Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

 Internal Medicine Residency Program 



Current Residents

Current Residents

Chief Medical Residents

Chris D'Avella, MD

Home Town: Farmington, CT
College: Emory University
Med School: George Washington University
Career Plans: Hematology Oncology

Bio: Chris was born in New Haven and eventually moved to Farmington where his parents still live today. He studied political science as an undergraduate at Emory University and went on to work for several years in politics and government before deciding to pursue medical training. He completed his medical degree at George Washington University where he met his wife, Regina, and couples matched with her to the University of Pittsburgh. He chose to train in Pittsburgh because of the program's focus on resident education, strong academic environment and amazing residents! Although he misses DC, Pittsburgh has become home to Chris and he enjoys the great restaurant scene, sports teams and easy living in the city. Chris plans to pursue a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology with an interest in academics.

Nick Duca, MD

Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Allegheny College
Med School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Career Plans: General Internal Medicine

Bio: Nick was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. He spent four years at Allegheny College in beautiful Meadville, PA playing football and studying biochemistry. After graduation, he traveled to the other side of the state and attended Drexel College of Medicine. He met his wife, Lauren, while at Drexel and then couples matched at UPMC for residency. Nick was blown away by the friendly, down-to-earth and supportive nature of the program. After working closely with the faculty of the general internal medicine department, he developed a passion for clinical education and primary care. He plans to pursue a career as a clinician educator in general internal medicine. Outside of the hospital, Nick is usually spending time with Lauren and their Beagle, Simon. They love the outdoors, including hiking, biking, and fishing.

Molly Fisher, MD

Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA
College: University of Pennsylvania
Med School: University of Colorado
Career Plans: academic general internal medicine and women's health

Bio: Molly was born and raised in the east end of Pittsburgh, and moved to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for college where she studied the Biological Basis of Behavior. She then decided to venture outside of the keystone state and spent a year exploring the medical system in Guatemala, as well as tasting tortillas from every tortilleria in Quetzaltenango. She followed her then boyfriend now husband to New York for a year, and worked at Weill Cornell Medical College. She then headed west for medical school in sunny Colorado and spent most of her free time exploring the great outdoors. Despite weekend ski trips and overnight backpacking, she missed home, and felt that no salad was complete without french fries so she moved back to UPMC for residency. She was drawn to UPMC for the incredible women's health track, strong general medicine department, and happiness of the residents. During residency, she had her first baby boy, and learned about the beauties and challenges of being a physician mom. After her chief residency year, Molly plans to pursue a career as a clinician educator in academic general internal medicine with a focus on women's health.

Nick Macpherson, MD

Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Cornell University
Med School: Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine
Career Plans: Academic cardiology

Bio: Nick was born and raised in Pittsburgh and attended Cornell for undergrad and Northwestern for medical school. He decided to move back to the comparatively tropical climate of Pittsburgh for his internal medicine training at UPMC. He made this decision because of UPMC's outstanding clinical, research, and educational opportunities co-existing with a profoundly supportive and collegial atmosphere. Following his chief year, he plans to pursue a cardiology fellowship. When not at work, Nick can be found at home with his wife Aimee, son William, and dog Oliver.

Ben Sprague, MD

Home Town: Chico, CA
College: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Med School: University of Pittsburgh
Career Plans: General Medicine, Quality Improvement

Bio: Ben grew up in the farming areas of far Northern California, before attending UW-Madison to study Biomedical Engineering. While a Wisconsin Badger, he worked as an experiential learning facilitator and in the medical device divisions of GE Healthcare. During his Masters in Biomedical Engineering, Ben found a passion for teaching and decided to pursue medicine. He moved to The 'Burgh for medical school, and completed a Doris Duke Fellowship and the Clinical Scientist Training Program. He chose to stay at UPMC for residency because of the outstanding residents, the exceptional general internal medicine faculty and the emphasis on medical education. After considering careers in multiple specialties, Ben is excited about the challenges and opportunities for quality improvement and education within general internal medicine.