Department Honors 2018 Chief Residents

Pittsburgh, June 16, 2018 -- A special black-tie graduation reception and dinner was held Saturday, June 16, at the Pittsburgh Golf Club honoring 2017 chief residents Gurpreet S. Gandhoke, MD; Philip Lee, MD, PhD; David Panczykowski, MD; Gregory Weiner, MD and Georgios Zenonos, MD, on their successful completion of the University of Pittsburgh’s seven-year neurological surgery residency program. The event was attended by more than 100 faculty members, colleagues, family and friends.

Following graduation, Dr. Gandhoke accepted a position as assitant professor at St. Luke's Hospital at the University of Missouri, Kansas City; Dr. Lee is headed to Allegheny Health Network to serve as director of epilepsy surgery; Dr. Panczykowski will be serving a fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston; Dr. Weiner is headed to Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa.; and Dr. Zenonos will be serving a fellowship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Annual teaching awards were also announced at the dinner. Dr. Lee was selected as the best resident teacher as chosen by department faculty. Bradley Gross, MD, received the best faculty teaching award as selected by the residents.

With the graduation of Drs. Gandhoke, Lee, Panczykowski, Weiner and Zenonos, residents William J. Ares, MDStephen A. Johnson, MDW. Christopher Newman, MD; and Christian B. Ricks, MD, will serve as chiefs for the upcoming year. 

As the department honored its graduating residents, it also took the time to welcome four new residents: Daryl Fields II, MD, PhD; Arka Mallela, MD; Gautam Nayar, MD; and Thomas Wozny, MD.