Akshar Kalola, DO

Akshar Kalola, DO

Hometown: Deptford, NJ

College: The College of New Jersey

Medical school: Touro University COM

Residency: The George Washington University

Interests within Heme-Onc: Likely Solid Oncology

Personal interests/hobbies:

  • Working out, sports (BJJ, basketball, Cycling, swimming)
  • Trying new restaurants, cooking, EDM concerts
  • Going down internet rabbit holes

Favorite thing about Philly/Philly suburbs:

  • Center City SIPS
  • Schuylkill River Trail
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park
  • Its walkability

Favorite restaurant: Tulip Pasta, Masala Kitchen, The Angelo Pizza

Sophia Rokkas, MD

Sophia Rokkas, MD

Hometown: Athens, Greece

College: Boston University

Medical school: St. George's University of London

Residency: Lankenau

Interests within Heme-Onc: Breast and lung cancer

Personal interests/hobbies: Pilates

Favorite restaurant: Suraya


Alisha Maity, MD

Alisha Maity, MD

Hometown: Bryn Mawr, PA

College: Columbia University

Medical school: Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

Residency: Lankenau Medical Center

Interests within Heme-Onc: Solid Onc

Personal interests/hobbies:

  • Squash, tennis, pickleball, ping-pong (any racquet sport)
  • Film — fan of Christopher Nolan, Scorsese, Sofia Coppola, Tarantino, Bong Joon-Ho, Greta Gerwig
  • Reading via audiobooks

Favorite thing about Philly:

  • Walkability of the city, hanging out at the Schuylkill River Park, spending time with my sister and her dog

Favorite restaurant:

  • Barbuzzo/Apricot Stone/Kalaya/Vernick
Talar Telvizian, MD

Talar Telvizian

Hometown: Rabieh, Lebanon

College: American University of Beirut

Medical school: American University of Beirut Medical School

Residency: Lankenau Medical Center

Interests within Heme-Onc: Solid tumors, still exploring!

Personal interests/hobbies:

  • Hiking and visiting national parks
  • Trying new restaurants around Philly
  • Yoga/pilates, trying to find the best classes in town

Favorite thing about Philly/Philly suburbs: Moving here and finding out that stereotypes about Philadelphia are just that — stereotypes

Favorite restaurant in Philly: Apricot stone — they have authentic dishes that remind me of home


Obed Agyei

Obed Agyei, MD

Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina by way of Kumasi, Ghana West Africa

College: North Carolina State University

Medical school: Ross University School of Medicine

Residency: Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro, North Carolina

Interests within Heme-Onc: Thoracic Oncology and Breast Oncology. I'm also falling in love with Multiple Myeloma.

Personal interests/hobbies:

  • Soccer!
  • Traveling! (Goal for the next 5 years is to travel within Africa, at least 15 countries)
  • Hiking!
  • Playing instruments (drums, piano, djembe)

Favorite thing about Philly/Philly suburbs:

  • The proximity to DC, NY, NJ. Makes traveling very convenient.
  • Museums.
  • Lots of history.
  • The drivers are insane.

Favorite restaurant:

  • Aburi Gardens Restaurant (Virginia)
Karthik Shankar, DO

Karthik Shankar, DO

Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA

College: Villanova University

Medical school: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Allegheny General Hospital — Pittsburgh, PA

Interests within Heme-Onc: Lung, breast, leukemia

Personal interests/hobbies:

  • Sports!!! Tennis (Djokovic), cricket (India, Virat Kohli, RCB), basketball (Sixers), football (GO BIRDS)
  • Shows (Narcos, Succession, Peaky Blinders, Breaking Bad)
  • Sunset views
  • My dog (Australian Shepherd)

Favorite thing about Philly/Philly suburbs:

  • Obviously the sports team as above since I've grown up in Eastern, PA
  • Food, so many amazing restaurants
  • Summer SIPS
  • Walks with my dog on Kelly Drive

Favorite restaurant:

  • Zahav or Amma's cuisine