Faculty and Staff

Anne Marie Shield, RN, BA, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion as a project coordinator for a newly funded VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Merit Review Study. The study is titled "Pain, Sexual Dysfunction, and Depression in Hemodialysis Patients." Michael Fine, MD, MSc, and Mary Ann Sevick, ScD, RN, are co-investigators on this project, which is led by Steven Weisbord, MD, MSc, of the Renal-Electrolyte Division of the Department of Medicine.

Shea Medical Center welcomes three new members to the Shea team. Jessica Johnson, LPN, is a recent graduate of UPMC St. Margaret. Laura Lasky, PIC, previously worked as a temp for the Diabetes Institute. Carol Killian, MA, came from Premier Medical Associates and has a wealth of experience in her 20 years as a medical assistant.

John Donohoe, RPh, joined the MUH 9 South Clinic as the staff pharmacist. A graduate of Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, John previously worked at Falk Pharmacy and has over 10 years of experience as a pharmacist.

The Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations (PHCUP) welcomes its 2008-2009 AmeriCorps members, Mike Santos, BS, and Rahul Vasavada, BS. Mike and Rahul have been training with us for several months and are doing a fantastic job for the program and its Birmingham Clinic. Mike is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and Rahul returned to Pittsburgh after graduating from Stanford University. Both are pursuing careers in medicine this year, and the PHCUP is excited to have them aboard.

Monika I. Skuriat, BS, is the new tracking coordinator for the Institute of Clinical Research Education (ICRE). Her hiring signals the launch of the ICRE's new Office of Lifelong Learning, intended to track the accomplishments of ICRE degree and training program alumni and to solicit their ongoing involvement in ICRE activities. Before joining us, Monika worked as an administrator at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Neuroscience.

Glory L. Koerbel, MSN, RN, CDE, joined the Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC) Data Center team this summer. With 28 years of experience as a nurse educator, she has designed and implemented educational programs for a variety of professional and consumer groups. Most recently, she coordinated both inpatient and outpatient research studies for the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. At the Data Center, she will serve as a resource for other project coordinators and research staff and will provide consultative services to staff and investigators requesting input from an experienced coordinator.

Dilrukshika Singhabahu, BS, and Asli Yazagan, BS, have joined the team working on the Bypassing the Blues Study and the Reducing Limitations from Anxiety in Primary Care (RELAX) Study. Both Dil and Asli are graduate student researchers in the School of Information Sciences. Dil has an undergraduate degree in information technology with a minor in statistics and is currently a doctoral student in biostatistics. Asli graduated from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, with a degree in mathematics and then came to Pitt to earn her master's degree.

Wendy McDade Romeo, BS, joined the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics as an administrative assistant. Wendy has a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Northern Illinois University, and she has a wealth of experience working as a district leader in pharmaceutical sales and as a staff member in a physician's office. She now provides support for both the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics and the Division of General Internal Medicine.