Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
December 2014

Submission deadline:
November 14, 2014

E-mail: bishopdl@upmc.edu

FACULTY AND STAFF CHANGES



Welcome New Faculty

Anna Donovan, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and will join our team of clinician educators. Dr. Donovan earned a BA in biology from Grinnell College in Iowa in 2001. She was an instructor for Summit Educational Group in Maryland before receiving an MD from West Virginia University School of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Donovan completed an internal medicine residency in the womenís health track at UPMC in 2011 and served for one year as a chief medical resident in 2012. Dr. Donovan then completed a two-year general internal medicine fellowship in womenís health. She is also a medical education masterís candidate.

Charles Jonassaint, PhD, MHS, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and will be joining our research team. Dr. Jonassaint received a BA in psychology and broadcasting in 2002 at Minot State University in North Dakota. He then attended Duke University where he received an MA in clinical psychology with a specialization in health psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology. Dr. Jonassaint completed a one-year residency at Duke University Medical Center in the medical psychology track from 2008 to 2009 before attending Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to earn a master of health science degree in cardiovascular epidemiology. He also completed a fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Rebecca Sands, DO, joined the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Sands graduated from medical school at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her training in internal medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where she also served as Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Sands completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Harvard University in 2011. After completing clinical training at both Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Sands practiced for three years in community and inpatient hospice and served as the hospice coordinator for the palliative medicine fellows at Harvard University.

Anna Marie White Lewarchik, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Lewarchik received her undergraduate degree in nonfiction writing and her graduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned an MD in 2010 at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to complete her residency at UPMC in the combined internal medicine and pediatric residency and served as chief resident from 2013 to 2014.

Lisa Podgurski, MD, joined the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Podgurski completed her undergraduate studies in bio-psych and anthropology at Carnegie Mellon University and medical school training at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Podgurski was an internal medicine resident at UPMC in 2013 prior to completing a fellowship in palliative care and receiving her masterís degree in medical education in June 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sudhamayi Bhadriraju, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Divisionís hospitalist service. Dr. Bhadriraju received a BS in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in 2011. He completed his internal medicine residency training at UPMC in the global health track.

Ashwin Bhirud, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Divisionís hospitalist service. He received a BS in biology from Duke University before earning an MD from West Virginia University School of Medicine in 2011. Dr. Bhirud completed his internal medicine residency training at UPMC in the global health track.

Preethi Chintamaneni, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Divisionís hospitalist service. Dr. Chintamaneni received a BS in communication from Northwestern University and earned an MD in 2011 at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency training at UPMC.

Thomas W DeCator, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Divisionís hospitalist service. Dr. DeCator received a BS in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh before obtaining an MD in 2010 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency in the clinician educator pathway at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle. Dr. DeCator recently finished his residency as a clinical instructor for the University of Washington while fulfilling a hospitalist position at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.

Anna Demopoulos, MD, MS, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Divisionís hospitalist service. Dr. Demopoulos earned both a BS in cell and structural biology and an MS in biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 2008. Dr. Demopoulos completed her internal medicine residency at Rush University Medical Center 2014.

Katherine R Foor, DO, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Divisionís hospitalist service. Dr. Foor received a BS in biology from Pennsylvania State University and a DO from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. She completed an osteopathic internship and internal medicine residency at UPMC.

Daniel L Giesler, MD, joined the Division General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Divisionís hospitalist service. Dr. Giesler received a BA in chemistry from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo. He attended SUNY at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where he received a doctor of pharmacy in 2005. Dr. Giesler completed a pharmacy practice residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse before becoming a clinical pharmacist at Brigham and Womenís Hospital in Boston in 2006. He returned a year later to SUNY Upstate Medical University where he earned an MD in 2011. Dr. Giesler completed his internal medicine residency training at UPMC.

Colin Holtze, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Divisionís hospitalist service. He received a BA in economics from Duke University in 2004 and was employed with Boston Pacific Inc. as a researcher and consultant from 2004 to 2006. Dr. Holtze then attended Roy J and Lucille A Carver College of Medicine University of Iowa where he earned an MD and MPH in 2011. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Ana Inashvili, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Divisionís hospitalist service. Dr. Inashvili received an MD from Ivane Javakhishvili State University in Tbilisi, GA, in 2003. Dr. Inashvili completed three years as a junior physician in the cardiac critical care unit at Jo Ann Medical Center of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Tbilisi. She then completed a year at Ospedali Riuniti di Bergamo as a trainee in cardiology in Bergamo, Italy before finishing her internal medicine residency at Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL.

Amir Kamran, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine. Dr. Kamran attended Peshawar Public School and College in Pakistan before earning an MBBS at Khyber Medical College at the University of Peshawar. Dr. Kamran is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of United Kingdom and the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. Dr. Kamran completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014.

Abbal Koirala, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Divisionís hospitalist service. Dr. Koirala received an MBBS from King Edward Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan, and completed an internal medicine residency in 2014 from St. Francis Hospital of Evanston in Illinois.

Judy Vu, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine for the Divisionís hospitalist service. Dr. Vu earned a BS from the University of Utah in 2006 and an MD from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Vu completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals and Clinics, Primary Childrenís Hospital.

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Welcome New Fellows

Shannon Haliko, MD, is a first year fellow in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship program. Dr. Haliko earned a BS from the University of Florida and an MS from Tulane University. She attended the University of Miami Leonard School of Medicine where she received an MD before completing her internal medicine residency, as well as a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami.

Jordan Keen, MD, is a first year fellow in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship program. Dr. Keen received a BS and an MD at the University of Minnesota and completed an internal medicine residency at Tufts Medical Center.

Elena Lebduska, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine and will begin a fellowship in the medical education track. Dr. Lebduska earned a BS in human biology health and society in 2005 at Cornell University College of Human Ecology. She attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she received an MD in 2010. Dr. Lebduskaís internal medicine residency was completed at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, where she also spent an additional year as the ambulatory chief resident before accepting a fellowship at UPMC.

Deepa Rani Nandiwada, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine and will begin a fellowship in the medical education track. Dr. Nandiwada earned a BS in management from New York University Stern School of Business in 2005 and completed one year as an AmeriCorps volunteer before attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science. After earning an MD in 2010, Dr. Nandiwada completed an internal medicine primary track residency at New York University and was the chief resident for inpatient care for one year.

Thomas R Radomski, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine and will begin a fellowship in clinical research. Dr. Radomski received a BS in molecular biology and political science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 and an MD from Penn State University College of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Radomski completed an internal medicine residency at UPMC in 2014 after serving as the chief resident for one year.

Jennifer Rusiecki, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine and will begin a fellowship in womenís health, medical education track. Dr. Rusiecki earned a BS in chemistry from Emory University and an MD from the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her internal medicine residency training at UPMC in 2014.

Swati Shroff, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine and will begin a fellowship in womenís health, medical education track. Dr. Shroff received a BS in public health and biology from George Washington University and an MD in 2010 from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Shroff completed a primary care internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center in 2013 and had a clinical faculty appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital until 2014.

Ritu Soni, MD, is a first year fellow in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship program. Dr. Soni earned a MBBS from Baroda Medical College. She completed the internal medicine residency at University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in Nephrology from the University of Pittsburgh being Chief Nephrology Fellow in 2013. The following year Dr. Soni was a core hospitalist in the Section of Hospital Medicine.

Brielle Spataro, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine and will begin a fellowship in womenís health, medical education track. Dr. Spataro received a BS in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MD from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2011. She completed her internal medicine residency at UPMC in 2014.

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Welcome New Chief Residents

We want to welcome our new chief residents and wish them good luck in the upcoming year.

Paul Corotto, MD Sarah Merriam, MD
Jonathan Lee, MD Natasha Parekh, MD

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Welcome New Staff

Juliana Tambellini, BS, BA, joined the Division as the new ICRE Student Services Coordinator for in July. She will be working directly in support of ICRE graduate students and program faculty. Juliana recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in microbiology and the history of art and architecture.

Paige J Midget, BS, is the new Med Peds Coordinator. Paige received a BS in business administration from West Liberty State College in West Virginia. She previously worked for seven years in commercial and residential project management in Florida and Virginia. Paige recently relocated to Pittsburgh working for a private practice within UPMC before joining the education office.

Brian Finch is the Fellowship Coordinator for the Section of Hospice and Palliative Care as well as for the Division of General Internal Medicine. Brian recently moved to Pittsburgh from just outside the Chicagoland area in Northwest Indiana. Brian worked for nine years as a purchasing and logistics coordinator for an international toy distributor.

Drs. Bruce Rollman and Bea Herbeck Belnap want to welcome Caroline Thomas, BSN, MS; Rachel Cohen, RN; and Abby Machi, LSW, to the Hopeful Heart study team.

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Fond Farewell

  • M. Hamza Habib, MD
  • Michelle Freeman, MD
  • Jennifer Holliman, MPA
  • Rebecca Hostetler, MD
  • Candace Wilson, MD
  • Laura Ferreira-Provenzano, MD
  • Janelle Holder, MD
  • Saiqua Waien, MD
  • Carlos Nieto, MD
  • Delia Cucoranu, MD
  • Jilalu Kelbe, MD
  • Shari Montandon, DO
  • Samantha Vogt, MD
  • Pilar Ortegon-Zambrano, MD
  • Khaled Boobes, MD
  • Wesley Thacker, MD
  • Melissa Wotring-Norman, MD
  • Sameer Gopal, MD
  • Lin Tan-Dieker, Division Accountant

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Easing Into Retirement

  • Lucy Koutsavlis, Administrative Coordinator, retired from the Hospital Medicine Program

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