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Three physicians on the Lancaster General Hospital Medical & Dental Staff have been named to the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Top Physicians Under 40 list.

The honorees, who were nominated by colleagues and selected by a committee of physicians, are recognized for outstanding contributions to the practice of medicine and the delivery of patient care, despite being early in their medical careers.

Mrinalini Meesala, M.D.

Justin D. Roberts, D.O.

David I. Somerman, D.O.

Mrinalini Meesala, M.D., a cardiovascular disease specialist with The Heart Group of LG Health, has led educational events for providers, nurses and residents on heart health in women. She is described as a dedicated, hard-working clinician who is energetic and perseverant with her efforts to help women fight heart disease.

Justin D. Roberts, D.O., is an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist with The Heart Group of LG Health. He was nominated for his ability to bring clinical trials to the community setting, providing access to advanced care previously unavailable outside of major academic centers.

David I. Somerman, D.O., a nephrologist with Hypertension and Kidney Specialists, is an area leader in recognizing an increasingly identified cause of acute kidney injury, atypical HUS. He has successfully diagnosed several cases, which often would go undiagnosed and untreated. Those patients have regained renal function and been able to discontinue dialysis.

Dr. Kristina Newport (right) receives her award from Kelly Edwards, American Cancer Society health systems manager, and Diana Fox, the society’s senior director of hospital systems.

Dr. Newport wins American Cancer Society award

Kristina Newport, M.D., has received the American Cancer Society Excellence in Mission award for Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Newport, who directs the palliative care program at Hospice & Community Care in Mount Joy, was honored for her “tireless” work on palliative care with Pennsylvania cancer patients.

"She was crucial to the planning, implementation and success of numerous Palliative Care Roundtables in Pennsylvania and has taken an active leadership role with the Palliative Care task force working toward the first-ever Palliative Care Plan for Pennsylvania," the society said.


Dr. Chris Shih (left) will play a two-piano concert with friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Yu, Sunday, Nov. 5, in Lancaster.

Dr. Shih will play Lancaster two-piano recital Nov. 5

Christopher E. Shih, M.D., will perform in a joint two-piano recital with Thomas Yu, D.M.D, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster.

Dr. Shih practices at Regional GI. His longtime duo partner, Dr. Yu, is a periodontist who practices in Canada. Both are winners of the Van Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition.

All proceeds from the concert will go to Music for Everyone, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting music in area schools and communities.

Click here to read more about Dr. Shih.

Dr. Fogleman’s poetry honors graduate of women’s drug recovery program

Corey Fogleman, M.D.

Corey Fogleman, M.D., has written a poem published in the August issue of the journal Chest.

Dr. Fogleman, Managing Physician at LG Health Physicians Family & Maternity Medicine, wrote the poem, “Bad Habit,” in honor of a graduate of a local women’s drug recovery program, where he volunteers twice a month.

“Patients there often talk about coping with the aftermath of change,” he said.

Oncology study led by Dr. Sivendran featured in local media

Shanthi Sivendran, M.D.

A study led by Shanthi Sivendran, M.D., of LGHP Hematology & Medical Oncology shows that many cancer patients do not know the stage or status of their cancers.
The study, a collaboration between researchers at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, the LG Health Research Institute and others, was featured in LNP and Penn Live. Dr. Sivendran also appeared on WITF’s “Smart Talk” radio show.

"It's said that when patients get a cancer diagnosis, they remember 10 percent of what we tell them on the initial day,” she said. “You drop the word 'Cancer,' and the brain is fixated on that word. It doesn't matter, all the other things you're saying around it. Oftentimes patients describe it as being stuck at 'You just told me I have cancer.’ "

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