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Department of Medicine

  Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology

EDUCATION AND TRAINING


Fellowship


Fellowship Training Program

SECOND YEAR FELLOWS


Kanchana Herath, MD

Education
2008- University of Minnesota- BS
2013- Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine- MD
2016- Medical College of Wisconsin- Residency

Bio
I'm from Minnesota and went to undergrad at University of Minnesota. After graduating I worked for a medical device start-up company as a biomedical Engineer. I then moved to Hershey, PA to start medical school. After medical school I went to Milwaukee for Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In residency, I did research looking at the effects of obesity and exercise in patients with chemotherapy related fatigue. My husband is from Pennsylvania which is what brought me back to this area.
Outside of work I enjoy traveling, yoga, running, and spending time with family and friends. I also have a list of restaurants in Pittsburgh that I am determined to get through before my fellowship is complete!

   

Amanda Kocoloski, MD

Education
2007       University of Dayton - BS
2012       Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine - DO
2015       Carolinas Medical Center  - Residency
2016       Carolinas Medical Center  - Chief Resident
2016       University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine - (MMEL; anticipated)

Bio
Originally from southeast Ohio, Amanda attended college and medical school in Ohio.  While attending Ohio University, she served an extra year as a primary care associate, gaining additional clinical experience, functioning as a clinical skills teaching instructor, and starting her masters of science in medical education leadership (MMEL) online through the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She moved to Charlotte, NC, where she completed internal medicine residency and then served as the internal medicine chief resident.  She moved to Pittsburgh to start her rheumatology fellowship in July 2016, and continues to work on her MMEL degree with anticipated completion in December 2016.  Aside from clinical rheumatology, her academic interests include medical education, quality improvement and patient safety.

For fun, Amanda watches the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins as often as possible.  She also enjoys spending time with her family, playing recreational sand volleyball, running and exploring the Pittsburgh foodie scene with her co-fellows.

   

Anna O'Connor, MD

Education
2009  Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada - BS
2013  Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland - MD
2016  Western University, London, Ontario, Canada - Residency

Bio
Anna was born and raised outside Toronto, Canada. She attended Queen's University where she completed an Honors Bachelors of Science degree. Following this, she decided on a major adventure moving close to part of her family in Dublin, Ireland. There, she pursued her medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons. Anna then returned back to Canada to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at Western University in London, Ontario. While in residency, she developed her interest in Rheumatology, publishing work on the rapid kinetics of subcutaneous methotrexate in early inflammatory arthritis. Following her residency, Anna moved to a different country, yet again, this time couple's matching at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Rheumatology. At UPMC, her interests lie in the area of geriatric rheumatology, which she will continue to explore throughout her fellowship. Outside of work, Anna is an avid animal lover. Her hobbies include running, discovering Pittsburgh and its delicious restaurant scene.

   

FIRST YEAR FELLOWS

Adam Elisha, DO

Education
2008 University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada -BA
2014 Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ - DO
2017 Sacred Heart Medical Center - University of Washington- Residency

BIO
After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, Adam attended Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ for medical school.  Adam is passionate about preventative health care and assisting his patients to achieve short and long term optimization of their health and well-being.

His current academic areas of interest include the convergence of substance use disorders and rheumatologic disease in those with uncontrolled disease activity.  Outside of work, Adam enjoys exploring the city, watching documentary films and continuing to tweak his highly guarded recipe for the world’s greatest hummus.

   

Ericka M. Joyce, DO

Education

2009       University of Pittsburgh- BS
2013       Lake Erie College  of Osteopathic Medicine - DO
2016       Allegheny General Hospital  - Residency
2017       Allegheny General Hospital - Chief Resident

BIO
Erika is a Pittsburgh native and was raised in Bethel Park.  She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology.  She then attended the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by an internal medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh. She served as Chief Resident at AGH for one year before joining the UPMC Rheumatology fellowship. Her academic interests include SLE and Women's' Health, as well as medical education, quality improvement, and patient safety. In her spare time Erika enjoys horseback riding, pure barre, Pittsburgh sports (Go Steelers!), and hiking with her dog and husband.

   

Anna Papazoglou, MD

Education

2004 - University of Athens Medical School, Athens, Greece - MD
2010 - Sahlgrenska Ostra University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden – Residency
2014 - Immunogenetics Lab, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Research Scholar
2017 -  Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia - Residency

BIO
I am from Athens, Greece where I attended Medical School. After graduating I moved to Sweden where I started Residency with the ultimate plan to become a specialist in Rheumatology. As I developed a special interest in research, moving to the United States was the next logical step. I joined the Immunogenetics Laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and participated in several projects mainly focused on the Human Leukocyte Antigen. One of my most exciting research endeavors was focused on Next Generation Sequencing. Upon completion of Internal Medicine Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, I moved to Pittsburgh to join the Rheumatology Fellowship training Program at UPMC.  Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and friends, traveling, running, swimming, cooking, watching movies and learning languages.