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School of Medicine

Faculty & Administration

Both at Katz School of Medicine and St. Luke’s campus, the Office of Student Support helps students to succeed in medical school, addressing orientation and adaptation, academic advising and support, career and residency planning, personal counseling, financial aid, background clearance and health requirements, and student activities and wellness. We welcome and support all students, celebrating their unique contributions.


Office of Medical Education

Shaden Eldakar-Hein, MD

Senior Associate Dean


An educator and leader, Dr. Eldakar-Hein is a hospitalist and graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Eldakar-Hein has received numerous awards for her teaching, research and mentorship, and she is well published in a variety of scholarly areas.

James Anasti, MD

Director of Clinical Curriculum and Research,
Clinical Professor OB/GYN, Katz School of Medicine

David Leh, MD

Doctoring Director
Clinical Assistant Professor Medicine, Katz School of Medicine

Manuel Puente, MD

Assoc. Doctoring Director
Family Medicine, Katz School of Medicine

Courtney L. Dostal, DO

Medical Director, Lung Transplant
St. Luke's Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates
Pre-Clerkship Director
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Kyle Preston, PhD

Kyle Preston, PhD

Physiologist
Pre-Clerkship Assistant Director
Assistant Scientist
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Ikemefuna Akusoba, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Director of Community Engagement and Student Advocacy
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery-General
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Homaira Azim, MD, PhD

Homaira Azim, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Education & Data Science

Jane Briggs

Jane Briggs

Pre-Clerkship Curriculum Coordinator
Doctoring Coordinator

Doreen C. Tartell

Doreen C. Tartell

Pre-Clerkship Curriculum Coordinator

Ana Ruela

Ana Ruela

Clinical Clerkship Coordinator

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Office of Student Support

Tecile Andolino, MD

Interim Assistant Dean for Student Support

Manuel Puente, MD

Interim Assistant Dean for Student Support

Renata Carneiro, PhD, LMFT

Renata Carneiro, PhD, LMFT

Assistant Director, Behavior Science and Residency Development
Behavioral Medicine Faculty
St. Luke's at Sacred Heart
Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Stacie Cuda

Stacie Cuda

Manager, Student Support & Admissions

Melissa Ripper

Melissa Ripper

Admissions & Student Affairs Coordinator

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Testimonial

Kimberly Barr

“As early as my interview day, the Temple/St. Luke’s faculty and staff made it clear I was being welcomed into their family. They were as interested in me joining their ranks as I was, which I didn’t think was possible as an incredibly eager pre-med student. Their dedication and passion have made for the best medical education I could have hoped for.”
– Kimberly Barr, Class of 2023