Current Radiation Oncology Residents

First 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).

Second 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.


Third Year Residents

Nina Burbure, MD, PhD

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and competed regionally in spelling bees 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.p>

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.

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.

Fourth 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.

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