Fox Chase, Temple Health announce teacher appointments


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Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple Health have announced several faculty appointments.

Appointments include specialties such as breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and urological oncology.

Nina Burbure, MD, PhD, was appointed assistant professor in the department of cancer radiology at Fox Chase.

Burbure’s research interests include treatment selection in hypopharyngeal cancer, patient-reported quality of life after prostate cancer therapy, and management of treatment delays in lung cancer.

Burbure completed his internship in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital and residency in oncology radiotherapy at Fox Chase. She has also previously taught at St. Joseph’s College and New York City College of Technology.

Joshua Cohn, MD, FPMRS, joined Temple Health and Fox Chase’s Division of Urology and Urological Oncology.

Cohn previously served as an attending physician in urology for the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System within the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has been both Assistant Adjunct Professor of Urological Oncology at Fox Chase and Assistant Professor of Urology for Einstein Healthcare Network since 2017. He has also been Director of Associate Scholarship for Genitourinary and Reconstructive Surgery for Einstein Healthcare Network.

Cohn specializes in female pelvic reconstruction and medicine.

Justin Friedlander, physician, joined Temple Health and Fox Chase’s Division of Urology and Urological Oncology.

Friedlander specializes in the treatment of kidney and ureteral stones. He also performs prostate enucleation for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Friedlander has been an adjunct associate professor of urological oncology for Fox Chase since 2014. Previously he was director of endourology and the Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center for Einstein Healthcare Network.

Eric M. Ghiraldi, DO, joined Temple Health and Fox Chase’s Division of Urology and Urological Oncology.

Ghiraldi specializes in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

His research interests include metabolic management for kidney stones and treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

He was previously a clinical instructor for Yale University’s department of endourology, as well as an associate professor of urology for the Einstein Healthcare Network.

Saba Sheikh, MD, was appointed assistant professor in the hematology / oncology department at Fox Chase, where she will help care for patients with gastrointestinal or breast cancers.

Shaikh’s research interests include the development of novel therapeutic strategies for patients with solid tumors who have become resistant to immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Shaikh received his BS in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center. She progressed to a hematology / oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she served as a group leader in her senior year.

Jay Simhan, MD, FACS, was appointed professor and director of reconstructive urology in the division of urology and urological oncology.

He will also serve as the Scholarship Director for the Fox Chase Reconstructive Urology Scholarship.

Simhan is recognized for his experience in reconstructive urology and urological prosthetics. He specializes in advanced abdominal and perineal reconstruction.

Simhan previously held various executive positions at Einstein Healthcare Network, including program director for the urological residency program, chief of urology at Einstein Montgomery, and vice president of urology for the health system.

Steve Sterious, MD, FACSjoined Temple Health and Fox Chase’s Division of Urology and Urological Oncology.

Sterious is recognized for his expertise in urological conditions, including advanced benign prostatic hyperplasia, urinary tract infections, erectile dysfunction, kidney stones, and incontinence. His specialties include minimally invasive and robotic surgery, kidney stone surgery, erectile dysfunction and hypogonadism.

He previously worked as a urologist for Einstein Medical Center.

Vanessa B. Wookey, MD, was appointed assistant professor in the gastrointestinal cancer program at Fox Chase.

Wookey has held various teaching and leadership positions at South Dakota State University and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Wookey received his bachelor’s degree in biology from South Dakota State University. She received her medical degree from the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota and completed a major in internal medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

He completed his hematology / oncology fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, as well as an advanced gastrointestinal oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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