Current Radiation Oncology Residents

First Year Residents

Peter Lin Lee, MD, PhD

Originally born in Utah, I moved around the country as a child, but spent most of my formative years growing up just outside of Boston in Wayland, MA. I went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH for undergrad, where I pursued degrees in both Physics and Nutritional Biochemistry. It was there that I developed an interest in leveraging and applying the physical sciences to human health. After undergrad, I enrolled in the MD-PhD program at UMass Medical School, where I completed my thesis studying mTOR signaling in adipocytes and its relationship with white and brown adipocyte development. I also had the opportunity to work closely with the radiation oncology department as a medical student, participating in research projects studying SBRT in hepatocellular carcinoma. After medical school, I completed my internship in a transitional year program at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, MA. Outside of medicine, I am heavily involved in olympic weightlifting, in which I compete at the national level. My other hobbies include skiing, golfing, sailing, and exploring local restaurants.

Alexander Lukez, MD

I grew up in Lexington, MA before going to upstate New York for an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester. Before attending medical school, I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a clinical research coordinator. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, I completed PGY1 at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital transitional year program. My research interests include patient quality of life, digital health, and precision medicine. New to Philadelphia, I am excited to explore a city with great history, good food, and friendly people. Outside work, I like to run outdoors, watch soccer, play chess, and listen to murder mystery podcasts.

Second Year Residents

Timothy Dougherty, MD

Having grown up just outside Philadelphia in Cherry Hill New Jersey, I have always considered this area home. I am grateful to be back and I am excited to be part of the Fox Chase family. Prior to medical school and residency, I attended Georgetown University where I majored in Chemistry. Upon graduation, I had the opportunity to teach seventh and eighth grade math and science. I then returned to Washington, DC, to attend my alma mater, Georgetown, for medical school. And finally, before joining to the team at Fox Chase, I completed my first year of residency at the Temple University Main Hospital where I experienced firsthand a wide range of medical (including COVID-19) and socioeconomic issues. My interests include health policy, health care delivery, and radiation medicine. Outside of residency, I enjoy playing golf, amateur astronomy, climbing rocks, and finding novel ways to entertain myself during the pandemic.

Aneesh Pirlamarla, MD

I hail from the charming town of South Brunswick in central New Jersey. Following the completion of my undergraduate degree at Rutgers University, I relocated to the Bronx, NY and attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During this time, I enjoyed eating Jollof rice at my favorite family-owned Ghanaian eatery and making surprise appearances at Shabbat dinners while politely dismissing the rabbi’s efforts to convert me. I am excited to finally begin my radiation oncology training, but I am just as eager to regularly display my Eli Manning jersey to the notoriously abrasive Eagles fanbase. My research interests are broad, but I aspire to restructure the delivery and cost of high quality cancer care in both developed and developing nations. My hobbies include shooting the breeze with custodial staff, amateur stock trading, playing tennis, enthusiastically citing information from podcasts, being a cinephile, knowing new tech, hiking mountains, and traveling frugally to less-traveled-to countries.

Hilario Yankey, MD

I grew up on the south-west coast of Ghana in a small village of about a 1000 people. I came to the United States for my undergraduate degree in Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics at Drexel University. I further earned my medical degree from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. After medical school, I did my transitional year in Internal Medicine at Crozer Chester Medical Center. I enjoy playing soccer and I like to believe I could have gone pro if I got the chance. I also spend my leisure time fishing, cooking, and watching soccer highlights and tactics. I live in the Fishtown-East Kensington area with my incredibly supportive wife and two crazy stress-relieving dogs (Juno and Mars).

Third Year Residents

Charles Lee, MD

At the age of 4, I came to the United States. After moving all along the east coast, my parents and I settled in Ridgewood, NJ, where I spent most of my childhood years. Following high school, I went to a 6-year pharmacy program and graduated with a PharmD in 2014. Wanting to be more directly involved with patients, I immediately went to medical school at Temple University. Throughout my medical school, pharmacy school, and even high school education, I was involved with basic and clinical oncology research. Thus, combined with an interest in physics, radiation oncology was a perfect fit for me. Outside of residency, I enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding, cooking as well as eating out, and playing with dogs while trying to find the perfect one to adopt.

Rebecca Shulman, MD

My family home is in New Hope, Pennsylvania. I received my undergraduate degree from New York University, with a major in psychology, and graduated from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Beginning as an undergraduate volunteer, I have pursued an interest in improving the healthcare available to under-served communities, focusing especially on Spanish-speaking patients and support for URiM medical students. At FCCC, I have been involved in several research projects linked by an understanding that new technologies, including genetic screening and computer-based deep learning, will enhance our ability to individualize radiation protocols and to minimize treatment toxicity. Outside of medicine, I enjoy painting, dancing, cooking, and creative writing.


Fourth Year Residents

Nina Burbure, MD, PhD

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. I attended University of Florida in Gainesville where I majored in Materials Science. I then pursued a PhD in Materials Science at Carnegie Mellon and my thesis focused on fuel cell technology. I received my medical degree from Tulane University before completing an internship in Internship Medicine at Temple University Hospital. I live with my husband and daughter in Center City Philadelphia. My interests include cooking, eating and traveling.

Abigail Copella, MD

I am from Enola, Pennsylvania. I went to Penn State University where I received a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I went to medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. I completed by intern year at Lankenau Medical Center. In my spare time I enjoy running, going to my bowling league and chasing around my wild cat, Frank.

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