Jesse Wenger’03 Biochemistry


Life after Roberts has been very busy for Jesse Wenger’03.  Upon graduating with a degree in Biochemistry, Jesse enrolled in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, graduating in 2008.  He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Jesse currently works as a hospitalist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Jesse has fond memories of his days at Roberts.  Bus rides with the cross-country and track teams, late night studying for organic chemistry tests in BT’s Café, and Euchre tournaments come to mind, but relationships with faculty and other students remain most significant.

Jesse had the opportunity to interact with many students through student government, athletics, and life on campus, and they made a significant impact.  “I ran cross-country with some amazing men of God who challenged me to be an authentic passionate follower of Christ.  I also roomed with four other men (Nick Schamberger’01, Jonathan Mariano’01, Jim LaBarr’03, and Rick Bigham’02) who were supportive, fun-loving, and inspiring.  Their friendship helped provide an encouraging environment for me to grow spiritually and emotionally as a person.”

Among the faculty, Dr. Julie Grimm stands out.  Julie’s counseling class is one of the classes that benefitted Jesse most.  That experience helped Jesse to become an empathetic doctor who “hears” his patients’ problems.  This skill not only helps Jesse respond to physical needs, but emotional and spiritual needs as well.

Jesse met his wife Tara in medical school.  They have two daughters, Violet (3) and Olive (4 months).  They are actively involved in the West Philadelphia Vineyard Church and live in Philadelphia, PA.