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Graduate Medical Education

Faculty

Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Thomas B. Zanders, DO, FACP

Thomas B. Zanders, DO is the Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at St. Luke’s University Health Network. A Clinical Associate Professor at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Dr. Zanders is dedicated to pulmonary and critical care education and best practices in patient care. In addition to standard diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy, he performs endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) with fine needle aspiration (FNA), tunneled pleural catheter placement, and percutaneous tracheostomy placement. His practice is committed to general pulmonary and critical care but he has particular interest in system methods to reduce morbidity within the intensive care unit, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and mechanical ventilation liberation.

A native to Lehigh Valley, Dr. Zanders obtained his BS in biochemistry from Muhlenberg College. He obtained his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following graduation Dr. Zanders was an active duty officer in the U.S Army from 2002 thru 2013. Dr. Zanders completed his both his internal medicine residency and pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He received numerous accolades for teaching to include selection as Chief of Internal Medicine Residents. While at Brooke Army Medical Center, Dr. Zanders was the medical director of the medical intensive care unit, respiratory care services, Inter-Service Respiratory Care Training Program, and Bronchoscopy-Pulmonary Function Testing Labs. He deployed to Afghanistan as an intensivist with the 31st Combat Support Hospital. While on active duty, Dr. Zanders’ research focus was on smoke inhalational injury, pulmonary function testing of active duty personnel, and deployment related lung disease.

Dr. Zanders joined St. Luke’s University Health Network in 2013. Since arriving, he was honored by the residents with an Outstanding Teaching award. Dr. Zanders also serves as the medical director for the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the Bethlehem Campus.

Dr. Zanders is an active member with the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, and Society of Critical Care Medicine. He has presented and served as a moderator at national academic conferences including CHEST. An avid sports fan, he enjoys living in the Lehigh Valley with his wife and four children.


Livia Bratis, DO, FCCP

Livia Bratis, DO, FCCP is the Chief of St. Luke’s Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates. She is also a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at Temple University School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. She obtained her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Philadelphia College of Medicine and then her pulmonary & critical care fellowship at Drexel University. She is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, critical care medicine and sleep medicine thru the AOA. She has won teaching awards and patient choice awards as an attending. In 2009 she was named Top Doctors under 40 in Philadelphia Magazine. She joined St. Luke’s in 2011 and became chief in 2012. Dr. Bratis has a passion for process improvement and improving the patient care experience. Her clinical interests include tobacco cessation, improved quality of COPD care, and implementation of spirometry testing in the primary care arena.

Dr. Bratis resides in the Lehigh Valley with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she is involved in her children’s activities including soccer and basketball. She is also an avid Philadelphia sports fan.


Christopher Alia, MD

Chris Alia, MD joined St. Luke’s in 2006 after completing fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Yale University. Dr. Alia obtained his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed internal medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Alia has been the director of the ICU at the Allentown Campus since 2007 and the Vice President of Medical Affairs in Allentown since 2012. He has been involved in residency, advanced practitioner and medical school education since joining St Luke’s and is an adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Temple - St Luke’s Medical School. He has participated in multiple quality improvement and IT projects. His professional interests include ILD and Lung Cancer, medical education and process improvement.

Dr. Alia lives in Bethlehem with his wife and two children He is very proud of his children’s accomplishments in academics, sports and music. In his free time, he enjoys attending local sporting events, biking on local trails and travel. He volunteers on the Board of Health for the City of Bethlehem, provides care at the Bethlehem tuberculosis clinic and serves on the St Anne Church Parish Council.


Douglas Corwin, MD

Douglas Corwin, MD is a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at St. Luke’s University Health Network and Temple University School of Medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. He completed both his internal medicine residency and pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he received an award for excellence in resident research. Since arriving at St. Luke’s, he was honored by the residents with the Outstanding Teaching award and has demonstrated continuous dedication to teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Corwin has a special interest in interstitial lung disease. Currently, he is leading several research projects with the help of students and residents to examine the effects of the disease on patients and their caregivers. He is also very active in the community to raise awareness and provide support for those living with pulmonary fibrosis. Other clinical interests include quality improvement and electronic medical record optimization for the physician.

Dr. Corwin has presented and served as a moderator at national academic conferences including the American Thoracic Society. He enjoys living in the Lehigh Valley with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, he loves coaching his daughter’s sports teams, running, playing soccer and cheering for Penn State.


Giuseppe Guglielmello, DO

Giuseppe Guglielmello, DO is a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at Temple University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and Spanish from Ursinus College. He then obtained his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Aria Health in Philadelphia and his pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Guglielmello subsequently completed a dedicated sleep medicine fellowship, also at Temple University Hospital. He joined St. Luke’s in 2016.

Dr. Guglielmello has a passion for sleep medicine and strives for improved sleep diagnostics and patient care. He has been elected to the honor of Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Dr. Guglielmello resides in Bethlehem with his wife, who is the program director for the psychiatry residency program, and their two sons. Dr. Guglielmello and his wife are avid Philadelphia sports fans.


Malek Numeir, MD, FCCP

Malek Numeir, MD, FCCP is a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at Temple University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree and internal medicine training from Damascus University School of Medicine, Syria. He completed internal medicine training at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He later completed his pulmonary and critical care fellowship training at Albert Einstein Medical center, also in Philadelphia. He joined St. Luke’s in 2016 and practices primarily at the Allentown, Bethlehem, and Sacred Heart campuses.

Dr. Numeir resides in Bethlehem with his wife and children.


Deborah Stahlnecker, DO, FCCP

Deborah Stahlnecker, DO, FCCP is a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at Temple University School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in biology, magna cum laude, from James Madison University. She then obtained her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at St. Luke’s University Health Network and her pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Medical College of Virginia. She returned to St. Luke’s after the completion of her fellowship. She has received teaching and research awards while in residency and fellowship. She is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP).

Dr. Stahlnecker currently serves as the Medical Director for the Intensive Care Unit of the Anderson Campus and is highly involved in performance and quality improvement projects throughout the network. Dr. Stahlnecker has a special interest in interventional pulmonary procedures and therapies including bronchial thermoplasty, tunneled pleural catheters, and percutaneous tracheostomy placement.

Dr. Stahlnecker enjoys living in Lehigh Valley with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time, she remains highly involved in her daughter’s dance and gymnastics endeavors.


Mohamed Turki, MD, FCCP

Mohamed Turki, MD, FCCP is a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at Temple University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Tripoli University in Libya. He completed his internal medicine training at Tripoli Central Hospital in Libya as well as at St. Francis Medical Center in New Jersey. He later served as Associate Program Director for the internal medicine program at St. Francis Medical Center. Dr. Turki then completed his pulmonary and critical care fellowship training at University of Vermont. He has been in practice in Bethlehem, PA since 2004. Dr. Turki is the medical director for respiratory care services for St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Dr. Turki has a passion for teaching at all levels and has earned teaching awards at every level of training and institution he has been affiliated with. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP). He remains active in research including venous thromboembolism and lung cancer detection.

Dr. Turki resides in the Lehigh Valley with his wife and four children. He is highly active in the community and his children’s activities.