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Third Year

Christopher Azzolino, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine

christopher.azzolino@jefferson.edu

Christopher Azzolino MD

Dr. Azzolino was born and raised in North Jersey. He went to college at University of Connecticut where he studied Molecular and Cellular Biology while completing pre-med coursework. Throughout undergrad Dr. Azzolino had a passion for teaching and decided to live in Boston after graduating where he served as a third grade teaching assistant through an AmeriCorps program called City Year. Dr. Azzolino then moved to Philadelphia where he attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Azzolino’s professional interests include “Food is Medicine” and academic medicine with a hope of bringing his passion of teaching to the medical field. In his spare time Dr. Azzolino enjoys hiking, playing sports, running, having board game nights, cooking and learning new family recipes from his Italian grandparents.


Marie Madden, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

marie.bullman@jefferson.eduMarie Bullman DO

Dr. Madden grew up in Bucks County, PA. After graduating from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she returned to the Greater Philadelphia Area to work for two years as a research assistant in the Advanced Cardiac Imaging Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Madden attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she realized her passion for primary care and community medicine. Dr. Madden looks forward to continuing her training at Abington Jefferson Health, where she will be able to help promote health and wellness in the community while providing high quality care to her patients. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, running, and traveling.


Daniel Fisher, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine

daniel.fischer@jefferson.edu

Daniel Fisher MD

Dr. Fischer was born in Boston, MA but raised nearby in Blue Bell, PA. His parents immigrated to the United States from Israel where most of his extended family still lives. Before going into medicine, Dr. Fischer studied information technology at Penn State and was a software engineer for 5 years in Wilmington, DE in the corporate world. Dr. Fischer is interested in contributing to a variety of areas in the realm of primary care including substance abuse, domestic abuse, and LGBTQ health. Dr. Fischer feels lucky to have many hometown friends and family members nearby to spend free time with. In his downtime, Dr. Fischer enjoys trail and road biking, reading science fiction and philosophy, going to the movies, playing video games, visiting art and science museums, holding board game nights, and exploring all of the amazing food in Philadelphia.


Evan Gooberman, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

evan.gooberman@jefferson.edu

Evan Gooberman DO

Dr. Gooberman is originally from South Jersey but now happily calls Philadelphia his home. Dr. Gooberman went to Lafayette College in Easton, PA for undergrad and Drexel University for his Masters of Public Health. Having just graduated from PCOM, Dr. Gooberman is excited to be out of school and finally working for the first time since pre-school! Dr. Gooberman is particularly excited to work with many people within the community to improve health outcomes. Dr. Gooberman plans to become the best family doctor he can and then to combine forces between his DO and MPH skills to serve individual patients and the greater Philadelphia community. Dr. Gooberman enjoys spending time with friends and family, particularly his wife, Dena, and his nieces and nephews. Some of his favorite activities include being outdoors, playing volleyball, tennis, board games, reading, and getting involved with community projects.


Morgan Katz, MD
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

morgan.katz@jefferson.edu

Morgan Katz MD

Dr. Katz was born in Reading, PA and grew up with a love for animals and books. She always wanted to be a veterinarian, until she went to college and found her passion in medicine. Dr. Katz graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Political Science. Dr. Katz then attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she found her love for primary care. Dr. Katz is excited to be a family medicine physician so that she can stand with patients throughout their lives, from birth to old age. In her spare time, Dr. Katz enjoys hiking with her husband and their dog, watching UVA basketball, cooking and baking, and exploring Philadelphia along with wherever else her travels may take her!


Jeffrey Matthews, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

jeffrey.matthews@jefferson.edu

Jeffrey Matthews DODr. Matthews was born in Arizona, but was raised in both Vermont and Virginia. He graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Bennington College in Vermont. Dr. Matthews then traveled to Philadelphia where he attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. During his time in medical school, he was president of the Infectious Disease Club, volunteered with organizations such as the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps and AIDS Fund Philly, and pursued research in necrotizing fasciitis and breast abscesses. In his free time, you can find him coddling hobbies such as DIY gardening projects, board games, and prepping for the zombie apocalypse. He has also been spotted walking his corgi along the Wissahickon trail near his house. Dr. Matthews is extremely grateful to be surrounded by the wonderful people of Abington Family Medicine.


Matthew Rubin, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

matthew.rubin@jefferson.edu

Matthew Rubin DO

Dr. Rubin was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He studied Exercise Science at Penn State University. As a lifelong athlete, Dr. Rubin's initial career interest was in Physical Therapy. He decided to pursue a career in medicine as he discovered disease prevention through health promotion was where his true interest resided. In the years between undergrad and medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Rubin worked in an outpatient physical therapy office, in the emergency setting, and in restaurants. Dr. Rubin's professional interests include working with underserved populations, application of fitness and nutrition to prevent and improve disease states, and sports medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys exercise including running and basketball and spending time with family and friends.


Second Year

Sharon Buchbinder, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

sharon.buchbinder@jefferson.edu

Sharon Buchbinder, DO

Dr. Buchbinder was born and raised in Marlboro, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Spanish. Dr. Buchbinder moved to Philadelphia in 2016 to complete her medical degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her passion for primary care was reaffirmed while in medical school and she was especially drawn to family medicine because it allows her to form strong and long-lasting relationships with patients. Her professional interests include outpatient medicine, women’s health, and adolescent medicine. Dr. Buchbinder enjoys being involved in the community and has traveled with medical mission trips to Ecuador and Peru. In her free time Dr. Buchbinder enjoys hiking, traveling to new places, and spending time with family and friends!


Alex Fierstien, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

alex.fierstein@jefferson.edu

Alex Fierstien, DO

Dr. Fierstein grew up just five miles away in Upper Dublin Township. He attended University of Michigan and studied Kinesiology. After graduating he came back home and worked at Temple University as a research assistant for Temple’s Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation team. Dr. Fierstein remained in the Philadelphia area to attend medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a broad, evershifting range of professional interests that has always placed a premium on the biopsychosocial approach to treating individuals. His greatest loves are Philadelphia and Michigan sports, standup comedy and his niece and three nephews. In his spare time, Dr. Fierstein enjoys playing basketball, reading, listening to podcasts, meditating and, most importantly, spending time with his family and lifelong friends.


Yihui (Connie) Jiang, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

yihui.jiang@jefferson.edu

Yihui Connie Jiang, DO

Dr. Jiang was born in Beijing, China and immigrated to the United States when she was five years old. Since then, she and her family have called Montgomery County, PA their home. Dr. Jiang attended college at the University of Pennsylvania (go Quakers!), and then went on to work as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for 4 years. In 2016, she matriculated into the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as a non-traditional medical student and began the crazy, stressful, and exciting journey towards becoming a physician. Dr. Jiang’s interests in family medicine include women’s health, preventative medicine, and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). She hopes to be a well-rounded family doctor who can see patients of all ages and backgrounds, and feels very grateful to have the opportunity to train with the wonderful team at Abington Memorial Hospital-Jefferson Health! In her spare time, Dr. Jiang enjoys discovering new places to eat yummy food, listening to music (from KPop to Beethoven), horseback riding, playing the piano, and spending quality time with her loved ones.


Molly Kastner, MD
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

molly.kastner@jefferson.edu

Molly Kastner, MD

Dr. Kastner is from Washington State, and attended the University of Washington, where she received a BA in English and Norwegian, and spent a year abroad at the University of Oslo working in radio broadcasting. After graduating, Dr. Kastner built a career in publishing and as a corporate paralegal before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue her pre-medical coursework. She was granted her MD by the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her professional interests include behavioral and women’s health. In her free time, Dr. Kastner is an avid musician, and loves playing music with others and attending shows in Philly. She also enjoys hikes and long bike rides with her husband, and can be found at home in West Philly unwinding with a book on her front porch.


Bhasha Mukhopadhyay, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

bhasha.mukhopadhyay@jefferson.edu

Bhasha Mukhopadhyay, DO

Dr. Bhasha Mukhopadhyay was born and raised in New York City and North Jersey, before moving to Philadelphia, where she received her BS in Biological Sciences at Drexel University. After finishing undergrad in 3 years, she worked as a TA in Drexel’s Department of Biology and as an emergency medicine scribe at Jefferson Northeast. She stayed in Philadelphia to attend medical school at PCOM, where she served as President of the PCOM chapter of the Student Association of the ACOFP (American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians) and as a class representative. Bhasha has wanted to pursue primary care from a young age, and is blessed to be the first physician in her family! She hopes to incorporate teaching with her practice in the future. In her free time, she enjoys checking out Philly’s many wonderful restaurants, cooking, baking, reading mystery books, and watching Bollywood movies, and spending time with her parents, extended family, and friends. A fun fact: She is also a trained Indian classical dancer, in a form of dance called Kathak. She is excited to be a part of the AFM family!


Victoria Persampiere, DO
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Auburn Campus

victoria.persampiere@jefferson.edu

Victoria Persampiere, DO

Dr. Persampiere was born in New York and raised in sunny Central Florida. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida (go Gators!) where she studied Health Science with an emphasis on Public Health and graduated with honors. She then worked as a medical assistant before attending medical school at VCOM Auburn in Alabama. Dr. Persampiere’s professional interests include adolescent medicine, women’s health, and advocacy for underserved populations. She, her fiancé Matthew, and their two cats are overjoyed to now be living in Philly, where they can often be found cheering on their favorite hockey team, the Flyers. In her free time, Dr. Persampiere enjoys baking, crocheting, running, reading, and spending time with her family.


Dat Tran, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

dat.tran@jefferson.edu

Dat Tran, DO

Dr. Tran was born in Vietnam and grew up in York, PA. He went to Swarthmore College, where he majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry, and then learned medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ever so curious, Dr. Tran hopes to learn from his patients as much as they learn from him. Dr. Tran’s professional interests include social isolation and its effect on health, underserved populations, and community engagement. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, biking, and visiting art museums.


First Year

Juliana Carvajal, DO
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

juliana.carvajal@jefferson.edu

Juliana Carvajal, DO

Dr. Juliana Carvajal was born in Cali, Colombia and immigrated to the US when she was one year old. Since then she and her family have resided in Lancaster County, PA. Dr. Carvajal pursued her biology degree at Albright College in Reading, PA. She then moved to Blacksburg, VA, in 2017, to complete her medical degree at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. While there, she discovered her passion for primary care specifically in the areas of underserved care, women’s health, sports medicine, and adolescent medicine. In her free time, Juliana enjoys exploring the Philadelphia area, trying new foods, buying new plants, running, and discovering new books!


Bryce Eng, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

bryce.eng@jefferson.edu

Bryce Eng, MD

Dr. Eng was born and raised in Portland, OR. After graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in physiology, he attended Thomas Jefferson University for medical school. During his time there, he volunteered with student-led organizations to serve refugees and children with disabilities. Dr. Eng looks forward to being a family physician who cares for patients through life’s most difficult challenges. He is excited to be staying in the Philadelphia area. In his spare time, Dr. Eng enjoys spending time with his family, watching baseball, playing chess, reading poetry, and eating spicy food.


Kevin S. Franco, DO
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

kevin.franco@jefferson.edu

Kevin S. Franco, DO

Dr. Franco was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a first-generation college graduate and physician. He attended DeMatha Catholic High School, majored in biology at Mount St. Mary’s University, received his Master’s in biomedical science from Drexel University College of Medicine and graduated from Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2021. He has an interest in bioinformatics and worked as a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute for ten years. Ice hockey has been a passion of his from middle school and fueled his interest in sports medicine. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing with his white German shepherd, Leo, and bodybuilding. Dr. Franco’s professional interests include underserved populations, sports medicine, obesity, and pediatrics. Dr. Franco hopes to build strong physician-patient relationships to provide comprehensive healthcare to all his patients.


Christian Burke Iversen, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

christian.iversen@jefferson.edu

Christian Burke Iversen, MD

Dr. Iversen was born and raised in Alaska. He earned a BS in Engineering Physics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He pursued further study at Syracuse University to earn an MS in Bioengineering. After several years in industry, he returned to school to earn his MD from Thomas Jefferson University – Sidney Kimmel Medical College. He is interested in preventative medicine, mental health, and acting as the primary care physician for his future patients. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, daughter, and two cats. He also enjoys running, the outdoors, and baking.


Catherine McCormick, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

catherine.mccormick2@jefferson.edu

Catherine McCormick, DO

Dr. McCormick was born in Pottsville, PA and grew up in Schuylkill County. She pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with minors in both Psychology and Theology at Villanova University (Go Cats!). Following this, she earned a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a concentration in Population Health. She continued her education at PCOM and received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, having matched into her top choice of Family Medicine residency at Abington Family Medicine! Within Family Medicine, Dr. McCormick is passionate about Geriatric care and adolescent care, and is a strong proponent of preventative medicine. Outside of healthcare, Dr. McCormick enjoys the diverse food cuisine that Philadelphia has to offer as well as experimenting with trying new recipes cooking at home. She loves to run and hike, as well as to travel, watch live music, and discover unique breweries in any new city she visits.


Marissa Norden, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

marissa.norden@jefferson.edu

Marissa Norden, DO

Dr. Norden was born and raised in Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. She attended college at Bucknell University and completed a major in Biology and minor in Spanish. She attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. During her education, Dr. Norden developed passion for primary care as well as teaching. Marissa enjoyed volunteering during medical school as a tutor in both virtual and in person settings. She also discovered her love for Family Medicine while volunteering as a patient advocate in primary care settings. Dr. Norden’s professional interests include preventive medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and academic medicine. In her free time, Dr. Norden enjoys exercising, baking, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and watching football.


Gabriella Petrongolo, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

gabriella.petrongolo@jefferson.edu

Gabriella Petrongolo, DO

Dr. Petrongolo grew up in New Jersey. She attended Saint Joseph’s University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Faith-Justice Studies, Autism Studies, and Philosophy. After graduating, she moved to NYC to begin her pursuit into the field of medicine. She attended a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Columbia University. She came back to Philadelphia to attend medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and found her calling in the field of Family Medicine. Dr. Petrongolo’s professional interests include reproductive health, advocacy, and working alongside vulnerable populations to improve health outcomes. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering, improving her Spanish language skills, ceramics, listening to endless podcasts, and exploring all of the amazing food that Philly has to offer.


Bridget Smith, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

bridget.smith2@jefferson.edu

Bridget Smith, MD

Dr. Smith was born and raised in Bethlehem, PA. She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Biology with a minor in Anthropology. Having grown to love Philadelphia, she moved across the Schuylkill River to study medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University. During medical school, she worked with populations of Philadelphia experiencing homelessness and opioid use disorder, and was the president of the boxing club. Dr. Smith has broad interests within Family Medicine and is excited to care for patients of all ages. Outside of medicine, she enjoys baking, playing soccer and basketball, exploring the outdoors, and visiting family.