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Dr. Sara L. Wallach is the Chair and Program Director of the Department of Medicine at St Francis Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Prior to joining the St Francis Medical staff in June 2013, she was a Vice-Chair and Program Director for Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey for 18 years. She served on the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Council from 2009-2012 and is a former governor of the American College of Physicians New Jersey Chapter. She is the current Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine representative to the American College of Physicians Education and Publication Committee. Dr. Wallach is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and earned her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Medicine Brooklyn, NY. In addition to graduate medical education, her interests include thromboembolism, performance improvement, and patient safety.


Dr. Donald Christmas is a clinical faculty member and an Associate Program Director. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine and Seton Hall –St Francis Internal Medicine Residency Program. He enjoys working with the residents in the inpatient rotations as well as the ambulatory clinics to prepare them for the next phase of their lives. He exemplifies his work with this quote: "The art of medicine is to be properly learned only from its practice and its exercise." Thomas Sydenham


Dr. Herb Conaway is a board-certified Internal Medicine specialist and member of the clinical faculty at Seton Hall University/St. Francis Medical Center. In addition to his in-patient and out-patient clinical responsibilities involving the education of Internal Medicine residents, Dr. Conaway serves as a medical director of the Internal Medicine clinic and a co-chair of the Clinical Competency Committee of the Internal Medicine residency program. Dr. Conaway earned his doctor of medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and his doctor of laws degree from Rutgers Law School-Camden. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Conaway has over twenty years of experience in medical practice including four years as a general medical officer and out-patient clinic director with the United States Air Force. Dr. Conaway also possesses a passion for public policy with a focus on healthcare through his on-going eighteen year legislative service as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly and chair of the Health and Senior Service Committee.


Dr. Anand Kaji is a board-certified Internist and newest member of the clinical faculty. He joined St. Francis Medical Center in January of 2016 and before that, he was an academic hospitalist at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He has earned his MD degree from St. George's University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Drexel College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital. His interests lie primarily in the residency education with focus on the teaching curriculum and board preparation. He also supervises the 3rd year medical students from Drexel College of Medicine both in inpatient and outpatient settings. Lastly, he is involved in the quality improvement projects particularly in the areas of patient satisfaction both within the Internal Medicine department and in other parts of the hospital as a whole.


Dr. Vinuta Mohan is a board-certified Endocrinologist who provides both inpatient and outpatient care at St. Francis Medical Center. She primarily focuses her time on diabetes management, emphasizing the importance of a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition. In addition, she works directly with the residents on the endocrine elective and provides lectures and education on many aspects of endocrinology including thyroid disease management and other endocrine disorders. She has mentored residents in numerous abstracts and publications during her career and has had multiple academic affiliations including Assistant Professor of Medicine at Seton Hall University. She has earned her medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center and her Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. She spent over 15 years as an endocrine attending at a large teaching hospital in the South Bronx before settling at St Francis Medical Center.


Dr. Gopi Mukkavilli is a board certified internist who has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians since 1994. She has been in academic medicine since 1990 and taught medical residents at SUNY Downstate Medical Center from 1990 to 1994. Dr. Mukkavilli has also been an assistant professor of medicine at New York University Medical Center from 1994-2006. She has a specific interest in Addiction medicine and Behavioral health. She precepts and teaches medical residents and medical students in the outpatient continuity clinic at St. Francis medical center since 2015. Dr. Mukkavilli is also actively involved in preparing the residents for the internal medicine board exam.


Dr. Julie Pantelick is board-certified in Internal Medicine. She is attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she earned her D.O. degree, and then completed an ACGME accredited residency in Internal Medicine at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After residency, she joined the Rutland Regional Hospital in central Vermont as a hospitalist before returning to New Jersey to join the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Francis Medical Center. Dr. Pantelick has been instrumental in helping the program develop academic rigor by orchestrating an 18-month long, repeating didactic curriculum, and supports the Chief Residents in their role as "Chief in Charge of the Lecture Series." She introduced the current “Case of the Week”, and a daily board review for the third year medical residents. She is also in charge of developing the Grand Round Series at St Francis Medical Center. Dr. Pantelick supervises residents on both in-patient and out-patient general internal medicine rotations. She enjoys her role as an advisee to many of the residents. She serves as Co-Chair of the Clinical Competency Committee for the Internal Medicine Residency, and is on Hospital's Clinical Outcomes Committee. She is currently developing a faculty practice for patients requiring intensive medical management for complex chronic diseases. Dr. Pantelick’s interests include quality improvement in healthcare delivery, improving discharge planning, and medication reconciliation processes. Her current projects include developing a community outreach education series on nutrition education, food choices, and primary prevention. She is also fluent in Spanish.


Dr. Nrupa Shah is a board-certified Internist and part of the core faculty and her primary focus is the outpatient ambulatory clinic at St. Francis Medical Center. She mainly spends her time on primary care and providing comprehensive general medical care to patients in the outpatient setting. She devotes most of her time teaching and supervising medical residents and students in the ambulatory clinic. She also participates in giving lectures for the residents to help prepare for the In-service and Board examinations. In addition, she mentors and participates in performance improvement projects for the residency program. She has been part of the core faculty at St. Francis Medical Center for over 15 years and holds the title of Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University. She earned her medical degree at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Afterwards, she completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She has truly enjoyed working with and teaching residents at St. Francis Medical Center and has been part of the St. Francis community ever since completing her Internal Medicine training.


Dr. J. Michael Smith is a full-time faculty member of the St. Francis Medical Center Internal Medicine residency training program and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Seton Hall University. With forty years of clinical and academic experience in the field of Internal Medicine, he is extensively involved in the clinical and didactic teaching of the residents. In addition, he oversees and participates in current research initiatives both as a mentor and a chairman of the Institutional Research Board. He earned his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School-Rutgers and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. After spending a year practicing at the hospital, he initiated a private practice of Internal Medicine in Lawrenceville, NJ and served as part-time teacher and assistant director of the residency program at St. Francis Medical Center. Throughout his career, he has held positions as an Instructor in Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Instructor at Hahnemann Medical School, and Instructor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Rutgers. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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