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CURRENT RESIDENTS

Get to know our residents who come from a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds.

Two female PMLGH Residents

Elliott D. Brady, MD, MEd

Resident

University of Kansas, BA
University of Kansas School of Medicine, MD, MPH

I grew up in the Kansas City, Kansas metropolitan area, a suburban/urban portion of a predominantly rural state. Regularly visiting family in the Kansas countryside, I also retain rural roots. Throughout my K-12 education, sports and musical instruments were big parts of my life, focusing on piano, trombone, and marching baritone toward the end of high school. This passion continued in the University of Kansas (KU) marching band. I was also more than privileged to volunteer in medical missions to Panama at KU as well as underserved medical care at a local FQHC.

At KU School of Medicine, I along with several peers operated our school’s student-run free clinic, JayDoc Free Clinic. My experiences with underserved patients highlighted the importance of population health, spurring a leave of absence to earn a Master of Public Health before my clinical years. This year allowed reflection on my role as a future physician, providing opportunities for networking and research when not in the classroom.

In retrospect I was always a future family physician, but getting to know current family doctors confirmed my decision. Finding creative ways to overcome barriers to care for individuals having trouble navigating the complicated and unforgiving health-care system is deeply rewarding. I love family medicine’s recognition and action prioritizing social conditions’ influence on human health.

Julie C. Cox, MD

Resident

Tufts University, BS
New York Medical College, MD

I am originally from Valley Forge, PA, outside of Philadelphia. For college, I attended Tufts University in Boston where I studied biology but after graduating, I returned to Philadelphia for my first job at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducting pediatric oncology research. Working at CHOP confirmed my desire to become a doctor, so I went back to school at New York Medical College. Much of my volunteer work previously surrounded women’s health and patient advocacy as a crisis counselor and I continued to foster that passion throughout my time in medical school.

At NYMC, I was the president of our chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association and worked at the school’s human rights clinic where I assisted with medical evaluations for those seeking asylum in the United States. During my clinical rotations, I realized I had many interests within medicine and enjoyed working in the primary care setting. I plan to include women’s health in my practice but also want to incorporate LGBTQ health, HIV care, immigrant health, nutrition, and geriatrics as my patient panel continues to grow.

When I am not working, I really enjoy practicing yoga and biking. My favorite form of exercise is indoor cycling as I am not a skilled dancer but love to pedal the bike to the beat of the music. I’m also a pretty avid fiction reader and am always looking for a new good book. I am so excited to be moving to Lancaster to start my career practicing full spectrum family medicine.

Marco A. Cunicelli, DO

Resident

The College of William & Mary, BS
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia Campus, DO

I’m originally from Langhorne, PA, but my family moved to Guam when I was in elementary school for my dad’s job. After three years there, we had the option to move back to PA or try somewhere new. My family opted to move to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. I spent the rest of my childhood growing up in Northern Virginia before moving to Williamsburg, VA to attend the College of William & Mary.

While there, I studied biology and Hispanic studies and had the opportunity to study abroad in Cadiz, Spain. Following undergrad, I took two years off from school and worked full-time as a patient care technician at Inova Loudoun Hospital and as a substitute teacher with Loudoun County public schools teaching math, Spanish, and English. I also worked at an escape room as a game master during this time.

Following my gap years, I attended the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, VA, where I earned my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. In medical school, I had the opportunity to travel on a medical mission trip to Honduras and provide care to the village surrounding Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I was also a member of the OB/GYN and family medicine student organizations where I developed my passion for women’s health and primary care.

When searching for residencies, I knew I wanted to be close to my family in Philly. I was drawn to Lancaster because of its beauty and history, but it was the full-spectrum family medicine curriculum that really sealed the deal. Within medicine, I have specific interests in maternal-child and women’s health, treating the LGBTQIA+ community, contraceptive counseling, HIV primary care, and substance use disorders. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, traveling, running, hiking, cooking, watching movies, reading, and playing guitar & piano.

Riley Ewen, DO

Resident

Virginia Military Institute, BS
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia Campus, DO

I grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and attended Virginia Military Institute for my undergraduate studies. Upon graduation I was commissioned as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, where I spent my formative years serving alongside many humble and selfless people who taught me the meaningfulness of simple acts of service in ordinary life. After the Army, my wife and I spent some time doing medical mission and humanitarian relief work in conflict areas in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Caring for others in the face of tremendous suffering and austerity had a profound effect on my life; it ultimately formed the foundation of my passion to serve others as a physician.

I attended Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, where I maintained a strong interest in global and rural health and community medicine. It was a natural progression from my Catholic faith and previous experiences that I fell in love with the practice and presence of full-spectrum family medicine from the beginning to the end of life. I’m so thankful for the incredible opportunity to grow in the practice of medicine at Lancaster General Hospital.

My lovely wife and I currently have three children (the third will be born in July of intern year). In previous years you could find me skiing, climbing, or mountaineering in Alaska, where we lived prior to medical school. Nowadays you could find me with my family, involved in our church parish, reading a good book, carving spoons, sourdough baking, hiking, or biking.

Ryan J. Fischer, MD, MEd

Resident

DeSales University, BS
Pennsylvania State University, MEd
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

I was born and raised in Lancaster County, and I am thrilled to be coming back to Lancaster to continue my training. Throughout high school and during summer vacations in college, I could often be found working at the local hardware store. My job consisted of everything from filling propane tanks to stocking shelves to my personal favorite, helping customers solve problems (plumbing, electrical, lawn and garden … anything and everything).

I studied biology at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania before going to medical school at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. While in my fourth year of medical school, I worked on an accelerated Masters of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Degree. While I hope to continue to be involved to some degree in medical education throughout my career, the main motivation was to develop skills to better help patients learn about their own health.

In medical school, I was also fortunate enough to get involved in the Global Health Scholars Program (traveling twice to Zambia) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. I truly believe that the key to the health of a community starts with excellent primary care, and cannot think of a better place to continue to learn as a physician then at the family medicine program here at Lancaster General Hospital. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, reading, and listening to music or a good podcast.

Autumn Vogel, MD

Resident

University of California, Berkeley, BA
Lincoln University, BS
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

Born and raised among the redwoods of the idyllic Monterey Bay on California’s central coast, I spent many summers visiting grandparents in the emerald rolling hills of Lancaster County. A deep love of humanness and healing led me to study medical anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, where I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree. After college I took a job at a non-profit clinic for uninsured women and children where I served as a medical assistant, care coordinator and community health coordinator. My time there at the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center fostered my interest in clinical medicine.

After much thought and many adventures (including experiences abroad teaching simple techniques for treating cervical cancer, working as a birth doula, and interning with herbalists) I made the decision to become a clinician myself. This choice led me to move across the country to complete premedical training at Lincoln University, where I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and my medical training at Penn State College of Medicine.

During medical school I served as medical advocacy coordinator on the board of our student run free clinic, and deepened my advocacy experience as a board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. I believe that physicians should be partners in fostering the health and healing that is innate in you. I am passionate about whole health integrative medicine, reproductive health and preventative medicine and am thrilled to be staying in the area to complete my medical training in Family and Community Medicine at Lancaster General. The Lancaster area brings out my love of hiking, biking, canoeing, and learning about all the wonderful plants that grow in here—all things that keep me healthy and happy. I look forward to meeting you and working together as partners in your health!

Laura Hatchman, MD

Resident

University of Connecticut, BA
University of Connecticut School of Medicine, MD

I had the good fortune to grow up first in sunny California and then in (slightly) colder Connecticut, getting the best of both coasts. I attended UConn for college (go Huskies!) and received a degree in history while also cultivating my love for science. It was in this beautiful and rural basketball capital of the world that I met my husband. After a fellowship at Hartford Hospital and multiple service trips, medicine became the clear path for me.

Before starting medical school, I led a public health initiative for Penn Medicine in Hartford that focused on teaching emergency medical skills to underserved communities. It was through this work that I found my passion for family medicine and addressing the social influences that drive healthcare disparities. I decided to stay a Husky through and through and attend UConn for medical school. As a NHSC scholar, I sought out residency programs committed to serving underserved communities and providing comprehensive training with an emphasis on addiction medicine, reproductive health justice, and maternal child health. Lancaster naturally fits these criteria while offering so much more! I fell in love with the city on my interview day, and am so excited to get the chance to join such a wonderful team. Outside of the hospital, you can find me scouring thrift stores, collecting old books, kayaking, crocheting/knitting, and traveling.

Michael McGee, MD

Resident

University of Delaware, BA
Freie Universität Berlin, MEd
SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, MD

I was born and grew up in York, PA, just west of the Susquehanna River from Lancaster. For my undergraduate studies, I attended the University of Delaware, where I discovered my love of foreign languages and cultures, and pursued a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and literatures.

After graduating, I traveled as a volunteer to Guatemala and Haiti, where I saw firsthand the impact of medicine in improving the lives of those in underserved communities. I decided to pursue a career in medicine a few years later after living in Germany and completing a master’s degree in education, returning to Haiti for work as an English teacher and in the medical sector, and completing a post-baccalaureate pre-med program at Bryn Mawr College.

My interest in care for the underserved was nurtured at SUNY Downstate, located in the heart of Brooklyn. Throughout my time there, I played an active role in our student free clinic, which reinforced to me the importance of full-spectrum primary care in underserved communities. I’m excited about the opportunities that Lancaster will afford to deepen my knowledge and help transform me into a clinician that will be primed to work with underserved people in a variety of settings. With my return to Lancaster, I’m looking forward to long bike rides and easier access to trails for running, hiking, and backpacking.

Jasen Tjahjadi, MD

Resident

University of Notre Dame, BS
Eastern Virginia Medical School, MD, MS

I was born in Evanston, IL, and spent my elementary school years in Evansville, IN. My family then decided to move overseas to Shanghai, China, where I spent all of middle and high school. After graduating from high school, I matriculated to the University of Notre Dame where I majored in biochemistry and minored in poverty studies. After multiple service trips to the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia and a summer in Ghana helping deliver eye care, my passion for medicine, service, and social justice grew.

I then moved to Norfolk, VA, to attend Eastern Virginia Medical School where I worked as a chronic care clinician and case manager at our school’s student run free clinic. I also developed and ran a health and wellness workshop where we exercised and cooked healthy meals with patients.

I always looked up to my family medicine mentors as they not only invested their efforts within the walls of their clinic but also in their surrounding communities. I chose family medicine because of the opportunity to stand side by side with patients from all walks of life and advocating for them in all aspects of life.

I’m so thankful to be training at LGH! What excites me about LGH is the full-spectrum training in rural, urban, and global settings and as well as their heart for underserved medicine. I know that no matter where I end up practicing, I will be well equipped. Outside of medicine I enjoy traveling to see family who reside in China, Indonesia, and Australia, cooking and baking, playing board games, investing in church communities, and hiking.