Department of Medicine

Parul Agarwal, MD 

Parul Agarwal

I am so excited to be a chief resident alongside Heather, Wumesh and Patrick this year! I grew in Randolph, New Jersey before moving to Boston to pursue my undergraduate training at Boston University where I majored in medical sciences and anthropology. I stayed at BU for medical school before moving to Philadelphia in 2015 to start my internal medicine residency at Penn. Since moving to Philly I have lived in Center City and absolutely love the area.  There are a lot of great restaurants, cultural events/shows, and coffee shops only a few blocks away. I have also loved spending time along the Schuylkill River Trail and Wissahickon/Fairmount Park over the years. Philadelphia has been an extremely fun and affordable place to live over the last few years and I discover new parts of the city to explore all of the time! After chief year, I am hoping to become a hematologist/oncologist and am really excited for what the next few years of training have in store for me!

Heather Giannini, MD

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I am so excited to serve as a Chief Resident this coming year with my co-chiefs. I am from New Jersey and went to Villanova (go Wildcats!) for undergrad, where I did a Bachelors/Masters in Developmental Biology. After that, I moved to New York and worked at a cancer genetics lab for two years before going to Georgetown for medical school. I initially focused my work in oncology, but pivoted to critical care and pulmonary medicine after some very meaningful experiences during my third and fourth year clerkships. I've had a great time in Philadelphia. The process of becoming a physician has been incredibly rewarding.  Being at Penn and working hard with my amazing co-residents has been a privilege, and makes me even more excited to work with all the residents and interns this coming year. I was also in the Healthcare Quality and Leadership Track and will be continuing to work on hospital system improvement this next year. When away from the hospital, I spend my time with my dog (pride and joy, of course) and husband Chris. I love cooking and hosting friends, have a minor obsession with elaborate cakes and baking shows, and enjoy running on Schuylkill banks. The restaurant scene in Philadelphia is excellent as well and we try to grab seats at Vernick when we can to treat ourselves.

Wumesh KC, MD

Wumesh KC

I am originally from Nepal but grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where I attended undergrad at the University of Colorado. I majored in biochemistry and then completed my MD/PhD at Washington University School of Medicine (in Saint Louis, not Seattle) before moving to Philly for residency. In my spare time, I enjoy being outside with my family and exploring this truly amazing city. In fact, Philly is a great place for young families - tons to see ranging from food, outdoor activities, great museums (including for children), and much more! After chief year, I will be pursuing a career as an academic cardiologist with strong translational research focus. 

Patrick Sayre, MD

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Patrick Sayre is a Chief Medical Resident for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he studied Physiology and Chemistry. He then attended medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While in Baltimore, he obtained a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He subsequently completed his residency training at the Penn Internal Medicine / Primary Care Residency Program, where he participated in the Medical Education Leadership Track. His academic interests are in population health, panel management, inter-visit care, and medical education.

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