Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
December 2009

Submission deadline:
November 6, 2009


Faculty and Staff

Welcome Aboard

Ahmet Toparli, MD, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine for the Hospitalist Service. After receiving his MD in 1991 from the University of Cukurova School of Medicine in Adana, Turkey, Dr. Toparli completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. He then served as a hospitalist in clinics in Marshfield, Wisconsin, and Butler, Pennsylvania.

Shanta M. Zimmer, MD, was recruited as an assistant professor of medicine. Dr. Zimmer received her MD in 1993 from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Emory, she completed her residency in internal medicine, served as chief resident in medicine, and completed a fellowship in infectious diseases.

Terri Collin, PhD, joined the division as an assistant professor of medicine. Dr. Collin received an MSc in counseling psychology in 2003 and a PhD in medical science and medical education in 2005 from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She previously worked as a research associate in family medicine at the University of Calgary and as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Teresa A. Nolan, MD, was hired as a clinical assistant professor as part of the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is board-certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology. Before joining the section, she worked for almost 35 years as a hematologist-oncologist serving the Pittsburgh community. Dr. Nolan currently works with the other members of the section to provide inpatient palliative care and hospice consults at UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Brenda Sperski joined the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics as an administrative assistant. She has over 20 years of administrative support experience. She recently worked in the Department of Faculty Records at the University of Pittsburgh.

Shea Medical Center hired Dorothy Kichta and Janet McFall as patient information coordinators in December 2008. Dorothy worked previously in the liver transplant center, and Janet worked in the Shadyside emergency department.

Peter Scalercio joined the Department of Medicine information technology support team in December 2008. Peter recently worked with the staff and physicians of Children's Community Pediatrics, where he gained extensive experience assisting users of UPMC resources in a "help desk" capacity—experience that will serve him well in his new position.

Rachel Bailey, MPH, was hired as a research assistant to work with Dr. Bruce Lee in the Section of Decision Sciences and Clinical Systems Modeling. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in December 2008 and started her new position in January 2009.

Andrea Erfort, BS, was hired in January 2009 as the research program coordinator for the Data Coordinating Center of Dr. Jim Bost's newly funded HALT-PKD project, a multisite study examining the progression of disease in participants with polycystic kidney disease. Andrea is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and has worked in clinical research since 1989. Among the positions she has held in academia and industry are Institutional Review Board coordinator, administrative director of research, research manager, and clinical research associate. She has worked on clinical trials from study startup through database lock, with responsibilities including monitoring, query resolution, and responding to audit reports. In addition to her field experience, she has expertise in the collection and review of regulatory documents, supervision and training of study coordinators, design of consent forms, and coordination of investigator meetings.

Andrew Cherep, BS, joined the Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC) Data Center as a systems programmer and Web specialist in January 2009. Andy has a bachelor's degree in information science from the University of Pittsburgh and has several years of experience designing Web-based databases and working with a variety of operating systems. In his previous position, he helped with database design for a project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Desheng Li, MS, was hired in February 2009 as a systems programmer III in the CRHC Data Center. Desheng earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Wuhan University of Technology and a master's degree in computer and electrical engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy. Desheng comes to the Data Center with ample work experience, having been employed previously by several private firms in China as a database designer.

Joanna Barr, BS, was hired as an administrative assistant for the CRHC Data Center in February 2009. Joanna has been temping with the Data Center since July 2008. Before that, she worked as a customer service analyst with Wilshire Associates, a private financial firm.

(Top of Page)


Bruce Ling, MD, MPH, is leaving his clinical role with UPP and will become full-time at the VA in order to begin his new role as director of the VA Institutional Review Board. We wish him the best in his new position.

(Top of Page)

Fond Farewell

Joan Farris, MD, will be resigning her faculty position at Shadyside in July and moving to Virginia.

Megan Grove, MD, is resigning her faculty position with the A-Service effective April 1, 2009, and will be moving to Hershey, Pennsylvania.

(Top of Page)