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Rita Akumuo, MD

 

 
 
 
 
About Dr. Akumuo
Rita is a PGY-2 general surgery resident. She is interested in a career in hepatobiliary-pancreatic or endocrine surgical oncology or plastic surgery. Her interests include both translational research and outcomes-based research. Rita’s other interests include access to care and surgical education.
Education:
  • Undergraduate Institution: Syracuse University
  • Medical School: Drexel University
  • Additional Degrees: Masters degree, Drexel University
 

 
Aron Egelko, MD
Preferred Name:
Aron
Pronouns: They/them
Hometown: Ventura, California
 

 

About Dr. Egelko

Aron is a PGY-2 in General Surgery at Temple University. They are interested in pursuing a career in trauma and surgical critical care. They are currently performing research on issues related to LGBT equity in surgical care.

Education:

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley 2012-2015
  • Medical School: State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine, 2016-2020

Fun Facts:

  • Hobbies/Interests: Vegan baking and gardening
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Terron Foods
  • Favorite weekend activity:  Hiking the Wissahickon

 


 

Brienne Donovan, MD
Preferred Name:
Brie
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

 

 

About Dr. Donovan

Brienne Donovan is a PGY-3 in General Surgery at Temple University. She is interested in specializing after residency but is undecided as she has interest in several fields. She is currently completing two research years and working on bariatric and burn surgery research studies.

Education:

  • Undergraduate Institution and Years: Brown University, 2009-2013
  • Medical School and Years: LKSOM at Temple University, 2015-2019
  • Additional Degrees: Candidate for master’s in professional health education at Temple University

Fun Facts:

  • Hobbies/Interests: reading fiction, indoor cycling
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Helm
  • Favorite weekend activity: Reading a book

 

Terry Gao, MD
Preferred Name:
Terry
Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

 

 

About Dr. Gao

Terry is a PGY-2 in General Surgery at Temple University. She currently has a wide range of surgical interests. She plans on pursuing additional research years and obtaining her MBA.

Education:

  • Undergraduate Institution: Penn State University, 2013-2015
  • Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University, 2015-2020

Fun Facts:

  • Hobbies/Interests: Ballroom Dancing, Dog walking, Painting/Drawing, Concerts
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Bistrot La Minette
  • Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with friends and family
 

 
Rebecca Green, MD
Preferred Name:
Rebecca
Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Wayside, NJ

 

 

About Dr. Green

Rebecca Green is a PGY-3 in General Surgery at Temple University. She is currently in her first of 2 research years where she will be performing health disparities and endocrine surgery research under the mentorship of Dr. Lindsay Kuo. She is also obtaining her MHA at the Fox School of Business.

Education:

  • Undergraduate Institution: Tulane University, 2011 – 2015
  • Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine, 2015 – 2019 
  • Additional Degrees: Masters of Health Administration, candidate, Fox School of Business, Temple University, 2021 – present

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: El Vez!
  • Favorite weekend activity: day trips to the beach

 

Dylan Kahler, MD
Preferred Name:
Dylan
Pronouns: He/His
Hometown: Middletown, DE

 

 

About Dr. Kahler

Dylan Kahler is a Research Resident in General Surgery at Temple University. He is interested in pursuing a career in either plastic and reconstructive surgery or vascular surgery. He has performed research in plastic surgery and surgical oncology.

Education:

  • Undergraduate Institution and Years: University of Delaware, 2010 –2014
  • Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2015 – 2019

Honors and Awards:

  • United States Air Force Health Professions Scholarship, Recipient, 2015
  • Summa Cum Laude, University of Delaware, 2014

Fun Facts:

  • Hobbies/Interests: Exercise, Sailing, Hiking, Kayaking
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Zahav
  • Favorite weekend activity: Home Renovations (…if only I were kidding)

 
Maryclare Taylor, MD
 
 
 
 
 
 
About Dr. Taylor
Maryclare is a PGY-2 in general surgery.
 
Education:
  • Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University
  • Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
 

 

Valeda Yong, MD
Preferred Name:
Valeda
Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

 

 

About Dr. Yong

Valeda Yong is a PGY-3 in General Surgery at Temple University. She is currently in her first of 2 research years. She is performing research in surgical education and has a particular interest in educational disparities, simulation, and wellness. She is also obtaining her Professional Health Education MSEd at Temple University.

Education:

  • Undergraduate Institution: Rice University, 2011 - 2015
  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2015 - 2019
  • Additional Degrees: Masters of Education, Professional Health Education, College of Education and Human Development, Temple University, 2021 – 2023 (expected)

Honors and Awards:

  • The William Bligh-Glover, MD Award for excellence in commitment to teaching, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2019

Fun Facts:

  • Hobbies/Interests: DIY crafter, outdoor activities
  • Favorite weekend activity: hiking the Wissahickon with my husband and dog