Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
April 2011

Submission deadline:
March 4, 2011


Faculty and Staff Updates

Best Wishes

Cindy Bryce, PhD, has accepted the position of associate dean for student affairs in the Graduate School of Public Health, starting in January 2011. In her new role, she will oversee the major functions of the Office of Student Affairs, including recruitment, financial aid, registration, education, graduation, career services, and alumni relations. Her primary faculty appointment will be in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and she will maintain a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine. As Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH, said, "Cindy has provided invaluable leadership for our programs. On behalf of the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), I am very grateful for her efforts and wish her all the best in her new position."

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Welcome Aboard

Anoo Tamber, MD, joined the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics of the Division of General Internal Medicine as a clinical assistant professor of medicine. Dr. Tamber graduated from the University of Alberta School of Medicine, completed her residency in family medicine at the University of British Columbia, and then completed a fellowship in palliative medicine at the University of Toronto. Before moving to the United States, she worked as a palliative care consultant with oncology patients at Princess Margaret Hospital and the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Center in Toronto. Her main academic area of interest is in the use of technology in learning. For the past 5 years, she has been involved in the facilitation and implementation of a Web-based course on end-of-life care for family physicians, and she is currently involved in a qualitative evaluation of this course. Dr. Tamber has presented workshops on the unique opportunities that the Internet and technology can offer teachers and learners.

Jessica Papadopoulos, MPH, became the new program coordinator of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Evaluation and Tracking Core in July 2010. Jessica received her MPH from Tulane University. Her previous experience included performing program evaluation for the Louisiana Office of Public Health and completing an internship with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Irina Karpov, MS, joined the Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC) Data Center in August 2010 as a master's level statistician. Irina received her MS in biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 and has worked at UPMC as a senior data manager and analyst.

Anupama Vemuganti, MS, joined the CRHC Data Center as a systems programmer in August 2010. Anupama holds an MS in management information systems from Texas Tech University. She transferred to the Data Center from a programmer position in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Caroline Deasy joined the ICRE in September 2010, becoming the new program coordinator for the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Scholars Program. Caroline transferred from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law, where she worked for over 10 years as the school's financial manager. She also worked previously in the University Library System.

Lori Spahr joined the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics as an administrative assistant in September 2010. She earned an associate's degree in information processing from the Monroeville School of Business and has over 17 years of administrative experience. She recently worked for West Penn Allegheny Health System as an executive assistant in the finance area.

Missy Deasy transferred to a new position within the ICRE in October 2010. Missy previously worked for 3 years in the Division of General Internal Medicine as the administrator for the Section of Decision Sciences and Clinical Systems Modeling. She is now the student services coordinator for ICRE degree-granting programs.

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Fond Farewell

Roberta Walk, MSW, resigned her social work position with the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics in October 2010. She is currently working as a social worker at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

Karen Cammarata, CRNP, left the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics at the end of November 2010 to take a position at Family Hospice and Palliative Care.

Juanita Bauer recently resigned from her job as academic administrator to take a position with Clarion University.

Steve Sallinger, RN, a clinical manager of 9 South MUH, left in November 2010 to take a new position as an RN clinical improvement specialist with the Physician Services Division of UPMC.

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Happy Retirement

Cheryl Brendel, RN, is retiring after 37 years of service to UPMC Shadyside. Before she came to Shadyside Hospital, she worked at the Eye and Ear Institute and Magee-Womens Hospital. She transferred to Shadyside to continue working in the field of endocrinology. She started the outpatient clinic known as the General Medical Clinic, and over the last 30 years, a few moves, and a lot of development, we now have the Shea Medical Center.

Alicia Henry retired in October after more than 10 years of service. Alicia worked on 9 South MUH, and her most recent position was as the medical secretary for Firm Four.

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