Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
December 2012

Submission deadline:
November 16, 2012

E-mail: bishopdl@upmc.edu

Welcome to Full-Time MD Faculty

Thomas Grau, MD, Col, USAF, MC, was recruited as an associate professor of medicine. Dr. Grau received a BS in chemistry from Muhlenberg College in 1982 and received an MD from Rutgers–University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1986. He completed his internal medicine residency at Presbyterian–University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia in 1989 and then served there as a chief resident in 1989–1990. As a member of the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps (USAF, MC), Dr. Grau has held numerous clinical, administrative, and academic appointments, most recently serving as the chief of the Department of General Internal Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center from 2000 to 2004, as director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Wilford Hall Medical Center from 2004 to 2008, and as assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) from 1993 to 2011. In 2007, he was deployed to Balad, Iraq, where he served as chief of hospital services of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group at Balad Air Force Theatre Hospital. Dr. Grau has served as chief of the Air Force Physician Education Program at the Air Force Personnel Center since 2008 and as a clinical associate professor of medicine at USU since 2011.

Brian Heist, MD, was recruited as an assistant professor of medicine at UPMC Shadyside. Dr. Heist received a BA in biochemistry from Bowdoin College in 1996. He spent the next few years in Japan, teaching English and then working in product development at a pharmaceutical company before enrolling in medical school. He received an MD with a concentration in global health from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2007. He then returned to Japan and co-directed the residency training program at Teine Keijinhai Hospital until 2010. Since that time, Dr. Heist has served as a clinical instructor of medicine and Cooper Fellow of Internal Medicine at UPMC Shadyside.

Jane Schell, MD, MHSc, was recruited as an assistant professor of medicine in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics. Dr. Schell received a BS in biological sciences from the University of South Alabama in 2000, received an MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham in 2005, and completed her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2008. She was a nephrology fellow in the Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center from 2008 to 2011, and she then served as a hospice and palliative medicine fellow while attending Duke University's Clinical Research Training Program. She received her MHSc in clinical research in 2011.

Jo-Anne Suffoletto, MD, MS, was recruited as an assistant professor of medicine. Dr. Suffoletto received a BS in biology from Boston College University in 1999 and received an MD from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois in 2004. She then came to UPMC, where she completed her internal medicine residency in the Women's Health Track in 2007 and served as a chief medical resident the next year. In Pittsburgh, she was awarded a fellowship in women's health in 2008, served as a clinical instructor of medicine from 2008 to 2009, received an MS in 2011, and worked as a staff physician at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System from 2009 until the present.

Sarah Tilstra, MD, was recruited as an assistant professor of medicine. Dr. Tilstra received a BS in movement science from the University of Michigan in 2002. At the University of Pittsburgh, she received an MD in 2007 and completed her internal medicine residency in the Women's Health Track in 2010. Since that time, she has served as a clinical instructor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, a fellow in internal medicine and medical education, and a staff physician in the primary care service line at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pittsburgh. She expects to receive her MS in medical education from Pitt this August.

Richard Weinberg, MD, was recruited as a clinical associate professor of medicine in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics. Dr. Weinberg received a BS in zoology in 1973 and an MD in 1978 from the University of Michigan. After completing a primary care internal medicine internship at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center/Veterans Administration Hospital, he went to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he did a flexible internship in obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics and a 2-year medical residency before becoming chief resident. He came to Pittsburgh in 1983 as a HealthAmerica staff physician and left HealthAmerica in 1996 as chief of internal medicine. From 1996 to 2005, he worked at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in various positions, including medical director of the Medical Inpatient Care Unit, faculty member in the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine. Since 2005, Dr. Weinberg has been at Capital Caring Palliative Care and Hospice in Fairfax, Virginia, where he was a faculty member in the Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, the medical director of the long-term care team, and a consultant in palliative medicine.

M. Hamza Habib, MD, was recruited as a clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics. Dr. Habib received an MBBS from the Army Medical College, National University of Sciences and Technology, in Pakistan in 2005 and completed a medical residency and served in private practice in Pakistan from 2006 until 2008. Then he came to Chicago, where he completed his internal medicine residency at St. Joseph Hospital–University of Illinois in 2011. Dr. Habib spent the past year working with a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the University of Chicago.

Eva Reitschuler-Cross, MD, was recruited as a clinical assistant professor of medicine for the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics. Dr. Reitschuler-Cross received an MD from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 2004. After she completed her internal medicine residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge in 2010, she served there as a chief resident and a fellow in medical education. In 2011, she accepted a fellowship in hospice and palliative care at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Mohamed Ahmed, MD, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Ahmed received his MBBS from the University of Khartoum in Sudan in 2005, had a combined postgraduate internship at Khartoum University Teaching Hospital until August 2007, and then came to Detroit, Michigan, where he completed his internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Health System in 2011. He worked briefly as a hospitalist in Detroit and then began a fellowship in advanced cardiac imaging and research at the Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC.

Daisy Bang, MD, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Bang received a BA in anthropology and cognitive science from Johns Hopkins University in 2002, received an MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2009, and completed her internal medicine residency at UPMC in 2011.

Khaled Boobés, MD, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Boobés received an MD in 2008 from Damascus University in Syria. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University at Buffalo–State University of New York, where he undertook training in a multihospital program from 2009 until the present.

William Ceyrolles, MD, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Ceyrolles received a BS in chemistry and biology from Duquesne University in 2000, received an MS in polymer science from the University of Akron in 2002, and spent several years as a chemist working for Nanomat and Pittsburgh Plate Glass before attending medical school. In 2009, Dr. Ceyrolles received an MD with a geriatrics concentration from the University of Pittsburgh and then completed his internal medicine residency at UPMC Presbyterian.

Delia Cucoranu, MD, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Cucoranu received an MD from the Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania in 2002. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in 2011 and then served for a year as chief administrative resident. She also worked as a hospitalist at the Mobile Infirmary Medical Center until June 2012.

Sunil Iyer, MD, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Iyer received a BS in human biology, health, and society from Cornell University in 2004 and worked in research there before coming to Pittsburgh. At the University of Pittsburgh, he completed research and scholarly projects while attending medical school. After receiving an MD in 2009, he completed his residency in internal medicine at UPMC in 2012.

Jilalu Kelbe, MD, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Kelbe received an MD in 1995 from Gondar College of Medical Sciences in Ethiopia, where he subsequently served as a general medical practitioner, intern, and then associate professor of internal medicine. Dr. Kelbe completed his residency in 2011 at Saint Frances Hospital in Evanston, Indiana, where he served for a year as chief medical resident before joining the staff here.

Han Na Kim, MD, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Kim received a BA in the Accelerated Medical Scholar Program of the University of Chicago in 2006 and an MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 2009. He completed his internal medicine residency at the New York University School of Medicine Medical Center before he joined the division here.

Shari Montandon, DO, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Montandon received a BS in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology from Eastern Washington University in 2005 and earned a DO at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2009. She recently completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Louisville.

Srujitha Muruktla, MD, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Muruktla received an MBBS from Kakatiya Medical College in India in 2006 and was a junior medical officer at Arvind Hospital until 2007, when he came to the United States. After working at Richmond Cancer and Blood Disorder Center in New York and then at Prime Medicine in Maryland, he began an internal medicine residency at Staten Island University Hospital in New York. He completed his residency before joining the division.

Rebecca Vento, MD, MPH, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Vento received a BS in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001 and received an MD and MPH from New York Medical College in 2005. She completed her internal medicine and pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009, served for a year there as a pediatric chief resident and nocturnist, and then completed an infectious diseases fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 2011. Since that time, she worked as a physician advisor with Executive Health Resources and as a hospitalist and nocturnist at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Amy Zhou, MD, was recruited as a clinical instructor of medicine. Dr. Zhou received a BS in cellular molecular biology and anthropology/zoology from the University of Michigan in 2005. She then attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, where she earned her MD in 2009. Dr. Zhou just completed her internal medicine residency at Emory University School of Medicine.

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