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General Internal Medicine Fellowship Programs


Fellowships in General Internal Medicine


Alumni Fellows

2016 - Current

Graduated Fellows Type Year Current Location Position as of July 2017
Sarah Merriam, MD, MS ACES 2017 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; VA Pittsburgh Assistant Professor of Medicine
Natasha Parekh, MD, MSc Research 2017 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; UPMC Health Plan Assistant Professor of Medicine
Swati Shroff, MD, MS ACES 2017 Lennox Hill Hospital of Northwell Health Assistant Professor of Medicine
John Szymusiak, MD, MS ACES 2017 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Eloho Ufomata, MD, MS ACES 2017 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine
Elena Lebduska, MD, MS ACES 2016 University of Colorado School of Medicine Instructor of Medicine
Rani Nandiwada, MD, MS ACES 2016 University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Thomas Radomski, MD, MSc Research 2016 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine
Jennifer Rusiecki, MD, MS ACES 2016 University of Chicago Assistant Professor of Medicine
Brielle Spataro, MD, MS ACES 2016 Boston University School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine


1983 - 2015

Graduated Fellows Year Current Location Position as of February 2017
Maggie Benson, MD, MS 2015 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine
Amar Kohli, MD, MS 2015 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine
Alexandra Mieczkowski, MD, MS 2015 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine
Anna Donovan, MD, MS 2014 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine; Assistant Program Director for Inpatient Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Holly Thomas, MD, MS 2014 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine
Jen Corbelli, MD, MS 2013 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine; Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Adam Sawatsky MD, MS 2013 Mayo Clinic Senior Associate
Jed Gonzalo MD, MS 2012 Penn State College of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Associate Dean for Health Systems Education
Brian Heist MD, MS 2012 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine
John Ragsdale MD, MS 2012 University of Kentucky School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine
Sarah Tilstra MD, MS 2012 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine; Director, Women’s Health Track, Internal Medicine Residency
Briar Duffy MD, MS 2011 University of Minnesota School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine; Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Anu Munshi MD, MS 2011 Moorestown, NJ Private Practice
Scott Herrle MD, MS 2009 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Caroline Lin MD, MS 2009 Kaiser-Permanente, San Diego, CA Internist
Alyssa Majesko MD, MS 2009 Emory University Assistant Professor of Medicine (Critical Care)
Haruka Torok MD, MS 2009 Bayview Medical Center Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine
Rachel Bonnema MD, MS 2008 University of Nebraska School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine; Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Reed Van Deusen MD, MS 2008 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine; Director Standardized Patient Program
Elizabeth Weinstein, MD, MS 2008 Case-Western Reserve University School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine; Director of Learning Individual Needs and Coordinating Care Program
Wendy Anderson, MD, MS 2007 University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine
Sonya Borrero, MD, MS 2007 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science; Director, Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI)
Michael Gaglia, MD, MS 2007 University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Cheryl Lynch, MD, MS 2007 Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC Assistant Professor of Medicine
Abby Spencer, MD, MS 2007 Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University Associate Professor of Medicine; Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine
Natalia Morone, MD, MS 2006 University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science; Co-Director, Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED)
Alda Maria Gonzaga, MD, MS 2006 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics; Program Director, Med-Peds Residency Program; Advisory Dean, School of Medicine
Carla Spagnoletti, MD, MS 2006 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Professor of Medicine; Director, Academic Clinician Educator Scholars Fellowship in General Internal Medicine; Director, Masters and Certificate Programs in Medical Education
Teddy Wu, MD, MS 2006 University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Megan McNamara MD, MSc 2005 Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
Case Western University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mandy Garber, MD, MPH, MSc 2004 VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Psychiatrist
Rachel Hess, MD, MSc 2004 University of Utah School of Medicine Professor of Medicine and Population Health Sciences; Chief, Division of Health System Innovation and Research
Harish Jasti, MD, MSc 2004 Icahn School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine
John Lopez, MD 2004 Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Rebecca Drayer, MD, MSc 2003 Canandaigua VA Medical Center Internist
Shawn Fultz, MD, MPH, JD 2003 FDA Center for Tobacco Products Special Projects Coordinator
Nancy Connolly, MD, MPH 2002 Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle, WA Private Practice
Janine Frank, MD 2002 Virginia Beach, VA Private Practice
Bizath Taqui, MD 2002 Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Associate Professor of Medicine
Bevanne Bean-Mayberry, MD 2001 VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
UCLA School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Russ Kolarik, MD, MS 2001 University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Director, Med-Peds Residency Program
Eric Mortensen, MD, MSc 2001 University of Connecticut Visiting Professor of Medicine; Chief Division of General Internal Medicine
Raquel Buranosky, MD, MPH 2000 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Hyasmine Charles, MD 2000 Lancaster, PA Private Practice
Adam Gordon, MD, MPH 2000 University of Utah School of Medicine
VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
Professor of Medicine, Section Chief, Program of Addiction Medicine
James Stahl, MD, CM, MPH 2000 Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine
Jeong Oh, MD, MPH 1998 Anderson Cancer Center, Univ. of Texas, Houston, TX Associate Professor of Medicine
Jaye Hefner, MD, PhD 1997 Harvard Medical School Instructor of Medicine
Judith Plowman, MD 1997 VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Geriatrician
Thomas O'Toole, MD 1996 Providence VA Medical Center Brown University, Providence, RI Professor of Medicine; Director of VA National Center on Homelessness
Maria Wahrenberger, MD 1996 Pittsburgh Private Practice
Gary Fischer, MD, MPH 1995 University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics
David Nace, MD, MPH 1995 University of Pittsburgh Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mary Colburn, MD, MPH 1994 West Palm Beach, FL Private Practice
Kenneth Gilbert, MD 1994 Sculich School of Medicine and Dentistry Associate Professor of Medicine
Tamara Price, MD 1994 Moon Township, PA Private Practice
Peter Ubel, MD 1994 Duke University Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Public Policy; Professor Medicine
Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH 1993 North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System Professor, Chief of General Internal Medicine
Michelle Rossi, MD, MPH 1993 University of Pittsburgh Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Sean Muldoon, MD, MPH 1992 Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, KY Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Hospital Division
Adele Towers, MD, MPH 1992 University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Medical Director, UPMC Home Health
Barbara Weber, MD, MPH 1992 Webster, NY Private Practice
Manuel Arbo, MD, MPH 1991 Sioux Falls, SD Private Practice
Peggy Hasley, MD, MHSC 1991 University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor of Medicine
D. Scott Miller, MD, MA 1990 University of Pittsburgh Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
David Shulkin, MD 1990 Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Under Secretary for Health for the US Department of Veterans Affairs
Jose Cariaga, MD 1989 James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL Hospital and Palliative Care Physician; Internist; Geriatrician
Joseph Francis, MD, MPH 1989 Department of Veterans Affairs National Office, Washington, DC Director, Clinical Analytics and Business Intelligence
Eric Bass, MD, MPH 1987 Johns Hopkins University Professor of Medicine
Anne Newman, MD, MPH 1987 University of Pittsburgh Department Chair, Epidemiology
Professor of Epidemiology, Medicine, and Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Michael Hodgson, MD, MPH 1985 Department of Veterans Affairs National Office, Washington, DC Director, Office of Occupational Medicine and Nursing
Judith Black, MD, MHA 1983 Allegheny Health Network

University of Pittsburgh
Medical Director, Geriatric Service Line

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Donald Fetterolf, MD, MBA 1983 Fetterolf Healthcare Consulting Principal
Susan Hunt, MD 1983 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Professor of Medicine

Reflections by Recently Graduated Fellows


Abby Spencer, MD

Year Graduated: 2007

WHAT & WHERE WAS YOUR RESIDENCY

Weil-Cornell Medical Center/NY-Presbyterian Hospital, Internal medicine Residency, Primary Care Track

HOMETOWN

Syracuse, NY

EDUCATION

BS, Behavioral Neuroscience Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
MS, Medical Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
GIM/Women's Health Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

WHAT YOU'RE DOING NOW

Director of Internal Medicine Residency Program
Vice Chairman of Education at the Medicine Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
APDIM planning committee
SGIM TEACH founding faculty
SGIM Education Committee
QSEA steering committee and inaugural faculty
NBME Patient Safety Test Development Committee

REFLECTIONS ON YOUR TRAINING

Fellowship at Pitt was an incredible experience and amazing opportunity for personal and professional growth. The coursework, mentorship, relationships, projects, presentations, and experiential learning were invaluable to my career growth and career trajectory. The educational fellowship gave me the toolbox needed to tackle anything from curriculum development, delivering useful feedback, designing novel assessment and evaluation methods, conducting educational research, preparing and presenting successful national workshops, presentation skills, how to be a an effective mentee and mentor, and how to set and keep professional goals. Gen Med Fellowship at Pitt gave me and my CV an invaluable boost and earned credibility that opened doors for me years earlier than had I not done the fellowship. The professional network you build as an alum of this program is phenomenal. Your skills extend far beyond teaching excellence and prepare you to also lead educational efforts and design educational programs. You truly leave fellowship ready to hit the ground running as an APD, clerkship director, or other educational leader. I am incredibly grateful for the friends, colleagues, mentors, and teachers who I had the pleasure of working with and learning from during my fellowship years. They have all had an instrumental hand in my success and I’m fortunate and proud to be a Pitt Gen Med Fellowship alum!

WHY PITTSBURGH?

Because Pittsburgh is awesome!! Just an amazing place to live, work, and play. From the incredible theater in the theater district to the beautiful parks and outdoor activities to the vibrant sports life downtown, there’s always something to do! We loved to go to Steelers, Pirates, and Pens games, but also enjoyed dressing up for a night of theater or symphony. There are several great concert venues and all big shows and bands seem to find their way to the ‘Burgh. The neighborhoods, restaurants, and people are just wonderful. Life is easy in Pittsburgh with low cost of living, friendly Midwestern feel, and a true sense of community. Terrific schools for the kids, terrific museums for all ages, and a true sense of pride in Pittsburgh’s heritage and culture. I miss Pittsburgh, and after living there for 13 years, I truly considered it home!

Jed Gonzalo, MD

Year Graduated: 2012

WHAT & WHERE WAS YOUR RESIDENCY

I completed by internship, residency, and chief residency in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.

HOMETOWN

I was born and raised in Kulpmont, PA, and attended Mt. Carmel Area Junior/Senior High School in Mt. Carmel, PA.

EDUCATION

Following high school, I attended the University of Scranton, a Jesuit University, in Scranton, PA. While there, I dual majored in biology and philosophy with a minor in biochemistry, and I graduated from the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts (SJLA) Honors Program in 2002. I then attended the Penn State University College of Medicine and graduated in 2006. Following medical school, I moved to Boston for my internship and residency.

WHAT YOU'RE DOING NOW

My passions relate to medical education, medical education scholarship, and clinical research related to quality of care and health systems. Over the past several years, I have developed and implemented several curricula, including a bedside rounding curriculum for internal medicine housestaff, resident-as-teacher curriculum for housestaff, and a systems-focused morbidity and mortality conference for the University of Pittsburgh and the Penn State Department of Medicine. I also have a track record of productivity in health services research, including both quantitative and qualitative analysis skills. Through these experiences, I have been able to develop research questions, implement research plans and data collection, and complete research projects all the way through to publication. My research interests have focused on team-based bedside rounds, bedside interdisciplinary rounds, feedback and reflection, patient safety issues at night, impact of an academic overnight nocturnist in an internal medicine residency program, and emergency department-to-inpatient sign-out processes. As an inpatient hospitalist and outpatient preceptor for medicine housestaff, I teach and mentor medical students and internal medicine residents, also serving as faculty coordinator of the Department of Medicine Morbidity and Mortality Conference. In the fall of 2013, I was selected as a “JEMS” Faculty Mentor and Scholar and as Penn State Hershey’s Institutional Junior Faculty Representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Faculty and Academic Societies, and I assumed the role of assistant dean for Health Systems Education. In this role, I am coordinating the design and implementation of the Penn State College of Medicine grant awarded by the American Medical Association to “Accelerate Change in Medicine Education.” Launched in August of 2014, the new Systems Navigation Curriculum includes a 20-month Science of Health Systems course and a Patient Navigator experience, whereby students will be embedded into health systems in south-central Pennsylvania to serve as patient navigators.

REFLECTIONS ON YOUR TRAINING

The two years spent in fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh are a very positive memory for me. It was a privilege for me to be a part of one of the most well-organized and successful General Internal Medicine Fellowship Programs and also Division of General Internal Medicine in the country. I had the opportunity to observe, learn from, and work with some of the best educators and physicians.

WHY PITTSBURGH?

The city of Pittsburgh is a very unique place to live and practice medicine. It’s a thriving sports city with a strong cultural history, one that blends the old traditional “hard working” mentality with new experiences, including museums, outdoor events, and cuisine.

Adam Sawatsky, MD

Year Graduated: 2013

WHAT & WHERE WAS YOUR RESIDENCY

Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

HOMETOWN

Champlin, MN

EDUCATION

BS, Biology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

WHAT YOU'RE DOING NOW

I am a faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN

REFLECTIONS ON YOUR TRAINING

The program offered me classes and structured mentorship in how to be a better educator and education researcher. I had the opportunity to improve my teaching skills in multiple settings and to interact with and observe wonderful educators. I developed skills in qualitative research and was able to conduct several projects that have led to presentations and workshops at national meetings as well as publications.

WHY PITTSBURGH?

Pittsburgh is a wonderful city that offers culture, sports, outdoor activities, and more. There are many great neighborhoods to live and explore.

Jen Corbelli, MD, MS

Year Graduated: 2013

WHAT & WHERE WAS YOUR RESIDENCY

Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2010

Chief Medical Resident, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2011

HOMETOWN

Buffalo, NY

EDUCATION

BA, Cornell University, 2003
MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 2007
MS, Medical Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2013

WHAT YOU'RE DOING NOW

Assistant professor of medicine and clinician-educator in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UPMC.

REFLECTIONS ON YOUR TRAINING

This fellowship has been invaluable to my professional development and career trajectory as a clinician-educator. My CV at the start of my fellowship was no comparison to my CV at the end of it, and I have the fellowship to thank. The mentoring is diverse and outstanding, and the courses are engaging and readily applicable to all different types of teaching. All of my mentors from fellowship are still committed to my development as junior faculty and I continue to learn from all of them. I also gained a strong background in research methodology, which allowed me to be productive in various types of scholarly work, including survey and curriculum development. As a result, I was able to give many national presentations and workshops as a fellow, and this is true of essentially all of my co-fellows. Fellows have significant flexibility to pursue various interests throughout the two years and are invariably supported by program leadership. For anyone interested in a career in academic general medicine, I can’t say enough about the rewards of this fellowship.

WHY PITTSBURGH?

In eight years in Pittsburgh, I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t like it. The city really strikes a perfect balance. It has so much to offer (sports, culture, restaurants, outdoor activities), but unlike many other cities, it is all very affordable and accessible. There are so many great neighborhoods, and I always find new and exciting things going on around the city.