Brian Fulton, MD
I am beyond excited to serve as a chief resident this year along with my fantastic co-chiefs. I am originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania and grew up an avid Philadelphia sports fan. I attended the University of Pennsylvania for undergrad, where I was a Biological Basis of Behavior major and competed on the Track & Field team. I remained at Penn for medical school where I completed a certificate program in Community Health. I completed my Internal Medicine residency here at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and participated in the Medical Education Leadership Track. Outside of work, I enjoy running, playing basketball and sampling foods from Philadelphia’s many great restaurants. Following chief year, I plan to pursue a career in academic cardiology.
Dan Lefler, MD
I'm proud to call myself a chief resident here at Penn, especially because it means I get to work alongside some amazing people. I'm originally from a small town in Southern New Jersey, and though I left to spend my undergraduate years at The College of William & Mary, I returned to the Philadelphia area to attend Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, where I was a member of the inaugural class. Residency was filled with making new friends, learning new skills, and exploring old haunts here in Philly, where I believe I have truly mastered the food scene. I was involved in the Medical Education Leadership Track during residency, which was an incredible experience. In my free time, I love exploring the theatre and arts in Philadelphia and going on hikes with my friends. After chief year, I plan to pursue a fellowship in oncology.
Mili Mehta, MD
I’m excited to serve as a chief resident this year. I grew up in Long Island, New York and first discovered Philadelphia when I came to Penn for my undergraduate studies. After studying Biological Basis of Behavior at Penn, I attended medical school at Columbia University, where I was heavily involved in global health. I came back to Penn for internal medicine residency, where I have been a part of the Healthcare Quality and Leadership Track. Being at Penn has taught me the value of resident camaraderie and being passionate about your work. Philadelphia has provided me wonderful opportunities to explore the great outdoors, run along the Schyulkill and to various outdoor brunch spots, and eat in a city truly known for its culinary scene. I plan to pursue a career in academic cardiology, focusing on medical education and quality improvement.
Melanie Woodward, MD
I grew up just outside of Baltimore and went to Wittenberg University in Ohio for undergrad where I majored in Economics and Biochemistry. While there, I worked for the community service office and loved engaging in the small city that became my home for 4 years before moving back to Baltimore for medical school. I attended University of Maryland for medical school where I met my now husband and we couple’s matched here to Philadelphia. Since being at Penn, I’ve joined the Primary Care track and have a special interest in suboxone and physician wellness. I love eating my way around Philadelphia, exploring the outdoors with our pup (so many opportunities--many of which have good ice cream in close proximity), and spending time with my co-residents when I’m not in the hospital. I’m excited to continue to make the residency experience more rich both in and out of the hospital as a Chief. After Chief year, I plan to continue to practice Primary Care in Philadelphia.