Internal Medicine Faculty
Richard Alweis, MD, FACP
Program Director, Categorical Medicine
Dr. Alweis is a graduate of Brown University and the Warren Alper School of Medicine at Brown University. He completed his residency and then chief residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the faculty at Reading Hospital in 2008, he served as the Associate Program Director of the internal medicine residency training program at Mount Auburn Hospital from 2003-2007, and also completed a fellowship in medical education at Mount Auburn Hospital in 2007. His current professional interests include chronic pain management, adaptation of the chronic care model for a resident clinic setting, creating medical homes within existing practices in the hospital system, and analysis of data quality in electronic medical records. He precepts residents and medical students in the resident clinic and faculty practice, and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College
Ronald Herb, DO
Clinical Director, Osteopathic Internal Medicine Residency Program
Dr. Ron Herb is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Reading Hospital Internal Medicine residency program. Dr. Herb is a diplomat in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and serves as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He currently has a private practice and is a mentor to medical residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. He has been recognized by the residents for excellence in teaching. Dr. Herb serves on the Peer Review committee and is involved in pilot studies for chronic illness.
Anthony A. Donato, Jr., MD, MHPE
Associate Program Director, Inpatient Medicine
Dr. Donato completed his undergraduate work at Georgetown University and Medical School at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine on a scholarship program with the United States Air Force. Following completion of an Air Force Internal Medicine residency and teaching military residents and students as a clerkship director for Uniformed Services University, he joined the Reading Hospital Internal Medicine Faculty in 2001. He continued his pursuit of improving his teaching skills with his completion of a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 , and completed a Masters of Health Professions Education program through the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. His professional interests involve direct observation techniques and deepening apprenticeship models of resident development through innovative educational techniques. He currently serves as associate program director of internal medicine, teaches residents on the inpatient wards, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College.
Suzanne Wenderoth, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director, Ambulatory Medicine Medical Director, Internal Medicine Practice
Dr. Wenderoth graduated from the College of William & Mary and went on to serve in the United States Peace Corps in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in West Africa. Upon her return, she worked as an investigator at the National Institutes of Health and later received her MD Degree from Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Cornell Medical College). She completed residency training in primary care internal medicine at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in 2000 and continued there as Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Medicine Clerkship until joining the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in 2012. Dr. Wenderoth is actively involved in teaching residents and medical students and serves as Associate Program Director (Ambulatory Medicine) for the residency program and Director of the Reading Hospital's Internal Medicine Practice. Her professional interests include care of asthma patients in primary care settings and health behavior modification. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Benjamin J. Lloyd, MD
Program Director, Transitional Year
Dr. Ben Lloyd is a graduate of the Hahnemann University School of Medicine and The Reading Hospital’s Categorical Medicine Residency. After serving as chief medical resident, he entered private practice for two years before helping form the department’s Faculty Practice, integral to teaching primary care skills to residents and medical students. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Lloyd is clinical associate professor of medicine at Jefferson University Medical College. He is engaged full time as faculty member specializing in inpatient teaching and simulation training.
Lisa M. Motz, MD, FACP
Student Clerkship Director
Dr. Lisa Motz is a graduate of Moravian College and Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, where she also served as Chief Resident prior to joining the faculty in 2000. As Clerkship Director, she enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students who rotate through the Department of Medicine and its subspecialties, and working with our affiliated medical schools to improve undergraduate medical education. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Jefferson Medical College, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine. She serves as a key academic hospitalist member of our faculty, teaching regularly on the inpatient medicine and consultative services. Special interests include medical ethics and end-of-life care.
Jeremy Ellis, MD
Dr. Jeremy Ellis completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh prior to his medical education at Thomas Jefferson University. He graduated from residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network and is very excited to have joined the faculty at Reading Hospital. His professional interests focus on resident education and quality improvement initiatives.
David L. George, MD, FACP, MBA
Vice President, Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer
Associate Chair, Department of Medicine
Dr. David George is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He completed training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. Dr. George’s current professional interests include education in behavioral change, skin manifestations of rheumatic disease, and immune mediated hearing disorders. He serves as Vice President, Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at The Reading Hospital and Assistant Dean and Clinical Associate Professor Jefferson Medical College. He is an educator in rheumatology and acute ambulatory medicine. Dr. George also oversees training in quality improvement and patient safety.
I. Michael Goonewardene, MD
Dr. Michael Goonewardene is a graduate of the University of Delaware; and subsequently earned a PhD. in microbiology and immunology from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University School of Medicine). He worked in immunology research for six years, and then earned his MD degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Internship in Internal Medicine was served at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and training completed at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He worked six years in a traditional internal medicine practice. He currently serves as an academic hospitalist, and provides inpatient teaching and mentoring to residents in Internal Medicine at Reading Health System. His interests include antibiotic stewardship and quality improvement.
Shobhit Gupta, DO
Junior Faculty Member
Dr. Shobhit Gupta is a graduate of Rutgers University and The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in 2013 and is currently staying on as Chief Resident – Junior Faculty Member. His interests include academic medicine and he will be pursuing a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
Neha Majmudar, MD
Dr. Neha Majmudar is a graduate of George Washington University Medical School and Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Previously, Dr. Majmudar worked at the VA hospital in East Orange, NJ and was affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Her interests include outpatient medicine with focus on women’s health. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College.
Bryan J. Romero, DO
Dr. Bryan Romero received his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Franklin and Marshall, went on to graduate from PCOM with a DO degree and Reading Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. He was voted Resident of the year in 2012. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and American College of Osteopathic Internists. He serves as Clinical Instructor for the residency program and a mentor to medical residents and students. Dr. Romero and his residents work on Quality Improvement research in their office and reach out to community education programs. He also has an interest in addiction medicine and works as a physician in a local addiction treatment center.
Jorge J. Scheirer, MD
Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer
Dr. Jorge Scheirer is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at Keesler Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base, MS. His research interests include using information systems to improve health care quality and the impact of computer interfaces on data quality in electronic medical records. Dr. Scheirer is a physician champion for Pennsylvania Improving Performance in Practice and is a leader in three Pennsylvania collaboratives seeking to improve chronic illness care and colorectal cancer screening.
Cecilia Smith, DO, FACP
Chair, Department of Medicine
Dr. Cecilia Smith is a graduate of Villanova University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at The Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital (now Drexel University) and a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Medical Center. Dr. Smith was a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine before joining the Department of Medicine at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in 2004. Dr. Smith is an educator in pulmonary medicine. Dr. Smith's professional interest includes interstitial lung diseases and pulmonary arterial hypertension. She is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College.
Debra A. Zimmerman, DO
Dr. Debra Zimmerman is a graduate from Penn State University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. After serving as Chief Resident, Dr. Zimmerman entered private practice for six years and now serves as a Clinical Instructor for the Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Track. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Her interests include ambulatory medicine with a focus on preventative health.