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Marissa Blum, MD, MS, FACP; Program Director

I consider myself a true Delaware Valley native having grown up the oldest of 3 children in South Jersey and now living there with my family after having completed schooling and training out of state.  I attended Villanova as my undergrad and then spent many years in Baltimore, MD completing my medical school education and internal medicine residency training at Johns Hopkins.  I returned to Philadelphia to complete my rheumatology fellowship and obtain an MS in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.  It was after completing all of this that I then migrated across the city to join Rheumatology faculty at Temple in 2010. It has been a pure joy for me to see patients in North Philadelphia engaging my goals of pursuit of excellence in clinical medicine with service to an underserved population, and I have been excited to share these endeavors with students and residents.  I have served in different roles while here at Temple and only recently stepped into resident education as the new Program Director.  I am honored and humbled to move our Temple IM Residency Program into a new phase of growth.  In my spare time, I have three sons who keep me busy and active, and a new lab puppy named Lucy who is a joy (but a lot of work!). I love spending time outdoors with my crew and enjoying life in Haddonfield.  

Alia Chisty, MD; Associate Program Director

Although I grew up on Long Island, my parents promoted values in our household consistent with their home country of Bangladesh circa 1970. You can imagine how sheltered I must have been when I finally left to go to college in New Haven, CT! Traveling only 90 miles away from home triggered my thirst for travel and life experiences. In college, I spent a summer volunteering at a publicly funded health center in The Gambia, West Africa.  I returned to Long Island for medical school at Stony Brook School of Medicine. During medical school, I traveled to Bangladesh and India to work on public health projects and learn about the health systems in those respective countries. After that, I returned to New Haven joining the Yale Primary Care Residency program. During residency, I spent 2 months working at a rural HIV clinic in South Africa, caring for children, pregnant women, and adults learning about the challenges and triumphs of HIV care in Subsaharan Africa. After residency, I ventured to California to complete a Clinician Educator Fellowship in medical education at UCSF. For two years, my husband and I explored as much as we could in California -- wine country, national parks, beautiful cities. We ate food that was "farm-to-table" (and too expensive for our salaries) and imbibed copious amounts of pretentious coffee. Following my fellowship and my foray into West Coast living, I joined the faculty at Temple as the Medical Director for the resident continuity clinic where I have as much fun as possible precepting residents and caring for the underserved patients of North Philly. I am new to the Associate Program Director Role, but am looking forward to working with the talented residents that come to our residency program. In my free time, I hang out with my toddler son and husband rediscovering the relevance of Sesame Street, the wonder of bubbles, and the freedom of playgrounds. Although my traveling has been limited since I became a new mom, we did take my son Atticus to meet my grandparents in Bangladesh when he was only 5 months old. Finally, I love to bake and eat lots of good food. Philadelphia has a great food scene that my husband and I try to take advantage of for date nights.

Elizabeth Lee, MD; Associate Program Director

I was fortunate to be raised in a melting pot of cultures in Honolulu, Hawaii.  My father Hawaiian-Chinese and my mother Irish-English, I was given a colorful and diverse childhood.  My father a social worker and my mother a physician taught me the impact an individual’s health can have on a community.  I left the Islands when I was 17 years old to go to Reed College where I majored in Psychology.  I made the decision to purse medicine the year after I graduated college and after my experiences volunteering at women’s clinic.  I earned a Masters of Biological Science and Medical degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia.  I did my Internal Medicine residency at Temple University where I fell in love with General Internal Medicine.  My residency at Temple was challenging, stimulating, and a time of tremendous growth for my career.  The relationships I made with the patients, staff, and faculty during my Temple residency were personally meaningful.  Each day of my residency, I could see the service I was providing to the community.  As a result after residency, I joined the faculty in the section of General Internal medicine at Temple University.  I have been an Associate Program Director in the Internal Medicine Residency program since 2012 and am responsible for the Ambulatory medicine education & Continuity clinic experience for the residency.  I am passionate about General Internal medicine, Continuity Clinic and teaching.  It is a pleasure and privilege to mentor and teach so many of our talented Temple residents and I look forward each year to meeting a new class of interns!  Finally, My other big job is being a mom.  I am blessed with young children and am never tired of playing in the dirt or building lego towers!  

Daniel Mueller, MD; Associate Program Director

I was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an undergraduate.  Medical school interviews brought me to Philadelphia, and I was immediately drawn to Temple (now the Lewis Katz School of Medicine).  I packed up my Cheesehead, moved to Philly, and I've been here ever since.  After medical school, I completed my medicine residency, chief residency, and infectious diseases fellowship at Temple University Hospital.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to join the Section of Infectious Diseases as faculty and to take on the role of Associate Program Director for the IM residency in 2016.  There are a number of reasons why I have become a Temple "Lifer:" our faculty is passionate about medical education, our trainees are enthusiastic about learning, and our patients have so much to teach us.  Above all else, we have the privilege of caring for the underserved community of North Philadelphia, which can be incredibly rewarding.  My professional interests include medical education, antimicrobial stewardship, and multidrug-resistant organisms.  Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing the piano, trying out new restaurants, searching for places in Philly that serve cheese curds (if you aren't familiar with this amazing food, just ask me), and cheering on my Green Bay Packers.

Lynn Punnoose, MD; Associate Program Director

I lived in Kuwait and India before moving to New York with my family when I was 14. I went to college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I majored in chemical engineering and obtained a second combined degree in the humanities and science. I attended medical school at Harvard Medical School and then completed internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. I moved back to New York for my cardiology fellowship at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell and did an extra year of fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. I’ve lived in Philadelphia for almost two years now and am still exploring the city! I love choral music but have not had a chance to join a group here in Philly yet. I try to volunteer once a month at the Franklin Institute and am learning how to teach science to children. My family still lives in New York, so I make frequent trips to see them too. I am currently as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency program. I am excited to serve as APD at Temple, where we care for an underserved population and work together as a team to bring them the very best in medical care.

Bizath Taqui, MD; Assistant Program Director

I was born in Hyderabad, India and lived in the UK until I was nine years old.  My parents moved to the U.S in 1981 in order to provide their children with unlimited opportunities.   They personified the immigrant work ethic and experience, and forever will remain heroes and role models for my two sisters and me.    I attended high school in Cornwall, N.Y, amidst the picturesque landscape of the Hudson River Valley.  After high school, my family moved to Monmouth County, N.J where my sisters and I were raised by a "village" of extended family and friends.   After completing a 7 -year BA/MD program at Rutgers and a residency and GIM fellowship at University of Pittsburgh, I began my career in academic medicine at Temple in 2002.  I have had the honor of witnessing the career trajectories of so many fantastic Temple Made students and residents.  My areas of interest include critical thinking, clinical reasoning and diagnostic error.  I believe deeply in lifelong learning and improvement, and am grateful to my Temple family for contributing so much to my education.   In my private life, I am an Anglophile who married a Brit.  We live in the Gladwyne countryside with our most cherished blessings- our four-year-old twins.   We love travel, British culture, exercise, food, home renovation, stimulating dinner party conversation, and humor.   I am also lucky to have found a job that is a true labor of love.   It is my passion and joy to contribute to the “village” of Temple and make a difference in the lives of my patients, students, residents and colleagues.


Key faculty members for the Internal Medicine program include:

  • Ji Hoon Baang, MD, Director of Global Health
  • Giuliana Defrancesch, MD, Co-Director of Global Health
  • Jamie Garfield, MD, Core Faculty
  • Sue Gersh, MD, Co-Chair of Residency Wellness Committee
  • Vanneta Hyatt, MD, Community Medicine Coordinator
  • Jonathan Kersun, MD, Director of Biopsychosocial Education
  • Iris Lee, MD, Director of Resident Research, Director of the ABIM Research Track
  • Keith McNellis, MD, Co-Director of Inpatient Education, Director of Medical Consultation, Co-Director of the Hospital Medicine Track
  • Erin Narewski, DO, Director of SIM Center Education
  • Hannah Ravreby, MD, Medicine Clerkship Director, Director of Resident as Teacher and Leader Curriculum, Co-Director of the Medical Education Track
  • Emil Thomas, MD, Co-Director of the Hospital Medicine Track
  • Paul Williams, MD, Director of Primary Care Track

GME Administrators:

  • TBD

Many other faculty make major contributions to the residency program. Please refer to the faculty directory for more information. Among them are:

  • Daniel Edmundowicz, MD, Section Chief, Cardiology
  • Kevin Williams, MD, Section Chief, Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Frank Friedenberg, MD, MS(Epi), Interim Section Chief, Section of Gastroenterology
  • Michael Bromberg, MD, PhD, Section Chief, Hematology/Oncology
  • Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP, Interim Chair of Medicine
  • Roberto Caricchio, MD, Interim Section Chief, Rheumatology
  • Crystal Gadegbeku, MD, Section Chief, Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation
  • Gerard Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, Chair Thoracic Medicine and Surgery Department
  • Anuradha Paranjape, MD, MPH, Interim Vice Chair for Clinical and Faculty Affairs
  • Rachel Rubin, MD, Interim Section Chief, Hospitalist Medicine
  • Kate Coppola, MD Associate Chief, Hospitalist Medicine
  • Nathaniel Marchetti, DO, Director of Intensive Care Unit
  • Alisa Peet, MD, Associate Dean for Curriculum
  • Mary Kraemer, MD, Director of Palliative Care 
  • Karen Lin, MD, MPH, FACP, DABMA, DABIHM Interim Section Chief General Internal Medicine
  • Rafik Samuel, MD Interim Section Chief of Infectious Diseases