008. 10 hours of CME - Pain Management, Hypertension, Diabetes, Migraine Headaches, Dermatology, Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolus, Adult Preventive Health Maintenance I and II, Most Important New Medical Articles of the Last Year Parts I and II.
  • Management of Venous Thromboembolic Disease. Pri-Med Medical Conference. Chicago, MA (Nov. 2007)
  • Treatment of Hypercholesterolemia. Pri-Med Update. Stamford CT (Oct 2007); Hartford, CT (Oct. 2007); Jacksonville, FL (Dec. 2007).

Academic Honors and Awards

Academic Honors and Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctor" Designation in Family Medicine in Philadelphia (2019, 2018)
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Medical Education, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, 2017
  • Innovators Circle Award for Healthcare Innovation, Abington Jefferson Health, Abington, PA – 2016
  • Wilkinson Award – Award for Distinguished Service, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington PA – 2015
  • Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctor" Award in Family Practice in Philadelphia; Philadelphia Magazine, May 2002; 93(5):80
  • Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctor" Award in Family Practice in Philadelphia (one of 11 Family Physicians in the Philadelphia area given this honor); Philadelphia Magazine, May 1996; 87(5):92

William Callahan, D.O.William Callahan, D.O.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Socrates

"For any students of Greek philosophy, I feel that the life of the goddess Persephone best personifies my life: rather than splitting my time between Demeter and Hades, my working career is split between working for the residency and working for a private practice. I find that my duality in career not only works for me but allows me to thrive. In addition to educating residents and students, I am able to relate well to soon-to-graduate residents and recent graduates as they adjust to post-residency life."

Dr. Callahan graduated from the University of Scranton, studying biology with minors in both history and philosophy.  He then proceeded to attend the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he attained a graduate certificate in Biomedical Studies, and then a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 2012. In 2015, Dr. Callahan graduated in from the Abington Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Callahan currently works both at a private practice in the Abington-Jefferson network, as well as for the Abington Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Callahan maintains an active interest in LGBT healthcare and lifestyle management for health maintenance.  He also takes part in the residency’s Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine curriculum and works actively with the network to address physician burnout. 


Aaron M. Sutton, LCSW, Behavioral Health Consultant

Aaron M. Sutton, LCSW

Aaron is a graduate of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and East Carolina University. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Work as well as a graduate certificate in clinical addictions. After college, Aaron completed post-graduate training, and holds a license to practice Clinical Social Work and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy, structural family therapy, and works with children, adults, and families. Aaron lectures on different behavioral topics including cognitive therapy, insomnia, and motivational interviewing.  Currently, he is working with other faculty members on creating a Medication Assisted Treatment program and Abington Family Medicine with a focus on helping those with opioid use disorder. His research interests include obesity and diabetes in relation to psychosocial stressors, and improving the mind/body connection. As Chief Wellness Officer for the graduate medical education committee at Abington, Aaron is passionate about helping physicians improve resiliency and overall wellness.  Aaron is a former member of the United States military, and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family. Aaron can be contacted at aaron.sutton@jefferson.edu.

Selected Publications

Media (podcasts or video)

  • Skolnik, N., Sutton A., Clinician Self-Care and COVID 19 American Diabetes Association, 2020 
  • Sutton, A. NACE Clinical Highlights Show.  COVID 19 Update Part 3: Clinician Wellness-Strategies and Tips to take care of yourself. (Audio Podcast), 2020 
  • Skolnik N., Sutton A. ACP’s Physician Impairment and Rehabilitation Guidelines. Expert Presentation Univadis Webinar, 2019 
  • Skolnik N., Sutton A. Univadis Practice Changers: Health and Economic consequences of physician burnout. Clinical Essentials Univadis Webinar, 2019 

Publications

  • Sutton, A., Skolnik. N. COVID 19 CRISIS: We must care for ourselves as we care for others. Journal Family Practice. 2020 April;69(3):119,153 
  • Skolnik, N., Sutton A. Technology, Counseling, and CBT Apps for Primary Care.  Family Practice News, Internal Medicine News July 2019 

Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

  • Cognitive Therapy Techniques for Resident Physicians.  Graduate Medical Education Committee, Abington-Jefferson Health, October 2019 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Insomnia.  Abington Family Medicine, October 2019 

Meghan Wadlinger, Program ManagerMeghan Wadlinger

Meghan is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Business Management. She started her career interning at Abington Jefferson Health’s Chief of Staff Office. She has several years of experience in Graduate Medical Education, working with Abington Jefferson Health and previously as Temple University Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Program Administrator. Meghan is responsible for administrative management of the residency program, student rotations, and continuing medical education at Abington Family Medicine. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with friends and family and staying active with soccer, ultimate frisbee, and running. Meghan can be reached at meghan.wadlinger@jefferson.edu.