Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Department of Medicine

Rheumatology Fellowship

The Rheumatology Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University trains one fellow per year for two years. Applicants to the program will have usually completed two to three years of an Internal Medicine residency at the time of their application. We accept applicants who are currently in the United States on an Hl-B and J-1 visa.

The program has a history of providing fellows with clinical excellence in general rheumatology. We also have a focus on Systemic Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Fellowship Structure

Outpatient rheumatology clinics: Fellows have their own continuity clinic one time weekly. During this clinic, they see a large variety of rheumatologic diagnoses for which they serve as primary rheumatologists under supervision from the faculty. On a weekly basis, each fellow is either involved with an additional general rheumatology clinic or with subspecialty clinics  (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Systemic Sclerosis).

Inpatient rheumatology: Fellows see inpatient consults at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience.

Pediatric rheumatology: Fellows spend approximately one month during their second year rotating with pediatric rheumatology at the Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

Exposure to allied disciplines: Fellows have the ability and flexibility to spend time with allied departments at Thomas Jefferson University in the specialties of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography, Dermatology, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Laboratory Medicine.

Didactic teaching: Conferences take place on Friday mornings for 2.5 hours every week. During these sessions, medical students, residents, fellows, rheumatology faculty and external faculty participate in scholarly activities such as: case management conferences, journal clubs and didactic lectures. Interdisciplinary conferences with Pulmonary Medicine and Nephrology are scheduled twice in each academic year.

Scholarly activity: The division offers opportunities to participate in clinical, translational or basic science research, and each fellow is expected to engage in scholarly pursuit and to submit the results of their research for presentations at local and national meetings.


Marianthi Kiriakidou MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Interim Fellowship Program Director
211 South 9th Street, Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Judith Cristella
Administrative Assistant and Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: 215-955-2820
Fax: 215-923-7885

Current Fellows

PGY - 5

Srikanth Naramala, MD
Medical College: Andhra Medical College, India (2002-2008) Internal Medicine Residency: Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA  (2012-2015)

PGY - 4

Sindu Yenigalla, MD
Medical College: Medical School: Siddhartha Medical College, India
Internal Medicine Residency: Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA 

Past Fellows (1980-2014)

Past Fellows

1980-1982 Bernard R. Rubin, D.O., MPH Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
1982-1984 Lawrence H. Brent, M.D Director, Rheumatology
Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
1984-1986 John G. Fort, M.D Chief Medical Officer
Chapel Hill, NC 
1985-1987 Celia Fernandez, M.D Jupiter Internal Medicine Group
Jupiter, FL
1986-1988 Lisa S. Allen, M.D Lancaster Rheumatology Associates
Lancaster, PA 
1987-1989 Mark A. Lopatin, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Abington Memorial Hospital
Rheumatic Disease Associates
Willow Grove, PA
1988-1990 Susan B. Ward, M.D. Arthritis Center
Exton, PA 
1989-1991 Robert M. Griffin, Jr., D.O Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center of Reading
Wyomissing, PA 
1990-1992 Mary Elizabeth Price, M.D Carolina Glaucoma, P.A.
Wilmington, NC
1992-1994 Karen D. Smith, M.D Eastside Rheumatology
El Paso, TX
1993-1995 Maria J. Watson, M.D. Lafayette Clinic
Fayetteville, NC 
1995-1997 Thomas E. Lafferty, M.D Ocala, FL
1997-1999 Bilal M. Agha, MBBS Agha Arthritis Associates
Cary, NC
1997-1999 Lori Ann K. Cox, D.O UMDNJ
Basking Ridge, NJ 
1997-1999 Pierre Minerva, M.D Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists
Bryn Mawr, PA 
1997-1999 Mehmoodur Rasheed, M.D Carle Physical Group
Champaign, IL 
1999-2001 Andrew S. Koenig, D.O. Blue Bell, PA
1999-2001 Nora Sandorfi, M.D Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
2000-2002 Stacey Fitch, D.O. Pottstown Medical Specialties
Pottstown, PA
2001-2003 Chris Derk, M.D. Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
2002-2004 Primal P. Kaur, M.D., MS Amgen, Inc.
Newbury Park, CA
2003-2005 Melanie Chatterji, M.D Maryland Rheumatology
Olney, MD
2004-2006 Patrick M. Cronin, D.O. Cooper University Hospital
Voorhees, NJ
2004-2006 Dana B. Jacobs-Kosmin, M.D Einstein Arthritis Center
Philadelphia, PA
2005-2007 Marie S. O’Brien, D.O Lehigh Valley Physician Group
Allentown, PA
2007-2009 Manisha D. Naik, D.O. Tri-County Rheumatology
Rockledge, PA
2007-2009 Steffan W. Schulz, M.D Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 
2007-2009 Max Shenin, D.O Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
2008-2010 Wen Xiong, M.D. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark, NJ 
2009-2011 Nagalakshmi A. Shetty, M.D. Coastal Healthcare
Manahawkin, NJ  
2010-2012 Jill Johnson, M.D. The Arthritis Group?
Philadelphia, PA
2011-2013 Shivani Purohit, M.D. Mahwah, NJ
2012-2014 Amal Kebede, D.O. Reading, PA
2013-2015 Maryah Mansoor, M.D. Wilmington, DE
2014-2016 Jowairiyya Ahmad, M.D.
Middletown, NY