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Categorical PGY-2

Madison Cook, MD
Preferred Name: Madison 
Pronouns: she/her 
Hometown: Yorktown, VA 


Dr. Cook is a PGY-2 resident. She is currently interested in pursuing a career in Trauma Surgery. She participated in a yearlong research program in Traumatic Brain Injury through the Medical Scholars Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. Mayur Patel, and has an interest clinical outcomes research, health disparities, medical student education and commitment of service to underserved populations 

  • Virginia State University 
  • Meharry Medical College 
  • Hampton University; Masters in Medical Science 
Honors and Awards: 
  • Graduation with Honors, Meharry Medical College 
  • Charlotte R. Walker, M.D Surgical Award 
  • Dr. Henry A. Moses Senior Transition Award  
  • The Bloomberg Scholarship at Meharry Medical College      
  • The Vanderbilt Institute of Clinical and Translational Research Grant                                       
  • The “Real Men Cook” for Education Scholarship, Meharry Medical College      
  • The McIntosh Family Endowed Scholarship, Meharry Medical College                      
  • Dean’s List, Meharry Medical College                                    
  • The Victor S. & Geethamimini Madhaven Family Endowed Scholarship, MMC     
  • Magnum Cum Laude, Hampton University                     
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
  • 2015, Unsung Hero Award         
  • Magnum Cum Laude, Virginia State University  
Fun Facts: 
  • Hobbies/Interests: Taking walks with my two dogs Chaco and Chase, cooking and trying new recipes, visiting family and friends, and traveling 
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Still pending! 
  • Fun Fact: I met Michelle Obama!! 

Natalie DeWitte, DO
Preferred Name: Natalie 
Pronouns: she/her 
Hometown: Houston, TX 


Dr. DeWitte is a PGY-2 resident. She is currently undecided about her choice of specialty but is interested in trauma, critical care, and colorectal.  

  • Undergraduate Institution: Trinity University, 2012-2016 
  • Medical School: Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2018-2022 
Honors and Awards: 
  • Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Society, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Fun Facts: 
  • Hobbies/Interests: hiking, Peloton, reality TV, concerts, trying new restaurants! 
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: any Thai food 


Meredith Hanrahan, MD
Preferred Name: Meredith 
Pronouns: she/her 
Hometown: Orland Park, IL 


Dr. Hanrahan is a PGY-2 resident in General Surgery at Temple University. Before medical school, she worked in industry as an electrical engineer at Eaton Corporation and performed research in drug discovery at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. She completed the NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is undecided on her future specialty choice, but is interested in endocrine and vascular surgery.    

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Pittsburgh, 2006-2010 
  • Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, 2018-2022 
Honors and Awards: 
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, 2022 
Fun Facts: 
  • Hobbies/Interests: long-distance running, Peloton, stand-up paddle boarding, trips down the shore, visiting major league ballparks (I’ve been to 19 so far!), home improvement projects 
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Standard Tap  

Simran Kripalani, MD
Preferred Name: Simran  
Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: Edison, NJ 


Dr. Kripalani is a PGY-2 General Surgery resident at Temple University Hospital. Prior to medical school, Simran was an EMT. She has performed research in surgical oncology, end-of-life and palliative care, and medical education. Simran is passionate about the humanities in medicine as well as combating healthcare disparities. She is interested in a career in palliative care, surgical oncology, and GI surgery.  

  • Undergraduate Institution: Villanova University (BS) 
  • Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (MD) 
Honors and Awards: 
  • Distinction in Research, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 
  • Excellence in Service Award, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society 
Fun Facts: 
  • Hobbies/Interests: Acrylic painting, Singing Indian classical music, Puzzling, Peloton 
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Xiandu 
  • I am a dog and cat mom! 
Jaina Lane, MD
Preferred Name: Jaina 
Pronouns: she/her 
Hometown: Raleigh, NC 


Dr. Lane is a PGY-2 in General Surgery at Temple University. She is interested in pursuing a career in plastic surgery. Her other interests include medical education and diversifying the physician workforce. 

  • Undergraduate Institution: Harvard University, 2014-2018 
  • Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine, 2018-2022 
Fun Facts: 
  • Hobbies/Interests: movies, game nights, church 
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Osteria 



Sarah Macy Lawler, MD 
Preferred Name: Macy 
Pronouns: she/her 
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY 


Dr. Lawler is a PGY-2 resident at Temple University. While she is currently undecided as to her future surgical specialty, she is potentially interested in breast surgery and colorectal surgery. Prior to residency, she performed research in value-based approaches to care in both orthopedic and colorectal surgery.  



  • Undergraduate Institution: Hamilton College 
  • Medical School: Frank H. Netter, MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University 
Fun Facts: 
  • Hobbies/Interests: exploring Philly on long walks, trashy TV shows, reading fiction 
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Talula’s Garden, LMNO, Prohibition Taproom 
  • Currently on a mission to find my favorite ice cream in Philly, so give me your recs! 

Shina Patel, MD
Preferred Name: Shina 
Pronouns: she/her 
Hometown: Ardsley, NY 


Shina Patel is a PGY-2 resident in General Surgery at Temple University. She is interested in pursuing a career in minimally invasive surgery. She is also interested in medical education and equity in access to surgical care. 

  • Undergraduate Institution & Medical School: The Sophie Davis Program at the CUNY School of Medicine, 2015-2022 
Honors and Awards: 
  • Summa Cum Laude, The Sophie Davis Program in Biomedical Education 
Fun Facts: 
  • Hobbies/Interests: Fencing, travelling, learning new languages, eating good food 
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Still looking for one!