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Department of Medicine

  Division of Geriatric Medicine

Education and Training


Fellowship Program

 

Current Fellows    




Jennifer Hwang, DO

Jennifer Hwang, DO

Education:
BS Biology, Haverford College, Philadelphia, PA.
DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Training:
Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Jennifer was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  She completed her family medicine residency training with a specialty track in global health medicine and primary care hepatitis C medicine. During her third year of residency, Jennifer decided to pursue the geriatric medicine fellowship at UPMC. She had discovered her passion for complex chronic-care management and also had become aware of the tremendous need for geriatricians in the medical field.

Jennifer seeks to hone her leadership, decision-making, and teaching skills within academic medicine. She enjoys playing tennis, running, reading, shopping, traveling and, above all, eating delicious foods.


Nivedita Gunturi, MD

Education:
BA English, Tufts University, Boston, MA
MBBS, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India

Training:
Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

A native of Dallas, Texas, Nivedita came to Pittsburgh for the first time when she began her residency in internal medicine. During that time, she developed a deep interest in the care of older adults as well as end-of-life care. In particular, she is interested in the continuum of patient-centered care through patients’ final years, in both primary care and long-term care settings. After working for a year as a UPMC hospitalist, she decided to remain for a two-year Geriatrics-Palliative Care Fellowship. Nivedita hopes to continue her research on goal-setting and communication among patients, providers, and families.

During her free time, Nivedita enjoys spending time outdoors, either gardening or hiking with her husband and her dog, Angel.



Nivedita Gunturi, MD




Woody Chang, MD

Woody Chang, MD

Education:
BA Molecular Cell Biology, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
MD, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Training:
Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Raised in central New Jersey, Woody traveled to California for college and medical school. It was during his time at Stanford that he decided to become a geriatrician, influenced, in part, by a mentor in the specialty. Woody enjoys caring for older adults and becoming familiar with them and their families. He remained on the geriatrics track during his residency at the University of Pittsburgh, where he began doing research.

Woody hopes to continue that research during his fellowship. He enjoys composing music and producing videos. He has also been known to appear at local improv clubs and perform on stage with other weekend players.


Karthik Kota, MD

Education:
BA, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
MPH, New York University, NY, NY
MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Training:
Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Karthik grew up in New Jersey without a definite life plan until he met his first mentor in medicine, a geriatrician. Though the next few years saw him try out several other fields, he was drawn back to medicine. Even during the preclinical years, he found himself inspired by the complexity of care required for older adults. When he experienced firsthand the rewards of elder care during his clerkships, Karthik knew geriatrics was the field for him.

He chose Pittsburgh for the variety and degree of clinical training it offered. He is confident that the experiences he gains in Pittsburgh will position him well to care for the elderly as the “Silver Tsunami” crests in the coming decades.

Following his geriatrics fellowship, Karthik plans to follow the pioneering footsteps of a few others by working as a geriatric oncologist. He hopes to enable patients to live as well as before their cancer diagnosis.

Karthik enjoys planning parties, exercising, learning new skills, and writing creatively. With some dedicated focus, he hopes to add video games to that mix.



Karthik Kota, MD