Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
April 2012

Submission deadline:
March 8, 2012


Faculty and Staff Updates

Welcome Aboard

Dru Bacon, MSN, FNP-BC, recently joined the Supportive and Palliative Care Consultation Service at UPMC Presbyterian. Dru received her BSN from Kent State University in Ohio, received her MSN from Ursuline College in Ohio, and was certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has 10 years of experience working at the Cleveland Clinic in the Harry Horwitz Center for Palliative Care and 4 years of experience working in the area of home hospice in Ohio. She also taught in the medical/surgical nursing department at Hiram College and has participated in medical missions in Africa and Honduras.

Pamela Dittoe, RN, MBA, has accepted the position as clinic nurse manager of 9 South. Pam was the manager at Shea Medical Center from 2010 to 2011 and served as interim manager of 9 South for the past 2 months. She received a BA in communications from Cleveland State University, a BSN from the University of Akron, and an MBA from Lake Erie College. Before coming to UPMC, she had 8 years of experience as a medical/surgical nurse and emergency room nurse and 6 years of experience as a transplant coordinator at the University Hospital of Cleveland.

Lucy Koutsavlis became the administrative coordinator for the Division of General Internal Medicine hospitalists in October 2011. She worked previously as an operations supervisor for a Monroeville family practice with Premier Medical Associates. She also worked within the UPMC/University system for about 20 years, including 6 years as administrative assistant to Dean Patricia D. Kroboth in the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

Virginia Mulky, BPhil, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine in November 2011 as the administrative assistant for faculty in the Section of Decision Sciences and Clinical Systems Modeling and the Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC) Data Center. Virginia (Ginger) earned her degree in film studies, Chinese, and history of art from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked in the Pitt library system and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

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Fond Farewell

We bid a fond farewell to the following friends and colleagues:

  • Charlene Amato, MSW
  • James Bost, PhD
  • John Kloke, PhD
  • Jennifer Lees, MS
  • Debra Oklota, BA
  • Jinghua Ou, MSIS
  • Jessica Papadopoulos, MPH
  • Dario Torre, MD, MPH, PhD

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