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Midstate docs among Pennsylvania's top physicians under 40Lancaster General, Hershey Med, WellSpan, PinnacleHealth represented

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Seven midstate doctors have been recognized among the commonwealth's top young practitioners by the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

The society recently released its Pennsylvania's Top Physicians Under 40 list, which honors 41 doctors who "have demonstrated a significant amount of success for someone so early into a medical career." They were nominated by colleagues and selected by a committee of physicians.

Society honorees include physicians based in or serving Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster and York counties. They also represent some the region's largest provider networks.

"In a state like Pennsylvania, the young talent we have throughout the health care spectrum is outstanding, but these 41 individuals are going to be the ones to watch in upcoming years," said society president Dr. Charles Cutler.

The honorees are:

• Thomas Clements (Cumberland County) – A urologist with Urology of Central Pennsylvania in Camp Hill, Clements not only rates high in patient satisfaction surveys, but is also recognized for his volunteer work with ZERO and the Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition. To further raise awareness of prostate cancer, he is often an expert source for local television stations and newspapers.

• Shannon Grap (Dauphin County) – Grap practices pediatric anesthesiology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. At Penn State, she also serves as the director of medical student education in the anesthesiology department in addition to being the director of curriculum development. She is a member of multiple professional organizations, and in her spare time has volunteered for medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic.

• MaryEllen Pfeiffer (Dauphin County) – Pfeiffer is an internal medicine specialist with York Hospital Hospitalists. She is credited with leading the Active Bed Management project for WellSpan Health to redesign patient flow through the emergency room as well as incoming direct admissions and transfers. She is also the first physician at WellSpan to serve as director of patient safety.

• Bryan Cicuto (Lancaster County) – Cicuto is a plastic surgeon with Plastic & Aesthetic Surgical Associates in Lititz. He is credited with developing the plastic surgery service at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center and Lancaster Regional Medical Center, both of which are now owned by PinnacleHealth of Harrisburg. His efforts have enabled breast cancer patients to stay local to receive reconstructive services.

• Mrinalini Meesala (Lancaster County) – A cardiovascular disease specialist with the The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health, Meesala has led educational events for providers, nurses, and residents regarding health health in women. A dedicated clinician, she is described as a hardworking physician who is energetic and persevering in her campaign to help women fight back against heart disease.

• Justin Roberts (Lancaster County) – Roberts is an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist with The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health. He was nominated for his ability to bring clinical trials to the community setting, providing access to advance care that was previously unavailable outside of major academic centers.

• David Somerman (Lancaster County) – Somerman is a nephrologist with Hypertension and Kidney Specialists in Lancaster. It was noted in his nomination papers from a colleague that he has become one of the area's leaders in recognizing an increasingly identified cause of acute kidney injury called atypical HUS. He has successfully diagnosed several cases, which often would go undiagnosed and untreated. Those patients he has been able to identify with this condition have regained renal function and been able to come off dialysis.

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