Vishnu Potluri, MD, selected as Manko Senior Resident in Internal Medicine

Submitted by Lawrence L. Livornese Jr. MD, FACP, FIDSA, Dorrance H. Hamilton Chairman , Department of Medicine




I am pleased to announce the selection of Vishnu Potluri, MD, MPH as the third annual Michael A. Manko, MD Senior Resident in Internal Medicine.  In support of our mission to educate and mold the next generation of physician leaders, the Manko Resident award affords the recipient funding and protected time to develop and implement teaching programs for medical students and fellow residents, and promotes the personal development of their own teaching skills.


The Manko Senior Resident, dependent upon yearly funding from the donor, was established through the generous support of The Campion Family in gratitude to and recognition of the outstanding clinical skills of Michael A. Manko, MD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Lankenau Hospital from 1979-1997. During his long career at Lankenau Dr. Manko was admired and respected by his colleagues as well as the numerous young physicians who trained under his leadership in the Lankenau Internal Medicine Residency program.  Through his personal example, Dr. Manko inspired physicians at every stage of their careers to provide the best care possible to patients, and to do so with compassion and empathy.  Prior to becoming Chairman, Dr. Manko served as the Director of Medical Education and the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency.  Dr. Manko come to Lankenau in 1957 and remains a vital member of our medical community.


The purpose of the Manko Senior Resident is to inspire and facilitate critical thinking in regard to clinical decision making. Donor funding allows for the purchase of educational materials to support this process. In addition, this funding allows the Manko Senior Resident to attend the ACGME1 Annual Conference and the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine 2016 Conference that includes special education themed seminars and sessions.


The current Manko Senior Resident, Ryan Urbas, MD, has played a pivotal role in the planning and execution of two Michael A. Manko Faculty Development events this year.


  • The first event, held December 2014, was a faculty development conference entitled Teaching in the Inpatient Setting.  The guest speaker was Jack Ende, MD, MACP, the Adele and Harold Schaeffer Professor in Medicine and Assistant Dean for Advanced Medical Practice at the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn.


  • The second event, held May 30, 2015, was a regional ACGME Faculty Development Conference focused on evaluation and feedback. The keynote speaker was Eric Holmboe MD, the Senior Vice President for Milestones and Evaluation at the ACGME.  Faculty from almost all southeastern Pennsylvania regional training programs attended this outstanding seminar.   This program was supported by funds from the Manko Residency.


  • Dr. Urbas has also been instrumental in using the Manko Residency funding to purchase a paracentsis model for the Lankenau Simulation Laboratory which allows trainees to safely learn this important invasive procedure.


Dr. Potluri, the 2015-16 Manko Senior Resident, received his medical degree from PSI Medical College in Chinna Avutapalli, India where he was selected as the Graduation Speaker.  He received his Masters in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania.   While an Intern at Lankenau Medical Center his peers elected him the Most Valuable Team Player.  He is the recipient of several grants including a Transplant Fellows Symposium Grant in 2014.  In the past 2 years he has co-authored 6 peer reviewed papers including a very highly regarded study evaluating outcomes for kidney donors who subsequently require transplantation themselves2.  Dr. Potluri’s research experience, clinical acumen and teaching skills make him an ideal candidate to assume the role of Manko Senior Resident this coming July.


Please join me in congratulating both Dr. Potluri and Dr. Manko on this honor and in thanking The Campion Family for their continued generosity in supporting medical education through this position.


  1. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is a private, non-profit organization that reviews and accredits graduate US medical education (residency and fellowship) programs, and the institutions that sponsor them.


  1. Potluri V, Harhay MN, Wilson FP, Bloom RD, Reese PP. Kidney transplant outcomes for prior living organ donors. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2014: ASN-2014030302.


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