Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
December 2009

Submission deadline:
November 6, 2009

E-mail: bishopdl@upmc.edu

Welcome to Full-Time MD Faculty

Mudita Bhatia, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service. Dr. Bhatia studied medicine at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India, and completed her residency at Mercy Hospital in Chicago.

Julie Wilson Childers, MD, was hired as an instructor of medicine. Dr. Childers received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2005 and completed her residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2008. For the past year, she has been a fellow in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. She will complete her fellowship this year and earn a master's degree in medical education.

René Claxton, MD, was hired as an instructor of medicine. Dr. Claxton received her MD from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2005. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Health System in 2008. For the past year, she has been a fellow in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. She will complete her fellowship this year and earn a master's degree in medical education.

Anwar Dudekula, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service. Dr. Dudekula obtained an MBBS from Kurnool Medical College at Kurnool, India, in 2001 and received a master's degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut in 2004. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver in 2009.

Nancy R. Eligator, MD, clinical assistant professor, was recruited as a part-time gynecologist for our clinic practice. Dr. Eligator received an AB from Brown University in 1986 and an MD from Case Western Reserve University in 1992. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco in 1996 and was a member of the staff there until 1997. She returned to Pittsburgh in 1997 and has been practicing at Magee-Womens Hospital as an obstetrician-gynecologist.

Andriy Fetsak, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service. Dr. Fetsak received an MD from the Medical Military Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1996. After a year of residency in internal medicine at the Medical Military Academy, he spent several years as an attending physician at the Russian Navy Hospital in Sevastopol, Ukraine. Dr. Fetsak completed his residency with the Capital Health System in Trenton, New Jersey, where he also served as chief medical resident. In 2007, he became an attending physician and hospitalist at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia.

P. Matthew Hartle, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service. Dr. Hartle received a BS in cell and molecular biology and genetics in 2002 from the University of Maryland, College Park, and received an MD in 2006 from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his internal medicine residency at UPMC in 2009.

Scott Herrle, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine, was recruited as a clinician-educator. Dr. Herrle received a BS in molecular biology in 1999 from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He then came to the University of Pittsburgh, where he received an MD in 2003, completed his residency in 2006, and served as chief resident in 2006–2007. He completed a fellowship in general internal medicine in 2009 and earned an MS in medical education.

Emily Jaffe, MD, MBA, clinical associate professor, was recruited as a clinician for the Palliative Care Program. Dr. Jaffe received her MD from Columbia University in 1998, completed her residency in internal medicine at UPMC in 2001, and then completed a fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Chicago Medical Center. In 2003, she returned to Pittsburgh, where she joined the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and served as a staff physician and medical director of the Geriatric Palliative Care Unit in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System until 2009.

Vijay Karajala, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service and will primarily work as a nocturnist. Dr. Karajala received an MBBS from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi in 2000, completed his internship at Good Samaritan Hospital (an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University) in 2003, and completed his residency in internal medicine at UPMC McKeesport in 2005. After serving as chief resident of internal medicine at UPMC McKeesport in 2005, he became a hospitalist, was appointed assistant program director for the Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program, and became a research fellow in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dustin Kliner, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service and will primarily work as a nocturnist. Dr. Kliner enrolled in a 6-year BS/MD program and received a BS in natural science from the University of Akron and an MD from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 2006. He completed his internal medicine residency at UPMC in 2009.

Sunir Kumar, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service. Dr. Kumar attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he received a BS in cell and molecular biology, and then attended St. Matthew's University School of Medicine, where he received his MD. In 2009, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago.

Julia Lim, MD, MPH, clinical assistant professor, was recruited as a clinician-educator. Dr. Lim received her MD in 2002 from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. She completed an internal medicine residency and a chief residency in 2003. She also completed a teaching fellowship in medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in 2006. After that, she served as associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Tripler Army Medical Center.

Siamak Malek, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a clinician-educator. Dr. Malek received his MD from Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 2005 and completed his internal medicine residency at UPMC in 2008. He worked a year for Doctors without Borders in Milawi, Africa, before returning to Pittsburgh.

Shari Rogal, MD, MPH, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service. Dr. Rogal received an MD from the Yale University School of Medicine and an MPH from the Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health. In 2009, she completed her internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Jamie Stern, MD, MPH, clinical associate professor of medicine, was recruited as a clinician-educator. She received her MD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1991 and completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship at Boston University Medical Center Hospital in 1994. Before she joined us, she was director of the Women's Health Program at West Penn Allegheny and had a clinical assistant professor appointment at Temple University School of Medicine.

Anu Suri, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service. Dr. Suri received an MBBS from Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India, in 2003. She completed an internal medical residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York, in 2008 and then served for a year as chief medical resident.

Kavitha R. Thudi, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service. Dr. Thudi majored in biology, physics, and chemistry at SVM Vidyalaya in Hyderabad, India, and then went to Rangaraya Medical College in Kakinada, India, where she received her degree in 2001. Dr. Thudi served as a duty doctor at Susrutha Hospital in India and then completed her residency in internal medicine at St. Louis University in 2007. She completed a fellowship in transplant hepatology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 2008.

Chandraprakash Umapathy, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service. Dr. Umapathy received an MBBS from Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India, in 2003. He was a duty medical officer at Hande Hospital, Chennai, until 2004, when he joined a private practice while taking his exams. Dr. Umapathy completed his internal medicine residency at UPMC Mercy in 2009.

Alberto Unzueta, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service. Dr. Unzueta received an MD in 1994 from La Salle University, Mexico City, and served as a primary care physician in the Health Department of Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1995. He completed his internal medicine residency and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and nutrition before he joined us.

Kishore Vipperla, MD, clinical instructor of medicine, was recruited as a hospitalist for the A-Service. Dr. Vipperla earned an MBBS in 2002 at Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India, and completed an internship in 2003 at Osmania General Hospital. He completed his internal medicine residency at St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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