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Current Radiation Oncology Residents

First 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

I grew up in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and completed my undergraduate degree at New York University, where I majored in psychology. I attended medical school at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and completed my transitional year internship at Crozer Chester Medical Center. I have a particular interest in addressing the need for improved health care in under-served communities and have worked on numerous projects involving outreach to Spanish-speaking patients and support for URiM medical students. I am pursuing my interest in translational research focused on GI malignancies. Outside of medicine, I enjoy dancing, painting, cooking, and creative writing.

Second Year Residents

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.

Nina Burbure, MD, PhD

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and competed regionally in spelling bee’s during middle and high school. I attended University of Florida in Gainsville where I majored in food 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 where I received the intern award for “Most thorough history taking”. My research interests include radiomics, left sided breast cancer, and high risk prostate cancer. I live with my husband in south Philadelphia with our three parrots and pet hedgehog. My interests include food science, cave diving, amateur taxidermy, juggling, and funk music.  

Anupriya Dayal, MD

I grew up in the Bay Area, California and went to University of California-Berkeley for undergraduate studies in Public health, Public policy and Molecular and cell biology. I pursued my medical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where I studied medical physics and virtual surgery protocol development through the Physician Scientist Pathway. I continued my health policy work through the Wisconsin Medical Society, by serving as the Vice Chair for Healthcare Quality and Population Health, working as the Foundation Board Trustee and leading a field research project with the Opioid Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Since moving to Philadelphia, I am continuing my health policy pursuits with the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Similarly, I have worked extensively with the American Medical Association and American College of Radiology through medical training. I aspire to create a health policy based career in radiation oncology. My hobbies include yoga, meditation, destination hiking, dancing, music and ambidextrous art.

Third Year Residents

Chase Hansen, MD, MBA

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. Following high school I attended Snow College, a junior college in Ephraim, UT, for one semester before serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I served in the Baltic States mission for two years, spending the majority of my time in Lithuania. After my mission I graduated with a degree in physiology and developmental biology from Brigham Young University. My medical training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center included a dual degree program with an MBA in health organization management. I enjoy the field of radiation oncology as it is complex and challenging, requiring multidiscipline teamwork, a breadth of knowledge and a unique opportunity to connect with patients and their families. When I’m away from work, I enjoy spending my time with my wife and three children, taking any opportunity to wrestle my kids or play golf. As Philly transplants we enjoy exploring the historic region.

Jonathan Paly, DO

I was raised in Marblehead, MA and attended Lehigh University where I majored in Bioengineering. I worked as an engineer for a radiation oncology equipment company before becoming a clinical researcher in the Massachusetts General Hospital Dept of Radiation Oncology where my work focused on genitourinary oncology. I then attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for my medical degree. I completed a preliminary medicine internship at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, PA. At Fox Chase Cancer Center, I have served as a chief resident in Radiation Oncology during the 2019-2020 academic year. I get immense satisfaction from helping patients with a cancer diagnosis make informed decisions when choosing a therapy that is maximally beneficial and in line with their personal goals. My research interests include patient quality of life, novel radiation techniques, cost effectiveness, global health, and clinical trial design. I live nearby with my wife, son, and dog. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family as well as snowboarding, meat smoking, mountain biking, kiteboarding, and sailing.

Fourth Year Residents

Douglas Lee, DO

I was born in Taiwan and moved to the states when I was 9.  I call Texas home now as I was raised and attended high school in Houston.  Following an undergraduate degree in Science Business at the University of Notre Dame (go Irish!), I joined the U.S. Army and started medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.  I then completed a transitional year at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso.  Following intern year, I served as a battalion/flight surgeon at Fort Hood with the 1st Cavalry Division for 3 years.  I am now in my 4th year at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and will continue to serve in the Army as staff after graduation.  The field of radiation oncology is a perfect fit for me.  I get to discuss and treat complex cases with surgical and medical oncology colleagues.  Most importantly, I get to spend time with my patients and help guide them through the difficult diagnosis of cancer.  In my free time, I enjoy traveling, working out and attending sporting events. 

Jessica Karen Wong, MD

I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada but grew up in Jackson, Tennessee. Yes, I’ve always gone by Karen. Yes, I will still answer to Jessica if I have to. I attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and majored in Chemical Biological Engineering (Course 10B) with minors in Bioengineering (20) and Biology (7). I got my Master’s of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology (HST). I then went back home for medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, TN and also did my internship in Preliminary Medicine there. I am currently a senior Fox Chase Radiation Oncology resident and enjoy combining my basic science, engineering, and clinical background to solve clinically relevant problems through translational research and innovative treatments. Outside of work I love food in all forms, including hosting dinner parties, improvising new recipes, and trying out all the ethnic food in Philadelphia (still working on that one).

Eddie Zhang, MD

I attended the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Duke University, where I majored in English. I completed an Internal Medicine preliminary year residency at Abington-Jefferson Health in Abington, PA. I have been involved for many years in global health research, advocacy, and delivery, and I founded Progressive Health Partnership with Josh Greenberg in 2007. I currently act as Chief Operating Officer and serve on its Board of Directors. I spend a lot of time thinking about how we can do good, better. I believe that we can use the power of technology to create high-impact solutions to problems of health and social justice.

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