Internal Medicine Residency Program at Pennsylvania Hospital

Meet the Department's leadership team and faculty.

Michael Braffman, MD, Chairman, Department of Medicine

Dr. Braffman is Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital and is Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his administrative and teaching responsibilities, he is a full time member of the Infectious Diseases Section.

He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and received his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1980. Dr. Braffman completed his medical residency and served as Chief Resident at Temple University Hospital. He returned to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he trained as an Infectious Diseases Fellow and joined the staff at Pennsylvania Hospital in 1986, when he entered into clinical practice and established the hospital’s diagnostic virology laboratory.

Dr. Braffman is a recipient of the Viner Teaching Award from the house staff of the Department of Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital as well as The Louis Dinon Teaching Award from the medical students from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

David Henry, MD, Vice-Chairman, Department of Medicine

Dr. Henry is a graduate of Princeton University and received his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He is a practicing medical oncologist/hematologist at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia where he is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he is the current medical secretary of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Subspecialty Board of Hematology and a principal investigator for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. He is also principal investigator for several AIDS oncology and cytokine studies which are his principal areas of publication and research. He is a sometime reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the Archives of Internal Medicine and co-editor of Community Oncology Journal.

For his teaching, he is a past winner of the Blockley-Osler Award at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and he is the Director of the University of Vienna medical exchange program in Philadelphia.

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Ami S. Joshi, DO, Program Director

Dr. Joshi is the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Director of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement for Graduate Medical Education. Prior to this position, she was the Medical Director of the J. Edwin Wood Clinic at Pennsylvania Hospital and the Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Before Dr. Joshi came to Pennsylvania Hospital, she was the Director of Osteopathic Medical Education and an Academic Hospitalist at Lankenau Medical Center. Her past accomplishments have also included residing as the Program Director for one of the first national fellowship programs in Advanced Hospital Medicine, a physician advisor for the Utilization Management Department, and a leader and member of numerous hospital and national committees.

Dr. Ami Joshi has her Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also has her Masters in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American College of Osteopathic Internists.

Leigh Kennedy, DO, Associate Program Director/Osteopathic Program Director

Leigh A. Kennedy, DO is the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Programand Program Director of the dually accredited Osteopathic Internal Medicine Program at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Kennedy attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Pennsylvania Hospital and remained for an additional year as Chief Resident. Dr. Kennedy returned to Pennsylvania Hospital after completing her Infectious Diseases fellowship at George Washington University

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Dennis Policastro, M.D., Associate Program Director

Dr. Policastro served as Program Director at Pennsylvania Hospital for 22 years. In July 2017, he stepped down as program director and began working part-time. He is still involved in resident education, advising residents on career plans and working in the outpatient resident continuity clinic.

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